Ahaz Receives a Sign
7:1 During 1 the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, King Rezin of Syria and King Pekah son of Remaliah of Israel marched up to Jerusalem 2 to do battle, but they were unable to prevail against it. 3
7:2 It was reported to the family 4 of David, “Syria has allied with 5 Ephraim.” They and their people were emotionally shaken, just as the trees of the forest shake before the wind. 6 7:3 So the Lord told Isaiah, “Go out with your son Shear-jashub 7 and meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 8 7:4 Tell him, ‘Make sure you stay calm! 9 Don’t be afraid! Don’t be intimidated 10 by these two stubs of smoking logs, 11 or by the raging anger of Rezin, Syria, and the son of Remaliah. 7:5 Syria has plotted with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah to bring about your demise. 12 7:6 They say, “Let’s attack Judah, terrorize it, and conquer it. 13 Then we’ll set up the son of Tabeel as its king.” 14 7:7 For this reason the sovereign master, 15 the Lord, says:
“It will not take place;
it will not happen.
7:8 For Syria’s leader is Damascus,
and the leader of Damascus is Rezin.
Within sixty-five years Ephraim will no longer exist as a nation. 16
7:9 Ephraim’s leader is Samaria,
and Samaria’s leader is the son of Remaliah.
If your faith does not remain firm,
then you will not remain secure.” 17
7:10 The Lord again spoke to Ahaz: 7:11 “Ask for a confirming sign from the Lord your God. You can even ask for something miraculous.” 18 7:12 But Ahaz responded, “I don’t want to ask; I don’t want to put the Lord to a test.” 19 7:13 So Isaiah replied, 20 “Pay attention, 21 family 22 of David. 23 Do you consider it too insignificant to try the patience of men? Is that why you are also trying the patience of my God? 7:14 For this reason the sovereign master himself will give you a confirming sign. 24 Look, this 25 young woman 26 is about to conceive 27 and will give birth to a son. You, young woman, will name him 28 Immanuel. 29 7:15 He will eat sour milk 30 and honey, which will help him know how 31 to reject evil and choose what is right. 7:16 Here is why this will be so: 32 Before the child knows how to reject evil and choose what is right, the land 33 whose two kings you fear will be desolate. 34