Bible: Isaiah 9:2-7

9:2 The people walking in darkness

see a bright light; 1 

light shines

on those who live in a land of deep darkness. 2 

9:3 You 3  have enlarged the nation;

you give them great joy. 4 

They rejoice in your presence

as harvesters rejoice;

as warriors celebrate 5  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, 6 

you have shattered, as in the day of Midian’s defeat. 7 

9:5 Indeed every boot that marches and shakes the earth 8 

and every garment dragged through blood

is used as fuel for the fire.

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

a son has been given to us.

He shoulders responsibility

and is called: 10 

Extraordinary Strategist, 11 

Mighty God, 12 

Everlasting Father, 13 

Prince of Peace. 14 

9:7 His dominion will be vast 15 

and he will bring immeasurable prosperity. 16 

He will rule on David’s throne

and over David’s kingdom, 17 

establishing it 18  and strengthening it

by promoting justice and fairness, 19 

from this time forward and forevermore.

The Lord’s intense devotion to his people 20  will accomplish this.

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