Complacent Women Warned of Disaster
x Rise up, you women y who are at ease, hear my voice;
you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech.
In little more than a year
you will shudder, you complacent women;
for the grape harvest fails,
the fruit harvest will not come.
Tremble, you women y who are at ease,
shudder, you complacent ones;
z strip, and make yourselves bare,
a and tie sackcloth around your waist.
b Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,
for the fruitful vine,
c for the soil of my people
growing up in thorns and briers,
d yes, for all the joyous houses
in the exultant city.
For the palace is forsaken,
the populous city deserted;
the hill and the watchtower
will become dens forever,
e a joy of wild donkeys,
a pasture of flocks;
until f the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
and g the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
h And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
i And it will hail when the forest falls down,
j and the city will be utterly laid low.
k Happy are you who sow beside all waters,
who let the feet of the ox and the donkey range free.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Isaiah 3:16 - 4:1
The Lord said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks, glancing wantonly with their eyes, mincing along as they go, tinkling with their feet.
Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel comes!
Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech.
Isaiah 47:2 - 3
Take the millstones and grind flour, put off your veil, strip off your robe, uncover your legs, pass through the rivers.
Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.
The wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry-hearted sigh.
In that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels of silver, will become briers and thorns.
Thorns shall grow over its strongholds, nettles and thistles in its fortresses. It shall be the haunt of jackals, an abode for ostriches.
For behold, they are going away from destruction; but Egypt shall gather them; Memphis shall bury them. Nettles shall possess their precious things of silver; thorns shall be in their tents.
Isaiah 24:11 - 12
There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine; all joy has grown dark; the gladness of the earth is banished.
A wild donkey used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.
Isaiah 35:1 - 2
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus.
Is it not yet a very little while until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?
And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness.
Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness!
Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.
Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong; like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest, like a storm of mighty, overflowing waters, he casts down to the earth with his hand.
And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plumb line; and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter.
For he has humbled the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.
Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.
And he will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and bread, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. In that day your livestock will graze in large pastures.