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The Coming Assyrian Invasion
1#Isa 30:8Moreover the Lord said to me, Take for yourself a large book and write in it with a man’s pen: “Swift is the booty, speedy is the prey.”#See v. 3. 2#2Ki 16:10–11I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberekiah. 3So I went in to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, Call his name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.#See v. 1. 4For before the child knows how to cry “My father” and “My mother,” the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.
5The Lord spoke to me again, saying:
6#Jn 9:7; Ne 3:15 Because this people refuses
the gently flowing waters of Shiloah
and rejoices in Rezin
and the son of Remaliah,
7#Isa 17:12–13; 7:17 now therefore the Lord certainly is about to bring upon them
the strong and plentiful waters of the River,#Euphrates River.
even the king of Assyria and all his glory;
and he shall come up over all his channels
and go over all his banks.
8#Isa 7:14; 30:28 And he shall pass through Judah, he shall overflow and go over,
he shall reach even to the neck,
and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of your land,
O Immanuel.
9Be broken, O you peoples, and be broken in pieces.
And give ear, all you from far countries.
Gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces;
gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces.
10#Ro 8:31; Job 5:12 Take counsel together, but it shall come to nothing;
speak the word, but it shall not stand
for God is with us.
Fear God
11#Eze 3:14For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:
12#1Pe 3:14–15 You should not say, “It is a conspiracy,”
concerning all that this people calls a conspiracy,
neither fear their threats
nor be afraid of them.
13Sanctify the Lord of Hosts Himself,
and let Him be your fear,
and let Him be your dread.
14#Eze 11:16; Lk 2:34 He shall become a sanctuary,
but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense
to both the houses of Israel,
and a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15#Isa 28:13; Mt 21:44 Many among them shall stumble
and fall and be broken
and be snared and be taken.
16#Da 12:4 Bind up the testimony;
seal the law among My disciples.
17#Isa 54:8; Hab 2:3 I will wait on the Lord,
who hides His face from the house of Jacob,
and I will eagerly look for Him.
18#Ps 9:11; Lk 2:34See, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of Hosts who dwells in Mount Zion.
19#Isa 19:3; Lev 20:6When they say to you, “Seek after the mediums and the wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek after their God? Should they consult the dead for the living? 20#Mic 3:6; 2Pe 1:19To the law and to the testimony; if they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. 21#Isa 9:20They shall pass through the land hard-pressed and hungry; when they are hungry, they shall be furious and curse their king and their God as they look upward. 22#Isa 5:30; Jer 13:16Then they shall look to the earth and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish. And they shall be driven away into darkness.