Isaiah 8:20
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New International Version
Consult God's instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.

New Living Translation
Look to God's instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark.

English Standard Version
To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.

New American Standard Bible
To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.

King James Bible
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, there will be no dawn for them.

International Standard Version
for instruction and for testimony? Surely they are speaking like this because the truth hasn't dawned on them.

NET Bible
Then you must recall the LORD's instructions and the prophetic testimony of what would happen. Certainly they say such things because their minds are spiritually darkened.

New Heart English Bible
Turn to the law and to the testimony. If they do not speak according to this word, surely there is no morning for them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They should go to the teachings and to the written instructions. If people don't speak these words, it is because it doesn't dawn on them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
for instruction and for testimony?'--Surely they will speak according to this word, wherein there is no light.--

New American Standard 1977
To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.

Jubilee Bible 2000
To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

King James 2000 Bible
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

American King James Version
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

American Standard Version
To the law and to the testimony! if they speak not according to this word, surely there is no morning for them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To the law rather, and to the testimony. And if they speak not according to this word, they shall not have the morning light.

Darby Bible Translation
To the law and the testimony! If they speak not according to this word, for them there is no daybreak.

English Revised Version
To the law and to the testimony! if they speak not according to this word, surely there is no morning for them.

Webster's Bible Translation
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

World English Bible
Turn to the law and to the testimony! If they don't speak according to this word, surely there is no morning for them.

Young's Literal Translation
To the law and to the testimony! If not, let them say after this manner, 'That there is no dawn to it.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
8:17-22 The prophet foresaw that the Lord would hide his face; but he would look for his return in favour to them again. Though not miraculous signs, the children's names were memorials from God, suited to excite attention. The unbelieving Jews were prone to seek counsel in difficulties, from diviners of different descriptions, whose foolish and sinful ceremonies are alluded to. Would we know how we may seek to our God, and come to the knowledge of his mind? To the law and to the testimony; for there you will see what is good, and what the Lord requires. We must speak of the things of God in the words which the Holy Ghost teaches, and be ruled by them. To those that seek to familiar spirits, and regard not God's law and testimony, there shall be horror and misery. Those that go away from God, go out of the way of all good; for fretfulness is a sin that is its own punishment. They shall despair, and see no way of relief, when they curse God. And their fears will represent every thing as frightful. Those that shut their eyes against the light of God's word, will justly be left to darkness. All the miseries that ever were felt or witnessed on earth, are as nothing, compared with what will overwhelm those who leave the words of Christ, to follow delusions.
Study Bible
Afflictions to Idolaters
19When they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. 21They will pass through the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse their king and their God as they face upward.…
Cross References
Luke 16:29
But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let your brothers listen to them.'

Psalm 78:5
For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach them to their children,

Isaiah 1:10
Hear the word of the LORD, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the instruction of our God, You people of Gomorrah.

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

Isaiah 8:22
Then they will look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be driven away into darkness.

Jeremiah 6:16
Thus says the LORD, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.'

Micah 3:6
Therefore it will be night for you-- without vision, And darkness for you-- without divination. The sun will go down on the prophets, And the day will become dark over them.
Treasury of Scripture

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

the law

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

Luke 10:26 He said to him, What is written in the law? how read you?

Luke 16:29-31 Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them…

John 5:39,46,47 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: …

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received …

Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen …

Galatians 4:21,22 Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law…

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well …

it is

Isaiah 30:8-11 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that …

Psalm 19:7,8 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony …

Psalm 119:130 The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

Jeremiah 8:9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: see, they …

Micah 3:6 Therefore night shall be to you, that you shall not have a vision; …

Matthew 6:23 But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. …

Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said to them, You do err, not knowing the scriptures, …

Mark 7:7-9 However, in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments …

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

2 Peter 1:9 But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, …

light. Heb. morning

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more …

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise …

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well …

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