Thursday, January 28, 2016

Habakkuk 3





2 | Lord, I have heard of your fame;
   I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
   Repeat them in our day,
   in our time make them known;
   in wrath remember mercy.
3 God came from Teman,
   the Holy One from Mount Paran.
   His glory covered the heavens
   and his praise filled the earth.
4 His splendor was like the sunrise;
   rays flashed from his hand,
   where his power was hidden.
5 Plague went before him;
   pestilence followed his steps.
6 He stood, and shook the earth;
   he looked, and made the nations tremble.
   The ancient mountains crumbled
   and the age-old hills collapsed—
   but he marches on forever.
7 I saw the tents of Cushan in distress,
   the dwellings of Midian in anguish.
8 Were you angry with the rivers, Lord?
   Was your wrath against the streams?
   Did you rage against the sea
   when you rode your horses
   and your chariots to victory?
9 You uncovered your bow,
   you called for many arrows.
   You split the earth with rivers;
10 the mountains saw you and writhed.
     Torrents of water swept by;
     the deep roared
     and lifted its waves on high.
11 Sun and moon stood still in the heavens
     at the glint of your flying arrows,
     at the lightning of your flashing spear.
12 In wrath you strode through the earth
     and in anger you threshed the nations.
13 You came out to deliver your people,
     to save your anointed one.
     You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness,
     you stripped him from head to foot.
14 With his own spear you pierced his head
     when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,
     gloating as though about to devour
     the wretched who were in hiding.
15 You trampled the sea with your horses,
     churning the great waters.
16 I heard and my heart pounded,
     my lips quivered at the sound;
     decay crept into my bones,
     and my legs trembled.
     Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
     to come on the nation invading us.

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