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Isaiah 8:1-10 (New International Version)

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Assyria, the LORD's Instrument

1 The LORD said to me, "Take a large scroll1 and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.a2 2 And I will call in Uriah3 the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses4 for me." 3 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 4 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" 5 The LORD spoke to me again: 6 "Because this people has rejected11 the gently flowing waters of Shiloah12 and rejoices over Rezin and the son of Remaliah,13 7 therefore the Lord is about to bring against them the mighty floodwaters14 of the Riverb-- the king of Assyria15 with all his pomp.16 It will overflow all its channels, run over all its banks17 8 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 Immanuelc !"20 9 Raise the war cry,d21 you nations, and be shattered!22 Listen, all you distant lands. Prepare23 for battle, and be shattered! Prepare for battle, and be shattered! 10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;24 propose your plan, but it will not stand,25 for God is with us.e26
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