Isaiah 7 NIV

The Sign of Immanuel

1 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.

References for Isaiah 7:1

      2 Now the house of David6 was told, "Aram has allied itself witha Ephraim7"; so the hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken,8 as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind.

      References for Isaiah 7:2

        • a 7:2 - Or "has set up camp in"
          3 Then the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub,b9 to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Washerman's Field.10

          References for Isaiah 7:3

            • b 7:3 - "Shear-Jashub" means "a remnant will return."
              4 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

              References for Isaiah 7:4

              5 Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah's17 son have plotted18 your ruin, saying,

              References for Isaiah 7:5

                • 17 7:5 - S ver 1
                • 18 7:5 - ver 2
                  6 "Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it."
                  7 Yet this is what the Sovereign LORD says:19 " 'It will not take place, it will not happen,20

                  References for Isaiah 7:7

                  8 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.

                  References for Isaiah 7:8

                  9 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

                  References for Isaiah 7:9

                  10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,
                  11 "Ask the LORD your God for a sign,28 whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.29"

                  References for Isaiah 7:11

                  12 But Ahaz said, "I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.30"

                  References for Isaiah 7:12

                  13 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?

                  References for Isaiah 7:13

                      14 Therefore the Lord himself will give youc a sign:35 The virgin36 will be with child and will give birth to a son,37 andd will call him Immanuel.e38

                      References for Isaiah 7:14

                        • c 7:14 - The Hebrew is plural.
                        • d 7:14 - Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls "and he" or "and they"
                        • e 7:14 - "Immanuel" means "God with us."
                          15 He will eat curds39 and honey40 when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.

                          References for Isaiah 7:15

                              16 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

                              References for Isaiah 7:16

                              17 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"

                              References for Isaiah 7:17

                                  18 In that day46 the LORD will whistle47 for flies from the distant streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria.48

                                  References for Isaiah 7:18

                                      19 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.

                                      References for Isaiah 7:19

                                      20 In that day51 the Lord will use52 a razor hired from beyond the Riverf53--the king of Assyria54--to shave your head and the hair of your legs, and to take off your beards55 also.56

                                      References for Isaiah 7:20

                                        • f 7:20 - That is, the Euphrates
                                          21 In that day,57 a man will keep alive a young cow and two goats.58

                                          References for Isaiah 7:21

                                          22 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

                                          References for Isaiah 7:22

                                          23 In that day,61 in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels,g62 there will be only briers and thorns.63

                                          References for Isaiah 7:23

                                            • g 7:23 - That is, about 25 pounds (about 11.5 kilograms)
                                              24 Men will go there with bow and arrow, for the land will be covered with briers64 and thorns.

                                              References for Isaiah 7:24

                                              25 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

                                              References for Isaiah 7:25