Posted by: thaishin | December 30, 2015

Is there more to Isaiah 7:15-16?

Isaiah 7:14 is the verse prophesying the virgin birth of our Lord Jesus:

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  -kjv

A moody radio listener ask if there is more to the verse of Isaiah 7:15-16 following Isaiah 7:14?

Isaiah 7

15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. 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.  -kjv

15 He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, 16 for 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.  -niv

15 By the time he learns to reject what is bad and choose what is good, he will be eating butter and honey. 16 For before the boy knows to reject what is bad and choose what is good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned.  -hcsb

Answer from Michael Rydelnik on this question:

It is a pretty detailed exposition that you will need to do and we can do a whole hour on it easily. Here’s what it is: Isaiah is told to go to King Ahaz, the wicked king, in offering the sign that God will deliver him from the present attack by his enemies. Isaiah is told to bring his son with him, Shearjashub. Ahaz was asked to test God by asking Him for a sign but he refuses and Isaiah turns from speaking in the singular as in King Ahaz to the whole house of David in Isaiah verse 13 as in ‘you all’. The Lord is going to give the house of David, ‘you all’, a sign, that is the birth of the Messiah by the virgin in verse 14. Then Isaiah says when he, that is,the Messiah, rejects what is bad and choose what is good, that is when he’s coming to an age of moral knowledge, he will be eating butter and honey. The thing is when you look at the later part of the passage when Assyria comes to judge the land, they are going to shave the land and there won’t be any domestic agriculture. The Israelites are just going to eat only curds because they are still going to have cattles and goats and they are going to get dairy from that. In other words, curds and honey are the foods of oppression. What verse 15 is saying that the Messiah will be born and grow up under Roman political oppression. From verse 15 to verse 16, Isaiah goes back to the singular and he is now talking to Ahaz again and refers to Shearjashub again and prophesy that when he gets to the age of knowing right from wrong, the two kings King Ahaz dread will be abandoned.

This segment is heard from Moody Radio openline on 26 Dec 2015



  1. Concerning people who do not believe there is a GOD or a Baby Jesus that to me is understandable. If and when people do not ever read or study God’s Holy Scriptures, have not been to Sunday School & Church, and has not had Christian Parents to take them to Church I totally understand why so many do not believe in or even care about God.

    The Holy Scriptures must be true when the prophets thousand of years before had forecast God’s plans. When I read about the writings of the prophets and then see how they came true THERE MUST BE ONE LIVING GOD. I believe, know him, belong to him and love him. A Real pity on the MILLIONs of souls who do not or have not previously believed in OUR GOD and have perished as again forecast in the Bible.

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