8:1 Moreover the LORD said to me, Take thee a a great roll, and write in it b with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.
(a) That you may write in great letters to the
intent that it may be more easily read.
(b) Meaning, after the common fashion, because
all men might read it.
8:2 And I took to me c
faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of
(c) Because the thing was of great importance, he
took these two witnesses, who were of credit with the people, when he set this
up upon the door of the temple, even though Uriah was a flattering hypocrite,
8:3 And I went to the d
prophetess; and she conceived, and bore a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call
his name Mahershalalhashbaz.
(d) Meaning, to his wife and this was done in a
8:4 For before the e
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 f
king of Assyria.
(e) Before any child is able to speak.
(f) That is, the army of Assyria.
8:6 Forasmuch as this people
refuseth the waters of g Shiloah that
flow gently, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son;
(g) Which was a fountain at the foot of mount
Zion, out of which ran a small river through the city: meaning, that they of
Judah distrusting their own power which was small desired such power and
riches as they saw in Syria and Israel.
8:7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon
them the waters of h the river, strong
and many, [even] the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up
over all its channels, and go over all its banks:
(h) That is, the Assyrians who dwell beyond
8:8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall
overflow and go over, he shall reach [even] to the i
neck; and the spread of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O k
(i) It will be ready to drown them.
(k) He speaks this to Messiah, or Christ, in whom
the faithful were comforted and who would not suffer his Church to be
8:9 Associate yourselves, O ye l
people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries:
gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall
be broken in pieces.
(l) That is, you who are enemies to the Church,
as the Assyrians, Egyptians, Syrians etc.
8:11 For the LORD spoke thus
to me m with a strong hand, and
instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
(m) To encourage me that I should not shrink for
the infidelity of this people, and so neglect my office.
8:12 Say ye not, A n
confederacy, to all [them to] whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither
fear ye o their fear, nor be afraid.
(n) Consent not you who are godly to the league
and friendship that this people seek with strangers and idolaters.
(o) Meaning, that they should not fear the thing
that they who have no hope in God feared.
Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and [let] him [be] your fear, and [let] him
[be] your dread.
(p) In putting your trust only in him, in calling
on him in adversity, patiently looking for his help, and fearing to do
anything contrary to his will.
8:14 And he shall be for a q
sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the
houses of Israel, for a trap and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
(q) He will defend you who are his elect, and
reject all the rest, meaning Christ against whom the Jews would stumble and
9:33; 1 Peter
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
(r) Though all forsake me, yet you who are mine
keep my word sure sealed in your hearts.
8:18 Behold, I and the s
children whom the LORD hath given me [are] for signs and for wonders in Israel t
from the LORD of hosts, who dwelleth in mount Zion.
(s) Meaning, them who were willing to hear and
obey the word of God whom the world hated, as though they were monsters and
not worthy to live.
(t) This was a consolation in their troubles,
knowing that nothing could come to them, but by the will of the Lord.
8:19 And when they shall say to you, Seek to them
that are mediums, and to wizards that peep, and that mutter: u
should not a people seek to their God? for the x
living to the dead?
(u) Answer the wicked thus, should not God's
people seek comfort only from him?
(x) That is, will they refuse to be taught by the
prophet, who is the mouth of God, and seek help from the dead, which is the
illusion of Satan?
8:20 To the y
law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is]
because [there is] no z light in them.
(y) Seek remedy in the word of God, where his
will is declared.
(z) They have no knowledge but are blind leaders
of the blind.
8:21 And they shall pass through it, distressed and
hungry: and it shall come to a pass,
that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, b
and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
(a) That is, in Judah, where they would have had
rest, if they had not thus grievously offended God.
(b) In whom before they put their trust.
8:22 And they shall look to the earth; and behold
trouble and c darkness, dimness of
anguish; and [they shall be] driven to darkness.
(c) They will think that heaven and earth and all
creatures are bent against them to trouble them.