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Isaiah 9:1-6 (Today's New International Version)

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1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom1 for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,2 but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan-- 2 The people walking in darkness3 have seen a great light;4 on those living in the land of deep darkness5 a light has dawned.6 3 You have enlarged the nation7 and increased their joy;8 they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as soldiers rejoice when dividing the plunder.9 4 For as in the day of Midian's defeat,10 you have shattered11 the yoke12 that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders,13 the rod of their oppressor.14 5 Every warrior's boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning,15 will be fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born,16 to us a son is given,17 and the government18 will be on his shoulders.19 And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,20 Mighty God,21 Everlasting22 Father,23 Prince of Peace.24
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