2 When it was reported to the house of David, saying, “The Arameans [a]have camped in Ephraim,” his heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake [b]with the wind.
3 Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and your son [c]Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway to the [d]fuller’s field,4 and say to him, ‘Take care and be calm, have no fear and do not be fainthearted because of these two stubs of smoldering firebrands, on account of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and the son of Remaliah.5 Because Aram, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has planned evil against you, saying,6 “Let us go up against Judah and [e]terrorize it, and make for ourselves a breach in [f]its walls and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,”7 thus says the Lord [g]God: “It shall not stand nor shall it come to pass.8 For the head of Aram is Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin (now within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered, so that it is no longer a people),9 and the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you will not believe, you surely shall not [h]last.”’”
The Child Immanuel
10 Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying,11 “Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; [i]make it deep as Sheol or high as [j]heaven.”12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!”13 Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well?14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a [k]virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name [l]Immanuel.15 He will eat curds and honey [m]at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good.16 For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.
18 Now the birth of Jesus [a]Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been [b]betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned [c]to send her away secretly.20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for [d]the Child who has been [e]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for [f]He will save His people from their sins.”22 Now all this [g]took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be withchild and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name[h]Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”24 And Joseph [i]awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife,25 [j]but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.
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