Isaiah 7
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1  In the reign of Achaz son of Yotam son of Uzziyahu, king of Yehuda, King Rezin of Aram and King Pekach son of Remaliah of Yisrael marched upon Yerushalayim to attack it; but they were not able to attack it.

א  וַיְהִי בִּימֵי אָחָז בֶּן־יוֹתָם בֶּן־עֻזִּיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה עָלָה רְצִין מֶלֶךְ־אֲרָם וּפֶקַח בֶּן־רְמַלְיָהוּ מֶלֶךְ־יִשְׂרָאֵל יְרוּשָׁלִַם לַמִּלְחָמָה עָלֶיהָ וְלֹא יָכֹל לְהִלָּחֵם עָלֶיהָ׃

2  Now, when it was reported to the House of David that Aram had allied itself with Efraim, their hearts and the hearts of their people trembled as trees of the forest sway before a wind.

ב  וַיֻּגַּד לְבֵית דָּוִד לֵאמֹר נָחָה אֲרָם עַל־אֶפְרָיִם וַיָּנַע לְבָבוֹ וּלְבַב עַמּוֹ כְּנוֹעַ עֲצֵי־יַעַר מִפְּנֵי־רוּחַ׃

3  But Hashem said to Yeshayahu, “Go out with your son Shear Yashuv to meet Achaz at the end of the conduit of the Upper Pool, by the road of the Fuller’s Field.

va-YO-mer a-do-NAI el y’-sha-YA-hu tzay NA lik-RAT a-KHAZ a-TAH ush-AR ya-SHUV b’-NE-kha el k’-TZAY t’-a-LAT ha-b’-ray-KHAH ha-el-yo-NAH el m’-si-LAT s’-DAY kho-VAYS

ג  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל־יְשַׁעְיָהוּ צֵא־נָא לִקְרַאת אָחָז אַתָּה וּשְׁאָר יָשׁוּב בְּנֶךָ אֶל־קְצֵה תְּעָלַת הַבְּרֵכָה הָעֶלְיוֹנָה אֶל־מְסִלַּת שְׂדֵה כוֹבֵס׃

7:3   At the end of the conduit of the Upper Pool

Yeshayahu and his son Shear-Yashuv confront Achaz, then king of Yehuda, who was facing an invasion from Aram (Syria) and the Northern Kingdom of Israel. While Achaz fearfully refers to them as two powerful princes, Yeshayahu tries to assure him that they are only tails of smoking firebrands, meaning two kingdoms on their deathbeds. Therefore, says YeshayahuYehuda has only to trust in Hashem, and nothing to fear. This meeting – a paradigmatic demonstration of faith in God – occurred at the Launderer’s Pool. This pool of water is mentioned two other times in the Bible, and there are various opinions with regard to its exact location. One opinion is a location in the northeast of Yerushalayim, close to today’s Lions’ Gate, where a dam forms a pool carved into a riverbed. Another opinion suggests the pool was in the northwest of the city, where a channel of a riverbed was discovered. Both of these pools were within the city limits during the time of the Second Temple, and were used by tens of thousands of pilgrims each year for drinking, cleaning and purification in preparation for their visit to the nearby Beit Hamikdash.1 comment

4  And say to him: Be firm and be calm. Do not be afraid and do not lose heart on account of those two smoking stubs of firebrands, on account of the raging of Rezin and his Arameans and the son of Remaliah.

ד  וְאָמַרְתָּ אֵלָיו הִשָּׁמֵר וְהַשְׁקֵט אַל־תִּירָא וּלְבָבְךָ אַל־יֵרַךְ מִשְּׁנֵי זַנְבוֹת הָאוּדִים הָעֲשֵׁנִים הָאֵלֶּה בָּחֳרִי־אַף רְצִין וַאֲרָם וּבֶן־רְמַלְיָהוּ׃

5  Because the Arameans—with Efraim and the son of Remaliah—have plotted against you, saying,

ה  יַעַן כִּי־יָעַץ עָלֶיךָ אֲרָם רָעָה אֶפְרַיִם וּבֶן־רְמַלְיָהוּ לֵאמֹר׃

6  ‘We will march against Yehuda and invade and conquer it, and we will set up as king in it the son of Tabeel,’

ו  נַעֲלֶה בִיהוּדָה וּנְקִיצֶנָּה וְנַבְקִעֶנָּה אֵלֵינוּ וְנַמְלִיךְ מֶלֶךְ בְּתוֹכָהּ אֵת בֶּן־טָבְאַל׃

7  thus said my God: It shall not succeed, It shall not come to pass.

