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?

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?

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?

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Righteous art thou, O Lord, when I plead with thee - The prophet was grieved at the prosperity of the wicked; and he wonders how, consistently with God's righteousness, vice should often be in affluence, and piety in suffering and poverty. He knows that God is righteous, that every thing is done well; but he wishes to inquire how these apparently unequal and undeserved lots take place. On this subject he wishes to reason with God, that he may receive instruction.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Righteous.

Jeremiah 11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judge righteously, that try the reins and the heart, let me see your vengeance on them...

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked...

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Psalm 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight: that you might be justified when you speak...

Psalm 119:75,137 I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that you in faithfulness have afflicted me...

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, as at this day; to the men of Judah...

Habakkuk 1:13-17 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and can not look on iniquity: why look you on them that deal treacherously...

Zephaniah 3:5 The just LORD is in the middle thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning does he bring his judgment to light, he fails not...

Romans 3:5,6 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who takes vengeance...

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, said the King of Jacob.

wherefore doth.

Jeremiah 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yes, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless...

Job 12:6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God brings abundantly.

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 the workers of iniquity...

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 iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:

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 of fools shall destroy them.

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

Malachi 3:15 And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are set up; yes, they that tempt God are even delivered.

deal.

Jeremiah 12:6 For even your brothers, and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; yes...

Jeremiah 5:11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, said the LORD.

Isaiah 48:8 Yes, you heard not; yes, you knew not; yes, from that time that your ear was not opened...

Hosea 6:7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

Library
Calms and Crises
'If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and though in a land of peace thou art secure, yet how wilt thou do in the pride of Jordan?'--JER. xii. 5, R.V. The prophet has been complaining of his persecutors. The divine answer is here, reproving his impatience, and giving him to understand that harder trials are in store for him. Both clauses mean substantially the same thing, and are of a parabolic nature. The one adduces the metaphor
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Roman Pilgrimage: the Miracles which were Wrought in It.
[Sidenote: 1139] 33. (20). It seemed to him, however, that one could not go on doing these things with sufficient security without the authority of the Apostolic See; and for that reason he determined to set out for Rome, and most of all because the metropolitan see still lacked, and from the beginning had lacked, the use of the pall, which is the fullness of honour.[507] And it seemed good in his eyes[508] that the church for which he had laboured so much[509] should acquire, by his zeal and labour,
H. J. Lawlor—St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh

Cross References
Ezra 9:15
LORD, the God of Israel, you are righteous! We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand in your presence."

Nehemiah 9:33
In all that has happened to us, you have remained righteous; you have acted faithfully, while we acted wickedly.

Job 12:6
The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure-- those God has in his hand.

Job 13:3
But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God.

Job 21:7
Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?

Psalm 116:5
The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.

Ecclesiastes 8:14
There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless.

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