Ecclesiastes 3:16 (ESV)

16 Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness.

The Preacher has also observed that even where justice should be administered, injustice rules. Even there, unjust rulings are made. Even there the righteous man is not safe. How terrible it is when, even there, wickedness prevails. Then the judges are biased. They allow themselves to be bribed. Examples of this can be found in Isaiah 5:7, Isaiah 5:23; 1 Kings 21:1–29; Psalm 82:1–8. What the Lord says about this in his commandments stands in contrast to this (see Deuteronomy 10:17; Deuteronomy 16:17; Deuteronomy 27:25).

Injustice among God's people reached its zenith when the Righteous One, Jesus Christ, was sentenced to death by the Jewish Council. He was the sinless one who suffered the death penalty due to blatant injustice. His suffering for God's children was so great that even for him there was no justice among men, not even in the court of law, nor with the Jewish council or Pilate. He was abused and spat upon in the place of justice. Two examples of this are

  • Matthew 26:67–68: Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, saying, Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?

  • Matthew 27:28–31: And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.

Seeing injustice in the place of justice can make you despondent.