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The Coming Assyrian Invasion

1Yahweh said to me, “Take a large tablet and write on it with a stylus of a man, ‘For Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz,’a
  2and call reliable witnessesb to testify; Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”
 

3And I went into the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then Yahweh said to me, “Call his name ‘Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.’
  4For before the child knows how to say, ‘My father,’ and, ‘My mother,’ the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away by the king of Assyria.”
 

5Yahweh spoke to me again, saying,
  6“Because this people have refused the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son,
  7so now, behold, the Lord will bring upon them the mighty flood waters of the River: the king of Assyria and all his glory. It will come up over all its channels and go over all its banks.
  8It will sweep onward into Judah. It will overflow and pass through; it will reach even to the neck, and the stretching out of its wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.
  9Make an uproar, you peoples, and be broken in pieces! Listen, all you from far countries: dress for battle and be shattered! Dress for battle and be shattered!
  10Take counsel together, and it will be brought to nothing; speak the word and it will not stand, because God is with us.”c
 

Yahweh of Armies, the Only Refuge

11For Yahweh spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
  12“Do not say, ‘A conspiracy!’ concerning everything about which these people say, ‘A conspiracy!’ And do not fear what they fear, nor be terrorized.
  13It is Yahweh of Armies alone who you all must regard as holy. He is the one you must fear. He is the one you must dread.
  14And he can be a refuge or he can be a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, and a trap and a snare for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
  15Many will stumble over it, fall, be broken, be snared and be captured.”
  16Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
  17I will wait for Yahweh, who hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
 

18Behold, I and the children whom Yahweh has given med are for signs and for wonders in Israel from Yahweh of Armies who dwells on Mount Zion.
  19When they tell you, “Consult the spirits of the dead and the spiritists who chirp and mutter,” should not a people consult with their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?
  20Turn to the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light of dawn in them.
 

21And they will pass through it, very distressed and hungry, and when they are hungry they will become enraged and curse their king and their God, and they will turn their faces upward.
  22And they look to the earth and see distress, darkness, and the gloom of anguish. They will be driven into thick darkness.
 


a[1]
Likely meaning “Haste to the spoil; hurry to the prey”
b[2]
MT is “I will call” but other ancient texts are call
c[10]
The Hebrew is “Immanuel”
d[18]
Quoted in Hebrews 2:13

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