The Prophecy of Isaiah – Isaiah 3:21-22 The Changeable Suits of Apparel

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Isa 3:21-22 The Changeable Suits of Apparel

Isa 3:21  The rings, and nose jewels,
Isa 3:22  The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,

We are blessed to continue to see what the Lord is taking away from us as He is judging us. What we are learning about His judgment upon the kingdom of our old man is called “His wonderful works to the children of men”:

Psa 107:1  O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psa 107:2  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
Psa 107:3  And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
Psa 107:4  They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
Psa 107:5  Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
Psa 107:6  Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. 
Psa 107:7  And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
Psa 107:8  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 
Psa 107:9  For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. 
Psa 107:10  Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
Psa 107:11  Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: 
Psa 107:12  Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
Psa 107:13  Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. 
Psa 107:14  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
Psa 107:15  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

We only “cry unto the Lord ” when we are in the troubles which He sends to us for our good, to cause us to cry out to and acknowledge Him.  Only then does “He save [us] out of [our] distresses”. Here is another more succinct way of saying the same thing:

Isa 26:9  With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 

Judgment is always very humbling, but it is followed by the rewards of the glory given to those who have been chastened of the Lord in this age, and it carries with it these rewards:

Psa 149:5  Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
Psa 149:6  Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
Psa 149:7  To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; 
Psa 149:8  To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
Psa 149:9  To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.

It is “the saints [who will] execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;” with the two-edged sword of the word of God. But we will do so only after we have all of our own possessions, and all of our own righteousnesses, taken from us.

As we saw in last week’s study:

Isa 3:18  In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,

Let’s continue from where we left off  and see what else must be taken from us before we can enter into the temple of God in heaven (Rev 15:8]:

Isa 3:21  The rings, and nose jewels, 

The rings

Here is the Hebrew word translated as “the rings”:

H2885
טַבַּעַת
ṭabba‛ath
tab-bah’-ath
From H2883; properly a seal (as sunk into the wax), that is, signet (for sealing); hence (generically) a ring of any kind: – ring.
Total KJV occurrences: 49

Here are the only two ways this word is translated.

H2885
טבּעת
ṭabba‛ath
Total KJV Occurrences: 49
rings, 40
Exo_25:12 (3), Exo_25:14-15 (2), Exo_25:26-27 (3), Exo_26:29, Exo_27:4, Exo_27:7, Exo_28:23-24 (3), Exo_28:26-28 (4), Exo_30:4, Exo_35:22, Exo_36:34, Exo_37:3 (3), Exo_37:5, Exo_37:13-14 (3), Exo_37:27, Exo_38:5, Exo_38:7, Exo_39:16-17 (3), Exo_39:19-21 (4), Num_31:50, Isa_3:21
ring, 9
Gen_41:42, Exo_26:24, Exo_36:29, Est_3:10, Est_3:12, Est_8:2, Est_8:8 (2), Est_8:10

As we can see, the only variation is the plural and the singular – rings and ring.

Here are two examples of what this word means and what must be taken from us:

Gen 41:41  And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:42  And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
Gen 41:43  And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

Est 3:8  And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them.
Est 3:9  If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.
Est 3:10  And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy.

After our old man has the ring taken away, it is then given to our new man:

Est 8:1  On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews’ enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her.
Est 8:2  And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

It is very interesting that it was “the king” who ordered both the destruction and the salvation of the Lord’s people.

It is almost as if:

Pro 16:4  The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

The power of the king’s ring is taken from our old man, and it is given by the same king to the new man who is willing to die to the lies and deception of the old man’s kingdom.

The next thing the Lord takes from the kingdom of our old man is:

The nose jewels

This phrase consist of two Hebrew words. The Hebrew word for ‘nose’ is:

H639
אַף
‘aph
af
From H599; properly the nose or nostril; hence the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire: – anger (-gry), + before, countenance, face, + forbearing, forehead, + [long-] suffering, nose, nostril, snout, X worthy, wrath.
Total KJV occurrences: 276

Here is how the various translations of this Hebrew word in the King James break down:

