Isaiah 8

The Coming Assyrian Invasion

1 Moreover the LORD said to me, "Take a large scroll, and a write on it with a man's pen concerning 1 MaherShal'al-Hash-Baz. 2 2 "And I will take for Myself faithful witnesses to record, b Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah."

3 Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the LORD said to me, "Call his name MaherShal'al-Hash-Baz; 4 c "for before the child 3 shall have knowledge to cry 'My father' and 'My mother,' d the riches of Damascus and the 4 spoil of Samaria will be taken away before the king of Assyria."

5 The LORD also spoke to me again, saying: 6 "Inasmuch as these people refused
The waters of e Shiloah that flow softly,
And rejoice f in Rezin and in Remaliah's son;
7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them
The waters of 5 the River, 6 strong and mighty -
The king of Assyria and all his glory;
He will 7 go up over all his channels
And go over all his banks.
8 He will pass through Judah,
He will overflow and pass over,
g He will reach up to the neck;
And the stretching out of his wings
Will 8 fill the breadth of Your land, O h Immanuel. 9 10

9 "Be i shattered, O you peoples, and be broken in pieces!
Give ear, all you from far countries.
Gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces;
Gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces.
10 j Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing;
Speak the word, k but it will not stand,
l For 11 God is with us."

Fear God, Wait for the Lord

11 For the LORD spoke thus to me with 12 a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying: 12 "Do not say, 'A conspiracy,'
Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy,
Nor be afraid of their 13 threats, nor be 14 troubled.
13 The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow;
Let Him be your fear,
And let Him be your dread.
14 m He will be as a 15 sanctuary,
But n a stone of stumbling and a rock of 16 offense
To both the houses of Israel,
As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall o stumble;
They shall fall and be broken,
Be snared and 17 taken."

16 Bind up the testimony,
Seal the law among my disciples.
17 And I will wait on the LORD,
Who p hides His face from the house of Jacob;
And I q will hope in Him.
18 r Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me!
We s are for signs and wonders in Israel
From the LORD of hosts,
Who dwells in Mount Zion.
19 And when they say to you, t "Seek those who are mediums and wizards, u who whisper and mutter," should not a people seek their God? Should they v seek the dead on behalf of the living? 20 w To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because x there 18 is no light in them. 21 They will pass through it hard-pressed and hungry; and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and y curse 19 their king and their God, and look upward. 22 Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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