Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

Therefore the law is ignored
And justice is never upheld.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore justice comes out perverted.

King James Version

Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

Holman Bible

This is why the law is ineffective
and justice never emerges.
For the wicked restrict the righteous;
therefore, justice comes out perverted.

International Standard Version

Therefore, the Law has become paralyzed, and justice never comes about. Because criminals outnumber the righteous, whenever judgments are issued, they come out crooked."

A Conservative Version

Therefore the law is slacked, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked man surrounds the righteous man, therefore justice goes forth perverted.

American Standard Version

Therefore the law is slacked, and justice doth never go forth; for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore justice goeth forth perverted.

Amplified


Therefore, the law is ineffective and ignored
And justice is never upheld,
For the wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore, justice becomes perverted.

Bible in Basic English

For this reason the law is feeble and decisions are not effected: for the upright man is circled round by evil-doers; because of which right is twisted.

Darby Translation

Therefore the law is powerless, and justice doth never go forth; for the wicked encompasseth the righteous; therefore judgment goeth forth perverted.

Julia Smith Translation

For this, the law will be slack, and judgment will not go forth forever: for the unjust surrounds the just; for this perverted judgment will go forth.

King James 2000

Therefore the law is slacked, and justice does never go forth: for the wicked does surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice does not go forth perpetually. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice goes forth perverted.

Modern King James verseion

Therefore the law has become helpless, and justice does not always go forth. For the wicked entraps the righteous; therefore justice goes forth, being perverted.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

for the law is torn in pieces, and there can no right judgment go forth. And why? The ungodly is more set by than the righteous: this is the cause that wrong judgment proceedeth.

NET Bible

For this reason the law lacks power, and justice is never carried out. Indeed, the wicked intimidate the innocent. For this reason justice is perverted.

New Heart English Bible

Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth; for the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice goes forth perverted.

The Emphasized Bible

For which cause, benumbed is the law, and there is never any going forth of justice, - for, the lawless, doth circumvent the righteous, for which cause, justice doth go forth perverted?

Webster

Therefore the law is slackened, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth encompass the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

World English Bible

Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth; for the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice goes forth perverted.

Youngs Literal Translation

Therefore doth law cease, And judgment doth not go forth for ever, For the wicked is compassing the righteous, Therefore wrong judgment goeth forth.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
תּרה תּורה 
Towrah 
law
Usage: 219

is slacked
פּוּג 
Puwg 
Usage: 4

and judgment
משׁפּט 
Mishpat 
Usage: 421

נצח נצח 
Netsach 
Usage: 43

go forth
יצא 
Yatsa' 
....out, ....forth, bring, come, proceed, go, depart,
Usage: 1068

for the wicked
רשׁע 
Rasha` 
Usage: 263

כּתר 
Kathar 
Usage: 6

צדּיק 
Tsaddiyq 
Usage: 206

עקל 
`aqal 
Usage: 1

References

Fausets

Hastings

Context Readings

Habakkuk's Complaint

3 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.
4 Therefore the law is ignored
And justice is never upheld.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore justice comes out perverted.
5 Look among the nations! Observe!
Be astonished! Wonder!
Because I am doing something in your days—
You would not believe if you were told.



Cross References

Psalm 119:126

It is time for the Lord to act,
For they have broken Your law.

Ezekiel 9:9

Then He said to me, “The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is very, very great, and the land is filled with blood and the city is full of perversion; for they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see!’

Job 21:7

“Why do the wicked still live,
Continue on, also become very powerful?

Psalm 58:1-2

For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David.
Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods?
Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men?

Isaiah 1:21-23

How the faithful city has become a harlot,
She who was full of justice!
Righteousness once lodged in her,
But now murderers.

Isaiah 5:20

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Jeremiah 12:1

Righteous are You, O Lord, that I would plead my case with You;
Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with You:
Why has the way of the wicked prospered?
Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease?

Exodus 23:2

You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice;

Exodus 23:6

You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother in his dispute.

Deuteronomy 16:19

You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.

1 Kings 21:13

Then the two worthless men came in and sat before him; and the worthless men testified against him, even against Naboth, before the people, saying, “Naboth cursed God and the king.” So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death with stones.

Psalm 11:3

If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”

Psalm 22:16

For dogs have surrounded me;
A band of evildoers has encompassed me;
They pierced my hands and my feet.

Psalm 59:2

Deliver me from those who do iniquity
And save me from men of bloodshed.

Psalm 59:4

For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me.
Arouse Yourself to help me, and see!

Psalm 82:1-5

A Psalm of Asaph.
God takes His stand in His own congregation;
He judges in the midst of the rulers.

Psalm 94:3

How long shall the wicked, O Lord,
How long shall the wicked exult?

Psalm 94:20-21

Can a throne of destruction be allied with You,
One which devises mischief by decree?

Isaiah 59:2-8

But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.

Isaiah 59:13-15

Transgressing and denying the Lord,
And turning away from our God,
Speaking oppression and revolt,
Conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words.

Jeremiah 5:27-29

‘Like a cage full of birds,
So their houses are full of deceit;
Therefore they have become great and rich.

Jeremiah 12:6

“For even your brothers and the household of your father,
Even they have dealt treacherously with you,
Even they have cried aloud after you.
Do not believe them, although they may say nice things to you.”

Jeremiah 26:8

When Jeremiah finished speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, “You must die!

Jeremiah 26:21-23

When King Jehoiakim and all his mighty men and all the officials heard his words, then the king sought to put him to death; but Uriah heard it, and he was afraid and fled and went to Egypt.

Jeremiah 37:14-16

But Jeremiah said, “A lie! I am not going over to the Chaldeans”; yet he would not listen to him. So Irijah arrested Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.

Jeremiah 38:4-6

Then the officials said to the king, “Now let this man be put to death, inasmuch as he is discouraging the men of war who are left in this city and all the people, by speaking such words to them; for this man is not seeking the well-being of this people but rather their harm.”

Ezekiel 22:25-30

There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have devoured lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her.

Hosea 10:4

They speak mere words,
With worthless oaths they make covenants;
And judgment sprouts like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.

Amos 5:7

For those who turn justice into wormwood
And cast righteousness down to the earth.”

Amos 5:12

For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great,
You who distress the righteous and accept bribes
And turn aside the poor in the gate.

Micah 2:1-2

Woe to those who scheme iniquity,
Who work out evil on their beds!
When morning comes, they do it,
For it is in the power of their hands.

Micah 3:1-3

And I said,
Hear now, heads of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel.
Is it not for you to know justice?

Micah 7:2-4

The godly person has perished from the land,
And there is no upright person among men.
All of them lie in wait for bloodshed;
Each of them hunts the other with a net.

Matthew 23:34-36

Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,

Matthew 26:59-66

Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death.

Matthew 27:1-2

Now when morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus to put Him to death;

Matthew 27:25-26

And all the people said, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!”

Mark 7:9

He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.

Acts 7:52

Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become;

Acts 7:59

They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”

Acts 23:12-14

When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.

Romans 3:31

Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law.

James 2:6-7

But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court?

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