Isaiah 3
New American Bible Revised Edition

Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah

1* The Lord, the Lord of hosts,

will take away from Jerusalem and from Judah

Support and staff—

all support of bread,

all support of water:a

2Hero and warrior,

judge and prophet, diviner and elder,

3The captain of fifty and the nobleman,

counselor, skilled magician, and expert charmer.

4I will place boys as their princes;

the fickle will govern them,b

5And the people will oppress one another,

yes, each one the neighbor.

The child will be insolent toward the elder,

and the base toward the honorable.c

6When anyone seizes a brother

in their father’s house, saying,

“You have clothes! Be our ruler,

and take in hand this ruin!”—

7He will cry out in that day:

“I cannot be a healer,d

when there is neither bread nor clothing in my own house!

You will not make me a ruler of the people!”

8Jerusalem has stumbled, Judah has fallen;

for their speech and deeds affront the Lord,

a provocation in the sight of his majesty.

9Their very look bears witness against them;e

they boast of their sin like Sodom,f

They do not hide it.

Woe to them!

They deal out evil to themselves.

10Happy the just, for it will go well with them,

the fruit of their works they will eat.

11Woe to the wicked! It will go ill with them,

with the work of their hands they will be repaid.

12My people—infants oppress them,

women rule over them!

My people, your leaders deceive you,g

they confuse the paths you should follow.

13* The Lord rises to accuse,

stands to try his people.

14The Lord enters into judgment

with the people’s elders and princes:

You, you who have devoured the vineyard;

the loot wrested from the poor is in your houses.

15What do you mean by crushing my people,

and grinding down the faces of the poor?

says the Lord, the God of hosts.

The Haughty Women of Zion*

16The Lord said:h

Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,

and walk with necks outstretched,

Ogling and mincing as they go,

their anklets tinkling with every step,

17The Lord shall cover the scalps of Zion’s daughters with scabs,

and the Lord shall lay bare their heads.* i

18* On that day the Lord will do away with the finery of the anklets, sunbursts, and crescents; 19the pendants, bracelets, and veils; 20the headdresses, bangles, cinctures, perfume boxes, and amulets; 21the signet rings, and the nose rings; 22the court dresses, wraps, cloaks, and purses; 23the lace gowns, linen tunics, turbans, and shawls.

24Instead of perfume there will be stench,

instead of a girdle, a rope,

And instead of elaborate coiffure, baldness;

instead of a rich gown, a sackcloth skirt.

Then, instead of beauty, shame.

25Your men will fall by the sword,

and your champions,* in war;j

26Her gates will lament and mourn,

as the city sits desolate on the ground.k

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