Habakkuk 1:1-4

Habakkuk has a problem

1 This is the message that God showed to his prophet Habakkuk.

2 Lord, how long must I call out to you for help?

1:2When we write Lord like this, it is a special name for God. Sometimes people write it as ‘Yahweh’, or as ‘Jehovah’. It is his own name that he told Moses. See Exodus 3:14. It means ‘I am who I am’. This shows that God has always been there and he always will be there.

You do not listen to me!

I shout aloud to you, ‘Violence is everywhere!’

but you do nothing to make us safe.

3 You cause me to see many things that are not right.

You do not punish people who are doing wrong things.

Why do you let that happen?

People do cruel things and there is violence everywhere.

They argue and they fight and they quarrel.

4 The law has no power to make things right.

There is no justice in the courts.

Instead, wicked people win against good people.

The judges decide that bad people are good.