How long, O LORD, will I call for help,
And You will not hear?
I cry out to You, “Violence!”
Yet You do not save.
Your eyes are too pure to approve evil,
And You can not look on wickedness with favor
Why do You look with favor
On those who deal treacherously?
Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up
Those more righteous than they?
I will stand on my guard post
And station myself on the rampart;
And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me,
And how I may reply when I am reproved.
Then the LORD answered me and said,
“… the vision is yet for the appointed time;
It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail
Though it tarries, wait for it;
For it will certainly come, it will not delay.
“Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed
And founds a town with violence!
“For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
As the waters cover the sea.
“… the LORD is in His holy temple
Let all the earth be silent before Him.“
~from Habakkuk 1-2