6 In the year of King Uzziah’s death, 1 I saw the sovereign master 2 seated on a high, elevated throne. The hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs 3 stood over him; each one had six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, 4 and they used the remaining two to fly. 3 They called out to one another, “Holy, holy, holy 5 is the Lord who commands armies! 6 His majestic splendor fills the entire earth!” 4 The sound of their voices shook the door frames, 7 and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 I said, “Too bad for me! I am destroyed, 8 for my lips are contaminated by sin, 9 and I live among people whose lips are contaminated by sin. 10 My eyes have seen the king, the Lord who commands armies.” 11 6 But then one of the seraphs flew toward me. In his hand was a hot coal he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Look, this coal has touched your lips. Your evil is removed; your sin is forgiven.” 12 8 I heard the voice of the sovereign master say, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” 13 I answered, “Here I am, send me!” 9 He said, “Go and tell these people:
‘Listen continually, but don’t understand!
Look continually, but don’t perceive!’
10 Make the hearts of these people calloused;
make their ears deaf and their eyes blind!
Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.” 14
11 I replied, “How long, sovereign master?” He said,
“Until cities are in ruins and unpopulated,
and houses are uninhabited,
and the land is ruined and devastated,
12 and the Lord has sent the people off to a distant place,
and the very heart of the land is completely abandoned. 15
13 Even if only a tenth of the people remain in the land, it will again be destroyed, 16 like one of the large sacred trees 17 or an Asherah pole, when a sacred pillar on a high place is thrown down. 18 That sacred pillar symbolizes the special chosen family.” 19
7 During 1 the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, King Rezin of Syria and King Pekah son of Remaliah of Israel marched up to Jerusalem 2 to do battle, but they were unable to prevail against it. 3
2 It was reported to the family 4 of David, “Syria has allied with 5 Ephraim.” They and their people were emotionally shaken, just as the trees of the forest shake before the wind. 6 3 So the Lord told Isaiah, “Go out with your son Shear-jashub 7 and meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 8 4 Tell him, ‘Make sure you stay calm! 9 Don’t be afraid! Don’t be intimidated 10 by these two stubs of smoking logs, 11 or by the raging anger of Rezin, Syria, and the son of Remaliah. 5 Syria has plotted with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah to bring about your demise. 12 6 They say, “Let’s attack Judah, terrorize it, and conquer it. 13 Then we’ll set up the son of Tabeel as its king.” 14 7 For this reason the sovereign master, 15 the Lord, says:
“It will not take place;
it will not happen.
8 For Syria’s leader is Damascus,
and the leader of Damascus is Rezin.
Within sixty-five years Ephraim will no longer exist as a nation. 16
9 Ephraim’s leader is Samaria,
and Samaria’s leader is the son of Remaliah.
If your faith does not remain firm,
then you will not remain secure.” 17
10 The Lord again spoke to Ahaz: 11 “Ask for a confirming sign from the Lord your God. You can even ask for something miraculous.” 18 12 But Ahaz responded, “I don’t want to ask; I don’t want to put the Lord to a test.” 19 13 So Isaiah replied, 20 “Pay attention, 21 family 22 of David. 23 Do you consider it too insignificant to try the patience of men? Is that why you are also trying the patience of my God? 14 For this reason the sovereign master himself will give you a confirming sign. 24 Look, this 25 young woman 26 is about to conceive 27 and will give birth to a son. You, young woman, will name him 28 Immanuel. 29 15 He will eat sour milk 30 and honey, which will help him know how 31 to reject evil and choose what is right. 16 Here is why this will be so: 32 Before the child knows how to reject evil and choose what is right, the land 33 whose two kings you fear will be desolate. 34 17 The Lord will bring on you, your people, and your father’s family a time 35 unlike any since Ephraim departed from Judah – the king of Assyria!” 36
18 At that time 37 the Lord will whistle for flies from the distant streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria. 38 19 All of them will come and make their home 39 in the ravines between the cliffs, and in the crevices of the cliffs, in all the thorn bushes, and in all the watering holes. 40 20 At that time 41 the sovereign master will use a razor hired from the banks of the Euphrates River, 42 the king of Assyria, to shave the head and the pubic hair; 43 it will also shave off the beard. 21 At that time 44 a man will keep alive a young cow from the herd and a couple of goats. 22 From the abundance of milk they produce, 45 he will have sour milk for his meals. Indeed, everyone left in the heart of the land will eat sour milk and honey. 23 At that time 46 every place where there had been a thousand vines worth a thousand shekels will be overrun 47 with thorns and briers. 24 With bow and arrow 48 men will hunt 49 there, for the whole land will be covered 50 with thorns and briers. 25 They will stay away from all the hills that were cultivated, for fear of the thorns and briers. 51 Cattle will graze there and sheep will trample on them. 52