ז  כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה לֹא תָקוּם וְלֹא תִהְיֶה׃

8  For the chief city of Aram is Damascus, And the chief of Damascus is Rezin;

ח  כִּי רֹאשׁ אֲרָם דַּמֶּשֶׂק וְרֹאשׁ דַּמֶּשֶׂק רְצִין וּבְעוֹד שִׁשִּׁים וְחָמֵשׁ שָׁנָה יֵחַת אֶפְרַיִם מֵעָם׃

9  The chief city of Efraim is Shomron, And the chief of Shomron is the son of Remaliah. And in another sixty-five years, Efraim shall be shattered as a people. If you will not believe, for you cannot be trusted…”

ט  וְרֹאשׁ אֶפְרַיִם שֹׁמְרוֹן וְרֹאשׁ שֹׁמְרוֹן בֶּן־רְמַלְיָהוּ אִם לֹא תַאֲמִינוּ כִּי לֹא תֵאָמֵנוּ׃

10  Hashem spoke further to Achaz:

י  וַיּוֹסֶף יְהוָה דַּבֵּר אֶל־אָחָז לֵאמֹר׃

11  “Ask for a sign from Hashem your God, anywhere down to Sheol or up to the sky.”

יא  שְׁאַל־לְךָ אוֹת מֵעִם יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ הַעְמֵק שְׁאָלָה אוֹ הַגְבֵּהַּ לְמָעְלָה׃

12  But Achaz replied, “I will not ask, and I will not test Hashem.”

יב  וַיֹּאמֶר אָחָז לֹא־אֶשְׁאַל וְלֹא־אֲנַסֶּה אֶת־יְהוָה׃

13  “Listen, House of David,” [Yeshayahu] retorted, “is it not enough for you to treat men as helpless that you also treat my God as helpless?

יג  וַיֹּאמֶר שִׁמְעוּ־נָא בֵּית דָּוִד הַמְעַט מִכֶּם הַלְאוֹת אֲנָשִׁים כִּי תַלְאוּ גַּם אֶת־אֱלֹהָי׃

14  Assuredly, my Lord will give you a sign of His own accord! Look, the young woman is with child and about to give birth to a son. Let her name him Imanu-El.

יד  לָכֵן יִתֵּן אֲדֹנָי הוּא לָכֶם אוֹת הִנֵּה הָעַלְמָה הָרָה וְיֹלֶדֶת בֵּן וְקָרָאת שְׁמוֹ עִמָּנוּ אֵל׃

15  (By the time he learns to reject the bad and choose the good, people will be feeding on curds and honey.)

טו  חֶמְאָה וּדְבַשׁ יֹאכֵל לְדַעְתּוֹ מָאוֹס בָּרָע וּבָחוֹר בַּטּוֹב׃

16  For before the lad knows to reject the bad and choose the good, the ground whose two kings you dread shall be abandoned.

טז  כִּי בְּטֶרֶם יֵדַע הַנַּעַר מָאֹס בָּרָע וּבָחֹר בַּטּוֹב תֵּעָזֵב הָאֲדָמָה אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה קָץ מִפְּנֵי שְׁנֵי מְלָכֶיהָ׃

17  Hashem will cause to come upon you and your people and your ancestral house such days as never have come since Efraim turned away from Yehuda—that selfsame king of Assyria!

יז  יָבִיא יְהוָה עָלֶיךָ וְעַל־עַמְּךָ וְעַל־בֵּית אָבִיךָ יָמִים אֲשֶׁר לֹא־בָאוּ לְמִיּוֹם סוּר־אֶפְרַיִם מֵעַל יְהוּדָה אֵת מֶלֶךְ אַשּׁוּר׃

18  “In that day, Hashem will whistle to the flies at the ends of the water channels of Egypt and to the bees in the land of Assyria;

יח  וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִשְׁרֹק יְהוָה לַזְּבוּב אֲשֶׁר בִּקְצֵה יְאֹרֵי מִצְרָיִם וְלַדְּבוֹרָה אֲשֶׁר בְּאֶרֶץ אַשּׁוּר׃

19  and they shall all come and alight in the rugged wadis, and in the clefts of the rocks, and in all the thornbrakes, and in all the watering places.

יט  וּבָאוּ וְנָחוּ כֻלָּם בְּנַחֲלֵי הַבַּתּוֹת וּבִנְקִיקֵי הַסְּלָעִים וּבְכֹל הַנַּעֲצוּצִים וּבְכֹל הַנַּהֲלֹלִים׃

20  “In that day, my Lord will cut away with the razor that is hired beyond the Euphrates—with the king of Assyria—the hair of the head and the hair of the legs, and it shall clip off the beard as well.

