Isaiah 3:16

Hebrew Bible

16 The Lord says, “The women of Zion are proud. They walk with their heads high and flirt with their eyes. They skip along and the jewelry on their ankles jingles. 17 So the Lord will afflict the foreheads of Zion’s women with skin diseases; the Lord will make the front of their heads bald.” 18 At that time the Lord will remove their beautiful ankle jewelry, neck ornaments, crescent-shaped ornaments, 19 earrings, bracelets, veils, 20 headdresses, ankle ornaments, sashes, sachets, amulets, 21 rings, nose rings, 22 festive dresses, robes, shawls, purses, 23 garments, vests, head coverings, and gowns.

Amos 6:1

Hebrew Bible

1 Woe to those who live in ease in Zion, to those who feel secure on Mount Samaria. They think of themselves as the elite class of the best nation. The family of Israel looks to them for leadership. 2 They say to the people: “Journey over to Calneh and look at it; then go from there to Hamath-Rabbah; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are they superior to our two kingdoms? Is their territory larger than yours?” 3 You refuse to believe a day of disaster will come, but you establish a reign of violence. 4 They lie around on beds decorated with ivory and sprawl out on their couches. They eat lambs from the flock and calves from the middle of the pen.

 Notes and References

"... Only about half of the prophetic books address what may be called 'social issues,' and the number of passages addressed to them is small. Although the following taxonomy of the passages is crude, it presents the relevant data. The categories used evolved as a response to the following question, 'What is the social or ethical concern reflected in this passage or speech or chapter?' ..."

  • Against ostentatious wealth: Isaiah 3:16-24; 32:9-14; Hosea 8:4b, 14; Amos 3:15-15; 6:1-7
  • Zevit, Ziony The Religions of Ancient Israel: A Synthesis of Parallactic Approaches (p. 509) Continuum, 2001

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