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ESV — Isaiah 8

The Coming Assyrian Invasion

Then the Lord said to me, “Take a large tablet wand write on it in common characters,1 ‘Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz.’2 And xI will get reliable witnesses, yUriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah, to attest for me.”

And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, z“Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz; afor before the boy knows how to cry ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the awealth of bDamascus and the spoil of bSamaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.”

The Lord spoke to me again: “Because this people has refused the waters of cShiloah that flow gently, and rejoice over dRezin and the son of Remaliah, therefore, behold, the Lord is bringing up against them ethe waters of fthe River, mighty and many, the king of Assyria and all his glory. And it gwill rise over all its channels and go over all its banks, and it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass on, hreaching even to the neck, and its ioutspread wings will fill the breadth of your land, jO Immanuel.”

Be broken,3 you peoples, and kbe shattered;4

give ear, all you far countries;

strap on your armor and be shattered;

strap on your armor and be shattered.

10  Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing;

speak a word, lbut it will not stand,

for God mis with us.5

Fear God, Wait for the Lord

11 For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and nwarned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: 12 “Do not call oconspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and pdo not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. 13 But the Lord of hosts, qhim you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 14 And he will become a rsanctuary and sa stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many tshall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”

16 Bind up uthe testimony; vseal the teaching6 among my disciples. 17 I will wwait for the Lord, who is xhiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. 18 yBehold, I and zthe children whom the Lord has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion. 19 And when they say to you, “Inquire of the amediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of bthe dead on behalf of the living? 20 cTo the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no ddawn. 21 They will pass through the land,7 greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against8 their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. 22 eAnd they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into fthick darkness.

Footnotes

[1] 8:1 Hebrew with a man's stylus
[2] 8:1 Maher-shalal-hash-baz means The spoil speeds, the prey hastens
[3] 8:9 Or Be evil
[4] 8:9 Or dismayed
[5] 8:10 The Hebrew for God is with us is Immanuel
[6] 8:16 Or law; also verse 20
[7] 8:21 Hebrew it
[8] 8:21 Or speak contemptuously by