Isaiah 8
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Assyrian Invasion Prophesied

1Then the LORD said to me, “Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinarya stylus: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.b 2And I will appoint for myself trustworthy witnesses—Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah.”

3And I had relations with the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. The LORD said to me, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. 4For before the boy knows how to cry ‘Father’ or ‘Mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off to the king of Assyria.”

5And the LORD spoke to me further:

6“Because this people has rejected

the gently flowing waters of Shiloah

and rejoiced in Rezin

and the son of Remaliah,

7the Lord will surely bring against them

the mighty rushing waters of the Euphratesc

the king of Assyria and all his pomp.

It will overflow its channels

and run over all its banks.

8It will pour into Judah,

swirling and sweeping over it,

reaching up to the neck;

its spreading streams will cover

your entire land, O Immanueld !

9Huddle together,e O peoples, and be shattered;

pay attention, all you distant lands;

prepare for battle, and be broken;

prepare for battle, and be dismayed.

10Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted;

state a proposal, but it will not happen.

For God is with us.f

A Call to Fear God

11For this is what the LORD spoke to me with a strong hand, instructing me not to walk in the way of this people:

12“Do not call conspiracy

everything these people regard as conspiracy.

Do not fear what they fear;

do not live in dread.

13The LORD of Hosts is the One

to regard as holy.

Only He should be feared;

only He should be dreaded,

14and He will be a sanctuary.

But to both houses of Israel

He will be a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense,

a trap and a snare

to the dwellers of Jerusalem.

15Many will stumble over these;

they will fall and be broken;

they will be ensnared and captured.

16Bind up the testimony

and seal the law among my disciples.

17I will wait for the LORD,

who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob.

I will put my trust in Him.g

18Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me to be signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD of Hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

Darkness and Light

19When men tell you to consult the spirits of the dead and the spiritists who whisper and mutter, shouldn’t a people consult their God instead? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.

21They will roam the land, dejected and hungry. When they are famished, they will become enraged, and looking upward, they will curse their king and their God. 22Then they will look to the earth and see only distress and darkness and the gloom of anguish. And they will be driven into utter darkness.


1 a Hebrew with a man's
1 b Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz means The spoil speeds, the prey hastens, or Swift to plunder, quick to carry away
7 c Hebrew the River
8 d Immanuel means God with us
9 e Or Raise the war cry, or Be evil, or Be broken
10 f The Hebrew for God is with us is Immanuel
17 g Or I will eagerly look for Him

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