Isaiah 10:1
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,

Berean Study Bible
Woe to those who enact unjust statutes and issue oppressive decrees,

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;

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

Contemporary English Version
You people are in for trouble! You have made cruel and unfair laws

Good News Translation
You are doomed! You make unjust laws that oppress my people.

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 HEB ▾ 
Woe to Tyrants
1Woe to those who enact unjust statutes and issue oppressive decrees, 2to deprive the poor of fair treatment and withhold justice from the oppressed of My people, to make widows their spoil and plunder the fatherless.…
Cross References
Psalm 58:2
No, in your hearts you devise injustice; with your hands you mete out violence on the earth.

Psalm 94:20
Can a corrupt throne be Your ally--one devising mischief by decree?

Isaiah 3:14
The LORD brings this charge against the elders and leaders of His people: "You have devoured the vineyard; the plunder of the poor is in your houses.

Isaiah 5:23
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of justice.

Isaiah 29:21
those who indict a man with a word, who ensnare the mediator at the gate, and with empty charges deprive the righteous of justice.

Isaiah 59:4
No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case honestly. They rely on empty pleas; they tell lies; they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.

Isaiah 59:13
rebelling and denying the LORD, turning away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering lies from the heart.

Daniel 6:8
Therefore, O king, establish the decree and sign the document so that it cannot be changed--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;

A.M.

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







Lexicon
Woe
ה֥וֹי (hō·w)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 1945: Ah! alas! ha!

to those who enact
הַחֹֽקְקִ֖ים (ha·ḥō·qə·qîm)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2710: To hack, engrave, to enact, prescribe

unjust
אָ֑וֶן (’ā·wen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol

statutes
חִקְקֵי־ (ḥiq·qê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2711: An enactment, a resolution

and issue
וּֽמְכַתְּבִ֥ים (ū·mə·ḵat·tə·ḇîm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3789: To grave, to write

oppressive
עָמָ֖ל (‘ā·māl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5999: Toil, wearing effort, worry, wheth, of body, mind

decrees,
כִּתֵּֽבוּ׃ (kit·tê·ḇū)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3789: To grave, to write
X.

(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. 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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