Seven Wives? – Isaiah 4

planstoprosper.jpgWhen the book of Isaiah was written, it was not written in chapters as we have it now in our Bibles. It seems a bit odd to me how chapters 3 and 4 were divided. The first part of this chapter actually continues the thought of the previous chapter:

3:25 The men of the city will die in battle. 26 The gates of Jerusalem will weep and mourn. The city will be like a ravaged woman, huddled on the ground.

We continue in today’s chapter with the effects of chapter 3, verse 25, where so may men of the city have died from battle that there are seven women to every man:

4:1 In that day few men will be left alive. Seven women will fight over each of them and say, “Let us all marry you! We will provide our own food and clothing. Only let us be called by your name so we won’t be mocked as old maids.”

Typically, the men would have one wife and would be responsible to provide food and clothing for their wife. Due to the number of men, these women were willing to share as wives to men and provide their own food and clothes, simply to avoid being mocked as old maids.

This is not the life God intended for them. But as a result of the constant warring and the wrath of God upon this people, things are different than what God had intended.

What in our lives is different than God intended? What situations have we experienced simply due to disobedience? What would our lives look like if we had chosen to follow God instead of our own selfish desires?

The good news is that God just wants us to repent and follow Him in obedience. Even those things that we have brought upon ourselves, what God has allowed to happen as a result of our sin, can be used for good.

As I was reminded last night in a message from Tony Evans:

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

Your Love, O Lord, is beyond my understanding, but I am so thankful. -amen


  1. #1 by (Prof.) S. Cook on October 4, 2006 - 11:56 am

    Thanks for this–very helpful! Exodus 21:10 may help explain the emphasis on providing their own food and clothing. —S. Cook, Virginia Seminary

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