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Leaders of Judah and Jerusalem

For look, the Lord Yahweh of hosts is removing every source of support[a]
    from Jerusalem and from Judah:
all of the supplies of bread
    and all of the supplies of water,
mighty warrior and man of war,
    judge and prophet,
    and diviner and elder,
captain of fifty and the honorable men of rank,
    and counselor and skillful magicians and skillful enchanter.
And I will make boys their princes,
    and children shall rule over them.
And the people will be oppressed by each other[b]
    and a man by his neighbor.
The boy will act arrogantly toward the elder,
    and the dishonorable toward the honorable.
Indeed, a man will seize his brother
    in the house of his father:
You have a cloak;[c]
    you shall be a leader for us,
    and this heap of ruins shall be under your hand!”
He 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!”
For Jerusalem has stumbled,
    and Judah has fallen
because their speech and their deeds are against Yahweh,
    defying the eyes of his glory.
The 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.
10 Tell the innocent[d] that it is good
    for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
11 Woe to the wicked![e] It is bad!
    For what is done by his hands will be done to him.
12 My 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.
13 Yahweh takes his stand to conduct a legal case
    and takes his stand to judge the peoples.
14 Yahweh 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!
15 Why[f] do you crush my people
    and grind the face of the poor?”

declares[g] the Lord Yahweh of hosts.

The Pride of Jerusalem’s Women

16 And Yahweh said: “Because[h] 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,[i]
    and with their feet they rattle their bangles,[j]
17 the Lord will make the heads[k] of the daughters of Zion scabby,
    and Yahweh will lay their foreheads bare.”
18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets
    and the headbands and the crescent necklaces,
19 the pendants and the bracelets and the veils,
20     the headdresses and the armlets and the sashes,
and the perfume boxes[l] and the amulets,
21     the signet rings and the nose rings,
22 the festal robes and the mantles,
    and the cloaks and the handbags,
23 and the mirrors and the linen garments,
    and the turbans and the wraps.
24 And 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.
25 Your men shall fall by the sword,
    and your warriors in battle.
26 And her[m] gates shall lament and mourn,
    and she shall be banished;
        she shall sit upon the ground.


  1. Isaiah 3:1 Literally “supplies and supplies”
  2. Isaiah 3:5 Literally “man by man”
  3. Isaiah 3:6 Literally “a cloak for you”
  4. Isaiah 3:10 Singular
  5. Isaiah 3:11 Singular
  6. Isaiah 3:15 Literally “What to you”
  7. Isaiah 3:15 Literally “declaration of”
  8. Isaiah 3:16 There are two Hebrew words for “because” here
  9. Isaiah 3:16 Literally “they go walking and mincing along”
  10. Isaiah 3:16 Literally “they tinkle with their feet”
  11. Isaiah 3:17 Hebrew “head”
  12. Isaiah 3:20 Literally “houses of the breath”
  13. Isaiah 3:26 That is, Jerusalem’s

Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah

See now, the Lord,
    the Lord Almighty,
is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah
    both supply and support:(A)
all supplies of food(B) and all supplies of water,(C)
    the hero and the warrior,(D)
the judge and the prophet,
    the diviner(E) and the elder,(F)
the captain of fifty(G) and the man of rank,(H)
    the counselor, skilled craftsman(I) and clever enchanter.(J)

“I will make mere youths their officials;
    children will rule over them.”(K)

People will oppress each other—
    man against man, neighbor against neighbor.(L)
The young will rise up against the old,
    the nobody against the honored.

A man will seize one of his brothers
    in his father’s house, and say,
“You have a cloak, you be our leader;
    take charge of this heap of ruins!”
But in that day(M) he will cry out,
    “I have no remedy.(N)
I have no food(O) or clothing in my house;
    do not make me the leader of the people.”(P)

Jerusalem staggers,
    Judah is falling;(Q)
their words(R) and deeds(S) are against the Lord,
    defying(T) his glorious presence.
The look on their faces testifies(U) against them;
    they parade their sin like Sodom;(V)
    they do not hide it.
Woe to them!
    They have brought disaster(W) upon themselves.

10 Tell the righteous it will be well(X) with them,
    for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.(Y)
11 Woe to the wicked!(Z)
    Disaster(AA) is upon them!
They will be paid back(AB)
    for what their hands have done.(AC)

12 Youths(AD) oppress my people,
    women rule over them.
My people, your guides lead you astray;(AE)
    they turn you from the path.

13 The Lord takes his place in court;(AF)
    he rises to judge(AG) the people.
14 The Lord enters into judgment(AH)
    against the elders and leaders of his people:
“It is you who have ruined my vineyard;
    the plunder(AI) from the poor(AJ) is in your houses.
15 What do you mean by crushing my people(AK)
    and grinding(AL) the faces of the poor?”(AM)
declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.(AN)

16 The Lord says,
    “The women of Zion(AO) are haughty,
walking along with outstretched necks,(AP)
    flirting with their eyes,
strutting along with swaying hips,
    with ornaments jingling on their ankles.
17 Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion;
    the Lord will make their scalps bald.(AQ)

18 In that day(AR) the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,(AS) 19 the earrings and bracelets(AT) and veils,(AU) 20 the headdresses(AV) and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, 21 the signet rings and nose rings,(AW) 22 the fine robes and the capes and cloaks,(AX) the purses 23 and mirrors, and the linen garments(AY) and tiaras(AZ) and shawls.

24 Instead of fragrance(BA) there will be a stench;(BB)
    instead of a sash,(BC) a rope;
instead of well-dressed hair, baldness;(BD)
    instead of fine clothing, sackcloth;(BE)
    instead of beauty,(BF) branding.(BG)
25 Your men will fall by the sword,(BH)
    your warriors in battle.(BI)
26 The gates(BJ) of Zion will lament and mourn;(BK)
    destitute,(BL) she will sit on the ground.(BM)

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