Bible: Isaiah 9:1-6

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 

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