Isaiah 5:18–9:12

18  Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity,

And msin as it were with a cart rope:

19  nThat say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work,

That we may see it:

And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come,

That we may know it!

20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;

oThat put darkness for light, and light for darkness;

That put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21  Woe unto them that are pwise in their own eyes,

And prudent in their own sight!

22  qWoe unto them that are rmighty to drink wine,

And men of strength to mingle strong drink:

23  sWhich justify the wicked for treward,

And take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

24  Therefore aas the fire devoureth bthe stubble,

And cthe flame consumeth bthe chaff,

So dtheir root shall be as erottenness,

And their blossom shall go up as dust:

Because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts,

And fdespised the word of ffthe Holy One of Israel.

25  gTherefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people,

And he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them:

And hthe hills did tremble, and their carcases were ||torn in the midst of the streets.

iFor all this his anger is not turned away,

But his hand is stretched out still.

26  kAnd he will lift up an ensign to the nations lnfrom far,

And mwill hiss unto them nfrom the end of the earth:

And, behold, they shall come nnwith speed swiftly:

27  oNone shall be weary nor pstumble among them;

None shall qslumber nor sleep;

Neither rshall the girdle of their loins be loosed,

Nor sthe latchet of their shoes be broken:

28  tWhose arrows are sharp, and all utheir bows bent,

Their horses’ hoofs shall be counted like flint,

And their wheels vlike a whirlwind:

29  Their roaring shall be wlike xa lion,

They shall roar like xyoung lions:

Yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey,

And shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.

30  And yin that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea:

And zif one look unto the land, zbehold darkness and ||sorrow,

||And the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.

6 aIn the year that king bUzziah died cI saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and ||his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had dsix wings; ewith twain he covered his face, and fwith twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said,

gHoly, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts:

hiThe whole earth is full of his glory.

And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and kthe house was filled with smoke. lThen said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen mthe King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off nthe altar: And he olaid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and pthy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for qus? rThen said I, sHere am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people,

tHear ye ||indeed, but understand not;

And see ye indeed, but perceive not.

10  uMake the heart of this people fat,

And make their ears heavy, and vshut their eyes;

wLest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears,

And understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

11  Then said I, xLord, how long? And he answered,

Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant,

And the houses without man,

And the land be utterly desolate,

12  And ythe Lord have removed men far away,

And there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.

13  But yet in it shall be za tenth, ||and it shall return, and ashall be eaten:

As ba teil tree, and as an oak, whose ||substance is in them, cwhen they cast their leaves:

So dthe holy seed shall be the ||substance thereof.

7 And it came to pass in the days of aAhaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that bRezin the king of Syria, and bPekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it. And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind. Then said the Lord unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and ||Shear-jashub thy son, at the end of dthe conduit of ethe upper pool in the ||fhighway of the fuller’s field; And say unto him,

Take heed, and be quiet;

Fear not, neither be fainthearted

For the two tails of these smoking gfirebrands,

For the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of hthe son of Remaliah.

Because Syria, Ephraim, and hthe son of Remaliah,

Have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,

Let us go up against Judah, and ||vex it,

And let us make a breach therein for us,

And set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:

Thus saith the Lord God,

iIt shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.

For kthe head of Syria is lDamascus,

And llthe head of Damascus is Rezin;

And mwithin threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.

And the head of Ephraim is nSamaria,

And the head of Samaria is hRemaliah’s son.

||oIf ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.

10 Moreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying,

11  Ask thee pa sign of the Lord thy God;

||Ask it either qin the depth, or rin the height above.

12 But Ahaz said, sI will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. 13 And he said,

Hear ye now, tO house of David;

uIs it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye vweary my God also?

14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you pwa sign;

xBehold, ya virgin shall conceive, and bear za son,

And ||shall call his name aImmanuel.

15  bButter and bhoney shall he eat,

cThat he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

16  dFor before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good,

dThe land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of eboth her kings.

17  The Lord shall bring fupon thee,

And gupon thy people, and upon thy father’s house,

Days that have not come,

From the day that hEphraim departed from Judah;

fgEven the king of Assyria.

18  And it shall come to pass iin that day,

That the Lord kshall hiss lfor the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt,

And kfor the bee that is in the land of Assyria.

19  And they shall come, and shall rest all of them

In the desolate valleys, and in mthe holes of the rocks,

And upon all nthorns, and upon all ||bushes.

20  iIn the same day shall the Lord shave with oa rasor that is hired,

Namely, pby them beyond ppthe river, by the king of Assyria,

The head, and the hair of the feet:

And it shall also consume the beard.

21  And it shall come to pass iin that day,

That a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep;

22  And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter:

For bbutter and bhoney shall every one eat that is left in the land.

23  And it shall come to pass iin that day,

That every place shall be,

Where there were a thousand vines at qa thousand silverlings,

It shall even be for rbriers and thorns.

24  sWith arrows and with bows shall men come thither;

Because sall the land shall become rbriers and thorns.

25  And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock,

There shall not come thither the fear of rbriers and thorns:

But tit shall be for the sending forth of oxen,

And ufor the treading of lesser cattle.

8 Moreover the Lord said unto me, Take thee a great aroll, and bwrite in it with ca man’s pen concerning Maher-shalal-hash-baz. And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, dUriah the priest, and eZechariah the son of Jeberechiah. And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the Lord to me, Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz. fFor before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, ||fthe riches of gDamascus and the spoil of hSamaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.

The Lord spake also unto me again, saying,

Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of iShiloah that go softly,

And rejoice in kRezin and Remaliah’s son;

Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them

lThe waters of llthe river, strong and many,

Even mthe king of Assyria, and all his glory:

And he shall come up over all his channels,

And go over all his banks:

And he shall pass through Judah;

He shall nooverflow and ogo over,

He shall reach even nto the neck;

And qthe stretching out of rhis wings shall fill sthe breadth of thy land, O tImmanuel.

uAssociate yourselves, O ye people, ||and vye shall be broken in pieces;

And give ear, all ye of far countries:

Gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces;

Gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.

10  wTake counsel together, and it shall xcome to nought;

Speak the word, and yit shall not stand:

For tzGod is with us.

11  For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand,

And instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

12  Say ye not, aA confederacy,

To all them to whom this people shall say, aA confederacy;

bNeither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.

13  cSanctify the Lord of hosts himself;

And dlet him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

14  And ehe shall be for a sanctuary;

But for fa stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel,

gFor a gin and gfor a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

15  And many among them shall stumble, and hfall, and be broken,

And be snared, and be taken.

16  Bind up the testimony, iseal the law among my kdisciples.

17  And I will lwait upon the Lord,

That mhideth his face from the house of Jacob,

And I will nlook for him.

18  oBehold, I and pthe children whom the Lord hath given me

Are qfor signs and qfor rwonders in Israel

From the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.

19  And when they shall say unto you, Seek

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