New International Version – UK

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 paralysed,

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 honour.

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 drag-net;

and so he rejoices and is glad.

16Therefore he sacrifices to his net

and burns incense to his drag-net,

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?

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

Habakuku 1:1-17

11:1 Nahu 1:1Ĩno nĩyo ndũmĩrĩri nditũ ĩrĩa yakinyĩrĩire mũnabii Habakuku.

Gũteta kwa Habakuku

21:2 Thab 13:1-2; Zek 1:2Wee Jehova-rĩ, nĩ nginya rĩ ngũtũũra ngũkayagĩra ũndeithie,

no wee ũkaaga kũnjigua?

Githĩ ndigũkayagĩra ngiugaga, “Haaro! Haaro!”

no wee ũkaaga kũhonokania?

31:3 Ayub 9:23; Jer 20:8Ũtũmaga ndĩrorere wagi wa kĩhooto nĩkĩ?

Ũkiragĩrĩria maũndũ mooru nĩkĩ?

Mwanangĩko na haaro irĩ mbere yakwa;

kũrĩ na njũgitano, nayo mbaara nĩ nyingĩ.

41:4 Thab 119:126; Isa 5:20Nĩ ũndũ ũcio, watho nĩmwagithie hinya,

na kĩhooto gĩtihootanaga.

Andũ arĩa aaganu marigiicaga arĩa athingu,

na nĩ ũndũ ũcio kĩhooto gĩkoogomio.

Icookia rĩa Jehova

5“Atĩrĩrĩ, ta rorai ndũrĩrĩ na mwĩrorere ũhoro wacio,

na mũmake biũ.

Nĩgũkorwo matukũ-inĩ maku nĩngwĩka ũndũ

ũrĩa ũtangĩĩtĩkia o na ũngĩĩrwo.

61:6 2Ath 24:2; Jer 13:20Nĩngwarahũra andũ a Babuloni,

andũ a haaro, na matarĩ tha,

arĩa matuĩkanagia thĩ yothe,

na makegwatĩra ciikaro itarĩ ciao.

71:7 Isa 18:7; Jer 39:5-9Nĩ andũ a kũmakania, na a gwĩtigĩrwo;

nĩo meyathaga, na magetũũgĩria.

8Mbarathi ciao irĩ ihenya gũkĩra ngarĩ,

na nĩ ooru mũno gũkĩra njũũi iria icangacangaga kĩhwaĩ-inĩ.

Thigari ciao iria ithiiaga ihaicĩte mbarathi itengʼeraga ta ciũmbũkĩte;

ahaici acio a mbarathi moimaga kũndũ kũraya.

Mombũkaga ta nderi ĩgĩcuuhũkĩra gĩa kũrĩa;

91:9 Hab 2:5othe mokaga mehaarĩirie kũruta haaro.

Thigari icio ciao nyingĩ mũno ithiiaga ihaatĩte ta rũhuho rwa werũ-inĩ,

igathiĩ itahĩte andũ aingĩ mũno ta mũthanga.

101:10 2Maũ 36:6; Jer 33:4Manyararaga athamaki,

na makanyũrũria andũ arĩa maathanaga.

Mathekagĩrĩra matũũra mothe manene marĩa mairigĩre;

maakaga ihumbu cia tĩĩri, magatunyana matũũra macio.

111:11 Jer 4:11-12; Dan 4:30Ningĩ mahĩtũkagĩra kuo na ihenya o ta rũhuho mathiĩte na mbere:

andũ maagararaga watho, magatuĩka ehia,

magatua atĩ hinya wao nĩguo ngai yao.”

Gũteta gwa Keerĩ kwa Habakuku

121:12 Kĩam 21:33; Isa 10:6; Thaam 33:22Wee Jehova-rĩ, githĩ ndũtũũraga kuuma tene o na tene?

O Wee Ngai wakwa, ũrĩa wakwa mũtheru, tondũ ũcio tũtigakua.

Wee Jehova-rĩ, nĩwe ũthuurĩte andũ a Babuloni mahingie ituĩro rĩaku;

wee Rwaro rwa Ihiga-rĩ, ũkamaamũra matũherithie.

131:13 Thab 18:26; Maca 3:34-36; Ayub 21:7Maitho maku nĩ matheru mũno, matingĩĩrorera ũmaramari;

wee-rĩ, ndũngĩkirĩrĩria maũndũ mooru.

Ũgĩkiragĩrĩria andũ arĩa oingumania nĩkĩ?

Ũkiraga nĩkĩ rĩrĩa andũ arĩa aaganu

mekũmeria andũ arĩa athingu kũmakĩra?

14Ũtuĩte andũ ta thamaki cia iria,

ũkamatua ta ciũmbe cia iria-inĩ, iria itarĩ mũciathi.

151:15 Isa 19:8; Jer 16:16Thũ ĩyo njaganu ĩmaguucagia othe na ndwano,

ĩkamagwatia na wabu wayo,

ĩkamacookereria thĩinĩ wa mũtego wayo;

nĩ ũndũ ũcio ĩgakena na ĩgacanjamũka.

16Nĩ ũndũ ũcio, ĩrutagĩra wabu wayo igongona,

na ĩgacinĩra mũtego wayo ũbumba,

nĩgũkorwo wabu wayo nĩguo ũtũmaga ĩtũũre ĩĩkenagia,

na ĩkarĩĩaga irio iria njega mũno.

171:17 Isa 14:6Ĩĩgũtũũra ĩtahaga na wabu wayo,

ĩkaniinaga ndũrĩrĩ ingĩ ĩtegũciguĩra tha?