New International Version

Habakkuk 1:1-17

1The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

2How long, Lord, must I call for help,

but you do not listen?

Or cry out to you, “Violence!”

but you do not save?

3Why do you make me look at injustice?

Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?

Destruction and violence are before me;

there is strife, and conflict abounds.

4Therefore the law is paralyzed,

and justice never prevails.

The wicked hem in the righteous,

so that justice is perverted.

The Lord’s Answer

5“Look at the nations and watch—

and be utterly amazed.

For I am going to do something in your days

that you would not believe,

even if you were told.

6I am raising up the Babylonians,1:6 Or Chaldeans

that ruthless and impetuous people,

who sweep across the whole earth

to seize dwellings not their own.

7They are a feared and dreaded people;

they are a law to themselves

and promote their own honor.

8Their horses are swifter than leopards,

fiercer than wolves at dusk.

Their cavalry gallops headlong;

their horsemen come from afar.

They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;

9they all come intent on violence.

Their hordes1:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. advance like a desert wind

and gather prisoners like sand.

10They mock kings

and scoff at rulers.

They laugh at all fortified cities;

by building earthen ramps they capture them.

11Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—

guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

Habakkuk’s Second Complaint

12Lord, are you not from everlasting?

My God, my Holy One, you1:12 An ancient Hebrew scribal tradition; Masoretic Text we will never die.

You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment;

you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.

13Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;

you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.

Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?

Why are you silent while the wicked

swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

14You have made people like the fish in the sea,

like the sea creatures that have no ruler.

15The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks,

he catches them in his net,

he gathers them up in his dragnet;

and so he rejoices and is glad.

16Therefore he sacrifices to his net

and burns incense to his dragnet,

for by his net he lives in luxury

and enjoys the choicest food.

17Is he to keep on emptying his net,

destroying nations without mercy?

New Amharic Standard Version

ዕንባቆም 1:1-17

1ነቢዩ ዕንባቆም የተቀበለው ንግር፤

የዕንባቆም ማጒረምረም

2እግዚአብሔር ሆይ፤ ለርዳታ እየተጣራሁ፣

አንተ የማትሰማው እስከ መቼ ነው?

“ግፍ በዛ” ብዬ እየጮኽሁ፣

አንተ የማታድነው እስከ መቼ ነው?

3ስለ ምን በደልን እንዳይ አደረግኸኝ?

እንዴትስ ግፍ ሲፈጸም ትታገሣለህ?

ጥፋትና ግፍ በፊቴ አለ፤

ጠብና ግጭት በዝቶአል።

4ስለዚህ ሕግ ላልቶአል፤

ፍትሕ ድል አይነሣም፤

ፍትሕ ይጣመም ዘንድ፣

ክፉዎች ጻድቃንን ይከባሉ።

የእግዚአብሔር መልስ

5“ቢነገራችሁም እንኳ፣

የማታምኑትን እናንተን፣

በዘመናችሁ አንድ ነገር ስለማደርግ፣

እነሆ፤ ሕዝቡን እዩ፤ ተመልከቱም፤

እጅግም ተደነቁ።

6የራሳቸው ያልሆኑትን መኖሪያ ስፍራዎች ለመያዝ፣

ምድርን ሁሉ የሚወሩትን፣

ጨካኝና ፈጣን የሆኑትን፣

ባቢሎናውያንን1፥6 ከለዳውያን ማለት ነው። አስነሣለሁ።

7እነርሱም የሚያስፈሩና የሚያስደነግጡ ናቸው፤

ፍርዳቸውና ክብራቸው፣

ከራሳቸው ይወጣል።

8ፈረሶቻቸው ከነብር ይልቅ ፈጣኖች፣

ከማታም ተኵላ ይልቅ ጨካኞች ናቸው።

ፈረሰኞቻቸው በፍጥነት ይጋልባሉ፤

ከሩቅ ስፍራም ይመጣሉ።

ነጥቆ ለመብላት እንደሚቸኵል አሞራ ይበራሉ፤

9ሁሉም ለዐመፅ ታጥቀው ይመጣሉ።

ሰራዊታቸው1፥9 የዕብራይስጡ ቃል ትርጒም በትክክል አይታወቅም። እንደ ምድረ በዳ ነፋስ ወደ ፊት ይገሠግሣል፤

ምርኮኞችንም እንደ አሸዋ ይሰበስባል።

10ነገሥታትን ይንቃል፤

በገዦችም ላይ ያፌዛል፤

በምሽግ ሁሉ ላይ ይሥቃል፤

የዐፈር ቊልል ሠርቶም ይይዘዋል።

11ከዚያም በኋላ እንደ ነፋስ ዐልፎ ይሄዳል፤

ጒልበታቸውን አምላካቸው ያደረጉ በደለኞች ናቸው።

የዕንባቆም ዳግመኛ ማጒረምረም

12እግዚአብሔር ሆይ፤ ከዘላለም ጀምሮ ያለህ አይደለህምን?

የእኔ አምላክ፣ የእኔ ቅዱስ እኛ አንሞትም፤

እግዚአብሔር ሆይ፤ እንዲፈርዱ ሾመሃቸዋል፤

ዐለት ሆይ፤ ይቀጡ ዘንድ ሥልጣን ሰጠሃቸው።

13ዐይኖችህ ክፉውን እንዳያዩ እጅግ ንጹሓን ናቸው፤

አንተ በደልን መታገሥ አትችልም፤

ታዲያ፣ አታላዮችን ለምን ትታገሣለህ?

ክፉው ከራሱ ይልቅ ጻድቅ የሆነውን ሲውጠውስ፣

ለምን ዝም ትላለህ?

14አንተ ሰዎችን በባሕር ውስጥ እንዳለ ዓሣ፣

ገዥ እንደሌላቸውም የባሕር ፍጥረታት አደረግህ።

15ክፉ ጠላት ሁሉንም በመንጠቆ ያወጣቸዋል፤

በመረቡ ይይዛቸዋል፤

በአሽክላው ውስጥ ይሰበስባቸዋል፤

በዚህም ይደሰታል፤ ሐሤትም ያደርጋል።

16በእነርሱ ተዝናንቶ ይኖራልና፤

ምግቡም ሰብቶአል።

ስለዚህ ለመረቡ ይሠዋል፤

ለአሽክላውም ያጥናል።

17ታዲያ መረቡን ባለማቋረጥ መጣል፣

ሕዝቦችንስ ያለ ርኅራኄ መግደል አለበትን?