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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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Chaos in Jerusalem
1Now the Lord, the Almighty LORD, is about to take away from Jerusalem and Judah everything and everyone that the people depend on. He is going to take away their food and their water, 2their heroes and their soldiers, their judges and their prophets, their fortune tellers and their statesmen, 3their military and civilian leaders, their politicians and everyone who uses magic to control events. 4The LORD will let the people be governed by immature boys. 5Everyone will take advantage of everyone else. Young people will not respect their elders, and worthless people will not respect their superiors.
6A time will come when the members of a clan will choose one of their number and say to him, “You at least have something to wear, so be our leader in this time of trouble.”
7But he will answer, “Not me! I can't help you. I haven't any food or clothes either. Don't make me your leader!”
8Yes, Jerusalem is doomed! Judah is collapsing! Everything they say and do is against the LORD; they openly insult God himself. 9Their prejudices will be held against them. They sin as openly as the people of Sodom did. They are doomed, and they have brought it on themselves.
10The righteous will be happy,#3.10 Probable text The righteous will be happy; Hebrew Say to the righteous. and things will go well for them. They will be able to enjoy what they have worked for. 11But evil people are doomed; what they have done to others will now be done to them.
12Moneylenders oppress my people, and their creditors cheat them.
My people, your leaders are misleading you, so that you do not know which way to turn.
The LORD Judges his People
13The LORD is ready to state his case; he is ready to judge his people.#3.13 Some ancient translations his people; Hebrew the peoples. 14The LORD is bringing the elders and leaders of his people to judgement. He makes this accusation: “You have plundered vineyards, and your houses are full of what you have taken from the poor. 15You have no right to crush my people and take advantage of the poor. I, the Sovereign LORD Almighty, have spoken.”
A Warning to the Women of Jerusalem
16The LORD said, “Look how proud the women of Jerusalem are! They walk along with their noses in the air. They are always flirting. They take dainty little steps, and the bracelets on their ankles jingle. 17But I will punish them — I will shave their heads and leave them bald.”
18A day is coming when the Lord will take away from the women of Jerusalem everything they are so proud of — the ornaments they wear on their ankles, on their heads, on their necks, 19and on their wrists. He will take away their veils 20and their hats; the magic charms they wear on their arms and at their waists; 21the rings they wear on their fingers and in their noses; 22all their fine robes, gowns, cloaks, and purses; 23their revealing garments, their linen handkerchiefs, and the scarves and long veils they wear on their heads.
24Instead of using perfumes, they will stink; instead of fine belts, they will wear coarse ropes; instead of having beautiful hair, they will be bald; instead of fine clothes, they will be dressed in rags; their beauty will be turned to shame!
25The men of the city, yes, even the strongest men, will be killed in war. 26The city gates will mourn and cry, and the city itself will be like a woman sitting on the ground, stripped naked.