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1But there will be no gloom for her that was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebʹulun and the land of Naphʹtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

2The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,

on them has light shined.

3Thou hast multiplied the nation,

thou hast increased its joy;

they rejoice before thee

as with joy at the harvest,

as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

4For the yoke of his burden,

and the staff for his shoulder,

the rod of his oppressor,

thou hast broken as on the day of Midʹian.

5For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult

and every garment rolled in blood

will be burned as fuel for the fire.

6For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given;

and the government will be upon his shoulder,

and his name will be called

“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

7Of the increase of his government and of peace

there will be no end,

upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom,

to establish it, and to uphold it

with justice and with righteousness

from this time forth and for evermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

8The Lord has sent a word against Jacob,

and it will light upon Israel;

9and all the people will know,

Eʹphraim and the inhabitants of Samarʹia,

who say in pride and in arrogance of heart:

10“The bricks have fallen,

but we will build with dressed stones;

the sycamores have been cut down,

but we will put cedars in their place.”

11So the Lord raises adversaries against them,

and stirs up their enemies.

12The Syrians on the east and the Philistines on the west

devour Israel with open mouth.

For all this his anger is not turned away

and his hand is stretched out still.

13The people did not turn to him who smote them,

nor seek the Lord of hosts.

14So the Lord cut off from Israel head and tail,

palm branch and reed in one day—

15the elder and honored man is the head,

and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail;

16for those who lead this people lead them astray,

and those who are led by them are swallowed up.

17Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over their young men,

and has no compassion on their fatherless and widows;

for every one is godless and an evildoer,

and every mouth speaks folly.

For all this his anger is not turned away

and his hand is stretched out still.

18For wickedness burns like a fire,

it consumes briers and thorns;

it kindles the thickets of the forest,

and they roll upward in a column of smoke.

19Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts

the land is burned,

and the people are like fuel for the fire;

no man spares his brother.

20They snatch on the right, but are still hungry,

and they devour on the left, but are not satisfied;

each devours his neighbor’s flesh,

21Manasʹseh Eʹphraim, and Eʹphraim Manasʹseh,

and together they are against Judah.

For all this his anger is not turned away

and his hand is stretched out still.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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