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Since our indefinite article serves this purpose, we may translate: "I will put enmities between you and a woman".

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Achaz, who cherished Assyrian proclivities, did not join the coalition; the allies invaded his territory, intending to substitute for Achaz a more subservient ruler, a certain son of Tabeel.

While Rasin was occupied in reconquering the maritime city Elath, Phacee alone proceeded against Juda, "but they could not prevail".

C., openly professed idolatry, so that God gave him into the hands of the kings of Syria and Israel.

It appears that an alliance had been concluded between Phacee, King of Israel, and Rasin, King of Damascus, for the purpose of opposing a barrier to the Assyrian aggressions.

After Elath had fallen, Rasin joined his forces with those of Phacee; "Syria hath rested upon Ephraim", whereupon "his (Achaz') heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the woods are moved with the wind".

Immediate preparations must be made for a protracted siege, and Achaz is busily engaged near the upper pool from which the city received the greater part of its water supply. The prophet's commission is of an extremely consoling nature: "See thou be quiet; hear not, and let not thy heart be afraid of the two tails of these firebrands".

The strength of the Christian tradition as to Mary's share in this victory may be inferred from the retention of "she" in St.

Jerome's version in spite of his acquaintance with the original text and with the reading "he" () in the old Latin version.

The first prophecy referring to Mary is found in the very opening chapters of the Book of Genesis (): "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed; she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel." This rendering appears to differ in two respects from the original Hebrew text: (1) First, the Hebrew text employs the same verb for the two renderings "she shall crush" and "thou shalt lie in wait"; the Septuagint renders the verb both times by employed in the Septuagint by the Latin "servare", to guard; St.

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