The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; on the inhabitants of a country in shadow dark as death, light has blazed forth.Isaiah 9:1-6 Revised New Jerusalem Bible (RNJB)
You have enlarged the nation,
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you as people rejoice at harvest time,
as they exult when they are dividing plunder.
For the yoke that weighed on them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
these you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For all the footgear clanking over the ground
and all the clothing rolled in blood
will be burnt, will be food for the flames.
For a son has been born for us,
a son has been given to us
and dominion has been laid on his shoulders;
and this is the name he has been given,
‘Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God, Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace’.
His rule will be great and there will be no end of peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom,
secure and established in fair judgement and righteousness.
From this time onwards and for ever
the jealous love of the LORD Sabaoth will do this.
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