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ISAIAH INSTITUTE TRANSLATION

  Isaiah

8

Isaiah 8

A new Flood in the form of Assyria’s world conquest awaits all but those who find refuge in Jehovah.

1 Jehovah said to me, Take a large scroll and write on it in common script: Hasten the plunder, hurry the spoil. 2 And I called in reliable witnesses, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah, to witness for me.
3 And when I had been with the prophetess, she conceived and gave birth to a son. And Jehovah said to me, Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.a 4 For before the child knows how to say, Father, or Mother, the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be brought before the king of Assyria.
5 Jehovah addressed me again, and said,
6 Because these people have rejectedthe Waters of Shiloah, which flow gently,and rejoice in Rezin and the son of Remaliah, 7 therefore will my Lordcause to come up over themthe great and mighty waters of the Riverthe king of Assyria in all his glory.He will rise up over all his channelsand overflow all his banks. 8 He will sweep into Judea like a floodand, passing through, reach the very neck;his outspread wings will spanthe breadth of your land, O Immanuel.
9 Though nations form pacts,they shall be routed.Give heed, all you distant lands!
You may take courage in one another,but shall be in fear;you may arm yourselves,but shall be terrorized.
10 Though you hold consultations,they shall come to nought;though you make proposals,they shall not prove firm: God is with us!
11 Jehovah spoke to me, clasping my hand, and admonished me not to follow the ways of these people. For he said,
12 Do not call a conspiracy all that these peoplecall a conspiracy;be not afraid or awedby the thing they fear. 13 But sanctify Jehovah of Hosts,making him your fear, him your awe. 14 And to you he will be a sanctuary,but to the two houses of Israela stumbling block or obstructing rock,and a snare, catching unawaresthe inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 Many will stumble into them,and when they fall shall be broken,and when they become ensnaredshall be taken captive.
16 For Jehovah has said, Bind up the testimony;seal the law among my disciples. 17 I will wait for Jehovah,who hides his face from the house of Jacob,and expect him.
18 As for me and the children Jehovah has given me, we shall be signs and portents in Israel from Jehovah of Hosts, who dwells in Mount Zion.
19 When men tell you to inquire of mediums and spiritists who huddle together and mutter, say to them, Should not a people inquire of their God? Should one inquireb of the dead on behalf of the living 20 for doctrine and for a testimony? Surely, while they utter such words devoid of light, 21 they roam about embittered by hunger; and when they are hungry, they become enraged and, gazing upward, curse their king and their God. 22 They will look to the land, but there shall be a depressing scene of anguish and gloom; and thus are they banished into outer darkness.

  • a3 That is, Hasten the Plunder, Hurry the Spoil.
  • b19 So LXX; phrase not in MT.


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