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Isaiah 8

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A Warning and a Hope
8
1 The Lord said, “Isaiah, get something to write on. Then write in big clear letters
z 8.1 in big clear letters: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
the name, MAHER-SHALAL-HASH-BAZ.
a 8.1 MAHER-SHALAL-HASH-BAZ: In Hebrew “Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz” means “suddenly attacked, quickly taken.”
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1 Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.
Mahershalalhashbaz: Heb. In making speed to the spoil he hasteneth the prey, or, Make speed, etc
2 I will have Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberechiah serve as witnesses to this.” 2 And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.
3 Sometime later, my wife and I had a son, and the Lord said, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.
3 And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.
went: Heb. approached
4 Because before he can say ‘Mommy’ or ‘Daddy’, the king of Assyria will attack and take everything of value from Damascus and Samaria.” 4 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.
the riches...: or, he that is before the king of Assyria shall take away the riches, etc
5 The Lord spoke to me again and said:
5 The LORD spake also unto me again, saying,
6 These people have refused the gentle waters of Shiloah
b 8.6 Shiloah: The canal that brought water from Gihon Spring to Jerusalem.
and have gladly gone over to the side of King Rezin and King Pekah.
6 Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son;
7 Now I will send the king of Assyria against them with his powerful army, which will attack like the mighty Euphrates River overflowing its banks. 7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:
8 Enemy soldiers will cover Judah like a flood reaching up to your neck.

But God is with us.
c 8.8 God is with us: Here and in verse 10 this translates the Hebrew word “Immanuel” (see 7.14).
He will spread his wings
and protect our land.
d 8.8 But ... land: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
stretching...: Heb. fulness of the breadth of thy land shall be the stretchings out of his wings
9 All of you foreign nations,
go ahead and prepare for war,
but you will be crushed.
9 Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.
people and: or, people, yet
10 Get together and make plans,
but you will fail
because God is with us.
10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.

11 The Lord took hold of me with his powerful hand and said:
I'm warning you! Don't act like these people.
11 For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
with...: Heb. in strength of hand
12 Don't call something a rebellious plot, just because they do, and don't be afraid of something, just because they are.
8.12,13 1P 3.14,15.
12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
13 I am the one you should fear and respect. I am the holy God, the Lord All-Powerful! 13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
14-15 Run to me for protection. I am a rock that will make both Judah and Israel stumble and break their bones. I am a trap that will catch the people of Jerusalem—they will be captured and dragged away.
8.14,15 1P 2.8.
14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Isaiah and His Followers
16 My message and my teachings are to be sealed and given to my followers.
16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
17 Meanwhile, I patiently trust the Lord, even though he is no longer pleased with Israel.
8.17 He 2.13.
17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
18 My children and I are warning signs to Israel from the Lord All-Powerful, who lives on Mount Zion.
8.18 He 2.13.
18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
19 Someone may say to you, “Go to the fortunetellers who make soft chirping sounds or ask the spirits of the dead. After all, a nation ought to be able to ask its own gods
19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
20 what it should do.”
None of those who talk like that will live to see the light of day!
20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
no...: Heb. no morning
21 They will go around in great pain and will become so hungry that they will angrily curse their king and their gods. And when they try to find help in heaven 21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
22 and on earth, they will find only trouble and darkness, terrible trouble and deepest darkness. 22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.

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