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Isaiah 3 (Third Millennium Bible)

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1 For behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole store of bread and the whole store of water, 2 the mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet, and the prudent and the ancient, 3 the captain of fifty and the honorable man, and the counselor and the skilled artificer and the eloquent orator. 4 "And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. 5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another and every one by his neighbor; the child shall behave himself proudly against the elder, and the base against the honorable." 6 When a man shall take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, "Thou hast clothing; be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand," 7 in that day he shall swear, saying, "I will not be a healer, for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: Make me not a ruler of the people!" 8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen, because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of His glory. 9 The show of their countenance doth witness against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! For they have rewarded evil unto themselves. 10 Say ye to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruits of their doings. 11 Woe unto the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him. 12 As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them! O My people, they that lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. 13 The LORD standeth up to plead and standeth to judge the people. 14 The LORD will enter into judgment with the elders of His people and the princes thereof: "For ye have eaten up the vineyard, and the spoil of the poor is in your houses. 15 What mean ye that ye beat My people to pieces and grind the faces of the poor?" saith the Lord GOD of hosts. 16 Moreover the LORD saith: "Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet, 17 therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will uncover their secret parts." 18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their hair nets and their round ornaments like the moon, 19 the chains and the bracelets and the spangled ornaments, 20 the bonnets and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands and the tablets and the earrings, 21 the rings and nose jewels, 22 the changeable suits of apparel and the mantles and the shawls and the crisping pins, 23 the mirrors and the fine linen, and the hoods and the veils. 24 And it shall come to pass that instead of sweet smell there shall be stench; and instead of a girdle, a rent; and instead of wellset hair, baldness; and instead of a sash, a girding of sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty. 25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war. 26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she, being desolate, shall sit upon the ground.
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