3 This is a prayer of Habakkuk the prophet: 1
2 Lord, I have heard the report of what you did; 2
I am awed, 3 Lord, by what you accomplished. 4
In our time 5 repeat those deeds; 6
in our time reveal them again. 7
But when you cause turmoil, remember to show us mercy! 8
3 God comes 9 from Teman, 10
the sovereign 11 one from Mount Paran. 12 Selah. 13
His splendor covers the skies, 14
his glory 15 fills the earth.
4 He is as bright as lightning; 16
a two-pronged lightning bolt flashes from his hand. 17
This is the outward display of his power. 18
5 Plague goes before him;
pestilence 19 marches right behind him. 20
6 He takes his battle position 21 and shakes 22 the earth;
with a mere look he frightens 23 the nations.
The ancient mountains disintegrate; 24
the primeval hills are flattened.
He travels on the ancient roads. 25
7 I see the tents of Cushan overwhelmed by trouble; 26
the tent curtains of the land of Midian are shaking. 27
8 Is the Lord mad at the rivers?
Are you angry with the rivers?
Are you enraged at the sea? 28
Is this why 29 you climb into your horse-drawn chariots, 30
your victorious chariots? 31
9 Your bow is ready for action; 32
you commission your arrows. 33 Selah.
You cause flash floods on the earth’s surface. 34
10 When the mountains see you, they shake.
The torrential downpour sweeps through. 35
The great deep 36 shouts out;
it lifts its hands high. 37
11 The sun and moon stand still in their courses; 38
the flash of your arrows drives them away, 39
the bright light of your lightning-quick spear. 40
12 You furiously stomp on the earth,
you angrily trample down the nations.
13 You march out to deliver your people,
to deliver your special servant. 41
You strike the leader of the wicked nation, 42
laying him open from the lower body to the neck. 43 Selah.
14 You pierce the heads of his warriors 44 with a spear. 45
They storm forward to scatter us; 46
they shout with joy as if they were plundering the poor with no opposition. 47
15 But you trample on the sea with your horses,
on the surging, raging waters. 48
16 I listened and my stomach churned; 49
the sound made my lips quiver.
My frame went limp, as if my bones were decaying, 50
and I shook as I tried to walk. 51
I long 52 for the day of distress
to come upon 53 the people who attack us.
17 When 54 the fig tree does not bud,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
when the olive trees do not produce, 55
and the fields yield no crops; 56
when the sheep disappear 57 from the pen,
and there are no cattle in the stalls,
18 I will rejoice because of 58 the Lord;
I will be happy because of the God who delivers me!
19 The sovereign Lord is my source of strength. 59
He gives me the agility of a deer; 60
he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain. 61
(This prayer is for the song leader. It is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.) 62
1 This is the prophetic message that the Lord gave to 1 Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah. Zephaniah delivered this message during the reign of 2 King Josiah son of Amon of Judah:
2 “I will destroy 3 everything from the face of the earth,” says the Lord.
3 “I will destroy people and animals;
I will destroy the birds in the sky
and the fish in the sea.
(The idolatrous images of these creatures will be destroyed along with evil people.) 4
I will remove 5 humanity from the face of the earth,” says the Lord.
4 “I will attack 6 Judah
and all who live in Jerusalem. 7
I will remove 8 from this place every trace of Baal worship, 9
as well as the very memory 10 of the pagan priests. 11
5 I will remove 12 those who worship the stars in the sky from their rooftops, 13
those who swear allegiance to the Lord 14 while taking oaths in the name of 15 their ‘king,’ 16
6 and those who turn their backs on 17 the Lord
and do not want the Lord’s help or guidance.” 18
7 Be silent before the Lord God, 19
for the Lord’s day of judgment 20 is almost here. 21
The Lord has prepared a sacrificial meal; 22
he has ritually purified 23 his guests.
8 “On the day of the Lord’s sacrificial meal,
I will punish the princes 24 and the king’s sons,
and all who wear foreign styles of clothing. 25
9 On that day I will punish all who leap over the threshold, 26
who fill the house of their master 27 with wealth taken by violence and deceit. 28
10 On that day,” says the Lord,
“a loud cry will go up 29 from the Fish Gate, 30
wailing from the city’s newer district, 31
and a loud crash 32 from the hills.
