1 It happened in the time of Ahaz the son of Jotham, which was 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 besiege it, but won it not. 2 Now when the house of David - that is Ahaz - heard word thereof, that Syria and Ephraim were confederate together: His heart quaked, yea and the hearts also of his people, like as a tree in the field that is moved with the wind.
3 Then said God unto Isaiah, "Go meet Ahaz, thou and thy son Shearjashub, at the head of the over pole, in the foot path by the fuller's ground, 4 and say unto him, 'Take heed to thyself and be still, but fear not, neither be fainthearted for these two tails: that is, for these two smoking firebrands, the wrath and furiousness of Rezin the Syrian and Remaliah's son. 5 Because that the king of Syria, Ephraim, and Remaliah's son have wickedly conspired against thee, 6 saying, 'We will go down into Judah, vex them, and bring them under us, and set a king there, even the son of Tabeel.'
7 For thus sayeth the LORD God thereto: It shall not so go forth, neither come so to pass: 8 For the head city of the Syrians is Damascus, but the head of Damascus is Rezin. And after five and threescore years, shall Ephraim be no more a people. 9 And the chief city of Ephraim is Samaria, but the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. And if ye believe not, there shall no promise be kept with you.'"
10 Moreover, God spake unto Ahaz, saying, 11 "Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God, from alow beneath, or from on high above."
12 But Ahaz answered, "I will not ask, neither will tempt the LORD."
13 Wherefore the LORD said, "Hearken, ye of the house of David: Is it so small a thing for you, to be grievous to men, but that ye should also be painful unto God? 14 Neverthelater, yet the Lord, he will give you a sign. Behold: a virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15 He shall eat butter and honey, that he may have understanding to refuse the evil and to choose the good. 16 For before the child come to knowledge, to eschew the evil and chose the good, the land that thou so abhorest shall be desolate of both her kings. 17 "The LORD also shall send a time upon thee, upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, such as never came since the time that Ephraim departed from Judah, through the king of the Assyrians.
18 For at the same time shall the LORD whistle for the flies that are about the water of Egypt, and for the bees in the Assyrian land. 19 These shall come, and shall light all in the valleys, and in the vaults of stone, upon all green things, and in all corners.
20 At the same time shall the LORD shave the hair of the head and the feet and the beard clean off, with the razor that he shall hire beyond the water: namely, with the king of the Assyrians.
21 At the same time shall a man live with a cow, and two sheep. 22 Then because of the abundance of milk, he shall make butter and eat it. So that every one which remaineth in the land, shall eat butter and honey.
23 At the same time all vineyards - though there be a thousand vines in one, and were sold for a thousand silverlings - shall be turned to briers and thorns. 24 Like as they shall come into the land with arrows and bows, so shall all the land become briers and thorns. 25 And as for all hills that now are hewn down, thou shalt not come upon them, for fear of briers and thorns. But the cattle shall be driven thither, and the sheep shall feed there."