November 13, 1983
Who was the Israelite prophet Habakkuk? His name can mean either “embracer” or “wrestler”—and as Alistair Begg notes, the prophet did indeed both embrace and wrestle with God’s predictions for His wayward people. In a time of social and economic turmoil, Habakkuk came from an obscure background to deliver prophetic warnings, even as he himself anguished over the idea of a good God who could bring about suffering.
1The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.
2O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not hear?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?
3Why do you make me see iniquity,
and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
4So the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted.
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