“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 3, “Judgment On Jerusalem And Judah,” III

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“Worth,” Anthony Brown and group therAPy

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Dross – Scum Skimmed From The Surface of Silver 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“Judgment On Jerusalem And Judah,” lll, Isaiah 3:16) 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 (head covering), and their round tires (necklaces) 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 (charms), and the earrings,  21) The rings, and nose jewels,  22) The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples (headdress), and the crisping pins (ornament),  23) The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils.  24) And it shall come to pass, that instead of a sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent (tear, or rip); and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girdling of sackcloth; and burning (branding) instead of beauty.  25) Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.  26) And her (Zion’s) gates shall lament and mourn, and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.

 Quest Study Bible – “Of what, exactly, were the women guilty?”  v16-23.  Some think that the term personifies a class of people–Jerusalem’s self-indulgent rich–who cared little for anything but their comfort.  Others believe that Isaiah spoke to a literal upper class of women.  Either way, Isaiah’s descriptions—outstretched necks, flirting eyes—were symptoms of their self-centered lives and inward moral decay.   “How would they be punished?”  v24-26, The stench, rope, baldness and branding described the treatment given to a people defeated in war and forced into foreign captivity.  Reports of the squalor and hardships of modern war refugees offer some analogies (comparison).

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary –  v16, The plural daughters of Zion suggests the women of the city as well as a personification of Jerusalem (see 1:8).  The prophet shows his scorn for pretense and flagrant display.  v17, The term secret parts and its parallel head may mean “forehead.”  v18-26, Rope … baldness … sackcloth refer to the conditions of the people going into exile.  Your men refers to the men of Jerusalem.  The gates of Zion mourn because its inhabitants have gone into exile for their sins.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary –  v16-26, The Prophet reproves and warns the daughters of Zion of the sufferings coming upon them.  Let them know that God Notices the folly and vanity of proud women, even of their dress.  The punishments threatened answered the sin.  Loathsome diseases often are The Just Punishment of pride.  It is not material to ask what sort of ornaments they wore; many of these things, if they had not been in fashion, would have been ridiculed then as now.  Their fashions differed much from those of our times, but human nature is the same.  Wasting time and money to the neglect of Piety (The Quality of being Religious or Reverent), Charity and even of Justice, Displeases The Lord.  Many professors of the present day, seem to think there is no harm in worldly finery; but were it not a Great Evil, Would The Holy Spirit Have Taught the people to expose it so fully?  The Jews being overcome, Jerusalem would be leveled with the ground; which is represented under the idea of a desolate female seated upon the earth.  And when the Romans had destroyed Jerusalem, they struck a medal, on which was represented a woman sitting on the ground in a posture of grief.  If sin be harbored within the walls, lamentation and mourning are near the gates.

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