Isaiah 3

Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem

1 For behold, the a  Lord  God of hosts
is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah
support and supply,
Hebrew staff

all c  support of bread,
and all support of water;
2 d  the mighty man and the soldier,
the judge and the prophet,
the diviner and the elder,
3the captain of fifty
and the man of rank,
the counselor and the skillful magician
and the expert in charms.
4 e  And I will make boys their princes,
and infants
Or caprice
shall rule over them.
5 g  And the people will oppress one another,
every one his fellow
and every one his neighbor;
the youth will be insolent to the elder,
and the despised to the honorable.
6 For h  a man will take hold of his brother
in the house of his father, saying:
“You have a cloak;
you shall be our leader,
and this heap of ruins
shall be under your rule”;
7in that day he will speak out, saying:
“I will not be a i  healer;
Hebrew binder of wounds

in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
you shall not make me
leader of the people.”
8For Jerusalem has stumbled,
and Judah has fallen,
because their k  speech and their deeds are against the  Lord,
l  defying his glorious presence.
Hebrew the eyes of his glory

9 For the look on their faces bears witness against them;
they proclaim their sin n  like Sodom;
they do not hide it.
Woe to them!
o  For they have brought evil on themselves.
10 p  Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them,
q  for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
11 r  Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,
for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him.
12My peoples  infants are their oppressors,
and women rule over them.
O my people t  your guides mislead you
and they have swallowed up
Or  they have confused
the course of your paths.
13 The  Lord v  has taken his place to contend;
he stands to judge peoples.
14The  Lord will enter into judgment
with the w  elders and princes of his people:
“It is you who x  have devoured
Or grazed over; compare Exodus 22:5
the vineyard,
z  the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
15What do you mean by aa  crushing my people,
by grinding the face of the poor?”

declares the Lord  God of hosts.
16 The  Lord said:
ab  Because ac  the daughters of Zion are haughty
and walk with outstretched necks,
glancing wantonly with their eyes,
mincing along as they go,
ad  tinkling with their feet,
17therefore the Lord ae  will strike with a scab
the heads of af  the daughters of Zion,
and the  Lord will lay bare their secret parts.

18In that day the Lord will take away ag  the finery of the anklets, the ah  headbands, and the ai  crescents; 19the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves; 20the aj  headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets; 21the signet rings and ak  nose rings; 22the al  festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags; 23the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils.

24 Instead of am  perfume there will be rottenness;
and instead of a an  belt, a rope;
and instead of ao  well-set hair, ap  baldness;
and instead of a rich robe, a aq  skirt of sackcloth;
and ar  branding instead of beauty.
25Your men shall fall by the sword
and your mighty men in battle.
26And as  her gates shall lament and mourn;
empty, she shall at  sit on the ground.
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