8 Then the Lord said to me, “Take for yourself a large tablet and write on it [a]in ordinary letters: [b]Swift is the booty, speedy is the prey.2 And [c]I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”3 So I approached the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. Then the Lord said to me, “Name him [d]Maher-shalal-hash-baz;4 for before the boy knows how to cry out ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.”
5 Again the Lord spoke to me further, saying,
6 “Inasmuch as these people have rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloah And rejoice in Rezin and the son of Remaliah; 7 “Now therefore, behold, the Lord is about to bring on them the strong and abundant waters of the [e]Euphrates, Even the king of Assyria and all his glory; And it will rise up over all its channels and go over all its banks. 8 “Then it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass through, It will reach even to the neck; And the spread of its wings will [f]fill the breadth of [g]your land, O Immanuel.
A Believing Remnant
9 “Be broken, O peoples, and be [h]shattered; And give ear, all remote places of the earth. Gird yourselves, yet be [i]shattered; Gird yourselves, yet be [j]shattered. 10 “Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a [k]proposal, but it will not stand, For [l]God is with us.”
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