Assyrian Invasion Prophesied
1 Then the LORD said to me, “Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary a stylus:Maher-shalal-hash-baz. b 2 And I will appoint for Myself trustworthy witnesses—Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah.”
3 And I had relations with the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. The LORD said to me, “Name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 4 For before the boy knows how to cry ‘Father’ or ‘Mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.”
5 And the LORD spoke to me further:
6 “Because this people has rejected
the gently flowing waters of Shiloah
and rejoiced in Rezin
and the son of Remaliah,
7 the Lord will surely bring against them
the mighty floodwaters of the Euphrates c—
the king of Assyria and all his pomp.
It will overflow its channels
8 It will pour into Judah,
swirling and sweeping over it,
reaching up to the neck;
its spreading streams will cover
your entire land, O Immanuel! d
pay attention, all you distant lands;
prepare for battle, and be shattered;
10 Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted;
state a proposal, but it will not happen.
For God is with us. f”
A Call to Fear God
11 For this is what the LORD has spoken to me with a strong hand, instructing me not to walk in the way of this people:
12 “Do not call conspiracy
everything these people regard as conspiracy.
Do not fear what they fear; g
do not live in dread. h
13 The LORD of Hosts is the One
you shall regard as holy.
Only He should be feared;
14 And He will be a sanctuary—
but to both houses of Israel
a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, i
to the dwellers of Jerusalem
a trap and a snare.
15 Many will stumble over these;
they will fall and be broken;
they will be ensnared and captured.”
16 Bind up the testimony
17 I will wait for the LORD,
who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob.
I will put my trust in Him. j
Darkness and Light
19 When men tell you to consult the spirits of the dead and the spiritists who whisper and mutter, shouldn’t a people consult their God instead? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.
21 They will roam the land, dejected and hungry. When they are famished, they will become enraged; and looking upward, they will curse their king and their God. 22 Then they will look to the earth and see only distress and darkness and the gloom of anguish. And they will be driven into utter darkness.
1 a Hebrew with a man’s
1 b Maher-shalal-hash-baz means The spoil speeds, the prey hastens or Swift to plunder, quick to carry away ; also in verse 3.
7 c Hebrew the River
8 d Immanuel means God with us .
9 e Or Raise the war cry or Be evil or Be broken
10 f Hebrew Immanuel ; see Matthew 1:23.
12 g Or Do not fear their threats
12 h LXX do not be shaken ; cited in 1 Peter 3:14
14 i Cited in Romans 9:33 and 1 Peter 2:8
17 j Or I will eagerly look for Him ; cited in Hebrews 2:13
18 k Cited in Hebrews 2:13