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And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
None calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth: they trust in empty words, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
Who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the justice of the righteous from him!
Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write misfortune which they have prescribed;
How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
And moreover I saw under the sun the place of justice, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they have become great, and grown rich.
You who turn justice to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
Hear this, I pray you, you heads of the house of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel, that abhor justice, and pervert all equity.
That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, and the judge asks for a bribe; and the great man, he utters his evil desire: so they weave it together.
Therefore the law is slacked, and justice does never go forth: for the wicked does surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
Woe to her that is rebellious and defiled, to the oppressing city!