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Isaiah 8:9-19 (New International Version)

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9 Raise the war cry,a1 you nations, and be shattered!2 Listen, all you distant lands. Prepare3 for battle, and be shattered! Prepare for battle, and be shattered! 10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;4 propose your plan, but it will not stand,5 for God is with us.b6

Fear God

11 The LORD spoke to me with his strong hand upon me,7 warning me not to follow8 the way of this people. He said: 12 "Do not call conspiracy9 everything that these people call conspiracyc; do not fear what they fear,10 and do not dread it.11 13 The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,12 he is the one you are to fear,13 he is the one you are to dread,14 14 and he will be a sanctuary;15 but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone16 that causes men to stumble17 and a rock that makes them fall.18 And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.19 15 Many of them will stumble;20 they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured." 16 Bind up the testimony21 and seal22 up the law among my disciples. 17 I will wait23 for the LORD, who is hiding24 his face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.25 18 Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me.26 We are signs27 and symbols28 in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.29 19 When men tell you to consult30 mediums and spiritists,31 who whisper and mutter,32 should not a people inquire33 of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?
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