Isaiah 10:1
Parallel Verses
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,

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

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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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?

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 10

Isa 10:1-4. Fourth strophe.

1. them that decree—namely, unrighteous judges.

write grievousness, &c.—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).

Isaiah 10:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
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 your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

Psalm 94:20
Can a corrupt throne be allied with you-- a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?

Isaiah 3:14
The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: "It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.

Isaiah 5:23
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.

Isaiah 29:21
those who with a word make someone out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice.

Isaiah 59:4
No one calls for justice; no one pleads a case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.

Isaiah 59:13
rebellion and treachery against the LORD, turning our backs on our God, inciting revolt and oppression, uttering lies our hearts have conceived.

Daniel 6:8
Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered--in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed."
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 …

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