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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 3\\

In this chapter the Jews are threatened with various calamities, on
account of their sins, which would issue in their entire ruin and
destruction. They are threatened with a famine, \\#Isa 3:1\\ with a
removal of useful men in church and state, and in common life,
\\#Isa 3:2,3\\ with ignorant and effeminate governors; the consequences
of which would be oppression and insolence, \\#Isa 3:4,5\\ yea, that
such would be their state and condition, that men, though naturally
ambitious of honour, would refuse to have the government of them,
\\#Isa 3:6,7\\ the reasons of these calamities, and of this ruin and
fall of them, are their evil words and actions against the Lord, which
were highly provoking to him; and their impudence in sinning like
Sodom, which was to their own harm, \\#Isa 3:8,9\\ yet, in the midst of
all this, it is the will of God that the righteous should be told it
shall be well with them, with the reason of it; when it shall be ill
with the wicked, as a just recompence of reward, \\#Isa 3:10,11\\ the
errors and mistakes of the people are attributed to their childish and
effeminate governors, \\#Isa 3:12\\ wherefore the Lord determines to
plead their cause, and contend with their elders and rulers, because
they had spoiled and devoured the poor, \\#Isa 3:13-15\\ and
particularly the women are threatened, for their pride and luxury, to
have their ornaments taken from them, which are particularly mentioned,
\\#Isa 3:16-24\\ and the chapter is concluded with a prophecy, that
their mighty men should perish by the sword in war, and the city should
be desolate, \\#Isa 3:25,26\\.