Isaiah 7

Isaiah Sent to King Ahaz

1In the days of a  Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, b  Rezin the king of Syria and c  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. 2When the house of David was told, d  Syria is in league with
Hebrew  Syria has rested upon
f  Ephraim,” the heart of Ahaz
Hebrew his heart
and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.

3And the  Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and h  Shear-jashub
 Shear-jashub means A remnant shall return
your son, at the end of j  the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field.
4And say to him, k  ‘Be careful, l  be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two m  smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and n  the son of Remaliah. 5Because Syria, with Ephraim and o  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
Hebrew  let us split it open
for ourselves, and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,”
7thus says the Lord  God:

q  “‘It shall not stand,
and it shall not come to pass.
8For the head of Syria is r  Damascus,
and the head of Damascus is Rezin.
And within sixty-five years
Ephraim will be shattered from being a people.
9And the head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is s  the son of Remaliah.
t  If you
The Hebrew for  you is plural in verses 9, 13, 14
are not firm in faith,
you will not be firm at all.’”

The Sign of Immanuel

10Again the  Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11Ask v  a sign of the  Lord your
The Hebrew for you and  your is singular in verses 11, 16, 17
God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”
12But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the  Lord to the test.” 13And he
That is, Isaiah
said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you y  weary my God also?
14Therefore the z  Lord himself will give you a sign. aa  Behold, the ab  virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name ac  Immanuel.
 Immanuel means God is with us
15He shall eat ae  curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 af  For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be ag  deserted. 17 ah  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 ai  Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria.”

18In that day the  Lord will aj  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. 19And they will all come and settle in the steep ravines, and ak  in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thornbushes, and on all the pastures.
Or watering holes, or brambles

20In that day am  the Lord will an  shave with a razor that is ao  hired beyond ap  the River—with the king of Assyria—the head and the hair of the feet, and it will sweep away the beard also.

21 aq  In that day a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep, 22and because of the abundance of milk that they give, he will eat curds, for everyone who is left in the land will eat ar  curds and honey.

23In that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels
A  shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
of silver, will become at  briers and thorns.
24 au  With bow and arrows a man will come there, for all the land will be briers and thorns. 25 av  And as for all the hills that used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not come there for fear aw  of briers and thorns, but they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread.

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