Isaiah 8

The Coming Assyrian Invasion

1 Moreover the LORD said to me, "Take a large scroll, and a write on it with a man's pen concerning 1 MaherShal'al-Hash-Baz. 2 2 "And I will take for Myself faithful witnesses to record, b Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah."

3 Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the LORD said to me, "Call his name MaherShal'al-Hash-Baz; 4 c "for before the child 3 shall have knowledge to cry 'My father' and 'My mother,' d the riches of Damascus and the 4 spoil of Samaria will be taken away before the king of Assyria."

5 The LORD also spoke to me again, saying: 6 "Inasmuch as these people refused
The waters of e Shiloah that flow softly,
And rejoice f in Rezin and in Remaliah's son;
7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them
The waters of 5 the River, 6 strong and mighty -
The king of Assyria and all his glory;
He will 7 go up over all his channels
And go over all his banks.
8 He will pass through Judah,
He will overflow and pass over,
g He will reach up to the neck;
And the stretching out of his wings
Will 8 fill the breadth of Your land, O h Immanuel. 9 10

9 "Be i shattered, O you peoples, and be broken in pieces!
Give ear, all you from far countries.
Gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces;
Gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces.
10 j Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing;
Speak the word, k but it will not stand,
l For 11 God is with us."

Fear God, Wait for the Lord

11 For the LORD spoke thus to me with 12 a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying: 12 "Do not say, 'A conspiracy,'
Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy,
Nor be afraid of their 13 threats, nor be 14 troubled.
13 The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow;
Let Him be your fear,
And let Him be your dread.
14 m He will be as a 15 sanctuary,
But n a stone of stumbling and a rock of 16 offense
To both the houses of Israel,
As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall o stumble;
They shall fall and be broken,
Be snared and 17 taken."

16 Bind up the testimony,
Seal the law among my disciples.
17 And I will wait on the LORD,
Who p hides His face from the house of Jacob;
And I q will hope in Him.
18 r Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me!
We s are for signs and wonders in Israel
From the LORD of hosts,
Who dwells in Mount Zion.
19 And when they say to you, t "Seek those who are mediums and wizards, u who whisper and mutter," should not a people seek their God? Should they v seek the dead on behalf of the living? 20 w To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because x there 18 is no light in them. 21 They will pass through it hard-pressed and hungry; and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and y curse 19 their king and their God, and look upward. 22 Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 30:8
    Now go, write it before them on a tablet, And note it on a scroll, That it may be for time to come, Forever and ever:
    Habakkuk 2:2
    Then the LORD answered me and said: "Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.
  2. Cross References
    2 Kings 16:10
    Now King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet TiglathPile'ser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus; and King Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the design of the altar and its pattern, according to all its workmanship.
  3. Cross References
    2 Kings 17:6
    In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria and carried Israel away to Assyria, and placed them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
    Isaiah 7:16
    For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings.
  4. Cross References
    2 Kings 15:29
    In the days of Pekah king of Israel, TiglathPile'ser king of Assyria came and took Ijon, Abel Beth Maachah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali; and he carried them captive to Assyria.
  5. Cross References
    John 9:7
    And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 7:1
    Now it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but could not prevail against it.
    Isaiah 7:2
    And it was told to the house of David, saying, "Syria's forces are deployed in Ephraim." So his heart and the heart of his people were moved as the trees of the woods are moved with the wind.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 30:28
    His breath is like an overflowing stream, Which reaches up to the neck, To sift the nations with the sieve of futility; And there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, Causing them to err.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 7:14
    Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
    Matthew 1:23
    "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
  9. Cross References
    Joel 3:9
    Proclaim this among the nations: "Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 7:7
    Thus says the Lord GOD: "It shall not stand, Nor shall it come to pass.
    Acts 5:38
    And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 7:14
    Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
  12. Cross References
    Romans 8:31
    What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 4:6
    And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
    Isaiah 25:4
    For You have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, A shade from the heat; For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
    Ezekiel 11:16
    "Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone."'
  14. Cross References
    Luke 2:34
    Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against
    Luke 20:17
    Then He looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone' ?
    Romans 9:33
    As it is written: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.
    1 Peter 2:8
    And "A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense." They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
  15. Cross References
    Matthew 21:44
    "And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."
  16. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 31:17
    "Then My anger shall be aroused against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day, 'Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?'
    Isaiah 54:8
    With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you," Says the LORD, your Redeemer.
  17. Cross References
    Habakkuk 2:3
    For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
  18. Cross References
    Hebrews 2:13
    And again: "I will put My trust in Him." And again: "Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 71:7
    I have become as a wonder to many, But You are my strong refuge.
  20. Cross References
    1 Samuel 28:8
    So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes, and he went, and two men with him; and they came to the woman by night. And he said, "Please conduct a seance for me, and bring up for me the one I shall name to you.
  21. Cross References
    Isaiah 29:4
    You shall be brought down, You shall speak out of the ground; Your speech shall be low, out of the dust; Your voice shall be like a medium's, out of the ground; And your speech shall whisper out of the dust.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 106:28
    They joined themselves also to Baal of Peor, And ate sacrifices made to the dead.
  23. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:10
    Hear the word of the LORD, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah:
    Isaiah 8:16
    Bind up the testimony, Seal the law among my disciples.
    Luke 16:29
    "Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'
  24. Cross References
    Isaiah 8:22
    Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness.
    Micah 3:6
    Therefore you shall have night without vision, And you shall have darkness without divination; The sun shall go down on the prophets, And the day shall be dark for them.
  25. Cross References
    Revelation 16:11
    They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.
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