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TitleIsaiah 7
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT

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Ephraim and Syria War against Judah (7:1–9)


7 1And 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 Aram, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to war against Jerusalem, but he was not able to conquer it. 2When it was reported to the house of David, saying,

Unnamed individual

“Aram is in league with Ephraim,”


then the hearts of Ahaz and his people shook, just like the trees of the forest shake before the wind. 3Then the LORD said to Isaiah,

The Lord

“Go forth now to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub[1], at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool on the road to the Launderer’s Field,

4and say to him, ‘Be careful, and be quiet;
do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint,

because of these two smoldering sticks of firewood,
because of the raging of Rezin and Aram, and of the son of Remaliah.

5Because Aram, Ephraim,
and the son of Remaliah have plotted evil against you,’ saying,

The Two Kings

6‘Let us go up against Judah, and terrify it, and divide it among ourselves, and let us install the son of Tabeal as king over it.’”


7Thus says my Lord, the LORD,

The Lord

“It will not happen;
it will not come to pass.

8For the head of Aram is Damascus,
and the head of Damascus is Rezin;

and within sixty-five years Ephraim will be shattered,
that it is no longer a people.

9And the head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son.

If you do not trust,
surely you will not hold firm.”

The Sign to Ahaz: The Immanuel Prophecy (7:10–16)


10Again the LORD spoke unto Ahaz, saying,

The Lord

11“Ask a sign of the LORD your God;

let it be in the depths of Sheol
or the heights above.”


12But Ahaz said,


“I will not ask,
neither will I test the LORD.”


13And {Isaiah} said, “Hear now, O house of David;

is it a small thing for you to try the patience of men,
but will you try the patience of my God also?

14Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign—

behold, the virgin[2] will conceive
and will bear a son and call His name Immanuel.[3]

15He will eat butter[4] and honey, until he knows to refuse the evil, and to choose the good.
16For before the child knows to refuse the evil and choose the good,

the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted.”

Assyria’s Invasion of Judah (7:17–25)

Isaiah (to Ahaz)

17The LORD will bring upon you
and upon your people
and upon your father’s house

days that have not come,
from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria!


18And it will come to pass in that day

that the LORD will whistle for the fly that is in the end of Egypt[5]
and for the bees that are in the land of Assyria.

19And they will come, and all of them rest in the steep ravines,
and in the crevices of the rocks,

and upon all thorn bushes,
and at all the watering places.

20In that day the LORD will use the king of Assyria, hired beyond the river, to shave with a razor:

the head and the hair of the private parts,[6]
and he will also snatch away the beard.

21And it will come to pass in that day that a man will keep alive a heifer of the herd and two sheep;
22and it will come to pass because they will give an abundance of milk,

he will eat butter;
and everyone who is left in the land will eat butter and honey.

23And it will come to pass in that day, every place that used to have a thousand vines worth a thousand pieces of silver will be thorns and briars.

24Men will come there with arrows and bows,
because all the land will become briars and thorns.

25And all mountains that were once cultivated with the hoe,
one will no longer come there out of fear for briars and thorns,

but they will become places where cattle are turned loose
and where sheep tread.

[1] The Hebrew name Shear-jashub means “a remnant will return.” In view of the imminent war with Assyria, Shear-jashub was a living symbol that a remnant of Israel would indeed return to its land and its God despite the fact that Israel would soon be scattered and, for the most part, destroyed.

[2] My translation “virgin” is based on the Greek Septuagint, the Vulgate, and the Syriac. Note also that the KJV, ESV, NIV and other translations read “virgin.” Compare Proverbs 30:19. The English translation of the Hebrew ‘almah is “marriageable girl” or “young woman.” For Mary as a virgin, see Luke 1:27 and 1 Nephi 11:13, 15, 18.

[3] In Hebrew, literally “God with us” or “God is with us”.

[4] “Butter” (Hebrew chem’ah) can also be translated “cream” or “sour milk.”

[5] The JST omits “part of the rivers of.”

[6] The Hebrew literally reads, “the hair of the feet,” where “feet” is a euphemism for private parts.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 7:1