Isaiah 3 NIV

Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah

1 See now, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support:1 all supplies of food2 and all supplies of water,3

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2 the hero and warrior,4 the judge and prophet, the soothsayer5 and elder,6

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3 the captain of fifty7 and man of rank,8 the counselor, skilled craftsman9 and clever enchanter.10

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4 I will make boys their officials; mere children will govern them.11

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    • 11 3:4 - ver 12;
      5 People will oppress each other-- man against man, neighbor against neighbor.12 The young will rise up against the old, the base against the honorable.

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      6 A man will seize one of his brothers at his father's home, and say, "You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!"
      7 But in that day13 he will cry out, "I have no remedy.14 I have no food15 or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people."16

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      8 Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling;17 their words18 and deeds19 are against the LORD, defying20 his glorious presence.

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      9 The look on their faces testifies21 against them; they parade their sin like Sodom;22 they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster23 upon themselves.

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      10 Tell the righteous it will be well24 with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.25

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      11 Woe to the wicked!26 Disaster27 is upon them! They will be paid back28 for what their hands have done.29

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      12 Youths30 oppress my people, women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray;31 they turn you from the path.

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      13 The LORD takes his place in court;32 he rises to judge33 the people.

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      14 The LORD enters into judgment34 against the elders and leaders of his people: "It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder35 from the poor36 is in your houses.

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      15 What do you mean by crushing my people37 and grinding38 the faces of the poor?"39 declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.40

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      16 The LORD says, "The women of Zion41 are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks,42 flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.

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      17 Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the LORD will make their scalps bald.43"

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      18 In that day44 the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,45

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      19 the earrings and bracelets46 and veils,47

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      20 the headdresses48 and ankle chains and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms,

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      21 the signet rings and nose rings,49

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      22 the fine robes and the capes and cloaks,50 the purses

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      23 and mirrors, and the linen garments51 and tiaras52 and shawls.

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      24 Instead of fragrance53 there will be a stench;54 instead of a sash,55 a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness;56 instead of fine clothing, sackcloth;57 instead of beauty,58 branding.59

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      25 Your men will fall by the sword,60 your warriors in battle.61

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      26 The gates62 of Zion will lament and mourn;63 destitute,64 she will sit on the ground.65

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