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‘But this is what the Lord God has to say:

“‘It won’t take place.
    It won’t ever happen.
Because Aram’s head is Damascus,
    and Rezin is its king,[a]
within sixty-five years
    Ephraim will be shattered as a people.
Furthermore, Ephraim’s head is Samaria,
    and Remaliah’s son is its king.[b]
If all of you don’t keep on believing,
    you’ll never remain loyal.’”[c]

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  1. Isaiah 7:8 Lit. is head of Damascus
  2. Isaiah 7:9 Lit. is head of Samaria
  3. Isaiah 7:9 Or never keep on enduring

Yet this is what the Sovereign Lord says:(A)

“‘It will not take place,
    it will not happen,(B)
for the head of Aram is Damascus,(C)
    and the head of Damascus is only Rezin.(D)
Within sixty-five years
    Ephraim will be too shattered(E) to be a people.
The head of Ephraim is Samaria,(F)
    and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son.
If you do not stand(G) firm in your faith,(H)
    you will not stand at all.’”(I)

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