Here is why this will be so: 1 Before the child knows how to reject evil and choose what is right, the land 2 whose two kings you fear will be desolate. 3
But before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.
"For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.
But before he knows right from wrong, the two kings you fear so much––the kings of Israel and Aram––will both be dead.
the threat of war will be over. Relax, those two kings that have you so worried will be out of the picture.
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.
For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.
"For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings.
For before the child
that thou abhorrest
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Here is why this will be so: Before
how to reject
what is right
, the land
fear will be desolate.
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1 tn Heb “for, because.” The particle introduces the entire following context (vv. 16-25), which explains why Immanuel will be an appropriate name for the child, why he will eat sour milk and honey, and why experiencing such a diet will contribute to his moral development.
2 sn Since “two kings” are referred to later in the verse, the “land” must here refer to Syria-Israel.
3 tn Heb “the land will be abandoned, which you fear because of its two kings.” After the verb קוּץ (quts, “loathe, dread”) the phrase מִפְּנֵי (mipney, “from before”) introduces the cause of loathing/dread (see Gen 27:46; Exod 1:12; Num 22:3).