Ahaz, being troubled with fear of Rezin and Pekah, is comforted by Isaiah.
Isaiah 7:1 And it came to passe in the dayes of Ahaz the sonne of Iotham, the sonne of Uzziah king of Iudah, [that] Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah, the sonne of Remaliah king of Israel, went vp towards Ierusalem to warre against it, but could not preuaile against it. Isaiah 7:2 And it was told the house of Dauid, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim: and his heart was moued, and the heart of his people as the trees of the wood are mooued with the wind. Isaiah 7:3 Then sayd the LORD vnto Isaiah; Goe forth now to meete Ahaz, thou, & Shear-iashub thy sonne, at the end of the conduit of the vpper poole in the high way of the fullers field. Isaiah 7:4 And say vnto him; Take heede and be quiet: feare not, neither be faint hearted for the two tailes of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the sonne of Remaliah. Isaiah 7:5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the sonne of Remaliah haue taken euill counsell against thee, saying; Isaiah 7:6 Let vs goe vp against Iudah and vexe it, and let vs make a breach therein for vs, and set a king in the midst of it, [euen] the sonne of Tabeal. Isaiah 7:7 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall not stand, neither shall it come to passe. Isaiah 7:8 For the head of Syria [is] Damascus, and the head of Damascus [is] Rezin, and within threescore and fiue yeeres shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people. Isaiah 7:9 And the head of Ephraim [is] Samaria, and the head of Samaria [is] Remaliahs sonne: if yee will not beleeue, surely yee shall not be established.
Ahaz, having liberty to choose a sign, and refusing it, hath for a sign, Christ promised.
Isaiah 7:10 Moreouer the LORD spake againe vnto Ahaz, saying; Isaiah 7:11 Aske thee a signe of the LORD thy God; aske it either in the depth, or in the height aboue. Isaiah 7:12 But Ahaz sayd, I will not aske, neither will I tempt the LORD. Isaiah 7:13 And he sayd; Heare yee now, O house of Dauid; [Is] it a small thing for you to wearie men, but will yee wearie my God also? Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himselfe shal giue you a signe: Behold, a Uirgine shall conceiue and beare a Sonne, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:15 Butter and hony shall he eat, that hee may know to refuse the euill, and choose the good. Isaiah 7:16 For before the childe shall know to refuse the euill and choose the good; the land that thou abhorrest, shalbe forsaken of both her kings.
His judgment is prophesied to come by Assyria.
Isaiah 7:17 The LORD shall bring vpon thee and vpon thy people, and vpon thy fathers house, dayes that haue not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Iudah; [euen] the King of Assyria. Isaiah 7:18 And it shall come to passe in that day, [that] the LORD shall hisse for the flie, that [is] in the vttermost part of the riuers of Egypt, and for the Bee that [is] in the land of Assyria. Isaiah 7:19 And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rockes, and vpon all thornes, and vpon all bushes. Isaiah 7:20 In the same day shall the Lord shaue with a rasor that is hired, namely by them beyond the riuer, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the haire of the feet: and it shal also consume the beard. Isaiah 7:21 And it shall come to passe in that day, [that] a man shal nourish a yong cow and two sheepe. Isaiah 7:22 And it shall come to passe, for the abundance of milke [that] they shall giue, he shal eate butter: for butter and hony shall euery one eate, that is left in the land. Isaiah 7:23 And it shall come to passe in that day, [that] euery place shalbe, where there were a thousand Uines at a thousand siluerlings, it shall [euen] be for briers and thornes. Isaiah 7:24 With arrowes and with bowes shall men come thither; because all the land shall become briars and thornes. Isaiah 7:25 And [on] all hilles that shalbe digged with the mattocke, there shall not come thither the feare of briars and thornes: but it shall bee for the sending foorth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattell.