Habakkuk 1:4

NET ©

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.

NIV ©

Therefore the law is paralysed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

NASB ©

Therefore the law is ignored And justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out perverted.

NLT ©

The law has become paralyzed and useless, and there is no justice given in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, and justice is perverted with bribes and trickery.

MSG ©

Law and order fall to pieces. Justice is a joke. The wicked have the righteous hamstrung and stand justice on its head.

BBE ©

For this reason the law is feeble and decisions are not effected: for the upright man is circled round by evil-doers; because of which right is twisted.

NRSV ©

So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous—therefore judgment comes forth perverted.

NKJV ©

Therefore the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.

KJV
Therefore the law
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is slacked
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and judgment
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doth never
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go forth
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for the wicked
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doth compass
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about the righteous
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therefore wrong
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judgment
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proceedeth
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{wrong: or, wrested}
HEBREW
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Nk
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qyduh
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esr
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yk
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jpsm
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xunl
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auy
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alw
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hrwt
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gwpt
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Nk
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le (1:4)
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LXXM
dia
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PREP
touto
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D-ASN
dieskedastai
 
V-RMI-3S
nomov
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N-NSM
kai
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CONJ
ou
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ADV
diexagetai
 
V-PMI-3S
eiv
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PREP
telov
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N-ASN
krima
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N-NSN
oti
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CONJ
o
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T-NSM
asebhv
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A-NSM
katadunasteuei
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V-PAI-3S
ton
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T-ASM
dikaion
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A-ASM
eneken
 
PREP
toutou
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D-GSN
exeleusetai
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to
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T-NSN
krima
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N-NSN
diestrammenon
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V-RMPNS
NET © [draft] ITL
For
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this reason
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the law
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lacks power
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, and justice
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is never
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carried out
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. Indeed
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, the wicked
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intimidate
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the innocent
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. For
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this reason
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justice
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is perverted
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.
NET © Notes

tn Heb “the law is numb,” i.e., like a hand that has “fallen asleep” (see Ps 77:2). Cf. NAB “is benumbed”; NIV “is paralyzed.”

tn Heb “never goes out.”

tn Or “for.”

tn Heb “surround” (so NASB, NRSV).

tn Or “righteous” (KJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV, NLT).

tn Heb “comes out crooked.”