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The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
For those living in the land of the shadow of death, the light has dawned.
You have multiplied the nation. You have increased its joy.[a]
They rejoice before you like the joy at harvest time,
like the celebration when people divide the plunder.
For you have shattered the yoke that burdened them.
You have broken the bar on their shoulders and
    the rod of their oppressor,
as you did in the day of Midian.
Every boot that marched in battle
and the garments rolled in blood will be burned.
They will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born.
To us a son is given.
The authority to rule will rest on his shoulders.
He will be named:
    Wonderful Counselor,
    Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father,
    Prince of Peace.
There will be no limit to his authority
and no end to the peace he brings.
He will rule on David’s throne and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
    from now on, into eternity.
The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this.

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  1. Isaiah 9:3 The translation follows a Hebrew reading in the margin. The main reading of the Hebrew text is you have not increased their joy.