Isaiah 7
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1  And it came to pass in the days of Achaz the son of Yotam, the son of Uzziahu, king of Yehudah, that Rezin the king of Aram, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Yisrael, went up to Yerushalayim to war against it; but could not prevail against 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  And it was told the house of David, saying: ‘Aram is confederate with Efraim.’ And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the forest are moved with the wind.

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

3  Then said Hashem unto Yeshayahu: ‘Go forth now to meet Achaz, thou, and Shear Yashuv thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, in the highway of the fullers’ 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

Isaiah and his son Shear-jashub confront Ahaz, then king of Judah, who was facing an invasion from Aram (Syria) and the Northern Kingdom of Israel. While Ahaz fearfully refers to them as two powerful princes, Isaiah tries to assure him that they are only tails of smoking firebrands, two kingdoms on their deathbeds. Therefore, says Isaiah, Judah has only to trust in God 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 two opinions as to its exact location. One opinion is a location in the northeast of Jerusalem, close to the Lions’ Gate, where a dam forms a pool carved into a riverbed. The second is a location in the northwest of the city where a channel of a riverbed was discovered. Both of these pools were within Jerusalem 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 Temple.

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4  and say unto him: Keep calm, and be quiet; fear not, neither let thy heart be faint, because of these two tails of smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram, and of 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 Aram hath counselled evil against thee, Efraim also, and the son of Remaliah, saying:

ה  יַעַן כִּי יָעַץ עָלֶיךָ אֲרָם רָעָה אֶפְרַיִם וּבֶן רְמַלְיָהוּ לֵאמֹר.

6  Let us go up against Yehudah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set up a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeel;

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

7  thus saith the Lord GOD: It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.

ז  כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה לֹא תָקוּם וְלֹא תִהְיֶה.

8  For the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Efraim be broken, that it be not a people;

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

9  And the head of Efraim is Shomron, and the head of Shomron is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not have faith, surely ye shall not be established.’

ט  וְרֹאשׁ אֶפְרַיִם שֹׁמְרוֹן וְרֹאשׁ שֹׁמְרוֹן בֶּן רְמַלְיָהוּ אִם לֹא תַאֲמִינוּ כִּי לֹא תֵאָמֵנוּ.

10  And Hashem spoke again unto Achaz, saying:

י  וַיּוֹסֶף יְהוָה דַּבֵּר אֶל אָחָז לֵאמֹר.

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

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

12  But Achaz said: ‘I will not ask, neither will I try Hashem.’

יב  וַיֹּאמֶר אָחָז לֹא אֶשְׁאַל וְלֹא אֲנַסֶּה אֶת יְהוָה.

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?

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

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 ImanuEl.

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

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

טו  חֶמְאָה וּדְבַשׁ יֹאכֵל לְדַעְתּוֹ מָאוֹס בָּרָע וּבָחוֹר בַּטּוֹב.

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.

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

17  Hashem shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father’s house, days that have not come, from the day that Efraim departed from Yehudah; even the king of Ashur.’

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

18  And it shall come to pass in that day, that Hashem shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Mitzrayim, and for the bee that is in the land of Ashur.

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

19  And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the rugged valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all brambles.

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

20  In that day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired in the parts beyond the River, even with the king of Ashur, the head and the hair of the feet; and it shall also sweep away the beard.

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

21  And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall rear a young cow, and two sheep;

כא  וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יְחַיֶּה אִישׁ עֶגְלַת בָּקָר וּשְׁתֵּי צֹאן.

22  and it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give, he shall eat curd; for curd and honey shall every one eat that is left in the midst of the land.

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

23  And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, shall even be for briers and thorns.

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

24  With arrows and with bow shall one come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns.

כד  בַּחִצִּים וּבַקֶּשֶׁת יָבוֹא שָׁמָּה כִּי שָׁמִיר וָשַׁיִת תִּהְיֶה כָל הָאָרֶץ.

25  And all the hills that were digged with the mattock, thou shalt not come thither for fear of briers and thorns, but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of sheep.

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

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      Has the Talmud influenced the translators to insert 'young woman' instead of virgin ?

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        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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