Isaiah 3:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Isaiah 3:15, NIV: What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?' declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

Isaiah 3:15, ESV: What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor?” declares the Lord GOD of hosts.

Isaiah 3:15, KJV: What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Isaiah 3:15, NASB: What do you mean by crushing My people And oppressing the face of the poor?' Declares the Lord GOD of armies.

Isaiah 3:15, NLT: How dare you crush my people, grinding the faces of the poor into the dust?' demands the Lord, the LORD of Heaven's Armies.

Isaiah 3:15, CSB: Why do you crush my people and grind the faces of the poor? " This is the declaration of the Lord God of Armies.

What does Isaiah 3:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Now the Lord sounds angry. He stands as a judge in a courtroom making the case against the leaders of His own people, Israel (Isaiah 3:13). He has described their practice of taking what little the poor have for themselves (Isaiah 3:14). One can almost hear God raising His voice as He asks His people to explain themselves and their sin.

The Lord uses language descriptive of the mill used to grind grain into flour. He says the leaders of Judah have been doing the same to the poor: grinding their faces between the heavy stones of the mill to turn them into powder. Isaiah adds that it is the Lord God of hosts bringing this charge. He leaves no question of the severity of the charges laid against His people.