Isaiah 8:2
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.”

Berean Study Bible
And I will appoint for Myself trustworthy witnesses—Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah.”

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

New King James Version
And I will take for Myself faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”

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

NASB 1995
“And I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”

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

Amplified Bible
And I will get faithful witnesses to attest [to this prophecy] for me, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”

Christian Standard Bible
I have appointed trustworthy witnesses—the priest Uriah and Zechariah son of Jeberechiah.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have appointed trustworthy witnesses—Uriah the priest and Zechariah 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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And witnesses who are trustworthy testified to me, to Uriah the Priest and to Zachariah son of Barachiah

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And make me witnesses of faithful men, Urias, and Zacharias the son of Barachias.

Contemporary English Version
I will tell Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberechiah to serve as witnesses to this."

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

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

Good News Translation
Get two reliable men, the priest Uriah and Zechariah son of Jeberechiah, to serve as witnesses."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will have these dependable witnesses testify: the priest Uriah 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."

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

Literal Standard Version
And I cause faithful witnesses to testify to me, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah son of Jeberechiah.

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."

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Assyrian Invasion Prophesied
1Then the LORD said to me, “Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary stylus: Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 2And I will appoint for Myself trustworthy witnesses— Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah.” 3And I had relations with the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. The LORD said to me, “Name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz.…

Cross References
2 Kings 16:10
Then King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria. On seeing the altar in Damascus, King Ahaz sent Uriah the priest a model of the altar and complete plans for its construction.

2 Kings 16:11
And Uriah the priest built the altar according to all the instructions King Ahaz had sent from Damascus, and he completed it by the time King Ahaz had returned.

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

Jeremiah 32:10
I signed and sealed the deed, 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 ye down here. And they sat down…

2 Corinthians 13:1
This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Uriah

2 Kings 16:10,11
And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof…

2 Kings 18:2
Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And I will appoint
וְאָעִ֣ידָה (wə·’ā·‘î·ḏāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 5749: To duplicate, repeat, to protest, testify, to encompass, restore

for myself
לִּ֔י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

trustworthy
נֶאֱמָנִ֑ים (ne·’ĕ·mā·nîm)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 539: To confirm, support

witnesses—
עֵדִ֖ים (‘ê·ḏîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5707: A witness, testimony, a recorder, prince

Uriah
אוּרִיָּ֣ה (’ū·rî·yāh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 223: Uriah -- 'flame of Yah', the name of a Hittite and of two Israelites

the priest
הַכֹּהֵ֔ן (hak·kō·hên)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3548: Priest

and Zechariah
זְכַרְיָ֖הוּ (zə·ḵar·yā·hū)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 2148: Zachariah -- the name of a number of Israelites

son
בֶּ֥ן (ben)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1121: A son

of Jeberekiah.”
יְבֶרֶכְיָֽהוּ׃ (yə·ḇe·reḵ·yā·hū)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3000: Jeberechiah -- 'Yah blesses', the name of several Israelites


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