16 Moreover the Lord says:

“Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,
And walk with [a]outstretched necks
And [b]wanton eyes,
Walking and [c]mincing as they go,
Making a jingling with their feet,
17 Therefore the Lord will strike with (A)a scab
The crown of the head of the daughters of Zion,
And the Lord will (B)uncover their secret parts.”

18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery:
The jingling anklets, the [d]scarves, and the (C)crescents;
19 The pendants, the bracelets, and the veils;
20 The headdresses, the leg ornaments, and the headbands;
The perfume boxes, the charms,
21     and the rings;
The nose jewels,
22     the festal apparel, and the mantles;
The outer garments, the purses,
23     and the mirrors;
The fine linen, the turbans, and the robes.

24 And so it shall be:

Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench;
Instead of a sash, a rope;
Instead of well-set hair, (D)baldness;
Instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth;
And [e]branding instead of beauty.
25 Your men shall fall by the sword,
And your [f]mighty in the war.

26 (E)Her gates shall lament and mourn,
And she being desolate (F)shall sit on the ground.

Jerusalem’s Glorious Future

And (G)in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying,
“We will (H)eat our own food and wear our own apparel;
Only let us be called by your name,
To take away (I)our reproach.”

The Renewal of Zion

In that day (J)the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious;
And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing
For those of Israel who have escaped.

And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem (K)will be called holy—everyone who is (L)recorded among the living in Jerusalem. When (M)the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the [g]blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, then the Lord will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, (N)a cloud and smoke by day and (O)the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a [h]covering. And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, (P)for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.


  1. Isaiah 3:16 Head held high
  2. Isaiah 3:16 seductive, ogling
  3. Isaiah 3:16 tripping or skipping
  4. Isaiah 3:18 headbands
  5. Isaiah 3:24 burning scar
  6. Isaiah 3:25 Lit. strength
  7. Isaiah 4:4 bloodshed
  8. Isaiah 4:5 canopy

(A)Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be (B)the hidden person of the heart, with the [a]incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

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  1. 1 Peter 3:4 imperishable

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