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Isaiah 3

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III
1For, behold, the Lord, Jehovah of hosts,
Removeth from Jerusalem, and from Judah,
Every stay and support;
The whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water:
2The mighty man, and the warrior;
The judge, and the prophet, and the diviner, and the elder:
3The captain of fifty, and the honourable man;
And the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the skilful in incantation.
4And I will set boys for their princes;
And children shall rule over them.
5And the people shall be oppressed;
This man by that man, and that man by his neighbour:
They shall behave themselves insolently, the boy towards the old man;
And the base towards the honourable.
6Then should a man lay hold on his brother, of the house of his father,
Saying, thou hast raiment; be thou ruler over us,
And take this ruin under thy hand:
7He shall swear in that day, saying,
I cannot be the healer;
For in my house is neither bread nor raiment:
Appoint not me a ruler of the people.
8For Jerusalem tottereth, and Judah falleth; Because their tongue and their deeds are against
Jehovah;
To provoke his glorious eyes.
9The shamelessness of their countenances witnesseth against them;
And they speak openly of their sin, like Sodom, they hide it not:
Wo unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
10Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him;
For the fruit of his deeds shall he eat.
11Wo unto the wicked, it shall be ill with him;
For the reward of his hands shall be given him.
12As for my people, children are their oppressors;
And women rule over them.
O my people, thy leaders cause thee to err;
And the way of thy paths, they pervert.
13 Jehovah ariseth to plead his cause;
He standeth to judge the people.
14 Jehovah will enter into judgment
With the elders of his people and their princes:
For ye have consumed the vineyard,
The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
15What mean ye that ye crush my people,
And grind the faces of the poor?
Saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts.
16Moreover Jehovah hath said:
Because the daughters of Zion ore haughty;
And walk displaying the neck,
And leering with their eyes,
Walking and mincing as they go,
And making a tinkling with their feet.
17Therefore will the Lord smite with a scab the head of the daughters of Zion;
And Jehovah will expose their nakedness.
18In that day will the Lord remove the splendour of the foot-ornaments,
And the caps of network, and the crescents;
19The ear-pendents, and the bracelets, and the thin veils;
20The head-dress, and the ornaments of the legs, and the girdles,
And the perfume-boxes, and the amulets;
21The rings, and the jewels of the nose;
22The embroidered robes, and the tunics;
And the cloaks, and the sachels;
23The transparent garments, and the fine linen vests;
And the turbans, and the mantles.
24And it shall come to pass, that instead of perfume there shall be a stench;
And instead of a girdle, a rope;
And instead of plaited hair, baldness;
And instead of a stomacher, a girding of sackcloth:
A sunburnt skin, instead of beauty.
25Thy men shall fall by the sword;
And thy mighty in the war,
26And her gates shall lament and mourn;
And destitute shall she sit upon the ground.

Isaiah 3

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Judah’s Leaders Judged
1Note this: The Lord God of Armies
is about to remove from Jerusalem and from Judah
every kind of security:
the entire supply of bread and water,
2heroes and warriors,#2Kg 24:14; Ezk 17:13–14
judges and prophets,
fortune-tellers and elders,
3commanders of fifty and dignitaries,
counselors, cunning magicians,#3:3 Or skilled craftsmen and necromancers.#3:3 Or mediums
4“I will make youths their leaders,#Ec 10:16
and unstable rulers#3:4 Or mischief-makers will govern them.”
5The people will oppress one another,#Mc 7:3–6
man against man, neighbor against neighbor;
the young will act arrogantly toward the old,
and the worthless toward the honorable.
6A man will even seize his brother
in his father’s house, saying,
“You have a cloak — you be our leader!
This heap of rubble will be under your control.”
7On that day he will cry out, saying,
“I’m not a healer.
I don’t even have food or clothing in my house.
Don’t make me the leader of the people!”
8For Jerusalem has stumbled
and Judah has fallen
because they have spoken and acted against the Lord,#Ps 73:9–11
defying his glorious presence.#Nm 14:22–23; Is 43:7; 48:11; 59:19
9The look on their faces testifies against them,
and like Sodom,#Is 1:9–10; 13:19 they flaunt their sin;
they do not conceal it.
Woe to them,
for they have brought disaster on themselves.#Rm 6:23
10Tell the righteous that it will go well for them,
for they will eat the fruit of their labor.
11Woe to the wicked — it will go badly for them,
for what they have done will be done to them.
12Youths oppress my people,#Is 3:4
and women rule over them.
My people, your leaders mislead you;
they confuse the direction of your paths.#Is 28:14–22
13The Lord rises to argue the case
and stands to judge the people.#Ps 7:6; Hs 4:1
14The Lord brings this charge
against the elders and leaders of his people:#Mc 3:1–3
“You have devastated the vineyard.
The plunder from the poor is in your houses.#Ezk 18:10–18; 33:15
15Why do you crush my people
and grind the faces of the poor?”
This is the declaration of the Lord God of Armies.
Jerusalem’s Women Judged
16The Lord also says:
Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,#Is 32:9–15; 1Pt 3:3–4
walking with heads held high
and seductive eyes,
prancing along,
jingling their ankle bracelets,
17the Lord will put scabs on the heads
of the daughters of Zion,
and the Lord will shave their foreheads bare.
18On that day#Is 27:12 the Lord will strip their finery: ankle bracelets, headbands, crescents,#Jdg 8:21,26 19pendants, bracelets, veils, 20headdresses, ankle jewelry, sashes, perfume bottles, amulets,#Ezk 24:17 21signet rings, nose rings,#Gn 24:47; Ezk 16:12 22festive robes, capes, cloaks, purses, 23garments, linen clothes, turbans, and shawls.
24Instead of perfume there will be a stench;
instead of a belt, a rope;
instead of beautifully styled hair,#1Pt 3:3 baldness;#Is 15:2; 22:12; Ezk 27:31; Am 8:10; Mc 1:16
instead of fine clothes, sackcloth;#Gn 37:34; Is 15:3; Jr 48:36–38; Lm 2:10
instead of beauty, branding.#3:24 DSS read shame
25Your men will fall by the sword,
your warriors in battle.
26Then her gates#Jr 14:2; Lm 1:4 will lament and mourn;
deserted, she will sit on the ground.#Jb 2:13; Is 47:1; Lm 2:10