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Habakkuk Chapter 2 | Parsha:

1I will stand on my watch,
Take up my station at the post,
And wait to see what He will say to me,
What He will reply to my complaint.

2The Lord answered me and said:
Write the prophecy down,
Inscribe it clearly on tablets,
So that it can be read easily.

3For there is yet a prophecy for a set term,
A truthful witness for a time that will come.
Even if it tarries, wait for it still;
For it will surely come, without delay:

4Lo, his spirit within him is puffed up, not upright,
But the righteous man is rewarded with life
For his fidelity.

5How much less then shall the defiant go unpunished,
The treacherous, arrogant man
Who has made his maw as wide as Sheol,
Who is as insatiable as Death,
Who has harvested all the nations
And gathered in all the peoples!

6Surely all these shall pronounce a satire against him,
A pointed epigram concerning him.
They shall say:
Ah, you who pile up what is not yours—
How much longer?—
And make ever heavier your load of indebtedness!

7Right suddenly will your creditors arise,
And those who remind you will awake,
And you will be despoiled by them.

8Because you plundered many nations,
All surviving peoples shall plunder you—
For crimes against men and wrongs against lands,
Against cities and all their inhabitants.

9Ah, you who have acquired gains
To the detriment of your own house,
Who have destroyed many peoples
In order to set your nest on high
To escape disaster!

10You have plotted shame for your own house,
And guilt for yourself;

11For a stone shall cry out from the wall,
And a rafter shall answer it from the woodwork.

12Ah, you who have built a town with crime,
And established a city with infamy,

13So that peoples have had to toil for the fire,
And nations to weary themselves for naught!
Behold, it is from the Lord of Hosts:

14For the earth shall be filled
With awe for the glory of the Lord
As water covers the sea.

15Ah, you who make others drink to intoxication
As you pour out your wrath,
In order to gaze upon their nakedness!

16You shall be sated with shame
Rather than glory:
Drink in your turn and stagger!
The cup in the right hand of the Lord
Shall come around to you,
And disgrace to your glory.

17For the lawlessness against Lebanon shall cover you,
The destruction of beasts shall overwhelm you—
For crimes against men and wrongs against lands,
Against cities and all their inhabitants.

18What has the carved image availed,
That he who fashioned it has carved it
For an image and a false oracle—
That he who fashioned his product has trusted in it,
Making dumb idols?

19Ah, you who say, “Wake up” to wood,
“Awaken,” to inert stone!
Can that give an oracle?
Why, it is encased in gold and silver,
But there is no breath inside it.

20But the Lord in His holy Abode—
Be silent before Him all the earth!

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