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. Chapter 7.

Prophecies during the Syro-Ephraimite war

A message for AHAZ, king of Judah.

1 WHILE AHAZ SON OF JOTHAM and grandson of Uzziah was king of Judah, Rezin king of Aram with Pekah son of Remaliah, king of Israel, marched on Jerusalem, but could not force a battle. 2 When the house of David heard that the Aramaeans had come to terms with the Ephraimites, king and people were shaken like forest trees in the wind. 3 Then the LORD said to Isaiah, Go out with your son Shear-jashub [That is A remnant shall return] to meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the Upper Pool by the causeway leading to the Fuller's Field, 4 and say to him, Be on your guard, keep calm; do not be frightened or unmanned by these two smouldering stumps of firewood, because Rezin and his Aramaeans with Remaliah's son are burning with rage. 5 The Aramaeans with Ephraim and Remaliah's son have laid their plans against you, saying, 6 Let us invade Judah and break her spirit [Or and parley with her], let us make her join with us, and set the son of Tabeal on the throne. 7 Therefore the Lord GOD has said:

The sign of Emmanuel.

10 Once again the LORD spoke to Ahaz and said, 11 Ask the LORD your God for a sign, from lowest Sheol or from highest heaven. 12 But Ahaz said, No, I will not put the LORD to the test by asking for a sign. 13 Then the answer came: Listen, house of David. Are you not content to wear out men's patience? Must you also wear out the patience of my God? 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: A young woman is with child, and she will bear a son, and will [Or you will] call him Immanuel [That is God is with us]. 15 By the time that he has learnt to reject evil and choose good, he will be eating curds and honey [he will ... honey: or curds and honey will be eaten]; 16 before that child has learnt to reject evil and choose good, desolation will come upon the land before whose two kings you cower now. 17 The LORD will bring on you, your people, and your house, a time the like of which has not been seen since Ephraim broke away from Judah [prob. rdg, Heb adds the king of Assyria].

18 On that day the LORD will whistle for the fly from the distant streams of Egypt and for the bee from Assyria. 19 They shall all come and settle in the precipitous ravines and in the clefts of the rock; camel-thorn and stink-wood shall be black with them. 20 On that day the Lord shall shave the head and body with a razor hired on the banks of the Euphrates [prob. rdg, Heb adds with the king of Assyria], and it shall remove the beard as well. 21 On that day a man shall save alive a young cow and two ewes; 22 and he shall get so much milk that he eats curds; for all who are left in the land shall eat curds and honey. 23 On that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines worth a thousand pieces of silver shall be given over to thorns and briars. 24 A man shall go there only to hunt with bow and arrows, for thorns and briars cover the whole land; 25 and no one who fears thorns and briars shall set foot on any of those hills once worked with the hoe. Oxen shall be turned loose on them, and sheep shall trample them.

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