And it 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,king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.
And it was told the house of David,saying , Syria is confederatea with Ephraim. And his heart was moved , and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are movedwith the wind.3
Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meetAhaz, thou, and Shearjashubb thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upperpool in the highway of the fuller'sfield;4
And say unto him, Take heed , and be quiet ; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the twotails of these smokingfirebrands, for the fierceanger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.5
Because Syria,Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evilcounsel against thee, saying ,
Let us go up against Judah, and vexc it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:7Thussaith the LordGOD, It shall not stand , neither shall it come to pass.
For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and fiveyears shall Ephraim be broken , that it be not a people.9
And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah'sson. If ye will not believe , surely ye shall not be established .
Moreover the LORDspakeagain unto Ahaz,saying ,
11Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God;ask it either in the depth , or in the heightabove.12
But Ahazsaid , I will not ask , neither will I tempt the LORD.13
And he said , Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to wearymen, but will ye weary my God also?
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall calld his nameImmanuel .
15Butter and honey shall he eat , that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.16
For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall beforsaken of both her kings.17
The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father'shouse,days that have not come , from the day that Ephraimdeparted from Judah; even the king of Assyria.18
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.19
And they shall come , and shall rest all of them in the desolatevalleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.e20
In the same day shall the Lordshave with a razor that is hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.21
And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a youngcow, and twosheep;22
And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eatbutter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is leftin the land.f23
And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousandvines at a thousandsilverlings, it shall even be for briers and thorns.24
With arrows and with bows shall men come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns.25
And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.