Isaiah 7

War against Jerusalem

Now it came about in the days of a Ahaz, the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that b Rezin the king of Aram and c Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but d could not
Lit fight against
conquer it.
When it was reported to the f house of David, saying, “The Arameans
Lit has settled down on
h have camped in i Ephraim,” his heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake
Lit from before
with the wind.

Then the  Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and your son
I.e. a remnant shall return
Shear-jashub, at the end of the l conduit of the upper pool, on the highway to the
I.e. laundryman’s
fuller’s field,
and say to him, ‘Take care and be n calm, have no o fear and p do not be fainthearted because of these two stubs of smoldering q firebrands, on account of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and the r son of Remaliah. Because s Aram, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has planned evil against you, saying, Let us go up against Judah and
Lit cause it a sickening dread
terrorize it, and make for ourselves a breach in
Lit it
its walls and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,”
thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God: w It shall not stand nor shall it come to pass.
For the head of Aram is x Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin (now within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered, so that it is no longer a people), and the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. y If you will not believe, you surely shall not
Or be established

The Child Immanuel

10 Then the  Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11 Ask a aa sign for yourself from the  Lord your God;
So with the versions; M.T. make the request deep or high
make it deep as Sheol or high as
Lit heights
12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the  Lord!” 13 Then he said, “Listen now, O ad house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will ae try the patience of af my God as well? 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, ag a
Or maiden
virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name
I.e. God is with us
aj Immanuel.
15 He will eat ak curds and honey
Lit with respect to his knowing
at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good.
16  am For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good an the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.

Trials to Come for Judah

17 “The  Lord will bring on you, on your people, and on your father’s house such days as have never come since the day that ao Ephraim separated from Judah, the ap king of Assyria.”

18 In that day the  Lord will aq whistle for the fly that is in the
Or mouth of the rivers; i.e. the Nile Delta
as remotest part of the rivers of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
19 They will all come and settle on the steep
Or wadis
ravines, on the au ledges of the cliffs av on all the thorn bushes and on all the
Or pastures
watering places.

20 In that day the Lord will ax shave with a ay razor az hired from regions beyond ba the
Lit River
Euphrates ( that is, with the king of Assyria), the head and the hair of the legs; and it will also remove the beard.

21 Now in that day a man may keep alive a bc heifer and a pair of sheep; 22 and because of the abundance of the milk produced he will eat curds, for everyone that is left within the land will eat bd curds and honey.

23 And it will come about in that day be that every place where there used to be a thousand vines, valued at a thousand shekels of silver, will become bf briars and thorns. 24 People will come there with bows and arrows because all the land will be briars and thorns. 25 As for all the hills which used to be cultivated with the hoe, you will not go there for fear of briars and thorns; but they will become a place for
Lit sending
bh pasturing oxen and for sheep to trample.
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