Isaiah3:16-17. “Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched -forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.”
The women of Judah and Jerusalem are coming in for their own judgment because they have turned away from God and adopted the styles and manners of the idolatrous people around them. They have taken to a luxurious style of dress and adornment, partly from imitating the priestly clothing and partly from idolatry.
The scab is a word connected with leprosy, a disease that isolates the victim from everyone except other lepers, and that causes slow but certain destruction of the body. The word discover is also used in Psalm 137:7, and refers to the complete destruction of a city. The fall of Jerusalem and Judah would be complete, leaving these women nothing to wear, nothing to eat, and very few men to pay any attention to them.
I think the phrase wanton eyes needs some attention. To be wanton is descriptive, especially used to describe women. It means sexually immodest or promiscuous. Synonyms include immoral, indecent, shameless, unchaste, fast, impure, abandoned, lustful, lascivious, whorish, disreputable.
Certainly these are not the characteristics of godly women. As someone has said, “As the women go, so goes the nation.”
I do not believe it is wrong for a woman to wear lovely clothing, or to use jewelry or makeup. The problem comes not with those things, but with the attitude in a woman’s head and heart. That attitude is often visible through her manner of dressing, walking, and using her eyes. We need to conduct ourselves with modesty and humility before God.