Isaiah 3:17
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New International Version
Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the LORD will make their scalps bald."

New Living Translation
So the Lord will send scabs on her head; the LORD will make beautiful Zion bald."

English Standard Version
therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will lay bare their secret parts.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore the Lord will afflict the scalp of the daughters of Zion with scabs, And the LORD will make their foreheads bare."

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the Lord will put scabs on the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will shave their foreheads bare.

International Standard Version
therefore the LORD will afflict sores on the heads of Zion's women, and the LORD will expose their private parts.

NET Bible
So the sovereign master will afflict the foreheads of Zion's women with skin diseases, the LORD will make the front of their heads bald."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Lord will cause sores [to appear] on the heads of the women of Zion, and the LORD will make their foreheads bare.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore the Lord will make bare the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will uncover that which they are ashamed of.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will uncover their secret parts.

American King James Version
Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.

American Standard Version
therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and Jehovah will lay bare their secret parts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord will make bald the crown of the head of the daughters of Sion, and the Lord will discover their hair.

Darby Bible Translation
therefore the Lord will make bald the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and Jehovah will lay bare their secret parts.

English Revised Version
therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will lay bare their secret parts.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will uncover their secret parts.

World English Bible
therefore the Lord brings sores on the crown of the head of the women of Zion, and Yahweh will make their scalps bald."

Young's Literal Translation
The Lord also hath scabbed The crown of the head of daughters of Zion, And Jehovah their simplicity exposeth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:16-26 The prophet reproves and warns the daughters of Zion of the sufferings coming upon them. Let them know that God notices the folly and vanity of proud women, even of their dress. The punishments threatened answered the sin. Loathsome diseases often are the just punishment of pride. It is not material to ask what sort of ornaments they wore; many of these things, if they had not been in fashion, would have been ridiculed then as now. Their fashions differed much from those of our times, but human nature is the same. Wasting time and money, to the neglect of piety, charity, and even of justice, displease the Lord. Many professors at the present day, seem to think there is no harm in worldly finery; but were it not a great evil, would the Holy Spirit have taught the prophet to expose it so fully? The Jews being overcome, Jerusalem would be levelled with the ground; which is represented under the idea of a desolate female seated upon the earth. And when the Romans had destroyed Jerusalem, they struck a medal, on which was represented a woman sitting on the ground in a posture of grief. If sin be harboured within the walls, lamentation and mourning are near the gates.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Therefore the Lord will smite with a seal. Thus destroying their beauty by producing baldness (comp. ver. 24; and for the meaning "smite with a scab," see Leviticus 13:2; Leviticus 14:56).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion,.... This is opposed to the lifting up of their heads in that haughty manner they did, and to the binding, and plaiting, and curling of their hair, which now will fall off, through the scab or leprosy upon them, or must be obliged to be shaven off.

And the Lord will discover their secret parts; the Vulgate Latin renders it, "their hair", which is their glory, 1 Corinthians 11:6. The Targum is, "and the Lord shall take away their glory". The Syriac and Arabic versions render it "their sex", that which distinguishes their sex; of which Aben Ezra and Kimchi interpret it; than which nothing could be more distressing and intolerable, being worse than baldness of the head, and yet common with captives; and the Septuagint render it "their habit": the meaning is, they shall be stripped of their fine apparel, and be clothed in rags, so that their nakedness shall be seen. An enumeration of the several particulars follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. smite with a scab—literally, "make bald," namely, by disease.

discover—cause them to suffer the greatest indignity that can befall female captives, namely to be stripped naked, and have their persons exposed (Isa 47:3; compare with Isa 20:4).

Isaiah 3:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Judgment against Judah and Jerusalem
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, 17Therefore the Lord will afflict the scalp of the daughters of Zion with scabs, And the LORD will make their foreheads bare." 18In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments,…
Cross References
Leviticus 21:20
or who is a hunchback or a dwarf, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.

Song of Solomon 3:11
come out, and look, you daughters of Zion. Look on King Solomon wearing a crown, the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day his heart rejoiced.

Isaiah 3:16
The LORD says, "The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.

Isaiah 3:18
In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,
Treasury of Scripture

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

smite

Leviticus 13:20,30,43,44 And if, when the priest sees it, behold, it be in sight lower than …

Deuteronomy 28:27 The LORD will smite you with the botch of Egypt, and with the tumors, …

Revelation 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial on the earth…

discover. Heb. made naked

Isaiah 20:4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and …

Isaiah 47:2,3 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover your locks, make bore …

Jeremiah 13:22 And if you say in your heart, Why come these things on me? For the …

Ezekiel 16:36,37 Thus said the Lord GOD; Because your filthiness was poured out…

Ezekiel 23:25-29 And I will set my jealousy against you, and they shall deal furiously …

Micah 1:11 Pass you away, you inhabitant of Saphir, having your shame naked: …

Nahum 3:5 Behold, I am against you, said the LORD of hosts; and I will discover …

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