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The Sign of Immanuel...
And it came to be in the days of Ahaz son of Yotham, son of Uzziyahu, sovereign of Yehudah, that Retsin sovereign of Aram and Peqah son of Remalyahu, sovereign of Yisra`el, went up to Yerushalayim to fight against it, but could not prevail against it.
And it was reported to the house of Dawid, saying, 'Aram has set up camp in Ephrayim.' And his heart and the heart of his people were moved as the trees of the forest are moved with the wind.
And YHWH said to Yeshayahu, 'Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and She'ar-Yashub your son, at the end of the channel of the upper pool, on the highway of the Launderer's Field,
and say to him, 'Take heed, and be calm; do not fear or be faint-hearted for these two stubs of smoking firebrands, for the fierce displeasure of Retsin and Aram, and the son of Remalyahu.
'Because Aram, Ephrayim, and the son of Remalyahu have plotted evil against you, saying,
'Let us go up against Yehudah and tear it apart, and break it open for ourselves, and set a sovereign over them, the son of Tabe'el.'
'Thus said the Master YHWH, 'It is not going to stand, nor shall it take place.
'For the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Retsin. And within sixty-five years Ephrayim is to be broken as a people.
'And the head of Ephrayim is Shomeron, and the head of Shomeron is the son of Remalyahu. If you do not believe, you are not steadfast.'''
And YHWH spoke again to Ahaz, saying,
'Ask a sign for yourself from YHWH your Elohim; make deep the request or make it high.'
But Ahaz said, `I do not ask nor try YHWH!`
And he said, 'Hear now, O house of Dawid! Is it not enough that you weary men, that you weary my Elohim also?
`Therefore YHWH Himself gives you a sign: Look, the maiden conceives and gives birth to a Son, and shall call His Name Immanu`el.
'He eats curds and honey when He knows to refuse evil and choose the good.
`For before the Child knows to refuse evil and choose the good, the land that you dread is to be forsaken by both her sovereigns.
' YHWH brings on you and your people and your father's house days that have not come since the day that Ephrayim turned away from Yehudah - the sovereign of Ashshur.'
And it shall be in that day that YHWH whistles for the fly that is in the farthest part of the rivers of Mitsrayim, and for the bee that is in the land of Ashshur.
And they shall come, and all of them shall rest in the steep ravines and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all weeds and in all pastures.
In that day YHWH shall shave with a razor hired beyond the River - with the sovereign of Ashshur - the head and the hair of the legs, and also remove the beard.
And it shall be in that day that a man keeps alive a young cow and two sheep.
And it shall be, that he shall eat curds because of the plenty milk he gets, for everyone left in the land shall eat curds.
And it shall be in that day, every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand sheqels of silver, let it be for thornbushes and weeds.
With arrows and bows one shall go there, because all the land shall be thornbushes and weeds.
And to all the hills which were tilled with the hoe, you do not go for fear of thornbushes and weeds; but it shall be for sending oxen to, and a place for sheep to roam.