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Wednesday, November 29th, 2023
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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Bible Commentaries
Isaiah 3

Gann's Commentary on the BibleGann on the Bible

Verse 7

I will not be a healer -- No one wants to be in charge because there is nothing left for a leader to do except tend to the wounded. The refusal also highlights the prophet’s charge of rampant social injustice. Caring for those who could not care for themselves was part of Yahweh’s charge to Israel’s leaders (see Ezekiel 34:4).

You shall not make me the leader of -- The strength of his protest suggests a chaotic “everyone-for-themselves” mentality as the fabric of society unravels.

Verse 8

against Yahweh The people of Judah are openly rebelling against God by word and action (see Psa 73:9–11).

Verse 9

Isaiah 3:9

See Romans 1:27 note on GAYS (Homosexuals, Sodomites) and Lesbians In The Bible

Verse 12

children … women. -- Children and women were considered ill-suited for governmental leadership, so they figuratively depicted the incompetent rulers.

Verse 16

3:16–4:1 The imagery from 3:16–4:1 depicts Judah as vain girls more concerned with how they look than with how they act. Though the prophet may be condemning actual practices, he may also be metaphorically presenting the pride and idolatry of Judah in social terms.

the daughters of Zion --The prophets often use feminine imagery for Israel and Judah—sometimes as a wife breaking the marriage covenant, and sometimes as a daughter disobeying the father. See Isaiah 1:8


Bibliographical Information
Gann, Windell. "Commentary on Isaiah 3". Gann's Commentary on the Bible. https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gbc/isaiah-3.html. 2021.
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