Isaiah 9

Birth and Reign of the Prince of Peace

Ch 8:23 in Heb
But there will be no more b gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He c treated the d land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the
Or nations
Ch 9:1 in Heb
g The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.
h You shall multiply the nation,
You i shall
Another reading is not increase
Lit the
their gladness;
They will be glad in Your presence
As with the gladness
Lit in
of harvest,
Lit they
n men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For o You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders,
The rod of their p oppressor, as
Lit in the day of Midian
at the battle of r Midian.
For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult,
And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.
For a s child will be born to us, a t son will be given to us;
And the u government will
Lit be
rest w on His shoulders;
And His name will be called x Wonderful Counselor y Mighty God,
Eternal z Father, Prince of aa Peace.
There will be ab no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the ac throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with ad justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
ae The zeal of the  Lord of hosts will accomplish this.

God’s Anger with Israel’s Arrogance

The Lord sends a
Lit word
message against Jacob,
And it falls on Israel.
And all the people know it,
That is ag Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,
Asserting in pride and in ah arrogance of heart:
10 The bricks have fallen down,
But we will ai rebuild with smooth stones;
The sycamores have been cut down,
But we will replace them with cedars.”
11 Therefore the  Lord raises against them adversaries from aj Rezin
And spurs their enemies on,
12 The Arameans on the east and the ak Philistines on the west;
And they al devour Israel with
Lit the whole mouth
gaping jaws.
an In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away
And His hand is still stretched out.

13 Yet the people ao do not turn back to Him who struck them,
Nor do they ap seek the  Lord of hosts.
14 So the  Lord cuts off aq head and tail from Israel,
Both palm branch and bulrush ar in a single day.
15 The head is as the elder and honorable man,
And the prophet who teaches at falsehood is the tail.
16  au For those who guide this people are leading them astray;
And those who are guided by them are
Or swallowed up
brought to confusion.
17 Therefore the Lord does aw not take pleasure in their young men,
ax Nor does He have pity on their
Or fatherless
orphans or their widows;
For every one of them is az godless and an ba evildoer,
And every bb mouth is speaking foolishness.
bc In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away
And His hand is still stretched out.

18  bd For wickedness burns like a fire;
It consumes briars and thorns;
It even sets the thickets of the forest aflame
And they roll upward in a column of smoke.
19 By the be fury of the  Lord of hosts the bf land is burned up,
And the bg people are like fuel for the fire;
No bh man spares his brother.
Lit he slices
They slice off what is on the right hand but still are bj hungry,
Lit he eats
they eat what is on the left hand but they are not satisfied;
Each of them eats the bl flesh of his own arm.
21 Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh,
bm  And together they are against Judah.
bn In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away
And His hand is still stretched out.

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