Habakkuk 1:4
Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked hem in the righteous; therefore, justice is perverted.
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the law.

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

Psalm 119:126
It is time for the LORD to act, for they have broken Your law.

Mark 7:9
He went on to say, "You neatly set aside the commandment of God to maintain your own tradition.

Romans 3:31
Do we, then, nullify the Law by this faith? By no means! Instead, we uphold the Law.


1 Kings 21:13
And the two scoundrels came in and sat opposite Naboth, and these men testified against him before the people, saying, "Naboth has cursed God and the king!" So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death.

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

Psalm 22:16
For dogs surround me; a band of evil men encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet.

Psalm 58:1, 2
Do you indeed speak justly, O rulers? Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men? . . .

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

Psalm 82:1-5
God presides in the divine assembly; He renders judgment among the gods: . . .

Psalm 94:3, 20, 21
How long will the wicked, O LORD, how long will the wicked exult? . . .

Isaiah 1:21-23
See how the faithful city has become a harlot! She once was full of justice; righteousness resided within her, but now only murderers! . . .

Isaiah 59:2-8, 13-15
But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. . . .

Jeremiah 5:27-29
Like cages full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have become powerful and rich. . . .

Jeremiah 12:1, 6
Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead before You. Yet I wish to contend with You: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? . . .

Jeremiah 26:8, 21-23
and as soon as he had finished telling all the people what the LORD had commanded him to say, the priests and prophets and all the people seized him, shouting, "You must surely die! . . .

Jeremiah 37:14-16
"That is a lie, " Jeremiah replied. "I am not deserting to the Chaldeans!" But Irijah would not listen to him; instead, he arrested Jeremiah and took him to the officials. . . .

Jeremiah 38:4-6
Then the officials said to the king, "This man ought to die, for he is discouraging the warriors who remain in this city, as well as all the people, by speaking such words to them; this man is not seeking the well-being of these people, but their ruin." . . .

Ezekiel 22:25-30
The conspiracy of the princes in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing its prey. They devour the people, seize the treasures and precious things, and multiply the widows within her. . . .

Hosea 10:4
They speak mere words; with false oaths they make covenants. So judgment springs up like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.

Amos 5:7, 12
You who turn justice into wormwood and cast righteousness to the ground-- . . .

Micah 2:1, 2
Woe to those who devise iniquity and plot evil on their beds! At morning's light they accomplish it because the power is in their hands. . . .

Micah 3:1-3
Then I said: "Hear now, O leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Should you not know justice? . . .

Micah 7:2-4
The godly man has perished from the earth; there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; they hunt each other with a net. . . .

Matthew 23:34-36
Because of this, I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and others you will flog in your synagogues and persecute in town after town. . . .

Matthew 26:59-66
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were seeking false testimony against Jesus in order to put Him to death. . . .

Matthew 27:1, 2, 25, 26
When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people conspired against Jesus to put Him to death. . . .

Acts 7:52, 59
Which of the prophets did your fathers fail to persecute? They even killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One. And now you are His betrayers and murderers-- . . .

Acts 23:12-14
When daylight came, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. . . .

James 2:6, 7
But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? . . .


Exodus 23:2, 6
You shall not follow a crowd in wrongdoing. When you testify in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with a crowd. . . .

Deuteronomy 16:19
Do not deny justice or show partiality. Do not accept any bribes, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.

Ezekiel 9:9
And He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity. For they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land; the LORD does not see.'

Parallel Verses
New American Standard Bible
Therefore the law is ignored And justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is why the law is ineffective and justice never emerges. For the wicked restrict the righteous; therefore, justice comes out perverted.

International Standard Version
Therefore, the Law has become paralyzed, and justice never comes about. Because criminals outnumber the righteous, whenever judgments are issued, they come out crooked."

NET Bible
For this reason the law lacks power, and justice is never carried out. Indeed, the wicked intimidate the innocent. For this reason justice is perverted.
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