Isaiah 3

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Isaiah 3
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The Great Isaiah Scroll, the best preserved of the biblical scrolls found at Qumran from the second century BC, contains all the verses in this chapter.
BookBook of Isaiah
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Isaiah 3 is the third chapter of the Book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. This book contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet Isaiah, and is a part of the Book of the Prophets.[1][2] Isaiah prophecies that "For the sin of the people, God will take away the wise men, and give them foolish princes".[3]


Textual versions[edit]

Some most ancient manuscripts containing this chapter in Hebrew language:

Ancient translations in Koine Greek:


The New King James Version organises this chapter as follows:

Verse 1[edit]

The stay and the staff (King James Version)

The masculine and feminine forms of the noun are used, symbolising completeness.[5]

Verse 16[edit]

Moreover the Lord says:
“Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,
And walk with outstretched necks
And wanton eyes,
Walking and mincing as they go,
Making a jingling with their feet. (NKJV) [6]

Cross reference: Psalm 75:5

Clothing and finery of the daughters of Zion[edit]

Source: Isaiah 3:18-24[7][8]

In that day the Lord will take away the finery:

Hebrew Transliteration English
תפארת tip̄-’e-reṯ bravery/finery
עכסים ‘ă-ḵā-sîm tinkling ornaments/anklets/fetters
שביסים shə-ḇî-sîm* cauls/headbands
שהרנים sha-hă-rō-nîm round tires/crescents/crescent ornaments
נטיפות nə-ṭî-p̄ō-wṯ chains/pendants
שירות shê-rō-wṯ bracelets
רעלות rə-‘ā-lō-wṯ. mufflers/scarfs
פארים pə-’ê-rîm bonnets/headdresses/caps
צעדות tsə-‘ā-ḏō-wṯ armlets/ornaments of the legs
קשרים qi-shu-rîm headbands/sashes
בתי הנפש ḇā-tê ha-ne-p̄eš tablets/sachets/perfume boxes/bottles
לחשים lə-ḥā-shîm. earrings/amulets/charms
טבעות ṭa-bā-‘ō-wṯ (signet) rings
נזמי האף niz-mê hā-’āp̄. nose rings/jewels
מחלצות ma-ḥă-lā-tsō-wṯ festal robes/changeable suits of apparel/fine robes
מעטפות ma-‘ă-ṭā-p̄ō-wṯ, mantles/capes
מטפחות miṭ-pā-ḥō-wṯ wimples/cloaks/shawls
חריטים ḥă-rî-ṭîm. crisping pins/(money) purses/handbags
גלינים gil-yō-nîm glasses/mirrors/garments of gauze
סדינים sə-ḏî-nîm, fine linens/linen garments/undergarments
צניפות tsə-nî-p̄ō-wṯ hoods/turbans/tiaras
רדידים rə-ḏî-ḏîm veils
בשם bō-shem sweet smell/fragrance/perfume
חגורה kha-ḡō-w-rāh sash/girdle/belt/apron
מעשה מקשה ma-‘ă-sheh miq-sheh well-set hairdo
פתיגיל pə-thî-ḡîl* stomacher/fine clothing/rich robe

* hapax legomenon

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ J. D. Davis. 1960. A Dictionary of the Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House.
  2. ^ Theodore Hiebert, et al. 1996. The New Interpreter's Bible: Volume VI. Nashville: Abingdon.
  3. ^ Chapter heading, Geneva Bible (1599), Isaiah chapter 3
  4. ^ Timothy A. J. Jull; Douglas J. Donahue; Magen Broshi; Emanuel Tov (1995). "Radiocarbon Dating of Scrolls and Linen Fragments from the Judean Desert". Radiocarbon. 37 (1): 14. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  5. ^ Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges on Isaiah 3, accessed 3 March 2018
  6. ^ Isaiah 3:16
  7. ^ Bell, Quentin. On Human Finery, rev. ed. London: Hogarth Press, 1976, pp. 21—22, quoting Isaiah 3:16—24.
  8. ^ English alternative words from King James Version, NKJV, NIV, and The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Third Edition, New Revised Standard Version, Indexed. Michael D. Coogan, Marc Brettler, Carol A. Newsom, Editors. Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2007. pp. 982-983 Hebrew Bible. ISBN 978-0195288810

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