And the house of David was told, Syria is allied with Ephraim . And the heart and the hearts of his people trembled and shook, as the trees of the forest tremble and shake with the wind.
Then said the Lord to Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Judah's King Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub , at the end of the aqueduct or canal of the Upper Pool on the highway to the Fuller's Field;
And say to him, Take heed and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted because of these two stumps of smoking firebrands--at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and of the son of Remaliah .
Because Syria, Ephraim , and the son of Remaliah have purposed evil against you , saying,
Let us go up against Judah and harass and terrify it; and let us cleave it asunder , and set a king in the midst of it, namely the son of Tabeel,
Thus says the Lord God: It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin. Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be broken to pieces so that it will no longer be a people.
And the head (the capital) of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son . If you will not believe and trust and rely , surely you will not be established nor will you remain.
Moreover, the Lord spoke again to King Ahaz, saying,
Ask for yourself a sign (a token or proof) of the Lord your God ; ask it either in the depth below or in the height above .
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.
And said, Hear then, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary and try the patience of men, but will you weary and try the patience of my God also?
Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel .
Butter and curds and wild honey shall he eat when he knows to refuse the evil and choose the good.
For before the child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you abhor and of whom you are in sickening dread shall be forsaken .
The Lord shall bring upon you and upon your people and upon your father's house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah--even the king of ``Jesus was actually born in a time when the Holy Land found itself under the supremacy of the universal empire, a condition which went back to the unbelief of Ahaz as its ultimate cause" (F. Delitzsch, cited by The New Bible Commentary).Assyria.
And in that day the Lord shall whistle for the fly that is in the whole extent of the canal country of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
And these shall come and shall rest all of them in the desolate and rugged valleys and deep ravines and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thornbushes and on all the pastures.
In the same day , the Lord will shave with the razor that is hired from the parts beyond the River --even with the king of Assyria-- the head and the hair of the legs, and it shall also consume the beard .
And in that day, a man will keep alive only a young milk cow and two sheep.
And because of the abundance of milk that they will give, he will eat butter and curds, for butter and curds and honey shall everyone eat who is left in the land .
And in that day, in every place where there used to be a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels, there will be briers and thorns.
With arrows and with bows shall a man come there, because all the land will be briers and thorns.
And as for all the hills that were formerly cultivated with mattock and hoe, you will not go there for fear of briers and thorns; but they will become a place where oxen are let loose to pasture and where sheep tread.
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