H639
אף
‘aph
Total KJV Occurrences: 278
anger, 172
Gen_27:45, Gen_30:2, Gen_44:18, Gen_49:6-7 (2), Exo_4:14, Exo_11:8, Exo_32:19, Exo_32:22, Num_11:1, Num_11:10, Num_12:9, Num_22:22, Num_22:27, Num_24:10, Num_25:3-4 (2), Num_32:10, Deu_6:13-15 (3), Deu_7:4, Deu_9:19, Deu_13:17, Deu_29:20, Deu_29:23-24 (2), Deu_29:27-28 (2), Deu_31:17, Deu_32:22, Jos_7:1, Jos_7:26, Jos_23:16, Jdg_2:14, Jdg_2:20, Jdg_3:8, Jdg_6:39, Jdg_9:30, Jdg_10:7, Jdg_14:19, 1Sa_11:6, 1Sa_17:28, 1Sa_20:30, 1Sa_20:34, 2Sa_6:7, 2Sa_12:5, 2Sa_24:1, 2Ki_13:3, 2Ki_23:26, 2Ki_24:20, 1Ch_13:10, 2Ch_25:10 (2), 2Ch_25:15, Neh_9:17, Job_9:5, Job_9:13, Job_18:4, Job_21:17, Job_35:15, Psa_6:1, Psa_7:6, Psa_27:9, Psa_30:5, Psa_37:8, Psa_56:7, Psa_69:24, Psa_74:1, Psa_77:9, Psa_78:21, Psa_78:38, Psa_78:49-50 (2), Psa_85:3, Psa_85:5, Psa_90:7, Psa_90:11, Psa_145:8 (2), Pro_15:1, Pro_15:18, Pro_16:32, Pro_19:11, Pro_21:14, Pro_27:4, Isa_5:25 (2), Isa_7:4, Isa_9:12, Isa_9:17, Isa_9:21, Isa_10:4-5 (2), Isa_10:25, Isa_12:1, Isa_13:3, Isa_13:9, Isa_13:13, Isa_14:6, Isa_30:27, Isa_30:30, Isa_42:25, Isa_48:9, Isa_63:3, Isa_63:6, Isa_66:15, Jer_2:35, Jer_4:8, Jer_4:26, Jer_7:20, Jer_10:24, Jer_15:13-14 (2), Jer_17:4, Jer_18:23, Jer_21:5, Jer_23:20, Jer_25:37-38 (2), Jer_30:24, Jer_32:31, Jer_32:37, Jer_33:5, Jer_36:7, Jer_42:18, Jer_44:6, Jer_49:37, Jer_51:45, Jer_52:3, Lam_1:12, Lam_2:1 (2), Lam_2:3, Lam_2:6, Lam_2:21-22 (2), Lam_3:43, Lam_3:66, Lam_4:11, Eze_5:13, Eze_5:15, Eze_7:3, Eze_7:8, Eze_13:13, Eze_20:8, Eze_20:21, Eze_22:20, Eze_25:14, Eze_35:11, Eze_43:8, Dan_9:16, Dan_11:20, Hos_8:5, Hos_11:9, Hos_13:11, Hos_14:4, Joe_2:13, Amo_1:11, Jon_3:9, Jon_4:2, Mic_5:15, Mic_7:18, Nah_1:3, Nah_1:6, Hab_3:8, Hab_3:12, Zep_2:2-3 (3), Zep_3:8, Zec_10:3
wrath, 42
Gen_39:19, Exo_22:24, Exo_32:10-12 (3), Num_11:33, Deu_11:17, 1Sa_28:18, 2Ki_23:26, 2Ch_12:12, 2Ch_28:11, 2Ch_28:13, 2Ch_29:10, 2Ch_30:8, Ezr_8:22, Ezr_10:14, Job_14:13, Job_16:9, Job_19:11, Job_20:23, Job_20:28, Job_32:2-3 (3), Job_32:5, Job_36:13, Job_40:11, Job_42:7, Psa_2:5, Psa_2:12, Psa_21:9, Psa_55:3, Psa_78:31, Psa_95:11, Psa_106:40, Psa_110:5, Psa_124:3, Psa_138:7, Pro_14:29, Pro_24:18, Pro_29:8, Pro_30:33
face, 19
Gen_3:19, Gen_19:1, Gen_24:47, Gen_48:12, Num_22:31, 1Sa_20:41, 1Sa_24:8, 1Sa_25:41, 1Sa_28:14, 2Sa_14:4, 2Sa_14:33, 2Sa_18:28, 2Sa_24:20, 1Ki_1:23, 1Ki_1:31, 1Ch_21:21, 2Ch_20:18, Isa_49:23, Eze_38:18
nostrils, 13
Gen_2:7, Gen_7:22, Exo_15:8, Num_11:20, 2Sa_22:9, 2Sa_22:16, Job_4:9, Job_27:3, Psa_18:8, Psa_18:15, Isa_2:22, Lam_4:20, Amo_4:10
nose, 11
2Ki_19:28, Job_40:24, Job_41:2, Pro_30:33, Son_7:4, Son_7:8, Isa_3:21, Isa_37:29, Isa_65:5, Eze_8:17, Eze_23:25
angry, 4
Psa_76:7, Pro_14:17, Pro_22:24, Pro_29:22
longsuffering, 4
Exo_34:6, Num_14:18, Jer_15:15 (2)
faces, 3
Gen_42:6, 2Ch_7:3, Neh_8:6
before, 2
Deu_33:10, 1Sa_25:23
no, 2
Zec_10:2, Mal_1:10
countenance, 1
Psa_10:4
forbearing, 1
Pro_25:15
forehead, 1
Eze_16:12
noses, 1
Psa_115:6
snout, 1
Pro_11:22
worthy, 1
1Sa_1:5

