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 confederate with
Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees
of the wood are moved with the wind.
When Ahaz was king of Judah,
Syria and Israel went to war against him.
Then said the LORD unto
Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the
end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field;
God said to Isaiah,
Go meet Ahaz and say to him, 
And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two
tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria,
and of the son of Remaliah.
Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel
against thee, saying,
They are making evil plans against you, saying,
Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein
for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:
Let's go fight against Judah.
Thus saith 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; and
within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a
And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's
son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
God's sign to Ahaz: A son named Immanuel
Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying,
Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.
And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to
weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
Ahaz said to God,
I won't ask. That would be tempting God.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall
conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
God said to Ahaz,
I'll give you a sign anyway.
A young woman  will conceive and bear a child.
She'll call his name Immanuel.
Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and
choose the good.
He'll eat butter and honey. 
For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good,
the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.
The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's
house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from
Judah; even the king of Assyria.
Before he knows the difference between good and evil, Syria and Israel will be destroyed.
God will shave the hair of their feet
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
And 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 bushes.
In that day, God will hiss for the fly that is in Egypt,
and for the bee in Assyria.
In the same day shall the Lord shave 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
And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young
cow, and two sheep;
And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give
he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left
in the land.
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 for
briers and thorns.
With arrows and with bows shall men come thither; because all the land
shall become briers and thorns.
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.
And God will shave with a razor the hair of their feet. [4
- The LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz. (v.3)
God told Isaiah to tell Ahaz, the King of Judah,
not to be concerned about Rezin (the king of Syria) or Pekah (the king of
But according to 2 Chr 28:5-6 "God
delivered him [Ahaz] into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and
carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus.
And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him
with a great slaughter."
- Behold, a virgin shall
conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (v.14)
The King James Version mistranslates the
Hebrew word "almah", which means "young woman" as "virgin". (The Hebrew word, "bethulah" means
In addition, the young woman referred to in this verse was
living at the time of the prophecy. And Jesus, of course, was called Jesus --
and is not called Immanuel in any verse in the New Testament. And no lands were destroyed before he knew good
Another problem with God's sign to Ahaz is its absurdity. A unspecified young woman will bear a son and
call his name "Immanuel". You'd think the fulfillment of the sign would be mentioned in Isaiah, but it is not.
- Butter and honey shall he eat. (v.15)
If this verse refers to Jesus, then he must have been a vegetarian. So I guess we should be too.
What should we eat?
- The Lord shave with a razor ... the hair of the feet. (v.20)
The Harper-Collins study Bible note for v.20: "Feet, a euphemism for genitals. (Ex 4:25)"
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