- A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, put to Shigionoth.
- O Lord, word of you has come to my ears;
I have seen your work, O Lord;
when the years come near make it clear;
in wrath keep mercy in mind.
- God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran.
The heavens were covered with his glory, and the earth was full of his praise.
- He was shining like the light;
he had rays coming out from his hand: there his power was kept secret.
- Before him went disease, and flames went out at his feet.
- From his high place he sent shaking on the earth;
he saw and nations were suddenly moved: and the eternal mountains were broken, the unchanging hills were bent down;
his ways are eternal.
- The curtains of Cushan were troubled, and the tents of Midian were shaking.
- Was your wrath burning against the rivers?
were you angry with the sea, that you went on your horses, on your war-carriages of salvation?
- Your bow was quite uncovered.
By you the earth was cut through with rivers.
- The mountains saw you and were moved with fear;
the clouds were streaming with water: the voice of the deep was sounding;
the sun did not come up, and the moon kept still in her place.
- At the light of your arrows they went away, at the shining of your polished spear.
- You went stepping through the land in wrath, crushing the nations in your passion.
- You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of the one on whom your holy oil was put;
wounding the head of the family of the evil-doer, uncovering the base even to the neck.
- You have put your spears through his head, his horsemen were sent in flight like dry stems;
they had joy in driving away the poor, in making a meal of them secretly.
- The feet of your horses were on the sea, on the mass of great waters.
- Hearing it, my inner parts were moved, and my lips were shaking at the sound;
my bones became feeble, and my steps were uncertain under me: I gave sounds of grief in the day of trouble, when his forces came up against the people in bands.
- For though the fig-tree has no flowers, and there is no fruit on the vine, and work on the olive comes to nothing, and the fields give no food;
and the flock is cut off from its resting-place, and there is no herd in the cattle-house:
- Still, I will be glad in the Lord, my joy will be in the God of my salvation.
- The Lord God is my strength, and he makes my feet like roes' feet, guiding me on my high places.
For the chief music-maker on corded instruments.