Isaiah 6-8
Isaiah’s Vision of the Lord
6 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:
       “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
       the whole earth is full of his glory!”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
Isaiah’s Commission from the Lord
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” 9 And he said, “Go, and say to this people:
       “ ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
       keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
10    Make the heart of this people dull,
and their ears heavy,
and blind their eyes;
       lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
       and understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”
11    Then I said, “How long, O Lord?”
       And he said:
       “Until cities lie waste
without inhabitant,
       and houses without people,
and the land is a desolate waste,
12    and the Lord removes people far away,
and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13    And though a tenth remain in it,
it will be burned again,
       like a terebinth or an oak,
whose stump remains
when it is felled.”
       The holy seed is its stump.
Isaiah Sent to King Ahaz
7 In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah the king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not yet mount an attack against it. 2 When the house of David was told, “Syria is in league with Ephraim,” the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.
3 And the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field. 4 And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah. 5 Because Syria, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has devised evil against you, saying, 6 “Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it for ourselves, and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,” 7 thus says the Lord God:
       “ ‘It shall not stand,
and it shall not come to pass.
8    For the head of Syria is Damascus,
and the head of Damascus is Rezin.
       And within sixty-five years
Ephraim will be shattered from being a people.
9    And the head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.
       If you are not firm in faith,
you will not be firm at all.’ ”
The Sign of Immanuel
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, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15 He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you 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 Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria!”
18 In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is at the end of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee that 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 that 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 that they give, he will eat curds, for everyone who 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 a man will come there, for all the land will be briers and thorns. 25 And as for all the hills that 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.
The Coming Assyrian Invasion
8 Then the Lord said to me, “Take a large tablet and write on it in common characters, ‘Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz.’ 2 And I will get reliable witnesses, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah, 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 Maher-shalal-hash-baz; 4 for before the boy knows how to cry ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.”
5 The Lord spoke to me again: 6 “Because this people has refused the waters of Shiloah that flow gently, and rejoice over Rezin and the son of Remaliah, 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 Immanuel.”
9    Be broken, you peoples, and be shattered;
give ear, all you far countries;
       strap on your armor and be shattered;
strap on your armor and be shattered.
10    Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing;
speak a word, but it will not stand,
for God is with us.
Fear God, Wait for the Lord
11 For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: 12 “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. 13 But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 14 And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”
16 Bind up the testimony; seal the teaching among my disciples. 17 I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. 18 Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion. 19 And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. 21 They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. 22 And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness. [1]
Amos 1-4
1 The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors
2 And he said:
       “The Lord roars from Zion
and utters his voice from Jerusalem;
       the pastures of the shepherds mourn,
and the top of Carmel withers.”
3 Thus says the Lord:
       “For three transgressions of Damascus,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
       because they have threshed Gilead
with threshing sledges of iron.
4    So I will send a fire upon the house of Hazael,
and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.
5    I will break the gate-bar of Damascus,
and cut off the inhabitants from the Valley of Aven,
       and him who holds the scepter from Beth-eden;
and the people of Syria shall go into exile to Kir,”
says the Lord.
6 Thus says the Lord:
       “For three transgressions of Gaza,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
       because they carried into exile a whole people
to deliver them up to Edom.
7    So I will send a fire upon the wall of Gaza,
and it shall devour her strongholds.
8    I will cut off the inhabitants from Ashdod,
and him who holds the scepter from Ashkelon;
       I will turn my hand against Ekron,
and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish,”
says the Lord God.
9 Thus says the Lord:
       “For three transgressions of Tyre,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
       because they delivered up a whole people to Edom,
and did not remember the covenant of brotherhood.
10    So I will send a fire upon the wall of Tyre,
and it shall devour her strongholds.”
11 Thus says the Lord:
       “For three transgressions of Edom,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
       because he pursued his brother with the sword
and cast off all pity,
       and his anger tore perpetually,
and he kept his wrath forever.
12    So I will send a fire upon Teman,
and it shall devour the strongholds of Bozrah.”
13 Thus says the Lord:
       “For three transgressions of the Ammonites,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
       because they have ripped open pregnant women in Gilead,
that they might enlarge their border.
14    So I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah,
and it shall devour her strongholds,
       with shouting on the day of battle,
with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind;
15    and their king shall go into exile,
he and his princes together,”
says the Lord.
2 Thus says the Lord:
       “For three transgressions of Moab,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
       because he burned to lime
the bones of the king of Edom.
2    So I will send a fire upon Moab,
and it shall devour the strongholds of Kerioth,
       and Moab shall die amid uproar,
amid shouting and the sound of the trumpet;
3    I will cut off the ruler from its midst,
and will kill all its princes with him,”
says the Lord.
