Isaiah 9 (Lexham English Bible)

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New Light: The Birth of a King

1 a {But there will be no gloom for those who were in distress}.b In former times he treated [the] land of Zebulun and Naphtali with contempt, but in the future he will honor the way of the sea beyond the Jordan, Galilee [of] the nations. 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; light has shined on those who lived in a land of darkness. 3 You have made the nation numerous; you have notc made the joy great. They rejoice in your presence as [with] joy at the harvest, as they rejoice when they divide plunder. 4 For you have shattered the yoke of its burden and the stick of its shoulder, the rod of its oppressor, ond the day of Midian. 5 For every boot {that marches and shakes the earth}e and garment rolled in blood {will}f be for burning--fire fuel. 6 For a child has been born for us; a son has been given to us. And the dominion will be on his shoulder, and his name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 {His dominion will grow continually, and to peace there will be no end}g onh the throne of David and overi his kingdom, to establish itj and sustain it with justice and righteousness now and forever. The zeal of Yahweh of hosts will do this.

Yahweh’s Anger against Arrogance

8 The Lord has sent out a word against Jacob, and it fell on Israel. 9 And all of the people knew it, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria in pride and arrogance of heart, saying, 10 "[The] bricks have fallen, but we will build [with] dressed stone. [The] sycamore-fig trees were felled, but we will replace [them with] cedars." 11 So Yahweh strengthened {the adversaries of Rezin}k against him, and he provoked his enemies-- 12 Aram from [the] east and Philistinesl from [the] west-- and they devoured Israel with the whole mouth. He has not turned away his anger in all of this, and his hand is still stretched out. 13 And the people did not turn to the one who struck it,m and they did not seek Yahweh of hosts. 14 So Yahweh cut off head and tail from Israel, palm branch and reed [in] one day. 15 Eldersn and {the respectable}o [are] the head, and prophetsp who teach liesq [are] the tail. 16 And the leaders of this people were misleading [them], and those who were led [were] confused. 17 Therefore the Lord did not rejoice over its young men, and he did not have compassion on its orphans and widows, for everyone [was] godless and an evildoer, and every mouth [was] speaking folly. In all of this his anger did not turn away, and still his hand [is] stretched out. 18 For wickedness burned like fire; it consumed brier and thorn. And it kindled the thickets of the forest, and they swirled upward [in] a column of smoke. 19 The land was burned through the wrath of Yahweh of hosts, and the people became like fire fuel. {People had no compassion toward each other}.r 20 They devoured on [the] right but [still] were hungry and devoured on [the] left but they were not satisfied. Each one devoured the flesh of his arm, 21 Manasseh [devoured] Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh; together they [were] against Judah. In all of this his anger has not turned away, and still his hand [is] stretched out.
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