8 The Lord told me, “Take a large ·scroll [or tablet] and write on it with ·an ordinary pen [or ordinary letters/script; L the stylus of a man]: ‘Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz [C “quick to the plunder; swift to the spoil”].’ 2 ·I will call [or So I called; or Call…!] some men to be reliable witnesses: Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah.”
3 Then I ·went to [C euphemism for sexual relations] the prophetess, and she became ·pregnant [conceived] and had a son. The Lord told me, “Name the boy Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz [v. 1], 4 because the king of Assyria will ·take away [carry off] the wealth of Damascus and the ·possessions [spoil; plunder] of Samaria before the boy learns to say ‘my father’ or ‘my mother’ [C about age two; the first stage of the destruction, which culminated in 722 bc; see 7:15–16].”
5 Again the Lord spoke to me, saying,
6 “[L Because] These people refuse to accept the ·slow-moving [gently flowing] waters of the pool of Shiloah [C probably the stream flowing from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam (John 9:7); God’s gentle influence is contrasted with the “flood” of the Assyrian invasion; v. 7] and ·are terrified of [or rejoice over] Rezin and the son of Remaliah [C Pekah; 7:1, 4–5]. 7 So ·I, the Lord, [L look/behold, the Lord] will bring against them a powerful flood of water from the ·Euphrates River [L River]— the king of Assyria and all his ·power [glory]. ·The Assyrians will be like water rising [L It will rise] over ·the banks of the river [its channels], flowing over ·the land [its banks]. 8 That water will ·flow [sweep] into Judah and pass through it, rising to ·Judah’s throat [L the neck]. ·This army [L It] will spread its wings like a bird until it covers ·your whole country [the breadth of our land], ·Immanuel [or God is with us].”
9 ·Be broken [or You will be broken], all you nations, and [L you will] be ·smashed to pieces [shattered]. Listen, all you faraway ·countries [lands]. ·Prepare for battle [T Gird yourselves] and [you will] be ·smashed to pieces [shattered]! ·Prepare for battle [T Gird yourselves] and [you will] be ·smashed to pieces [shattered]! 10 ·Make your plans for the fight [Devise your strategy], but ·they will be defeated [it will be thwarted]. ·Give orders to your armies [L Speak a command/word], but ·they will be useless [L it will not stand], because ·God is with us [L Immanuel].
Warnings to Isaiah
11 [L For] The Lord spoke to me with his ·great power [L strong hand] and warned me not to ·follow the lead [L walk in the way] of ·the rest of the [L this] people. He said, 12 “·People are saying that others make plans against them, but you should not believe them [L Don’t call ‘conspiracy’ everything this people calls ‘conspiracy’]. Don’t be afraid of what they fear; do not dread those things. 13 But remember that the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] is holy. He is ·the one you should [L your] fear; he is ·the one you should [L your] dread. 14 Then he will be a ·place of safety for you [sanctuary; holy place; or snare]. ·But [or And] for the two ·families [houses] of Israel [C Israel and Judah], he will be like a stone that causes people to stumble, like a rock that makes them fall [Rom. 9:33; 1 Pet. 2:6–8]. He will be like a trap for the ·people [inhabitants] of Jerusalem, and he will catch them in his ·trap [snare]. 15 Many people will ·fall over this rock [L stumble over them]. They will fall and be broken; they will be ·trapped [snared] and caught.”
16 ·Make an agreement [or Preserve this prophecy; L Bind up this testimony]. Seal up the teaching ·while my followers are watching [or and entrust it to my followers/disciples; L among my followers/disciples]. 17 I will ·wait for [patiently trust] the Lord[C for his help], the Lord who is ·ashamed of [L hiding his face from] the ·family of Israel [L house of Jacob]. I will ·wait for [hope in; trust in] him.
18 ·I am here, and with me are [L Look/T Behold, I and] the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and ·proofs [symbols; warnings; omens] for the people of Israel from the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], who ·lives [dwells] on Mount Zion.
19 Some people say, “Ask the mediums and ·fortune-tellers [necromancers; spiritists], who ·whisper [or chirp] and mutter [C using incantations to call up spirits; 1 Sam. 28:8–11], what to do.” ·But I tell you that people should ask their God for help. Why should people who are still alive ask something from the dead? [or “Should not a nation consult their gods, asking the dead on behalf of the living?”; C in this interpretation the quotation continues to the end of the verse]. 20 ·You should follow the teachings and the agreement with the Lord[L (Look) to the law/instruction and to the testimony]. ·The mediums and fortune-tellers do not [L Those who do not; or If they do not] speak ·the word of the Lord[L according to this word], ·so their words are worth nothing [or they are spiritually blinded; L they have no dawn].
21 ·People will wander through the land [L They will pass through] ·troubled [or destitute] and hungry. When they become hungry, they will become angry and will look up and curse their king and their God. 22 They will look around them at their land and see only ·trouble [distress], darkness, and awful gloom. And they will be forced into the darkness.
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