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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Isaiah 8:1-22

8  And Jehovah proceeded to say to me: “Take for yourself a large tablet+ and write upon it with the stylus of mortal man,* ‘Ma′her-shal′al-hash-baz.’*  And let me have attestation+ for myself by faithful witnesses,+ U·ri′ah the priest+ and Zech·a·ri′ah* the son of Je·ber·e·chi′ah.”*  Then I went near to the prophetess, and she came to be pregnant and in time gave birth to a son.+ Jehovah now said to me: “Call his name Ma′her-shal′al-hash-baz,  for before the boy will know how to call out,+ ‘My father!’ and ‘My mother!’ one will carry away the resources of Damascus and the spoil of Sa·mar′i·a before the king of As·syr′i·a.”+  And Jehovah proceeded to speak yet further to me, saying:  “For the reason that this people has rejected+ the waters of the Shi·lo′ah*+ that are going gently, and there is exultation+ over Re′zin and the son of Rem·a·li′ah;*+  even therefore, look! Jehovah* is bringing up against them+ the mighty and the many waters of the River,+ the king of As·syr′i·a+ and all his glory.+ And he will certainly come up over all his streambeds and go over all his banks  and move on through Judah. He will actually flood and pass over.+ Up to the neck he will reach.+ And the outspreading of his wings+ must occur to fill the breadth of your land, O Im·man′u·el!”*+  Be injurious,* O YOU peoples, and be shattered to pieces; and give ear, all YOU in distant parts of the earth!+ Gird yourselves,+ and be shattered to pieces!+ Gird yourselves, and be shattered to pieces! 10  Plan out a scheme, and it will be broken up!+ Speak any word, and it will not stand, for God is with us!*+ 11  For this is what Jehovah has said to me with strongness of the hand, that he may make me turn aside* from walking in the way of this people, saying: 12  “YOU men must not say, ‘A conspiracy!’ respecting all that of which this people keep saying, ‘A conspiracy!’+ and the object of their fear YOU men must not fear, nor must YOU tremble at it.+ 13  Jehovah of armies—he is the One whom YOU should treat as holy,+ and he should be the object of YOUR fear,+ and he should be the One causing YOU to tremble.”+ 14  And he must become as a sacred place;*+ but as a stone to strike against and as a rock over which to stumble+ to both the houses of Israel, as a trap and as a snare to the inhabitants* of Jerusalem.+ 15  And many among them will be certain to stumble and to fall and be broken, and to be snared and caught.+ 16  Wrap up the attestation,*+ put a seal about the law among my disciples!*+ 17  And I will keep in expectation of Jehovah,+ who is concealing his face from the house of Jacob,+ and I will hope in him.+ 18  Look! I and the children whom Jehovah has given me+ are as signs+ and as miracles* in Israel from Jehovah of armies, who is residing in Mount Zion.+ 19  And in case they should say to YOU people: “Apply to the spiritistic mediums+ or to those having a spirit of prediction who are chirping+ and making utterances in low tones,”* is it not to its God that any people should apply?+ [Should there be application] to dead persons in behalf of living persons?+ 20  To* the law and to the attestation!+ Surely they will keep saying what is according to this statement*+ that will have no light of dawn.+ 21  And each one* will certainly pass through the land* hard pressed and hungry;+ and it must occur that because he is hungry and has made himself feel indignant, he will actually call down evil upon his king and upon his God*+ and will certainly peer upward. 22  And to the earth he will look, and, lo! distress and darkness,+ obscurity, hard times and gloominess with no brightness.*+


Or, “with a common stylus.”
Meaning “Hasten, O [or, Hastening to the] Spoil! He Has Come Quickly to the Plunder.”
Meaning “Jehovah Has Remembered.” Heb., Zekhar·ya′hu.
Meaning “Jehovah Blesses.” Heb., Yeve·rekh·ya′hu.
Meaning “Sender,” designating a water conduit; LXX, “Siloam.”
See 2Ki 15:25 ftn, “Remaliah.”
One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·nai′. See App 1B.
See 7:14 ftn, “Immanuel.”
“Know,” LXX and by a correction of M, in agreement with the parallel expression “give ear.”
“God is with us.” Heb., ʽim·ma′nu ʼEl; LXX, “Jehovah God is with us.”
“May admonish me away,” by another derivation of the Heb. verb.
Or, “a sanctuary.”
“Inhabitants,” LXXSyVg and seven Heb. mss; 1QIsaM, “inhabitant.”
Or, “testimony.”
Or, “my taught ones.”
Or, “wonders; portents; tokens.”
Or, “and ventriloquizing.”
Or, “For”; or, “It belongs to.”
Or, “word; thing spoken.”
Or, “they.” Lit., “one.”
Lit., “it,” fem., that is, the land or earth.
“And upon his God.” Heb., u·vEʼ·lo·hav′.
“With no brightness,” by a slight correction; LXX, “so as not to see”; M, “[into which] one is pushed (thrust).”