2 Those who walked in the dark have seen a bright light. And it shines upon everyone who lives in the land of darkest shadows. 3 Our Lord, you have made your nation stronger.[a] Because of you, its people are glad and celebrate like workers at harvest time or like soldiers dividing up what they have taken.
4 You have broken the power of those who abused and enslaved your people. You have rescued them just as you saved your people from Midian.[b] 5 The boots of marching warriors and the blood-stained uniforms have been fed to flames and eaten by fire.
A Child Has Been Born
6 A child has been born for us. We have been given a son who will be our ruler. His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace. 7 His power will never end; peace will last forever. He will rule David’s kingdom and make it grow strong. He will always rule with honesty and justice. The Lord All-Powerful will make certain that all of this is done.
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