Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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 lettest thou me see weariness and labour? Tyranny and violence are before me, power overgoeth right: 4 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. 5 Behold among the Heathen, and look well: wonder at it, and be abashed: For I will do a thing in your time, which though it be told you, ye shall not believe.



Cross References

Psalm 119:126

It is time for thee, O LORD, to lay to thine hand; for they have destroyed thy law.

Ezekiel 9:9

Then said he unto me, "The wickedness of the house of Israel and Judah is very great: so that the land is full of blood, and the city full of unfaithfulness. For they say, 'Tush, the LORD regardeth not the earth, he seeth us not.'

Job 21:7

"Wherefore do wicked men live in health and prosperity, come to their old age, and increase in riches?

Psalm 58:1-2

{To the Chanter, Michtam of David} If your minds be upon righteousness in deed, then judge the thing that is right, O ye sons of men.

Isaiah 1:21-23

How happeneth it then that the righteous city, which was full of equity, is become unfaithful as an whore? Righteousness dwelt in it, but now murder.

Isaiah 5:20

Woe be unto them that call evil good, and good evil: which make darkness light, and light darkness, that make sour sweet, and sweet sour.

Jeremiah 12:1

O LORD, thou art more righteous than that I should dispute with thee: Nevertheless, let me talk with thee in things reasonable. How happeneth it, that the way of the ungodly is so prosperous? And that it goeth so well with them, which without any shame offend and live in wickedness?

Exodus 23:2

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil: neither answer in a matter of plea that thou wouldest, to follow many, turn aside from the truth;

Exodus 23:6

Thou shalt not hinder the right of the poor that are among you in their suit.

Deuteronomy 16:19

Wrest not the law, nor know any person, neither take any reward: for gifts blind the wise and pervert the words of the righteous.

1 Kings 21:13

and there came in two unthrifty persons and sat before him. And the two unthrifty persons witnessed against Naboth before the people, saying, "Naboth did curse God and the king." And upon that they carried him out of the city and stoned him with stones to death.

Psalm 11:3

For the foundations will be cast down, and what hath the righteous done?

Psalm 22:16

For many dogs are come about me, the counsel of the wicked layeth siege against me.

Psalm 59:2

O deliver me from the wicked doers, and save me from the bloodthirsty men.

Psalm 59:4

They run and prepare themselves, without my fault; Arise thou therefore to help me, and behold.

Psalm 82:1-5

{A Psalm of Asaph} God standeth in the congregation of princes, and is a Judge among the judges.

Psalm 94:3

LORD, how long shall the ungodly, how long shall the ungodly triumph?

Psalm 94:20-21

Wilt thou have anything to do with the stool of wickedness, which imagineth mischief as a law?

Isaiah 59:2-8

But your misdeeds have separated you from your God, and your sins hide his face from you, that he heareth you not.

Isaiah 59:13-15

Namely transgress and dissemble against the LORD, and fall away from our God: using presumptuous and traitorous imaginations, and casting false matters in our hearts.

Jeremiah 5:27-29

And like as a net is full of birds, so are their houses full of that which they have gotten with falsity and deceit. Hereof cometh their great substance and riches,

Jeremiah 12:6

For thy brethren and thy kindred have altogether despised thee, and cried out upon thee in thine absence. Believe them not, though they speak fair words to thee.

Jeremiah 26:8

Now when he had spoken out all the words that the LORD commanded him to preach unto all the people, then the priests, the prophets and all the people took hold upon him, and said, "Thou shalt die.

Jeremiah 26:21-23

Now when Jehoiakim the king with all the estate and princes had heard his words, the king went about to slay him. When Uriah perceived that, he was afraid, and fled, and departed into Egypt.

Jeremiah 37:14-16

Then said Jeremiah, "It is not so, I go not to the Chaldeans." Nevertheless Irijah would not believe him, but brought Jeremiah bound before the princes.

Jeremiah 38:4-6

Then said the princes unto the king, "Sir, we beseech you let this man be put to death; For thus he discourageth the hands of the soldiers that be in this city, and the hands of all the people, when he speaketh such words unto them. This man verily laboureth not for peace of the people, but mischief."

Ezekiel 22:25-30

thy Prophets that are in thee are sworn together to devour souls, like as a roaring Lion that liveth by his prey. They receive riches and good, and make many widows in thee.

Hosea 10:4

They commune together, and swear vain oaths: they be confederate together, therefore groweth their punishment, as the weeds in the furrows of the land.

Amos 5:7

Ye turn the law to wormwood, and cast down righteousness into the ground.

Amos 5:12

As for the multitude of your wickednesses and your stout sins, I know them right well. Enemies are ye of the righteous; ye take rewards; ye oppress the poor in judgment.

Micah 2:1-2

Woe unto them that imagine to do harm, and devise ungraciousness upon their beds, to perform it in the clear day: for their power is against God.

Micah 3:1-3

Hear, O ye heads of the house of Jacob, and ye leaders of the house of Israel: Should not ye know, what were lawful and right?

Micah 7:2-4

There is not a godly man upon earth, there is not one righteous among men. They labour all to shed blood, and every man hunteth his brother to death:

Matthew 23:34-36

"Wherefore, Behold, I send unto you prophets, wise men, and scribes. And of them: some shall ye kill and crucify, and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city;

Matthew 26:59-66

The chief priests, and the elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, for to put him to death,

Matthew 27:1-2

when the morning was come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people held a counsel against Jesus, to put him to death,

Matthew 27:25-26

Then answered all the people, and said, "His blood be on us, and on our children."

Mark 7:9

And he said unto them, "Well, ye cast aside the commandment of God, to maintain your own traditions.

Acts 7:52

Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them, which showed before of the coming of that Just, whom ye have betrayed and murdered.

Acts 7:59

And they stoned Stephen, calling on and saying, "Lord Jesus receive my spirit."

Acts 23:12-14

When day was come, certain of the Jews gathered themselves together, and made a vow saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

Romans 3:31

Do we then destroy the law through faith? God forbid. But we, rather, maintain the law.

James 2:6-7

But ye have despised the poor. Are not the rich they which oppress you: and they which draw you before judges?

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