Isaiah Chapter Three part 2, A study of Isaiah 3:10 & 11, Isaiah 3:12, and Isaiah 3:13 - 15 with our Common Man's Commentary

Isaiah 3:10 & 11

"Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done." NIV translation

Hope is offered here for the righteous as God judges the people. Instead of the entire community being judged together as was normal, now there is a separation of the righteous and the wicked. Each will answer for their own actions. The same is true for us today as it does not matter what church or group you belong to, the judgment is based on an individual right relationship with God.

Isaiah 3:12

"Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path." NIV translation

The reference to youths refers to people without wisdom (because wisdom comes from God) and having women rule was a sign of weakness (as women did not go out to battle). Isaiah laments that these weak leaders that lack wisdom are leading the people astray. They are teaching the people to do things that do not glorify God. The same could be said of our world today as most leaders have turned their back on the very word of God and so lack wisdom.

Isaiah 3:13 - 15

"The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: 'It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?' declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty." NIV translation

Now, Isaiah begins to tell of the judgment on God's people who have turned away from him. The judgment begins with the leaders of the people and Isaiah quotes the words from God concerning them. God explains that it is the leaders that have ruined his people (vineyard) by stealing the very word of God from them and keeping it for themselves. The question that God poses to the leaders can also be applied to each of us as Christians. We are all called to be disciples and leaders by example. It is our duty to share the word of God with the poor (lost) and, if we do not, is just as if we were "grinding the faces of the poor".