Isaiah 7:15
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New International Version
He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right,

New Living Translation
By the time this child is old enough to choose what is right and reject what is wrong, he will be eating yogurt and honey.

English Standard Version
He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.

New American Standard Bible
"He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good.

King James Bible
Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
By the time he learns to reject what is bad and choose what is good, he will be eating butter and honey.

International Standard Version
He'll eat cheese and honey, when he knows enough to reject what's wrong and choose what's right.

NET Bible
He will eat sour milk and honey, which will help him know how to reject evil and choose what is right.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will eat cheese and honey until he knows how to reject evil and choose good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall eat butter and honey that he may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.

King James 2000 Bible
Curds and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

American King James Version
Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

American Standard Version
Butter and honey shall he eat, when he knoweth to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall eat butter and honey, that he may know to refuse the evil, and to choose the good.

Darby Bible Translation
Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and to choose the good.

English Revised Version
Butter and honey shall he eat, when he knoweth to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

Webster's Bible Translation
Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

World English Bible
He shall eat butter and honey when he knows to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

Young's Literal Translation
Butter and honey he doth eat, When he knoweth to refuse evil, and to fix on good.
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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Butter and honey shall he eat..... As the Messiah Jesus no doubt did; since he was born in a land flowing with milk and honey, and in a time of plenty, being a time of general peace; so that this phrase points at the place where, and the time when, the Messiah should be born, as well as expresses the truth of his human nature, and the manner of his bringing up, which was in common with that of other children. signifies the "cream of milk", as well as "butter", as Jarchi, in Genesis 18:8, observes; and milk and honey were common food for infants:

that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good; meaning not knowledge of good and bad food, so as to choose the one, and refuse the other; but knowledge of moral good and evil; and this does not design the end of his eating butter and honey, as if that was in order to gain such knowledge, which have no such use and tendency; but the time until which he should live on such food; namely, until he was grown up, or come to years of discretion, when he could distinguish between good and evil; so that as the former phrase shows that he assumed a true body like ours, which was nourished with proper food; this that he assumed a reasonable soul, which, by degrees, grew and increased in wisdom and knowledge; see Luke 2:52. should be rendered, "until he knows"; as in Leviticus 24:12 which the Chaldee paraphrase of Onkelos renders, "until it was declared to them"; and so the Targum here,

"butter and honey shall he eat, while or before the child knows not, or until he knows to refuse the evil, and choose the good.''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. Butter—rather, curdled milk, the acid of which is grateful in the heat of the East (Job 20:17).

honey—abundant in Palestine (Jud 14:8; 1Sa 14:25; Mt 3:4). Physicians directed that the first food given to a child should be honey, the next milk [Barnabas, Epistle]. Horsley takes this as implying the real humanity of the Immanuel Jesus Christ, about to be fed as other infants (Lu 2:52). Isa 7:22 shows that besides the fitness of milk and honey for children, a state of distress of the inhabitants is also implied, when, by reason of the invaders, milk and honey, things produced spontaneously, shall be the only abundant articles of food [Maurer].

that he may know—rather, until He shall know.

evil … choose … good—At about three years of age moral consciousness begins (compare Isa 8:4; De 1:39; Jon 4:11).

Isaiah 7:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Sign of Immanuel
14"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. 15"He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good. 16"For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.
Cross References
Genesis 18:8
He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.

Deuteronomy 1:39
And the little ones that you said would be taken captive, your children who do not yet know good from bad--they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it.

Isaiah 7:22
And because of the abundance of the milk they give, there will be curds to eat. All who remain in the land will eat curds and honey.
Treasury of Scripture

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

butter. Connecting this verse with the preceding and following, we may render with Dr. Jubb and Lowth, Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and thou shalt call his name Immanuel; butter and honey shall he eat when he shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good. for, etc.

Isaiah 7:22 And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall …

Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leather …

know

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Amos 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate…

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come …

Luke 2:40,52 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: …

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

Philippians 1:9,10 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge …

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