Isaiah Chapter Three part 3, A study of Isaiah 3:16 & 17, Isaiah 3:18 - 23, Isaiah 3:24, Isaiah 3:25 and Isaiah 3:26 featuring our Common Man's Commentary and study quiz

Isaiah 3:16 & 17

"The Lord says, 'The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the Lord will make their scalps bald.'" NIV translation

Now, Isaiah describes the judgment on the women. He describes how they walk around teasing the men and leading them to commit sin. They are so proud of their physical beauty but Isaiah tells how God will remove their beauty by taking their hair and causing sores on their head. This same description could easily be used for many of the women of today. The beauty of women is used to sell everything and they are taught from an early age to use that beauty to get whatever they want.

Isaiah 3:18 - 23

"In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, the earrings and bracelets and veils, the headdresses and ankle chains and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, the signet rings and nose rings, the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls." NIV translation

Isaiah then goes on to list many of the things that the women have began to worship. He says that "in that day" which is referring to the day of judgment and explains that God will remove these things on that day. We may say that we don't worship these things and it does not apply to us but just look on television and magazines. Our society could easily be described in the same way that Isaiah is describing these women.

Isaiah 3:24

"Instead of a fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding." NIV translation

In this verse, Isaiah contrasts what the women would have with God and what they will have without God. The once proud women will now be put to shame.

Isaiah 3:25

"Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle." NIV translation

Now, Isaiah turns to the judgment on the men. Since they have turned their backs on God, they will not have him with them in battle and they will be defeated.

Isaiah 3:26

"The gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground." NIV translation

The final judgment in this chapter is on the city itself. The result of the people turning their back on God is that the city itself will suffer. The same can be said of the USA and some other countries today. Since we have turned our back on God, the country has lost its blessing from God.

Isaiah Chapter Three Study Quiz