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Isaiah 3 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts,
doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff,
the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,
the mighty man, and the man of war,
the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,
the captain of fifty, and the honourable man,
and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
And I will give children to be their princes,
and babes shall rule over them.
And the people shall be oppressed,
every one by another, and every one by his neighbour:
the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient,
and the base against the honourable.
When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying,
Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler,
and let this ruin be under thy hand:
in that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer;
for in my house is neither bread nor clothing:
make me not a ruler of the people.
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.

The shew of their countenance doth witness against them;
and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not.
Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him:
for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him:
for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

12 As for my people, children are their oppressors,
and women rule over them.
O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err,
and destroy the way of thy paths.
13 The Lord standeth up to plead,
and standeth to judge the people.
14 The Lord will enter into judgment
with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof:
for ye have eaten up the vineyard;
the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
15 What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces,
and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.

16 Moreover the Lord saith,
Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,
and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes,
walking and mincing as they go,
and making a tinkling with their feet:
17 therefore the Lord will smite with a scab
the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion,
and the Lord will discover their secret parts.
18 In that day the Lord will take away
the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet,
and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,
19 the chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
20 the bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs,
and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
21 the rings, and nose jewels,
22 the changeable suits of apparel,
and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
23 the glasses, and the fine linen,
and the hoods, and the vails.
24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink;
and instead of a girdle a rent;
and instead of well set hair baldness;
and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth;
and burning instead of beauty.
25 Thy men shall fall by the sword,
and thy mighty in the war.
26 And her gates shall lament and mourn;
and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

Isaiah 3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God Will Remove the Leaders

For behold, the Lord [a]God of hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah
Both [b]supply and support, the whole [c]supply of bread
And the whole [d]supply of water;
The mighty man and the warrior,
The judge and the prophet,
The diviner and the elder,
The captain of fifty and the honorable man,
The counselor and the expert artisan,
And the skillful enchanter.
And I will make mere lads their princes,
And [e]capricious children will rule over them,
And the people will be oppressed,
Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor;
The youth will storm against the elder
And the inferior against the honorable.
When a man lays 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 [f]charge,”
He will [g]protest on that day, saying,
“I will not be your [h]healer,
For in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
You should not appoint me ruler of the people.”
For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen,
Because their [i]speech and their actions are against the Lord,
To rebel against [j]His glorious presence.
[k]The expression of their faces bears witness against them,
And they display their sin like Sodom;
They do not even conceal it.
Woe to [l]them!
For they have brought evil on themselves.
10 Say to the righteous 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 [m]what he deserves will be done to him.
12 O My people! Their oppressors [n]are children,
And women rule over them.
O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray
And confuse the direction of your paths.

God Will Judge

13 The Lord arises to contend,
And stands to judge the people.
14 The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people,
“It is you who have devoured the vineyard;
The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
15 “What do you mean by crushing My people
And grinding the face of the poor?”
Declares the Lord [o]God of hosts.

Judah’s Women Denounced

16 Moreover, the Lord said, “Because the daughters of Zion are proud
And walk with [p]heads held high and seductive eyes,
And go along with mincing steps
And tinkle the bangles on their feet,
17 Therefore the Lord will afflict the scalp of the daughters of Zion with scabs,
And the Lord will make their foreheads bare.”

18 In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments, 19 dangling earrings, bracelets, veils, 20 headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets, 21 [q]finger rings, nose rings, 22 festal robes, outer tunics, cloaks, money purses, 23 hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans and veils.

24 Now it will come about that instead of [r]sweet perfume there will be putrefaction;
Instead of a belt, a rope;
Instead of well-set hair, a plucked-out scalp;
Instead of fine clothes, a donning of sackcloth;
And branding instead of beauty.
25 Your men will fall by the sword
And your [s]mighty ones in battle.
26 And her [t]gates will lament and mourn,
And deserted she will sit on the ground.


  1. Isaiah 3:1 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  2. Isaiah 3:1 Lit staff
  3. Isaiah 3:1 Lit staff
  4. Isaiah 3:1 Lit staff
  5. Isaiah 3:4 Lit arbitrary power will rule
  6. Isaiah 3:6 Lit hand
  7. Isaiah 3:7 Lit lift up his voice
  8. Isaiah 3:7 Lit binder of wounds
  9. Isaiah 3:8 Lit tongue
  10. Isaiah 3:8 Lit the eyes of His glory
  11. Isaiah 3:9 Or Their partiality bears
  12. Isaiah 3:9 Lit their soul
  13. Isaiah 3:11 Lit the dealing of his hands
  14. Isaiah 3:12 Or deal severely
  15. Isaiah 3:15 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  16. Isaiah 3:16 Lit outstretched necks
  17. Isaiah 3:21 Or signet rings
  18. Isaiah 3:24 Or balsam oil
  19. Isaiah 3:25 Lit strength
  20. Isaiah 3:26 Lit entrances
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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