Habakkuk 1:4
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New International Version
Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

New Living Translation
The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted.

English Standard Version
So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes 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 Bible
Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

Holman Christian Standard 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."

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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why your teaching is numbed, and justice is never carried out. Wicked people surround righteous people so that when justice is carried out, it's perverted.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore the law is slacked, And right doth never go forth; For the wicked doth beset the righteous; Therefore right goeth forth perverted.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore, the law is ignored
            And justice is never upheld.
            For the wicked surround the righteous;
            Therefore, justice comes out perverted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore the law is weakened, and the judgment does not go forth true: for the wicked compasses about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceeds.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore the law is slacked, and justice does never go forth: for the wicked does surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.

American King James Version
Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment does never go forth: for the wicked does compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceeds.

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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore the law is torn in pieces, and judgment cometh not to the end: because the wicked prevaileth against the just, therefore wrong judgment goeth forth.

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

English Revised Version
Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore judgment goeth forth perverted.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Young's 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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:1-11 The servants of the Lord are deeply afflicted by seeing ungodliness and violence prevail; especially among those who profess the truth. No man scrupled doing wrong to his neighbour. We should long to remove to the world where holiness and love reign for ever, and no violence shall be before us. God has good reasons for his long-suffering towards bad men, and the rebukes of good men. The day will come when the cry of sin will be heard against those that do wrong, and the cry of prayer for those that suffer wrong. They were to notice what was going forward among the heathen by the Chaldeans, and to consider themselves a nation to be scourged by them. But most men presume on continued prosperity, or that calamities will not come in their days. They are a bitter and hasty nation, fierce, cruel, and bearing down all before them. They shall overcome all that oppose them. But it is a great offence, and the common offence of proud people, to take glory to themselves. The closing words give a glimpse of comfort.
Study Bible
Habakkuk's Complaint
3Why do You make me see iniquity, And cause me to look on wickedness? Yes, destruction and violence are before me; Strife exists and contention arises. 4Therefore the law is ignored And justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out perverted. 5"Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days-- You would not believe if you were told.…
Cross References
Psalm 22:12
Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.

Psalm 58:1
For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David. Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods? Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men?

Psalm 58:2
No, in heart you work unrighteousness; On earth you weigh out the violence of your hands.

Psalm 119:126
It is time for the LORD to act, For they have broken Your law.

Isaiah 1:21
How the faithful city has become a harlot, She who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, But now murderers.

Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 59:12
For our transgressions are multiplied before You, And our sins testify against us; For our transgressions are with us, And we know our iniquities:

Isaiah 59:14
Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands far away; For truth has stumbled in the street, And uprightness cannot enter.

Jeremiah 12:1
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?

Ezekiel 9:9
Then He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is very, very great, and the land is filled with blood and the city is full of perversion; for they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!'
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment does never go forth: for the wicked does compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceeds.

the law.

Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Psalm 119:126 It is time for you, LORD, to work: for they have made void your law.

Mark 7:9 And he said to them, Full well you reject the commandment of God, …

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yes, we establish …

for.

1 Kings 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: …

Job 21:7 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power?

Psalm 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed …

Psalm 58:1,2 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do you judge uprightly, …

Psalm 59:2,4 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men…

Psalm 82:1-5 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; he judges among the gods…

Psalm 94:3,20,21 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph…

Isaiah 1:21-23 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; …

Isaiah 59:2-8,13-15 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and …

Jeremiah 5:27-29 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore …

Jeremiah 12:1,6 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk …

Jeremiah 26:8,21-23 Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all …

Jeremiah 37:14-16 Then said Jeremiah, It is false; I fall not away to the Chaldeans. …

Jeremiah 38:4-6 Therefore the princes said to the king, We beseech you, let this …

Ezekiel 22:25-30 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the middle thereof, like …

Hosea 10:4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus …

Amos 5:7,12 You who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth…

Micah 2:1,2 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when …

Micah 3:1-3 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of …

Micah 7:2-4 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright …

Matthew 23:34-36 Why, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and …

Matthew 26:59-66 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false …

Matthew 27:1,2,25,26 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the …

Acts 7:52,59 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they …

Acts 23:12-14 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound …

James 2:6,7 But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and …

wrong. or, wrested.

Exodus 23:2,6 You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak …

Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither …

Ezekiel 9:9 Then said he to me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah …

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