AMBAKUM OR HABAKKUK.
The vision which Ambakitm the ftrophet saw.
2 (p) How long, O Lord shall I cry, and thou not hearken?
How long shall I being injured cry to thee, and thou not save’
-“> Why hast thoti pointed out to me to behold labours and sor
rows, misery and impiety ? A suit is instituted against me and the judge receiveth [bribes] therefore law is disregarded
4 and the cause is not brought to an issue. Because a wicked man oppresseth the just, therefore wrong judgment will be given.
5 (J) See ye despisers ! and view intently and be amazed at wonderful things and vanish. For in your days I am doing a work which you will not believe though one tell you.
6 For lo! I am raising up the Chaldeans that bitter and hasty nation, which marcheth over the breadth of the earth, to possess
7 dwellings which belong not to them. He is terrible and illustrious; his judgment will be from himself, and from himself
3 his prophesy will proceed. His horses can out leap leopards and are swifter than the lynxes of Arabia. When his horsemen have mounted, they will rush impetuously from afar, and
9 will fly like an eagle, eager for prey. Destruction will come on the wicked who set themselves against him ; and he will ga-
10 ther captives like the sand. He indeed will riot in kings; and petty princes will be his scorn. Of every fortress he will make
LI a scoff and will raise a mount and take it. Then he will change his mind and depart and be pacified.
12 (p) This is the majesty which belongeth to my God. Art not thou from everlasting? O Lord, my God, my Holy One ! let us not die. Thou, O Lord, hast appointed this for judgment : and formed it that its correction may work conviction
13 in me. Thine eye is too pure to behold wicked deeds, or to look on the labours of sorrow. Why lookest thou upon despisers? Wilt thou be silent when the wicked swallow up the
14 righteous? Wilt thou make these men like the fishes of the ] 5 sea, and like those reptiles which have no leader? He hath
drawn up destruction with a hook, and hath dragged out one with a dredge, and enclosed another with his sweep net. For 16 this cause he will rejoice and his heart will be glad ; therefore he will sacrifice to his net and burn incense to his dredge. Because by these he made his mess rich and his food delicious, shall he on the account of this cast his dredge, and not spare to slay nations continually?
11 I will stand on my watch and go up upon a rock and look around, that I may see what he will say to me and what
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answer I shall receive to my expostulation. And the Lord answered and said,
(J) Write a vision: write it distinctly in a book that the reader may trace these things ; for the vision is for a time yet to come. But it will spring up at last and will not be vain. -Though he may tarry, wait for him; for he will assuredly come and will not fail. If any one draw back my soul hath no pleasure in him. But the just shall live by faith in me.
5 Now this arrogant and contemptuous man—this man of boasts shall not exceed a certain bound. He enlarged his soul like Hades and like death was not satisfied. When he shall have gathered to him all the nations and received for himself
6 all the peoples, will they not all take up a parable against him and a fable to tell of him, saying, Wo to him who is heaping up for himself things which do not belong to him? For
7 how long? And making his yoke grievously heavy. For biters of him shall start up suddenly. And the plotters against thee
8 shall be sober and thou shalt be plunder for them. Because thou hast plundered many nations, all the remaining peoples shall plunder thee for the blood of mankind, and for the impieties of a land and a city and of all them who inhabit it.
9 Wo to him who covetcth wicked gain for his house, that he
10 may raise his nest high to be out of the reach of evils. Thou ‘ hast contrived shame for thy house; thou hast provoked many
11 peoples and thy soul hath sinned; for a stone out of a wall will cry out, and a worm from a beam will proclaim these things.
12 Wo to him who buildeth a city with blood and furbish-
13 eth up a city with iniquities ! Are not these things from the Lord Almighty? When many nations have fainted by fire,
14 and many peoples have been dispirited, that the earth may be filled with a knowledge of the glory of God. Like water it will cover them.
15 Wo to him who maketh his neighbour drink a foamy intoxicating draught, makinghim drunk that he may inspect his
16 caves. Because of thy glory drink thou also a full draught of dishonour, and be confounded at heart and shaken. The cup of the right hand of the Lord is come round to thee and dis-
17 honour is heaped upon thy glory. For the impiety at Libanus
shall covef thee and the sufferings of wild beasts shall terrify thee> on the account of the blood of mankind, and for the wickedness of a land and a city and of all them who inhabit it.
18 Of what avail is a graven thing, that they have engraved it? Did one cause a molten mass, a false fantasy, to be cast, because the caster had a confidence that by casting he would
19 make dumb idols? Wo to him who saith to wood, Awake; arise. And to stone, be thou exalted. The one is indeed a fan-
20 tasy; and the other, a plating of gold and silver: there is no breath in it. But the Lord is in his holy temple. Let all the earth be awed at his presence,
III. The Prayer of Ambakum tlie prophet; with an Ode.
2 O Lord, I have heard the report of thee and am terrified; I have considered thy works and am struck with amaze. In the midst of two living beings thou wilt be known; when the years draw nigh thou wilt be acknowledged; when the time is come thou wilt be pointed out: when my soul is troubled, In
3 wrath remember mercy. God will come from Thaiman, even the Holy One from the thick shady mountains of Pharan.
4 His glory obscured the heavens; and the earth was full of his praise. His splendor will be like light—beaming rays in his hands, which impressed a lasting love of his Majesty.
5 Before him Logos [the word] will march, and advance into
6 the plain. He stood and the earth was shaken: he looked, and nations melted away : the mountains were violently convulsed,
7 the everlasting hills mehed. Instead of labours I beheld his marches of old. The dwellings of the Ethiopians shall be ter-
8 riBed! And the tents of the land of Madian! Wast thou, O Lord, angry with the rivers? Or was thy wrath against the rivers ? Or thine indignation against a sea, that thou shouldst
9 mount thy horses? Thy riding is indeed salvation. Thou hast bent thy bow effectually against sceptres. The Lord saith, ” The
10 land of rivers shall be broken; peoples shall see and be in pangs.” Thouart scattering the rolling waters. The deep roar-
11 ed. It swelled high. The sun was withdrawn : and the moon stood on its orbit. Thy bolts will glance for light, for a glare.
12 of the lightening of thine arms. With a threat thou canst dimi-
13 nish a land, and with wrath crush nations. Thou hast marched forth for the salvation of thy people, to save thine anointed One. Thou wilt pour death on the head of transgressors, thou
14 hast raised chains up to the neck. Thou hast struck with consternation the heads of mighties, at this they will be appalled! They will slacken their reins and be like a poor man eating
15 in secret, whilst thou art pressing into the sea thy horses ruffling a mighty water.
16 I watched myself; and at the sound of the prayer of my lips my bowels trembled and a tremor seized my bones; and under me my whole frame quivered. I shall be at rest in the day of affliction, at the time of his coming to the people of
17 my neighbourhood. Since the fig tree will not flourish, nor will there be fruit on the vines; the product of the olive will fail, and the fields will supply no food—-For want of food the flocks
18 have failed, and there are no kine in the stills; As for me, I will rejoice in the Lord; I shall have joy for God my saviour.
19 The Lord God is my strength, and will guide my feet to the end. He maketh me walk in high places; that I may triumph with his song.