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Isaiah 3

3
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

3
Leaders of Judah and Jerusalem
1For look, the Lord Yahweh of hosts is removing every source of support#Literally “supplies and supplies”
from Jerusalem and from Judah:
all of the supplies of bread
and all of the supplies of water,
2mighty warrior and man of war,
judge and prophet,
and diviner and elder,
3captain of fifty and the honorable men of rank,
and counselor and skillful magicians and skillful enchanter.
4And I will make boys their princes,
and children shall rule over them.
5And the people will be oppressed by each other#Literally “man by man”
and a man by his neighbor.
The boy will act arrogantly toward the elder,
and the dishonorable toward the honorable.
6Indeed, a man will seize his brother
in the house of his father:
“You have a cloak;#Literally “a cloak for you”
you shall be a leader for us,
and this heap of ruins shall be under your hand!”
7He will lift up his voice on that day, saying,
“I will not be a healer;
in my house there is no bread
and there is no cloak.
You shall not make me the leader of the people!”
8For Jerusalem has stumbled,
and Judah has fallen
because their speech and their deeds are against Yahweh,
defying the eyes of his glory.
9The look on their faces testifies against them
and they declare their sin like Sodom;
they do not hide it.
Woe to their soul!
For they have dealt out evil to themselves.
10Tell the innocent#Singular that it is good
for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
11Woe to the wicked!#Singular It is bad!
For what is done by his hands will be done to him.
12My people—children are their oppressors,
and women rule over them.
My people, your leaders are misleading you,
and they confuse the course of your paths.
13Yahweh takes his stand to conduct a legal case
and takes his stand to judge the peoples.
14Yahweh enters into judgment with the elders of his people and its princes.
“And you! You have devoured the vineyard;
the spoil of the poor is in your houses!
15Why#Literally “What to you” do you crush my people
and grind the face of the poor?”
declares#Literally “declaration of” the Lord Yahweh of hosts.
The Pride of Jerusalem’s Women
16And Yahweh said: “Because#There are two Hebrew words for “because” here the daughters of Zion are haughty,
and they walk with outstretched neck,
and they give flirting glances with their eyes,
mincing along as they go,#Literally “they go walking and mincing along”
and with their feet they rattle their bangles,#Literally “they tinkle with their feet”
17the Lord will make the heads#Hebrew “head” of the daughters of Zion scabby,
and Yahweh will lay their foreheads bare.”
18In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets
and the headbands and the crescent necklaces,
19the pendants and the bracelets and the veils,
20the headdresses and the armlets and the sashes,
and the perfume boxes#Literally “houses of the breath” and the amulets,
21the signet rings and the nose rings,
22the festal robes and the mantles,
and the cloaks and the handbags,
23and the mirrors and the linen garments,
and the turbans and the wraps.
24And this shall happen: There will be
a stench instead of perfume,
and a rope instead of a sash,
and baldness instead of a well-set hairdo,
and a clothing wrap of sackcloth instead of a rich robe,
branding instead of beauty.
25Your men shall fall by the sword,
and your warriors in battle.
26And her#That is, Jerusalem’s gates shall lament and mourn,
and she shall be banished;
she shall sit upon the ground.