Parallel Verses

Darby Translation

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

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 slackened and justice and a righteous sentence never go forth, for the [hostility of the] wicked surrounds the [uncompromisingly] righteous; therefore justice goes forth 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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Therefore the law is weakened, and the judgment does not go forth true: for the wicked compasses about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceeds.

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 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. 4 Therefore the law is powerless, and justice doth never go forth; for the wicked encompasseth the righteous; therefore judgment goeth forth perverted. 5 See ye among the nations, and behold, and wonder marvellously; for I work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be declared to you.



Cross References

Psalm 119:126

It is time for Jehovah to work: they have made void thy law.

Ezekiel 9:9

And he said unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness; for they say, Jehovah hath forsaken the earth, and Jehovah seeth not.

Job 21:7

Wherefore do the wicked live, grow old, yea, become mighty in power?

Psalm 58:1-2

{To the chief Musician. 'Destroy not.' Of David. Michtam.} Is righteousness indeed silent? Do ye speak it? Do ye judge with equity, ye sons of men?

Isaiah 1:21-23

How is the faithful city become a harlot! It was full of judgment; righteousness used to lodge in it, but now murderers.

Isaiah 5:20

Woe unto them who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Jeremiah 12:1

Righteous art thou, Jehovah, when I plead with thee; yet will I speak with thee of thy judgments. Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they at ease that deal very treacherously?

Exodus 23:2

Thou shalt not follow the multitude for evil; neither shalt thou answer in a cause, to go after the multitude to pervert judgment.

Exodus 23:6

Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

Deuteronomy 16:19

Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a bribe; for the bribe blindeth the eyes of the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.

1 Kings 21:13

And there came the two men, sons of Belial, and sat before him; and the men of Belial witnessed against him, against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth blasphemed God and the king. And they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.

Psalm 11:3

If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?

Psalm 22:16

For dogs have encompassed me; an assembly of evil-doers have surrounded me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

Psalm 59:2

Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from men of blood.

Psalm 59:4

They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to meet me, and behold.

Psalm 82:1-5

{A Psalm of Asaph.} God standeth in the assembly of God, he judgeth among the gods.

Psalm 94:3

How long shall the wicked, O Jehovah, how long shall the wicked triumph?

Psalm 94:20-21

Shall the throne of wickedness be united to thee, which frameth mischief into a law?

Isaiah 59:2-8

but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he doth not hear.

Isaiah 59:13-15

in transgressing and lying against Jehovah, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

Jeremiah 5:27-29

As a cage full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and have enriched themselves.

Jeremiah 12:6

For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee, even they have cried aloud after thee. Believe them not, though they speak good words unto thee.

Jeremiah 26:8

And it came to pass when Jeremiah had ended speaking all that Jehovah had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, Thou shalt certainly die.

Jeremiah 26:21-23

and Jehoiakim the king, and all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, and the king sought to put him to death; but Urijah heard it, and he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt.

Jeremiah 37:14-16

And Jeremiah said, It is false: I am not deserting to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him; and Irijah laid hold on Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes.

Jeremiah 38:4-6

And the princes said unto the king, Let this man, we pray thee, be put to death; for why should he weaken the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking to them according to these words? for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt.

Ezekiel 22:25-30

There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst of her like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they devour souls; they take away treasure and precious things; they increase her widows in the midst of her;

Hosea 10:4

They speak mere words, swearing falsely in making a covenant; therefore shall judgment spring up as hemlock in the furrows of the fields.

Amos 5:7

Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth,

Amos 5:12

For I know how manifold are your transgressions and your sins mighty: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the right of the needy in the gate.

Micah 2:1-2

Woe to them that devise iniquity and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Micah 3:1-3

And I said, Hear, I pray you, ye heads of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know judgment?

Micah 7:2-4

The godly man hath perished out of the land, and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood, they hunt every man his brother with a net.

Matthew 23:34-36

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

Matthew 26:59-66

And the chief priests and the elders and the whole sanhedrim sought false witness against Jesus, so that they might put him to death.

Matthew 27:1-2

And when it was morning all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus so that they might put him to death.

Matthew 27:25-26

And all the people answering said, His blood be on us and on our children.

Mark 7:9

And he said to them, Well do ye set aside the commandment of God, that ye may observe what is delivered by yourselves to keep.

Acts 7:52

Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain those who announced beforehand concerning the coming of the Just One, of whom ye have now become deliverers up and murderers!

Acts 7:59

And they stoned Stephen, praying, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

Acts 23:12-14

And when it was day, the Jews, having banded together, put themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they should kill Paul.

Romans 3:31

Do we then make void law by faith? Far be the thought: no, but we establish law.

James 2:6-7

But ye have despised the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you, and do not they drag you before the tribunals?

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