The head of Ephraim is Samaria,1 and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah's son. If you do not stand2 firm in your faith,3 you will not stand at all.' "410
Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,
"Ask the LORD your God for a sign,5 whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.6"
But Ahaz said, "I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.7"
Then Isaiah said, "Hear now, you house of David!8 Is it not enough9 to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience10 of my God11 also?
Therefore the Lord himself will give youa a sign:12 The virgin13 will be with child and will give birth to a son,14 andb will call him Immanuel.c1515
He will eat curds16 and honey17 when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.
But before the boy knows18 enough to reject the wrong and choose the right,19 the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.2017
The LORD will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away21 from Judah--he will bring the king of Assyria.22"
In that day23 the LORD will whistle24 for flies from the distant streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria.2519
They will all come and settle in the steep ravines and in the crevices26 in the rocks, on all the thornbushes27 and at all the water holes.