Isaiah Chapter 3 |
The Sovereign Lord of Hosts
Will remove from Jerusalem and from Judah
Prop and stay,
Every prop of food
And every prop of water:
2Soldier and warrior,
Magistrate and prophet,
Augur and elder;
3Captain of fifty,
Magnate and counselor,
Skilled artisan and expert enchanter;
4And He will make boys their rulers,
And babes shall govern them.
5So the people shall oppress one another—
Each oppressing his fellow:
The young shall bully the old;
And the despised [shall bully] the honored.
6For should a man seize his brother,
In whose father’s house there is clothing:
“Come, be a chief over us,
And let this ruin be under your care,”
7The other will thereupon protest,
“I will not be a dresser of wounds,
With no food or clothing in my own house.
You shall not make me chief of a people!”
8Ah, Jerusalem has stumbled,
And Judah has fallen,
Because by word and deed
They insult the Lord,
Defying His majestic glance.
9Their partiality in judgment accuses them;
They avow their sins like Sodom,
They do not conceal them.
Woe to them! For ill
Have they served themselves.
10(Hail the just man, for he shall fare well;
He shall eat the fruit of his works.
11Woe to the wicked man, for he shall fare ill;
As his hands have dealt, so shall it be done to him.)
12My people’s rulers are babes,
It is governed by women.
O my people!
Your leaders are misleaders;
They have confused the course of your paths.
13The Lord stands up to plead a cause,
He rises to champion peoples.
14The Lord will bring this charge
Against the elders and officers of His people:
“It is you who have ravaged the vineyard;
That which was robbed from the poor is in your houses.
15How dare you crush My people
And grind the faces of the poor?”
—says my Lord God of Hosts.
16The Lord said:
“Because the daughters of Zion
Are so vain
And walk with heads thrown back,
With roving eyes,
And with mincing gait,
Making a tinkling with their feet”—
17My Lord will bare the pates
Of the daughters of Zion,
The Lord will uncover their heads.
18In that day, my Lord will strip off the finery of the anklets, the fillets, and the crescents; 19of the eardrops, the bracelets, and the veils; 20the turbans, the armlets, and the sashes; of the talismans and the amulets; 21the signet rings and the nose rings; 22of the festive robes, the mantles, and the shawls; the purses, 23the lace gowns, and the linen vests; and the kerchiefs and the capes.
Instead of perfume, there shall be rot;
And instead of an apron, a rope;
Instead of a diadem of beaten-work,
A shorn head;
Instead of a rich robe,
A girding of sackcloth;
A burn instead of beauty.
25Her men shall fall by the sword,
Her fighting manhood in battle;
26And her gates shall lament and mourn,
And she shall be emptied,
Shall sit on the ground.