The fall of the corrupt (reprise)

I will take my place at the watchtower.
I will stand at my post and watch.
I will watch and see what He says to me.
I need to think about how I should respond to Him
When He gets back to me with His answer.

Eternal One (to Habakkuk):

Write down this vision.
Write it clearly on tablets, so that anyone who reads it may run.

For the vision points ahead to a time I have appointed;
it testifies regarding the end, and it will not lie.
Even if there is a delay, wait for it.
It is coming and will come without delay.

So I wrote, “Look how pompous he is!
Something is not right in his soul; he is not honest and just.
But the righteous one will live by his faithfulness.”

Indeed, wine betrays the proud man who is always restless.
He has a big appetite; it is like the deep, dark pit of the dead.
Like death, he is never satisfied.
He gathers all the nations to himself and collects all the people for his own purposes.

Will not all these nations raise up their litany of insults?
Will they not provoke him with their taunts and mockery, saying,
“Woe to him who hoards what is not his!
How long can he profit from extortion and debt?”

Will not your creditors suddenly rise up against you?
One day they will wake up and will have had enough.
Indeed, you will be their spoil!

Why? Because you have plundered many nations,
now all who remain will come and plunder you—
Because you have made bloody and violent raids over the earth
and ransacked many peoples and their villages.

Woe to him who builds his house on such evil profits,
who puts his nest up high, safe for the future, safe from disaster!

You don’t realize it, but by cutting down so many peoples,
you have brought shame on your house;
You have sinned against your own soul.

For the stone in the wall will cry out against you;
the wooden rafter will answer from the ceiling.

Woe to him who builds a city on bloodshed
and who establishes a town by injustice!

Look! Is it not because of the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies,
that all the people work for is consumed in fire
And that all the nations produce comes to nothing?

For as the waters cover the sea,
the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge
That the Eternal is glorious and powerful.

Habakkuk 2: 1-14, The Voice

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