Isaiah 3 ©

Grievous and manifold threatenings and judgments that would befall the Jews, as well the common people, as the rulers because of their manifold sins, v. 1, etc. But the righteous are comforted, 10. Especially the women are greatly threatened for their pride and haughtiness, 16.


FOR, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the 1staya and the staff, the whole 2stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,


The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the 3prudent, and the 4ancient,


The captain of fifty, and 5the honourable man, and the 6counseller, and the 7cunning artificer,b and 8the eloquent orator.


And I will give 9children to be their princes, and 10babes shall rule over them.


And the people shall be 11oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself 12proudly against the ancient, and 13the base against the honourable.


When a man shall take hold of 14his brother 15of the house of his father, saying, 16Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let 17this ruin be 18under thy hand:


19In that day shall he 20swear, saying, I will not be an 21healer; for in my house 22is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.


For Jerusalem 23is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.


24The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they 25declare their sin 26as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for 27they have rewarded evil unto themselves.


Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be 28well with him: for they shall 29eat the fruit of their doings.


Woe unto the wicked! 30it shall be ill with him: 31for the reward of his hands shall be given him.


As for my people, 32children are their 33oppressors, and 34women rule over them. O my people, they which lead 35thee cause thee to err, and 36destroy the way of thy paths.


The LORD standeth up 37to plead, and standeth to judge 38the people.


The LORD will enter into judgment with 39the ancientsc of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have 40eaten up 41the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.


42What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and 43grind 44the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.


¶Moreover the LORD saith, Because the 45daughters of Zion are 46haughty, and walk 47with stretched forth necks and 48wanton eyes, 49walking and mincingdas they go, 50and making a tinkling with their feet:


Therefore the Lord will smite with a 51scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and 52the LORD will discover their secret parts.


In that day the Lord will take away 53the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and 54their cauls,e and their 55round tiresf like the moon,


56The chains, and the bracelets, and 57the mufflers,g


58The bonnets, and 59the ornaments of the legs, and the 60headbands, and 61the tablets,h and the earrings,


The rings, and 62nose jewels,


63The changeablei suits of apparel, and 64the mantles, and the wimples,j and 65the crisping pins,k


The glasses, and the fine linen, and 66the hoods, and 67the vails.


And it shall come to pass, that instead of 68sweet smell there shall be 69stink; and instead of a girdle a 70rent; and instead 71of well set hair baldness; and instead of 72a stomacherl a girding of sackcloth; and 73burning instead of beauty.


74Thy men shall fall by the sword, and 75thy mighty in the war.


And 76her 77gates shall lament and mourn; and she being 78desolate shall sit 79upon the ground.