Bible: Isaiah 3:13-26

3:13 The Lord takes his position to judge;

he stands up to pass sentence on his people. 1 

3:14 The Lord comes to pronounce judgment

on the leaders of his people and their officials.

He says, 2  “It is you 3  who have ruined 4  the vineyard! 5 

You have stashed in your houses what you have stolen from the poor. 6 

3:15 Why do you crush my people

and grind the faces of the poor?” 7 

The sovereign Lord who commands armies 8  has spoken.

Washing Away Impurity

3:16 The Lord says,

The women 9  of Zion are proud.

They walk with their heads high 10 

and flirt with their eyes.

They skip along 11 

and the jewelry on their ankles jingles. 12 

3:17 So 13  the sovereign master 14  will afflict the foreheads of Zion’s women 15  with skin diseases, 16 

the Lord will make the front of their heads bald.” 17 

3:18 18 

At that time 19  the sovereign master will remove their beautiful ankle jewelry, 20  neck ornaments, crescent shaped ornaments, 3:19 earrings, bracelets, veils, 3:20 headdresses, ankle ornaments, sashes, sachets, 21  amulets, 3:21 rings, nose rings, 3:22 festive dresses, robes, shawls, purses, 3:23 garments, vests, head coverings, and gowns. 22 

3:24 A putrid stench will replace the smell of spices, 23 

a rope will replace a belt,

baldness will replace braided locks of hair,

a sackcloth garment will replace a fine robe,

and a prisoner’s brand will replace beauty.

3:25 Your 24  men will fall by the sword,

your strong men will die in battle. 25 

3:26 Her gates will mourn and lament;

deprived of her people, she will sit on the ground. 26 

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