7[1-6] In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, the ruler of Judah (southern Israel), that Rezin the ruler of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, the ruler of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to fight against it, but couldn’t overcome it. It was told to the family of David, saying, “Syria is united with Ephraim (northern Israel).” His heart trembled, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the forest shake in the wind. Then Yahweh said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you, and Shearjashub your son, at the end of the spring of the upper pool, on the highway of the fuller’s field (A fuller is someone who makes and washes wool). Tell him, ‘Be careful, and keep calm. Don’t be afraid, and don’t loose hope because of the great anger of Rezin and Syria, and of the son of Remaliah, who are nothing more than smoking firewood. Because Syria, Ephraim (northern Israel), and the son of Remaliah, have plotted evil against you, saying, “Let’s go fight against Judah (southern Israel), and tear it apart, and let’s divide it among ourselves, and set up the son of Tabeel as our own ruler in it.”
[7-12] Yahweh God says, “Nothing they say will ever happen.” For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within 65 years Ephraim (northern Israel) will be destroyed, so that it won’t even be a people; and the head of Ephraim (northern Israel) is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If you won’t believe, you won’t be in control.’” Yahweh spoke again to Ahaz through me, saying, “Ask a sign of Yahweh your God; ask it either in the depths of hell, or in the heavens above.” But Ahaz said, “I won’t ask, nor will I tempt Yahweh.”
[13-17] Then I said, “Listen now, family of David, isn’t it enough for you to try the patience of human beings, or will you try the patience of my God also? Since you haven’t chosen a sign, Yahweh God will give you one. Look, a virgin will conceive, and have a child, who will be named Immanuel. The child will eat butter and honey before knowing to destroy what’s evil, and choose what’s good. Before the child knows to destroy what’s evil, and choose what’s good, the land whose two rulers you hate will be destroyed. Yahweh will bring on you, on your people, and on your family, a time of trouble unlike any since the day that Ephraim (northern Israel) left out of Judah (southern Israel) from the ruler of Assyria.
[18-25] Then Yahweh will whistle for the Egyptians, who will come like the fly that is in the farthest part of the Euphrates Rivers of Egypt, and for the Assyrians, who will come like the bee that is in the land of Assyria. They’ll come and rest in the empty valleys, in the caves of the mountains, by the bushes, and on all the fields. Then God, with the ruler of Assyria, who Ahaz hired from beyond the Euphrates River, will shave you as with a razor, both the head and the hair of the feet; and it will also shave the beard. Then a person will keep alive a young cow and two sheep, and because of the abundance of milk which they give, they’ll all eat butter, for everyone will eat butter and honey who are left in the land. Then everywhere there used to be a thousand grape vines worth a thousand silver dollars, will be grown up in briers and thorns. People will go there with weapons, because all the land will be briers and thorns. All the hills that were farmed, you won’t go there because of all the briers and thorns; but it will be for the oxen and sheep to graze.”
8[1-4] Yahweh said to me, “Take a large book, and write on it with a pen, ‘For Maher Shalal Hash Baz;’ and I’ll take for myself faithful witnesses to testify, Uriah, the priest, and Zechariah, the son of Jeberechiah.” Then I went and had sex with my wife, who was a preacher, and she conceived, and had a child. Then Yahweh said to me, “The child will be named ‘Maher Shalal Hash Baz (Go quickly to the treasure, quickly to the prey).’ For before the child knows how to say, Daddy’ and ‘Mama,’ the riches of Damascus and the treasures of Samaria will be carried away by the ruler of Assyria.”
[5-8] Yahweh spoke to me yet again, saying, “Because this people has rejected the waters of Shiloah (Siloam) that go softly, and celebrate in Rezin and Remaliah’s son, God will bring upon them the strong flood waters of the Euphrates River, the ruler of Assyria and all the Assyrians. It will flood all its creeks, and flow over all its banks. It will flood into Judah (southern Israel), and overflow and pass through; it will reach even to Jerusalem, and like the outstretched wings of an eagle, it will cover your whole land, Immanuel.
[9-12] Sound your battle cry, peoples, and be destroyed! Listen, all you from far countries, get ready for war, and be destroyed! Get ready for war, and be destroyed! Make treaties with each other, and it will be brought to nothing; Whatever you say won’t even happen; for God is with us.” For Yahweh said this to me with a strong hand, and told me not to walk in the way of this people, saying, “Don’t say, ‘A conspiracy!’ about everything these people say is a conspiracy, nor be afraid of their threats, nor fear them.
[13-15] I, Yahweh, the God of All Creation is who you must think about as holy. I am the One you must fear and the One, whose judgment you must dread. I am a safe haven, but for both houses of Israel, I am a stone in the road and a large rock to many of the people of Jerusalem. Many will trip over it and fall and be hurt. They’ll be offended and punished by it.”
