Isaiah 3

Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem

1 For behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts,
a Takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah
b The 1 stock and the store,
The whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water;
2 c The mighty man and the man of war,
The judge and the prophet,
And the diviner and the elder;
3 The captain of fifty and the 2 honorable man,
The counselor and the skillful artisan,
And the expert enchanter.
4 "I will give d children 3 to be their princes,
And 4 babes shall rule over them.
5 The people will be oppressed,
Every one by another and every one by his neighbor;
The child will be insolent toward the 5 elder,
And the 6 base toward the honorable."

6 When a man takes hold of his brother
In the house of his father, saying,
"You have clothing;
You be our ruler,
And let these ruins be under your 7 power,"
7 In that day he will protest, saying,
"I cannot cure your ills,
For in my house is neither food nor clothing;
Do not make me a ruler of the people."
8 For e Jerusalem stumbled,
And Judah is fallen,
Because their tongue and their doings
Are against the LORD,
To provoke the eyes of His glory.

9 The look on their countenance witnesses against them,
And they declare their sin as f Sodom;
They do not hide it.
Woe to their soul!
For they have brought evil upon themselves.
10 "Say to the righteous g that it shall be well with them,
h For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe to the wicked! i It shall be ill with him,
For the reward of his hands shall be 8 given him.
12 As for My people, children are their oppressors,
And women rule over them.
O My people! j Those who lead you 9 cause you to err,
And destroy the way of your paths."

13 The LORD stands up k to 10 plead,
And stands to judge the people.
14 The LORD will enter into judgment
With the elders of His people
And His princes:
"For you have 11 eaten up l the vineyard;
The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
15 What do you mean by m crushing My people
And grinding the faces of the poor?"
Says the Lord GOD of hosts.

16 Moreover the LORD says:
"Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,
And walk with 12 outstretched necks
And 13 wanton eyes,
Walking and 14 mincing as they go,
Making a jingling with their feet,
17 Therefore the Lord will strike with n a scab
The crown of the head of the daughters of Zion,
And the LORD will o uncover their secret parts."

18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery:
The jingling anklets, the 15 scarves, and the p crescents;
19 The pendants, the bracelets, and the veils; 20 The headdresses, the leg ornaments, and the headbands;
The perfume boxes, the charms,
21 and the rings;
The nose jewels,
22 the festal apparel, and the mantles;
The outer garments, the purses,
23 and the mirrors;
The fine linen, the turbans, and the robes.

24 And so it shall be:
Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench;
Instead of a sash, a rope;
Instead of well-set hair, q baldness;
Instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth;
And 16 branding instead of beauty.
25 Your men shall fall by the sword,
And your 17 mighty in the war.
26 r Her gates shall lament and mourn,
And she being desolate s shall sit on the ground.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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