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Isaiah 8

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In Maher-shalal-hash-baz, he prophesies that Syria and Israel shall be subdued by Assyria.

8:1 Yahweh said to me,

“Take a large tablet, and write on it
with a man’s pen, ‘For Maher Shalal Hash Baz;’

8:2 and I will take for myself faithful witnesses to testify:
Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”

8:3 I went to the prophetess, and she conceived, and bore a son.
Then said Yahweh to me,

“Call his name ‘Maher Shalal Hash Baz.’

8:4 For before the child knows how to say,
‘My father,’ and, ‘My mother,’
the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria
will be carried away by the king of Assyria.”

Judah likewise for their infidelity.

8:5 Yahweh spoke to me yet again, saying,

8:6 “Because this people have refused the waters of Shiloah
that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son;

8:7 now therefore, behold, the Lord brings upon
them the mighty flood waters of the River:
the king of Assyria and all his glory.
It will come up over all its channels,
and go over all its banks.

8:8 It will sweep onward into Judah.
It will overflow and pass through;
it will reach even to the neck;
and the stretching out of its wings
will fill the breadth of your land, Immanuel.

God's judgments shall be irresistible.

8:9 Make an uproar, you peoples,
and be broken in pieces!
Listen, all you from far countries:
dress for battle, and be shattered!
Dress for battle, and be shattered!

8:10 Take counsel together,
and it will be brought to nothing;
speak the word, and it will not stand:
for God is with us.”

Comfort shall be to them that fear God.

8:11 For Yahweh spoke thus to me with a strong hand,
and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,

8:12 “Don’t say,
‘A conspiracy!’
concerning all about which this people say,
‘A conspiracy!’
neither fear their threats, nor be terrorized.

8:13 Yahweh of Armies is who you must respect as holy.
He is the one you must fear. He is the one you must dread.

8:14 He will be a sanctuary,
but for both houses of Israel, he will be
a trap and a snare for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

8:15 Many will stumble over it, fall, be broken,
be snared, and be captured.”

8:16 Wrap up the testimony. Seal the law among my disciples.

8:17 I will wait for Yahweh,
who hides his face from the house of Jacob,
and I will look for him.

8:18 Behold, I and the children whom Yahweh has given me
are for signs and for wonders in Israel
from Yahweh of Armies, who dwells in Mount Zion.

Great afflictions to idolaters.

8:19 When they tell you,
“Consult with those who have familiar spirits
and with the wizards, who chirp and who mutter:”
shouldn’t a people consult with their God?
Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?

8:20 Turn to the law and to the testimony!
If they don’t speak according to this word,
surely there is no morning for them.

8:21 They will pass through it, sore distressed and hungry;
and it will happen that when they are hungry,
they will worry,
and curse by their king and by their God.
They will turn their faces upward,

8:22 and look to the earth, and see
distress, darkness, and the gloom of anguish.
They will be driven into thick darkness.

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