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1Moreover Hashem said unto me, Take thee a gillayon gadol (great slab), and write on it with cheret enosh concerning Maher Shalal Chash Baz (The Spoil Speeds, the Booty Hastens [i.e., the coming Assyrian defeat of Syria and Israel is imminent and the life of this son of Isaiah is a prophetic time line. See verse 4 below]). 2And I took unto me edim ne'emanim (faithful witnesses) to record: Uriyah the kohen, and Zecharyah ben Yeverechyahu. 3And I went unto the neviah; and she conceived, and bore ben. Then said Hashem to me, Call shmo Maher Shalal Chash Baz. 4For before the na'ar shall have da'as to cry, Avi, or Immi, the chayil Damascus and the spoil of Shomron shall be carried off before Melech Ashur. 5Hashem spoke also unto me again, saying, 6Forasmuch as HaAm HaZeh refuseth the waters of Shiloah that flow softly, and delight in [alliance with] Retzin and Ben Remalyahu; 7Now therefore, hinei, Adonoi bringeth up upon them the waters of the River, strong and many, even Melech Ashur, and all his kavod; and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks; 8And he shall swirl into Yehudah; 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 Thy eretz, O Immanu-El. 9Exasperate yourselves, O ye Amim (Nations), and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries; gird yourselves for battle, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves for battle, and ye shall be broken in pieces. 10Consult etzah (counsel, plan), and it shall come to naught; speak the davar, and it shall not stand; for Immanu El (G-d is with us). 11For Hashem hath spoken thus to me with chezkat haYad, and instructed me that I should not walk in the Derech HaAm HaZeh, saying, 12Call ye not Kesher (Conspiracy) all that this people calls kesher; neither fear ye their fear, nor be in dread. 13Regard Hashem Tzva'os as kadosh; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. 14And He shall be for a Mikdash; but for an Even Negef (Stone of Stumbling) and for a Tzur Michshol to both the Batei Yisroel, for a pach (snare) and for a mokesh (trap) to the inhabitants of Yerushalayim. 15And rabbim (many) among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. 16Bind up [to preserve for the future] the te'udah (testimony, i.e. prophetic record such as chapter 6), chatom (seal up) the torah (teaching) among my disciples. 17And I will wait for Hashem, that hideth His face from the Bais Ya'akov, and I will look [in hope] for Him. 18Hinei, I and the yeladim whom Hashem hath given me are for otot and for mofetim [see Zecharyah 3:8] in Yisroel from Hashem Tzva'os, which dwelleth in Mt Tziyon. 19And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto mediums that have familiar spirits, and unto spiritists that whisper, and that mutter: should not Am seek unto Elohav? Should they consult the mesim (dead ones) for the benefit of the chayyim (living)? 20To the torah (teaching of G-d) and to the te'udah (recorded testimony, see verse 16); if they speak not according to Davar HaZeh, it is because there is no shachar (dawn, light) in them. 21And they [i.e., the unbelievers, contrasted with those in v.13] shall roam about therein, hard-pressed and hungry; and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse by their melech and Elohav, and look upward. 22And they shall look unto eretz; and, hinei, tzarah and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.
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