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Isaiah 8 [Commentary] [Map] |
||Then the LORD said to me, "Take for yourself a large tablet and write on it in ordinary letters: Swift is the booty, speedy is the prey.
||"And I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah."
||So I approached the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. Then the LORD said to me, "Name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz;
||for before the boy knows how to cry out `My father' or `My mother,' the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria."
||Again the LORD spoke to me further, saying,
||"Inasmuch as these people have rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloah
And rejoice in Rezin and the son of Remaliah;
||"Now therefore, behold, the Lord is about to bring on them the strong and abundant waters of the Euphrates,
Even the king of Assyria and all his glory;
And it will rise up over all its channels and go over all its banks.
||"Then it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass through,
It will reach even to the neck;
And the spread of its wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.
||"Be broken, O peoples, and be shattered;
And give ear, all remote places of the earth.
Gird yourselves, yet be shattered;
Gird yourselves, yet be shattered.
||"Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted;
State a proposal, but it will not stand,
For God is with us."
||For thus the LORD spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
||"You are not to say, `It is a conspiracy!'
In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy,
And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.
||"It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy.
And He shall be your fear,
And He shall be your dread.
||"Then He shall become a sanctuary;
But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over,
And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
||"Many will stumble over them,
Then they will fall and be broken;
They will even be snared and caught."
||Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
||And I will wait for the LORD who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him.
||Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.
||When they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?
||To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.
||They will pass through the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse their king and their God as they face upward.
||Then they will look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be driven away into darkness.
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