Isaiah 7:11
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New International Version
"Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights."

New Living Translation
"Ask the LORD your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz. Make it as difficult as you want--as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead."

English Standard Version
“Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”

New American Standard Bible
"Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven."

King James Bible
Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Ask for a sign from the LORD your God--from the depths of Sheol to the heights of heaven."

International Standard Version
"Ask a sign from the LORD your God. Make it as deep as Sheol or as high as heaven above."

NET Bible
"Ask for a confirming sign from the LORD your God. You can even ask for something miraculous."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Ask the LORD your God for a sign. It can be anything you want."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ask a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

King James 2000 Bible
Ask a sign of the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

American King James Version
Ask you a sign of the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

American Standard Version
Ask thee a sign of Jehovah thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God either unto the depth of hell, or unto the height above.

Darby Bible Translation
Ask for thee a sign from Jehovah thy God; ask for it in the deep, or in the height above.

English Revised Version
Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ask thee a sign from the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the hight above.

World English Bible
"Ask a sign of Yahweh your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above."

Young's Literal Translation
Ask for thee a sign from Jehovah thy God, Make deep the request, or make it high upwards.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:10-16 Secret disaffection to God is often disguised with the colour of respect to him; and those who are resolved that they will not trust God, yet pretend they will not tempt him. The prophet reproved Ahaz and his court, for the little value they had for Divine revelation. Nothing is more grievous to God than distrust, but the unbelief of man shall not make the promise of God of no effect; the Lord himself shall give a sign. How great soever your distress and danger, of you the Messiah is to be born, and you cannot be destroyed while that blessing is in you. It shall be brought to pass in a glorious manner; and the strongest consolations in time of trouble are derived from Christ, our relation to him, our interest in him, our expectations of him and from him. He would grow up like other children, by the use of the diet of those countries; but he would, unlike other children, uniformly refuse the evil and choose the good. And although his birth would be by the power of the Holy Ghost, yet he should not be fed with angels' food. Then follows a sign of the speedy destruction of the princes, now a terror to Judah. Before this child, so it may be read; this child which I have now in my arms, (Shear-jashub, the prophet's own son, ver. 3,) shall be three or four years older, these enemies' forces shall be forsaken of both their kings. The prophecy is so solemn, the sign is so marked, as given by God himself after Ahaz rejected the offer, that it must have raised hopes far beyond what the present occasion suggested. And, if the prospect of the coming of the Divine Saviour was a never-failing support to the hopes of ancient believers, what cause have we to be thankful that the Word was made flesh! May we trust in and love Him, and copy his example.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Ask thee a sign. Asking for a sign is right or wrong, praiseworthy or blamable, according to the spirit in which the request is made. The Pharisees in our Lord's time "asked for a sign," but would not have believed any the more had they received the sign for which they asked. Gideon asked for a sign to strengthen his faith (Judges 6:37, 39), and received it, and in the strength of it went forth boldly against the Midianites. When God himself proposed to give a sign, and allowed his creature to choose what the sign should be, there could be no possible wrong-doing in a ready acceptance of the offer, which should have called forth gratitude and thanks. Ask it either in the depth, or in the height above; i.e. "Ask any sign thou wilt, either in hell or in heaven" - nothing shall be refused thee.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God,.... For though Ahaz was a wicked man, yet the Lord was his God, as he was the God of the people of Israel in general, as a nation; and knowing his unbelief and diffidence of his word unto him, offers to confirm it by a sign or miracle:

ask it either in the depth, or in the height above, in earth, or in heaven: so the Targum,

"ask that a miracle may be done for thee upon earth, or that a sign may be shown thee in heaven;''

either that the earth might gape and open its mouth, as in the days of Moses; or that the sun might stand still, as in the times of Joshua; or that a dead man might be raised out of the depth of the earth; or that there might be some strange appearances in the heavens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. Ask thee—since thou dost not credit the prophet's words.

sign—a miraculous token to assure thee that God will fulfil His promise of saving Jerusalem (Isa 37:30; 38:7, 8). "Signs," facts then present or near at hand as pledges for the more distant future, are frequent in Isaiah.

ask … in … depth—literally, "Make deep … ask it," that is, Go to the depth of the earth or of Hades [Vulgate and Lowth], or, Mount high for it (literally, "Make high"). So in Mt 16:1. Signs in heaven are contrasted with the signs on earth and below it (raising the dead) which Jesus Christ had wrought (compare Ro 10:6, 7). He offers Ahaz the widest limits within which to make his choice.

Isaiah 7:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Sign of Immanuel
10Then the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11"Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven." 12But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!"…
Cross References
Luke 2:12
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Exodus 7:9
"When Pharaoh says to you, 'Perform a miracle,' then say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,' and it will become a snake."

2 Kings 19:29
"This will be the sign for you, Hezekiah: "This year you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

Isaiah 7:10
Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,

Isaiah 7:12
But Ahaz said, "I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test."

Isaiah 37:30
"This will be the sign for you, Hezekiah: "This year you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

Isaiah 38:7
"'This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised:

Isaiah 38:8
I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.'" So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.

Isaiah 55:13
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD's renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever."

Jeremiah 44:29
"'This will be the sign to you that I will punish you in this place,' declares the LORD, 'so that you will know that my threats of harm against you will surely stand.'
Treasury of Scripture

Ask you a sign of the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

a sign

Isaiah 37:30 And this shall be a sign to you, You shall eat this year such as …

Isaiah 38:7,8,22 And this shall be a sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will …

Judges 6:36-40 And Gideon said to God, If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said…

2 Kings 20:8-11 And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD …

Jeremiah 19:1,10 Thus said the LORD, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and take …

Jeremiah 51:63,64 And it shall be, when you have made an end of reading this book, …

Matthew 12:38-40 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, …

Matthew 16:1-4 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired …

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