Isaiah 8-10New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Damascus and Samaria Fall
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
A Believing Remnant
9 “Be broken, O peoples, and be [h]shattered;
11 For thus the Lord spoke to me [m]with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
12 “You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’
16 Bind up the testimony, seal the [o]law among my disciples. 17 And I will wait for the Lord who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him. 18 Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.
19 When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the [p]law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. 21 They will pass through [q]the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse [r]their king and their God as they face upward. 22 Then they will look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be driven away into darkness.
Birth and Reign of the Prince of Peace
9 [s]But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the [t]Gentiles.
2 [u]The people who walk in darkness
God’s Anger with Israel’s Arrogance
8 The Lord sends a [ab]message against Jacob,
13 Yet the people do not turn back to Him who struck them,
18 For wickedness burns like a fire;
Assyria Is God’s Instrument
10 Woe to those who enact evil statutes
5 Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger
12 So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, “I will [at]punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the pomp of [au]his haughtiness.” 13 For he has said,
“By the power of my hand and by my wisdom I did this,
15 Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it?
A Remnant Will Return
20 Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.
21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
23 For a complete destruction, one that is decreed, the Lord [ay]God of hosts will execute in the midst of the whole land.
24 Therefore thus says the Lord [az]God of hosts, “O My people who dwell in Zion, do not fear the Assyrian [ba]who strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did. 25 For in a very little while My indignation against you will be spent and My anger will be directed to their destruction.” 26 The Lord of hosts will arouse a scourge against him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; and His staff will be over the sea and He will lift it up the way He did in Egypt. 27 So it will be in that day, that [bb]his burden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be broken because of fatness.
28 He has come against Aiath,
33 Behold, the Lord, the [be]God of hosts, will lop off the boughs with a terrible crash;
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