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Isaiah’s Son is Born

The Lord also told me, “Take a large tablet and write on it with a stylus[a] pen, ‘For Maher-shalal-hash-baz’.[b] Then I will call[c] Uriah the priest and Jeberechiah’s son Zechariah as reliable witnesses to testify on my behalf.”

After this, I was intimate with the prophetess and she conceived. Later, she bore a son, and then the Lord told me,[d] “Call him[e] ‘Maher-shalal-hash-baz,’ for before the young lad knows how to call out to his father or mother,[f] the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.”

Invasion by Assyria

The Lord spoke to me again: “Because this people have rejected the gently-flowing waters of Shiloah, and because[g] they keep rejoicing in Rezin and Remaliah’s son, watch out! The Lord God[h] is about to bring the flood waters of the Euphrates[i] River against them, mighty and strong.[j]

“It’s the king of Assyria and all of his arrogance! He will rise over all of the river’s channels and run over all of its banks. He will sweep on into Judah, overflowing as he passes through, like flood waters[k] reaching up to a person’s neck. His outstretched wings will flow as wide as your land, O Immanuel!”

“Band together,[l] you peoples,
    but be shattered!
        Listen, all you distant countries!
Strap on your armor,
        but be shattered.[m]
10 Take counsel together,
    but it will all be for nothing;
go ahead and talk,
    but[n] it will all be for nothing,[o]
        for God is with us.”[p]

Waiting on God

11 For[q] this is what the Lord spoke to me, as his forceful hand was resting on me, and as he was warning me not to live the way this people were living:[r]

12 “Don’t call conspiracy everything
    that this people calls conspiracy,
and don’t fear what they fear,
    or live in terror.
13 The Lord of the Heavenly Armies—
    he’s the one you are to regard as holy.
Let him be the one whom you fear,
    and let him be the one before whom you stand in terror!
14 Then he will be a sanctuary,
    but for both houses of Israel
he’ll also be a stone with which someone strikes himself,
    a rock one stumbles over,
        a trap and a snare to those who live in Jerusalem.
15 Many will stumble on them;
    They’ll fall and be broken;
        They’ll be snared and captured.

16 “Bind up the testimony,
    and seal up the teaching among my disciples.
17 I’ll wait for the Lord,
    who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob,
        and I’ll put my trust in him.
18 Watch out! I and the children
    whom the Lord has given me
are a sign and a wonder[s] 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—[t]
    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[u] hasn’t dawned on them.

21 “They’ll pass through the land,[v]
    while[w] greatly distressed and hungry.
When they are hungry,
    they’ll become enraged,
and they’ll curse their king and their god.[x]
    They’ll turn their faces upwards,
22 or they’ll look toward the[y] earth,
    but they’ll see only distress and darkness,
the gloom that comes from anguish,
    and then they’ll be thrown into total darkness.”


  1. Isaiah 8:1 Or with an ordinary
  2. Isaiah 8:1 The Heb. name Maher-shalal-hash-baz means Hurry to the plunder, quick to the loot
  3. Isaiah 8:2 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads call in
  4. Isaiah 8:3 So 1QIsaa MT LXX; 4QIsae lacks me
  5. Isaiah 8:3 Lit. Call his name
  6. Isaiah 8:4 So 1QIsaa; MT reads out ‘My father!’ or ‘My mother!’; LXX reads ‘Father!’ or ‘Mother!’
  7. Isaiah 8:6 1QIsaa MT lack because
  8. Isaiah 8:7 So 1QIsaa; MT reads the Lord
  9. Isaiah 8:7 1QIsaa MT lack Euphrates
  10. Isaiah 8:7 So 4QIsaf MT LXX; 1QIsaa lacks mighty and strong
  11. Isaiah 8:8 DSS MT lack like flood waters
  12. Isaiah 8:9 So 1QIsaa MT; 4QIsae 4QIsaf LXX read Learn this; or Know this
  13. Isaiah 8:9 So 1QIsaa; MT adds a second strap on your armor but be shattered; cf. LXX
  14. Isaiah 8:10 So 1QIsaa MT; 4QIsae LXX lack but
  15. Isaiah 8:10 Lit. it won’t stand
  16. Isaiah 8:10 I.e. a word play on the name Immanuel; cf. 7:14, 8:8
  17. Isaiah 8:11 So 1QIsaa 4QIsae MT; 4QIsaf LXX Syr lack For
  18. Isaiah 8:11 Lit. not to walk in the way of this people
  19. Isaiah 8:18 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read are signs and wonders
  20. Isaiah 8:19 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads gods
  21. Isaiah 8:20 1QIsaa MT lack the truth
  22. Isaiah 8:21 Lit. through it
  23. Isaiah 8:21 So 1QIsaa; the Heb. lacks while
  24. Isaiah 8:21 So 1QIsaa; MT reads gods; LXX reads idols
  25. Isaiah 8:22 So 1QIsaa LXX; the Heb. lacks the