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Isaiah 7

Chapter 7

War against Jerusalem

1 Now it came about in the days of aAhaz, the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that bRezin the king of Aram and cPekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but dcould not 1conquer it.

2 When it was reported to the ahouse of David, saying, “The Arameans 1bhave camped in cEphraim,” his heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake 2with the wind.

3 Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and your son 1Shear-jashub, at the end of the aconduit of the upper pool, on the highway to the 2fuller’s field,

4 and say to him, ‘Take care and be acalm, have no bfear and cdo not be fainthearted because of these two stubs of smoldering dfirebrands, on account of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and the eson of Remaliah.

5 ‘Because aAram, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has planned evil against you, saying,

6 “Let us go up against Judah and 1terrorize it, and make for ourselves a breach in 2its walls and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,”

7 thus says the Lord 1God: “aIt shall not stand nor shall it come to pass.

8 “For the head of Aram is aDamascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin (now within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered, so that it is no longer a people),

9 and the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. aIf you will not believe, you surely shall not 1last.” ’ ”

The Child Immanuel

10 Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying,

11 “Ask a asign for yourself from the Lord your God; 1make it deep as Sheol or high as 2heaven.”

12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!”

13 Then he said, “Listen now, O ahouse of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will btry the patience of cmy God as well?

14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, aa 1virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name 2bImmanuel.

15 “He will eat acurds and honey 1at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good.

16 “aFor before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, bthe land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.

Trials to Come for Judah

17 “The Lord will bring on you, on your people, and on your father’s house such days as have never come since the day that aEphraim separated from Judah, the bking of Assyria.”

18 In that day the Lord will awhistle for the fly that is in the 1bremotest part of the rivers of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.

19 They will all come and settle on the steep 1ravines, on the aledges of the cliffs, bon all the thorn bushes and on all the 2watering places.

20 In that day the Lord will ashave with a brazor, chired from regions beyond dthe 1Euphrates (that is, with the king of Assyria), the head and the hair of the legs; and it will also remove the beard.

21 Now in that day a man may keep alive a aheifer and a pair of sheep;

22 and because of the abundance of the milk produced he will eat curds, for everyone that is left within the land will eat acurds and honey.

23 And it will come about in that day, athat every place where there used to be a thousand vines, valued at a thousand shekels of silver, will become bbriars and thorns.

24 People will come there with bows and arrows because all the land will be briars and thorns.

25 As for all the hills which used to be cultivated with the hoe, you will not go there for fear of briars and thorns; but they will become a place for 1apasturing oxen and for sheep to trample.

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Isaiah 52–53

Chapter 52

Cheer for Prostrate Zion

1 aAwake, awake,

Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion;

Clothe yourself in your bbeautiful garments,

O Jerusalem, the choly city;

For the uncircumcised and the dunclean

Will no longer come into you.

2 Shake yourself afrom the dust, brise up,

O captive Jerusalem;

cLoose yourself from the chains around your neck,

O captive daughter of Zion.

3 For thus says the Lord, “You were asold for nothing and you will be bredeemed cwithout money.”

4 For thus says the Lord 1God, “My people awent down at the first into Egypt to reside there; then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.

5 “Now therefore, what do I have here,” declares the Lord, “seeing that My people have been taken away without cause?” Again the Lord declares, “Those who rule over them howl, and My aname is continually blasphemed all day long.

6 “Therefore My people shall aknow My name; therefore in that day I am the one who is speaking, ‘Here I am.’ ”

7 How lovely on the mountains

Are the feet of him who brings agood news,

Who announces 1peace

And brings good news of 2happiness,

Who announces salvation,

And says to Zion, “Your bGod 3reigns!”

8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their avoices,

They shout joyfully together;

For they will see 1with their own eyes

When the Lord restores Zion.

9 aBreak forth, shout joyfully together,

You bwaste places of Jerusalem;

For the Lord has comforted His people,

He has credeemed Jerusalem.

10 The Lord has bared His holy aarm

In the sight of all the nations,

1That ball the ends of the earth may see

The salvation of our God.

11 aDepart, depart, go out from there,

bTouch nothing unclean;

Go out of the midst of her, cpurify yourselves,

You who carry the vessels of the Lord.

12 But you will not go out in ahaste,

Nor will you go 1as fugitives;

For the bLord will go before you,

And cthe God of Israel will be your rear guard.

The Exalted Servant

13 Behold, My aservant will prosper,

He will be high and lifted up and 1greatly bexalted.

14 Just as many were astonished at you, My people,

So His aappearance was marred more than any man

And His form more than the sons of men.

15 Thus He will asprinkle many nations,

Kings will bshut their mouths on account of Him;

For cwhat had not been told them they will see,

And what they had not heard they will understand.

Chapter 53

The Suffering Servant

1 aWho has believed our message?

And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

2 For He grew up before Him like a atender 1shoot,

And like a root out of parched ground;

He has bno stately form or majesty

That we should look upon Him,

Nor appearance that we should 2be attracted to Him.

3 He was adespised and forsaken of men,

A man of 1sorrows and bacquainted with 2grief;

And like one from whom men hide their face

He was cdespised, and we did not desteem Him.

4 Surely our 1griefs He Himself abore,

And our 2sorrows He carried;

Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,

3Smitten of bGod, and afflicted.

5 But He was 1pierced through for aour transgressions,

He was crushed for bour iniquities;

The cchastening for our 2well-being fell upon Him,

And by dHis scourging we are healed.

6 All of us like sheep have gone astray,

Each of us has turned to his own way;

But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all

To 1fall on Him.

7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,

Yet He did not aopen His mouth;

bLike a lamb that is led to slaughter,

And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,

So He did not open His mouth.

8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away;

And as for His generation, who considered

That He was cut off out of the land of the 1living

aFor the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

9 His grave was assigned with wicked men,

Yet He was with a arich man in His death,

bBecause He had cdone no violence,

Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10 But the Lord was pleased

To acrush Him, 1bputting Him to grief;

If 2He would render Himself as a guilt coffering,

He will see dHis 3offspring,

He will prolong His days,

And the 4good epleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.

11 As a result of the 1anguish of His soul,

He will asee 2it and be satisfied;

By His bknowledge the Righteous One,

My Servant, will justify the many,

As He will cbear their iniquities.

12 Therefore, I will allot Him a aportion with the great,

And He will divide the booty with the strong;

Because He poured out 1bHimself to death,

And was cnumbered with the transgressors;

Yet He Himself dbore the sin of many,

And interceded for the transgressors.

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