Today ( 7/17/18) first reading question


It is Isaiah 7:1-9. I am having a problem understanding what it is actually expressing or means. Maybe the many names and all but I just can’t seem to grasp it. Does anyone know what exactly it entails too?


(((Hey everybody!!!))) Go to the Rev. George Leo Haydock Bible Commentary and get some illumination.

A very insightful resource.

Ver. 1. Achaz. This must be seventeen years later than the former
prediction. 4 K. xv. 37. The kings of Syria and Israel jointly
attacked Juda, but were forced to raise the siege of Jerusalem. The
next year they came separately, and committed the following ravages.
The news of their junction threw all into confusion.
Ver. 2. Isaias was then sent to inform the king, that the
designs of his enemies should not take effect. Yet the two kings obtained
each a victory. But they could not dethrone Achaz, as they intended.
C. — Paine traduces this prophecy as a lie, asserting that they
succeeded. What! did they make Tabeel king? v… 6. The Israelites
would not even keep the captives who had been taken. 2 Chron. xxviii.
15. Watson, let. 5. — Achaz had been made captive before. But now the
Lord defeated the projects of his enemies, as he will the conspiracy
of heretics against his Church. W.
Ver. 3. Jasub. This name was mysterious: Shear-Jashub means
“the rest shall return” from Babylon, or be converted under Ezechias. C. x. 22.
C. — Prot. Go “thou, and Shear-Jashub, thy son, at the end of the
conduit,” &c. H.
Ver. 4. Tails. So he styles the two kings in derision. The distrust of
Achaz was punished by the loss of many of his subjects, but he was not
dethroned, having engaged the Egyptians and Assyrians to attack his
enemies. v. 17.
Ver. 6. Tabeel. Chal. “whom we shall think proper.” He will not so much
as name him.
Ver. 8. Rasin. Both the king and his capital shall be ruined. — And
five. Capellus (p. 497.) would read six and five; or, in eleven years
time. But (C.) Ephraim was led captive twenty-one years after, and the
Cutheans took their place when sixty-five years had elapsed. A. 3327.
Usher — Most people date from the prophecy of Amos to the ruin of
Samaria, just sixty-five years. The former solution seems preferable.
Ver. 9. Continue. Sept. “and will not understand, even the Lord,” &c.
H. — Heb. “and since you do not believe,” (C.) or “because you are
not confirmed” by a miracle. Grot.


OP, I was as confused as you. :flushed:


Thanks this is great.


Judah is a small kingdom south of Aram (part of present Syria) and Samaria (Israel).

When the latter combined and wanted to attack Judah, they were afraid (shuddered).

Prophet Isaiah was sent by God to encouraged Judah and its king, Ahaz, that it would not be, they would not attack Jerusalem. In fact they would disappear in the years to come.

This however, warned them (Judah) that they should stand on the side of God and had faith.

… A beautiful passage showing how God was faithful to His people and stopped the enemies from attacking and destroying them. They needed not be afraid. But they should always be on the side of God.

… When we were baptized, we became God’s own. He would be faithful to us, to come our defense in our lives especially against sins. We however, should never leave God but always be on His side.

I think the corresponding Gospel reading elaborates on this where Jesus said the miracles in our lives should not be an end to themselves but as catalysts for us to repent (paraphrase).


Thank you, Reuben!


Hehe … I usually reflect on the daily readings and those sharing came to my mind. Just a personal reflection.

Glad to share though.

God bless.


The Haydock commentary is great.

Here is a short summary that can help from the Didache Bible commentary:

In Isaiah 7:17

Isaiah tried to convince King Ahaz to trust in the Lord’s might rather than enter into military alliances with pagan neighbors, but the king’s heart was hardened. Nevertheless, out of this conversation comes the beautiful prophecy of the virgin birth to a son who would be named “God with us.”

Go back and read 2 Kings 16 and 2 Chronicles 28 to get a fuller understanding of what this passage in Isaiah is talking about.


Today’s first reading was one I found particularly meaningless to me at mass this morning. That’s why I was glad you posted, Reuben. Now I know who to ask when I don’t get it. :wink:


You are too humble and I am flattered. Thanks.

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