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6 In the year that King Uzziah(A) died,(B) I saw the Lord,(C) high and exalted,(D) seated on a throne;(E) and the train of his robe(F) filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim,(G) each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet,(H) and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.(M)
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal(U) in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips;(V) your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.(W)”
And I said, “Here am I.(AA) Send me!”
9 He said, “Go(AB) and tell this people:
“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’(AC)
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;(AD)
make their ears dull
and close their eyes.[a](AE)
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,(AF)
understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”(AG)
11 Then I said, “For how long, Lord?”(AH)
And he answered:
“Until the cities lie ruined(AI)
and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted(AJ)
and the fields ruined and ravaged,(AK)
12 until the Lord has sent everyone far away(AL)
and the land is utterly forsaken.(AM)
13 And though a tenth remains(AN) in the land,
it will again be laid waste.(AO)
But as the terebinth and oak
leave stumps(AP) when they are cut down,
so the holy(AQ) seed will be the stump in the land.”(AR)
The Sign of Immanuel
7 When Ahaz(AS) son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, was king of Judah, King Rezin(AT) of Aram(AU) and Pekah(AV) son of Remaliah(AW) king of Israel marched up to fight against Jerusalem, but they could not overpower it.
3 Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub,[c](BA) to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Launderer’s Field.(BB) 4 Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm(BC) and don’t be afraid.(BD) Do not lose heart(BE) because of these two smoldering stubs(BF) of firewood—because of the fierce anger(BG) of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah.(BH) 5 Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah’s(BI) son have plotted(BJ) your ruin, saying, 6 “Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it.” 7 Yet this is what the Sovereign Lord says:(BK)
“‘It will not take place,
it will not happen,(BL)
8 for the head of Aram is Damascus,(BM)
and the head of Damascus is only Rezin.(BN)
Within sixty-five years
Ephraim will be too shattered(BO) to be a people.
9 The head of Ephraim is Samaria,(BP)
and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son.
If you do not stand(BQ) firm in your faith,(BR)
you will not stand at all.’”(BS)
12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.(BV)”
13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David!(BW) Is it not enough(BX) to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience(BY) of my God(BZ) also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you[d] a sign:(CA) The virgin[e](CB) will conceive and give birth to a son,(CC) and[f] will call him Immanuel.[g](CD) 15 He will be eating curds(CE) and honey(CF) when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, 16 for before the boy knows(CG) enough to reject the wrong and choose the right,(CH) the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.(CI) 17 The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away(CJ) from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.(CK)”
Assyria, the Lord’s Instrument
18 In that day(CL) the Lord will whistle(CM) for flies from the Nile delta in Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria.(CN) 19 They will all come and settle in the steep ravines and in the crevices(CO) in the rocks, on all the thornbushes(CP) and at all the water holes. 20 In that day(CQ) the Lord will use(CR) a razor hired from beyond the Euphrates River(CS)—the king of Assyria(CT)—to shave your head and private parts, and to cut off your beard(CU) also.(CV) 21 In that day,(CW) a person will keep alive a young cow and two goats.(CX) 22 And because of the abundance of the milk they give, there will be curds to eat. All who remain in the land will eat curds(CY) and honey.(CZ) 23 In that day,(DA) in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels,[h](DB) there will be only briers and thorns.(DC) 24 Hunters will go there with bow and arrow, for the land will be covered with briers(DD) and thorns. 25 As for all the hills(DE) once cultivated by the hoe, you will no longer go there for fear of the briers and thorns;(DF) they will become places where cattle are turned loose and where sheep run.(DG)
Isaiah and His Children as Signs
8 The Lord said to me, “Take a large scroll(DH) and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.”[i](DI) 2 So I called in Uriah(DJ) the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses(DK) for me. 3 Then I made love to the prophetess,(DL) and she conceived and gave birth to a son.(DM) And the Lord said to me, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.(DN) 4 For before the boy knows(DO) how to say ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus(DP) and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.(DQ)”
5 The Lord spoke to me again:
6 “Because this people has rejected(DR)
the gently flowing waters of Shiloah(DS)
and rejoices over Rezin
and the son of Remaliah,(DT)
7 therefore the Lord is about to bring against them
the mighty floodwaters(DU) of the Euphrates—
the king of Assyria(DV) with all his pomp.(DW)
It will overflow all its channels,
run over all its banks(DX)
8 and sweep on into Judah, swirling over it,(DY)
passing through it and reaching up to the neck.
