Isaiah 7

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Isaiah 7
Great Isaiah Scroll.jpg
The Great Isaiah Scroll, the best preserved of the biblical scrolls found at Qumran from the second century BC, contains all the verses in this chapter.
BookBook of Isaiah
Hebrew Bible partNevi'im
Order in the Hebrew part5
CategoryLatter Prophets
Christian Bible partOld Testament
Order in the Christian part23

Isaiah 7 is the seventh chapter of the Book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. This book contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet Isaiah and is one of the Books of the Prophets.


The original text was written in Hebrew language. This chapter is divided into 25 verses.

Textual witnesses[edit]

Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter in Hebrew are of the Masoretic Text tradition, which includes the Codex Cairensis (895), the Petersburg Codex of the Prophets (916), Aleppo Codex (10th century), Codex Leningradensis (1008).[1]

Fragments containing parts of this chapter were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls (3rd century BC or later):

  • 1QIsaa: complete
  • 1QIsab: extant: verses 14‑16, 20‑25
  • 4QIsaf (4Q60): extant: verses 16‑18, 23‑25
  • 4QIsah (4Q62): extant: verses 14‑15
  • 4QIsal (4Q65): extant: verses 17‑20

There is also a translation into Koine Greek known as the Septuagint, made in the last few centuries BCE. Extant ancient manuscripts of the Septuagint version include Codex Vaticanus (B; B; 4th century), Codex Sinaiticus (S; BHK: S; 4th century), Codex Alexandrinus (A; A; 5th century) and Codex Marchalianus (Q; Q; 6th century).[2]


The parashah sections listed here are based on the Aleppo Codex.[3] Isaiah 7 is a part of the Prophecies about Judah and Israel (Isaiah 1-12). {P}: open parashah; {S}: closed parashah.

{P} 7:1-2 {S} 7:3-6 {P} 7:7-9 {P} 7:10-17 {P} 7:18-20 {P} 7:21-22 {S} 7:23-25 {P}

Verse 1[edit]

Now it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin, king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but could not prevail against it.[4]

Cross reference: 2 Kings 16:5; Matthew 1:9

The purpose of the war was to bring Judah into an anti-Assyrian coalition.[5]

Verse 3[edit]

'Then the Lord said to Isaiah,
“Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-Jashub your son,
at the end of the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller’s Field,[6]

According to the New Oxford Annotated Bible, the "upper pool" is the "reservoir south of Gihon Spring" (Isaiah 36:2).[7] This was unlikely to be a regular meeting point: the Good News Translation calls the area "the road where the cloth makers work";[8] Ahaz may have gone there to undertake an engineering inspection, to ensure either that the water supplies for Jerusalem were secure, or that they would not be accessible to invading forces.[9]

Isaiah speaks God's word to Ahaz; apparently this is "received in silence, at any rate without acknowledgment".[9]

The place of meeting would witness another confrontation between Rabshakeh, the messenger of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, with the officials of Hezekiah, son of Ahaz (Isaiah 36:2), presenting a contrast of behavior between Ahaz and Hezekiah.[10]

Verse 12[edit]

Ahaz said, “I will not ask [for a sign], nor will I test the Lord!”[11]

Ahaz, unwilling to commit to the faith in God which Isaiah has demanded, uses the edict of Deuteronomy 6:16, Do not put the Lord your God to the test (New International Version) as an excuse, "under a pretence of reverence".[12]

Verse 14[edit]

The last part of Isaiah 7:14 in Hebrew.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.[13]

The Hebrew Masoretic text (10th century) and the Isaiah scroll (2nd century BC): (read from right to left)

לָכֵן יִתֵּן אֲדֹנָי הוּא לָכֶם אוֹת הִנֵּה הָעַלְמָה הָרָה וְיֹלֶדֶת בֵּן וְקָרָאת שְׁמוֹ עִמָּנוּאֵל


"lā·ḵên yitên ’ă·ḏō·nāy hū lā·ḵem o·wt: hinneh hā·‘al·māh hā·rāh wə·yō·le·ḏeṯ bên, wə·qā·rāṯ shem-o imanuel"

This verse is cited in Matthew 1:23.

Verse 15[edit]

Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.[14]
  • "Butter" (Hebrew: חמאה‎, chem'âh): could be rendered as "thick and curdled milk".[15]

Verse 18[edit]

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.[16]

The Pulpit Commentary suggests that "the choice of the terms 'bee' and 'fly' to represent respectively the hosts of Assyria and Egypt, is not without significance. Egyptian armies were swarms, hastily levied, and very imperfectly disciplined. Assyrian were bodies of trained troops accustomed to war, and almost as well disciplined as the Romans."[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Würthwein 1995, pp. 35-37.
  2. ^ Würthwein 1995, pp. 73-74.
  3. ^ As reflected in the Jewish Publication Society's 1917 edition of the Hebrew Bible in English.
  4. ^ Isaiah 7:1 NKJV
  5. ^ Footnote in Jerusalem Bible at 2 Kings 16:5
  6. ^ Isaiah 7:3 NKJV
  7. ^ a b The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Third Edition, New Revised Standard Version, Indexed. Michael D. Coogan, Marc Brettler, Carol A. Newsom, Editors. Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2007. pp. 987-989 Hebrew Bible. ISBN 978-0195288810
  8. ^ Isaiah 7:3: Good News Translation
  9. ^ a b c Pulpit Commentary on Isaiah 7, accessed 14 March 2018
  10. ^ Coggins 2007, p. 463.
  11. ^ Isaiah 7:12
  12. ^ Skinner, J. (1897-98),Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges on Isaiah 7, accessed 1 December 2019
  13. ^ Isaiah 7:14 KJV
  14. ^ Isaiah 7:15 KJV
  15. ^ Barnes, Albert. Notes on the Bible - Isaiah 7. James Murphy (ed). London: Blackie & Son, 1884.
  16. ^ Isaiah 7:18 KJV


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