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Isaiah 3

(Isaiah 3:1-26)

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; The mighty man and the man of war, The judge and the prophet, And the diviner and the elder; The captain of fifty and the
honorable man, The counselor and the skillful artisan, And the expert enchanter. "I will give children to be their princes, And babes shall rule over
them. 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."

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," 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."

For Jerusalem stumbled, And Judah is fallen, Because their tongue and their doings Are against the LORD, To provoke the eyes of His glory. 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.

"Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, For the reward of his hands shall be given him.

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."

The LORD stands up to plead, And stands to judge the people. 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. What do you mean by crushing My people And grinding the faces of
the poor?" Says the Lord GOD of hosts.

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, 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."

In that day the Lord will take away the finery: The jingling anklets, the scarves, and the crescents; The pendants, the bracelets, and the veils; The
headdresses, the leg ornaments, and the headbands; The perfume boxes, the charms, and the rings; The nose jewels, the festal apparel, and the
mantles; The outer garments, the purses, and the mirrors; The fine linen, the turbans, and the robes. 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. Your men shall fall by the sword, And your mighty in the war. Her gates shall lament and mourn, And she being desolate shall sit
on the ground.  (NKJV)

Isaiah 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;

The Master, Yahweh (JeHoVaH) who heads the armies of heaven, is going to remove everything from Judah and Jerusalem – lock, stock and
barrel. All of the food, All of the water – everything that sustains life.

2 The mighty man and the man of war, The judge and the prophet, And the diviner and the elder;

The person of authority, the soldier, the judge, the prophet, the diviner, the senior citizen, …

3 The captain of fifty and the honorable man, The counselor and the skillful artisan, And the expert enchanter.

the military officer, the respected man, the advisor, the artist, the eloquent speaker – God will remove them all in His judgment.

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

Children will be their rulers, and infants shall have authority over them. The entire order will be reversed.

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."

The populace will be harassed. Every one will be annoying each other. Neighbors will be a pain to their neighbor. Children will disrespect their
elders. The lowly will rebel against those in high places.

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,"

There will be no rhyme nor reason to who is in control. If someone has clothes on, that will be enough for others want to place him in power.

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."

Yet, the appointed will protest that he is unable to “cure your ills.” He can not do anything about it. He does not have any food or clothing either. He
does not want nor wish to be “a ruler of the people.”

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.

Jerusalem and Judah have fallen. Why? BECAUSE THEIR TONGUE AND THEIR DOING ARE AGAINST THE LORD. As the child rebels against his
elders, and the lowly against those in high places, Jerusalem and Judah have rebelled against the LORD God of Israel in word and in deed. What
God has seen has made Him angry.

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.

The way Jerusalem and Judah look betrays them. They are not ashamed of their sin, as Sodom was blatant in theirs. They are not hiding their sin –
they are flaunting it. WOE TO THEIR SOUL! They have brought the judgment of God upon their own heads! They have no one to blame but
themselves.

10 "Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

In the midst of this rebuke, Isaiah shifts gears to remind THE RIGHTEOUS THAT IT SHALL BE WELL WITH THEM. God will not destroy the righteous
with the wicked. God’s judgment is just. They will receive their just reward.

(Ezekiel 18:1-32)

(Galatians 6:7-9) Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the
flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due
season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  (NKJV)

(Romans 2:2-11) But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man,
you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His
goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness
and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who "will
render to each one according to his deeds": eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;
but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness -- indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every
soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first
and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.  (NKJV)

11 Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, For the reward of his hands shall be given him.

On the other hand, the wicked have reason to fear. IT SHALL BE ILL WITH HIM, FOR THE REWARD OF HIS HANDS SHALL BE GIVEN HIM. They will
face justice. They will receive their just reward.

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."

The problem that faces the people of Isaiah, the nation of Judah, is that children are tormenting them, and woman are ruling them. The natural order
has been upturned, and overturned. Those who are leading them, are leading them in the wrong direction.

As Jesus said: (Luke 6:39) And He spoke a parable to them: "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?  (NKJV)
Their leaders are destroying the path they ought to be following. It is like they are plowing up the roads instead of repairing them. It reminds you of
the civil war tactics of tearing up the rails so that the trains could not be used. Their leaders are not only failing to lead them in the right direction,
they are making it difficult to impossible for anyone else to travel the right way.

(Matthew 23:13) "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in
yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.  (NKJV)

13 The LORD stands up to plead, And stands to judge the people.

It seems as though no one in Jerusalem and Judah are standing against the abuses and misuses of the leaders, but THE LORD STANDS – Yahweh
(JeHoVaH) will rise up against the evil and wickedness. He will bring justice to the table. These people shall not go without their just dues.

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.

Yahweh (JeHoVaH) will lock in combat against the rulers and leaders of the His people. They have consumed the people of God – THE VINEYARD.
They have stolen from the people, making them poor, and have enriched themselves.

15 What do you mean by crushing My people And grinding the faces of the poor?" Says the Lord GOD of hosts.

The Master, Yahweh (JeHoVaH), will bring an accusation before them. Why? Why are you doing this to MY PEOPLE? Why are you oppressing and
destroying MY PEOPLE? Why are you pushing their faces into the dirt? Especially the poor.

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,

In addition, the LORD (Yahweh – JeHoVaH) tells them, the women of Jerusalem are proud and snooty. They stretch their necks, or we would say go
out of their way, to do the wrong thing. Flirting (batting their eyes) at whatever. Walking in a manner to entice men. Drawing attention to themselves
with their jewelry, especially the sound of the anklets they were wearing. In short, they were looking and acting  contrary to what they should.
Resembling more street walkers, than daughter of righteousness.

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."

The phrase STRICK WITH A SCAB THE CROWN OF THE HEAD means they will be humbled. THE DAUGHTERS OF ZION may walk in pride, but the
LORD will humble them. They may “strut their stuff” now, but they will be stripped naked and marched to captivity. It was common in antiquity to
march captives naked in chains, fettered hands and feet. They may delight in the jingling of their anklets of decoration, but they would soon hear the
clanking of the fetters around their feet. They may now walk in pride, but they will walk in the shame of nakedness.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery: The jingling anklets, the scarves, and the crescents;

They will be stripped of all of their finery: their ankle braclets, the scarves, the tiaras …

19 The pendants, the bracelets, and the veils;

Their necklaces, their bracelets, their veils, …

20 The headdresses, the leg ornaments, and the headbands; The perfume boxes, the charms,

Their hats, any other decorations on their legs (like garders), their headbands, their perfumes, their earrings, …

21 and the rings; The nose jewels,

Their rings, their nose piercings, …

22 the festal apparel, and the mantles; The outer garments, the purses,

Their fancy dresses, their shawls, their coats, their purses, …

23 and the mirrors; The fine linen, the turbans, and the robes.

Their mirrors, their linen, their turbans and their robes will all be taken away by Yahweh (JeHoVaH). They will have nothings left which they take so
much pride in now.

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.

Instead of the sweet smell of perfume, they will smell of sweat and dung (B.O.). Instead of a belt, they will have a rope. Instead of hair-dos, they will
be bald. Instead of having fancy clothes, they will be dressed (as it were) in feedsacks. Instead of beautiful things, they will be branded like cattle.

25 Your men shall fall by the sword, And your mighty in the war.

Their men will be killed by the enemy, even the strong will be killed in war.

26 Her gates shall lament and mourn, And she being desolate shall sit on the ground.

The gates of Jerusalem, rather than being places of joy, shall be filled with grief as they mourn their dead. They will sit in the dirt having nothing.
(NKJV)