Isaiah 9
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Birth and Reign of the Prince of Peace

1[a]But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish. In earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He will make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of the Jordan, Galilee of the [b]Gentiles.

2[c]The people who walk in darkness

Will see a great light;

Those who live in a dark land,

The light will shine on them.

3You will multiply the nation,

You will [d]increase [e]their joy;

They will rejoice in Your presence

As with the joy [f]of harvest,

As people rejoice when they divide the spoils.

4For You will break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders,

The rod of their oppressor, as [g]at the battle of Midian.

5For every boot of the marching warrior in the roar of battle,

And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.

6For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us;

And the government will [h]rest on His shoulders;

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

7There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace

On the throne of David and over [i]his kingdom,

To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness

From then on and forevermore.

The zeal of the LORD of armies will accomplish this.

God’s Anger with Israel’s Arrogance

8The Lord sends a [j]message against Jacob,

And it falls on Israel.

9And all the people know it,

That is, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,

Asserting in pride and in arrogance of heart:

10“The bricks have fallen down,

But we will rebuild with smooth stones;

The sycamores have been cut down,

But we will replace them with cedars.”

11Therefore the LORD raises superior adversaries against them from Rezin

And provokes their enemies,

12The Arameans from the east and the Philistines from the west;

And they devour Israel with [k]gaping jaws.

In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away,

And His hand is still stretched out.

13Yet the people do not turn back to Him who struck them,

Nor do they seek the LORD of armies.

14So the LORD cuts off head and tail from Israel,

Both palm branch and bulrush in a single day.

15The head is the elder and esteemed man,

And the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail.

16For those who guide this people are leading them astray;

And those who are guided by them are [l]confused.

17Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over their young men,

Nor does He have compassion on their [m]orphans or their widows;

For every one of them is godless and an evildoer,

And every mouth is speaking foolishness.

In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away,

And His hand is still stretched out.

18For wickedness burns like a fire;

It consumes briars and thorns;

It also sets the thickets of the forest aflame

And they roll upward in a column of smoke.

19By the wrath of the LORD of armies the land is burned,

And the people are like fuel for the fire;

No one spares his brother.

20[n]They devour what is on the right hand but are still hungry,

And [o]they eat what is on the left hand, but they are not satisfied;

Each of them eats the flesh of his own arm.

21Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh,

And together they are against Judah.

In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away

And His hand is still stretched out.

[a] 1 Ch 8:23 in Heb
[b] 1 Or nations
[c] 2 Ch 9:1 in Heb
[d] 3 Another reading is not increase
[e] 3 Lit the
[f] 3 Lit in
[g] 4 Lit in the day of Midian
[h] 6 Lit be
[i] 7 I.e., David’s
[j] 8 Lit word
[k] 12 Lit the whole mouth
[l] 16 Or swallowed up
[m] 17 Or fatherless
[n] 20 Lit And he slices
[o] 20 Lit he eats

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