Isaiah 3:4
New International Version
"I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them."

New Living Translation
I will make boys their leaders, and toddlers their rulers.

English Standard Version
And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them.

Berean Study Bible
“I will make mere lads their leaders, and children will rule over them.”

New American Standard Bible
And I will make mere lads their princes, And capricious children will rule over them,

King James Bible
And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

Christian Standard Bible
"I will make youths their leaders, and unstable rulers will govern them."

Contemporary English Version
He will let children and babies become your rulers.

Good News Translation
The LORD will let the people be governed by immature boys.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will make youths their leaders, and the unstable will govern them."

International Standard Version
"I will make youths their princes, and infants will rule over them.

NET Bible
The LORD says, "I will make youths their officials; malicious young men will rule over them.

New Heart English Bible
And I will make youths to be their leaders, and capricious children shall rule over them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I will make boys their leaders. Children will govern them."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I will give children to be their princes, And babes shall rule over them.

New American Standard 1977
And I will make mere lads their princes And capricious children will rule over them,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I will give children to be their princes, and young fools shall rule over them.

King James 2000 Bible
And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

American King James Version
And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

American Standard Version
And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I will make youths their princes, and mockers shall have dominion over them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will give children to be their princes, and the effeminate shall rule over them.

Darby Bible Translation
And I will appoint youths as their princes, and children shall rule over them.

English Revised Version
And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

World English Bible
I will give boys to be their princes, and children shall rule over them.

Young's Literal Translation
And I have made youths their heads, And sucklings rule over them.
Study Bible
A Judgment Against Judah
3the commander of fifty and the dignitary, the counselor, the cunning magician, and the clever enchanter. 4“I will make mere lads their leaders, and children will rule over them.” 5The people will oppress one another, man against man, neighbor against neighbor; the young will rise up against the old, and the base against the honorable.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 10:16
Woe to you, O land whose king is a youth, and whose princes feast in the morning.

Isaiah 3:3
the commander of fifty and the dignitary, the counselor, the cunning magician, and the clever enchanter.

Isaiah 3:12
Youths oppress My people, and women rule over them. O My people, your guides mislead you; they turn you from your paths.

Isaiah 3:16
The LORD says, "Because the daughters of Zion are haughty--walking with heads held high and wanton eyes, prancing and skipping as they go, jingling the bracelets on their ankles--

Jeremiah 52:3
For because of the anger of the LORD, all this happened in Jerusalem and Judah, until He finally banished them from His presence. And Zedekiah also rebelled against the king of Babylon.

Treasury of Scripture

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

children

1 Kings 3:7-9
And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in…

2 Chronicles 33:1
Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:

2 Chronicles 34:1
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.







Lexicon
“I will make
וְנָתַתִּ֥י (wə·nā·ṯat·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

mere lads
נְעָרִ֖ים (nə·‘ā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5288: A boy, lad, youth, retainer

their leaders,
שָׂרֵיהֶ֑ם (śā·rê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8269: Chieftain, chief, ruler, official, captain, prince

and children
וְתַעֲלוּלִ֖ים (wə·ṯa·‘ă·lū·lîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8586: Caprice, vexation, a tyrant

will rule
יִמְשְׁלוּ־ (yim·šə·lū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4910: To rule, have dominion, reign

over them.”
בָֽם׃ (ḇām)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew
(4) I will give children to be their princes.--Better, youths. The words may point obliquely to Ahaz, who had ascended the throne at the age of twenty (2Chronicles 28:1). Manasseh was but twelve when he became king; Josiah but eight (2Chronicles 33:1; 2Chronicles 34:1). In an Eastern monarchy the rule of a young king, rash and without experience, guided by counsellors like himself, was naturally regarded as the greatest of evils, and the history of Rehoboam had impressed this truth on the mind of every Israelite. (Comp. Ecclesiastes 10:16.)

Verse 4. - I will give children to be their princes; rather, youths than "children." The extreme youth of the later kings of Judah at the date of their accession is very remarkable. After Hezekiah, only one was as much as twenty-five years old when he came to the throne. Jehoahaz was twenty-three (2 Kings 23:31); Amon, twenty-two (2 Kings 21:19); Zedekiah twenty-one (2 Kings 24:18); Jehoiachin, eighteen (2 Kings 24:8); Manasseh, twelve (2 Kings 21:1); and Josiah eight (2 Kings 22:1). Thus this prophecy was fulfilled to the letter. And babes shall rule over them; literally, puerilities shall rule over them; i.e. the youths shall behave in a childish way. 3:1-9 God was about to deprive Judah of every stay and support. The city and the land were to be made desolate, because their words and works had been rebellious against the Lord; even at his holy temple. If men do not stay themselves upon God, he will soon remove all other supports, and then they must sink. Christ is the Bread of life and the Water of life; if he be our Stay, we shall find that is a good part not to be taken away, Joh 6:27. Here note, 1. That the condition of sinners is exceedingly woful. 2. It is the soul that is damaged by sin. 3. Whatever evil befals sinners, be sure that they bring it on themselves.
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