Ahaz, being troubled with fear of Rezin and Pekah, is comforted by Isaiah.
Isaiah 7:1 It happened in the tyme of Ahaz the sonne of Iotham, which was the sonne of Uziah Kynge of Iuda: þt Razin the Kynge of Syria, and Pechah þe sonne of Romelyah, kynge of Israel: went vp toward Ierusalem to besege it, but Razin was not able to winne ye. Isaiah 7:2 Now when the house of Dauid (that is Ahaz) herde worde therof, þt Syria & Ephraim were confederate together: his herte quaked (yee and the hertes also of his people) lyke as whan a tree in the felde is moued with the wynde. Isaiah 7:3 Then sayde God vnto Esay: go mete Ahaz (thou and thy sonne Sear Iasub) at the head of the ouer pole, in the fote path by the fullers grounde, Isaiah 7:4 & saye vnto hym, take hede to thy selfe & be styll, but feare not, nether be faynt harted, for these two tayles: þt is: for these two smokyng fyre brandes, the wrath and furiousnes of Razin the Syrian and Romelies sonne: Isaiah 7:5 because that the kynge of Syria Ephraim and Romelies sonne haue wickedly conspyred agaynst the saying: Isaiah 7:6 We wyll goo vp agaynst Iuda, vexe them, and brynge them vnder vs, and set a kynge there, euen the sonne of Tabeel Isaiah 7:7 For thus sayeth the Lorde God therto, It shal not so goo forth, nether come so to passe: Isaiah 7:8 for the head cytie of þe Sirians is Damascus, but the head of Damascus is Rayzin. And after fyue & threscore yeare, shall Ephraim be no more a people. Isaiah 7:9 And þe chefe cytie of Ephraim is Samaria, but the head of Samaria is Romelies sonne. Yf ye beleue not: it commeth of thys: that ye are vnfaithfull to God.
Ahaz, having liberty to choose a sign, and refusing it, hath for a sign, Christ promised.
Isaiah 7:10 Moreouer, God spake once agayne vnto Ahaz, sayinge, Isaiah 7:11 requyre a token of the Lorde thy God, whether it be toward the depth beneth, or towarde þe heygth aboue. Isaiah 7:12 Then sayd Ahaz: I will requyre none, nether wyll I tempte þe Lorde Isaiah 7:13 The Lorde answered: Then heare to, ye of þe house of Dauid: Is it not ynough for you þt ye be greuous vnto men, but ye must greue my God also. Isaiah 7:14 And therfore þe Lord shall geue you a token: Behold, a vyrgin shall conceaue and beare a sonne, and (þu hys mother) shalt cal his name Emanuel. Isaiah 7:15 Butter and hony shall he eate, þt he maye knowe to refuse the euell, and chose the good. Isaiah 7:16 For or euer the chyld come to knowledge, to eschue the euel and chose the good. The lande (that thou so Abhorrest) shalbe desolate of both her kynges.
His judgment is prophesied to come by Assyria.
Isaiah 7:17 The Lorde also shall sende a tyme vpon the, vpon thy people, & vpon thy fathers house (soch as neuer came sence the tyme that Ephraim departed from Iuda) thorowe the kynge of the Assirians. Isaiah 7:18 For at þe same tyme shall the Lord whystle for the flyes that are aboute the water of Egypt, and for the Bees in þe Assirians lande. Isaiah 7:19 These shall come, and shall lyght all in the desolate valeyes, in the holes of stones, vpon all thornye and bushye places. Isaiah 7:20 At the same tyme shall the Lord shaue the heare of the head and the fete and þe beerd cleane of, with the rasoure that he shall hyer beyonde the water: namely, with the kynge of the Assirians. Isaiah 7:21 At the same tyme shall a man lyue with a kowe, and two shepe. Isaiah 7:22 Then, because of the aboundaunce of mylck, he shall make butter & eate it. So that euery one which remayneth in the lande, shall eate butter and hony. Isaiah 7:23 At the same tyme all vyneyardes (though there be a thousande vynes in one, & were solde for a thousande syluerlynges) shalbe turned to brears & thornes. Isaiah 7:24 Lyke as they shall come in to the lande wt arowes & bowes, so shall all the lande be come brears and thornes. Isaiah 7:25 And as for al hylles that are hewen downe, ther shall not come vpon them anye feare of brears & thornes. But þe catell shal be dryuen thyther, and the shepe shall fede there.