1 And Jehovah said to me, Take thee a great tablet, and write thereon with a man's style, concerning Maher-shalal-hash-baz.

References for Isaiah 8:1

    • a 8:1 - Meaning, 'Swift for spoil, hasty for prey.'
      2 And I took unto me to witness, sure witnesses, Urijah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

      References for Isaiah 8:2

        • b 8:2 - Others have 'let me take,' or 'I will take.'
          3 And I came near to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son; and Jehovah said unto me, Call his name, Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
          4 For before the lad knoweth to cry, My father! and, My mother! the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.
          5 And Jehovah spoke again to me, saying,
          6 Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah which flow softly, and rejoiceth in Rezin and in the son of Remaliah,
          7 therefore behold, the Lord will bring up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, the king of Assyria and all his glory; and he shall mount up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:
          8 and he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow it and go further, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel!
          9 Rage, ye peoples, and be broken in pieces! And give ear, all ye distant parts of the earth: Gird yourselves, and be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and be broken in pieces!
          10 Settle a plan, and it shall come to nought; speak a word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.

          References for Isaiah 8:10

            • c 8:10 - Lit. 'Counsel a counsel.'
            • d 8:10 - Heb. Immanuel: see ver. 8, and ch. 7.14.
              11 For Jehovah spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and he instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
              12 Ye shall not say, Conspiracy, of everything of which this people saith, Conspiracy; and fear ye not their fear, and be not in dread.

              References for Isaiah 8:12

                • e 8:12 - Or 'Confederacy,' as 2Kings 11.14.
                  13 Jehovah of hosts, him shall ye sanctify; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
                  14 And he will be for a sanctuary; and for a stone of stumbling, and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

                  References for Isaiah 8:14

                    • f 8:14 - Lit. 'tottering,' 'falling.'
                      15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
                      16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
                      17 And I will wait for Jehovah, who hideth his face from the house of Jacob; and I will look for him.
                      18 Behold, I and the children that Jehovah hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel, from Jehovah of hosts, who dwelleth in mount Zion.

                      References for Isaiah 8:18

                        • g 8:18 - Or 'types.'
                          19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto the necromancers and unto the soothsayers, who chirp and who mutter, [say,] Shall not a people seek unto their God? [Will they go] for the living unto the dead?
                          20 To the law and the testimony! If they speak not according to this word, for them there is no daybreak.

                          References for Isaiah 8:20

                            • h 8:20 - Or 'for him,' i.e. for the people. Some read 'this word, it is because in it.'
                              21 And they shall pass through it, hard pressed and hungry; and it shall come to pass when they are hungry, they will fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and will gaze upward:

                              References for Isaiah 8:21

                                • i 8:21 - i.e. 'the land.'
                                  22 and they will look to the earth; and behold, trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they shall be driven into thick darkness.