The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleHabakkuk 1:4
Therefore the law is slacked…
Is not put into execution
against offenders: the civil magistrates, whose office it is to do
justice according to law, are dilatory, and do not proceed with vigour
and spirit against the transgressors of it, and in favour of honest and
good men oppressed: or "it intermits" F18, or is "intermitted"; it is
like a man whose pulse beats low, and is scarce perceived, which is a
sign that he is not in good health as the body politic is not, when the
law, which is the soul of it, is not suffered to take place, and do its
office. So the Targum,
``the law languishes;''
loses its force and vigour, and is ready to expire; which is a sad
symptom of the bad estate of a commonwealth.
And judgment doth never go forth;
at least not right, to the justifying
of the righteous, acquitting the innocent, and giving the cause on the
right side; condemning the wicked, and punishing offenders as their
crime deserves: it never appears as it should do; it is either not done
at all, or done badly and perversely:
for the wicked doth compass about the righteous;
to hurt him or
ensnare him, and by frauds and wicked artifices, and false witnesses,
to carry a cause against him:
therefore wrong judgment proceedeth;
the cause is given on the
wrong side, against a good man, and for a wicked man; all these things
the prophet saw with grief, and complained of to the Lord, from whom he
has an answer in the following words:
F18 (gwpt) "intermittitur", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Drusius,
Burkius; (gwp) "est, animi deliquium pati", Tarnovius.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=hab&chapter=001&verse=004>. 1999.