War against Jerusalem
1Now it came about in the days of Ahaz, the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Aram and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not #Lit fight againstconquer it. 2When it was reported to the house of David, saying, “The Arameans #Lit has settled down onhave camped in Ephraim,” his heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake #Lit from beforewith the wind.
3Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and your son #I.e. a remnant shall returnShear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway to the #I.e. laundryman’sfuller’s field, 4and say to him, ‘Take care and be calm, have no fear and do not be fainthearted because of these two stubs of smoldering firebrands, on account of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and the son of Remaliah. 5Because Aram, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has planned evil against you, saying, 6“Let us go up against Judah and #Lit cause it a sickening dreadterrorize it, and make for ourselves a breach in #Lit itits walls and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,” 7thus says the Lord #Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod: “It shall not stand nor shall it come to pass. 8For the head of Aram is Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin (now within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered, so that it is no longer a people), 9and the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you will not believe, you surely shall not #Or be establishedlast.”’”
The Child Immanuel
10Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11“Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; #So with the versions; M.T. make the request deep or highmake it deep as Sheol or high as #Lit heightsheaven.” 12But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!” 13Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well? 14Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a #Or maidenvirgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name #I.e. God is with usImmanuel. 15He will eat curds and honey #Lit with respect to his knowingat the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good. 16For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.
Trials to Come for Judah
17The Lord will bring on you, on your people, and on your father’s house such days as have never come since the day that Ephraim separated from Judah, the king of Assyria.”
18In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is in the #Or mouth of the rivers; i.e. the Nile Deltaremotest part of the rivers of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19They will all come and settle on the steep #Or wadisravines, on the ledges of the cliffs, on all the thorn bushes and on all the #Or pastureswatering places.
20In that day the Lord will shave with a razor, hired from regions beyond the #Lit RiverEuphrates (that is, with the king of Assyria), the head and the hair of the legs; and it will also remove the beard.
21Now in that day a man may keep alive a heifer and a pair of sheep; 22and because of the abundance of the milk produced he will eat curds, for everyone that is left within the land will eat curds and honey.
23And it will come about in that day, that every place where there used to be a thousand vines, valued at a thousand shekels of silver, will become briars and thorns. 24People will come there with bows and arrows because all the land will be briars and thorns. 25As for all the hills which used to be cultivated with the hoe, you will not go there for fear of briars and thorns; but they will become a place for #Lit sendingpasturing oxen and for sheep to trample.