Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

Thou are righteous, O LORD, when I contend with thee. Yet I would reason the case with thee. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are all those at ease who deal very treacherously?

New American Standard Bible

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?

King James Version

Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?

Holman Bible

You will be righteous, Lord,
even if I bring a case against You.
Yet, I wish to contend with You:
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Why do all the treacherous live at ease?

International Standard Version

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?

American Standard Version

Righteous art thou, O Jehovah, when I contend with thee; yet would I reason the cause with thee: wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they at ease that deal very treacherously?

Amplified

You, O Lord are [uncompromisingly] righteous and consistently just when I plead my case with You;
Yet let me discuss issues of justice with You:
Why has the way of the wicked prospered?
Why are those who deal in treachery (deceit) at ease and thriving?

Bible in Basic English

You are in the right, O Lord, when I put my cause before you: still let me take up with you the question of your decisions: why does the evil-doer do well? why are the workers of deceit living in comfort?

Darby Translation

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?

Julia Smith Translation

Just art thou, O Jehovah, for I will strive to thee: surely I will speak judgments with thee: Wherefore did the way of the evil prosper? all they acting faithlessly with treachery were secure?

King James 2000

Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk with you of your judgments: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? why are all they happy that deal very treacherously?

Lexham Expanded Bible

You [will be] in the right, Yahweh, when I complain to you. Even so, let me speak [my] claims with you. Why does [the] way of [the] wicked succeed? All those who deal treacherously with treachery are at ease.

Modern King James verseion

Righteous are You, O Jehovah, that I might contend with You; yet let me speak with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are all those happy who deal treacherously?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

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?

NET Bible

Lord, you have always been fair whenever I have complained to you. However, I would like to speak with you about the disposition of justice. Why are wicked people successful? Why do all dishonest people have such easy lives?

New Heart English Bible

You are righteous, LORD, when I contend with you; yet I would reason the cause with you: why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are they all at ease who deal very treacherously?

The Emphasized Bible

Righteous, art thou O Yahweh, when I present my pleading unto thee, - Yet, concerning the things that are right, let me speak with thee, - Wherefore hath, the way of the lawless, prospered? Wherefore have all, utter traitors, been at ease?

Webster

Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me speak with thee of thy judgments: Why doth the way of the wicked prosper? why are they all happy that deal very treacherously?

World English Bible

You are righteous, Yahweh, when I contend with you; yet I would reason the cause with you: why does the way of the wicked prosper? why are all they at ease who deal very treacherously?

Youngs Literal Translation

Righteous art Thou, O Jehovah, When I plead towards thee, Only, judgments do I speak with Thee, Wherefore did the way of the wicked prosper? At rest have been all treacherous dealers.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
צדּיק 
Tsaddiyq 
Usage: 206

art thou, O Lord

Usage: 0

רוּב ריבo 
Riyb 
Usage: 66

with thee yet let me talk
דּבר 
Dabar 
Usage: 1142

with thee of thy judgments
משׁפּט 
Mishpat 
Usage: 421

דּרך 
Derek 
Usage: 704

of the wicked
רשׁע 
Rasha` 
Usage: 263

צלח צלח 
Tsalach 
Usage: 66

שׁלו שׁלה 
Shalah 
Usage: 5

References

Smith

Context Readings

Jeremiah's Complaint

1 Thou are righteous, O LORD, when I contend with thee. Yet I would reason the case with thee. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are all those at ease who deal very treacherously? 2 Thou have planted them. Yea, they have taken root, they grow. Yea, they bring forth fruit. Thou are near in their mouth, and far from their heart.


Cross References

Job 12:6

The tents of robbers prosper, and those who provoke God are secure. Into whose hand God brings [abundantly].

Psalm 51:4

Against thee, thee only, I have sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight, that thou may be justified when thou speak, and {may prevail (LXX/NT)} when thou {are criticized (LXX/NT)}.

Malachi 3:15

And now we call the proud happy. Yea, those who work wickedness are built up. Yea, they challenge God, and escape.

Ezra 9:15

O LORD, the God of Israel, thou are righteous, for we are left a remnant that is escaped, as it is this day. Behold, we are before thee in our guiltiness, for none can stand before thee because of this.

Job 13:3

Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

Job 21:7-15

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

Psalm 37:1

Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, nor be thou envious against those who work unrighteousness.

Psalm 92:7

When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity flourish, it is that they shall be destroyed forever,

Jeremiah 5:11

For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, says LORD.

Jeremiah 11:20

But, O LORD of hosts, who judges righteously, who tries the heart and the mind, I shall see thy vengeance on them, for to thee I have revealed my case.

Daniel 9:7

O LORD, righteousness belongs to thee, but to us confusion of face, as at this day, to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, who are near, and who are far off, through all the countries where tho

Habakkuk 1:4

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

Genesis 18:25

That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay a righteous man with a wicked man, that so the righteous man should be as the wicked man. Far be it from thee. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

Deuteronomy 32:4

The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice, a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Psalm 37:35

I have seen a wicked man in great power, and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.

Psalm 73:3-28

For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalm 94:3-4

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

Psalm 119:75

I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness thou have afflicted me.

Psalm 119:137

Thou are righteous, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.

Psalm 145:17

LORD is righteous in all his ways, and gracious in all his works.

Proverbs 1:32

For the backsliding of the simple shall kill them, and the careless ease of fools shall destroy them.

Isaiah 41:21

Produce your case, says LORD. Bring forth your strong reasons, says the King of Jacob.

Isaiah 48:8

Yea, thou heard not. Yea, thou knew not. Yea, from of old thine ear was not opened. For I knew that thou dealt very treacherously, and were called a transgressor from the womb.

Jeremiah 5:27-28

As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit. Therefore they have become great, and grown rich.

Jeremiah 12:6

For even thy brothers, 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 fair words to thee.

Hosea 6:7

But like Adam they have transgressed the covenant. There they have dealt treacherously against me.

Habakkuk 1:13-17

Thou who are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and who cannot look on perverseness, why do thou look upon those who deal treacherously, and hold thy peace when the wicked man swallows up the man who is more righteous than he,

Zephaniah 3:5

LORD in the midst of her is righteous. He will not do iniquity. Every morning he brings his justice to light. He does not fail, but the unjust man knows no shame.

Romans 3:5-6

But if our unrighteousness commends the righteousness of God, what will we say? Is God unrighteous inflicting wrath? (I speak according to a man.)

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