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Isaiah 3 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem
Judgment on Judah
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:1 - For behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts,
Takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah
The stock and the store,
The whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:2 - The mighty man and the man of war,
The judge and the prophet,
And the diviner and the elder;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:3 - The captain of fifty and the honorable man,
The counselor and the skillful artisan,
And the expert enchanter.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:4 - “I will give children to be their princes,
And babes shall rule over them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:5 - The people will be oppressed,
Every one by another and every one by his neighbor;
The child will be insolent toward the elder,
And the base toward the honorable.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:6 - When a man takes hold of his brother
In the house of his father, saying,
“You have clothing;
You be our ruler,
And let these ruins be under your power,”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:7 - In that day he will protest, saying,
“I cannot cure your ills,
For in my house is neither food nor clothing;
Do not make me a ruler of the people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:8 - For Jerusalem stumbled,
And Judah is fallen,
Because their tongue and their doings
Are against the LORD,
To provoke the eyes of His glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:9 - The look on their countenance witnesses against them,
And they declare their sin as Sodom;
They do not hide it.
Woe to their soul!
For they have brought evil upon themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:10 - “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them,
For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:11 - Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,
For the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:12 - As for My people, children are their oppressors,
And women rule over them.
O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err,
And destroy the way of your paths.”
Oppression and Luxury Condemned
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:13 - The LORD stands up to plead,
And stands to judge the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:14 - The LORD will enter into judgment
With the elders of His people
And His princes:
“For you have eaten up the vineyard;
The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:15 - What do you mean by crushing My people
And grinding the faces of the poor?”
Says the Lord GOD of hosts.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:16 - Moreover the LORD says:

“Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,
And walk with outstretched necks
And wanton eyes,
Walking and mincing as they go,
Making a jingling with their feet,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:17 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:18 - In that day the Lord will take away the finery:
The jingling anklets, the scarves, and the crescents;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:19 - The pendants, the bracelets, and the veils;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:20 - The headdresses, the leg ornaments, and the headbands;
The perfume boxes, the charms,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:21 - and the rings;
The nose jewels,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:22 - the festal apparel, and the mantles;
The outer garments, the purses,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:23 - and the mirrors;
The fine linen, the turbans, and the robes.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:24 - And so it shall be:

Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench;
Instead of a sash, a rope;
Instead of well-set hair, baldness;
Instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth;
And branding instead of beauty.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:25 - Your men shall fall by the sword,
And your mighty in the war.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:26 - Her gates shall lament and mourn,
And she being desolate shall sit on the ground.
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New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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