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Isaiah 8:11-22 (English Standard Version)

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Fear God, Wait for the Lord

11 For the LORD spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and 1warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: 12 "Do not call 2conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and 3do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. 13 But the LORD of hosts, 4him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 14 And he will become a 5sanctuary and 6a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many 7shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken." 16 Bind up 8the testimony; 9seal the teachinga among my disciples. 17 I will 10wait for the LORD, who is 11hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. 18 12Behold, I and 13the children whom the LORD has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion. 19 And when they say to you, "Inquire of the 14mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter," should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of 15the dead on behalf of the living? 20 16To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no 17dawn. 21 They will pass through the land,b greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously againstc their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. 22 18And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into 19thick darkness.
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