of a prophet who asks how long God will let the wicked oppress the
righteous and who learns that the righteous live by faith.
Habakkuk was to write God's message on tablets
in Judah about 605-597 BC. He was a contemporary of Jeremiah, Nahum,
and Zephaniah. The Babylonians were threatening
to conquer Judah.
The prophet complains
that God does not hear the cries of his people while the Babylonians
advance. God replies that the Babylonians are God's own instrument.
The prophet asks how God can let the wicked Babylonians conquer those
who are more righteous. God replies that the righteous must live
by faith (2:4). Five woes are directed against the invaders who
plunder the nations and practice violence and idolatry. Habakkuk prays
in the confidence that God will save his people. Faith flourishes despite
2:4 - Righteous live by faith