Jeremiah 12:1
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New International Version
You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?

New Living Translation
LORD, you always give me justice when I bring a case before you. So let me bring you this complaint: Why are the wicked so prosperous? Why are evil people so happy?

English Standard Version
Righteous are you, O LORD, when I complain to you; yet I would plead my case before you. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?

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 Bible
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 Christian Standard 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?

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?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, even if I would argue my case with you, you would always be right. Yet, I want to talk to you about your justice. Why do wicked people succeed? Why do treacherous people have peace and quiet?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Right wouldest Thou be, O LORD, Were I to contend with Thee, Yet will I reason with Thee: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? Wherefore are all they secure that deal very treacherously?

New American Standard 1977
Righteous art Thou, O LORD, that I would plead my case with Thee;
            Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with Thee:
            Why has the way of the wicked prospered?
            Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Righteous art thou, O LORD, even though I dispute with thee: even so, I will speak judgments with thee; Why does the way of the wicked prosper? All those that completely rebel against thee have peace.

King James 2000 Bible
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?

American King James Version
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?

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?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou indeed, O Lord, art just, if I plead with thee, but yet I will speak what is just to thee: Why doth the way of the wicked prosper: why is it well with all them that transgress, and do wickedly?

Darby Bible 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?

English Revised Version
Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead 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?

Webster's Bible Translation
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?

Young's 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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:1-6 When we are most in the dark concerning God's dispensations, we must keep up right thoughts of God, believing that he never did the least wrong to any of his creatures. When we find it hard to understand any of his dealings with us, or others, we must look to general truths as our first principles, and abide by them: the Lord is righteous. The God with whom we have to do, knows how our hearts are toward him. He knows both the guile of the hypocrite and the sincerity of the upright. Divine judgments would pull the wicked out of their pasture as sheep for the slaughter. This fruitful land was turned into barrenness for the wickedness of those that dwelt therein. The Lord reproved the prophet. The opposition of the men of Anathoth was not so formidable as what he must expect from the rulers of Judah. Our grief that there should be so much evil is often mixed with peevishness on account of the trials it occasions us. And in this our favoured day, and under our trifling difficulties, let us consider how we should behave, if called to sufferings like those of saints in former ages.
Study Bible
The Prosperity of the Wicked
1Righteous 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? 2You have planted them, they have also taken root; They grow, they have even produced fruit. You are near to their lips But far from their mind.…
Cross References
Ezra 9:15
"O LORD God of Israel, You are righteous, for we have been left an escaped remnant, as it is this day; behold, we are before You in our guilt, for no one can stand before You because of this."

Nehemiah 9:33
"However, You are just in all that has come upon us; For You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly.

Job 12:6
"The tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure, Whom God brings into their power.

Job 13:3
"But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to argue with God.

Job 21:7
"Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful?

Psalm 116:5
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate.

Ecclesiastes 8:14
There is futility which is done on the earth, that is, there are righteous men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked. On the other hand, there are evil men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I say that this too is futility.

Jeremiah 3:7
"I thought, 'After she has done all these things she will return to Me'; but she did not return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

Jeremiah 3:20
"Surely, as a woman treacherously departs from her lover, So you have dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 5:11
"For the house of Israel and the house of Judah Have dealt very treacherously with Me," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

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?

Righteous.

Jeremiah 11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judge righteously, that try the reins …

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous …

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: …

Psalm 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your …

Psalm 119:75,137 I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that you in faithfulness …

Psalm 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

Daniel 9:7 O LORD, righteousness belongs to you, but to us confusion of faces, …

Habakkuk 1:13-17 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and can not look on iniquity: …

Zephaniah 3:5 The just LORD is in the middle thereof; he will not do iniquity: …

Romans 3:5,6 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what …

talk. or, reason the case.

Job 13:3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

Isaiah 41:21 Produce your cause, said the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, …

wherefore doth.

Jeremiah 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yes, they overpass the deeds of the …

Job 12:6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are …

Job 21:7-15 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power…

Psalm 37:1,35 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against …

Psalm 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalm 92:7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of …

Psalm 94:3,4 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph…

Proverbs 1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity …

Habakkuk 1:4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment does never go forth: for …

Malachi 3:15 And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are …

deal.

Jeremiah 12:6 For even your brothers, and the house of your father, even they have …

Jeremiah 5:11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously …

Isaiah 48:8 Yes, you heard not; yes, you knew not; yes, from that time that your …

Hosea 6:7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they …

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