Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
God instructed Ahaz to ask for a sign, on earth or in the heavens, that the Syria-Israel alliance would not prevail against Judah. Unwilling to abandon his trust in Assyria for protection, Ahaz refused. Though God is displeased with the king’s attitude, he showed him mercy giving him a sign anyway.