Fear God, Wait for the Lord
For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and n warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying:
"Do not call o conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and p do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread.
But the Lord of hosts, q him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
And he will become a r sanctuary and s a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And many t shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken."
Bind up u the testimony; v seal the teaching among my disciples.
I will w wait for the Lord, who is x hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.
y Behold, I and z the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.
And when they say to you, "Inquire of the a mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter," should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of b the dead on behalf of the living?
c To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no d dawn.
They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward.
e And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into f thick darkness.
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"But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you."
When the house of David was told, "Syria is in league with Ephraim," the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.
1 Peter 3:14 - 15
But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled.
And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.
Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord God : Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.
As it is written, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.
1 Peter 2:8
And "A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense." They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
Therefore thus says the Lord God, "Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: 'Whoever believes will not be in haste.
And the word of the Lord will be to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little, that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.
Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.
Isaiah 8:1 - 2
Then the Lord said to me, "Take a large tablet and write on it in common characters, 'Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.
Wait for the Lord ; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Our soul waits for the Lord ; he is our help and our shield.
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end - it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you," says the Lord, your Redeemer.
Then my anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide my face from them, and they will be devoured. And many evils and troubles will come upon them, so that they will say in that day, 'Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?
And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again, "Behold, I and the children God has given me.
And the Lord said to Isaiah, "Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer's Field.
And the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out, and I will confound their counsel; and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers, and the mediums and the necromancers.
2 Kings 21:6
And he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger.
2 Kings 23:24
Moreover, Josiah put away the mediums and the necromancers and the household gods and the idols and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might establish the words of the law that were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord.
2 Chronicles 33:6
And he burned his sons as an offering in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and used fortune-telling and omens and sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger.
Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.
Then they yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor, and ate sacrifices offered to the dead.
1 Samuel 28:11 - 14
Then the woman said, "Whom shall I bring up for you?" He said, "Bring up Samuel for me.
But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
They will growl over it on that day, like the growling of the sea. And if one looks to the land, behold, darkness and distress; and the light is darkened by its clouds.
But with an overflowing flood he will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.