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Isaiah 8 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The Coming Assyrian Invasion
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:1 - Then the LORD said to me, “Make a large signboard and clearly write this name on it: Maher-shalal-hash-baz.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:2 - I asked Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah, both known as honest men, to witness my doing this.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:3 - Then I slept with my wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. And the LORD said, “Call him Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:4 - For before this child is old enough to say ‘Papa’ or ‘Mama,’ the king of Assyria will carry away both the abundance of Damascus and the riches of Samaria.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:5 - Then the LORD spoke to me again and said,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:6 - “My care for the people of Judah is like the gently flowing waters of Shiloah, but they have rejected it. They are rejoicing over what will happen to[fn] King Rezin and King Pekah.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:7 - Therefore, the Lord will overwhelm them with a mighty flood from the Euphrates River[fn]—the king of Assyria and all his glory. This flood will overflow all its channels
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:8 - and sweep into Judah until it is chin deep. It will spread its wings, submerging your land from one end to the other, O Immanuel.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:9 - “Huddle together, you nations, and be terrified.
Listen, all you distant lands.
Prepare for battle, but you will be crushed!
Yes, prepare for battle, but you will be crushed!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:10 - Call your councils of war, but they will be worthless.
Develop your strategies, but they will not succeed.
For God is with us![fn]
A Call to Trust the LORD
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:11 - The LORD has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:12 - “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do,
and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:13 - Make the LORD of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life.
He is the one you should fear.
He is the one who should make you tremble.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:14 - He will keep you safe.
But to Israel and Judah
he will be a stone that makes people stumble,
a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem
he will be a trap and a snare.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:15 - Many will stumble and fall,
never to rise again.
They will be snared and captured.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:16 - Preserve the teaching of God;
entrust his instructions to those who follow me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:17 - I will wait for the LORD,
who has turned away from the descendants of Jacob.
I will put my hope in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:18 - I and the children the LORD has given me serve as signs and warnings to Israel from the LORD of Heaven’s Armies who dwells in his Temple on Mount Zion.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:19 - Someone may say to you, “Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings, they will tell us what to do.” But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance? Should the living seek guidance from the dead?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:20 - Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:21 - They will go from one place to another, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and curse their king and their God. They will look up to heaven
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:22 - and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness.
NLT Footnotes
Maher-shalal-hash-baz means “Swift to plunder and quick to carry away.”
Or They are rejoicing because of.
Hebrew and the son of Remaliah.
Hebrew the river.
Hebrew Immanuel!

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