Chapter 6

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(Isa 3:1-3)  For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away [Heb: pluck] from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay [(masculine)] and the staff [(feminine)], 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 [Heb: craftsman], and the eloquent orator.

1.      (Isa 3:1 NKJV)  For behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, Takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah The stock and the store, The whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water;

2.      the stay = Heb: H4937; a support (concr.), i.e. (fig.) a protector or sustenance: stay /// to support one's self:--lean, lie, rely, rest (on, self), stay.

3.      the staff = Heb: H4938; fem. of H4937; support (abstr.). i.e. (fig.) sustenance or (concr.) a walking-stick /// 4937. a support (concr.), i.e. (fig.) a protector or sustenance:--stay.


(Isa 3:4-7)  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.

1.      babes = Heb: caprice (as a fit coming on), i.e. vexation; concr. a tyrant: babe, delusion.

2.      oppressed = Heb: to drive (an animal, a workman, a debtor, an army); by impl. to tax, harass, tyrannize: distress, driver, exact (-or), oppress (-or), X raiser of taxes, taskmaster.

3.      (Exo 1:7-14)  And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king [an Assyrian] over Egypt, which knew not Joseph [an allusion to Joseph’s God]. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters [4,000 new IRS agents] to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour [Heb: meaning to break apart; fracture, i.e. severity:--cruelty]: And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.


(Isa 3:8-12)  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 show of their countenance [“The look on heir faces” NIV] 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. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. 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.


 (Isa 3:13-15)  The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people. 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. What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

1.      (Dan 12:1-3)  And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble [Heb: tribulation], such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.