The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 8:11–15

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11  For YHWH spoke thus to me with a strong hand, admonishing me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying

11  Thus saith the Lord, With a strong hand they revolt from the course of the way of this people, saying,

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12  'Say ye not: A conspiracy, concerning all whereof this people do say: A conspiracy; neither fear ye their fear, nor account it dreadful.

12  Let them not say, It is hard, for whatsoever this people says, is hard: but fear not ye their fear, neither be dismayed.

12  “You should not say ‘It is conspiracy!’ For all that this people speaks is a conspiracy. And you should be frightened or alarmed with their fear.

13  YHWH of hosts, Him shall ye sanctify; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.

13  Sanctify ye the Lord himself; and he shall be thy fear.

13  Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself. Let him be your dread, and let him be your fear.

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14  And He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

14  And if thou shalt trust in him, he shall be to thee for a sanctuary; and ye shall not come against him as against a stumbling-stone, neither as against the falling of a rock: but the houses of Jacob are in a snare, and the dwellers in Jerusalem in a pit.

14  And so shall he be a sanctification to you. But he will be a stone of offense and a rock of scandal to the two houses of Israel, and a snare and a ruin to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

15  And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.'

15  Therefore many among them shall be weak, and fall, and be crushed; and they shall draw nigh, and men shall be taken securely.

15  And very many of them will stumble and fall, and they will be broken and entangled and seized.