The people that walked in darkness have seen a greatlight: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the lightshined .
Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joybefore thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.4
For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor , as in the day of Midian.5
For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garmentsrolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.6
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 calledWonderful,Counsellor , The mightyGod, The everlastingFather, The Prince of Peace.7
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
The Lordsent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.9
And all the people shall know , even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,10
The bricks are fallen down , but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down , but we will change them into cedars.11
Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and joina his enemiestogether ;
The Syriansbefore, and the Philistinesbehind; and they shall devourIsrael with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away , but his hand is stretched out still .