Isaiah 7:12
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.”

Berean Study Bible
But Ahaz replied, “I will not ask; I will not test the LORD.”

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
"No, LORD," Ahaz answered. "I won't test you!"

Good News Translation
Ahaz answered, "I will not ask for a sign. I refuse to put the LORD to the test."

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."

New Heart English Bible
But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD."

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
But Ahaz said: 'I will not ask, neither will I try the LORD.'

New American Standard 1977
But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Achaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.

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.'
Study Bible
The Sign of Immanuel
11“Ask for a sign from the LORD your God, whether from the depths of Sheol or the heights of heaven.” 12But Ahaz replied, “I will not ask; I will not test the LORD.” 13Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God as well?…
Cross References
Isaiah 7:11
"Ask for a sign from the LORD your God, whether from the depths of Sheol or the heights of heaven."

Isaiah 7:13
Then Isaiah said, "Hear now, O house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God as well?

Treasury of Scripture

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

I will not ask

2 Kings 16:15
And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king's burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to inquire by.

2 Chronicles 28:22
And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.

neither

Ezekiel 33:31
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

tempt

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

Malachi 3:15
And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

Acts 5:9
Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.







Lexicon
But Ahaz
אָחָ֑ז (’ā·ḥāz)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 271: Ahaz -- 'he has grasped', two Israelites

replied,
וַיֹּ֖אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“I will not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

ask;
אֶשְׁאַ֥ל (’eš·’al)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

I will not
וְלֹֽא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

test
אֲנַסֶּ֖ה (’ă·nas·seh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5254: To test, to attempt

the LORD.”
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
(12) I will not ask . . .--The king speaks as in the very accents of faith. He will not put Jehovah to any such test. Not, perhaps, without a sneer, he quotes almost the very formula of the Law: "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God" (Exodus 17:2; Deuteronomy 6:16). Was the prophet going to forget his own teaching, and become a tempter to that sin? That which lay beneath this show of humble trust was simply self-will and utter unfaith. He had already made up his mind to the Assyrian alliance, against which he knew Isaiah was certain to protest. The fact that the words that follow are spoken to the whole house of David, may, perhaps, imply that the older members of the royal family were encouraging the king in his Assyrian projects, and had, perhaps, suggested his hypocritical answer.

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. 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.
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