Isaiah 8 ©

A prophecy of the ruin and destruction of Syria and Israel by the Assyrians, v. 1, etc. Who would likewise pass through the land of Judah, and grievously afflict it, but not utterly subdue it, 6, etc. With a comfortable exhortation to the godly Jews, that they would not be afraid of those kings, but that they should rely upon God, 12. Although He be a Stone of stumbling to the wicked, 14. That they should not ask counsel of the necromancers, 19. Ruin is threatened to the despisers of the Word of God, 20.


MOREOVER the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great 1roll, and write in it 2with a man’s pen 3concerning 4Maher-shalal-hash-baz.


And I took unto me 5faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah 6the son of Jeberechiah.


And I 7went unto 8the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name 9Maher-shalal-hash-baz.


For before 10the child 11shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of 12Damascus and 13the spoil of 14Samaria shall be taken away 15before the king of Assyria.


16The LORD spake also unto me again, saying,


17Forasmuch as 18this people refuseth 19the waters of Shiloah 20that go softly, and 21rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son;


Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up 22upon them the waters of the river, 23strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and 24all his glory: and 25he shall come up over all 26his channels, and go over all 27his banks:


And he shall 28pass through 29Judah; he shall 30overflow and 31go over, he shall reach even 32to the neck; and 33the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, 34O Immanuel.


35Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye 36shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, 37all ye of far countries: 38gird yourselves, 39and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.


40Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and 41it shall not stand: for 42God is with us.


¶For the LORD spake thus to me 43with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should 44not walk in the way of this people, saying,


45Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom 46this people shall say, A 47confederacy; 48neither fear ye 49their fear, nor 50be afraid.


51Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let 52him be your fear, and let him be your dread.


53And he shall be for a sanctuary; but fora a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence 54to both the houses of 55Israel, for a ginb and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.


And 56many 57among them shall stumble, and 58fall, andc be broken, and be snared, and be taken.


59Bind up the testimony, seal 60the law 61among my disciples.


62And I will wait upon the LORD, 63that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.


64Behold,d I and the 65children whom 66the LORD 67hath given me 68are for signs and for wonders 69in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.


¶And 70when 71they shall say 72unto you, 73Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that 74peep,e and that 75mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? 76forf the living to the dead?


77To the law and to 78the testimony: 79if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is 80no light 81in them.


82And they shall pass through 83it, hardly besteadg and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and 84curse their king and 85their God, 86and look upward.


87Andh they shall look unto the earth; and 88behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.89