Its outspread wings(DZ) will cover the breadth of your land,
9 Raise the war cry,[k](EB) you nations, and be shattered!(EC)
Listen, all you distant lands.
Prepare(ED) for battle, and be shattered!
Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;(EE)
propose your plan, but it will not stand,(EF)
for God is with us.[l](EG)
12 “Do not call conspiracy(EJ)
everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,(EK)
and do not dread it.(EL)
13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,(EM)
he is the one you are to fear,(EN)
he is the one you are to dread.(EO)
14 He will be a holy place;(EP)
for both Israel and Judah he will be
a stone(EQ) that causes people to stumble(ER)
and a rock that makes them fall.(ES)
And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
a trap and a snare.(ET)
15 Many of them will stumble;(EU)
they will fall and be broken,
they will be snared and captured.”
16 Bind up this testimony of warning(EV)
and seal(EW) up God’s instruction among my disciples.
17 I will wait(EX) for the Lord,
who is hiding(EY) his face from the descendants of Jacob.
I will put my trust in him.(EZ)
The Darkness Turns to Light
19 When someone tells you to consult(FE) mediums and spiritists,(FF) who whisper and mutter,(FG) should not a people inquire(FH) of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 Consult God’s instruction(FI) and the testimony of warning.(FJ) If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light(FK) of dawn. 21 Distressed and hungry,(FL) they will roam through the land;(FM) when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse(FN) their king and their God. 22 Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom,(FO) and they will be thrust into utter darkness.(FP)
9 [m]Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom(FQ) for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,(FR) but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
2 The people walking in darkness(FS)
have seen a great light;(FT)
on those living in the land of deep darkness(FU)
a light has dawned.(FV)
3 You have enlarged the nation(FW)
and increased their joy;(FX)
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.(FY)
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,(FZ)
you have shattered(GA)
the yoke(GB) that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,(GC)
the rod of their oppressor.(GD)
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,(GE)
will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born,(GF)
to us a son is given,(GG)
and the government(GH) will be on his shoulders.(GI)
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor,(GJ) Mighty God,(GK)
Everlasting(GL) Father,(GM) Prince of Peace.(GN)
7 Of the greatness of his government(GO) and peace(GP)
there will be no end.(GQ)
He will reign(GR) on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice(GS) and righteousness(GT)
from that time on and forever.(GU)
The zeal(GV) of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
The Lord’s Anger Against Israel
8 The Lord has sent a message(GW) against Jacob;
it will fall on Israel.
9 All the people will know it—
Ephraim(GX) and the inhabitants of Samaria(GY)—
who say with pride
and arrogance(GZ) of heart,
10 “The bricks have fallen down,
but we will rebuild with dressed stone;(HA)
the fig(HB) trees have been felled,
but we will replace them with cedars.(HC)”
11 But the Lord has strengthened Rezin’s(HD) foes against them
and has spurred their enemies on.
12 Arameans(HE) from the east and Philistines(HF) from the west
have devoured(HG) Israel with open mouth.
13 But the people have not returned(HJ) to him who struck(HK) them,
nor have they sought(HL) the Lord Almighty.
14 So the Lord will cut off from Israel both head and tail,
both palm branch and reed(HM) in a single day;(HN)
15 the elders(HO) and dignitaries(HP) are the head,
the prophets(HQ) who teach lies(HR) are the tail.
16 Those who guide(HS) this people mislead them,
and those who are guided are led astray.(HT)
17 Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men,(HU)
nor will he pity(HV) the fatherless and widows,
for everyone is ungodly(HW) and wicked,(HX)
every mouth speaks folly.(HY)
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
his hand is still upraised.(HZ)
18 Surely wickedness burns like a fire;(IA)
it consumes briers and thorns,(IB)
it sets the forest thickets ablaze,(IC)
so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.
19 By the wrath(ID) of the Lord Almighty
the land will be scorched(IE)
and the people will be fuel for the fire;(IF)
they will not spare one another.(IG)
20 On the right they will devour,
but still be hungry;(IH)
on the left they will eat,(II)
but not be satisfied.
Each will feed on the flesh of their own offspring[n]:
21 Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, and Ephraim on Manasseh;(IJ)
together they will turn against Judah.(IK)
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
his hand is still upraised.(IL)
10 Woe(IM) to those who make unjust laws,
to those who issue oppressive decrees,(IN)
2 to deprive(IO) the poor of their rights
and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,(IP)
making widows their prey
and robbing the fatherless.(IQ)
3 What will you do on the day of reckoning,(IR)
when disaster(IS) comes from afar?
