Isaiah 3:1-12

God Will Remove the Leaders

1 For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts 1is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah Both supply and support, the whole supply of bread And the whole supply of water;
2 2The mighty man and the warrior, The judge and the prophet, The diviner and the elder,
3 The captain of fifty and the honorable * man, The counselor and the expert artisan, And the skillful enchanter.
4 And I will make mere 3lads their princes, And capricious children will rule over them,
5 And the people will be 4oppressed, Each one by another, and each one by his 5neighbor; The youth will storm against the elder And the inferior against the honorable.
6 When a man 6lays hold of his brother in his father's house, saying, "You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler, And these ruins will be under your charge,"
7 He will protest on that day, saying, "I will not be your 7healer, For in my house there is neither bread nor cloak; You should not appoint me ruler of the people."
8 For 8Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, Because their 9speech and their actions are against the LORD, To 10rebel against His glorious presence.
9 The expression of their faces bears witness against them, And they display their sin like 11Sodom; They do not even conceal it. Woe to them! For they have 12brought evil on themselves.
10 Say to the 13righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions.
11 Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, For 14what * he deserves * will be done to him.
12 O My people! Their oppressors are 15children, And women rule over them. O My people! 16Those who guide you lead you astray And confuse the direction of your paths.
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