[16-22] Keep these words safe. Hide it among my followers. I’ll wait for Yahweh, who won’t watch over the family of Jacob, now, and I’ll watch for God’s saving grace. Look, I and the children whom Yahweh has given me are for signs to make the people of Israel think, from Yahweh, the God of All Creation, who lives in Mount Zion. When people tell you, “Go see the fortune tellers, witches, and mediums, who make noises and whisper,” shouldn’t you talk with your God instead? Why should you talk to the dead, when you are alive? Turn to the Word of God! If they don’t speak in agreement with God’s Word, there is no hope for them. They’ll pass through it, greatly troubled and hungry; and when they’re hungry, they’ll worry, and curse their ruler and their God. They’ll look up to heaven, and look down to earth, and see nothing but trouble, darkness, and the sadness of suffering. They’ll be driven into the great darkness of their souls.
9[1-5] But there won’t be any more sadness for those who were suffering. In the past, God brought shame on the land of Zebulun and Naphtali; but in the latter time God made the land of Galilee well known, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, where the people of the nations live. The people who once lived in darkness have seen a great light. The light has shined on those who lived in the land of the shadow of death. You’ve made the nation grow. You’ve made them celebrate. They celebrate before you because they’re happy with what they’ve taken in their harvest, as people celebrate when they divide what they win in war. You’ve taken their heavy load from off their shoulders, the punishment of their abuser, as in the day when You set them free from Midian. All the armor of the armed soldiers in the noisy battle, and the clothes soaked in blood, will be burned as fuel for the fire.
[6-7] A child is born for us! This child is given to us, who will be in control of everything; Whose name will be called Wonderful Counselor, the God of All Creation and Time, the Ruler of Peace; Whose rule and peace will never end, Who will sit on the throne, and realm of David, to set it up, and to uphold it with justice and with goodness from that time on, even forever. With passion, Yahweh, the God of All Creation will do it.
[8-12] God sent a warning to the people of Jacob, and it falls on the land of Israel. All the people will know, including Ephraim (northern Israel) and the people of Samaria, who say with a proud heart, “The bricks have fallen, but we’ll build it again with cut stones. The sycamore fig trees have been cut down, but we’ll put cedars in their place.” So Yahweh will put the enemies of Rezin in power, and will stir up their enemies, the Syrians in front, and the Philistines (Palestine) behind; and they’ll destroy Israel. For all this, God is still very angry, and will punish them more.
[13-17] Yet the people haven’t turned back to God, who punished them, nor have they sought Yahweh, the God of All Creation. So Yahweh will cut off from Israel, both the head and the tail, the palm branch and the reed, in one day. The elders and the honorable people are the head, and the preacher who teaches lies is the tail. Those who lead this people lead them astray; and those who are led by them are ruined. So God won’t let their young ones go, nor have compassion on those without a parent and survivors; They’re all ungodly evil-doers, whose mouths speak sinful words. For all this, God is still very angry, and will punish them more.
[18-21] Their sinfulness burns like a fire, burning all the briers and thorns; yes, it kindles in the thickets of the forest, and rolls up in a column of smoke. Through the great anger of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, the land is burnt up; and the people are the fuel for the fire. No one even spares a family member. They’ll eat everything in sight, both on the left and on the right, and still be hungry; and they won’t have enough. They’ll eat the flesh of their own children. Manasseh will eat Ephraim (northern Israel); and Ephraim (northern Israel) will eat Manasseh; and together they’ll come against Judah (southern Israel). For all this, God is still very angry, and will punish them more.
10[1-4 Sorrow will come to those who make unfair laws, and to those who write laws to allow abuse of people; to take away justice from the needy, and to rob the poor among My people of their rights, that they may take what rightfully belongs to survivors and from those without a parent! What will you do in the day of God’s judgment, when trouble will come from a far country? Who will you go to for help? Where will you leave all your wealth? You’ll only hide like prisoners, and fall like the dead. For all this, God is still very angry, and will punish them more.
[5-11] “Sorrow will come to Assyria, the stick I use in my anger, the staff in whose hand is My rightful anger! I’ll send them against a ruined nation, and I’ll give them an order against the people who anger Me to take the people and everything they own, and to stomp them down like the mud in the streets. But this isn’t what the ruler of Assyria plans, nor has he ever thought of it; but it’s in his heart to destroy and take many nations. He says, “Aren’t all of my commanders rulers? Isn’t Calno like Carchemish (cities of Syria)? Isn’t Hamath like Arpad (cities of Syria)? Isn’t Samaria (northern Israel) like Damascus (city of Syria)?” As My hand has found the realms of the false gods, whose false gods are more than those of Jerusalem and Samaria; won’t I, as I’ve done to Samaria and its false gods, do so to Jerusalem and its false gods?
[12-15] So when I am done with My work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I’ll punish the willful proud heart of the ruler of Assyria, and the disrespect of his proud looks, who has said, “I’ve done it by the strength of my own hand, and by my own wisdom; I understand how to take away the borders of the peoples, and have stolen their treasures. Like a brave soldier I’ve brought down their rulers. My hand has found the riches of the peoples and like someone who gathers eggs that are left in a nest, I’ve gathered all the earth. Not one moved a wing, or opened its mouth to chirp.” Is an axe greater than the one who chops with it? Is a saw greater than the one who saws with it? It’s as if a stick could lift up the one who picks it up, or as if a staff should lift up the one who is not made of wood.”
