Habakkuk 1:4
Good News Translation
The law is weak and useless, and justice is never done. Evil people get the better of the righteous, and so justice is perverted.

Contemporary English Version
Laws cannot be enforced; justice is always the loser; criminals crowd out honest people and twist the laws around.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore the law is torn in pieces, and judgment cometh not to the end: because the wicked prevaileth against the just, therefore wrong judgment goeth forth.

New American Bible
This is why the law is numb and justice never comes, For the wicked surround the just; this is why justice comes forth perverted.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Therefore the law is torn in pieces, and judgment cometh not to the end: because the wicked prevaileth against the just, therefore wrong judgment goeth forth.

the law.

Psalm 11:3 For, lo, the wicked have bent their bow: they have prepared their arrows in the quiver, to shoot in the dark the upright of heart.

Psalm 119:126 It is time, O Lord, to do: they have dissipated thy law.

Mark 7:9 And he said to them: Well do you make void the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.

Romans 3:31 Do we then, destroy the law through faith? God forbid! But we establish the law.

for.

1 Kings 21:13 And bringing two men, sons of the devil, they made them sit against him: and they, like men of the devil, bore witness against him before the people: saying: Naboth hath blasphemed God and the king. Wherefore they brought him forth without the city, and stoned him to death.

Job 21:7 Why then do the wicked live, are they advanced, and strengthened with riches?

Psalm 22:16 For many dogs have encompassed me: the council of the malignant hath besieged me. They have dug my hands and feet.

Psalm 58:1,2 Unto the end, destroy not, for David, for an inscription of a title. [2] If in very deed ye speak justice: judge right things, ye sons of men. . . .

Psalm 59:2,4 Deliver me from them that work iniquity, and save me from bloody men. . . .

Psalm 82:1-5 A psalm for Asaph. God hath stood in the congregation of gods: and being in the midst of them he judgeth gods. . . .

Psalm 94:3,20,21 How long shall sinners, O Lord: how long shall sinners glory? . . .

Isaiah 1:21-23 How is the faithful city, that was full of judgment, become a harlot? justice dwelt in it, but now murderers. . . .

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

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

Jeremiah 12:1,6 Thou indeed, O Lord, art just, if I plead with thee, but yet I will speak what is just to thee: Why doth the way of the wicked prosper: why is it well with all them that transgress, and do wickedly? . . .

Jeremiah 26:8,21-23 And when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, the priests, and the prophets, and all the people laid hold on him, saying: Let him be put to death. . . .

Jeremiah 37:14-16 Wherefore the princes were angry with Jeremiah, and they beat him, and cast him into the prison that was in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for he was chief over the prison. . . .

Jeremiah 38:4-6 And the princes said to the king. We beseech thee that this man may be put to death: for on purpose he weakeneth the hands of the men of war, that remain in this city, and the hands of the people, speaking to them according to these words: for this man seeketh not peace to this people, but evil. . . .

Ezekiel 22:25-30 There is a conspiracy of prophets in the midst thereof: like a lion that roareth and catcheth the prey, they have devoured souls, they have taken riches and hire, they have made many widows in the midst thereof. . . .

Hosea 10:4 You speak words of an unprofitable vision, and you shall make a covenant: and judgment shall spring up as bitterness in the furrows of the field.

Amos 5:7,12 You that turn judgment into wormwood, and forsake justice in the land, . . .

Micah 2:1,2 Make thee bald, and be polled for thy delicate children: enlarge thy baldness as the eagle: for they are carried into captivity from thee. . . .

Micah 3:1-3 For he shall go up that shall open the way before them: they shall divide and pass through the gate, and shall come in by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord at the head of them. . . .

Micah 7:2-4 The holy man is perished out of the earth, and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood, every one hunteth his brother to death. . . .

Matthew 23:34-36 Therefore behold I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes: and some of them you will put to death and crucify: and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city. . . .

Matthew 26:59-66 And the chief priests and the whole council sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death. . . .

Matthew 27:1,2,25,26 And when morning was come, all the chief priests and ancients of the people took counsel against Jesus, that they might put him to death. . . .

Acts 7:52,59 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold of the coming of the Just One: of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers. . . .

Acts 23:12-14 And when day was come, some of the Jews gathered together and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they killed Paul. . . .

James 2:6,7 But you have dishonoured the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you by might? And do not they draw you before the judgment seats? . . .

wrong.

Exodus 23:2,6 Thou shalt not follow the multitude to do evil: neither shalt thou yield in judgment, to the opinion of the most part, to stray from the truth. . . .

Deuteronomy 16:19 And not go aside to either part. Thou shalt not accept person nor gifts: for gifts blind the eyes of the wise, and change the words of the just.

Ezekiel 9:9 And he said to me: The iniquity of the house of Israel, and of Juda, is exceeding great, and the land is filled with blood, and the city is filled with perverseness: for they have said: The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.

Context
Habakkuk's Complaint
3Why hast thou shewn me iniquity and grievance, to see rapine and injustice before me? and there is a judgment, but opposition is more powerful. 4Therefore the law is torn in pieces, and judgment cometh not to the end: because the wicked prevaileth against the just, therefore wrong judgment goeth forth.
Cross References
Psalm 22:12
Many calves have surrounded me: fat bulls have besieged me.

Psalm 58:1
Unto the end, destroy not, for David, for an inscription of a title. [2] If in very deed ye speak justice: judge right things, ye sons of men.

Psalm 58:2
For in your heart you work iniquity: your hands forge injustice in the earth.

Psalm 119:126
It is time, O Lord, to do: they have dissipated thy law.

Isaiah 1:21
How is the faithful city, that was full of judgment, become a harlot? justice dwelt in it, but now murderers.

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

Isaiah 59:12
For our iniquities are multiplied before thee, and our sins have testified against us: for our wicked doings are with us, and have known our iniquities:

Isaiah 59:14
And judgment is turned away backward, and justice hath stood far off: because truth hath fallen down in the street, and equity could not come in.

Jeremiah 12:1
Thou indeed, O Lord, art just, if I plead with thee, but yet I will speak what is just to thee: Why doth the way of the wicked prosper: why is it well with all them that transgress, and do wickedly?

Ezekiel 9:9
And he said to me: The iniquity of the house of Israel, and of Juda, is exceeding great, and the land is filled with blood, and the city is filled with perverseness: for they have said: The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.

Additional Translations
Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked hem in the righteous; therefore, justice is perverted.Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment does never go forth: for the wicked does compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceeds.

Therefore the law is slacked, and justice doth never go forth; for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore justice goeth forth perverted.

Therefore the law is frustrated, and judgment proceeds not effectually, for the ungodly man prevails over the just; therefore perverse judgment will proceed.

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

Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore judgment goeth forth perverted.

Therefore the law is slackened, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth encompass the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

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

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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