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Isaiah 8

Damascus and Samaria Fall

1 Then the LORD said to me, "Take for yourself a large tablet and 1write on it in ordinary letters: 2Swift is the booty, speedy is the prey.
2 "And I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, 3Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah."
3 So I approached the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. Then the LORD said to me, "Name * him 4Maher-shalal-hash-baz;
4 for 5before the boy knows how to cry out 'My father ' or 'My mother,' the wealth of 6Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria."
5 Again the LORD spoke to me further, saying,
7 "Now therefore, behold, the Lord is about to bring on them the 9strong and abundant waters of the 10Euphrates, Even the 11king of Assyria and all his glory; And it will 12rise up over all its channels and go over all its banks.
8 "Then 13it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass through, It will 14reach even to the neck; And the spread of its wings will fill the breadth of your land, O 15Immanuel.

A Believing Remnant

9 "16Be broken, O peoples, and be 17shattered; And give ear, all remote places of the earth. Gird yourselves, yet be shattered; Gird yourselves, yet be shattered.
10 "18Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a proposal, but 19it will not stand, For 20God is with us."
11 For thus the LORD spoke to me with 21mighty power and instructed me 22not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
12 "You are not to say, 'It is a 23conspiracy!' In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, And 24you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.
13 "It is the 25LORD of hosts 26whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread.
14 "Then He shall become a 27sanctuary; But to both the houses of Israel, a 28stone to strike and a rock to stumble over, And a snare and a 29trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 "Many 30will stumble over them, Then they will fall and be broken; They will even be snared and caught."
16 31Bind up the testimony, 32seal the law among 33my disciples.
17 And I will 34wait for the LORD 35who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him.
18 36Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for 37signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who 38dwells on Mount Zion.
19 When they say to you, "39Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people 40consult their God? Should they 41consult the dead on behalf of the living?
20 To the 42law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because 43they have no dawn.
21 They will pass through the land 44hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse their king and their God as they face upward.
22 Then they will 45look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be 46driven away into darkness.
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