12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead lead...: or, call thee blessed thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
English Standard Version
12 My people-- infants are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, your guides mislead you and they have swallowed upOr they have confused the course of your paths.
12 "Skinny kids terrorize my people. Silly girls bully them around. My dear people! Your leaders are taking you down a blind alley. They're sending you off on a wild goose chase." A City Brought to Her Knees by Her Sorrows
New King James Version
12 As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths."
New Living Translation
12 Childish leaders oppress my people, and women rule over them. OÂ my people, your leaders mislead you; they send you down the wrong road.
The rule was certain; however there might be national prosperity or trouble, it would be well with the righteous and ill with the wicked. Blessed be God, there is abundant encouragement to the righteous to trust in him, and for sinners to repent and return to him. It was time for the Lord to show his might. He will call men to a strict account for all the wealth and power intrusted to and abused by them. If it is sinful to disregard the necessities of the poor, how odious and wicked a part do they act, who bring men into poverty, and then oppress them!