The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 7:10–17


10  And YHWH spoke again unto Ahaz, saying

10  And the Lord again spoke to Achaz, saying,


11  'Ask thee a sign of YHWH thy God: ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.'

11  Ask for thyself a sign of the Lord thy God, in the depth or in the height.

11  Ask for a sign for yourself from the Lord your God, from the depths below, even to the heights above.


12  But Ahaz said: 'I will not ask, neither will I try YHWH.'

12  And Achaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.


13  And he said: 'Hear ye now, O house of David: Is it a small thing for you to weary men, that ye will weary my God also?

13  And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; is it a little thing for you to contend with men? and how do ye contend against the Lord?

13  And he said: “Then listen, O house of David. Is it such a small thing for you to trouble men, that you must also trouble my God?

14  Therefore YHWH Himself shall give you a sign: behold, the young woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive in the womb, and shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Emmanuel.

14  For this reason, the Lord himself will grant to you a sign. Behold, a virgin will conceive, and she will give birth to a son, and his name will be called Immanuel.


15  Curd and honey shall he eat, when he knoweth to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

15  Butter and honey shall he eat, before he knows either to prefer evil or choose the good.

15  He will eat butter and honey, so that he may know to reject evil and to choose good.


16  Yea, before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings thou hast a horror of shall be forsaken.

16  But even before the boy knows to refuse evil and to choose good, the land that you detest will be abandoned by the face of her two kings.

17  YHWH 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.'

17  The Lord will lead over you, and over your people, and over the house of your father, such days as have not occurred since the days of the separation of Ephraim from Judah by the king of the Assyrians.