Having affirmed in broad terms that judgment would come, Isaiah gives examples of present sins that need to be judged by God.
takes away from … Judah. Because of their sin, the LORD would take away their supplies.
VERSE 2. the mighty man, the man of war, the judge, the prophet, the diviner, the elder,
VERSE 3. the captain of fifty, the honorable man, the counselor, the skilled craftsman, and the clever enchanter.
children shall rule over them. In the days that followed, Judah would be foolish enough to select children as their king. For example, Joash was crowned as king when seven years old:
2 Kings 11:12. Then he brought out the king’s son, and put the crown on him, and gave him the covenant; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, “Long live the king!”
Ecclesiastes 10:16. Woe to you, land, when your king is a child, and your princes eat in the morning!
Isaiah 3:4. I will give boys to be their princes, and children shall rule over them.
VERSE 5. The people will be oppressed, everyone by another, and everyone by his neighbor. The child will behave himself proudly against the old man, and the wicked against the honorable.
VERSE 6. Indeed a man shall take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, “You have clothing, you be our ruler, and let this ruin be under your hand.”
VERSE 7. In that day he will cry out, saying, “I will not be a healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing. You shall not make me ruler of the people.”
VERSE 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.
They parade their sin. They were not ashamed of sin. They did not hide it. Rather, they paraded it to everyone.
VERSE 10. Tell the righteous “Good!” For they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
VERSE 11. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them; for the deeds of his hands will be paid back to him.
women rule over them. In the ancient world, a misogynistic worldview was quite common. That was the case even among God’s own people. They would have seen a woman as their ruler as a terrible thing.
VERSE 13. The LORD stands up to contend, and stands to judge the peoples.
The plunder of the poor is in your houses. God’s people made themselves rich by exploiting the poor. In the world of the Bible, this is a heinous crime.
you crush my people. The LORD God comes to the defense of his own people.
grind the face of the poor. The LORD God comes to the defense of poor people.
VERSE 18. In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, the headbands, the crescent necklaces,
VERSE 19. the earrings, the bracelets, the veils,
VERSE 20. the headdresses, the ankle chains, the sashes, the perfume containers, the charms,
VERSE 21. the signet rings, the nose rings,
VERSE 22. the fine robes, the capes, the cloaks, the purses,
VERSE 23. the hand mirrors, the fine linen garments, the tiaras, and the shawls.
VERSE 24. It shall happen that instead of sweet spices, there shall be rottenness; instead of a belt, a rope; instead of well set hair, baldness; instead of a robe, a wearing of sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty.
VERSE 25. Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war.
VERSE 26. Her gates shall lament and mourn. She shall be desolate and sit on the ground.
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