1This is a prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received from the Lord. Here is what Habakkuk said.
Habakkuk Complains to the Lord
2Lord, how long do I have to call out for help?
Why don’t you listen to me?
How long must I keep telling you
that things are terrible?
Why don’t you save us?
3Why do you make me watch while
people treat others so unfairly?
Why do you put up with the wrong things
they are doing?
I have to look at death.
People are harming others.
They are arguing and fighting all the time.
4The law can’t do what it’s supposed to do.
Fairness never comes out on top.
Sinful people surround those
who do what is right.
So people are never treated fairly.
The Lord Replies to Habakkuk
5The Lord replies,
“Look at the nations. Watch them.
Be totally amazed at what you see.
I am going to do something in your days
that you would never believe.
You would not believe it
even if someone told you about it.
6I am going to send the armies of Babylon to attack you.
They are very mean. They move quickly.
They sweep across the whole earth.
They take over homes
that do not belong to them.
7They terrify others.
They do not recognize any laws but their own.
That is how proud they are.
8Their horses are faster than leopards.
They are meaner than wolves at sunset.
Their horsemen charge straight into battle.
They ride in from far away.
They come down like an eagle
diving for its food.
9All of them are ready and willing to destroy others.
Their huge armies advance like a wind out of the desert.
They gather prisoners like sand.
10They mock kings
and make fun of rulers.
They laugh at all the cities
that have high walls around them.
They build dirt ramps against the walls
and capture the cities.
11They sweep past like the wind.
Then they go on their way.
They are guilty.
They worship their own strength.”
Habakkuk Complains to the Lord Again
12Lord, haven’t you existed forever?
You are my holy God.
You will never die.
Lord, you have appointed the Babylonians
to punish your people.
My Rock, you have chosen them to judge us.
13Your eyes are too pure to look at what is evil.
You can’t put up with the wrong things people do.
So why do you put up
with those who can’t be trusted?
The evil Babylonians swallow up
those who are more godly than themselves.
So why are you silent?
14You have made people to be like the fish in the sea.
They are like the sea creatures that don’t have a ruler.
15The evil Babylonians pull all of them up with hooks.
They catch them in their nets.
They gather them up.
So they celebrate.
They are glad.
16They offer sacrifices to their nets.
They burn incense to them.
Their nets allow them to live in great comfort.
They enjoy the finest food.
17Are you going to let them
keep on emptying their nets?
Will they go on destroying nations
without showing them any mercy?
11:1 Nah 1:1Neno alilopokea nabii Habakuki.
Lalamiko La Habakuki
21:2 Za 13:1-2; 22:1-2; 6:3; 27:7; Yer 14:9Ee Bwana, hata lini nitakuomba msaada,
lakini wewe husikilizi?
Au kukulilia, “Udhalimu!”
Lakini hutaki kuokoa?
31:3 Ay 9:23; Yer 20:8; Za 55:9Kwa nini unanifanya nitazame dhuluma?
Kwa nini unavumilia makosa?
Uharibifu na udhalimu viko mbele yangu;
kuna mabishano na mapambano kwa wingi.
41:4 Ay 12:6; Za 12:8; 58:2Kwa hiyo sheria imepotoshwa,
nayo haki haipo kabisa.
Waovu wanawazunguka wenye haki,
kwa hiyo haki imepotoshwa.
Jibu La Bwana
uangalie na ushangae kabisa.
Kwa sababu katika siku zako nitafanya kitu
hata kama ungeambiwa.
watu hao wakatili na wenye haraka,
ambao hupita dunia yote
kuteka mahali pa kuishi pasipo pao wenyewe.
7Ni watu wanoogopwa na wanaotisha;
wenyewe ndio sheria yao,
na huinua heshima yao wenyewe.
8Farasi wao ni wepesi kuliko chui,
na wakali kuliko mbwa mwitu wakati wa machweo.
Askari wapanda farasi wao huenda mbio;
waendesha farasi wao wanatoka mbali.
Wanaruka kasi kama tai ili kurarua;
91:9 Hab 2:5wote wanakuja tayari kwa fujo.
Makundi yao ya wajeuri yanasonga mbele
kama upepo wa jangwani,
na kukusanya wafungwa
101:10 2Nya 36:6; Yer 33:4Wanawabeza wafalme,
na kuwadhihaki watawala.
Wanaicheka miji yote iliyozungushiwa maboma;
wanafanya malundo ya udongo na kuiteka hiyo miji.
111:11 Yer 4:11-12; Dan 4:30Kisha wanapita kasi kama upepo na kusonga mbele:
watu wenye hatia, ambao nguvu zao ndio mungu wao.”
Lalamiko La Pili La Habakuki
121:12 Mwa 21:33; Isa 31:1; 37:23; Kut 33:22; Isa 10:6; Mwa 49:24; Za 118:17Ee Bwana, je, wewe sio wa tangu milele?
Mungu wangu, Uliye Mtakatifu wangu, hatutakufa.
Ee Bwana, umewachagua wao ili watekeleze hukumu;
Ee Mwamba, umewaamuru watuadhibu.
131:13 Za 18:26; Mao 3:34-36; Za 25:3; Ay 21:7Macho yako ni safi mno hata yasiweze kuutazama uovu,
wala huwezi kuvumilia makosa.
Kwa nini basi unawavumilia wadanganyifu?
Kwa nini unakuwa kimya wakati waovu
wanawameza wale wenye haki
kuliko wao wenyewe?
14Umewafanya watu kama samaki baharini,
kama viumbe wa bahari wasio na mtawala.
151:15 Yer 5:26; Isa 19:8; Ay 18:8; Yer 16:16Adui mwovu anawavuta wote kwa ndoana,
anawakamata katika wavu wake,
anawakusanya katika juya lake;
kwa hiyo anashangilia na anafurahi.
161:16 Yer 44:8Kwa hiyo anatoa kafara kwa wavu wake,
na kuchoma uvumba kwa juya lake,
kwa kuwa kwa wavu wake anaishi kwa starehe,
na anafurahia chakula kizuri.
171:17 Isa 14:6; 19:8Je, aendelee kuwatoa walio katika wavu wake,
akiangamiza mataifa bila huruma?