9 But those who have suffered will no longer be in pain.[a] The territories of Zebulun and Naphtali in Galilee were once hated. But this land of the Gentiles across the Jordan River and along the Mediterranean Sea will be greatly respected.
War Is Over
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.[b] 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.[c] 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.
9.1will. . . pain: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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