In the opening of this chapter, Isaiah declares the loss of many things in Israel. He says that they will lose their reserves of food and water, their military power, their church structure, their artisans, and their leadership. Children will rule, and unqualified people will be princes. People will lose respect for elders, and oppression will ensue. People will sin openly and nor care, they will stumble and fall. In this environment, the righteous will be rewarded, but the evil will receive an ill recompense.
The discussion then moves to the causes for these woes. Leaders have plundered the poor, oppressing them. Women are lewd and seductive. This attitude will be judged. All the fineries will be taken away, and the seductress will be exposed and shamed for the unholiness she exhibits. The final pericope paints a stark picture of judgment.
Isaiah 3:24–26 (NKJV)
24 And so it shall be:
Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench;
Instead of a sash, a rope;
Instead of well-set hair, baldness;
Instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth;
And branding instead of beauty.
25 Your men shall fall by the sword,
And your mighty in the war.
26 Her gates shall lament and mourn,
And she being desolate shall sit on the ground.
What Isaiah has here described is a nation facing judgment for its sin and its lack of devotion to God. This very nation had once followed God wholly, but now walks in sin and carelessness. In the same way, any nation today that turns its back on God will find itself in danger of judgment. The grace of Christ will redeem, but nations must turn back to Him, turn to Him, and repent of their sins. Without doubt, the world today is sin-filled, but judgment may be averted is repentance takes place.