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Isaiah 7 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Isaiah Sent to King Ahaz

(2Ki 16:5; 2Ch 28:5–15 )
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:1 - In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:2 - When the house of David was told, “Syria is in league with[fn] Ephraim,” the heart of Ahaz[fn] and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:3 - And the LORD said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub[fn] your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:4 - And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:5 - Because Syria, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has devised evil against you, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:6 - “Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it[fn] for ourselves, and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:7 - thus says the Lord GOD:
“‘It shall not stand,
and it shall not come to pass.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:8 - For the head of Syria is Damascus,
and the head of Damascus is Rezin.
And within sixty-five years
Ephraim will be shattered from being a people.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:9 - And the head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.
If you[fn] are not firm in faith,
you will not be firm at all.’”

The Sign of Immanuel

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:10 - Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:11 - “Ask a sign of the LORD your[fn] God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:12 - But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:13 - And he[fn] said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:14 - Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:15 - He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:16 - For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:17 - 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 Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria!”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:18 - In that day the LORD will 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:19 - And they will all come and settle in the steep ravines, and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thornbushes, and on all the pastures.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:20 - In that day the Lord will shave with a razor that is hired beyond the River[fn]—with the king of Assyria—the head and the hair of the feet, and it will sweep away the beard also.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:21 - In that day a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:22 - and because of the abundance of milk that they give, he will eat curds, for everyone who is left in the land will eat curds and honey.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:23 - In that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels[fn] of silver, will become briers and thorns.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:24 - With bow and arrows a man will come there, for all the land will be briers and thorns.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:25 - And as for all the hills that used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not come there for fear of briers and thorns, but they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew Syria has rested upon
Hebrew his heart
Shear-jashub means A remnant shall return
Hebrew let us split it open
The Hebrew for you is plural in verses 9, 13, 14
The Hebrew for you and your is singular in verses 11, 16, 17
That is, Isaiah
Immanuel means God is with us
Or watering holes, or brambles
That is, the Euphrates
A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams

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