Of the 278 times this word appears in the Old Testament, it is translated as ‘anger’ or ‘wrath’ 214 times. This Hebrew word ‘aph‘ means ‘nose’, but because our nostrils flare when we are angry, it is most commonly translated with a word which demonstrates our wrath against what God is doing with mankind. One thing which will certainly be taken from us all is “the wrath of man”:

Jas 1:20  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

When we look at the root of this word, it, too, is concerned only with anger.

H599
אָנַף
‘ânaph
aw-naf’
A primitive root; to breathe hard, that is, be enraged: – be angry (displeased).
Total KJV occurrences: 14

Of the 14 times this word appears it is translated in the King James as:

H599
אנף
‘ânaph
Total KJV Occurrences: 14
angry, 13
Deu_1:37, Deu_4:21, Deu_9:8, Deu_9:20, 1Ki_8:46, 1Ki_11:9, 2Ki_17:18, 2Ch_6:36, Ezr_9:14, Psa_2:12, Psa_85:5 (2), Isa_12:1
displeased, 1
Psa_60:1 (2)

It will be through God’s wrath that the wrath of man will be taken from us:

Isa 9:19  Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother. 

Lam 3:1  I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

We should always take these words first and primarily as applying to the kingdom of the beast within us, but we must never deny that the day is coming when these words will have an outward and dispensational application. We are admonished to always consider that time as our time:

2Pe 3:4  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 
2Pe 3:5  For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
2Pe 3:6  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

That is not the mind we are to have. Christ Himself told us to maintain a spirit of vigilance:

Mat 16:2  He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
Mat 16:3  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

Mat 24:32  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
Mat 24:33  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these thingsknow that it is near, even at the doors. 

The jewels

These jewels are the next thing to be taken from us.

The Hebrew word translated as ‘jewels’ is:

H5141
נֶזֶם
nezem
neh’-zem
From an unused root of uncertain meaning; a nose ring: – earring, jewel.
Total KJV occurrences: 17

Here are those 17 entries, and we will just note that 14 of the seventeen entries for this word are translated as ‘earring’ in the singular and ‘earrings’ in the plural.

H5141
נזם
nezem
Total KJV Occurrences: 17
earrings, 9
Gen_35:4, Exo_32:2-3 (2), Exo_35:22, Jdg_8:24-26 (4), Hos_2:13
earring, 5

Gen_24:22, Gen_24:30, Gen_24:47, Pro_25:11-12 (2)
jewel, 2
Pro_11:22, Eze_16:12
jewels, 1
Isa_3:21

The only times this word is not translated as ‘earrings’ are:

Pro 11:22  As a jewel [H5141: nezem] of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.

Isa 3:21  The rings, and nose [H639: aph] jewels [H5141: nezem],

Eze 16:12  And I put a jewel [H5141: nezem] on thy forehead [H639: aph – nose], and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.

