For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful…
As a people whose affairs are ruined have great need of an active and expert governor; so the government of such a people is a great burden Such a people are lost sinners, and with respect to them these words speak, two things —
1. The burden and weight of taking the management of their affairs.
2. Jesus Christ the person on whom this burden was laid. This is part of the glad tidings of the Gospel.
Parallel VersesKJV: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.