1It came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah, the son of Remaliah, the king of Israel went up to Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.
2When it was reported to the house of David, saying, “Syria is allied with Ephraim,” his heart trembled, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the forest tremble with the wind.
3Then Yahweh said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and Shearjashub your son, at the end of the channel from the upper pool on the highway to the Launderer’s Field.
4Tell him, ‘Make sure you stay calm. Do not be afraid, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two stubs of smoldering firewood; because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and of the son of Remaliah.
5Because Syria, along with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, have plotted evil against you, saying,
6“Let’s go up against Judah and tear it apart, and let’s divide it among ourselves and set up a king in its midst, even the son of Tabeel,”
“It will not stand, nor will it happen.”
10Yahweh spoke again to Ahaz, saying,
11“Ask a sign of Yahweh your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.”
13And he said, “Listen now, house of David. Is it not enough for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God also?
14Therefore the Lord himself will give you all a sign. Behold, the young woman is pregnant and about to bear a son, and you, young woman, will call his name Immanuel.
15He will eat butter and honey when he knows to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
16For before the child knows to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you abhor will be forsaken.
17Yahweh will bring on you, on your people and on your father’s house, days that have not come from the day that Ephraim separated from Judah—the king of Assyria.
that Yahweh will whistle for the fly
that is in the uttermost part of the streams of Egypt
and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep,
he will eat butter,
for everyone that is left in the midst of the land will eat butter and honey.
that every place where there used to be 1,000 vines,
valued at 1,000 shekels of silver,
will become briars and thorns.
that had been cultivated with the hoe,
you will not go there
for fear of briers and thorns;
but it will be for cattle to roam
and for sheep to tread.”