Bible: Isaiah 9

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.

9:8

God’s Judgment Intensifies

27 

The sovereign master 28  decreed judgment 29  on Jacob,

and it fell on Israel. 30 

9:9 All the people were aware 31  of it,

the people of Ephraim and those living in Samaria. 32 

Yet with pride and an arrogant attitude, they said, 33 

9:10The bricks have fallen,

but we will rebuild with chiseled stone;

the sycamore fig trees have been cut down,

but we will replace them with cedars.” 34 

9:11 Then the Lord provoked 35  their adversaries to attack them, 36 

he stirred up 37  their enemies

9:12 Syria from the east,

and the Philistines from the west,

they gobbled up Israelite territory. 38 

Despite all this, his anger does not subside,

and his hand is ready to strike again. 39 

9:13 The people did not return to the one who struck them,

they did not seek reconciliation 40  with the Lord who commands armies.

9:14 So the Lord cut off Israel’s head and tail,

both the shoots and stalk 41  in one day.

9:15 The leaders and the highly respected people 42  are the head,

the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

9:16 The leaders of this nation were misleading people,

and the people being led were destroyed. 43 

9:17 So the sovereign master was not pleased 44  with their young men,

he took no pity 45  on their orphans and widows;

for the whole nation was godless 46  and did wicked things, 47 

every mouth was speaking disgraceful words. 48 

Despite all this, his anger does not subside,

and his hand is ready to strike again. 49 

9:18 For 50  evil burned like a fire, 51 

it consumed thorns and briers;

it burned up the thickets of the forest,

and they went up in smoke. 52 

9:19 Because of the anger of the Lord who commands armies, the land was scorched, 53 

and the people became fuel for the fire. 54 

People had no compassion on one another. 55 

9:20 They devoured 56  on the right, but were still hungry,

they ate on the left, but were not satisfied.

People even ate 57  the flesh of their own arm! 58 

9:21 Manasseh fought against 59  Ephraim,

and Ephraim against Manasseh;

together they fought against Judah.

Despite all this, his anger does not subside,

and his hand is ready to strike again. 60 

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