Bible: Isa 6:1-8:18

Isaiah’s Commission

6:1 In the year of King Uzziah’s death, 1  I saw the sovereign master 2  seated on a high, elevated throne. The hem of his robe filled the temple. 6:2 Seraphs 3  stood over him; each one had six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, 4  and they used the remaining two to fly. 6:3 They called out to one another, “Holy, holy, holy 5  is the Lord who commands armies! 6  His majestic splendor fills the entire earth!” 6:4 The sound of their voices shook the door frames, 7  and the temple was filled with smoke.

6:5 I said, “Too bad for me! I am destroyed, 8  for my lips are contaminated by sin, 9  and I live among people whose lips are contaminated by sin. 10  My eyes have seen the king, the Lord who commands armies.” 11  6:6 But then one of the seraphs flew toward me. In his hand was a hot coal he had taken from the altar with tongs. 6:7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Look, this coal has touched your lips. Your evil is removed; your sin is forgiven.” 12  6:8 I heard the voice of the sovereign master say, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” 13  I answered, “Here I am, send me! 6:9 He said, “Go and tell these people:

‘Listen continually, but don’t understand!

Look continually, but don’t perceive!’

6:10 Make the hearts of these people calloused;

make their ears deaf and their eyes blind!

Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears,

their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.” 14 

6:11 I replied, “How long, sovereign master?” He said,

Until cities are in ruins and unpopulated,

and houses are uninhabited,

and the land is ruined and devastated,

6:12 and the Lord has sent the people off to a distant place,

and the very heart of the land is completely abandoned. 15 

6:13 Even if only a tenth of the people remain in the land, it will again be destroyed, 16  like one of the large sacred trees 17  or an Asherah pole, when a sacred pillar on a high place is thrown down. 18  That sacred pillar symbolizes the special chosen family.” 19 

Ahaz Receives a Sign

7:1 During 20  the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, King Rezin of Syria and King Pekah son of Remaliah of Israel marched up to Jerusalem 21  to do battle, but they were unable to prevail against it. 22 

7:2 It was reported to the family 23  of David, “Syria has allied with 24  Ephraim.” They and their people were emotionally shaken, just as the trees of the forest shake before the wind. 25  7:3 So the Lord told Isaiah, “Go out with your son Shear-jashub 26  and meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 27  7:4 Tell him, ‘Make sure you stay calm! 28  Don’t be afraid! Don’t be intimidated 29  by these two stubs of smoking logs, 30  or by the raging anger of Rezin, Syria, and the son of Remaliah. 7:5 Syria has plotted with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah to bring about your demise. 31  7:6 They say, “Let’s attack Judah, terrorize it, and conquer it. 32  Then we’ll set up the son of Tabeel as its king.” 33  7:7 For this reason the sovereign master, 34  the Lord, says:

“It will not take place;

it will not happen.

7:8 For Syria’s leader is Damascus,

and the leader of Damascus is Rezin.

Within sixty-five years Ephraim will no longer exist as a nation. 35 

7:9 Ephraim’s leader is Samaria,

and Samaria’s leader is the son of Remaliah.

If your faith does not remain firm,

then you will not remain secure.” 36 

7:10 The Lord again spoke to Ahaz: 7:11 Ask for a confirming sign from the Lord your God. You can even ask for something miraculous.” 37  7:12 But Ahaz responded, “I don’t want to ask; I don’t want to put the Lord to a test.” 38  7:13 So Isaiah replied, 39 Pay attention, 40  family 41  of David. 42  Do you consider it too insignificant to try the patience of men? Is that why you are also trying the patience of my God? 7:14 For this reason the sovereign master himself will give you a confirming sign. 43  Look, this 44  young woman 45  is about to conceive 46  and will give birth to a son. You, young woman, will name him 47  Immanuel. 48  7:15 He will eat sour milk 49  and honey, which will help him know how 50  to reject evil and choose what is right. 7:16 Here is why this will be so: 51  Before the child knows how to reject evil and choose what is right, the land 52  whose two kings you fear will be desolate. 53  7:17 The Lord will bring on you, your people, and your father’s family a time 54  unlike any since Ephraim departed from Judah – the king of Assyria! 55 

7:18 At that time 56  the Lord will whistle for flies from the distant streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria. 57  7:19 All of them will come and make their home 58  in the ravines between the cliffs, and in the crevices of the cliffs, in all the thorn bushes, and in all the watering holes. 59  7:20 At that time 60  the sovereign master will use a razor hired from the banks of the Euphrates River, 61  the king of Assyria, to shave the head and the pubic hair; 62  it will also shave off the beard. 7:21 At that time 63  a man will keep alive a young cow from the herd and a couple of goats. 7:22 From the abundance of milk they produce, 64  he will have sour milk for his meals. Indeed, everyone left in the heart of the land will eat sour milk and honey. 7:23 At that time 65  every place where there had been a thousand vines worth a thousand shekels will be overrun 66  with thorns and briers. 7:24 With bow and arrow 67  men will hunt 68  there, for the whole land will be covered 69  with thorns and briers. 7:25 They will stay away from all the hills that were cultivated, for fear of the thorns and briers. 70  Cattle will graze there and sheep will trample on them. 71 

A Sign-Child is Born

8:1 The Lord told me, “Take a large tablet 72  and inscribe these words 73  on it with an ordinary stylus: 74  ‘Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.’ 75  8:2 Then I will summon 76  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 fatheror ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria 77  will be carried off by the king of Assyria.” 78 

8:5 The Lord spoke to me again: 8:6 These people 79  have rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloah 80  and melt in fear over Rezin and the son of Remaliah. 81  8:7 So look, the sovereign master 82  is bringing up against them the turbulent and mighty waters of the Euphrates River 83 the king of Assyria and all his majestic power. It will reach flood stage and overflow its banks. 84  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, 85  O Immanuel.” 86 

8:9 You will be broken, 87  O nations;

you will be shattered! 88 

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! 89 

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

Issue your orders, but they will not be executed! 90 

For God is with us! 91 

The Lord Encourages Isaiah

8:11 Indeed this is what the Lord told me. He took hold of me firmly and warned me not to act like these people: 92 

8:12Do not say, ‘Conspiracy,’ every time these people say the word. 93 

Don’t be afraid of what scares them; don’t be terrified.

8:13 You must recognize the authority of the Lord who commands armies. 94 

He is the one you must respect;

he is the one you must fear. 95 

8:14 He will become a sanctuary, 96 

but a stone that makes a person trip,

and a rock that makes one stumble

to the two houses of Israel. 97 

He will become 98  a trap and a snare

to the residents of Jerusalem. 99 

8:15 Many will stumble over the stone and the rock, 100 

and will fall and be seriously injured,

and will be ensnared and captured.”

8:16 Tie up the scroll as legal evidence, 101 

seal the official record of God’s instructions and give it to my followers. 102 

8:17 I will wait patiently for the Lord,

who has rejected the family of Jacob; 103 

I will wait for him.

8:18 Look, I and the sons whom the Lord has given me 104  are reminders and object lessons 105  in Israel, sent from the Lord who commands armies, who lives on Mount Zion.

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