43  The Prayer of Habakkuk


All   You came forth to save your people,

to save your anointed, O God.

1    O Lord, I have heard of your renown,  

and I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work.

2    In the midst of the years renew it;

in the midst of the years make it known;  

in wrath remember mercy.

3    God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran.  

His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

4    His brightness was like the sun,  

rays flashed from his hand; there he veiled his power.

5    You came forth to save your people,  

to save your anointed.

6    You trampled the sea with your horses,  

churning the mighty waters.

7    I hear, and my belly trembles,  

my lips quiver at the sound;

8    Rottenness enters into my bones,  

and my steps totter beneath me.

9    I will quietly wait for the day of trouble  

to come upon the people that invade us.

10  Though the fig tree does not blossom,

nor fruit appear on the vines,  

the produce of the olive fail, and the fields yield no food,

11  Though the flock be cut off from the fold  

and there be no herd in the stalls,

12  Yet will I rejoice in the Lord,  

I will exult in the God of my salvation.

13  God, the Lord, is my strength;  

he makes my feet like hinds’ feet,

and makes me tread upon the high places.

Habakkuk 3.2-4, 13a, 15-19

All   Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

All   You came forth to save your people,

to save your anointed, O God.


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