And it cometh to pass in the days of Ahaz, son of Jotham,
son of Uzziah, king of Judah, gone up hath Rezin king of Aram, and Pekah, son
of Remaliah, king of Israel, to Jerusalem, to battle against it, and he is not
able to fight against it.
And it is declared to the house of David, saying, 'Aram hath
been led towards Ephraim,' And his heart and the heart of his people is moved,
like the moving of trees of a forest by the presence of wind.
And Jehovah saith unto Isaiah, 'Go forth, I pray thee, to
meet Ahaz, thou, and Shear-Jashub thy son, unto the end of the conduit of the
upper pool, unto the highway of the fuller's field,
and thou hast said unto him: 'Take heed, and be quiet, fear
not, And let not thy heart be timid, Because of these two tails of smoking
brands, For the fierceness of the anger of Rezin and Aram, And the son of
Because that Aram counselled against thee evil, Ephraim and
the son of Remaliah, saying:
We go up into Judah, and we vex it, And we rend it unto
ourselves, And we cause a king to reign in its midst -- The son of Tabeal.
Thus said the Lord Jehovah: It doth not stand, nor shall it
For the head of Aram is Damascus, And the head of
Damascus is Rezin, And within sixty and five years Is Ephraim broken
from being a people.
And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, And the head of
Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If ye do not give credence, Surely ye
are not stedfast.'
And Jehovah addeth to speak unto Ahaz, saying:
'Ask for thee a sign from Jehovah thy God, Make deep the
request, or make it high upwards.'
And Ahaz saith, 'I do not ask nor try Jehovah.'
And he saith, 'Hear, I pray you, O house of David, Is it a
little thing for you to weary men, That ye weary also my God?
Therefore the Lord Himself giveth to you a sign, Lo, the
Virgin is conceiving, And is bringing forth a son, And hath called his name
Butter and honey he doth eat, When he knoweth to refuse
evil, and to fix on good.
For before the youth doth know To refuse evil, and to fix on
good, Forsaken is the land thou art vexed with, because of her two kings.
Jehovah bringeth on thee, and on thy people, And on the
house of thy father, Days that have not come, Even from the day of the turning
aside of Ephraim from Judah, By the king of Asshur.
And it hath come to pass, in that day, Jehovah doth hiss for
a fly that is in the extremity of the brooks of Egypt, And for a bee
that is in the land of Asshur.
And they have come, and rested all of them in the desolate
valleys, And in holes of the rocks, and on all the thorns, And on all the
In that day doth the Lord shave, By a razor that is hired
beyond the river, By the king of Asshur, The head, and the hair of the feet,
Yea, also the beard it consumeth.
And it hath come to pass, in that day, A man keepeth alive a
heifer of the herd, And two of the flock,
And it hath come to pass, From the abundance of the yielding
of milk he eateth butter, For butter and honey doth every one eat Who is left
in the heart of the land.
And it hath come to pass, in that day, Every place where
there are a thousand vines, At a thousand silverlings, Is for briers and for
With arrows and with bow he cometh thither, Because all the
land is brier and thorn.
And all the hills that with a mattock are kept in order,
Thither cometh not the fear of brier and thorn, And it hath been for the
sending forth of ox, And for the treading of sheep!'