O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of
violence, and thou wilt not save!
Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and
violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.
Therefore the law is slacked, and judgement doth never go forth: for the wicked
doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgement proceedeth.
Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a
work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march
through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not
They are terrible and dreadful: their judgement and their dignity shall proceed of
Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the
evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall
come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.
They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and
they shall gather the captivity as the sand.
And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they
shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.
Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his
power unto his god.
Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O
LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgement; and, O mighty God, thou hast established
them for correction.
Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:
wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when
the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler
They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather
them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.
Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because
by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous.
Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the