Isaiah 3:20

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

Isaiah 3:20 in Other Translations

20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
20 the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets;
20 scarves, ankle bracelets, sashes, perfumes, and charms;
20 combs and mirrors and silk scarves, diamond brooches and pearl necklaces,
20 headdresses, ankle jewelry, sashes, perfume bottles, amulets,

Isaiah 3:20 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 3:20

The bonnets
This word is used sometimes for the tire of the heads of men, ( Ezekiel 24:17 Ezekiel 24:23 ) and even for the bonnets of the priests, ( Exodus 39:28 ) ( Ezekiel 44:18 ) . The Targum renders the word "crowns"; the Jewish women wore golden crowns on their heads, in the form of the city of Jerusalem, with which they might not go out on a sabbath day {b}: and the ornaments of the legs;
and so the Targum,

``the chains or bracelets of the feet;''
with which Jarchi and Kimchi agree; but the word is used for a bracelet on the arm in ( 2 Samuel 1:10 ) and Aben Ezra so interprets it here: and the headbands:
the, word is rendered "attire" in ( Jeremiah 2:32 ) according to Jarchi, they were short binders with which the hair was bound up, and some of them were wrought with gold; but with Aben Ezra they were binders about the neck or throat: and the tablets;
in the Hebrew text, "the houses of the soul" F3; and were, as Aben Ezra, Jarchi, and Kimchi think, ornaments which women hung between their breasts on the heart, or over against it; they seem rather to be smelling bottles, as the Vulgate Latin version renders the words, which they carried in their bosoms to refresh the spirits, and fetch back the soul or breath when fainting and almost gone; the Targum renders it "earrings", by which we render the following: and the earrings;
so Jarchi and Kimchi, who suggest they are so called because the ear is the place where whispering and muttering is used, which this word has the signification of; but, according to Aben Ezra, they were writings written in gold, and silver, by way of enchantment or charm; and the Arabic version renders the word, "boxes of amulets" or "charms"; the word signifies enchantments, see ( Psalms 58:5 ) .

F2 Maimon. & Bartenora in ib.
F3 (vpnh ytb) "domos animae", i.e. "olfactoriola", Cocceius; so V. L.

Isaiah 3:20 In-Context

18 In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,
19 the earrings and bracelets and veils,
20 the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms,
21 the signet rings and nose rings,
22 the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses

Cross References 1

  • 1. Exodus 39:28; Ezekiel 24:17,23; Ezekiel 44:18