March 29, 2022

Thirtieth Day of Great Lent

Isaiah 7:10-8:10


Isaiah 7:10-8:10
[10] Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,
[11] “Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”
[12] But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.”
[13] And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?
[14] Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Imman’u-el.
[15] He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.
[16] For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.
[17] The LORD will bring upon you and upon your people and upon your father’s house such days as have not come since the day that E’phraim departed from Judah — the king of Assyria.”
[18] In that day the LORD will whistle for the fly which is at the sources of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee which is in the land of Assyria.
[19] And they will all come and settle in the steep ravines, and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thornbushes, and on all the pastures.
[20] In that day the Lord will shave with a razor which is hired beyond the River — with the king of Assyria — the head and the hair of the feet, and it will sweep away the beard also.
[21] In that day a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep;
[22] and because of the abundance of milk which they give, he will eat curds; for every one that is left in the land will eat curds and honey.
[23] In that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels of silver, will become briers and thorns.
[24] With bow and arrows men will come there, for all the land will be briers and thorns;
[25] and as for all the hills which used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not come there for fear of briers and thorns; but they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread.
Chapter 8
[1] Then the LORD said to me, “Take a large tablet and write upon it in common characters, `Belonging to Ma’her-shal’al-hash-baz.’”
[2] And I got reliable witnesses, Uri’ah the priest and Zechari’ah the son of Jeberechi’ah, to attest for me.
[3] And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the LORD said to me, “Call his name Ma’her-shal’al-hash-baz;
[4] for before the child knows how to cry `My father’ or `My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Sama’ria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.”
[5] The LORD spoke to me again:
[6] “Because this people have refused the waters of Shilo’ah that flow gently, and melt in fear before Rezin and the son of Remali’ah;
[7] therefore, behold, the Lord is bringing up against them the waters of the River, mighty and many, the king of Assyria and all his glory; and it will rise over all its channels and go over all its banks;
[8] and it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass on, reaching even to the neck; and its outspread wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Imman’u-el.”
[9] Be broken, you peoples, and be dismayed;
give ear, all you far countries;
gird yourselves and be dismayed;
gird yourselves and be dismayed.
[10] Take counsel together, but it will come to nought;
speak a word, but it will not stand,
for God is with us.

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