Bible: Isa 9:1-7

9:1 1  The gloom will be dispelled for those who were anxious. 2 

In earlier times he 3  humiliated

the land of Zebulun,

and the land of Naphtali; 4 

but now he brings honor 5 

to the way of the sea,

the region beyond the Jordan,

and Galilee of the nations. 6 

9:2 The people walking in darkness

see a bright light; 7 

light shines

on those who live in a land of deep darkness. 8 

9:3 You 9  have enlarged the nation;

you give them great joy. 10 

They rejoice in your presence

as harvesters rejoice;

as warriors celebrate 11  when they divide up the plunder.

9:4 For their oppressive yoke

and the club that strikes their shoulders,

the cudgel the oppressor uses on them, 12 

you have shattered, as in the day of Midian’s defeat. 13 

9:5 Indeed every boot that marches and shakes the earth 14 

and every garment dragged through blood

is used as fuel for the fire.

9:6 For a child has been 15  born to us,

a son has been given to us.

He shoulders responsibility

and is called: 16 

Extraordinary Strategist, 17 

Mighty God, 18 

Everlasting Father, 19 

Prince of Peace. 20 

9:7 His dominion will be vast 21 

and he will bring immeasurable prosperity. 22 

He will rule on David’s throne

and over David’s kingdom, 23 

establishing it 24  and strengthening it

by promoting justice and fairness, 25 

from this time forward and forevermore.

The Lord’s intense devotion to his people 26  will accomplish this.

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