There will be no way for them to escape from this time of trouble. 1 The land of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali was once disgraced, but the future will bring honor to this region, from the Mediterranean eastward to the land on the other side of the Jordan, and even to Galilee itself, where the foreigners live.
The people who walked in darkness 2 have seen a great light. They lived in a land of shadows, but now light is shining on them.
You have given them great joy, a Lord; you have made them happy. They rejoice in what you have done, as people rejoice when they harvest grain or when they divide captured wealth.
For you have broken the yoke that burdened them and the rod that beat their shoulders. You have defeated the nation that oppressed and exploited your people, just as you defeated the army of Midian long ago.
The boots of the invading army and all their bloodstained clothing will be destroyed by fire.
A child is born to us! A son is given to us! And he will be our ruler. He will be called, "Wonderful b Counselor," "Mighty God," "Eternal Father," "Prince of Peace."