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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 7

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Birth of Immanuel. 1In the days of Ahaz,* king of Judah, son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, Rezin, king of Aram, and Pekah, king of Israel, son of Remaliah, went up to attack Jerusalem, q 2 Kgs 16, 5; 2 Chr 28, 5–15 . but they were not able to conquer it. 2When word came to the house of David that Aram was encamped in Ephraim, the heart of the king and the heart of the people trembled, as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind.

3 r Is 36, 2; 2 Chr 32, 3 . Then the LORD said to Isaiah: Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear‐jashub,* at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway of the fuller's field, 4and say to him: Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear; let not your courage fail before these two stumps of smoldering brands [the blazing anger of Rezin and the Arameans, and of the son of Remaliah], 5because of the mischief that Aram [Ephraim and the son of Remaliah] plots against you, saying, 6“Let us go up and tear Judah asunder, make it our own by force, and appoint the son of Tabeel* king there.”

7Thus says the LORD:

This shall not stand, it shall not be! 8Damascus is the capital of Aram, and Rezin the head of Damascus; Samaria is the capital of Ephraim, and Remaliah's son the head of Samaria. 9But within sixty years and five,* Ephraim shall be crushed, no longer a nation. Unless your faith is firm you shall not be firm! s Is 8, 6ff .

10Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz: 11Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!* 12But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”* 13Then he said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary men, must you also weary my God? 14Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:* the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. 15He shall be living on curds and honey* by the time he learns to reject the bad and choose the good. 16For before the child learns to reject the bad and choose the good, the land of those two kings whom you dread shall be deserted.

17The LORD shall bring upon you and your people and your father's house days worse than any since Ephraim seceded from Judah. [This means the king of Assyria.] 18On that day

The LORD shall whistle for the fly that is in the farthest streams of Egypt, and for the bee in the land of Assyria. 19All of them shall come and settle in the steep ravines and in the rocky clefts, on all thornbushes and in all pastures.

20On that day the LORD shall shave with the razor hired from across the River [with the king of Assyria] the head, and the hair between the legs. It shall also shave off the beard.*

21On that day a man shall keep a heifer or a couple of sheep, 22and from their abundant yield of milk he shall live on curds; curds and honey shall be the food of all who remain in the land. 23On that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand pieces of silver, shall be turned to briers and thorns. 24Men shall go there with bow and arrows; for all the country shall be briers and thorns. 25For fear of briers and thorns you shall not go upon any mountainside which used to be hoed with the mattock; they shall be grazing land for cattle and shall be trampled upon by sheep.

Notes:

q: 2 Kgs 16, 5; 2 Chr 28, 5–15 .

r: Is 36, 2; 2 Chr 32, 3 .

s: Is 8, 6ff .

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