When Ahaz1 son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, was king of Judah, King Rezin2 of Aram3 and Pekah4 son of Remaliah5 king of Israel marched up to fight against Jerusalem, but they could not overpower it.
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Now the house of David6 was told, "Aram has allied itself with Ephraim7"; so the hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken,8 as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind.
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Then the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub,9 to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Washerman's Field.10
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Say to him, 'Be careful, keep calm11 and don't be afraid.12 Do not lose heart13 because of these two smoldering stubs14 of firewood--because of the fierce anger15 of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah.16
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Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah's17 son have plotted18 your ruin, saying,
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"Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it."
Yet this is what the Sovereign LORD says:19 " 'It will not take place, it will not happen,20
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for the head of Aram is Damascus,21 and the head of Damascus is only Rezin.22 Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be too shattered23 to be a people.
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The head of Ephraim is Samaria,24 and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah's son. If you do not stand25 firm in your faith,26 you will not stand at all.' "27
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Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,
"Ask the LORD your God for a sign,28 whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.29"
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But Ahaz said, "I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.30"
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Then Isaiah said, "Hear now, you house of David!31 Is it not enough32 to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience33 of my God34 also?
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Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:35 The virgin36 will be with child and will give birth to a son,37 and will call him Immanuel.38
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He will eat curds39 and honey40 when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.
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But before the boy knows41 enough to reject the wrong and choose the right,42 the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.43
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The LORD will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away44 from Judah--he will bring the king of Assyria.45"
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In that day46 the LORD will whistle47 for flies from the distant streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria.48
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They will all come and settle in the steep ravines and in the crevices49 in the rocks, on all the thornbushes50 and at all the water holes.
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In that day51 the Lord will use52 a razor hired from beyond the River53--the king of Assyria54--to shave your head and the hair of your legs, and to take off your beards55 also.56
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In that day,57 a man will keep alive a young cow and two goats.58
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And because of the abundance of the milk they give, he will have curds to eat. All who remain in the land will eat curds59 and honey.60
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In that day,61 in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels,62 there will be only briers and thorns.63
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Men will go there with bow and arrow, for the land will be covered with briers64 and thorns.
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As for all the hills65 once cultivated by the hoe, you will no longer go there for fear of the briers and thorns;66 they will become places where cattle are turned loose and where sheep run.67
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