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Isaiah 7

War against Jerusalem

1Now it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin king of [a]Aram (Syria) and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but they could not conquer it. When the house of David (Judah) was told, “Aram is allied with Ephraim (Israel),” the hearts of Ahaz and his people trembled as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind.

Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz [king of Judah], you and your son [b]Shear-jashub, at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the highway to the [c]Fuller’s Field; and say to him, ‘Take care and be calm, do not fear and be weak-hearted because of these two stumps of smoldering logs, on account of the fierce anger of [King] Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah (Pekah, usurper of the throne of Israel). Because Aram, along with Ephraim (Israel) and the son of Remaliah, have planned evil against you (Judah), saying, “Let us go up against Judah and terrorize it; and let us breach its wall and tear it apart [each of us taking a portion] and set up the son of Tabeel over it as its [puppet] king,” for this is what the Lord God says, “It shall not stand nor shall it happen. For the head (capital) of Aram is Damascus and the head of Damascus is [King] Rezin (now within sixty-five years Ephraim will be broken to pieces and will no longer be a people). And the head (capital) of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son [King Pekah]. If you will not [d]believe [and trust in God and His message], be assured that you will not be established.”’”

The Child Immanuel

10 Then the Lord spoke again to [King] Ahaz, saying, 11 “Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God [one that will convince you that God has spoken and will keep His word]; make your request as deep as Sheol or as high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “[e]I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!” 13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too small a thing for you to try the patience of men, but will you try the patience of my God as well? 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the [f]virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel (God with us). 15 He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to refuse evil and choose good. 16 For before the child will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land (Canaan) whose two kings you dread will be deserted [both Ephraim and Aram].

Trials to Come for Judah

17 The Lord will bring on you, on your people, and on your father’s house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim (the ten northern tribes) separated from Judah—[He will call for] the king of Assyria.”

18 In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is in the [g]mouth of the rivers and canals of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19 These [armies, like flies and bees] will all come and settle on the steep and rugged ravines and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thorn bushes and in all the watering places.

20 In that day [when foreign armies swarm the land] the Lord will shave with a razor, hired from the regions beyond the Euphrates (that is, with the king of Assyria), [that razor will shave] the head and the hair of the legs; and it will also remove the beard [leaving Judah stripped, shamed and scorned].

21 Now in that day [because of the poverty caused by the invaders] a man will keep alive only a young milk cow and two sheep; 22 and because of the abundance of milk produced he will eat curds, for everyone that is left in the land will eat [only] curds and [wild] honey.

23 And it will come to pass in that day, in every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand silver shekels, there will be briars and thorns. 24 People will come there [to hunt] with arrows and with bows because all the land will be briars and thorns. 25 As for all the hills which used to be cultivated with the pick and the hoe, you will no longer go there for fear of briars and thorns; but they will become a place where oxen are pastured and where sheep tread.

Notas al pie

  1. Isaiah 7:1 The people of the kingdom of Aram were descended from Aram, the youngest son of Shem, the son of Noah (Gen 10:22, 23). The territory of the Arameans also included the areas later identified as Syria and Mesopotamia.
  2. Isaiah 7:3 A prophetic name meaning a remnant shall return.
  3. Isaiah 7:3 A field where freshly washed clothes were spread out to bleach and dry in the sun.
  4. Isaiah 7:9 The same Hebrew word is used both for believe and be established.
  5. Isaiah 7:12 This was a misplaced sense of faithfulness on Ahaz’s part. It is wise not to ask God for a sign, unless He offers one as He did to Ahaz.
  6. Isaiah 7:14 This prophecy of the virgin is declared in Matt 1:22, 23 to be fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. There has been a great deal of discussion over the Hebrew word found here for virgin (almah) and the word that Matthew uses (parthenos). The latter refers unambiguously to a virgin, while the former (almah) has been said to refer to a young woman, in contrast to the Hebrew word bethulah, which is the equivalent of the Gr parthenos. It has also been noted that the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew OT, has parthenos here for almah, and that Matt 1:23 is taken from the Septuagint. Some have wondered why the Septuagint translators used the more specific word parthenos. It is fair to say that this question is the result of oversimplifying the vocabulary and misinterpreting the distinctions. The Hebrew words almah and bethulah can actually refer to the same kind of woman; almah is a youthful woman of marriageable age, one who has not yet had her first child, while bethulah is one who has not been touched in an intimate way. Furthermore, in the present context it would be unthinkable to infer that the woman might have had sexual relations outside of marriage. So the well-known translation of “young woman” for almah, while technically not incorrect, can be viewed as too ambiguous for the Hebrew word and the context. Parthenos was an appropriate choice in the Greek. Another word, kore (for “girl”) could have been used, but it has a wider range of meaning than the Heb almah (Mark uses a related word, korasion, to translate Jesus’ Aramaic word talitha). It should also be acknowledged from a theological perspective that when Matthew cites the verse with parthenos, he thereby authenticates it as inspired.
  7. Isaiah 7:18 Lit end.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以賽亞書 7

