Isaiah 9

For to Us a Child Is Born

Ch 8:23 in Hebrew
But there will be no b  gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he c  brought into contempt the land of d  Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he e  has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
Or  of the Gentiles

Ch 9:1 in Hebrew
h  The people i  who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of j  deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
3 k  You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with l  joy at the harvest,
as they m  are glad n  when they divide the spoil.
4 o  For the yoke of his burden,
p  and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as q  on the day of Midian.
5 r  For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
6 s  For to us a child is born,
to us t  a son is given;
u  and the government shall be v  upon
Or is upon
his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Or is called

Wonderful y  Counselor z  Mighty God,
aa  Everlasting ab  Father, Prince of ac  Peace.
7Of the increase of his government and of peace
ad  there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
ae  with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
af  The zeal of the  Lord of hosts will do this.

Judgment on Arrogance and Oppression

8 The Lord has sent a word against Jacob,
and it will fall on Israel;
9and all the people will know,
ag  Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,
who say in pride and in arrogance of heart:
10“The bricks have fallen,
but we will build with dressed stones;
the sycamores have been cut down,
but we will put cedars in their place.”
11But the  Lord raises the adversaries of Rezin against him,
and stirs up his enemies.
12 ah  The Syrians on the east and ai  the Philistines on the west
devour Israel with open mouth.
aj  For all this his anger has not turned away,
and his hand is stretched out still.
13 The people ak  did not turn to him who struck them,
nor inquire of the  Lord of hosts.
14So the  Lord cut off from Israel al  head and tail,
palm branch and reed in one day
15 am  the elder and honored man is the head,
and an  the prophet who teaches lies is the tail;
16for those who guide this people have been leading them astray,
and those who are guided by them are swallowed up.
17Therefore the Lord does not ao  rejoice over their young men,
and has no compassion on their fatherless and widows;
for everyone is ap  godless and an evildoer,
and every mouth speaks aq  folly.
Or  speaks disgraceful things

as  For all this his anger has not turned away,
and his hand is stretched out still.
18 For wickedness burns like at  a fire;
it consumes briers and thorns;
it kindles the thickets of the forest,
and they roll upward in a column of smoke.
19Through the wrath of the  Lord of hosts
the land is scorched,
and au  the people are like fuel for the fire;
av  no one spares another.
20 aw  They slice meat on the right, but are still hungry,
and they devour on the left, but are not satisfied;
ax  each devours the flesh of his own arm,
21Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim devours Manasseh;
together they are ay  against Judah.
az  For all this his anger has not turned away,
and his hand is stretched out still.
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