The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 8:1
Moreover the Lord said unto me…
This is another
prophecy, confirming the same thing that was promised in the preceding
chapter (Isaiah 7:1-25) ; namely, safety to the Jews from the two kings
of Syria and Israel, which combined against them:
take thee a great roll;
or volume, a writing book, a roll of
parchment, in which form the ancients used to write, (Psalms 40:7) . The
Targum renders it, a "table"; a writing table, such an one as Zacharias
called for, (Luke 1:63) and this was to be a "great" or large one,
because much was to be written in it; or what was to be written was to
be written in large letters:
and write in it with a man's pen;
such as men usually write with;
and in such a style and language as may be easily understood by men,
even though unlearned; and so clearly and plainly, that he that runs
may read; and so the Targum,
``write in it a clear writing;''
very plain, and explicit, and legible:
a son of the prophet Isaiah, so
called, (Isaiah 8:3) whose name was very significant, and was given him
on purpose to express the sudden destruction of the enemies of Judah.
The Targum renders it,
``hasten to seize the prey, and to take away the spoil.''
Some translate it, "in hastening the prey, the spoiler hastens";
perhaps it may be better rendered, "hasten to the spoil, hasten to the
prey"; as if the words were spoken to the Assyrian monarch, to hasten
to the spoil of Damascus and Samaria; and the repetition of the same
thing in different words may have respect to the spoils of both, see
(Isaiah 8:4) and for the greater confirmation of the thing. Gussetius
has a very peculiar fancy about the sense of this text; he observes
that (jrx) , rendered a "pen", signifies some hollow vessel, in which
things were put; and supposes that it here designs a man's chest, or
some such thing, in which garments might be laid up and reserved: and
(Nwylg) , is the singular of a word used in (Isaiah 3:23) , for some
sort of luxurious garments wore by women; so that, upon the whole, the
reading and sense of the words are, that the prophet is bid to take a
large garment of the above sort, and write upon it, putting it into the
chest. This for Mahershalalhashbaz; signifying it was to lie there
till this child was born; and intimating hereby, that the women, far
from battle, would be spoiled of their soft and precious garments, as
well as the men be slain in war F13, though this is more tolerable
than the fancy of Huetius F14, that the whole is an euphemism, in
modest terms, expressing the prophet's coition with his wife.
F13 Vid. Comment. Ebr. p. 286.
F14 Demonstr. Evangel. prop. 7. parag. 15. p. 352.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 8:1". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=008&verse=001>. 1999.