Isaiah 3:15
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New International Version
What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?" declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

New Living Translation
How dare you crush my people, grinding the faces of the poor into the dust?" demands the Lord, the LORD of Heaven's Armies.

English Standard Version
What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor?” declares the Lord GOD of hosts.

New American Standard Bible
"What do you mean by crushing My people And grinding the face of the poor?" Declares the Lord GOD of hosts.

King James Bible
What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why do you crush My people and grind the faces of the poor?" This is the declaration of the Lord GOD of Hosts.

International Standard Version
How dare you crush my people as you grind down the face of the poor?" declares the Lord GOD of the Heavenly Armies.

NET Bible
Why do you crush my people and grind the faces of the poor?" The sovereign LORD who commands armies has spoken.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Almighty LORD of Armies asks, "How can you crush my people and grind the faces of the poor [into the ground]?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
What do you mean that ye beat my people to pieces and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of the hosts.

King James 2000 Bible
What do you mean that you beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? says the Lord GOD of hosts.

American King James Version
What mean you that you beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? said the Lord GOD of hosts.

American Standard Version
what mean ye that ye crush my people, and grind the face of the poor? saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why do you consume my people, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord the God of hosts.

Darby Bible Translation
What mean ye that ye crush my people, and grind the faces of the afflicted? saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts.

English Revised Version
what mean ye that ye crush my people, and grind the face of the poor? saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.

Webster's Bible Translation
What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

World English Bible
What do you mean that you crush my people, and grind the face of the poor?" says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies.

Young's Literal Translation
What -- to you? ye bruise My people, And the faces of the poor ye grind.' An affirmation of the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, And Jehovah saith:
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:10-15 The rule was certain; however there might be national prosperity or trouble, it would be well with the righteous and ill with the wicked. Blessed be God, there is abundant encouragement to the righteous to trust in him, and for sinners to repent and return to him. It was time for the Lord to show his might. He will call men to a strict account for all the wealth and power intrusted to and abused by them. If it is sinful to disregard the necessities of the poor, how odious and wicked a part do they act, who bring men into poverty, and then oppress them!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - What mean ye? i.e. "What has come over you?" or "What strange perversity has possessed yon?" (Kay). That ye beat my people to pieces, etc. The strongest possible expressions are used to mark God's abhorrence of the oppression to which the poor were subjected. Under the Law, he constituted himself the champion of such persons (see Exodus 22:22-24).

2. The sins of the women. (Vers. 16-26.) These may be summed up under the three heads of pride, wanton manners (ver. 16), and love of dress and ornament (vers. 18-23). It was natural that, with increased commerce (2 Kings 14:22; Isaiah 2:16) and more frequent communication with foreign nations, such as Assyria (2 Kings 16:7-10) and Babylon (2 Kings 20:12, 13), there should be an increase of luxury, and quite in accordance with Eastern ideas that the luxury should particularly show itself in the dress and adornment of the women. The Egyptian remains show an advanced state of luxury among the women at a time anterior to Moses; and in Assyria, though the evidence is less abundant, we find also indications of a similar kind. The Jews, whose regard for their women was high, are not likely to have been behindhand in the gallantry which shows itself in heaping ornament and the newest appliances of civilization on the weaker sex.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

What mean ye, that ye beat my people to pieces,.... Reduce them to the utmost poverty; so the Targum,

"wherefore do ye impoverish my people?''

as they did by exacting tithes of all that they possessed; by requiring large sums for their long prayers; and by various traditions they enjoined them to observe:

and grind the faces of the poor? either by smiting them on the cheek, as Christ, who became poor for our sakes, was smitten by them; or by bringing them into such low circumstances, by their exorbitant demands, that they had not sufficiency of food to eat; by which means their faces became pale, thin, and meagre:

saith the Lord God of Hosts: who saw all their actions, and was able to plead his people's cause, and take vengeance on their oppressors.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. What right have ye to beat, &c. (Ps 94:5; Mic 3:2, 3).

grind—by exactions, so as to leave them nothing.

faces—persons; with the additional idea of it being openly and palpably done. "Presence," equivalent to "face" (Hebrew).

Isaiah 3:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Judgment against Judah and Jerusalem
14The LORD enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people, "It is you who have devoured the vineyard; The plunder of the poor is in your houses. 15"What do you mean by crushing My people And grinding the face of the poor?" Declares the Lord GOD of hosts. 16Moreover, the LORD said, "Because the daughters of Zion are proud And walk with heads held high and seductive eyes, And go along with mincing steps And tinkle the bangles on their feet,…
Cross References
Psalm 94:5
They crush your people, LORD; they oppress your inheritance.

Isaiah 5:7
The vineyard of the LORD Almighty is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines he delighted in. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.

Isaiah 10:2
to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.

Isaiah 14:30
The poorest of the poor will find pasture, and the needy will lie down in safety. But your root I will destroy by famine; it will slay your survivors.

Isaiah 26:6
Feet trample it down-- the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor.

Isaiah 29:19
Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 30:12
Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says: "Because you have rejected this message, relied on oppression and depended on deceit,

Isaiah 32:6
For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the LORD; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water.

Isaiah 58:4
Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.

Isaiah 63:8
He said, "Surely they are my people, children who will be true to me"; and so he became their Savior.

Ezekiel 18:2
"What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: "'The parents eat sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge'?
Treasury of Scripture

What mean you that you beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? said the Lord GOD of hosts.

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Ezekiel 18:2 What mean you, that you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, …

Jonah 1:6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said to him, What mean you, O …

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Isaiah 58:4 Behold, you fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist …

Exodus 5:14 And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters …

Amos 2:6,7 Thus said the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, …

Amos 8:4-6 Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor …

Micah 3:2,3 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from …

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