New Living Translation
I also noticed that under the sun there is evil in the courtroom. Yes, even the courts of law are corrupt!
King James Bible
And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
Darby Bible Translation
And moreover I saw under the sun, that in the place of judgment, wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, wickedness was there.
World English Bible
Moreover I saw under the sun, in the place of justice, that wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, that wickedness was there.
Young's Literal Translation
And again, I have seen under the sun the place of judgment -- there is the wicked; and the place of righteousness -- there is the wicked.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:16 Moreover - This is another argument of the vanity of worldly things, and an hindrance of that comfort which men expect in this life, because they are oppressed by their rulers. Judgment - ln the thrones of princes, and tribunals of magistrates. Solomon is still shewing that every thing in this world without the fear of God is vanity. In these verse s he shews, that power, of which men are so ambitious, and life itself, are worth nothing without it.
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Again, I observed all the oppression that takes place under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. The oppressors have great power, and their victims are helpless.
Don't be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy.
I have thought deeply about all that goes on here under the sun, where people have the power to hurt each other.
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