To whom will you run for help?(IT)
Where will you leave your riches?
4 Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives(IU)
or fall among the slain.(IV)
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,(IW)
his hand is still upraised.
God’s Judgment on Assyria
5 “Woe(IX) to the Assyrian,(IY) the rod(IZ) of my anger,
in whose hand is the club(JA) of my wrath!(JB)
6 I send him against a godless(JC) nation,
I dispatch(JD) him against a people who anger me,(JE)
to seize loot and snatch plunder,(JF)
and to trample(JG) them down like mud in the streets.
7 But this is not what he intends,(JH)
this is not what he has in mind;
his purpose is to destroy,
to put an end to many nations.
8 ‘Are not my commanders(JI) all kings?’ he says.
9 ‘Has not Kalno(JJ) fared like Carchemish?(JK)
Is not Hamath(JL) like Arpad,(JM)
and Samaria(JN) like Damascus?(JO)
10 As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols,(JP)
kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria—
11 shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images
as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?(JQ)’”
12 When the Lord has finished all his work(JR) against Mount Zion(JS) and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria(JT) for the willful pride(JU) of his heart and the haughty look(JV) in his eyes. 13 For he says:
“‘By the strength of my hand(JW) I have done this,(JX)
and by my wisdom, because I have understanding.
I removed the boundaries of nations,
I plundered their treasures;(JY)
like a mighty one I subdued[o] their kings.(JZ)
14 As one reaches into a nest,(KA)
so my hand reached for the wealth(KB) of the nations;
as people gather abandoned eggs,
so I gathered all the countries;(KC)
not one flapped a wing,
or opened its mouth to chirp.(KD)’”
15 Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it,
or the saw boast against the one who uses it?(KE)
As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up,
or a club(KF) brandish the one who is not wood!
16 Therefore, the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
will send a wasting disease(KG) upon his sturdy warriors;(KH)
under his pomp(KI) a fire(KJ) will be kindled
like a blazing flame.
17 The Light of Israel will become a fire,(KK)
their Holy One(KL) a flame;
in a single day it will burn and consume
his thorns(KM) and his briers.(KN)
18 The splendor of his forests(KO) and fertile fields
it will completely destroy,(KP)
as when a sick person wastes away.
19 And the remaining trees of his forests(KQ) will be so few(KR)
that a child could write them down.
The Remnant of Israel
20 In that day(KS) the remnant of Israel,
the survivors(KT) of Jacob,
will no longer rely(KU) on him
who struck them down(KV)
but will truly rely(KW) on the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel.(KX)
21 A remnant(KY) will return,[p](KZ) a remnant of Jacob
will return to the Mighty God.(LA)
22 Though your people be like the sand(LB) by the sea, Israel,
only a remnant will return.(LC)
Destruction has been decreed,(LD)
overwhelming and righteous.
23 The Lord, the Lord Almighty, will carry out
the destruction decreed(LE) upon the whole land.(LF)
24 Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says:
“My people who live in Zion,(LG)
do not be afraid(LH) of the Assyrians,
who beat(LI) you with a rod(LJ)
and lift up a club against you, as Egypt did.
25 Very soon(LK) my anger against you will end
and my wrath(LL) will be directed to their destruction.(LM)”
26 The Lord Almighty will lash(LN) them with a whip,
as when he struck down Midian(LO) at the rock of Oreb;
and he will raise his staff(LP) over the waters,(LQ)
as he did in Egypt.
27 In that day(LR) their burden(LS) will be lifted from your shoulders,
their yoke(LT) from your neck;(LU)
the yoke(LV) will be broken
because you have grown so fat.[q]
28 They enter Aiath;
they pass through Migron;(LW)
they store supplies(LX) at Mikmash.(LY)
29 They go over the pass, and say,
“We will camp overnight at Geba.(LZ)”
Gibeah(MB) of Saul flees.(MC)
30 Cry out, Daughter Gallim!(MD)
31 Madmenah is in flight;
the people of Gebim take cover.
32 This day they will halt at Nob;(MF)
they will shake their fist(MG)
at the mount of Daughter Zion,(MH)
at the hill of Jerusalem.
33 See, the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
will lop off(MI) the boughs with great power.
