THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Isaiah 7 ©
Jerusalem is besieged by Rezin and Pekah, v. 1. God sends Isaiah unto Ahaz to comfort and encourage him, 3. Foretelling that they would achieve nothing, 7. But that they themselves would be destroyed, 8. For confirmation hereof, the Lord gives Ahaz a token, and declares unto him the conception and birth of Christ, 14. But while Ahaz rejects this tender of grace, the Lord tells him by the prophet that the kingdom of Judah would be destroyed by the Egyptians and Assyrians, 17. The miserable state and condition of the land of Judah, 22, etc.
AND it came to pass in the days of Ahaz 1the son of Jotham, 2the son of Uzziah, 3king of Judah, thata Rezin the king of 4Syria, and 5Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but 6could not prevail against it.
And it was told 7the house of David, saying, 8Syria is confederate 9with Ephraim. And 10his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.
Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet 11Ahaz, thou, and 12Shear-jashub thy son, at 13the end of the conduitb of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field;
And say unto him, 14Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted 15for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of 16the son of Remaliah.
Because 17Syria, 18Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,
Let us go up 19against Judah, and 20vex it, and let us make a 21breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of 22Tabeal:
Thus saith the Lord GOD, 23It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
For the head of Syria is 24Damascus, and the head of Damascus is 25Rezin; and within threescore and five years 26shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.
And the head of Ephraim 27is Samaria, and 28the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. 29If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
¶ 30Moreover the LORD 31spake again unto Ahaz, saying,
Ask 32thee 33a sign of the LORD thy God; 34ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
But Ahaz said, 35I will not ask, 36neither will I tempt the LORD.
And 37he said, Hear ye now, 38O house of David; 39Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
40Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; 41Behold,c42a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call 43his name 44Immanuel.
Butter and honey shall 45he eat, 46that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
For 47before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, 48the land 49that 50thou abhorrest 51shall be forsaken 52of both her kings.
¶The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, days 53that have not come, from the day 54that Ephraim departed from Judah; 55even the king of Assyria.
And it shall come to pass 56in that day, that the LORD shall 57hiss for the 58fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the 59bee that is in the land of Assyria.
And 60they shall come, and shall 61rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all 62bushes.
In the same day shall the Lord shave 63with a razor that is hired, namely, by them 64beyond the river, 65by the king of Assyria, 66the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume 67the beard.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall 68nourish a 69young cow, and 70two sheep;
And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall 71give he shall eat 72butter: 73for butter and honey shall every one eat 74that is left 75in the land.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that 76every place shall be, where there were a 77thousand vines at a 78thousand silverlings, itd shall even be for briers and thorns.
With arrows and with bows 79shall men come thither; because 80all the land shall become briers and thorns.
And on 81all hills that shall be 82digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but 83it shall be 84for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.