Parallel Verses

King James Version

Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.

New American Standard Bible

Why do You make me see iniquity, And cause me to look on wickedness? Yes, destruction and violence are before me; Strife exists and contention arises.

Holman Bible

Why do You force me to look at injustice?
Why do You tolerate wrongdoing?
Oppression and violence are right in front of me.
Strife is ongoing, and conflict escalates.

International Standard Version

Why are you forcing me to look at iniquity and to stare at wickedness? Social havoc and oppression are all around me; there are legal conflicts, and disputes abound.

A Conservative Version

Why do thou show me iniquity, and look upon perverseness? For destruction and violence are before me, and there is strife, and contention rises up.

American Standard Version

Why dost thou show me iniquity, and look upon perverseness? for destruction and violence are before me; and there is strife, and contention riseth up.

Amplified

Why do You show me iniquity and wrong, and Yourself look upon or cause me to see perverseness and trouble? For destruction and violence are before me; and there is strife, and contention arises.

Bible in Basic English

Why do you make me see evil-doing, and why are my eyes fixed on wrong? for wasting and violent acts are before me: and there is fighting and bitter argument.

Darby Translation

Why dost thou cause me to see iniquity, and lookest thou upon grievance? For spoiling and violence are before me; and there is strife, and contention riseth up.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Why dost thou cause me to see iniquity and cause me to behold grievance and destruction and violence before me, in addition to those that raise up strife and contention?

Julia Smith Translation

Wherefore wilt thou cause me to see vanity and cause me to look at labor? and oppression and violence before me, and there will be contention, and strife will be raised up.

King James 2000

Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to behold trouble? for plundering and violence are before me: and there are those that raise up strife and contention.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Why do you cause me to see evil [while] you look at trouble? Destruction and violence happen before me; contention and strife arise.

Modern King James verseion

Why do You show me evil, and You look on toil? For destruction and violence are before me; and there is strife, and contention rises up.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Why lettest thou me see weariness and labour? Tyranny and violence are before me, power overgoeth right:

NET Bible

Why do you force me to witness injustice? Why do you put up with wrongdoing? Destruction and violence confront me; conflict is present and one must endure strife.

New Heart English Bible

Why do you show me iniquity, and look at perversity? For destruction and violence are before me. There is strife, and contention rises up.

The Emphasized Bible

Wherefore shouldst thou let me see iniquity, and, wrong, shouldst let me behold, and, force and violence, be straight before me, - and there should have ever been someone who, contention and strife, would uphold?

Webster

Why dost thou show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for devastation and violence are before me: and there are that raise strife and contention.

World English Bible

Why do you show me iniquity, and look at perversity? For destruction and violence are before me. There is strife, and contention rises up.

Youngs Literal Translation

Why dost Thou shew me iniquity, And perversity dost cause to behold? And spoiling and violence are before me, And there is strife, and contention doth lift itself up,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
Why dost thou shew
ראה 
Ra'ah 
Usage: 1308

and cause me to behold
נבט 
Nabat 
Usage: 69

שׁוד שׁד 
Shod 
Usage: 25

נסה נשׂא 
Nasa' 
Usage: 653

רב ריב 
Riyb 
Usage: 60

Devotionals

Devotionals about Habakkuk 1:3

References

Fausets

Hastings

Context Readings

Habakkuk's Complaint

2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! 3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. 4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.



Cross References

Psalm 55:9-11

Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

Jeremiah 9:2-6

Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.

Psalm 12:1-2

{To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.} Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

Psalm 73:3-9

For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalm 120:5-6

Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!

Ecclesiastes 4:1

So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

Ecclesiastes 5:8

If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

Jeremiah 20:8

For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily.

Ezekiel 2:6

And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

Micah 7:1-4

Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.

Matthew 10:16

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

2 Peter 2:8

(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

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