The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 8:16–23

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16  'Bind up the testimony, seal the instruction among My disciples.'

16  Then shall those who seal themselves that they may not learn the law be made manifest.

16  Bind the testimony, seal the law, among my disciples.”

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17  And I will wait for YHWH, that hideth His face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for Him.

17  And one shall say, I will wait for God, who has turned away his face from the house of Jacob, and I will trust in him.

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18  Behold, I and the children whom YHWH hath given me shall be for signs and for wonders in Israel from the YHWH of hosts, who dwelleth in mount Zion.

18  Behold: I and my children, whom the Lord has given to me as a sign and a portent, in Israel, from the Lord of hosts, who lives on Mount Zion.

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19  And when they shall say unto you: 'Seek unto the ghosts and the familiar spirits, that chirp and that mutter; should not a people seek unto their God? on behalf of the living unto the dead

19  And if they should say to you, Seek those who have in them a divining spirit, and them that speak out of the earth, them that speak vain words, who speak out of their belly: shall not a nation diligently seek to their God? why do they seek to the dead concerning the living?

19  And though they say to you, “Seek from seers and diviners,” they who hiss in their incantations, should not the people seek from their God, for the sake of the living, and not from the dead?

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20  for instruction and for testimony?'--Surely they will speak according to this word, wherein there is no light.--

20  For he has given the law for a help, that they should not speak according to this word, concerning which there are no gifts to give for it.

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21  And they shall pass this way that are sore bestead and hungry; and it shall come to pass that, when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse by their king and by their God, and, whether they turn their faces upward,

21  And famine shall come sorely upon you, and it shall come to pass, that when ye shall be hungry, ye shall be grieved, and ye shall speak ill of the prince and your fathers’ ordinances: and they shall look up to heaven above,

21  And he will pass by it; he will fall and become hungry. And when he is hungry, he will become angry, and he will speak evil against his king and his God, and he will lift himself upward.

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22  or look unto the earth, behold distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish, and outspread thick darkness.

22  and they shall look on the earth below, and behold severe distress, and darkness, affliction, and anguish, and darkness so that one cannot see; and he that is in anguish shall not be distressed only for a time.

22  And he will gaze downward to the earth, and behold: tribulation and darkness, dissolution and distress, and a pursuing gloom. For he will not be able to fly away from its distress.