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: all supplies of food and all supplies of water,

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2 the hero and the warrior, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder,

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3 the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter.

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4 “I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them.”

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      5 People will oppress each other— man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the nobody against the honored.

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      6 A man will seize one of his brothers in his father’s house, and say, “You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!”
      7 But in that day he will cry out, “I have no remedy. I have no food or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people.”

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      8 Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence.

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

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

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      11 Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done.

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

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

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      14 The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.

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      15 What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?” declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

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      16 The LORD says, “The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, 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.”

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

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      19 the earrings and bracelets and veils,

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      20 the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms,

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      21 the signet rings and nose rings,

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

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      23 and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.

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      24 Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding.

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

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      26 The gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground.

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