New Living Translation

Isaiah 8

The Coming Assyrian Invasion

1Then the Lord said to me, “Make a large signboard and clearly write this name on it: Maher-shalal-hash-baz.[a] I asked Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah, both known as honest men, to witness my doing this.

Then I slept with my wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. And the Lord said, “Call him Maher-shalal-hash-baz. For before this child is old enough to say ‘Papa’ or ‘Mama,’ the king of Assyria will carry away both the abundance of Damascus and the riches of Samaria.”

Then the Lord spoke to me again and said, “My care for the people of Judah is like the gently flowing waters of Shiloah, but they have rejected it. They are rejoicing over what will happen to[b] King Rezin and King Pekah.[c] Therefore, the Lord will overwhelm them with a mighty flood from the Euphrates River[d]—the king of Assyria and all his glory. This flood will overflow all its channels and sweep into Judah until it is chin deep. It will spread its wings, submerging your land from one end to the other, O Immanuel.

“Huddle together, you nations, and be terrified.
    Listen, all you distant lands.
Prepare for battle, but you will be crushed!
    Yes, prepare for battle, but you will be crushed!
10 Call your councils of war, but they will be worthless.
    Develop your strategies, but they will not succeed.
    For God is with us![e]

A Call to Trust the Lord

11 The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said,

12 “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do,
    and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.
13 Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life.
    He is the one you should fear.
He is the one who should make you tremble.
14     He will keep you safe.
But to Israel and Judah
    he will be a stone that makes people stumble,
    a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem
    he will be a trap and a snare.
15 Many will stumble and fall,
    never to rise again.
    They will be snared and captured.”

16 Preserve the teaching of God;
    entrust his instructions to those who follow me.
17 I will wait for the Lord,
    who has turned away from the descendants of Jacob.
    I will put my hope in him.

18 I and the children the Lord has given me serve as signs and warnings to Israel from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies who dwells in his Temple on Mount Zion.

19 Someone may say to you, “Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings, they will tell us what to do.” But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance? Should the living seek guidance from the dead?

20 Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark. 21 They will go from one place to another, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and curse their king and their God. They will look up to heaven 22 and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness.

Notas al pie

  1. 8:1 Maher-shalal-hash-baz means “Swift to plunder and quick to carry away.”
  2. 8:6a Or They are rejoicing because of.
  3. 8:6b Hebrew and the son of Remaliah.
  4. 8:7 Hebrew the river.
  5. 8:10 Hebrew Immanuel!

New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 8

Isaiah and His Children Are Signs

1The Lord said to me, “Get a large sheet of paper. Write ‘Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz’ on it with a pen.” So I sent for Zechariah and Uriah the priest. Zechariah is the son of Jeberekiah. Zechariah and Uriah were witnesses for me whom I could trust. Then I went and slept with my wife, who was a prophet. She became pregnant and had a baby boy. The Lord said to me, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. The king of Assyria will carry off the wealth of Damascus. He will also carry away the goods that were taken from Samaria. That will happen before the boy knows how to say ‘My father’ or ‘My mother.’ ”

The Lord continued,

“I am like the gently flowing stream of Siloam.
    But the people of Judah have turned their backs on me.
They are filled with joy because of the fall of Rezin
    and the son of Remaliah.
So I am about to bring against these people
    the king of Assyria and his whole army.
The Assyrians will be like the mighty Euphrates River
    when it is flooding.
    They will run over everything in their path.
They will sweep on into Judah like a flood.
    They will pass through Judah and reach all the way to Jerusalem.
Immanuel, they will attack your land like an eagle.
    Their wings will spread out and cover it.”

Sound the battle cry, you nations!
    But you will be torn apart.
    Listen, all you lands far away!
Prepare for battle! But you will be torn apart.
    Prepare for battle! But you will be torn apart.
10 Make your battle plans! But you won’t succeed.
    Give your orders! But they won’t be carried out.
    That’s because God is with us.

11 The Lord speaks to me while his powerful hand is on me. He is warning me not to live the way these people live. He says,

12 “People of Judah, do not agree with those who say
    Isaiah is guilty of treason.
Do not fear what they fear.
    Do not be afraid.
13 The Lord rules over all.
    So you must think about him as holy.
You must have respect for him.
    You must fear him.
14 Then the Lord will be a holy place of safety for you.
    But that’s not true for many people in Israel and Judah.
    He will be a stone that causes them to trip.
    He will be a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem
    he will be a trap and a snare.
15 Many of them will trip.
    They will fall and be broken.
    They will be trapped and captured.”

16 Tie up and seal this warning that the Lord said to you through me.
    Preserve among my followers what he taught you through me.
17 I will wait for the Lord.
    He is turning his face away from Jacob’s people.
    I will put my trust in him.

18 Here I am. Here are the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and reminders to Israel from the Lord who rules over all. He lives on Mount Zion.

The Darkness Turns to Light

19 There are people who get messages from those who have died. But these people only whisper words that are barely heard. Suppose someone tells you to ask for advice from these people. Shouldn’t you ask for advice from your God instead? Why should you get advice from dead people to help those who are alive? 20 Follow what the Lord taught you and said to you through me. People who don’t speak in keeping with these words will have no hope in the morning. 21 They will suffer and be hungry. They’ll wander through the land. When they are very hungry, they will become angry. They’ll look up toward heaven. They’ll ask for bad things to happen to their king and their God. 22 Then they will look at the earth. They’ll see nothing but suffering and darkness. They’ll see terrible sadness. They’ll be driven into total darkness.