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1 (1b) For, while the first invader has dealt lightly with the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the second has dealt heavily with Galilee of the Nations on the road beyond Jordan to the sea.

The future king. Is.9.1-7
2 The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light:
light has dawned upon them,
dwellers in a land as dark as death.

3 Thou hast increased their joy and their joy and: prob. rdg, Heb the nation, not given them great gladness;
they rejoice in thy presence as men rejoice at harvest,
or as they are glad when they share out the spoil;

4 for thou hast shattered the yoke that burdened them,
the collar that lay heavy on their shoulders,
the driver's goad, as on the day of Midian's defeat.

5 All the boots of trampling soldiers
and the garments fouled with blood
shall become a burning mass, fuel for fire.

6 For a boy has been born for us, a son given to us
to bear the symbol of dominion on his shoulder;
and he shall be called
in purpose wonderful, in battle God-like,
Father for all time Or of a wide realm, Prince of peace.

7 Great shall the dominion be,
and boundless the peace
bestowed on David's throne and on his kingdom,
to establish it and sustain it
with justice and righteousness
from now and for evermore.
The zeal of the LORD of Hosts shall do this.

8 The Lord has sent forth his word against Jacob
and it shall fall on Israel;

9 all the people shall be humbled,
Ephraim and the dwellers in Samaria,
though in their pride and arrogance they say,

10 The bricks are fallen, but we will build in hewn stone;
the sycomores are hacked down,
but we will use cedars instead.

The LORD will punish ISRAEL. Is.9.8-10.4
11 The LORD has raised their foes their foes: prob. rdg, Heb the foes of Rezin high against them
and spurred on their enemies,

12 Aramaeans from the east and Philistines from the west
and they have swallowed Israel in one mouthful.
For all this his anger has not turned back,
and his hand is stretched out still.

13 Yet the people did not come back to him who struck them,
or seek guidance of the LORD of Hosts;

14 therefore on one day the LORD cut off from Israel
head and tail, palm and reed. prob. rdg, Heb adds

15 The aged and honoured are the head, and the prophet who gives false instruction is the tail.

16 This people's guides have led them astray;
those who should have been guided are in confusion.

17 Therefore the Lord showed no mercy to their young men,
no tenderness to their orphans and widows;
all were godless and evildoers,
every one speaking profanity.
For all this his anger has not turned back,
and his hand is stretched out still.

18 Wicked men have been set ablaze like a fire
fed with briars and thorns,
kindled in the forest thickets;
they are wrapped in a murky pall of smoke.

19 The land is scorched by the fury of the LORD of Hosts,
and the people have become fuel for the fire.See note on v20

20 On the right, one man eats his fill but yet is hungry;
on the left, another devours but is not satisfied;
each feeds on his own children's flesh,
and neither spares his own brother and neither ... brother: transposed from end of v19.

21 Prob.rdg.; Heb. prefixes Manasseh devours Ephraim and Epraim Manasseh; together they are against Judah.
For all this his anger has not turned back,
and his hand is stretched out still.

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