(a) That you may write in great letters to the intent that it may be more easily read.
(b) Meaning, after the common fashion, because all men might read it.
(c) Because the thing was of great importance, he took these two witnesses, who were of credit with the people, when he set this up upon the door of the temple, even though Uriah was a flattering hypocrite, (2 Kings 16:11).
(d) Meaning, to his wife and this was done in a vision.
(e) Before any child is able to speak.
(f) That is, the army of Assyria.
(g) Which was a fountain at the foot of mount Zion, out of which ran a small river through the city: meaning, that they of Judah distrusting their own power which was small desired such power and riches as they saw in Syria and Israel.
(h) That is, the Assyrians who dwell beyond Euphrates.
(i) It will be ready to drown them.
(k) He speaks this to Messiah, or Christ, in whom the faithful were comforted and who would not suffer his Church to be destroyed utterly.
(l) That is, you who are enemies to the Church, as the Assyrians, Egyptians, Syrians etc.
(m) To encourage me that I should not shrink for the infidelity of this people, and so neglect my office.
(n) Consent not you who are godly to the league and friendship that this people seek with strangers and idolaters.
(o) Meaning, that they should not fear the thing that they who have no hope in God feared.
(p) In putting your trust only in him, in calling on him in adversity, patiently looking for his help, and fearing to do anything contrary to his will.
(q) He will defend you who are his elect, and reject all the rest, meaning Christ against whom the Jews would stumble and fall, (Luke 2:23) ; (Romans 9:33) ; (1 Peter 2:7,8).
(r) Though all forsake me, yet you who are mine keep my word sure sealed in your hearts.
(s) Meaning, them who were willing to hear and obey the word of God whom the world hated, as though they were monsters and not worthy to live.
(t) This was a consolation in their troubles, knowing that nothing could come to them, but by the will of the Lord.
(u) Answer the wicked thus, should not God's people seek comfort only from him?
(x) That is, will they refuse to be taught by the prophet, who is the mouth of God, and seek help from the dead, which is the illusion of Satan?
(y) Seek remedy in the word of God, where his will is declared.
(z) They have no knowledge but are blind leaders of the blind.
(a) That is, in Judah, where they would have had rest, if they had not thus grievously offended God.
(b) In whom before they put their trust.
(c) They will think that heaven and earth and all creatures are bent against them to trouble them.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Isaiah 8". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/
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