Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,
"Ask the LORD your God for a sign,1 whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.2"
But Ahaz said, "I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.3"
Then Isaiah said, "Hear now, you house of David!4 Is it not enough5 to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience6 of my God7 also?
Therefore the Lord himself will give youa a sign:8 The virgin9 will be with child and will give birth to a son,10 andb will call him Immanuel.c1115
He will eat curds12 and honey13 when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.
But before the boy knows14 enough to reject the wrong and choose the right,15 the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.1617
The LORD will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away17 from Judah--he will bring the king of Assyria.18"
In that day19 the LORD will whistle20 for flies from the distant streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria.2119
They will all come and settle in the steep ravines and in the crevices22 in the rocks, on all the thornbushes23 and at all the water holes.
In that day24 the Lord will use25 a razor hired from beyond the Riverd26--the king of Assyria27--to shave your head and the hair of your legs, and to take off your beards28 also.2921
In that day,30 a man will keep alive a young cow and two goats.3122
And because of the abundance of the milk they give, he will have curds to eat. All who remain in the land will eat curds32 and honey.3323
In that day,34 in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels,e35 there will be only briers and thorns.3624
Men will go there with bow and arrow, for the land will be covered with briers37 and thorns.
As for all the hills38 once cultivated by the hoe, you will no longer go there for fear of the briers and thorns;39 they will become places where cattle are turned loose and where sheep run.40