Leaders Cut Off
Isa 9:13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.
The people do not respond to God's chastening, they ignor him and go their own way.
Luke 11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
Luke 11:35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
Isa 9:14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
Isa 9:15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
Isa 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
The LORD will cut off, remove as branches from a tree that which does not produce fruit. The head, the elders and leaders, lead in error. The prophets are false, speaking lies for truth. The leaders listen to the counsel of men pleasing prophets, instead of the truth. They needed to humble themselves, repent and seek the mercy of the LORD.
Isa 9:17 Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
The whole nation of people were as the leaders, false and corrupt.
Looking back to America and the Viet Nam war. The leaders of America may have led in error, but the rebelling people were no better. They spoke folly and were hypocrits. The young men returned from war with dishonor from the loud mouthed drug using rebels. They turned against the Christian religion and the traditions of the Fathers and became idolaters of lust and foolish religions.
Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.