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Isaiah 8

Isaiah and His Children as Signs

1The Lord said to me, “Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.”[a] So I called in Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses for me. Then I made love to the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. And the Lord said to me, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. For before the boy knows how to say ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.”

The Lord spoke to me again:

“Because this people has rejected
    the gently flowing waters of Shiloah
and rejoices over Rezin
    and the son of Remaliah,
therefore the Lord is about to bring against them
    the mighty floodwaters of the Euphrates—
    the king of Assyria with all his pomp.
It will overflow all its channels,
    run over all its banks
and sweep on into Judah, swirling over it,
    passing through it and reaching up to the neck.
Its outspread wings will cover the breadth of your land,

Raise the war cry,[c] you nations, and be shattered!
    Listen, all you distant lands.
Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
    Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;
    propose your plan, but it will not stand,
    for God is with us.[d]

11 This is what the Lord says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:

12 “Do not call conspiracy
    everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
    and do not dread it.
13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
    he is the one you are to fear,
    he is the one you are to dread.
14 He will be a holy place;
    for both Israel and Judah he will be
a stone that causes people to stumble
    and 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 stumble;
    they will fall and be broken,
    they will be snared and captured.”

16 Bind up this testimony of warning
    and seal up God’s instruction among my disciples.
17 I will wait for the Lord,
    who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob.
I will put my trust in him.

18 Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Lord Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.

The Darkness Turns to Light

19 When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. 21 Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. 22 Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.


  1. Isaiah 8:1 Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz means quick to the plunder, swift to the spoil; also in verse 3.
  2. Isaiah 8:8 Immanuel means God with us.
  3. Isaiah 8:9 Or Do your worst
  4. Isaiah 8:10 Hebrew Immanuel

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

以赛亚书 8


1耶和华对我说:“你去拿块大的写字板,用通用的文字在上面写上‘玛黑珥·沙拉勒·哈施·罢斯’[a] 我会吩咐忠信的祭司乌利亚和耶比利迦的儿子撒迦利亚为这事做见证。” 我以赛亚与妻子同房,她就怀孕生了个儿子。耶和华对我说:“给他取名叫玛黑珥·沙拉勒·哈施·罢斯。 因为这孩子会叫父亲母亲之前,亚述王必把大马士革的财富和撒玛利亚的战利品洗劫一空。” 耶和华又对我说: “因为这些人拒绝接受我如西罗亚河缓缓流水般的温柔照顾,反倒因与利迅和利玛利的儿子结盟而欢喜, 我要差来亚述王的军队,使他们像幼发拉底河的洪流一样汹涌而来,淹没一切水道,漫过河岸, 席卷犹大,使整个犹大几遭灭顶之灾。他必展开双翼横扫你的土地。”愿上帝与我们同在!

10 你们设计谋吧,但休想得逞!


11 耶和华大能的手按在我身上,警告我不可效法这些人。祂说: 12 “他们认为是阴谋的,你们不要认为是阴谋。他们所怕的,你们不要怕,也不要畏惧。 13 你们当尊万军之耶和华为圣,当敬畏祂,畏惧祂。 14 祂必作人的圣所,也要作以色列和犹大的绊脚石和使人跌倒的磐石,作耶路撒冷居民的陷阱和网罗。 15 许多人必被绊倒,摔得粉身碎骨;他们必被网罗缠住、捕获。” 16 我的门徒啊,你们要把上帝的训诲卷起来,用印封好。 17 虽然耶和华掩面不顾雅各家,但我仍要等候祂,冀望于祂。 18 看啊,我和祂所赐给我的儿女在以色列是征兆。这征兆来自住在锡安山的万军之耶和华。 19 有人让你们去求问那些念念有词的巫师和术士,你们不要去。你们要去求问你们的上帝,活人的事怎能求问死人呢? 20 人应该遵循耶和华的训诲和法度。人若不遵循祂的话,必看不到曙光。 21 他们必困苦,饥饿,到处流浪,并在饥饿中怒气冲冲地咒骂他们的君王,亵渎上帝。 22 他们抬头望天,低头看地,看到的尽是患难、痛苦和黑暗。他们必被扔进黑暗中。


  1. 8:1 玛黑珥·沙拉勒·哈施·罢斯”意思是“快速掳掠,迅速抢夺”。