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

New Living Translation
But the king refused. "No," he said, "I will not test the LORD like that."

English Standard Version
But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.”

New American Standard Bible
But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!"

King James Bible
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Ahaz replied, "I will not ask. I will not test the LORD."

International Standard Version
But Ahaz replied, "I won't ask! I won't put the LORD to the test."

NET Bible
But Ahaz responded, "I don't want to ask; I don't want to put the LORD to a test."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But Ahaz answered, "I won't ask; I wouldn't think of testing the LORD."

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I test the LORD.

American King James Version
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

American Standard Version
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Achaz said: I will not ask, and I will not tempt the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And Ahaz said, I will not ask, and will not tempt Jehovah.

English Revised Version
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

World English Bible
But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, neither will I tempt Yahweh."

Young's Literal Translation
And Ahaz saith, 'I do not ask nor try Jehovah.'
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 12. - I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. Ahaz, who has no wish for a sign, because he has no wish to believe in any other salvation than flint which will follow from the realization of his own schemes, finds a plausible reason for declining to ask for one in those passages of the Law which forbade men to" tempt God" (Exodus 17:7; Deuteronomy 6:16). But it could not be "tempt-tug God" to comply with a Divine invitation; rather it was tempting him to refuse compliance.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But Ahaz said, I will not ask,.... That is, a sign or miracle to be wrought; being unwilling to take the advice to be still and quiet, and make no preparation for war, or seek out for help from the Assyrians, and to rely upon the promise and power of God, and therefore chose not to have it confirmed by a sign; adding as an excuse,

neither will I tempt the Lord, by asking a sign; suggesting that this was contrary to the command of God, Deuteronomy 6:16 so pretending religion and reverence of God; whereas, to ask a sign of God, when it was offered, could not be reckoned a tempting him; but, on the contrary, to refuse one; when offered, argued great stubbornness and ingratitude, as Calvin well observes.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. neither … tempt—hypocritical pretext of keeping the law (De 6:16); "tempt," that is, put God to the proof, as in Mt 4:7, by seeking His miraculous interposition without warrant. But here there was the warrant of the prophet of God; to have asked a sign, when thus offered, would not have been a tempting of God. Ahaz' true reason for declining was his resolve not to do God's will, but to negotiate with Assyria, and persevere in his idolatry (2Ki 16:7, 8, 3, 4, 10). Men often excuse their distrust in God, and trust in their own devices, by professed reverence for God. Ahaz may have fancied that though Jehovah was the God of Judea and could work a sign there, that was no proof that the local god of Syria might not be more powerful. Such was the common heathen notion (Isa 10:10, 11; 36:18-20).

Isaiah 7:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Sign of Immanuel
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!" 13Then he said, "Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well?…
Cross References
Isaiah 7:11
"Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights."

Isaiah 7:13
Then Isaiah said, "Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also?
Treasury of Scripture

But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

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2 Kings 16:15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, On the great altar …

2 Chronicles 28:22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against …

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Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

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Deuteronomy 6:16 You shall not tempt the LORD your God, as you tempted him in Massah.

Malachi 3:15 And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are …

Acts 5:9 Then Peter said to her, How is it that you have agreed together to …

1 Corinthians 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were …

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