Is Governance by women oppressive and dangerous?

Does our Creator use women and children as curses and threats like early Hebrew rabbi's did...and Bible translators (of all nationalities) still do. 

For example, Isaiah 3:12 is consistently translated as: As for my people children are their oppressors and women rule over them. But translators routinely point out the alternate translation of:  "As for my people abusers are their oppressors and exacters (tax collectors) rule over them."

Comments: Isaiah 3:12 “I think we find another case of prejudiced translation in Isaiah 3:12. The word translated “children” in this verse in Isaiah, is a plural masculine participle of the verb “to glean,” “abuse,” “practice.” It is translated “glean” in Leviticus 19:10, Deuteronomy 24:21, Judges 20:45, and Jeremiah 6:9.

The word has no translation such as “children” anywhere else in the Bible, and it occurs 21 times. Another word altogether is used for “children,” and “child,” in verses 4 and 5 of this same chapter; the sense [in verse 12] seems to have been fixed by the supposed context, to correspond with “women.”

As to the word translated “women:” [The] two words [women and exacters], without the rabbinical vowel points, are exactly alike. One is pronounced nosh-im and the other na-shim. In appearance the only difference is a slight mark under the first letter of the Hebrew word na-shim. The first word means “exactors;” the one with a vowel mark under the initial letter means “women.”

The entire decision, therefore, as to whether the word means one or the other depends upon OPTION.

Those who pointed the word, evidently thought the nation could sink no lower than to pass under women rulers, and then translated the word “children” to match it. Commentators frequently call attention to the alternate reading."  (all emphasis mine) –100 Bible Studies on Woman’s Place in the Divine Economy by Katharine C. Bushnell (1856-1946)


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