God is telling us, His ‘Israel’ here in Ezekiel 16:12, that He will put a ring in our nose, not “a jewel on [our] forehead”, as the King James reads.

The point being made is that when God covers us with His jewels, we are His delight, but when we take His jewels to ourselves and  use them to glorify ourselves and to prove our false doctrines, He will take all our jewels away from us and destroy them. That message is to be found right here in the same 16th chapter of Ezekiel:

Eze 16:10  I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers’ skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.
Eze 16:11  I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.
Eze 16:12  And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.
Eze 16:13  Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.
Eze 16:14  And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 16:15  But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

Almost all Christians take great pride in “pouring out their fornication with everyone that passes by”. They call it ‘love and inclusiveness’, and anyone who is not ‘tolerant and inclusive’ is to be rejected and despised as a ‘cult’ by all those who are more ‘ecumenical’. This is just what we all first do:

Eze 16:16  And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.
Eze 16:17  Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,
Eze 16:18  And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them.
Eze 16:19  My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 16:20  Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, 
Eze 16:21  That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?

When Christ tells us “Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them”, what He is telling us is that He has given us His words, His wonderful truths of what He is doing to save all men, and we have taken His words of Truth, and we have fashioned those words of Truth, His “gold, silver, and precious stones”, into false doctrines which He calls “images of men”, false doctrines of men. He also calls these false doctrines “wood, hay and stubble” in this verse:

1Co 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones [The Truth], wood, hay, stubble [lies and false doctrines];

But God is sovereign, and as such He has ordained that even our whoredoms and sins and our spiritual promiscuity are to be taken from us and burned up in His fiery judgments. It is He who has ordained it all to bring forth a new man in “every man” who has ever lived:

1Co 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try everyman’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire

That “fire” is the trials by which all of our jewels and all of our broidered garments are taken from us, and we are brought to see that we are indeed “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” and in need of everything that only God can do for us:

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 
Rev 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 

As we just read in Ezekiel 16, it is because of our whoredoms that Christ will also take away:

The changeable suits of apparel

That entire phrase, “the changeable suits of apparel”, is translated from one Hebrew word”:

H4254
מַחֲלָצָה
machălâtsâh
makh-al-aw-tsaw’
From H2502; a mantle (as easily drawn off): – changeable suit of apparel, change of raiment.
Total KJV occurrences: 2

Here are the two entries for this Hebrew word:

H4254
מחלצה
machălâtsâh
Total KJV Occurrences: 2
changeable suits of apparel, 1
Isa_3:22
change of raiment, 1
Zec_3:4

The first entry is our verse (Isa 3:22) we are looking at where we are being told that God will take away our changeable suits of apparel, and the only other entry is:

Zec 3:1  And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. 
Zec 3:2  And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire
Zec 3:3  Now Joshua [you and I] was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
Zec 3:4  And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

Notice that we are told here “Take away the filthy garments from him”. That is exactly what we are being told God is doing to us here in Isa 3:22. Our ‘filthy garments’ and all of our misappropriated jewels are one and the same thing. Joshua’s filthy garments are all the false doctrines we have believed and taught others in our self-righteousness. God is taking it all away.

Isa 3:18  In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,

The next thing taken from us is:

The mantles

This Hebrew word is:

H4595
מַעֲטָפָה
ma‛ăṭâphâh
mah-at-aw-faw’
From H5848; a cloak: – mantle.
Total KJV occurrences: 1

This word appears but once in the Old Testament, right here in Isa 3:22.

But the root of this word is:

H5848
עָטַף
‛âṭaph
aw-taf’
A primitive root; to shroud, that is, clothe (whether transitively or reflexively); hence (from the idea of darkness) to languish: – cover (over), fail, faint, feebler, hide self, be overwhelmed, swoon.
Total KJV occurrences: 16

This word appears 16 times in the Hebrew scriptures, and this is how it is translated in the King James Version:

