Isaiah 3
International Standard Version

Judgment Comes to Judah’s Leaders

1“Note this! The Lord GOD of the Heavenly Armies

is taking away from Jerusalem and Judah

everything that your society needs—a

all food supplies

and all water supplies,

2the mighty man

and the warrior,

the judge

and the prophet,

the fortune-teller

and the elder,

3the commander of fifty

and the man of rank,

and the counselor, the expert magician,

and the medium.

4“I will make youths their princes,

and infants will rule over them.

5People will oppress one another—

It will be man against man

and neighbor against neighbor.

The young will be disrespectful to the old,

and the worthless to the honorable.

6“For a man will grab his brother

in his own father’s house,

and say, ‘You have a cloak,

so you be our leader,

and this heap of ruins

will be under your rule!’

7“Butb at that time,c he’ll protest!d

He’ll say, ‘I won’t be your healer.

I have neither food nor clothing in my house!

You’re not going to make me a leader of the people!’

8“For Jerusalem has stumbled,

and Judah has fallen,

because what they say and do opposese the LORD;

they keep defying him.f

9 “The expressions on their faces give them away.g

They parade their sin around like Sodom;

they don’t even try toh hide it.

How horrible it will be for them,

because they have brought disaster on themselves!”

Encouragement to the Righteous

10“Telli the righteous that things will go well,

because they will enjoyj the fruit of their actions.”

Warning to the Wicked

11“How terrible it will be for the wicked!

Disaster is headed their way,

because what they did with their handk will be repaidl to them.

12“As for my people, childrenm are their oppressors,

and women rule over them.

My people, your leaders are misleading you—

they’re giving you confusing directions.”n

When God Goes to Court

13The LORD is taking his place to argue his case;

he’s standing up to judge the people.

14The LORD will go to courto

to opposep the elders and princes of his people:

“You’re the ones who have been devouring the vineyard,

the plunder of the poor is in your own houses!

15How dare you crushq my people

as you grind down the face of the poor?”

declares the Lord GOD of the Heavenly Armies.r

Judgment of Jerusalem’s Women

16The LORD also says:

“Because Zion’s women are so haughty,

and walk with outstretched necks,

flirting with their eyes,

prancings along as they walk,

and making tinkling noises with their ankle bracelets,t

17therefore the LORDu will afflict sores

on the heads of Zion’s women,

and the LORDv will expose their private parts.

18“At that time,w the LORDx will take away the finery of the ankle bracelets, headbands, crescents, 19pendants, bracelets, veils, 20headdresses, armlets, sashes, perfume boxes, charms, 21signet rings, nose rings, 22fine robes, capes,y purses, 23mirrors, linen garments, tiaras, and veils.

24“And it will come about that instead of fragrance

there will bez a stench;

instead of a belt, a rope;

instead of well-set hair, baldness;

instead of a fine robe, sackcloth;

and instead of beauty, shame.aa

25Your men will die violently,bb

while your forcescc falldd in battle

26and her gates lament and mourn.

Ravaged, she will sit on the ground.”

a 3:1 Lit. Judah both supply and support
b 3:7 So 1QIsaa LXX; the Heb. lacks But
c 3:7 Lit. day
d 3:7 Lit. he’ll cry out
e 3:8 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read do is towards
f 3:8 Lit. defying his glorious presence
g 3:9 Lit. faces bears witness against them
h 3:9 1QIsaa MT lack try to
i 3:10 So 1QIsaa; the Heb. lacks Tell
j 3:10 Lit. eat
k 3:11 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read hands
l 3:11 So 1QIsaa; MT reads done
m 3:12 Or youths
n 3:12 So MT; 1QIsaa reads they’re devouring your paths
o :14 Lit. go into judgment
p 3:14 Lit. with
q 3:15 Lit. What do you mean by crushing
r 3:15 So 1QIsaa MT; LXX lacks this line
s 3:16 Or mincing
t 3:16 Lit. their feet
u 3:17 So 1QIsaa corrector; 1QIsaa 4QIsab MT read my Lord; LXX reads God
v 3:17 So 1QIsaa corrector MT; 1QIsaa reads my Lord
w 3:18 Lit. In that day
x 3:18 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT 1QIsaa corrector read my Lord
y 3:22 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsab MT read capes and cloaks
z 3:24 The 1QIsaa lacks will be a stench
aa 3:24 So 1QIsaa; MT reads burning instead of beauty; LXX lacks this line
bb 3:25 Lit. will fall by the sword
cc 3:25 So 1QIsaa; MT reads force
dd 3:25 1QIsaa MT lack fall

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