Isaiah 7:16
New International Version
for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.

New Living Translation
For before the child is that old, the lands of the two kings you fear so much will both be deserted.

English Standard Version
For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted.

Berean Study Bible
For before the boy knows enough to reject evil and choose good, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.

King James Bible
For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.

New King James Version
For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings.

New American Standard Bible
For before the boy knows enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be abandoned.

NASB 1995
“For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.

NASB 1977
“For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.

Amplified Bible
For before the child will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land (Canaan) whose two kings you dread will be deserted [both Ephraim and Aram].

Christian Standard Bible
For before the boy knows to reject what is bad and choose what is good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For before the boy knows to reject what is bad and choose what is good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned.

American Standard Version
For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings thou abhorrest shall be forsaken.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because before the boy will know to reject the evil and to choose the good, the land that you loathe shall be forsaken from before its two Kings

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For before the child shall know good or evil, he refuses evil, to choose the good; and the land shall be forsaken which thou art afraid of because of the two kings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For before the child know to refuse the evil, and to choose the good, the land which thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of the face of her two kings.

English Revised Version
For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings thou abhorrest shall be forsaken.

Good News Translation
Even before that time comes, the lands of those two kings who terrify you will be deserted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Indeed, before the boy knows how to reject evil and choose good, the land of the two kings who terrify you will be deserted.

International Standard Version
However, before the youth knows enough to reject what's wrong and choose what's right, the land whose two kings you dread will be devastated."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings thou hast a horror of shall be forsaken.

Literal Standard Version
For before the youth knows To refuse evil, and to fix on good, The land you are distressed with is forsaken, because of her two kings.

NET Bible
Here is why this will be so: Before the child knows how to reject evil and choose what is right, the land whose two kings you fear will be desolate.

New Heart English Bible
For before the child knows to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings you abhor shall be forsaken.

World English Bible
For before the child knows to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings you abhor shall be forsaken.

Young's Literal Translation
For before the youth doth know To refuse evil, and to fix on good, Forsaken is the land thou art vexed with, because of her two kings.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Sign of Immanuel
15By the time He knows enough to reject evil and choose good, He will be eating curds and honey. 16For before the boy knows enough to reject evil and choose good, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.

Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:39
And the little ones you said would become captives--your children who on that day did not know good from evil--will enter the land that I will give them, and they will possess it.

Isaiah 8:4
For before the boy knows how to cry 'Father' or 'Mother,' the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria."

Isaiah 8:14
And He will be a sanctuary--but to both houses of Israel a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, to the dwellers of Jerusalem a trap and a snare.

Isaiah 17:1
This is the burden against Damascus: "Behold, Damascus is no longer a city; it has become a heap of ruins.

Isaiah 17:3
The fortress will disappear from Ephraim, and the sovereignty from Damascus. The remnant of Aram will be like the splendor of the Israelites," declares the LORD of Hosts.

Jeremiah 7:15
And I will cast you out of My presence, just as I have cast out all your brothers, all the descendants of Ephraim.

Hosea 5:3
I know all about Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me. For now, O Ephraim, you have turned to prostitution; Israel is defiled.


Treasury of Scripture

For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that you abhor shall be forsaken of both her kings.

before

Deuteronomy 1:39
Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.

Jonah 4:11
And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

the land

Isaiah 8:4
For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.

Isaiah 9:11
Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;

Isaiah 17:1-3
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap…









(16) For before the child shall know . . .--The words imply the age of approaching manhood, and predict the downfall of Pekah and Rezin, as the longer period of Isaiah 7:8 predicted the entire downfall and annihilation of one of the two kingdoms which they represented. The words "good and evil" are better taken of moral choice (Genesis 3:5; Deuteronomy 1:39) rather than (with some critics, who appeal to 2Samuel 19:35) of the child's discernment of food as pleasant or the reverse. (See Genesis 2:9; 1Kings 3:9.) . . . Verse 16. - The land, etc. Translate, The land shall be desolate, before whose two kings thou art afraid. The "land" must certainly be that of the two confederate kings, Rezin and Pekah, the Syro-Ephraim-itic land, or Syria and Samaria. "Desolate" may be used physically or politically. A land is "desolate" politically when it loses the last vestige of independence.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּ֠י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

before
בְּטֶ֨רֶם (bə·ṭe·rem)
Preposition-b | Adverb
Strong's 2962: Non-occurrence, not yet, before

the boy
הַנַּ֛עַר (han·na·‘ar)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5288: A boy, lad, youth, retainer

knows [enough]
יֵדַ֥ע (yê·ḏa‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know

to reject
מָאֹ֥ס (mā·’ōs)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 3988: To spurn, to disappear

evil
בָּרָ֖ע (bā·rā‘)
Preposition-b, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

and choose
וּבָחֹ֣ר (ū·ḇā·ḥōr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 977: To try, select

good,
בַּטּ֑וֹב (baṭ·ṭō·wḇ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

the land
הָאֲדָמָה֙ (hā·’ă·ḏā·māh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 127: Ground, land

of the two
שְׁנֵ֥י (šə·nê)
Number - mdc
Strong's 8147: Two (a cardinal number)

kings
מְלָכֶֽיהָ׃ (mə·lā·ḵe·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 4428: A king

you
אַתָּ֣ה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

dread
קָ֔ץ (qāṣ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 6973: To feel a loathing, abhorrence, or sickening dread

will be laid waste.
תֵּעָזֵ֤ב (tê·‘ā·zêḇ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit


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