Habakkuk 1:4

“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Therefore the Lawe is slacked, and iudgement doeth neuer goe foorth: for the wicked doeth compasse about the righteous: therfore wrong iudgement proceedeth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore the law is ignored And justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out perverted.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Therefore the law is slacked, and justice doth never go forth; for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore justice goeth forth perverted.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

Therefore doth law cease, And judgment doth not go forth for ever, For the wicked is compassing the righteous, Therefore wrong judgment goeth forth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Therefore the law is slacked, and right doth never go forth; for the wicked doth beset the righteous; therefore right goeth forth perverted.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Habakkuk 1:4


1:4 Therefore - Because the wicked go on with impunity. The law - The whole law, moral, ceremonial, and judicial. Is slacked - Is slighted, and not observed. Go forth - From magistrates, judges, and public officers. Doth compass about - As it were besieges, with design to oppress and ruin.


Discussion for Habakkuk 1

  • Susie Varela
    Versus 5-11 God replies to Habakkuk. I am going to raise up a people worst then what you see now. God gives to him a description of these people: bitter, hasty,
    thieves, dreadful. They have the ability to move very fast through land
  • Susie Varela
    In versus 1-4 Habakkuk is praying to God about the violence
  • Adele Dodd
    Could this be talking about Is is and Isil. Are Syrians part of Isis' work.
  • Bruce
    The Chaldeans are the Germans they started WW1 and WW2 and will start WW3. They slay nations, God uses them to correct nations Israel, US and Britain. They have forsaken his Law.
  • Barbara Baute
    I have see in this Chapter that God want us to be ready to come into the wisdom and to know their are so many people today need to get to know him and call upon the Lord and be save he love us.
  • Steven Stueber for verse 5
    What Time Is it GOD S TIME CLOCK says It s Time to Repent

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