The LORD said to me, "Take a large scroll1 and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.2
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And I will call in Uriah3 the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses4 for me."
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Then I went to the prophetess,5 and she conceived and gave birth to a son.6 And the LORD said to me, "Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.7
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Before the boy knows8 how to say 'My father' or 'My mother,' the wealth of Damascus9 and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.10"
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The LORD spoke to me again:
"Because this people has rejected11 the gently flowing waters of Shiloah12 and rejoices over Rezin and the son of Remaliah,13
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therefore the Lord is about to bring against them the mighty floodwaters14 of the River-- the king of Assyria15 with all his pomp.16 It will overflow all its channels, run over all its banks17
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and sweep on into Judah, swirling over it,18 passing through it and reaching up to the neck. Its outspread wings19 will cover the breadth of your land, O Immanuel !"20
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Raise the war cry,21 you nations, and be shattered!22 Listen, all you distant lands. Prepare23 for battle, and be shattered! Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
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Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;24 propose your plan, but it will not stand,25 for God is with us.26
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The LORD spoke to me with his strong hand upon me,27 warning me not to follow28 the way of this people. He said:
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"Do not call conspiracy29 everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear,30 and do not dread it.31
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The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,32 he is the one you are to fear,33 he is the one you are to dread,34
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and he will be a sanctuary;35 but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone36 that causes men to stumble37 and a rock that makes them fall.38 And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.39
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Many of them will stumble;40 they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured."
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Bind up the testimony41 and seal42 up the law among my disciples.
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I will wait43 for the LORD, who is hiding44 his face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.45
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Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me.46 We are signs47 and symbols48 in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.49
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When men tell you to consult50 mediums and spiritists,51 who whisper and mutter,52 should not a people inquire53 of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?
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To the law54 and to the testimony!55 If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light56 of dawn.
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Distressed and hungry,57 they will roam through the land;58 when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse59 their king and their God.
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Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom,60 and they will be thrust into utter darkness.61
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