H5848
עטף
‛âṭaph
Total KJV Occurrences: 16
overwhelmed, 5
Psa_77:2-3 (2), Psa_102:1, Psa_143:3-4 (2)
fainted, 2
Psa_107:4-5 (2), Jon_2:7
covered over, 1
Psa_65:13
covereth, 1
Psa_73:6
fail, 1
Isa_57:16
faint, 1
Lam_2:19
feeble, 1
Gen_30:42
feebler, 1
Gen_30:42 (2)
hideth, 1
Job_23:9
swoon, 1
Lam_2:11
swooned, 1
Lam_2:11-12 (2)

It almost appears as though there is a different translation for every entry of this word, but as we can see, the most common translation is the English word ‘overwhelmed’, which is the preferred translation of 5 of the 16 entries we find in the Old Testament. Looking at the remaining 11 entries we see that the next most common translation is ‘fainted’ and ‘faint’, accounting for three more entries. Of  the remaining 8 entries the words ‘swoon’ and ‘swooned’, which means the same as ‘faint’, can be added to the concept of fainting or being overwhelmed. The remaining six entries are ‘cover over, cover, fail, feeble, feebler’, and ‘hideth’.

The definition of this Hebrew word is to shroud, clothe or cover. Like every word of scripture, it can apply to a covering that is positive, such as it is used in this verse of scripture:

Psa 65:13  The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered [H5848: ataph] over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

In its negative application it has the meaning of being an overwhelming covering, as in this verse:

Psa 77:2  In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.
Psa 77:3  I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed [H584: ataph]. Selah.

So what does this ‘mantle’ do that it must be taken from us before we can enter into the Lord’s house? Here is why our mantle must be taken from us:

Psa 73:6  Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth [H5848: ataph] them as a garment. 
Psa 73:7  Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
Psa 73:8  They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. 
Psa 73:9  They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

That is the mantle that must be taken from us if we hope to be judged and learn the Lord’s righteousness in this age.

And it is by overwhelming our spirit this will all be accomplished:

Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. 
Psa 107:28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. 

Here is the next thing that must go:

The wimples

The Hebrew word translated as ‘the wimples’ is:

H4304
מִטְפַּחַת
miṭpachath
mit-pakh’-ath
From H2946; a wide cloak (for a woman): – vail, wimple.
Total KJV occurrences: 2

This word appears in the Old Testament but twice:

H4304
מטפּחת
miṭpachath
Total KJV Occurrences: 2
veil, 1
Rth_3:15
wimples, 1
Isa_3:22

Besides being ‘the wimples’ which must be taken from us here in Isaiah 3:22, it appears again in:

Rth 3:15  Also he [Boaz] said, Bring the vail [H4304: mitpachath] that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city.

Six measures is two and a half gallons of barley, so we certainly are not talking of a woman’s face veil.

The Hebrew word ‘mitpachath‘ comes from the Hebrew word:

H2946
טָפַח
ṭâphach
taw-fakh’
A primitive root; to flatten out or extend (as a tent); figuratively to nurse a child (as promotive of growth); or perhaps a denominative from H2947, from dandling on the palms: – span, swaddle.
Total KJV occurrences: 2

Here are the two entries for this root word:

H2946
טפח
ṭâphach
Total KJV Occurrences: 2
spanned, 1
Isa_48:12-13 (2)
swaddled, 1
Lam_2:22

In Isaiah 48, this root word is translated as ‘spanned’:

Isa 48:12  Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
Isa 48:13  Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned [H2946: taphach] the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.

This word is translated as ‘swaddled’ in Lamentations:

Lam 2:21  The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied. 
Lam 2:22  Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the LORD’S anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled [H2946: taphach] and brought up hath mine enemy consumed. 

The wide cloak for a woman is a raiment with which we cover ourselves or swaddle our children. It is the same as the embroidered clothes we read of earlier in:

Eze 16:10  I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers’ skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.

Eze 16:13  Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.

Eze 16:17  Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,
Eze 16:18  And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them.

It is because we have taken everything God has given us and perverted it into our own false doctrines, described here as jewels and clothing, that Christ takes it all away from us, for the purpose of dragging us to Himself. We have taken the “broidered garments” He gave us, and we have covered our own false doctrines in those broidered garments, just as we have covered our idols with His silver and His gold, His words and His doctrines, and in doing so, we are saying “The Lord has spoken” when the Lord has not spoken:

Jer 23:21  I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. 

Eze 13:7  Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?

