Isaiah 7

War against Jerusalem

1Now 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.
2When 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.

3Then 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,
4and 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. 5Because s  Aram, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has planned evil against you, saying, 6Let 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,”
7thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God: w  It shall not stand nor shall it come to pass.
8For 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), 9and 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
last.”’”

The Child Immanuel

10Then the  Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11Ask 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
heaven.”
12But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the  Lord!” 13Then 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? 14Therefore 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.
15He 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.”

18In 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.
19They 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.

20In 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.

21Now in that day a man may keep alive a bc  heifer and a pair of sheep; 22and 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.

23And 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. 24People will come there with bows and arrows because all the land will be briars and thorns. 25As 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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