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Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Isaiah 8:3

Isaiah 8:3. And I went unto the prophetess— And I had gone unto the prophetess, and she had conceived; and she bare a son; and the Lord said unto me, &c. Vitringa. read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 8:3

3. prophetess—perhaps the same as the "virgin" ( :-), in the interim married as Isaiah's second wife: this is in the primary and temporary sense. Immanuel is even in this sense distinct from Maher-shalal-hash-baz. Thus nineteen months at least intervene from the prophecy ( :-), nine before the birth of Immanuel, and ten from that time to the birth of Maher-shalal-hash-baz: adding eleven or twelve months before the latter could cry, "Father" ( :-), we have about three years in all, agreeing with... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Isaiah 8:1-4

The sign of Maher-shalal-hash-baz 8:1-4Whereas the sign of Immanuel was for Ahaz primarily, the sign of Maher-shalal-hash-baz was for all the people of Judah. The preceding prophecies to Ahaz (Isaiah 7:10-25) are generally negative, but the following prophecies to the Judahites (Isaiah 8:1-10) are more positive. These instructions from the Lord evidently came to Isaiah in the midst of the Syro-Ephraimitic war. [Note: Ibid., 1:228.] Robert Chisholm Jr. believed Maher-shalal-hash-baz was the... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Isaiah 8:3

Then Isaiah had sexual relations with his wife. Since the expression "approached" is a euphemism used several times in the Old Testament for the first intercourse between a man and his wife, it is possible that Isaiah’s first wife, the mother of Shearjashub (Isaiah 7:3), died and the prophet remarried. [Note: See Herbert M. Wolf, "A Solution to the Immanuel Prophecy in Isaiah 7:14-8:22," Journal of Biblical Literature 91 (1972):454; and Wiersbe, p. 19.] In this case, the ’alma of Isaiah 7:14... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 8:1-22

1. Take, etc.] read ’Take thee a great tablet, and write upon it with the pen of a man, Maher-shalal-hash-baz.’ A man’s pen] i.e. such as a common man would use for writing in large characters that all might, undertsand the words. Maher-shalal-hash-baz] i.e. ’The spoil speedeth, the prey hasteth.’ The inscription intimated the speedy spoliation of Syria and Israel (Isaiah 8:4).2. And I took] RV ’And I will take,’ the speaker being Jehovah as in Isaiah 8:1. Witnesses] who would be able when the... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Isaiah 8:3

(3) I . . . the prophetess . . .—The word may have been given by courtesy to a prophet’s wife as such. Elsewhere, however, as in the case of Deborah (Judges 4:4) and Huldah (2 Chronicles 34:22), it implies prophetic gifts. Possibly, therefore, we may think of the prophet and his wife as having been drawn together by united thoughts and counsels, in contrast with the celibate life of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 16:2), the miseries of Hosea’s marriage (Hosea 1:2), and the sudden bereavement of Ezekiel... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Isaiah 8:1-22

CHAPTER VIKING AND MESSIAH; PEOPLE AND CHURCH735-732 B.C.Isaiah 7, 8, 9:1-8THIS section of the book of Isaiah (chapters 7-9:7) consists of a number of separate prophecies uttered during a period of at least three years: 735-732 B.C. By 735 Ahaz had ascended the throne; Tiglath-pileser had been occupied in the far east for two years. Taking advantage of the weakness of the former and the distance of the later, Rezin, king of Damascus, and Pekah, king of Samaria, planned an invasion of Judah. It... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Isaiah 8:1-22

CHAPTER 8 Jehovah’s Word Through Isaiah and the Assyrian Announced 1. The divine instruction and Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Isaiah 8:1-4 ) 2. The Assyrian to come (Isaiah 8:5-8 ) 3. The answer of faith (Isaiah 8:9-10 ) 4. A word to the faithful remnant (Isaiah 8:11-20 ) 5. The coming great distress (Isaiah 8:21-22 ) The names are significant. Isaiah heard the word “Maher-shalal-hash-baz,” and then is told to call his newborn son by this name. The name means “swift for spoil, hasty for... read more

John Calvin

Geneva Study Bible - Isaiah 8:3

8:3 And I went to the {d} prophetess; and she conceived, and bore a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.(d) Meaning, to his wife and this was done in a vision. read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Isaiah 8:1-22

JUDAH ’S ALLIANCE WITH ASSYRIA Syria and Israel menaced Judah through Jotham’s reign but the situation has become acute now that Ahaz is on the throne (Isaiah 7:1-2 ). THE PROMISED SIGN The Lord, through Isaiah, counsels and encourages the king at a crisis (Isaiah 7:3-16 ). Notice where the prophet is to meet Ahaz (Isaiah 7:3 ): where he and his military engineers may be conferring as to the water supply during the expected siege. Notice who accompanies the prophet, and his name, which... read more

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