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Isaiah 8

Damascus and Samaria Fall

1Then the Lord said to me, “Take for yourself a large tablet [for public display] and write on it in ordinary characters: Belonging to [a]Maher-shalal-hash-baz. And I will get faithful witnesses to attest [to this prophecy] for me, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.” So I approached [my wife] the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. Then the Lord said to me, “Name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz [to remind the people of the prophecy]; for before the boy knows how to say, ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the riches of Damascus (Aram’s capital) and the spoil of Samaria (Israel’s capital) [b]will be carried away by the king of Assyria.”

Again the Lord spoke to me, saying,

“Because these people (Judah) have refused the gently flowing waters of [c]Shiloah
And rejoice in Rezin [the king of Aram] and Remaliah’s son [Pekah the king of Israel],

Now therefore, listen carefully, the Lord is about to bring on them the waters of the [Euphrates] River, strong and abundant—
The king of Assyria and all his glory;
And it will rise over all its channels and canals and go far beyond its banks.

“Then it will [d]sweep on into Judah; it will overflow and pass through [the hills],
Reaching even to the neck [of which Jerusalem is the head],
And its outstretched wings (the armies of Assyria) will fill the width of Your land, O Immanuel.

A Believing Remnant

“Be broken [in pieces], O peoples, and be shattered!
Listen, all you [our enemies from the] far countries.
Prepare yourselves [for war], and be shattered;
Prepare yourselves [for war], and be shattered.
“Take counsel together [against Judah], but it will come to nothing;
Speak the word, but it will not stand,
For God is with us (Immanuel).”

11 For in this way the Lord spoke to me with His strong hand [upon me] and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people [behaving as they do], saying,

“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 nor be in dread of it.
“It is the Lord of hosts whom you are to regard as holy and awesome.
He shall be your [source of] fear,
He shall be your [source of] dread [not man].
“Then He shall be a sanctuary [a sacred, indestructible shelter for those who fear and trust Him];
But to both the houses of Israel [both the northern and southern kingdoms—Israel and Judah, He will be] a stone on which to stumble and a rock on which to trip,
A trap and a snare for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
“Many [among them] will stumble over them;
Then they will fall and be broken,
They will even be snared and trapped.”

16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law and the teaching among my (Isaiah’s) disciples. 17 And I will wait for the Lord who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; and I will look eagerly for Him. 18 Listen carefully, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are [e]for signs and wonders [that will occur] in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

19 When the people [instead of trusting God] say to you, “Consult the mediums [who try to talk to the dead] and the soothsayers who chirp and whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 [Direct those people] to the law and to the testimony! If their teachings are not in accord with this word, it is because they have no dawn. 21 They [who consult mediums and soothsayers] will pass through the land deeply distressed and hungry, and when they are hungry, they will become enraged and will curse their king and their God as they look upward. 22 Then they will look to the earth, they will see only distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be driven away into darkness and overwhelming night.

Notas al pie

  1. Isaiah 8:1 I.e. swift is the plunder, speedy is the prey.
  2. Isaiah 8:4 Samaria was overthrown by Assyria in 722 b.c., ten years after the downfall of Damascus, fulfilling this prophecy.
  3. Isaiah 8:6 The perennial spring outside Jerusalem that flowed to the Pool of Siloam, Jerusalem’s water supply. The spring was a symbol of God’s protection and sustaining power.
  4. Isaiah 8:8 This prophecy was literally fulfilled, and although Aram and Israel were conquered and led into captivity, the kingdom of Judah was spared and continued for over 130 years.
  5. Isaiah 8:18 Isaiah’s own name means “Salvation of the Lord.” His two children’s names were “signs” as well, the one (see note v 1) pointing to the coming military crisis and the other (see note 7:3) to the future restoration.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以賽亞書 8


1耶和華對我說:「你去拿塊大的寫字板,用通用的文字在上面寫上『瑪黑珥·沙拉勒·哈施·罷斯』[a] 我會吩咐忠信的祭司烏利亞和耶比利迦的兒子撒迦利亞為這事做見證。」 我以賽亞與妻子同房,她就懷孕生了個兒子。耶和華對我說:「給他取名叫瑪黑珥·沙拉勒·哈施·罷斯。 因為這孩子會叫父親母親之前,亞述王必把大馬士革的財富和撒瑪利亞的戰利品洗劫一空。」 耶和華又對我說: 「因為這些人拒絕接受我如西羅亞河緩緩流水般的溫柔照顧,反倒因與利迅和利瑪利的兒子結盟而歡喜, 我要差來亞述王的軍隊,使他們像幼發拉底河的洪流一樣洶湧而來,淹沒一切水道,漫過河岸, 席捲猶大,使整個猶大幾遭滅頂之災。他必展開雙翼橫掃你的土地。」願上帝與我們同在!

10 你們設計謀吧,但休想得逞!


11 耶和華大能的手按在我身上,警告我不可效法這些人。祂說: 12 「他們認為是陰謀的,你們不要認為是陰謀。他們所怕的,你們不要怕,也不要畏懼。 13 你們當尊萬軍之耶和華為聖,當敬畏祂,畏懼祂。 14 祂必作人的聖所,也要作以色列和猶大的絆腳石和使人跌倒的磐石,作耶路撒冷居民的陷阱和網羅。 15 許多人必被絆倒,摔得粉身碎骨;他們必被網羅纏住、捕獲。」 16 我的門徒啊,你們要把上帝的訓誨捲起來,用印封好。 17 雖然耶和華掩面不顧雅各家,但我仍要等候祂,冀望於祂。 18 看啊,我和祂所賜給我的兒女在以色列是徵兆。這徵兆來自住在錫安山的萬軍之耶和華。 19 有人讓你們去求問那些念念有詞的巫師和術士,你們不要去。你們要去求問你們的上帝,活人的事怎能求問死人呢? 20 人應該遵循耶和華的訓誨和法度。人若不遵循祂的話,必看不到曙光。 21 他們必困苦,饑餓,到處流浪,並在饑餓中怒氣沖沖地咒罵他們的君王,褻瀆上帝。 22 他們抬頭望天,低頭看地,看到的盡是患難、痛苦和黑暗。他們必被扔進黑暗中。

Notas al pie

  1. 8·1 瑪黑珥·沙拉勒·哈施·罷斯」意思是「快速擄掠,迅速搶奪」。