Habakkuk 2

1 While standing guard on the watchtower, I waited for the LORD's answer, before explaining the reason for my complaint.

2 Then the LORD told me: "I will give you my message in the form of a vision. Write it clearly enough to be read at a glance.

3 At the time I have decided, my words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting-- it will happen!

4 "I, the LORD, refuse to accept anyone who is proud. Only those who live by faith are acceptable to me."

5 Wine is treacherous, and arrogant people are never satisfied. They are no less greedy than death itself-- they open their mouths as wide as the world of the dead and swallow everyone.

6 But they will be mocked with these words: You're doomed! You stored up stolen goods and cheated others of what belonged to them.

7 But without warning, those you owe will demand payment. Then you will become a frightened victim.

8 You robbed cities and nations everywhere on earth and murdered their people. Now those who survived will be as cruel to you.

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The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.

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