How long, LORD, have I called for help, And You do not hear? I cry out to You, 'Violence!' Yet You do not save.
Why do You make me see disaster, And make me
look at destitution? Yes, devastation and violence are before me; Strife exists and contention arises.
Therefore the Law is ignored, And justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out confused.
'Look among the nations! Watch! Be horrified! Be frightened speechless! For I am
accomplishing a work in your days— You would not believe it even
if you were told!
For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, That grim and impetuous people Who march throughout the earth, To take possession of dwelling places that are not theirs.
They are terrifying and feared; Their justice and authority originate with themselves.
Their horses are faster than leopards, And quicker than wolves in the evening. Their horsemen charge along, Their horsemen come from afar; They fly like an eagle swooping down to devour.
All of them come for violence. Their horde of faces moves forward. They gather captives like sand.