Isaiah 3

English Standard Version

For behold, the Lord God of hosts is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and supply,[1] all support of bread, and all support of water; (Le 26:26; Isa 1:24; Eze 4:16) the mighty man and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, (2Ki 24:14; Eze 17:13) the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor and the skillful magician and the expert in charms. And I will make boys their princes, and infants[2] shall rule over them. (Ec 10:16; Isa 3:12) And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable. (Mic 7:3) For a man will take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying: “You have a cloak; you shall be our leader, and this heap of ruins shall be under your rule”; (Isa 4:1) in that day he will speak out, saying: “I will not be a healer;[3] in my house there is neither bread nor cloak; you shall not make me leader of the people.” (Isa 1:6) For Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence.[4] (Ps 73:9; Isa 65:3) For the look on their faces bears witness against them; they proclaim their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves. (Ge 13:13; Ge 18:20; Eze 16:46; Eze 16:48; Ro 6:23) 10 Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. (De 28:1; Ps 128:2; Ec 8:12) 11 Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him. (De 28:15; Ec 8:13) 12 My people—infants are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, your guides mislead you and they have swallowed up[5] the course of your paths. (Isa 3:4; Isa 28:14) 13 The Lord has taken his place to contend; he stands to judge peoples. (Ps 7:6; Ho 4:1) 14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: “It is you who have devoured[6] the vineyard, the spoil of the poor is in your houses. (Ps 14:4; Am 3:10; Mic 3:1) 15 What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor?” declares the Lord God of hosts. (Ps 94:5) 16 The Lord said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks, glancing wantonly with their eyes, mincing along as they go, tinkling with their feet, (So 3:11; Isa 3:18; Isa 4:4; Isa 32:9) 17 therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts. (De 28:60; Isa 3:16) 18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents; (Jud 8:21; Jud 8:26; Isa 3:16; 1Pe 3:3) 19 the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves; 20 the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets; (Ex 39:28; Eze 24:17) 21 the signet rings and nose rings; (Ge 24:47; Eze 16:12) 22 the festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags; (Lu 15:22) 23 the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils. 24 Instead of perfume there will be rottenness; and instead of a belt, a rope; and instead of well-set hair, baldness; and instead of a rich robe, a skirt of sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty. (Ge 37:34; Le 19:28; Es 2:12; Pr 31:24; Isa 15:2; Isa 15:3; Isa 22:12; La 2:10; Eze 27:31; Am 8:10; Mic 1:16; 1Pe 3:3) 25 Your men shall fall by the sword and your mighty men in battle. 26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; empty, she shall sit on the ground. (Job 2:13; Jer 14:2; La 1:4; La 2:10)