Yahweh takes away the feminine beauty items (Isa 3:18-3:24)

“In that day,

Yahweh will take away

The finery of the anklets,

The headbands,

The crescents,

The pendants,

The bracelets,

The scarves,

The headdresses,

The armlets,

The sashes,

The perfume boxes,

The amulets,

The signet rings,

The nose rings,

The festal robes,

The mantles,

The cloaks,

The handbags,

The garments of gauze,

The linen garments,

The turbans,

And the veils.

Instead of perfume

There will be rottenness.

Instead of a girdle,

There will be a rope.

Instead of well-set hair,

There will be baldness.

Instead of a rich robe,

There will be a girding of sackcloth.

Instead of beauty,

There will be shame.”

One of the ways that Yahweh reacted to the proud Jerusalem women was to take away their beauty items. What is surprising to me is to see how many different items there were. Some are common, but some are also exotic. The list includes the following items: anklets, headbands, crescents, pendants, bracelets, scarves, headdresses, armlets, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets, signet rings, nose rings, festal robes, mantles, cloaks, handbags, gauze, linens, turbans, and veils. There would be reversal of some things, like rottenness instead of perfume, rope instead of fine girdles, baldness instead of fine hair, sackcloth instead of rich robes, and shame instead of beauty. I do not know how these women reacted to this oracle.

The Lord hears their prayers (Jdt 4:13-4:15)

“The Lord heard their prayers. He had regard for their distress. The people fasted many days throughout Judea and in Jerusalem before the sanctuary of the Lord Almighty. The high priest Joakim and all the priests, who stood before the Lord, with sackcloth around their loins, offered the daily burnt offerings, the votive offerings, and the freewill offerings of the people. With ashes on their turbans, they cried out to the Lord with all their might to look with favor on the whole house of Israel.”

The Lord seemed to hear their prayers. They fasted in front of the sanctuary. The high priest and all the other priests were dressed in sackcloth. They offered the daily and votive burnt offerings, as well as the free will offerings. They had ashes on their turbans as they cried out to God to help the house of Israel.

Priestly clothing (Ex 39:27-39:29)

“They also made the tunics, woven of fine linen, for Aaron and his sons.  They made the turban of fine linen, and the headdresses of fine linen, and the linen undergarments of fine twined linen.  They made the sash of fine twined linen and of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, embroidered with needlework, as Yahweh had commanded Moses.”  

Following as Yahweh had commanded Moses in chapter 28 they also made the tunics for Aaron and his sons.  Besides the linen tunics, they also made the linen turban, the headdresses, the linen undergarments, and the linen sashes.