Isaiah 7:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Isaiah 7:22, NIV: 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.

Isaiah 7:22, ESV: and because of the abundance of milk that they give, he will eat curds, for everyone who is left in the land will eat curds and honey.

Isaiah 7:22, KJV: And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.

Isaiah 7:22, NASB: and because of the abundance of the milk produced he will eat curds, for everyone who is left within the land will eat curds and honey.

Isaiah 7:22, NLT: Nevertheless, there will be enough milk for everyone because so few people will be left in the land. They will eat their fill of yogurt and honey.

Isaiah 7:22, CSB: and from the abundant milk they give he will eat curds, for every survivor in the land will eat curds and honey.

What does Isaiah 7:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Some commentators suggest that what Isaiah is describing in this and the previous verse (Isaiah 7:21) is meant to be positive. They think Isaiah is saying that life for those who survive and remain in the land after the Assyrians destroy or carry off everything else will be blessed by God with abundance.

Most commentators, though, insist that this happy scene of curds and honey reflects tragedy: evidence of God's judgment on Judah. Any man who able to maintain alive a young cow and two sheep or goats will have so much milk that he will have to curdle some to keep it from going bad. Curds and honey were thought to be especially good food. But having such abundance of these will come from the fact that so few people remain in the land. It's also possible that Isaiah is describing the lack of baby animals to consume the milk from their mothers in the immediate aftermath of the Assyrian's near-total destruction.