1 Moreover the LORD said to me, Take thee aThat you may write in great letters to the intent that it may be more easily read.great roll, and write in itMeaning, after the common fashion, because all men might read it.with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.
2 And I took to meBecause the thing was of great importance, he took these two witnesses, who were of credit with the people, when he set this up upon the door of the temple, even though Uriah was a flattering hypocrite, (2Ki_16:11).faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.
3 And I went to theMeaning, to his wife and this was done in a vision.prophetess; and she conceived, and bore a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.
4 For before theBefore any child is able to speak.child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before theThat is, the army of Assyria.king of Assyria.
5 And the Lord spake yet againe vnto me, saying,
6 Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters ofWhich was a fountain at the foot of mount Zion, out of which ran a small river through the city: meaning, that they of Judah distrusting their own power which was small desired such power and riches as they saw in Syria and Israel.Shiloah that flow gently, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son;
7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters ofThat is, the Assyrians who dwell beyond Euphrates.the river, strong and many, [even] the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all its channels, and go over all its banks:
8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach [even] to theIt will be ready to drown them.neck; and the spread of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, OHe speaks this to Messiah, or Christ, in whom the faithful were comforted and who would not suffer his Church to be destroyed utterly.Immanuel.
9 Associate yourselves, O yeThat is, you who are enemies to the Church, as the Assyrians, Egyptians, Syrians etc.people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.
10 Take counsell together, yet it shall be brought to nought: pronounce a decree, yet shall it not stand: for God is with vs.
11 For the LORD spoke thus to meTo encourage me that I should not shrink for the infidelity of this people, and so neglect my office.with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
12 Say ye not, AConsent not you who are godly to the league and friendship that this people seek with strangers and idolaters.confederacy, to all [them to] whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear yeMeaning, that they should not fear the thing that they who have no hope in God feared.their fear, nor be afraid.
13 In putting your trust only in him, in calling on him in adversity, patiently looking for his help, and fearing to do anything contrary to his will.Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and [let] him [be] your fear, and [let] him [be] your dread.
14 And he shall be for aHe will defend you who are his elect, and reject all the rest, meaning Christ against whom the Jews would stumble and fall, (Luk_2:23; Rom_9:33; 1Pe_2:7,8).sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a trap and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall stumble, and shal fall and shalbe broken and shalbe snared and shalbe taken.
16 Though all forsake me, yet you who are mine keep my word sure sealed in your hearts.Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
17 Therefore I will waite vpon the Lord that hath hid his face from the house of Iaakob, and I wil looke for him.
18 Behold, I and theMeaning, them who were willing to hear and obey the word of God whom the world hated, as though they were monsters and not worthy to live.children whom the LORD hath given me [are] for signs and for wonders in IsraelThis was a consolation in their troubles, knowing that nothing could come to them, but by the will of the Lord.from the LORD of hosts, who dwelleth in mount Zion.
19 And when they shall say to you, Seek to them that are mediums, and to wizards that peep, and that mutter:Answer the wicked thus, should not God's people seek comfort only from him?should not a people seek to their God? for theThat is, will they refuse to be taught by the prophet, who is the mouth of God, and seek help from the dead, which is the illusion of Satan?living to the dead?
20 To theSeek remedy in the word of God, where his will is declared.law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] noThey have no knowledge but are blind leaders of the blind.light in them.
21 And they shall pass through it, distressed and hungry: and it shall come toThat is, in Judah, where they would have had rest, if they had not thus grievously offended God.pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves,In whom before they put their trust.and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
22 And they shall look to the earth; and behold trouble andThey will think that heaven and earth and all creatures are bent against them to trouble them.darkness, dimness of anguish; and [they shall be] driven to darkness.