16 Bind up this testimony of warning and seal up God's instruction among my disciples.

Other Translations of Isaiah 8:16

King James Version

16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

English Standard Version

16 Bind up the testimony; seal the teachingOr law; also verse 20 among my disciples.

The Message

16 Gather up the testimony, preserve the teaching for my followers,

New King James Version

16 Bind up the testimony, Seal the law among my disciples.

New Living Translation

16 Preserve the teaching of God; entrust his instructions to those who follow me.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Isaiah 8:16

Commentary on Isaiah 8:9-16

(Read Isaiah 8:9-16)

The prophet challenges the enemies of the Jews. Their efforts would be vain, and themselves broken to pieces. It concerns us, in time of trouble, to watch against all such fears as put us upon crooked courses for our own security. The believing fear of God preserves against the disquieting fear of man. If we thought rightly of the greatness and glory of God, we should see all the power of our enemies restrained. The Lord, who will be a Sanctuary to those who trust in him, will be a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence, to those who make the creature their fear and their hope. If the things of God be an offence to us, they will undo us. The apostle quotes this as to all who persisted in unbelief of the gospel of Christ, 1 Peter 2:8. The crucified Emmanuel, who was and is a Stumbling-stone and Rock of offence to unbelieving Jews, is no less so to thousands who are called Christians. The preaching of the cross is foolishness in their esteem; his doctrines and precepts offend them.