כ  בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יְגַלַּח אֲדֹנָי בְּתַעַר הַשְּׂכִירָה בְּעֶבְרֵי נָהָר בְּמֶלֶךְ אַשּׁוּר אֶת־הָרֹאשׁ וְשַׂעַר הָרַגְלָיִם וְגַם אֶת־הַזָּקָן תִּסְפֶּה׃

21  And in that day, each man shall save alive a heifer of the herd and two animals of the flock.

כא  וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יְחַיֶּה־אִישׁ עֶגְלַת בָּקָר וּשְׁתֵּי־צֹאן׃

22  (And he shall obtain so much milk that he shall eat curds.) Thus everyone who is left in the land shall feed on curds and honey.

כב  וְהָיָה מֵרֹב עֲשׂוֹת חָלָב יֹאכַל חֶמְאָה כִּי־חֶמְאָה וּדְבַשׁ יֹאכֵל כָּל־הַנּוֹתָר בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ׃

23  “For in that day, every spot where there could stand a thousand vines worth a thousand shekalim of silver shall become a wilderness of thornbush and thistle.

כג  וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיֶה כָל־מָקוֹם אֲשֶׁר יִהְיֶה־שָּׁם אֶלֶף גֶּפֶן בְּאֶלֶף כָּסֶף לַשָּׁמִיר וְלַשַּׁיִת יִהְיֶה׃

24  One will have to go there with bow and arrows, for the country shall be all thornbushes and thistles.

כד  בַּחִצִּים וּבַקֶּשֶׁת יָבוֹא שָׁמָּה כִּי־שָׁמִיר וָשַׁיִת תִּהְיֶה כָל־הָאָרֶץ׃

25  But the perils of thornbush and thistle shall not spread to any of the hills that could only be tilled with a hoe; and here cattle shall be let loose, and sheep and goats shall tramp about.”

 

כה  וְכֹל הֶהָרִים אֲשֶׁר בַּמַּעְדֵּר יֵעָדֵרוּן לֹא־תָבוֹא שָׁמָּה יִרְאַת שָׁמִיר וָשָׁיִת וְהָיָה לְמִשְׁלַח שׁוֹר וּלְמִרְמַס שֶׂה׃

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  • Again we see Isaiah as a true man of God showing His faith in HaShem as being willing and able to protect Israel against all comers. All that is required is faith and trust in Him who will always respond to those who place their very lives and freedom to Him.
    It is very very encouraging to see a movement coming out Israel calling for people who love this land and all it stands for to prayer and fasting and asking for protection from Israel’s many enemies. It is a privilege to join with them world wide.

  • I see so many prophetic words as I read this marvelous book, the bible with so many authors and we have one such here in Verse 14 and following. This Creator God moves upon those who will follow Him and gives understanding and wisdom. I fail to see how anyone could believe in any other. This bible blesses me every time I get into it.

    • The prophecy is to King Ahaz, that G-d Himself will take care of the king’s enemies and the child born of the young woman (she’s already pregnant) will serve as a sign to the King, a guauge as to when the fulfillment of the prophecy will take place, before the child knows the difference between right and wrong. Nothing to do with our moshiach. This prophecy was fuflilled in King Ahaz’ day.

  • 14 Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: behold, the young woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Imanu–El.

    No virgin birth, nothing about moshiach.

    • behold, the young woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Imanu–El.
      What's so special about a sign of a young woman conceiving?This is normal.A virgin birth is a sign

    • People also ask
      When was the Babylonian Talmud written?
      The Talmud (Hebrew for “study”) is one of the central works of the Jewish people. It is the record of rabbinic teachings that spans a period of about six hundred years, beginning in the first century C.E. and continuing through the sixth and seventh centuries C.E.
      Has the Talmud influenced the translators to insert 'young woman' instead of virgin ?

      • Thank you for your question. Your assumption seems to be that the Hebrew world 'alma' means virgin, but is mistranslated by the translators as 'young woman.' If you look at other places the word is used in the Bible, however, you will notice that though the word sometimes refers to a young woman who is virgin, there is one place that it must NOT be referring to a virgin (Proverbs 30:18-20). Since the word is used to refer to a woman who is definitely not a virgin, the word 'alma' can not mean virgin but instead means young woman. For a more elaborate explanation, see what Rabbi Tovia Singer's article here http://outreachjudaism.org/alma-virgin/

      • I've noticed that the translators of the LXX (Tanakh in Greek by Jews) translated Alma as virgin.

        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 Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: behold, the young woman shall conceive, and bear a son,

      I suppose a young woman conceiving and having a child could be a sign considering Genesis 17:17 which says that Sarah will bear a child at 90.

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