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Isaiah 7 - 11

Isaiah Sent to King Ahaz

Now it happened in the days of Ahaz, the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Aram and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not conquer it.
2 When it was told to the house of David, saying, “The Arameans have camped in Ephraim,” his heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind. 3 Then Yahweh said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, to the highway of the fuller’s field, 4 and say to him, ‘Take care and stay quiet, have no fear and do not be fainthearted because of these two stubs of smoldering firebrands, on account of the burning anger of Rezin and Aram and the son of Remaliah. 5 Because Aram, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has counseled evil against you, saying, 6 “Let us go up against Judah and terrorize it, and make for ourselves a breach in its walls and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,” 7 thus says Lord Yahweh: “It shall not stand, nor shall it happen. 8 For the head of Aram is Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin (now within another sixty-five years Ephraim will be shattered, so that it is no longer a people), 9 and the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you do not establish your faith in Yahweh, you surely shall not be established.”’”

The Sign of Immanuel

10 Then Yahweh spoke again to Ahaz, saying,
11 “Ask a sign for yourself from Yahweh your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not test Yahweh!” 13 Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well? 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. 15 He will eat curds and honey in order that He will know to refuse evil and choose good. 16 For before the boy will know to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken. 17 Yahweh will bring on you, on your people, and on your father’s house days which have never come since the day that Ephraim separated from Judah—the king of Assyria!”

Trials to Come for Judah

18 And it will be in that day, that Yahweh will whistle for the fly that is in the remotest part of the rivers of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
19 And they will all come and rest upon the steep ravines, on the crevices of the cliffs, on all the thorn bushes, and on all the watering places. 20 In that day, the Lord will shave with a razor—one hired from regions beyond the River (that is, the king of Assyria)—the head and the hair of the legs; and it will also remove the beard. 21 And it will be in that day, that a man may keep alive a heifer and a pair of sheep; 22 and because of the abundance of the milk produced, he will eat curds, for everyone that is left within the land will eat curds and honey. 23 And it will be in that day, that every place where there used to be one thousand vines, valued at one thousand shekels of silver, will become briars and thorns. 24 People will come there with bows and arrows because all the land will be briars and thorns. 25 As for all the hills which used to be cultivated with the hoe, you will not go there for fear of briars and thorns; but they will become a place for pasturing oxen and for sheep to trample.

The Coming Assyrian Invasion

Then Yahweh said to me, “Take for yourself a large tablet and write on it in ordinary letters: Concerning Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
2 And I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.” 3 Then I drew near to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then Yahweh said to me, “Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz, 4 for before the boy knows how to cry out ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.” 5 Again Yahweh spoke to me further, saying, 6
“Inasmuch as these people have rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloah
And rejoice in Rezin and the son of Remaliah;
Now therefore, behold, the Lord is about to bring on them the mighty and abundant waters of the River—
The king of Assyria and all his glory;
And it will rise up over all its channels and go over all its banks.
Then it will sweep on into Judah; it will overflow and pass through;
It will reach even to the neck;
And the spread of its wings will fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel.

Yahweh, a Sanctuary and a Stumbling Stone

“Be broken, O peoples, and be shattered;
And give ear, all remote places of the earth.
Gird yourselves, yet be shattered;
Gird yourselves, yet be shattered.
Devise counsel, but it will be thwarted;
Speak a word, but it will not stand,
For God is with us.”
11 For thus Yahweh spoke to me with a strong hand and disciplined me not to walk in the way of this people, saying, 12
“You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’
In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy;
And you are not to fear what they fear, and you shall not tremble.
It is Yahweh of hosts whom you should regard as holy.
And He shall be your fear,
And He shall be your cause of trembling.
Then He shall become a sanctuary;
But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over,
And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And many will stumble over them;
Then they will fall and be broken;
They will even be snared and caught.”
16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. 17 And I will wait for Yahweh who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; and I will hope for Him. 18 Behold, I and the children whom Yahweh has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from Yahweh of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

Darkness to Light Through the Prince of Peace

19 Now when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?
20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. 21 And they will pass through the land hard-pressed and hungry, and it will be that when they are hungry, they will be angry and curse their king and their God as they face upward. 22 Then they will look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be banished into thick darkness.

But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in the land of the shadow of death,
The light will shine on them.
You shall multiply the nation,
You shall make great their gladness;
They will be glad in Your presence
As with the gladness of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For You shall shatter the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders,
The rod of their taskmaster, as at the battle of Midian.
For every boot of the booted warrior in the rumbling of battle,
And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of Yahweh of hosts will accomplish this.

Yahweh’s Anger with Israel’s Arrogance

The Lord sends a message against Jacob,
And it falls on Israel.
And all the people know it,
That is, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,
Saying in lofty pride and in arrogance of heart:
“The bricks have fallen down,
But we will rebuild with cut stones;
The sycamores have been cut in pieces,
But we will replace them with cedars.”
Therefore Yahweh exalts against them adversaries from Rezin
And incites their enemies,
The Arameans on the east and the Philistines on the west;
And they devour Israel with gaping jaws.
In spite of all this, His anger does not turn back,
And His hand is still stretched out.

Yet the people do not turn back to Him who struck them,
Nor do they seek Yahweh of hosts.
So Yahweh cuts off head and tail from Israel,
Both palm branch and bulrush in a single day.
The head is the elder and the highly respected man,
And the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail.
For those who guide this people are leading them astray;
And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion.
Therefore the Lord is not glad in their choice men,
Nor does He have compassion on their orphans or their widows;
For every one of them is godless and an evildoer,
And every mouth is speaking wicked foolishness.
In spite of all this, His anger does not turn back,
And His hand is still stretched out.