Beware when you hear the words, “The Lord told me such and such”. Try that spirit to see whether it is of the Lord (1Jo 4:1). It could be that someone is covering what is coming from their own heart with God’s Word, instead of dying to their own deceitful heart:

Jer 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jer 17:10  I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

The next thing that must be taken from us is:

The crisping pins

H2754
חָרִט    חָרִיט
chârı̂yṭ    châriṭ
khaw-reet’, khaw-reet’
From the same as H2747; properly cut out (or hollow), that is, (by implication) a pocket: – bag, crisping pin.
Total KJV occurrences: 2

H2754
חרט  /  חריט
chârı̂yṭ  /  châriṭ
Total KJV Occurrences: 2
bags, 1
2Ki_5:23
crisping, 1
Isa_3:22

A ‘crisping pin’ does not sound like it would have anything in common with a ‘bag’. Nevertheless that is how this word ‘chariyt‘ is translated in this verse:

2Ki 5:22  And he [Gehazi, Elisha’s servant] said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.
2Ki 5:23  And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags [H2754: chariyt], with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him.

This Hebrew word ‘chariyt‘ means “to hollow out”, but it also came to mean a hollow bag.

Here is the root of this Hebrew word ‘chariyt‘:

H2747
חֶרֶט
chereṭ
kheh’-ret
From a primitive root meaning to engrave; a chisel or graver; also a style for writing: – graving tool, pen.
Total KJV occurrences: 2

Here are the two verses of scripture where this word appears:

H2747
חרט
chereṭ
Total KJV Occurrences: 2
graving tool, 1
Exo_32:4
pen, 1
Isa_8:1

Exo 32:4  And he received them [their golden earrings] at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool [H2747: cheret] after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

Isa 8:1  Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man’s pen [H2747: cheret] concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.

That is what Isaiah was told to write with a man’s pen, a ‘cheret‘. 

Mahershalalhashbaz” means:

H4122
מַהֵר שָׁלָל חָשׁ בַּז
mahêr shâlâl châsh baz
mah-hare’ shaw-lawl’ khawsh baz
From H4118 and H7998 and H2363 and H957; hasting (as he (the enemy) to the) booty, swift (to the) prey; Maher-Shalal Chash-Baz; the symbolical name of the son of Isaiah: – Maher-shalal-hash-baz.

This is a new-born son of Isaiah whose name means ‘hastening the enemy to the booty, swift to the prey’. That is what Isaiah is told to write with a pen, a ‘cheret’. And it is with our ‘pen’, given to us by our Lord, that we want to “fashion… a golden calf” and call it our God. It is with our ‘pen’, our ‘cheret‘, that we write the exact opposite of what God has written. Our old man does not want to hear that God is “hasting the enemy to the booty, swift to the pray”. The enemy of our old man is our new man. Our rebellious old man wants to keep living his life in direct rebellion against the commandments of God and be “hasting God’s rebellious people to the booty and the prey of their enemies”, our new man. We simply do not believe we will ever face the judgment of a just God. But what we believe does not change what has already been written in God’s book, which is what will be done (Psa 139:16 ASV). We all know this is so because we have all learned that our old man was “made to be taken and destroyed” (2Pe 2:12), not made to be blessed while openly rebelling against his Creator and God. We actually think we can continue to deny that God even exists, continue to live permissive, promiscuous, destructive lives, both physically in our society and spiritually in our churches and in our hearts, and we still think we will not reap what we are sowing.  But it will not be so. We will reap what we have sown spiritually and physically. We actually believe we can continue to declare that we have a will that is free from what God has planned for us, and that God will just have to learn to cope with our decisions.

This is who we are at that time in our walk:

Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

But it is not so, and we will be brought down to the grave:

Isa 14:15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell [Hebrew: sheol – grave], to the sides of the pit.

We will close with the reminder that all of this is being worked by God after the counsel of His own will for our good:

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rom 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

“The firstborn” are but the first “among many brethren”. The first resurrection is the harvest of those firstborn among many brothers, and a much greater harvest will be reaped after the thousand years and after the “little season” and during the great white throne judgment which is the lake of fire.

1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Eph 1:10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Lord willing, we will finish chapter three in our next study.

 

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