Judgment on Judah
4 Thus says the Lord:
       “For three transgressions of Judah,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
       because they have rejected the law of the Lord,
and have not kept his statutes,
       but their lies have led them astray,
those after which their fathers walked.
5    So I will send a fire upon Judah,
and it shall devour the strongholds of Jerusalem.”
Judgment on Israel
6 Thus says the Lord:
       “For three transgressions of Israel,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
       because they sell the righteous for silver,
and the needy for a pair of sandals—
7    those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth
and turn aside the way of the afflicted;
       a man and his father go in to the same girl,
so that my holy name is profaned;
8    they lay themselves down beside every altar
on garments taken in pledge,
       and in the house of their God they drink
the wine of those who have been fined.
9    “Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them,
whose height was like the height of the cedars
and who was as strong as the oaks;
       I destroyed his fruit above
and his roots beneath.
10    Also it was I who brought you up out of the land of Egypt
and led you forty years in the wilderness,
to possess the land of the Amorite.
11    And I raised up some of your sons for prophets,
and some of your young men for Nazirites.
Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel?”
declares the Lord.
12    “But you made the Nazirites drink wine,
and commanded the prophets,
saying, ‘You shall not prophesy.’
13    “Behold, I will press you down in your place,
as a cart full of sheaves presses down.
14    Flight shall perish from the swift,
and the strong shall not retain his strength,
nor shall the mighty save his life;
15    he who handles the bow shall not stand,
and he who is swift of foot shall not save himself,
nor shall he who rides the horse save his life;
16    and he who is stout of heart among the mighty
shall flee away naked in that day,”
declares the Lord.
Israel’s Guilt and Punishment
3 Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:
2    “You only have I known
of all the families of the earth;
       therefore I will punish you
for all your iniquities.
3    “Do two walk together,
unless they have agreed to meet?
4    Does a lion roar in the forest,
when he has no prey?
       Does a young lion cry out from his den,
if he has taken nothing?
5    Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth,
when there is no trap for it?
       Does a snare spring up from the ground,
when it has taken nothing?
6    Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
       Does disaster come to a city,
unless the Lord has done it?
7    “For the Lord God does nothing
without revealing his secret
to his servants the prophets.
8    The lion has roared;
who will not fear?
       The Lord God has spoken;
who can but prophesy?”
9    Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod
and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,
       and say, “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria,
and see the great tumults within her,
and the oppressed in her midst.”
10    “They do not know how to do right,” declares the Lord,
“those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.”
11 Therefore thus says the Lord God:
       “An adversary shall surround the land
and bring down your defenses from you,
and your strongholds shall be plundered.”
12 Thus says the Lord: “As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part of a bed.
13    “Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob,”
declares the Lord God, the God of hosts,
14    “that on the day I punish Israel for his transgressions,
I will punish the altars of Bethel,
       and the horns of the altar shall be cut off
and fall to the ground.
15    I will strike the winter house along with the summer house,
and the houses of ivory shall perish,
       and the great houses shall come to an end,”
declares the Lord.
4 “Hear this word, you cows of Bashan,
who are on the mountain of Samaria,
       who oppress the poor, who crush the needy,
who say to your husbands, ‘Bring, that we may drink!’
2    The Lord God has sworn by his holiness
that, behold, the days are coming upon you,
       when they shall take you away with hooks,
even the last of you with fishhooks.
3    And you shall go out through the breaches,
each one straight ahead;
and you shall be cast out into Harmon,”
declares the Lord.
4    “Come to Bethel, and transgress;
to Gilgal, and multiply transgression;
       bring your sacrifices every morning,
your tithes every three days;
5    offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened,
and proclaim freewill offerings, publish them;
for so you love to do, O people of Israel!”
declares the Lord God.
Israel Has Not Returned to the Lord
6    “I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
and lack of bread in all your places,
       yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
7    “I also withheld the rain from you
when there were yet three months to the harvest;
       I would send rain on one city,
and send no rain on another city;
       one field would have rain,
and the field on which it did not rain would wither;
8    so two or three cities would wander to another city
to drink water, and would not be satisfied;
       yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
9    “I struck you with blight and mildew;
your many gardens and your vineyards,
your fig trees and your olive trees the locust devoured;
       yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
10    “I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt;
I killed your young men with the sword,
       and carried away your horses,
and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils;
       yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
11    “I overthrew some of you,
as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
and you were as a brand plucked out of the burning;
       yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
12    “Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;
because I will do this to you,
prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”
13    For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind,
and declares to man what is his thought,
       who makes the morning darkness,
and treads on the heights of the earth—
the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name! [2]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Is 6:1–8:22.
[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Am 1–4:13.

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