1aBut there will be no more 1gloom for her who was in anguish; in earliertimes He 2treated the 3land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the otherside of Jordan, Galilee of the bGentiles.
2c4The people who walk in darkness Will see a greatlight; Those who live in a darkland, The light will shine on them.
35You shall multiply the nation, You 6shall dincreaseetheir gladness; They will be glad in Your presence As with the gladnessfof harvest, As g7men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For 8You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, The rod of their 9oppressor, as hat the battle of 10Midian.
For everyboot of the bootedwarrior in the battle tumult, And cloakrolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.
For a 11child will be born to us, a 12son will be given to us; And the 13government will irest14on His shoulders; And His name will be called15WonderfulCounselor, 16MightyGod, Eternal17Father, Prince of 18Peace.
7There will be 19noend to the increase of His government or of peace, On the 20throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with 21justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore . 22The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplishthis.
The Lordsends a jmessage against Jacob, And it falls on Israel.
And all the peopleknow it, That is, 23Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, Asserting in pride and in 24arrogance of heart:
"The bricks have fallendown, But we will 25rebuild with smoothstones; The sycamores have been cutdown, But we will replace them with cedars."
Therefore the LORDraisesagainst them adversaries from 26Rezin And spurs their enemies on,
The Arameans on the east and the 27Philistines on the west; And they 28devourIsrael with kgapingjaws. 29In spite of allthis, His anger does not turnaway And His hand is stillstretched out.
Yet the people30do not turnback to Him who struck them, Nor do they 31seek the LORD of hosts.
So the LORDcutsoff32head and tail from Israel, Both palmbranch and bulrush33in a singleday.
The head is 34the elder and honorable man, And the prophet who teaches35falsehood is the tail.
1636For those who guidethispeople are leading them astray; And those who are guided by them are lbrought to confusion.
17Therefore the Lord does 37not takepleasure in their youngmen, 38Nor does He havepity on their morphans or their widows; For everyone of them is 39godless and an 40evildoer, And every41mouth is speakingfoolishness. 42In spite of allthis, His anger does not turnaway And His hand is stillstretched out.
1843For wickednessburns like a fire; It consumesbriars and thorns; It even sets the thickets of the forestaflame And they rollupward in a column of smoke.
By the 44fury of the LORD of hosts the 45land is burned up, And the 46people are like fuel for the fire; No47manspares his brother.
20nThey sliceoff what is on the righthand but still are 48hungry, And othey eat what is on the lefthand but they are not satisfied; Each of them eats the 49flesh of his own arm.
21Manasseh devours Ephraim, and EphraimManasseh, 50And together they are againstJudah. 51In spite of allthis, His anger does not turnaway And His hand is stillstretched out.