Isaiah 59:14
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English Standard Version
Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter.

King James Bible
And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

American Standard Version
And justice is turned away backward, and righteousness standeth afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and uprightness cannot enter.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And judgment is turned away backward, and justice hath stood far off: because truth bath fallen down in the street, and equity could not come in.

English Revised Version
And judgment is turned away backward, and righteousness standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and uprightness cannot enter.

Webster's Bible Translation
And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Their whole nature is broken up into discord. "The way of peace they know not, and there is no right in their roads: they make their paths crooked: every one who treads upon them knows no peace." With דּרך, the way upon which a man goes, the prophet uses interchangeably (here and in Isaiah 59:7) מסלּה, a high-road thrown up with an embankment; מעגּל (with the plural in ı̂m and ôth), a carriage-road; and נתיבה, a footpath formed by the constant passing to and fro of travellers. Peaceable conduct, springing form a love of peace, and aiming at producing peace, is altogether strange to them; no such thing is to be met with in their path as the recognition of practice of right: they make their paths for themselves (להם, dat. ethicus), i.e., most diligently, twisting about; and whoever treads upon them (bâh, neuter, as in Isaiah 27:4), forfeits all enjoyment of either inward or outward peace. Shâlōm is repeated significantly, in Isaiah's peculiar style, at the end of the verse. The first strophe of the prophecy closes here: it was from no want of power or willingness on the part of God, that He had not come to the help of His people; the fault lay in their own sins.

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Isaiah 59:4 None calls for justice, nor any pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief...

Isaiah 5:23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Isaiah 10:1,2 Woe to them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed...

Psalm 82:2-5 How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah...

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness...

Jeremiah 5:27,28,31 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich...

Amos 5:7,11 You who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth...

Micah 3:9-11 Hear this, I pray you, you heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment...

Micah 7:3-5 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, and the judge asks for a reward; and the great man...

Habakkuk 1:4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment does never go forth: for the wicked does compass about the righteous...

Zephaniah 3:1-3 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!...

Cross References
Isaiah 1:21
How the faithful city has become a whore, she who was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.

Isaiah 5:7
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting; and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, an outcry!

Isaiah 46:12
"Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness:

Isaiah 59:4
No one enters suit justly; no one goes to law honestly; they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies, they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.

Isaiah 59:9
Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, and behold, darkness, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.

Isaiah 59:11
We all growl like bears; we moan and moan like doves; we hope for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us.

Jeremiah 7:28
And you shall say to them, 'This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.

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