Isaiah 10:1
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New International Version
Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,

New Living Translation
What sorrow awaits the unjust judges and those who issue unfair laws.

English Standard Version
Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression,

New American Standard Bible
Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions,

King James Bible
Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Woe to those enacting crooked statutes and writing oppressive laws

International Standard Version
"How terrible it will be for the one who enacts unjust decrees, for those who write oppressive laws that they have prescribed

NET Bible
Those who enact unjust policies are as good as dead, those who are always instituting unfair regulations,

New Heart English Bible
Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, and to the writers who write oppressive decrees;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How horrible it will be for those who make unjust laws and who make oppressive regulations.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, And to the writers that write iniquity;

New American Standard 1977
Woe to those who enact evil statutes,
            And to those who constantly record unjust decisions,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Woe unto those that establish unrighteous laws and that wilfully prescribe tyranny

King James 2000 Bible
Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write misfortune which they have prescribed;

American King James Version
Woe to them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;

American Standard Version
Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and to the writers that write perverseness;

Douay-Rheims Bible
WOE to them that make wicked laws: and when they write, write injustice:

Darby Bible Translation
Woe unto them that decree iniquitous decrees, and to the writers that prescribe oppression,

English Revised Version
Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and to the writers that write perverseness:

Webster's Bible Translation
Woe to them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;

World English Bible
Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, and to the writers who write oppressive decrees;

Young's Literal Translation
Woe to those decreeing decrees of iniquity, And writers who have prescribed perverseness.
Study Bible
Woe to Tyrants
1Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions, 2So as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans.…
Cross References
Psalm 58:2
No, in heart you work unrighteousness; On earth you weigh out the violence of your hands.

Psalm 94:20
Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which devises mischief by decree?

Isaiah 3:14
The LORD enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people, "It is you who have devoured the vineyard; The plunder of the poor is in your houses.

Isaiah 5:23
Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!

Isaiah 29:21
Who cause a person to be indicted by a word, And ensnare him who adjudicates at the gate, And defraud the one in the right with meaningless arguments.

Isaiah 59:4
No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly. They trust in confusion and speak lies; They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.

Isaiah 59:13
Transgressing and denying the LORD, And turning away from our God, Speaking oppression and revolt, Conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words.

Daniel 6:8
"Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked."
Treasury of Scripture

Woe to them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;

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Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his …

Isaiah 5:8,11,18,20-22 Woe to them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till …

Jeremiah 22:13 Woe to him that builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers …

Habakkuk 2:6,9,12,15,19 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting …

Matthew 11:21 Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, …

Matthew 23:13-16,23,27,29 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up …

Matthew 26:24 The Son of man goes as it is written of him…

Luke 11:42-44,46,47,52 But woe to you, Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and all manner …

Jude 1:11 Woe to them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily …

them

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

Esther 3:10-13 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it to Haman the …

Psalm 58:2 Yes, in heart you work wickedness; you weigh the violence of your …

Psalm 94:20,21 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames …

Daniel 6:8,9 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it …

Micah 3:1-4,9-11 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of …

Micah 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house …

John 9:22 These words spoke his parents, because they feared the Jews: for …

John 19:6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried …

that write grievousness. or, to the writers that write grievousness

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(1) Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees . . .--The division of the chapters is again misleading. Isaiah 10:1-4 continue the discourse of Isaiah 9, and end with the final knell, "For all this . . ." With Isaiah 10:5 a new section begins, and is carried on to Isaiah 12:6, which deals, for the first time in the collection of Isaiah's writings, exclusively with Assyria, and is followed in its turn by utterances that deal with Babylon and other nations. The formula with which the section opens reminds us of that of Isaiah 5:8; Isaiah 5:11; Isaiah 5:18; Isaiah 5:22, and suggests the thought that the prophet is speaking not only or chiefly of the northern kingdom, as in Isaiah 9:21, but of Israel as including Judah. The evils the prophet denounces are, it will be noted, identical with those in Isaiah 1:23; Isaiah 5:23. For the second clause of the verse, read, "and the scribes who register oppression." All the formalities of justice were observed punctiliously. The decision of the unjust judge was duly given and recorded, but the outcome of it all was that the poor, the widow, and the fatherless got no redress. The words for "prey" and "rob" are those used in the mysterious name of Isaiah 8:1. They occur again in Isaiah 10:6. It would seem as if the prophet sought in this way to impress the thought of the great law of divine retribution. Men were reaping as they had sown.

Verses 1-4. - The prophecy begun in Isaiah 9:8 terminates with this stanza, which contains a warning against injustice and oppression, addressed to Israel and Judah equally, and accompanied by the threat of a "day of desolation," when those who have refused to make God their Refuge will have no resource, but to go into captivity with the "prisoners," or to perish with the "slain." A foreign conquest, accompanied by slaughter, and the deportation of captives, is not obscurely intimated. Verse 1. - Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees (comp. Isaiah 1:17, 20, 26; Isaiah 5:23, etc.). The perversion of judgment from the judgment-seat is the sin rebuked. It was certainly prevalent in Judah, it may also have been practiced in Israel. And that write grievousness, etc. Translate, and unto the writers that enregister oppression. The decrees of courts were, it is clear, carefully engrossed by the officials, probably upon parchment, every outward formality being observed, while justice itself was set at naught. Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees,.... Or, "O ye that decree", &c. being a sign of the vocative case, and an interjection of calling, as Aben Ezra observes; though the Targum and other versions understand it of a threatening denounced; and is to be understood as lying against lawgivers and judges, political rulers and governors of the people, that made unrighteous laws; laws which were not agreeable to the law of God, nor right reason; and were injurious to the persons and properties of men; and which were calculated for the oppression of good men, especially the poor, and for the protection of wicked men, who made no conscience of spoiling them:

and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; laws grievous and intolerable being made by them, they wrote them, or ordered them to be written, to be engrossed and promulgated, published them, and obliged the people to be subject to them. This some understand of the scribes of judges, who sat in court, and wrote out the decrees and sentences made by them; but it rather intends the same persons as before; and not ecclesiastical but political governors are meant, and such as lived before the Babylonish captivity; or otherwise the whole is applicable to the Scribes and Pharisees, to the Misnic doctors, the authors of the oral law, the fathers of tradition, whose decisions and decrees were unrighteous and injurious, and contrary to the commands of God; heavy burdens, and grievous to be borne, and very oppressive of the poor, the fatherless, and the widow; for which they are reproved by Christ, Matthew 15:3 Jarchi says it is an Arabic (g) word, which signifies scribes.

(g) So and Scriba, Golius, col. 1999; so the word is used in the Chaldee and Syriac languages. See Castel. col. 1828, 1829. CHAPTER 10

Isa 10:1-4. Fourth strophe.

1. them that decree—namely, unrighteous judges.

write grievousness, etc.—not the scribes, but the magistrates who caused unjust decisions (literally, "injustice" or "grievousness") to be recorded by them (Isa 65:6) [Maurer], (Isa 1:10, 23).10:1-4 These verses are to be joined with the foregoing chapter. Woe to the superior powers that devise and decree unrighteous decrees! And woe to the inferior officers that draw them up, and enter them on record! But what will sinners do? Whither will they flee?
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