How Long and Why?
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How Long and Why?

From Series: No Simple Answers

Habakkuk 1:1-4  (ID: 2627)

As Alistair Begg introduces the book of Habakkuk, we may find that our experience is not far removed from that of this prophet. The author of this prophetic book asked some very hard questions – ones that will not be unfamiliar to the cries of our hearts. As we listen in and struggle along with Habakkuk, we are reminded to call on the Lord for help, trusting that His authority spans all eternity.


1The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.

Habakkuk's Complaint

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.

Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.