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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,’
  2and I will take for myself faithful witnesses to testify; Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”

3I went to 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 yet again, saying,

 6 “Because this people have refused

 the waters of Shiloah that go softly,

 and rejoice in Rezin

 and Remaliah’s son,


 7 now therefore, behold, the Lord brings 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.


 8 It 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, Immanuel.


Make 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!


 10 Take counsel together, and it will be brought to nothing;

 speak the word and it will not stand,

 for God is with us.”

  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.


 13 Yahweh of Armies is who you must respect as holy.

 He is the one you must fear.

 He is the one you must dread.


 14 And he can be a sanctuary,

 or can be a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel,

 and for a trap

 and a snare for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.


 15 Many will stumble over it,

 fall, be broken,

 be snared and be captured.”


Tie up the testimony.

 Seal the law among my disciples.


 17 I 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 me 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 it will happen that when they are hungry, they will worry, and curse by their king and by their God. They will turn their faces upward
  22and look to the earth and see distress, darkness, and the gloom of anguish. They will be driven into thick darkness.

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