給亞哈斯王的信息

1烏西雅的孫子、約坦的兒子亞哈斯做猶大王時,亞蘭王利迅和利瑪利的兒子以色列王比加來攻打耶路撒冷,卻無法攻破。 亞蘭和以色列結盟的消息傳到猶大王那裡,舉國上下都嚇得膽戰心驚,好像林中被風吹動的樹木。 耶和華對以賽亞說:「你帶著兒子施亞雅述出去,到上池水溝的盡頭——通往漂布場的路上迎見亞哈斯, 告訴他要謹慎鎮定,不要害怕,不要因亞蘭王利迅和利瑪利的兒子的怒氣而膽怯,他們不過是兩個冒煙的火把頭。 亞蘭王和以法蓮及利瑪利的兒子陰謀毀滅他, 企圖攻打並瓜分猶大,改立他比勒的兒子為王。 但主耶和華說,

『這陰謀必無法得逞。
亞蘭的都城是大馬士革,
大馬士革的首領是利迅。
六十五年之內,
以色列必亡國。
以色列的都城是撒瑪利亞,
撒瑪利亞的首領是利瑪利的兒子。
你們信心若不堅定,
必無法堅立。』」

10 耶和華又對亞哈斯說: 11 「向你的上帝耶和華求個徵兆吧,或顯在天上,或顯在陰間。」 12 但亞哈斯說:「我不求,我不要試探耶和華。」 13 以賽亞說:「大衛的子孫啊,你們聽著!你們使人厭煩還不夠嗎?還要使我的上帝厭煩嗎? 14 所以,主會親自給你們一個徵兆,必有童貞女[a]懷孕生子並給祂取名叫以馬內利[b] 15 他將吃乳酪和蜂蜜,一直到他能明辨是非。 16 然而,在他能明辨是非之前,你所懼怕的這二王的國土必荒廢。

17 「之後,耶和華必讓亞述王來攻擊你們。這是你全家及你的人民自以色列與猶大分裂以來從未有的日子。 18 那時,耶和華的哨聲一響,埃及的大軍必像蒼蠅一樣從遙遠的尼羅河飛撲而來,亞述的人馬必如黃蜂一樣蜂擁而至, 19 遍佈險峻的山谷、岩穴、一切荊棘叢和草場。 20 那時,主必使用幼發拉底河對岸的亞述王來毀滅你們,就像用租來的剃刀剃光你們的頭髮、鬍鬚和身上的汗毛。

21 「那時,一個人將養活一頭母牛和兩隻羊。 22 因出產的奶豐富,他就有乳酪吃,境內剩下的人都將吃乳酪和蜂蜜。 23 那時,本來有千株葡萄、價值千金的園子必長滿荊棘和蒺藜, 24 人們必帶著弓箭去打獵,因為遍地長滿了荊棘和蒺藜。 25 你因懼怕荊棘和蒺藜,將不再去從前用鋤頭開墾的山地,那裡將成為牧放牛羊的地方。」

Notas al pie

  1. 7·14 童貞女」或譯「女子」。
  2. 7·14 以馬內利」意思是「上帝與我們同在」。