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A Sign-Child is Born

8:1 The Lord told me, “Take a large tablet1 and inscribe these words2 on it with an ordinary stylus:3 ‘Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.’4 8:2 Then I will summon5 as my reliable witnesses Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah.” 8:3 I then had sexual relations with the prophetess; she conceived and gave birth to a son. The Lord told me, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, 8:4 for before the child knows how to cry out, ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria6 will be carried off by the king of Assyria.”7

8:5 The Lord spoke to me again: 8:6 “These people8 have rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloah9 and melt in fear over Rezin and the son of Remaliah.10 8:7 So look, the sovereign master11 is bringing up against them the turbulent and mighty waters of the Euphrates River12—the king of Assyria and all his majestic power. It will reach flood stage and overflow its banks.13 8:8 It will spill into Judah, flooding and engulfing, as it reaches to the necks of its victims. He will spread his wings out over your entire land,14 O Immanuel.”15

8:9 You will be broken,16 O nations;

you will be shattered!17

Pay attention, all you distant lands of the earth!

Get ready for battle, and you will be shattered!

Get ready for battle, and you will be shattered!18

8:10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted!

Issue your orders, but they will not be executed!19

For God is with us!20


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