This post is Day 18 in a series of studies about “Habakkuk”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Habakkuk – Day 18

Habakkuk 2:12

Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by injustice!

The Thought

God continues the curses He is speaking about the wicked on the earth. Those who are the object of this third “woe” are not the “down and outs” who steal to keep themselves from starvation. They are not murderers as we think of them. These are the “respectable” people who are our town mayors, or city counsellors, many are higher up in government positions. They are the people who use their positions to abuse others, abuse in every way.

Please note that I am not saying that all civil servants or political representatives are evil. But I believe that some of them are. There are too many who have used their positions to influence others, not always with good reasons, or good results.

God’s word encourages each of us to be honest and just; fair in all our dealings.

He holds success in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones. (Proverbs 2:7-8)

Several of the psalms confirm this, and we can be encouraged as we read different passages of The Bible telling us the same things written by different people in different generations, and from different walks of life. e.g. For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake His faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish. (Psalms 37:28)


Read Psalm 37 today and be blessed by what God is saying to you personally through the words of David (the shepherd boy who became king) written so long ago. Praise God for His inspiration of David, and His presence in your life today.

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