11 Wail, you who live in the market district, 33
for all the merchants 34 will disappear 35
and those who count money 36 will be removed. 37
12 At that time I will search through Jerusalem with lamps.
I will punish the people who are entrenched in their sin, 38
those who think to themselves, 39
‘The Lord neither rewards nor punishes.’ 40
13 Their wealth will be stolen
and their houses ruined!
They will not live in the houses they have built,
nor will they drink the wine from the vineyards they have planted.
14 The Lord’s great day of judgment 41 is almost here;
it is approaching very rapidly!
There will be a bitter sound on the Lord’s day of judgment;
at that time warriors will cry out in battle. 42
15 That day will be a day of God’s anger, 43
a day of distress and hardship,
a day of devastation and ruin,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and dark skies,
16 a day of trumpet blasts 44 and battle cries. 45
Judgment will fall on 46 the fortified cities and the high corner towers.
17 I will bring distress on the people 47
and they will stumble 48 like blind men,
for they have sinned against the Lord.
Their blood will be poured out like dirt;
their flesh 49 will be scattered 50 like manure.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them
in the day of the Lord’s angry judgment.
The whole earth 51 will be consumed by his fiery wrath. 52
Indeed, 53 he will bring terrifying destruction 54 on all who live on the earth.” 55
2 Bunch yourselves together like straw, 1 you undesirable 2 nation,
2 before God’s decree becomes reality 3 and the day of opportunity disappears like windblown chaff, 4
before the Lord’s raging anger 5 overtakes 6 you –
before the day of the Lord’s angry judgment overtakes you!
3 Seek the Lord’s favor, 7 all you humble people 8 of the land who have obeyed his commands! 9
Strive to do what is right! 10 Strive to be humble! 11
Maybe you will be protected 12 on the day of the Lord’s angry judgment.
4 Indeed, 13 Gaza will be deserted 14
and Ashkelon will become a heap of ruins. 15
Invaders will drive away the people of Ashdod by noon, 16
and Ekron will be overthrown. 17
5 Those who live by the sea, the people who came from Crete, 18 are as good as dead. 19
The Lord has decreed your downfall, 20 Canaan, land of the Philistines:
“I will destroy everyone who lives there!” 21
6 The seacoast 22 will be used as pasture lands 23 by the shepherds
and as pens for their flocks.
7 Those who are left from the kingdom of Judah 24 will take possession of it. 25
By the sea 26 they 27 will graze,
in the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down in the evening,
for the Lord their God will intervene for them 28 and restore their prosperity. 29
8 “I have heard Moab’s taunts
and the Ammonites’ insults.
They 30 taunted my people
and verbally harassed those living in Judah. 31
9 Therefore, as surely as I live,” says the Lord who commands armies, the God of Israel,
“be certain that Moab will become like Sodom
and the Ammonites like Gomorrah.
They will be overrun by weeds, 32
filled with salt pits, 33
and permanently desolate.
Those of my people who are left 34 will plunder their belongings; 35
those who are left in Judah 36 will take possession of their land.”
10 This is how they will be repaid for their arrogance, 37
for they taunted and verbally harassed 38 the people of the Lord who commands armies.
11 The Lord will terrify them, 39
for 40 he will weaken 41 all the gods of the earth.
All the distant nations will worship the Lord in their own lands. 42
12 “You 43 Ethiopians 44 will also die by my sword!” 45
13 The Lord 46 will attack the north 47
and destroy Assyria.
He will make Nineveh a heap of ruins;
it will be as barren 48 as the desert.
14 Flocks and herds 49 will lie down in the middle of it,
as well as every kind of wild animal. 50
Owls 51 will sleep in the tops of its support pillars;
they will hoot through the windows. 52
Rubble will cover the thresholds; 53
even the cedar work 54 will be exposed to the elements. 55
15 This is how the once-proud city will end up 56 –
the city that was so secure. 57
She thought to herself, 58 “I am unique! No one can compare to me!” 59
What a heap of ruins she has become, a place where wild animals live!
Everyone who passes by her taunts her 60 and shakes his fist. 61