Isaiah 3:14-15 The Judgment of the Elders and Leaders of Judah.

Isa 3:14 The LORD presents his case to the respected leaders and the officials of his people: “You have burned down the vineyard! Your houses are filled with goods stolen from the poor.”
Isa 3:15 The Almighty LORD of Armies asks, “How can you crush my people and grind the faces of the poor into the ground?”

The LORD presents his case to the respected leaders and the officials of his people:   It is you who have destroyed, ruined and devoured my vineyard. Hebrew Lit. “you have burned it up.

Psa 80:8 You brought a vine from Egypt. You forced out the nations and planted it.
Psa 80:9 You cleared the ground for it so that it took root and filled the land.
Psa 80:10 Its shade covered the mountains. Its branches covered the mighty cedars.
Psa 80:11 It reached out with its branches to the Mediterranean Sea. Its shoots reached the Euphrates River.
Psa 80:12 Why did you break down the stone fences around this vine? All who pass by are picking its fruit.
Psa 80:13 Wild boars from the forest graze on it. Wild animals devour it.
Psa 80:14 O God, commander of armies, come back! Look from heaven and see! Come to help this vine.

Isa 5:1 Let me sing a lovesong to my beloved about his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hill.
Isa 5:2 He dug it up, removed its stones, planted it with the choicest vines, built a watchtower in it, and made a winepress in it. Then he waited for it to produce good grapes, but it produced only sour, wild grapes.
Isa 5:3 Now then, you inhabitants of Jerusalem and Judah, judge between me and my vineyard!
Isa 5:4 What more could have been done for my vineyard than what I have already done for it? When I waited for it to produce good grapes, why did it produce only sour, wild grapes?
Isa 5:5 Now then, let me tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will tear away its hedge so that it can be devoured and tear down its wall so that it can be trampled.

The Rulers had so treated the people oppressing them and exacting from them what was not lawful that they completely ruined the nation.

Your houses are filled with goods stolen from the poor.” 

They had taken by force what was not theirs.  This is extortion.

Isa 3:15 The Almighty LORD of Armies asks, “How can you crush my people and grind the faces of the poor into the ground?”

The LORD Almighty of Armies.  LORD =[ Adonai] the Proper Name for God Alone. Almighty= Yahweh of Armies. He is the God who commands the amassed armies of the heavenly Host of angels. 

He asks, “How can you crush my people and grind the faces of the poor into the ground?”

Notes: – What do you mean by crushing my people?

What is your object in trampling on my people? and grinding the faces of the poor into the ground? By their abuse and cruelty they are grinding away the faces of the poor like grinding of flour in a mill under a stone. Injustice and cruelty and cruelty are shown on the faces of the people.

John Gill comments ”  And grind the faces of the poor – This is an expression also denoting great oppression. It is taken from the act of grinding a substance on a stone until it is worn away and nothing is left. So, by their cruel exactions, by their injustice to the poor, they exhausted their little property until nothing was left. The word “faces” here is synonymous with “persons” – or with the poor themselves. The word “face” is often used in the sense of “person;” Exo_33:14; 2Sa_18:11. A similar description, though in still stronger language, is found in

Mic_3:2-3 :

Who pluck off their skin from off them,
And their flesh from off their bones;
Who also eat the flesh of my people,
And flay their skin from off them;
And they break their bones, and chop them in pieces,
As for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.


Xinjiang
Chinese autonomous region

This is what is happening right now amongst the Uygur of

Xinjiang Province of China officially the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR), is a provincial-level …. in the south, as modern Xinjiang area with Dzungaria being excluded. In 1955, Xinjiang province was renamed Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.Capital (and largest city)‎: ‎Ürümqi. There they now have 17 Re-education camps which are really prisons where the Uygur are tortured and worked relentlessly to break their spirit.


The Xinjiang conflict is an ongoing conflict in China’s far-west province of Xinjiang centred around theUyghurs, a Turkic minority ethnic group. Please pray for the Uygur to find the peace and Blessing that only the LORD can give them.

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