Habakkuk 1:4
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New International Version
Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

King James Bible
Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore the law is powerless, and justice doth never go forth; for the wicked encompasseth the righteous; therefore judgment goeth forth perverted.

World English Bible
Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth; for the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice goes forth perverted.

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore doth law cease, And judgment doth not go forth for ever, For the wicked is compassing the righteous, Therefore wrong judgment goeth forth.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The law is slacked - They pay no attention to it; it has lost all its vigor, its restraining and correcting power, it is not executed; right judgment is never pronounced; and the poor righteous man complains in vain that he is grievously oppressed by the wicked, and by those in power and authority. That the utmost depravity prevailed in the land of Judah is evident from these verses; and can we wonder, then, that God poured out such signal judgments upon them? When judgment doth not proceed from the seat of judgment upon earth, it will infallibly go forth from the throne of judgment in heaven.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the law.

Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Psalm 119:126 It is time for you, LORD, to work: for they have made void your law.

Mark 7:9 And he said to them, Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yes, we establish the law.

for.

1 Kings 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth...

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

Psalm 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

Psalm 58:1,2 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do you judge uprightly, O you sons of men...

Psalm 59:2,4 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men...

Psalm 82:1-5 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; he judges among the gods...

Psalm 94:3,20,21 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph...

Isaiah 1:21-23 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers...

Isaiah 59:2-8,13-15 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear...

Jeremiah 5:27-29 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich...

Jeremiah 12:1,6 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...

Jeremiah 26:8,21-23 Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people...

Jeremiah 37:14-16 Then said Jeremiah, It is false; I fall not away to the Chaldeans. But he listened not to him: so Irijah took Jeremiah...

Jeremiah 38:4-6 Therefore the princes said to the king, We beseech you, let this man be put to death...

Ezekiel 22:25-30 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the middle thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls...

Hosea 10:4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springs up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.

Amos 5:7,12 You who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth...

Micah 2:1,2 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it...

Micah 3:1-3 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment...

Micah 7:2-4 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood...

Matthew 23:34-36 Why, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify...

Matthew 26:59-66 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death...

Matthew 27:1,2,25,26 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death...

Acts 7:52,59 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One...

Acts 23:12-14 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse...

James 2:6,7 But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats...

wrong. or, wrested.

Exodus 23:2,6 You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment...

Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift does blind the eyes of the wise...

Ezekiel 9:9 Then said he to me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood...

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Though These Eternal Moral Obligations are Indeed of Themselves Incumbent on all Rational Beings,
even antecedent to the consideration of their being the positive will and command of God, yet that which most strongly confirms, and in practice most effectually and indispensably enforces them upon us, is this; that both from the perfections of God, and the nature of things, and from several other collateral considerations, it appears, that as God is himself necessarily just and good in the exercise of his infinite power in the government of the whole world, so he cannot but likewise positively
Samuel Clarke—A Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God

The Holiness of God
The next attribute is God's holiness. Exod 15:51. Glorious in holiness.' Holiness is the most sparkling jewel of his crown; it is the name by which God is known. Psa 111:1. Holy and reverend is his name.' He is the holy One.' Job 6:60. Seraphims cry, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory.' Isa 6:6. His power makes him mighty, his holiness makes him glorious. God's holiness consists in his perfect love of righteousness, and abhorrence of evil. Of purer eyes than
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Psalm 22:12
Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.

Psalm 58:1
For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam. Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity?

Psalm 58:2
No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

Psalm 119:126
It is time for you to act, LORD; your law is being broken.

Isaiah 1:21
See how the faithful city has become a prostitute! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her-- but now murderers!

Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

Isaiah 59:12
For our offenses are many in your sight, and our sins testify against us. Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities:

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