The lofty trees will be felled,(MJ)
the tall(MK) ones will be brought low.(ML)
34 He will cut down(MM) the forest thickets with an ax;
Lebanon(MN) will fall before the Mighty One.(MO)
The Branch From Jesse
11 A shoot(MP) will come up from the stump(MQ) of Jesse;(MR)
from his roots a Branch(MS) will bear fruit.(MT)
2 The Spirit(MU) of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom(MV) and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,(MW)
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
3 and he will delight in the fear(MX) of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,(MY)
or decide by what he hears with his ears;(MZ)
4 but with righteousness(NA) he will judge the needy,(NB)
with justice(NC) he will give decisions for the poor(ND) of the earth.
He will strike(NE) the earth with the rod of his mouth;(NF)
with the breath(NG) of his lips he will slay the wicked.(NH)
5 Righteousness will be his belt(NI)
and faithfulness(NJ) the sash around his waist.(NK)
6 The wolf will live with the lamb,(NL)
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[r] together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.(NM)
8 The infant(NN) will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s(NO) nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy(NP)
on all my holy mountain,(NQ)
for the earth(NR) will be filled with the knowledge(NS) of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day(NT) the Root of Jesse(NU) will stand as a banner(NV) for the peoples; the nations(NW) will rally to him,(NX) and his resting place(NY) will be glorious.(NZ) 11 In that day(OA) the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant(OB) of his people from Assyria,(OC) from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt,(OD) from Cush,[s](OE) from Elam,(OF) from Babylonia,[t] from Hamath(OG) and from the islands(OH) of the Mediterranean.(OI)
12 He will raise a banner(OJ) for the nations
and gather(OK) the exiles of Israel;(OL)
he will assemble the scattered people(OM) of Judah
from the four quarters of the earth.(ON)
13 Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish,
and Judah’s enemies[u] will be destroyed;
Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.(OO)
14 They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia(OP) to the west;
together they will plunder the people to the east.(OQ)
They will subdue Edom(OR) and Moab,(OS)
and the Ammonites(OT) will be subject to them.(OU)
15 The Lord will dry up(OV)
the gulf of the Egyptian sea;
with a scorching wind(OW) he will sweep his hand(OX)
over the Euphrates River.(OY)
He will break it up into seven streams
so that anyone can cross over in sandals.(OZ)
16 There will be a highway(PA) for the remnant(PB) of his people
that is left from Assyria,(PC)
as there was for Israel
when they came up from Egypt.(PD)
Songs of Praise
12 In that day(PE) you will say:
“I will praise(PF) you, Lord.
Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away(PG)
and you have comforted(PH) me.
2 Surely God is my salvation;(PI)
I will trust(PJ) and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself,(PK) is my strength(PL) and my defense[v];
he has become my salvation.(PM)”
3 With joy you will draw water(PN)
from the wells(PO) of salvation.
4 In that day(PP) you will say:
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;(PQ)
make known among the nations(PR) what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted.(PS)
5 Sing(PT) to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;(PU)
let this be known to all the world.
6 Shout aloud and sing for joy,(PV) people of Zion,
for great(PW) is the Holy One of Israel(PX) among you.(PY)”
- Isaiah 6:10 Hebrew; Septuagint ‘You will be ever hearing, but never understanding; / you will be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ / 10 This people’s heart has become calloused; / they hardly hear with their ears, / and they have closed their eyes
- Isaiah 7:2 Or has set up camp in
- Isaiah 7:3 Shear-Jashub means a remnant will return.
- Isaiah 7:14 The Hebrew is plural.
- Isaiah 7:14 Or young woman
- Isaiah 7:14 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls son, and he or son, and they
- Isaiah 7:14 Immanuel means God with us.
- Isaiah 7:23 That is, about 25 pounds or about 12 kilograms
- Isaiah 8:1 Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz means quick to the plunder, swift to the spoil; also in verse 3.
- Isaiah 8:8 Immanuel means God with us.
- Isaiah 8:9 Or Do your worst
- Isaiah 8:10 Hebrew Immanuel
- Isaiah 9:1 In Hebrew texts 9:1 is numbered 8:23, and 9:2-21 is numbered 9:1-20.
- Isaiah 9:20 Or arm
- Isaiah 10:13 Or treasures; / I subdued the mighty,
- Isaiah 10:21 Hebrew shear-jashub (see 7:3 and note); also in verse 22
- Isaiah 10:27 Hebrew; Septuagint broken / from your shoulders
- Isaiah 11:6 Hebrew; Septuagint lion will feed
- Isaiah 11:11 That is, the upper Nile region
- Isaiah 11:11 Hebrew Shinar
- Isaiah 11:13 Or hostility
- Isaiah 12:2 Or song