1A prayer of the prophet Habakkuk; tone as for dirges. 2Yahweh, I have heard of your renown; your work, Yahweh, inspires me with dread. Make it live again inour time, make it known in our time; in wrath remember mercy.3Eloah comes from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Pause His majesty covers theheavens, and his glory fills the earth. 4His brightness is like the day, rays flash from his hands, that is where his power lies hidden. 5Pestilence goes before him and Plague follows close behind. 6When he stands up, he makes the earth tremble, with his glance he makes the nations quake. And theeternal mountains are dislodged, the everlasting hil s sink down, his pathway from of old. 7I saw the tents of Cushan in trouble, the tent-curtains of Midian shuddering. 8Yahweh, are you enraged with the rivers, are you angry with the sea, that you should mount yourchargers, your rescuing chariots? 9You uncover your bow, and give the string its fill of arrows. PauseYou drench the soil with torrents; 10the mountains see you and tremble, great floods sweep by, the abyss roars aloud, lifting high itswaves. 11Sun and moon stay inside their dwel ings, they flee at the light of your arrows, at the flash of yourlightning-spear. 12In rage you stride across the land, in anger you trample the nations. 13You marched to save your people, to save your anointed one; you wounded the head of the house ofthe wicked, laid bare the foundation to the rock. Pause 14With your shafts you pierced the leader of his warriors who stormed out with shouts of joy to scatterus, as if they meant to devour some poor wretch in their lair. 15With your horses you trampled through the sea, through the surging abyss! 16When I heard, I trembled to the core, my lips quivered at the sound; my bones became disjointed andmy legs gave way beneath me. Calmly I await the day of anguish which is dawning on the people now attackingus. 17(For the fig tree is not to blossom, nor wil the vines bear fruit, the olive crop wil disappoint and thefields wil yield no food; the sheep wil vanish from the fold; no cattle in the stal s.) 18But I shal rejoice in Yahweh, I shall exult in God my Saviour. 19Yahweh my Lord is my strength, he wil make my feet as light as a doe's, and set my steps on theheights. For the choirmaster; on stringed instruments.
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