For wickedness burns like a fire;
It consumes briars and thorns;
It even sets the thickets of the forest aflame,
And they roll upward in a column of smoke.
By the fury of Yahweh of hosts the land is burned up,
And the people are like fuel for the fire;
No man spares his brother.
They slice off what is on the right hand but still are hungry,
And they eat what is on the left hand but they are not satisfied;
Each of them eats the flesh of his own arm.
Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh,
And together they are against Judah.
In spite of all this, His anger does not turn back,
And His hand is still stretched out.

Woe to those who enact evil statutes
And to those who constantly record mischief,
So as to turn the poor away from their cause
And rob the afflicted of My people of their justice,
So that widows may be their spoil
And that they may plunder the orphans.
Now what will you do in the day of visitation,
And in the devastation which will come from afar?
To whom will you flee for help?
And where will you leave your glory?
Nothing remains but to crouch among the captives
Or fall among those killed.
In spite of all this, His anger does not turn back
And His hand is still stretched out.

Yahweh’s Anger with Assyria’s Arrogance

Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger
And the staff in whose hands is My indignation,
I send it against a godless nation
And command it against the people of My fury
To capture spoil and to seize plunder,
And to trample them down like mud in the streets.
But it does not intend to act in this way,
And it does not think in its heart in this way,
Rather, what is in its heart is to destroy
And to cut off many nations.
For it says, “Are not my princes all kings?
Is not Calno like Carchemish,
Or Hamath like Arpad,
Or Samaria like Damascus?
As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols,
Whose graven images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
Shall I not do to Jerusalem and her images
Just as I have done to Samaria and her idols?”
12 So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the pomp of his eyes which are raised high.” 13 For he has said,
“By the power of my hand and by my wisdom I did this,
For I have understanding;
And I removed the boundaries of the peoples
And plundered their treasures,
And like a mighty man I brought down their inhabitants,
And my hand reached for the wealth of the peoples like a nest,
And as one gathers abandoned eggs, I gathered all the earth;
And there was not one that flapped its wing or opened its beak or chirped.”

Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it?
Is the saw to magnify itself over the one who wields it?
That would be like a rod wielding those who lift it,
Or like a staff lifting him who is not wood.
Therefore the Lord, Yahweh of hosts, will send a wasting disease among his stout warriors;
And under his glory a fire will be kindled like a burning flame.
And the light of Israel will become a fire and his Holy One a flame,
And it will burn and devour his thorns and his briars in a single day.
And He will bring to an end the glory of his forest and of his fruitful orchard, both soul and body,
And it will be as when a sick man wastes away.
And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number
That a child could write them down.

A Remnant Will Return

20 Now it will be in that day, that the remnant of Israel and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel.
A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea,
Only a remnant within them will return;
A destructive end is decreed, overflowing with righteousness.
23 For a complete destruction, one that is decreed, Lord Yahweh of hosts will do in the midst of the whole land. 24 Therefore thus says Lord Yahweh of hosts, “O My people who inhabit Zion, do not fear the Assyrian who strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did. 25 For in a very little while My indignation against you will end and My anger will be directed to their destruction.” 26 And Yahweh of hosts will waken a scourge against him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; and His staff will be over the sea and He will lift it up the way He did in Egypt. 27 So it will be in that day, that his burden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be broken because of fatness. 28
He has come against Aiath,
He has passed through Migron;
At Michmash he deposited his baggage.
They have gone through the pass, saying,
“Geba will be our lodging place.”
Ramah trembles, and Gibeah of Saul has fled away.
Cry aloud with your voice, O daughter of Gallim!
Pay attention, Laishah and afflicted Anathoth!
Madmenah has fled.
The inhabitants of Gebim have sought refuge.
Yet today he will stand at Nob;
He shakes his fist at the mountain of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.

Behold, the Lord, Yahweh of hosts, will lop off the boughs with a terrible crash;
Those also who are high in stature will be cut in pieces
And those who are lofty will be made low.
He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe,
And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.

The Judgments of the Branch

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
The Spirit of Yahweh will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and might,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of Yahweh.
And He will delight in the fear of Yahweh,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor render a decision by what His ears hear;
But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
And decide with uprightness for the afflicted of the earth;
And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He will put the wicked to death.
Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins,
And faithfulness the belt about His waist.

And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a young boy will lead them.
Also the cow and the bear will graze,
Their young will lie down together,
And the lion will eat straw like the ox.
And the nursing baby will play by the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
They will do no evil nor act corruptly in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of Yahweh
As the waters cover the sea.

A Remnant Remains

Then it will be in that day,
That the nations will seek the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a standard for the peoples;
And His resting place will be glorious.

Then it will be in that day, that the Lord
Will again acquire the second time with His hand
The remnant of His people, who will remain,
From Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Ethiopia, Elam, Shinar, Hamath,
And from the coastlands of the sea.
And He will lift up a standard for the nations
And assemble the banished ones of Israel,
And will gather the scattered of Judah
From the four corners of the earth.
Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart,
And those who assail Judah will be cut off;
Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
And Judah will not assail Ephraim.
And they will swoop down on the slopes of the Philistines on the west;
Together they will plunder the sons of the east;
They will stretch out their hands over Edom and Moab,
And the sons of Ammon will obey them.
And Yahweh will devote to destruction
The tongue of the Sea of Egypt;
And He will wave His hand over the River
With His scorching wind;
And He will strike it into seven streams
And make men walk over dry‑shod.
And there will be a highway from Assyria
For the remnant of His people who will remain,
Just as there was for Israel
In the day that they came up out of the land of Egypt.