Isaiah 3-4

Isaiah 3-4

Chapter 3: Judah and Jerusalem are punished

The Lord will take away all people of status from Jerusalem and Judah, and give babes to rule over them. The Lord will punish pride, including that of the daughters of Zion, who are wanton and mincing, and wear all manner of finery. The Lord will smite them with scabs and other afflictions. The men and the mighty shall fall in war.

Chapter 4: Zion shall be cleansed

The calamities of war will be so great that seven women shall be left to one man. These people were purged of filth, the Lord will bless the remnant, and the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night will be created in every dwelling place, and in all the assemblies.

“And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.” (Isaiah 4:1) This is very similar to the “Polygamy” that occurred in the LDS Church in the early days. Because of the oppression and persecution by the people and the government, many LDS members who were men were killed or imprisoned. Because of this, many women (in a time when women were not given rights without men) were forced to “marry” men in the church for legal purposes to continue to have respect and power as women. Majority of the marriages of plural wives were still monogamous in nature.

 

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