Isaiah 7:16

“For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For before the childe shall know to refuse the euill and choose the good; the land that thou abhorrest, shalbe forsaken of both her kings.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For before the boy will know {enough} to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings thou abhorrest shall be forsaken.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For before the child is old enough to make a decision between evil and good, the land whose two kings you are now fearing will have become waste.
- Basic English Bible

For before the child knoweth to refuse the evil and to choose the good, the land whose two kings thou fearest shall be forsaken.
- Darby Bible

For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken by both her kings.
- Webster's Bible

For before the child knows to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings you abhor shall be forsaken.
- World English Bible

For before the youth doth know To refuse evil, and to fix on good, Forsaken is the land thou art vexed with, because of her two kings.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Yea, before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings thou hast a horror of shall be forsaken.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 7:16


7:16 Yea - Not only this land shall be preserved until the virgin's son shall be born, but thine enemies land shall be sorely scourged, and these two kings destroyed within a very little time. This child - Shear - Jashub, whom in all probability the prophet pointed at, and who was brought hither by God's special command, ver.#3|. for this very use. The land - The lands of Syria and Israel. Forsaken - So far shall Pekah and Rezin be from conquering thy land, that they shall lose their own lands, and their lives too; which they did within two years after this time, being both slain by the king of Assyria.


Discussion for Isaiah 7

  • A disciple
    God calls many, who after prove unworthy, and end up doing and causing very much evil. King Saul ended up being an enemy and persecutor, and caused civil war in Israel, because of his envy of David. Ahaz ended up being the one who called the Assyrians for help; which ultimately destroyed and carried away captive the whole Northern kingdom. Apostates and hypocrites are the worst traitors!
  • Irene123
    The reason the Jews didn't/don't believe in Jesus is because of the same idea His apostles had in Acts 1:6. The Jewish nation is still looking for the restoration of the old boundaries of Israel to be in control of the Jewish nation. They never understood because they wanted what they wanted - not God's will, in their lives. We are to PRAY for Jerusalem ........
  • Ikechukwu faith mrs
    Thank God for this



  • JP
    Hello David H. I disagree with you, this isn't what the writers of the NT believed at all. You should read Matthew 1 v.23 and Luke 1 v.35. God bless
  • David H.
    I agree that the words spoken by Isaiah concerning the conception of Christ was not a prophesy. It truly was a sign for King Ahaz. The whole idea was to strengthened his faith.
    He was trusting man for something he should have, all along trusted God for.
    To here these words concerning a virgin conceiving and believing that God will make that happen, Should have an impacted his faith in God.
  • Word
    There is only One God and Saviour Isaiah 45 who was born Christ and called Immanuel God with us. God the Holy Spirit, His Spirit the Spirit who sends? Christ and who is God we must know we were told by John the one Jesus loved told us and the WORD WAS GOD! And John said He, Christ created All things. Now we know who said let us create man in OUR Image He didn't leave Himself out when speaking 2 us

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