Birth and Reign of the Prince of Peace
1 Ch 8:23 in Heb But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish. In earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He will make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of the Jordan, Galilee of the Or nationsGentiles.
2 Ch 9:1 in Heb The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.
3You will multiply the nation,
You will Another reading is not increaseincrease Lit thetheir joy;
They will rejoice in Your presence
As with the joy Lit inof harvest,
As people rejoice when they divide the spoils.
4For You will break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders,
The rod of their oppressor, as Lit in the day of Midianat the battle of Midian.
5For every boot of the marching warrior in the roar of battle,
And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.
6For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us;
And the government will Lit berest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace
On the throne of David and over I.e., David’shis kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of armies will accomplish this.
God’s Anger with Israel’s Arrogance
8The Lord sends a Lit wordmessage against Jacob,
And it falls on Israel.
9And all the people know it,
That is, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,
Asserting in pride and in arrogance of heart:
10“The bricks have fallen down,
But we will rebuild with smooth stones;
The sycamores have been cut down,
But we will replace them with cedars.”
11Therefore the Lord raises superior adversaries against them from Rezin
And provokes their enemies,
12The Arameans from the east and the Philistines from the west;
And they devour Israel with Lit the whole mouthgaping jaws.
In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away,
And His hand is still stretched out.
13Yet the people do not turn back to Him who struck them,
Nor do they seek the Lord of armies.
14So the Lord cuts off head and tail from Israel,
Both palm branch and bulrush in a single day.
15The head is the elder and esteemed man,
And the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail.
16For those who guide this people are leading them astray;
And those who are guided by them are Or swallowed upconfused.
17Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over their young men,
Nor does He have compassion on their Or fatherlessorphans or their widows;
For every one of them is godless and an evildoer,
And every mouth is speaking foolishness.
In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away,
And His hand is still stretched out.
18For wickedness burns like a fire;
It consumes briars and thorns;
It also sets the thickets of the forest aflame
And they roll upward in a column of smoke.
19By the wrath of the Lord of armies the land is burned,
And the people are like fuel for the fire;
No one spares his brother.
20 Lit And he slices They devour what is on the right hand but are still hungry,
And Lit he eatsthey eat what is on the left hand, but they are not satisfied;
Each of them eats the flesh of his own arm.
21Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh,
And together they are against Judah.
In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away
And His hand is still stretched out.