Isaiah 8:2
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New International Version
So I called in Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses for me.

New Living Translation
I asked Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah, both known as honest men, to witness my doing this.

English Standard Version
And I will get reliable witnesses, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah, to attest for me.”

New American Standard Bible
"And I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah."

King James Bible
And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have appointed trustworthy witnesses--Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberechiah."

International Standard Version
Then I will call Uriah the priest and Jeberechiah's son Zechariah as reliable witnesses to testify on my behalf."

NET Bible
Then I will summon as my reliable witnesses Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah."

New Heart English Bible
and I will take for myself faithful witnesses to testify: Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will have these dependable witnesses testify: the priest Uriah and Zechariah (son of Jeberechiah)."

JPS Tanakh 1917
and I will take unto Me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.'

New American Standard 1977
“And I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

King James 2000 Bible
And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

American King James Version
And I took to me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

American Standard Version
and I will take unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I took unto me faithful witnesses, Urias the priest, and Zacharias the son of Barachias.

Darby Bible Translation
And I took unto me to witness, sure witnesses, Urijah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

English Revised Version
and I will take unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I took to me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

World English Bible
and I will take for myself faithful witnesses to testify: Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah."

Young's Literal Translation
And I cause faithful witnesses to testify to me, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah son of Jeberechiah.
Study Bible
Assyrian Invasion Prophesied
1Then 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. 2"And I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah." 3So I approached the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. Then the LORD said to me, "Name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz;…
Cross References
2 Kings 16:10
Now King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and saw the altar which was at Damascus; and King Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the pattern of the altar and its model, according to all its workmanship.

2 Kings 16:11
So Urijah the priest built an altar; according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus, thus Urijah the priest made it, before the coming of King Ahaz from Damascus.

Isaiah 8:16
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

Jeremiah 32:10
"I signed and sealed the deed, and called in witnesses, and weighed out the silver on the scales.
Treasury of Scripture

And I took to me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

I took

Ruth 4:2,10,11 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit you …

2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or …

Uriah

2 Kings 16:10,11 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, …

2 Kings 18:2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned …

(2) And I took unto me faithful witnesses.--That the prophet's challenge to his gainsayers might be made more emphatic, the setting-up of the tablet is to be formally attested. And the witnesses whom the prophet calls were probably men of high position, among those who had been foremost in advising the alliance with Assyria. Of Uriah or Urijah, the priest, we know that he complied with the king's desire to introduce an altar after the pattern which he had seen at Damascus (2Kings 16:10-11). Of Zechariah we know nothing; but the name was a priestly one (2Chronicles 24:20), and it has been conjectured, from his association with Isaiah, that he may have been the writer of a section of the book that bears the name of a later Zechariah (Zechariah 9-12), which bears traces of being of a much earlier date than the rest of the book. The combination of "Zachariah, son of Jeberechiah" reminds us of Zacharias, the son of Barachias, and points to a priestly family. (See Note on Matthew 23:35.) In 2Chronicles 29:13 the name appears as belonging to the Asaph section of the Levites. A more probable view is that he was identical with the father of the queen then reigning, and was therefore the grandfather of Hezekiah (2Chronicles 29:1). Probably, looking to the prophet's habit of tracing auguries in names, the two witnesses may have been partly chosen for the significance of those which they bore, Uriah, i.e., "Jah is my light," Zechariah, i.e., "Jah will remember," each of which comes in with a special appropriateness.

Verse 2. - And I took unto me; rather, and I will have taken for me. It is still God who is speaking. Uriah the priest. Probably the high priest of the time, mentioned in 2 Kings 16:10-16, as the ready tool of Ahaz at a later date. Though a bad man, he may have been a trustworthy witness to a fact. Zechariah. Perhaps the father of Abi or Abijah, Ahaz's queen (2 Kings 18:2; 2 Chronicles 29:1). It would serve to call public attention still more to the tablet, if it bore the names of two such eminent persons as witnesses. And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record,.... Not his marriage, nor the birth of his son, nor the name he gave him, but the prophecy written in the roll, concerning the spoiling of Syria and Israel, in a very short time; that so, when it came to pass, it might be a clear and certain point that it had been foretold by him:

Uriah the priest; of whom mention is made in 2 Kings 16:10 which some object to, because he proved a wicked man, and obeyed the king's command, contrary to the law of God, in building an altar according to the form of one at Damascus; but to this it is replied, that it was before this happened that Isaiah took him to be a witness; and besides, because of the authority of his office, and his familiarity with Ahaz, he must be allowed to be a proper and pertinent person to bear testimony in this case. Some indeed, and so the Jewish commentators, Jarchi, Aben Ezra, Kimchi, and Abarbinel, would have Uriah the prophet meant, who prophesied in the times of Jehoiakim, and was slain by him, Jeremiah 26:20 to which it is objected, that he was no priest, as this was and, besides, was not born at this time; it was a hundred and forty years after that he lived:

and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah; this was Zechariah the prophet, as the Targum, and all the Jewish writers, say (o); who lived in the times of Darius, which was two hundred and forty years after this; but most likely this Zechariah is he who was Ahaz's wife's father, 2 Kings 18:2 or rather, as Vitringa thinks, Zechariah a Levite, a son of Asaph, 2 Chronicles 29:13 though there are some learned men (p), who think the two prophets Uriah and Zechariah are meant, though then unborn; who prophesied of the like or same things as Isaiah did; and so were faithful witnesses of his prophecy, as of the calamities that should come on the land, the restitution of it to its former fruitfulness, and the coming of the Messiah; nor is the observation of Abarbinel to be despised, taken from the ancient Jews, that these are the words, not of the prophet, but of God himself; as also that they are to be read in the future tense, "and I will take to me", &c.

(o) T. Bab. Maccot, fol. 24. 2.((p) Cocceius, Witsius, Miscel. Sacr. tom. 1. l. 1. c. 20. sect. 8, 9, 10. 2. I took—rather, "The Lord said to me, that I should take," etc. [Maurer].

Uriah—an accomplice of Ahaz in idolatry, and therefore a witness not likely to assist the prophet of God in getting up a prophecy after the event (2Ki 16:10). The witnesses were in order that when the event should come, they might testify that the tablet containing the prophecy had been inscribed with it at the time that it professed.

Zechariah—(2Ch 29:13).8:1-8 The prophet is to write on a large roll, or on a metal tablet, words which meant, Make speed to spoil, hasten to the prey: pointing out that the Assyrian army should come with speed, and make great spoil. Very soon the riches of Damascus and of Samaria, cities then secure and formidable, shall be taken away by the king of Assyria. The prophet pleads with the promised Messiah, who should appear in that land in the fulness of time, and, therefore, as God, would preserve it in the mean time. As a gentle brook is an apt emblem of a mild government, so an overflowing torrent represents a conqueror and tyrant. The invader's success was also described by a bird of prey, stretching its wings over the whole land. Those who reject Christ, will find that what they call liberty is the basest slavery. But no enemy shall pluck the believer out of Emmanuel's hand, or deprive him of his heavenly inheritance.
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