The Message to Ahaz
3The Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out with your son Shear-jashub7:3 = A Remnant Will Return7:3 Is 8:3,18 to meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the upper pool,7:3 2Kg 18:17; Is 36:2 by the road to the Launderer’s Field.
4Say to him: Calm down and be quiet. Don’t be afraid or cowardly7:4 Gn 15:1; Ex 14:13; 20:20; Nm 14:9; Dt 20:3; 31:6; Jos 10:8,25; Is 10:24; 35:4; 41:14 because of these two smoldering sticks, the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram, and the son of Remaliah.
5For Aram, along with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has plotted harm against you. They say,
6‘Let’s go up against Judah, terrorize it, and conquer it for ourselves. Then we can install Tabeel’s son as king in it.’”
7This is what the Lord God says:
It will not happen; it will not occur.7:7 Is 8:10
8The chief city of Aram is Damascus,
the chief of Damascus is Rezin
(within sixty-five years
Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people),
9the chief city of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the chief of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.
If you do not stand firm in your faith,
then you will not stand at all.
The Immanuel Prophecy
10Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz:
12But Ahaz replied, “I will not ask. I will not test the Lord.”
13Isaiah7:13 Mt 3:3; 12:17 said, “Listen, house of David! Is it not enough for you to try the patience of men? Will you also try the patience of my God?7:13 Is 1:14; 43:24; Jr 15:6; 20:9; Mal 2:17
14Therefore, the Lord himself will give you7:14 In Hb, the word you is pl a sign: See, the virgin will conceive,7:14 Or virgin is pregnant, will have a son, and name him Immanuel.7:14 = God With Us7:14 Is 8:8,10; Mt 1:23; Lk 1:31
15By the time he learns to reject what is bad and choose what is good,7:15 Dt 1:39 he will be eating curds7:15 Or sour milk and honey.7:15 Ex 3:8; 2Sm 17:29; Is 7:22; 8:15
16For before the boy knows to reject what is bad and choose what is good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned.
the Lord will whistle7:18 Is 5:25 to flies
at the farthest streams of the Nile
and to bees in the land of Assyria.
19All of them will come and settle
in all the thornbushes, and in all the water holes.
21On that day
a man will raise a young cow and two sheep,
22and from the abundant milk they give
he will eat curds,
for every survivor in the land will eat curds and honey.7:22 Is 8:15
23And on that day
every place where there were a thousand vines,
worth a thousand pieces of silver,
will become thorns and briers.7:23 Is 5:6
24A man will go there with bow and arrows
because the whole land will be thorns and briers.
25You will not go to all the hills
that were once tilled with a hoe,
for fear of the thorns and briers.
Those hills will be places for oxen to graze
and for sheep to trample.
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