Isaiah 8 TNIV

Isaiah and His Children as Signs

1 The LORD said to me, "Take a large scroll1 and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz."a2

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    • a 8:1 - "Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz" means "quick to the plunder, swift to the spoil "; also in verse 3.
      2 So I called in Uriah3 the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses4 for me.

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      3 Then I made love 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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          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"

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          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

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          7 therefore the Lord is about to bring against them the mighty floodwaters14 of the Euphrates-- the king of Assyria15 with all his pomp.16 It will overflow all its channels, run over all its banks17

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          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, Immanuelb !"20

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            • b 8:8 - "Immanuel" means "God with us."
              9 Raise the war cry,c21 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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              10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;24 propose your plan, but it will not stand,25 for God is with us.d26

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                • d 8:10 - Hebrew "Immanuel"
                  11 This is what the LORD says to me with his strong hand upon me,27 warning me not to follow28 the way of this people:

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                  12 "Do not call conspiracy29 everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear,30 and do not dread it.31

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                  13 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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                  14 He will be a holy place;35 for both houses of Israel he will be a stone36 that causes people 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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                  15 Many of them will stumble;40 they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured."

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                  16 Bind up this testimony of warning41 and seal42 up God's instruction among my disciples.

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                  17 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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                  18 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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                  The Darkness Turns to Light

                  19 When someone tells 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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                  20 Consult God's instruction54 and the testimony of warning.55 If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light56 of dawn.

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                  21 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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                  22 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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