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Isaiah 8 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Again the LORD said to me, "Make a large signboard and clearly write this name on it: Maher-shalal-hash-baz." 1 The LORD said to me, "Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.
2 I asked Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah, both known as honest men, to testify that I had written it before the child was conceived. 2 And I will call in Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses for me."
3 Then I slept with my wife, and she became pregnant and had a son. And the LORD said, "Call him Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 3 Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. And the LORD said to me, "Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.
4 This name prophesies that within a couple of years, before this child is old enough to say 'Papa' or 'Mama,' the king of Assyria will invade both Damascus and Samaria and carry away their riches." 4 Before the boy knows how to say 'My father' or 'My mother,' the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria."
5 Then the LORD spoke to me again and said, 5 The LORD spoke to me again:
6 "The people of Judah have rejected my gentle care and are rejoicing over what will happen to King Rezin and King Pekah. 6 "Because this people has rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloah and rejoices over Rezin and the son of Remaliah,
7 Therefore, the Lord will overwhelm them with a mighty flood from the Euphrates River -- the king of Assyria and all his mighty armies. 7 therefore the Lord is about to bring against them the mighty floodwaters of the River-- the king of Assyria with all his pomp. It will overflow all its channels, run over all its banks
8 This flood will overflow all its channels and sweep into Judah. It will submerge Immanuel's land from one end to the other." 8 and sweep on into Judah, swirling over it, passing through it and reaching up to the neck. Its outspread wings will cover the breadth of your land, O Immanuel !"
9 "The Assyrians will cry, 'Do your best to defend yourselves, but you will be shattered! Listen all you nations. Prepare for battle -- and die! Yes, die! 9 Raise the war cry, you nations, and be shattered! Listen, all you distant lands. Prepare for battle, and be shattered! Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
10 Call your councils of war, develop your strategies, prepare your plans of attack -- and then die! For God is with us!'" 10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.
11 The LORD has said to me in the strongest terms: "Do not think like everyone else does. 11 The LORD spoke to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said:
12 Do not be afraid that some plan conceived behind closed doors will be the end of you. 12 "Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.
13 Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else. 13 The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread,
14 He will keep you safe. But to Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap that entangles them. 14 and he will be a sanctuary; but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.
15 Many of them will stumble and fall, never to rise again. Many will be captured." 15 Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured."
16 I will write down all these things as a testimony of what the LORD will do. I will entrust it to my disciples, who will pass it down to future generations. 16 Bind up the testimony and seal up the law among my disciples.
17 I will wait for the LORD to help us, though he has turned away from the people of Israel. My only hope is in him. 17 I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.
18 I and the children the LORD has given me have names that reveal the plans the LORD Almighty has for his people. 18 Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.
19 So why are you trying to find out the future by consulting mediums and psychics? Do not listen to their whisperings and mutterings. Can the living find out the future from the dead? Why not ask your God? 19 When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?
20 "Check their predictions against my testimony," says the LORD. "If their predictions are different from mine, it is because there is no light or truth in them. 20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.
21 My people will be led away as captives, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and shake their fists at heaven and curse their king and their God. 21 Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God.
22 Wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness." 22 Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.