Women in the Book of Isaiah

What does the Book of Isaiah say about women? Here are all the verses we found that mention a woman.



Isaiah 3:12. As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. My people, those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.

Isaiah 3:16. Moreover the LORD said, “Because the daughters of Zion are arrogant, and walk with outstretched necks and flirting eyes, walking to trip as they go, jingling ornaments on their feet;

Isaiah 3:17. therefore the Lord brings sores on the crown of the head of the women of Zion, and the LORD will make their scalps bald.”

Isaiah 4:1. Seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread, and wear our own clothing. Just let us be called by your name. Take away our reproach.”

Isaiah 4:4. when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from within it, by the spirit of justice and by the spirit of burning.

Isaiah 8:3. I went to the prophetess, and she conceived, and bore a son. Then the LORD said to me, “Call his name ‘Maher Shalal Hash Baz.’

Isaiah 9:17. Therefore the Lord will not rejoice over their young men, neither will he have compassion on their fatherless and widows; for everyone is profane and an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Isaiah 10:30. Cry aloud with your voice, daughter of Gallim! Listen, Laishah! You poor Anathoth!

Isaiah 13:16. Their infants also will be dashed in pieces before their eyes. Their houses will be ransacked, and their wives raped.

Isaiah 14:2. The peoples will take them, and bring them to their place. The house of Israel will possess them in the LORD’s land for servants and for handmaids. They will take as captives those whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.

Isaiah 16:2. For it will be that as wandering birds, as a scattered nest, so will the daughters of Moab be at the fords of the Arnon.

Isaiah 19:16. In that day the Egyptians will be like women. They will tremble and fear because of the shaking of the LORD of Hosts’s hand, which he shakes over them.

Isaiah 21:3. Therefore my thighs are filled with anguish. Pains have seized me, like the pains of a woman in labor. I am in so much pain that I can’t hear. I so am dismayed that I can’t see.

Isaiah 23:12. He said, “You shall rejoice no more, you oppressed virgin daughter of Sidon. Arise, pass over to Kittim. Even there you will have no rest.”

Isaiah 23:15. It will come to pass in that day that Tyre will be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king. After the end of seventy years it will be to Tyre like in the song of the prostitute.

Isaiah 23:16. Take a harp; go about the city, you prostitute that has been forgotten. Make sweet melody. Sing many songs, that you may be remembered.

Isaiah 26:17. Just as a woman with child, who draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain and cries out in her pangs, so we have been before you, LORD.

Isaiah 32:9. Rise up, you women who are at ease! Hear my voice! You careless daughters, give ear to my speech!

Isaiah 32:10. For days beyond a year you will be troubled, you careless women; for the vintage will fail. The harvest won’t come.

Isaiah 32:11. Tremble, you women who are at ease! Be troubled, you careless ones! Strip yourselves, make yourselves naked, and put sackcloth on your waist.

Isaiah 32:12. Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

Isaiah 42:14. “I have been silent a long time. I have been quiet and restrained myself. Now I will cry out like a travailing woman. I will both gasp and pant.

Isaiah 49:15. “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, these may forget, yet I will not forget you!

Isaiah 50:1. The LORD says, “Where is the bill of your mother’s divorce, with which I have put her away? Or to which of my creditors have I sold you? Behold, you were sold for your iniquities, and your mother was put away for your transgressions.

Isaiah 51:2. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for when he was but one I called him, I blessed him, and made him many.

Isaiah 54:1. “Sing, barren, you who didn’t give birth; break out into singing, and cry aloud, you who didn’t travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife,” says the LORD.

Isaiah 56:5. I will give them in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters. I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.



Female Prophets in the Old Testament

Female Prophets in the New Testament



1. The Bible sometimes refers to locations or people-groups by using female terminology. We ignored all such instances. Examples: Ariel, Egypt, Israel, Jerusalem, Samaria, Tyre, vineyards, virgin daughter of Zion.

2. The Bible sometimes mentions things a woman might possess. We ignored all such instances. Examples: anklet, ankle chain, beauty, bracelet, cape, charm, cloak, earrings, garment, hair, headband, headdress, linen, mirror, necklace, nose ring, perfume, purse, ring, robe, sash, shawl, tiara, veil.

3. The Bible sometimes mentions the names (or functions) of female body parts without referring to an actual woman. Example: breasts, give birth, womb.

4. The Bible often uses words that are culturally associated with female behavior, but without applying them to an actual woman. Examples: compassion, tender, delicate, conceive.

5. The Bible sometimes uses titles of female “occupations,” but without applying them to an actual woman. The words are usually used as a pejorative. Examples: adulterer, prostitute, sorceress.

6. The Bible sometimes mentions a god from another nation. Some of those were female. We ignored all such instances. Example: Ishtar.


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Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations on this page are from the World English Bible and the World Messianic Edition. These translations have no copyright restrictions. They are in the Public Domain.


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