Isaiah 9

1But there shall be no gloom to her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made it glorious, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. 2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them the light has shone. 3Thou have multiplied the nation. Thou have increased their joy. They joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. 4For the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, thou have broken as in the day of Midian. 5For all the armor of the armed man in the tumult, and the garments rolled in blood, shall be for burning, for fuel of fire. 6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. And the government shall be upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even forever. The zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this. 8The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it has lighted upon Israel. 9And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, who say in pride and in arrogance of heart, 10The bricks are fallen, but we will build with hewn stone, the sycamores are cut down, but we will put cedars in their place. 11Therefore Jehovah will set up on high against him the adversaries of Rezin, and will stir up his enemies, 12the Syrians in front, and the Philistines behind, and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. 13Yet the people have not turned to him who smote them, nor have they sought Jehovah of hosts. 14Therefore Jehovah will cut off from Israel head and tail, palm-branch and rush, in one day. 15The elder and the honorable man, he is the head. And the prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail. 16For those who lead this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed. 17Therefore the Lord will not rejoice over their young men, nor will he have compassion on their fatherless and widows. For everyone is profane and an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. 18For wickedness burns as the fire. It devours the briers and thorns. Yea, it kindles in the thickets of the forest, and they roll upward in a column of smoke. 19Through the wrath of Jehovah of hosts is the land burnt up, and the people are as the fuel of fire; no man spares his brother. 20And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry. And he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied. They shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm- 21Manasseh, Ephraim, and Ephraim, Manasseh, and together they shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
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