Parallel Verses

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."

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.

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 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. 4 Therefore, the Law has become paralyzed, and justice never comes about. Because criminals outnumber the righteous, whenever judgments are issued, they come out crooked." 5 "Look out at the nations and pay attention! Be astounded! Be really astounded! Because something is happening in your lifetime that you won't believe, even if it were described down to the smallest detail.



Cross References

Psalm 119:126

It is time for the LORD to act, since they have violated your instruction.

Ezekiel 9:9

"The house of Israel and Judah is guilty and theirs is a stubborn guilt, at that!" he replied to me. "The land is filled with blood, and the city overflows with injustice, because they keep saying, "The LORD has abandoned the land,' and "The LORD isn't watching.'

Job 21:7

"Why do the wicked live to reach old age and increase in power and wealth, too?

Psalm 58:1-2

How is it that by remaining silent you can speak righteously? How can you judge people fairly?

Isaiah 1:21-23

"How the faithful city has become a whore, she who used to be filled with justice! Righteousness used to reside within her, but now only murderers live there.

Isaiah 5:20

"How terrible it will be for those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute what is bitter for what is sweet and what is sweet for what is bitter!"

Jeremiah 12:1

You are righteous, LORD, even when I bring a complaint to you. But I want to discuss justice with you. Why does the way of the wicked prosper, while all who are treacherous are at ease?

Exodus 23:2

You are not to follow the majority in doing wrong, and you are not to testify in a lawsuit so as to follow the majority and pervert justice.

Exodus 23:6

"You are not to pervert justice for the poor among you in their lawsuits.

Deuteronomy 16:19

You must not twist justice, show favoritism, or take bribes, because a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the speech of the righteous.

1 Kings 21:13

Two wicked men came in, sat down in front of them, and testified against Naboth in public, "Naboth cursed God and the king!" So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death.

Psalm 11:3

When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Psalm 22:16

For dogs have surrounded me; a gang of those who practice of evil has encircled me. They gouged my hands and my feet.

Psalm 59:2

Save me from those who practice evil; deliver me from bloodthirsty men.

Psalm 59:4

Without any fault on my part, they rush together and prepare themselves. Get up! Come help me! Pay attention!

Psalm 82:1-5

God takes his stand in the divine assembly; among the divine beings he renders judgment:

Psalm 94:3

How long will the wicked, LORD, how long will the wicked continue to triumph?

Psalm 94:20-21

Will destructive national leaders, who plan wicked things through misuse of the Law, be allied with you?

Isaiah 59:2-8

Instead, your iniquities have been barriers between you and your God, and your sins have concealed his face from you so that he won't listen.

Isaiah 59:13-15

they've rebelled in treachery against the LORD, and are turning away from following our God; and they've spoken oppression and revolt, and are conceiving lying words from the heart.

Jeremiah 5:27-29

Like a cage full of birds, so their houses are filled with treachery. This is how they have become prominent and rich,

Jeremiah 12:6

Indeed, even your brothers and your father's family conspire against you. Even they cry out after you loudly. Don't believe them, even though they speak friendly words to you.

Jeremiah 26:8

As soon as Jeremiah finished saying everything that the LORD had commanded him to say to all the people, the priests, the prophets, and all the people seized him, telling him as they did: "You must certainly die!

Jeremiah 26:21-23

King Jehoiakim, all his troops, and all the officials heard his words, and the king sought to kill him. Uriah heard about this and was afraid, so he fled and went to Egypt.

Jeremiah 37:14-16

Jeremiah said, "It's a lie! I'm not going over to the Chaldeans." But Irijah would not listen to him, and he arrested Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.

Jeremiah 38:4-6

Then the officials told the king, "Let this man be put to death because he's undermining the efforts of the soldiers who remain in this city and that of all the people by speaking words like these to them. Indeed, this man is not seeking the well-being of this people, but rather their harm."

Ezekiel 22:25-30

There's a conspiracy of prophets within her, and like a roaring lion tearing its prey, they've devoured people, and confiscated treasures, and taken precious things. They've added to the population of widows within her.

Hosea 10:4

Their word is falsely given as they make their agreements; so judgment springs up like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.

Amos 5:7

Those of you who are making justice taste bitter, and who have thrown righteousness to the ground:

Amos 5:12

and because I know that your transgressions are many, and your sins are numerous as you oppose the righteous, taking bribes as a ransom, and turning away the poor in court

Micah 2:1-2

"Woe to those who are crafting iniquity, planning evil well into the night! When morning's light comes, they carry out their plans because they have the power to do so.

Micah 3:1-3

"He will say, "Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you officials of the house of Israel! You should know justice, should you not?

Micah 7:2-4

The faithful have died off, and there is not one upright human being in the land. They all stalk one another with lethal intent, a man will even hunt his own brother with a net.

Matthew 23:34-36

"That is why I am sending you prophets, wise men, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will whip in your synagogues and persecute from town to town.

Matthew 26:59-66

Meanwhile, the high priests and the whole Council were looking for false testimony against Jesus in order to have him put to death.

Matthew 27:1-2

When morning came, all the high priests and elders of the people conspired against Jesus to put him to death.

Matthew 27:25-26

All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and our children!"

Mark 7:9

Then he told them, "You have such a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your own tradition!

Acts 7:52

Which of the prophets did your ancestors fail to persecute? They killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One, and now you have become his betrayers and murderers.

Acts 7:59

As they continued to stone Stephen, he kept praying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"

Acts 23:12-14

In the morning, the Jewish leaders formed a conspiracy and took an oath not to eat or drink anything before they had killed Paul.

Romans 3:31

Do we, then, abolish the Law by this faith? Of course not! Instead, we uphold the Law.

James 2:6-7

But you have humiliated the man who is poor. Are not rich people the ones who oppress you and drag you into court?

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