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Isaiah 7:4-5

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7:4 Tell him, ‘Make sure you stay calm! 1  Don’t be afraid! Don’t be intimidated 2  by these two stubs of smoking logs, 3  or by the raging anger of Rezin, Syria, and the son of Remaliah. 7:5 Syria has plotted with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah to bring about your demise. 4 

1 tn Heb “guard yourself and be quiet,” but the two verbs should be coordinated.

2 tn Heb “and let not your heart be weak”; ASV “neither let thy heart be faint.”

3 sn The derogatory metaphor indicates that the power of Rezin and Pekah is ready to die out.

4 tn This sentence opens with the conjunction יַעַן כִּי (yaan ki, “because”). Consequently some take vv. 5-6 with what precedes, as another reason why Ahaz might be tempted to fear (see v. 4). However, it is more likely that vv. 5-6 give the basis for the Lord’s announcement in vv. 7-9. The conjunction יַעַן כִּי here introduces the basis for judgment (as in 3:16; 8:6; 29:13), which is then followed by the formal announcement of judgment.



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