THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Isaiah 9 ©
A prophecy of the calling of the people unto Christ, v. 2. And of their great joy for the redemption by Christ, 3. Whose birth, Person, office and everlasting Kingdom the prophet describes, 6. After that he returns to the threatenings against Ephraim, 8. For the pride, 10. And obstinacy of the people of Israel, 13. And their wickedness, 18.
NEVERTHELESS1 the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first 2he lightly afflicted the land of 3Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and 4afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way 5of the sea, 6beyond Jordan, 7in Galileea of the nations.
The 8peopleb that walked 9in darkness have seen 10a great light: they that dwell 11in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath 12the light shined.
13Thou hast multiplied the nation, 14and not increased the joy: they 15joy 16before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For thou hast broken 17the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of 18his oppressor, asc in the day of Midian.
For every battle of the warrior is 19with confused noise, and 20garments rolled 21in blood; but this shall be with burning and 22fuel of fire.
23For unto us 24a child 25is born, 26unto usd27a son is 28given: and 29the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be 30called 31Wonderful, 32Counseller,e33The mighty God, 34The everlasting Father, 35The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase 36of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon 37the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it 38with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The 39zealf of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
¶ 40The Lord sent 41a word into Jacob, and 42it hath lighted upon Israel.
And all the people shall know, even 43Ephraim and the inhabitant of 44Samaria, that say 45in the pride and stoutnessg of heart,
46The bricks 47are fallen down, but we will build with 48hewn stones: 49the sycomores are cut down, 50but we will change them into cedars.
51Therefore the LORD shall set up 52the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join 53his enemies 54together;
The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall 55devour 56Israel 57with open mouth. 58Forh all this 59his anger is not turned away, but his hand 60is stretched out still.
¶For 61the people 62turneth not 63unto him that smiteth them, neither do they 64seek the LORD of hosts.
Therefore the LORD will 65cut off from Israel 66head and tail, 67branch and rush, 68in one day.
The ancient and 69honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth 70lies, he 71is the tail.
72For 73the leaders of this people 74cause them to err; and they that are led of them are 75destroyed.
Therefore the Lord shall have 76no joy in their 77young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an 78hypocritei and an evildoer, and 79every mouth speaketh 80folly. 81For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
¶For 82wickednessj burneth as the fire: it shall devour the 83briers and thorns, and shall kindle in 84the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like 85the lifting up of smoke.
Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is 86the land 87darkened, and the people shall be as the 88fuel 89of the fire: 90no man shall spare his brother.
And he shall 91snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh 92of his own arm:
93Manasseh, 94Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be 95against Judah. 96For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.