Ahaz being troubled with fear of Rezin and Pekah is comforted by Isaiah. Ahaz having liberty to choose a sign, and refusing it, Christ is promised for a sign. God's judgments prophesied to come upon Judah by the hand of the Assyrians.
1 And it came to pass in the days of 1Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that 2Rezin 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.
2 And it was told 1the house of David, saying, Syria ais confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was 2moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.
3 Then said the Lord unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and aShear-jashub thy son, at the end of the 1conduit of the upper pool in the bhighway of the fuller's field;
4 And say unto him, 1Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, aneither be fainthearted for the two tails of these 2smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.
5 1Because Syria, Ephraim, and 2the son of Remaliah, have 3taken evil counsel against thee, saying,
6 Let us go up against Judah, and avex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:
7 Thus saith the Lord God, 1It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
8 1For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within 2threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, athat it be not a people.
9 And 1the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is 2Remaliah's son. 3aIf ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
10 ¶ aMoreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying,
11 1Ask thee 2a sign of the Lord thy God; aask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
12 But Ahaz said, 1I will not ask, neither will 2I tempt the Lord.
13 And he said, Hear ye now, 1O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to 2weary men, but will ye 3weary my God also?
14 aTherefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; 1Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and bshall call his name 2Immanuel.
15 1Butter and honey shall he eat, that 2he 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 be 1forsaken of both her kings.
17 ¶ 1The Lord shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, days that have not come, from the day that 2Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria.
18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall hiss for the 1fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
19 1And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all abushes.
20 In the same day shall the Lord shave with a 1razor 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 young cow, and two 1sheep;
22 And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat 1butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left ain the land.
23 And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it shall even be 1for briers and thorns.
24 With arrows and with bows shall men come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns.
25 1And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but 2it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and 3for the treading of lesser cattle.