3 Why do you make me witness wrongdoing?
And why do you tolerate oppression?
Why are destruction and violence before me?
And why do quarreling and conflict abound?
4 So law is paralyzed,
And justice is never carried out.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
That is why justice is perverted.+
5 “Look among the nations and pay attention!
Stare in amazement and be astounded;
For something will happen in your days
That you will not believe even if it is told to you.+
They sweep through vast stretches of the earth
To seize homes not theirs.+
7 They are frightening and fearsome.
Their warhorses gallop forward;
Their horses come from far away.
They swoop down like the eagle rushing to feed.+
The assembling of their faces is like the east wind,+
And they scoop up captives like sand.
They laugh at every fortified place;+
They pile up a dirt ramp and capture it.
11 Then they move forward like the wind and pass through,
But they will become guilty,+
Why, then, do you tolerate the treacherous+
And keep silent when a wicked man swallows up someone more righteous than he is?+
14 Why do you make man like the fish of the sea,
Like creeping things that have no ruler?
He catches them in his dragnet,
And he gathers them in his fishing net.
That is why he rejoices greatly.+
16 That is why he offers sacrifices to his dragnet
And makes sacrifices* to his fishing net;
For by them his portion is rich,*
And his food is choice.
Will he go on slaughtering nations without compassion?+