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18 Watch out! I and the children
    whom the Lord has given me
are a sign and a wonder[a] in Israel
    from the Lord of the Heavenly Armies,
        who resides on Mount Zion.”

Rejecting Occultic Wisdom

19 “So when they advise you,

‘Ask the mediums your questions,
    and quiz the spiritists who chirp and mutter,’
shouldn’t a people instead be consulting their God—[b]
    and not the dead—
on behalf of those who are living
20 for instruction and for testimony?
    Surely they are speaking like this
        because the truth[c] hasn’t dawned on them.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 8:18 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read are signs and wonders
  2. Isaiah 8:19 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads gods
  3. Isaiah 8:20 1QIsaa MT lack the truth

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