The people walking in darkness1 have seen a great light;2 on those living in the land of the shadow of deatha3 a light has dawned.43
You have enlarged the nation5 and increased their joy;6 they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder.74
For as in the day of Midian's defeat,8 you have shattered9 the yoke10 that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders,11 the rod of their oppressor.125
Every warrior's boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning,13 will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,14 to us a son is given,15 and the government16 will be on his shoulders.17 And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,b18 Mighty God,19 Everlasting20 Father,21 Prince of Peace.22