In Maher-shalal-hash-baz he prophesieth that Syria and Israel shall be subdued by Assyria.
Isaiah 8:1 Moreouer the Lorde sayde vnto me: Take the a great leaf, and wryte in it, as men do wyth a penne, that he spede hym to robbe and haste him to spoyle. Isaiah 8:2 And immediatly I called vnto me faythfull wytnesses, Vriah the priest, and Zachariah þe sonne of Barachiah. Isaiah 8:3 After that went I vnto the Prophetisse, that nowe had conceiued and borne a sonne. Then sayde the Lorde to me: geue him this name: Maherschalal haschbas (that is, a spedie robber: an hastie spoyler.) Isaiah 8:4 For why, or euer the child shall haue knowledge to saye: Abi and Im (that is father, and mother): shall the ryches of Damascus, and the substaunce of Samaria be taken awaye, thorowe the kynge of the Assirians.
Judah likewise for their infidelity.
Isaiah 8:5 The Lorde spake also vnto me, sayinge: Isaiah 8:6 for so muche as the people refuseth the styll runnynge water of Silo, and put their delyte in Razin and Romelies sonne: Isaiah 8:7 Beholde, the Lorde shall brynge mightye and greate floudes of water vpon them: namely the kinge of the Assirians with all his power. Whyche shall poure oute his furiousnesse vpon euery man, and runne ouer all their banckes. Isaiah 8:8 And shall breake in vpon Iuda, increasyng in power, tyll he get him by the throte. He shal fyl also the wydenesse of thy lande with hys broade wynges, O Emanuell.
God's judgments shall be unresistible.
Isaiah 8:9 Go together ye people, and gather you, herken to all ye of farre countreyes. Mustre you, & gather you: mustre you and gather you, Isaiah 8:10 take your councel together, yet must youre councell come to nought: go in hand with all, yet shall it not prospere. Excepte Emanuel: (that is God) be with vs.
Comfort shall be to them that fear God.
Isaiah 8:11 For the Lord chastised me, & toke me by the hande, and warned me, sayinge vnto me, that I shoulde not walcke in the waye of thys people. He sayde moreouer: Isaiah 8:12 rounde with none of them, whosoeuer saye: younder people are bounde together. Neuertheles feare them not, neyther be afraide of them, Isaiah 8:13 but sanctifye the Lorde of hostes, let him be youre feare and drede. Isaiah 8:14 For he is the sanctifyeng, and stone to stomble at the rocke to fall vpon, a snare and net to both the houses, to Israell, and the inhabitours of Ierusalem. Isaiah 8:15 And many shall stomble, fall, & be broken vpon him: yea they shalbe snared and taken. Isaiah 8:16 Now laye the witnesses together (said the Lorde) and seale the lawe with my discyples. Isaiah 8:17 Thus I wayte vpon the Lorde that hath turned his face from the house of Iacob, and I loke vnto him. Isaiah 8:18 But lo, as for me, and the children whiche the Lorde hath geuen me: we are a token and a wondre in Israel, for the Lorde of hostes sake, whiche dwelleth vpon the hill of Syon.
Great afflictions to idolaters.
Isaiah 8:19 And therfore yf they saye vnto you: aske councel at the sothesayers, wytches, charmers and coniurers, then make them thys answere: Is there a people any where, that asketh not councel at his God, whether it be concerning the deade, or the lyuynge? Isaiah 8:20 Yf any man want lyght, let hym loke vpon the lawe and the testimony, whether they speake not after thys meaninge. Isaiah 8:21 Yf he do not thys, he stombleth & suffereth hunger. And yf he suffre hunger, he is out of pacience, and blasphemeth hys kynge and his God. Then loketh he vpwarde, and dounewarde to the earthe, Isaiah 8:22 and beholde, there is trouble & darcknesse, vexacyon is rounde aboute him, and the cloude of erroure. And oute of suche aduersitie, shall he not escape.