Isaiah 3:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Isaiah 3:6, NIV: A man will seize one of his brothers in his father's house, and say, 'You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!'

Isaiah 3:6, ESV: For a man will take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying: “You have a cloak; you shall be our leader, and this heap of ruins shall be under your rule”;

Isaiah 3:6, KJV: When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand:

Isaiah 3:6, NASB: When a man lays hold of his brother in his father’s house, saying, 'You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler! And these ruins will be under your authority,'

Isaiah 3:6, NLT: In those days a man will say to his brother, 'Since you have a coat, you be our leader! Take charge of this heap of ruins!'

Isaiah 3:6, CSB: A man will even seize his brother in his father's house, saying, "You have a cloak--you be our leader! This heap of rubble will be under your control."

What does Isaiah 3:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Isaiah has described a time coming to Judah, at the hand of God, when all her strong men and leaders will be removed. Both those in official positions of power and those who led the people through their influence and wisdom will be taken away (Isaiah 3:2–3). Those left to lead will be young and inexperienced (Isaiah 3:4). In the power vacuum that follows, the people will take advantage of each other. This will lead to the stronger oppressing the weak and the young disrespecting and taking from those who are older. The community will fall into chaos.

The people will understand they desperately need proper leadership. They will begin to demand it from those among them. Things will be so bad that even having a cloak will a sign of some degree of status. Isaiah describes a man saying to another that he should be their leader because he is wearing a cloak. He calls his brother to take the rule over the "heap of ruins" that Jerusalem has become.