Isaiah 4 – “The Haughty Daughters of Zion Part II; Jerusalem’s Glorious Future”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The haughty daughters of Zion will be forced to beg for a husband. God will cleanse Jerusalem of its sinners and reward its survivors with spiritual and material benefits.

II. Photo
God’s glory will cover Jerusalem: “The Lord will create a… cloud by day and… the glory shall hang [like] a canopy, which shall serve as a pavilion for shade from heat by day and as a shelter for protection against drenching rain.” (vv. 5-6)

III. Important Verses
1: In that day, seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, “We will eat our own food And wear our own clothes; Only let us be called by your name — Take away our disgrace!”
4-6:  When my Lord has washed away The filth of the daughters of Zion, And from Jerusalem’s midst Has rinsed out her infamy — In a spirit of judgment And in a spirit of purging —  the LORD will create over the whole shrine and meeting place of Mount Zion cloud by day and smoke with a glow of flaming fire by night. Indeed, over all the glory shall hang a canopy, which shall serve as a pavilion for shade from heat by day and as a shelter for protection against drenching rain.

IV. Outline
1. The lament of the haughty daughters of Zion
2-3. Reward for the remnants of Zion
4-6. God’s glory will fill Zion after the removal of its sinners

V. Comment
No comment today. Stay tuned.

VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Blenkinsopp, Joseph. “Isaiah 1-39” The Anchor Bible vol. 19 (New York: Doubleday, 2000).
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Sweeney, Marvin A. “Isaiah 1-39 with an Introduction to Prophetic Literature” The Forms of Old Testament Literature vol. 16 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 1996).
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