Isaiah 8:16
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New International Version
Bind up this testimony of warning and seal up God's instruction among my disciples.

New Living Translation
Preserve the teaching of God; entrust his instructions to those who follow me.

English Standard Version
Bind up the testimony; seal the teaching among my disciples.

New American Standard Bible
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

King James Bible
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Bind up the testimony. Seal up the instruction among my disciples.

International Standard Version
"Bind up the testimony, and seal up the teaching among my disciples.

NET Bible
Tie up the scroll as legal evidence, seal the official record of God's instructions and give it to my followers.

New Heart English Bible
Wrap up the testimony. Seal the law among my disciples.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Tie up the written instructions. Seal the teachings among my disciples.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Bind up the testimony, seal the instruction among My disciples.'

New American Standard 1977
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Bind up the testimony; seal the law among my disciples.

King James 2000 Bible
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

American King James Version
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

American Standard Version
Bind thou up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

Darby Bible Translation
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

English Revised Version
Bind thou up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

Webster's Bible Translation
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

World English Bible
Wrap up the testimony. Seal the law among my disciples.

Young's Literal Translation
Bind up the testimony, Seal the law among My disciples.
Study Bible
A Call to Fear God
15"Many will stumble over them, Then they will fall and be broken; They will even be snared and caught." 16Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. 17And I will wait for the LORD who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him.…
Cross References
Isaiah 8:1
Then the LORD said to me, "Take for yourself a large tablet and write on it in ordinary letters: Swift is the booty, speedy is the prey.

Isaiah 8:2
"And I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah."

Isaiah 8:20
To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.

Isaiah 29:11
The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, "Please read this," he will say, "I cannot, for it is sealed."

Isaiah 29:12
Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying, "Please read this." And he will say, "I cannot read."

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.

Daniel 12:4
"But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase."
Treasury of Scripture

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

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Isaiah 29:11 And the vision of all is become to you as the words of a book that …

Daniel 12:4 But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to …

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Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this …

Deuteronomy 4:45 These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which …

2 Kings 11:12 And he brought forth the king's son, and put the crown on him, and …

John 3:32,33 And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives …

Hebrews 3:5 And Moses truly was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for …

1 John 5:9-12 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: …

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you …


Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Revelation 5:1,5 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book …

Revelation 10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about …


Isaiah 54:13 And all your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall …

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show …

Proverbs 8:8,9 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing …

Daniel 12:9,10 And he said, Go your way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and …

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

Mark 4:10,11,34 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked …

Mark 10:10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: …

Revelation 2:17 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; …

(16) Bind up the testimony . . .--The intensity of feeling in which the prophetic utterance of Isaiah 8:11-15 had its birth, is followed by a corresponding solemnity at its close. The words which had been so full of meaning for the prophet himself are to be impressed on the disciples of Jehovah (for it is He who speaks), i.e., on those who looked to Isaiah as their guide and counsellor. They are to be written on a parchment roll, as men wrote the sacred Book of the Law; the roll is to be sealed up, partly as a security against its being tampered with, till the time came for its disclosure (Daniel 12:4), partly as an attestation, like the seal of a king's letter (1Kings 21:8; Esther 3:12), that it was authentic. The two terms "testimony" (Deuteronomy 8:19; Psalm 50:7; Psalm 119:2) and "law" are here taken in their wider sense as applicable to any revelation of the mind of God. The "law of the Lord" of Psalm 19:7; Psalm 119:1 was wider and higher than the Pentateuchal code.

Verse 16. - Bind up the testimony, etc. The words are still those of Jehovah, addressed to his servant Isaiah. God commands that the prophecy shall be written in a roll, which is then to be carefully tied with a string and sealed, for future use. Seal the Law; rather, the instruction - the advice given in vers. 12-15 (comp. Daniel 12:4). Bind up the testimony,.... These are not the words of the prophet, as Kimchi thinks, but of the Lord to the prophet, and are part of that instruction given him, Isaiah 8:11. By "the testimony" is meant the word of prophecy delivered to him; particularly that evangelical part of it respecting Immanuel, who was to be born of a virgin, and would be for a sanctuary to them that believe in him, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, to unbelievers; so the Gospel is called the testimony of Christ, it bearing witness of his person, office, and grace, 2 Timothy 1:8 and "binding" denotes care of it, as something valuable, that it be not lost, but committed to the trust faithful men, called disciples of Christ in the next clause, in allusion to the binding up of money, or anything of value, in bundles, to be laid up and preserved, Genesis 42:35 so the Targum,

"O prophet, keep the testimony:''

seal the law among my disciples: the disciples of Christ, the faithful of that day, and of after times, to whom this prophecy, and the "doctrine" in it, which the word "law" signifies, even the doctrine of Christ, should be transmitted or communicated, which is meant by "sealing" of it; not hiding it from them, but signifying, that while it was a sealed book, a hidden doctrine, and delivered in parables to others, it should be made known to them, and sealed and laid up by them among their treasure, and be so esteemed of; as the Gospel, the doctrine of grace, is, by the true disciples and followers of Christ; who are such as are taught of God, have learned of the Father, who continue in the word and doctrine of Christ, love his people, take up the cross and follow him, and bring forth fruit to the glory of his heavenly Father, John 6:45. 16. Bind up … seal—What Isaiah had before briefly noted by inscribing Maher-shalal-hash-baz in a tablet, fixed up in some public place, he afterwards wrote out more in detail in a parchment roll (Isa 30:8); this he is now to seal up, not merely in order that nothing may be added to, or taken from it, as being complete, but to imply that it relates to distant events, and is therefore to be a sealed and not understood testimony (Isa 6:9, 10), except in part among God's "disciples," that is, those who "sanctify the Lord" by obedient trust (Ps 25:14). Subsequent revelations would afterwards clear up what now was dark. So the Apocalypse explains what in Daniel was left unexplained (compare Da 8:26; 12:9). "The words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end"; but Re 22:10, "Seal not the sayings of the prophecy … for the time is at hand" (compare Re 5:1, 5, 9),

testimony—attested by Uriah and Zechariah (Isa 8:2).

law—the revelation just given, having the force of a law.

disciples—not as Maurer, Uriah and Zechariah (compare Joh 7:17; 15:15).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, 1Pe 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.
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