Isaiah 8:20

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

To the Law and to the Testimonie: if they speake not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

To the law and to the testimony! if they speak not according to this word, surely there is no morning for them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then say to them, Put your faith in the teaching and the witness. ... If they do not say such things. ... For him there is no dawn. ...
- Basic English Bible

To the law and the testimony! If they speak not according to this word, for them there is no daybreak.
- Darby 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.
- Webster's 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.
- World English Bible

To the law and to the testimony! If not, let them say after this manner, `That there is no dawn to it.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

for instruction and for testimony?' --Surely they will speak according to this word, wherein there is no light.--
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 8:20


8:20 To the law - Let this dispute between you and them be determined by God's word, which is here and in many other places called the law, to signify their obligation to believe and obey it; and the testimony, because it is a witness between God and man, of God's will, and of man's duty. They - Your antagonists. No light - This proceeds from the darkness of their minds, they are blind, and cannot see.


Discussion for Isaiah 8

  • BSP
    Verse 13 shows that it is Jehovah God that we should fear. We may have a measure of fear of men, but God is all powerful and we should have more fear of Him and displeasing Him than any man.
  • Astone Kandro
    Trust in God is vital for any true success to be released in our lives.
  • Enwerem Gabriel
    This chapter 8v17 to 20 is to let the whole world and especially Christians know that God is in control of all situations and anyone who seeks, believes and calls on Him shall be a winner all the time. "Shall people not seek their God?" I pray for our brethren in Arab nations, may our God strengthen them in this time of tribulation in Jesus name Amen.
  • Harycollins
    Verses 9 10 of this chapter has clearly made us the children of to know that no matter how many or powerful our enemies can be, as long as GOD is with us they can do but nothing.These are verses that should boost our moral.
  • Femi Ogunbekun for verse 10
    We need God 's approval expressly for any action to be activated
  • When I had a dialog with an Islamic mullah for a long time, he was trying to prove that their book was the final word from God, my argument was your book is from your god, but our God Jehovah has nothing to do with your book. Later when I was going through the Bible, Holy Spirit pointed the word in Isaiah 8 16 to me, and when I had discussions later I pointed out to the Islamic mullah the Isaiah 8 16 I clearly told him the last disciple of John fulfilled the prophesy in Isaiah 8 16 at the book of Revelation 22 18 19 and clearly convince him that no more written prophecy from God after Revelation 22 18 19 so there for I persuaded to him that their book is not from God, it is only from an another god.

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