[16-19] So God, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, will send sickness to those who have been fed well; and a burning will start in their bodies like a burning fire. Yahweh God, the Light of Israel will be a fire, and their Holy One a flame; and it will burn and destroy all the thorns and briers in one day. It will destroy all the beauty of his forests, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body. It will be like when a flag bearer faints. Those who are left of the trees of his forest will only be a few, so that a child could count their number.
[20-25] Then what’s left of Israel, and those who have escaped from the family of Jacob will no more again lean on those who destroyed them, but they’ll lean on Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. Some of what’s left will come back, what’s left of the people of Israel, to the God of All Creation. Though your people, Israel, are like the sand of the sea, only a few of them will come back. Though they’ll rightly be destroyed, God’s goodness will overcome. For God, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, will do everything that was said, in the whole earth. So God, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says “My people who live in Zion (Jerusalem), don’t be afraid of Assyria, though they beat you with the stick, and lift up their staff against you, as Egypt did. For in just a little while, the rightful anger against you will be over, and My anger will come against them.
[26-29] I, Yahweh, the God of All Creation will beat them with a stick, as in the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb. I’ll hold My stick over the sea, and lift it up like I did against Egypt. Then Assyria will leave you alone, and have no control over you again, whose power will be destroyed because of the blessing on you. The Assyrians will come to Aiath and pass through Migron; At Michmash they’ll store their supplies and go over the pass; They’ll camp at Geba, while Ramah trembles and Saul’s hometown of Gibeah will run away (Route Assyria used to make war on Israel).
[30-34] Cry aloud with your voice, city of Gallim! Listen, Laishah! You poor city of Anathoth! Madmenah is a runaway. The people of Gebim run for safety. This very day they’ll stop at Nob and shake their fists at the mountain of the city of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem. Look, I, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, will cut off their branches with great anger. I’ll cut the tall ones down, and the proud will be brought down. I, the God of All Creation, will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron ax, and Lebanon will fall.
11[1- 5] The family of David is like a stump in which a branch will grow out of the roots and will bear fruit. The Spirit of Yahweh will rest on it, with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and of the respect of Yahweh; Whose happiness will be in the respect of Yahweh; Who won’t judge by sight, nor decide by hearing; but with goodness will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the needy of the earth; Who will punish the people of the earth with a word; and with the breath of God, will kill the sinners; and whose belt will be goodness and faithfulness.
[6-9] The wolves will live with the lambs, and the leopards will lie down with the little goats; The calves and the young lions will eat together; and little children will lead them around. The cow and the bear will graze together. Their young ones will lie down together. The meat eaters will eat straw like the cow. Nursing children will play near a snake’s hole, and weaned children will put their hands on the snake’s den and not be hurt. Nothing will hurt or destroy anything in all My holy mountain; and the whole earth will fully know Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea.
[10-12] Then the nations will look for the root of David, who stands as a symbol of peace to the peoples; whose home will be wonderful. Then Yahweh will recover the remnant that is left of God’s people a second time from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros (Upper-southern Egypt), from Cush (Ethiopia, Africa), from Elam (Iran), from Shinar (Iraq), from Hamath (Syria), and from all the nations across the sea. God will set up a symbolic flag to show the nations, and will gather the outcasts of Israel, and gather together those who were sent away from Judah (southern Israel) from the four corners of the earth.
[13-16] Ephraim (northern Israel) won’t be jealous, and those who abuse Judah (southern Israel) will be destroyed. Ephraim (northern Israel) won’t be jealous of Judah (southern Israel), and Judah (southern Israel) won’t abuse Ephraim (northern Israel). They’ll run down the mountainsides of the Philistines (Palestine) on the west. Together they’ll overcome the children of the east and take what they want. They’ll take control over Edom (Arab nations) and Moab (Jordan), and the people of Ammon (Jordan) will obey them. Yahweh will completely destroy the branch of the Red sea of Egypt (Gulf of Suez); and with a scorching wind will dry up the Euphrates River, and will split it into seven creeks, and people will be able to cross it on foot. There’ll be a highway for what is left of the people from Assyria, like there was for Israel in the day that they came up out of the land of Egypt.
12[1-3] Then you’ll say, “I’ll give thanks to You, Yahweh; for though You were angry with me, Your anger has turned away and now You comfort me. Look, God is my saving grace. I’ll trust, and won’t be afraid because Yahweh God is my strength and my song; and has become my saving grace.” So with great happiness you’ll draw water out of the wells of God’s saving grace.
[4-6] Then you’ll say, “Give thanks to Yahweh! Call on God’s Name. Tell everyone what God has done among the peoples. Shout and lift up God’s Name in praise! Sing to Yahweh, who has done wonderful things! Make this known in all the earth! Cry out and shout, you people of Zion; for the Holy One of Israel is great, and stays with you!”
- Isaiah Chpters 1-6 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Ezekiel 24-28 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Ezekiel Chapters 37-42 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Ezekiel 25-30 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Ezekiel 31-36 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Ezekiel Chapters 42-48 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)