Isaiah 8

Damascus and Samaria Fall

1Then the  Lord said to me, “Take for yourself a large tablet and a  write on it
Lit with the stylus of man
in ordinary letters:
Heb Maher-shalal-hash-baz
d  Swift is the booty, speedy is the prey.
Another reading is take for me
I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, f  Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”
3So I approached the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. Then the  Lord said to me, “Name him
I.e. swift is the booty, speedy is the prey
h  Maher-shalal-hash-baz;
4for i  before the boy knows how to cry out ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of j  Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.”

5Again the  Lord spoke to me further, saying, 6Inasmuch as these people have k  rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloah
And rejoice in l  Rezin and the son of Remaliah;
7Now therefore, behold, the Lord is about to bring on them the m  strong and abundant waters of the
Lit River
o  Euphrates,
Even the p  king of Assyria and all his glory;
And it will q  rise up over all its channels and go over all its banks.
8“Then r  it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass through,
It will s  reach even to the neck;
And the spread of its wings will
Lit be the fullness of
fill the breadth of
Or Your
your land, O v  Immanuel.

A Believing Remnant

9 w  Be broken, O peoples, and be
Or dismayed
y  shattered;
And give ear, all remote places of the earth.
Gird yourselves, yet be
Or dismayed
Gird yourselves, yet be
Or dismayed
10 ab  Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted;
State a
Lit word
proposal, but ad  it will not stand,
Heb Immanu-el
af  God is with us.”

11For thus the  Lord spoke to me
Lit with strength of the hand
with ah  mighty power and instructed me ai  not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
12You are not to say, ‘It is a aj  conspiracy!’
In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy,
And ak  you are not to fear
Lit their fear
what they fear or be in dread of it.
13“It is the am   Lord of hosts an  whom you should regard as holy.
And He shall be your fear,
And He shall be your dread.
14Then He shall become a ao  sanctuary;
But to both the houses of Israel, a ap  stone to strike and a rock to stumble over,
And a snare and a aq  trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15Many ar  will stumble over them,
Then they will fall and be broken;
They will even be snared and caught.”

16 as  Bind up the testimony at  seal the
Or teaching
law among av  my disciples.
17And I will aw  wait for the  Lord ax  who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him. 18 ay  Behold, I and the children whom the  Lord has given me are for az  signs and wonders in Israel from the  Lord of hosts, who ba  dwells on Mount Zion.

19When they say to you, bb  Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people bc  consult their God? Should they bd  consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20To the
Or teaching
bf  law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because bg  they have no dawn.
21They will pass through
Lit it
the land bi  hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse
Or by their king
their king and their God as they face upward.
22Then they will bk  look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be bl  driven away into darkness.
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