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A Great Light in Galilee

23 But there is no gloom to her[a]
    who was in anguish, as in time past.
He treated lightly the land of Zebulun
    and the land of Naphtali,
but in the future He will bring glory—
by the way of the sea,
    beyond the Jordan—
    Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people walking in darkness
    will see a great light.
Upon those dwelling in the land of the shadow of death,
    light will shine.[b]
You will multiply the nation.
    You will increase the joy.
They will rejoice before You
    like the joy in the harvest,
as they revel when they divide spoil.


  1. Isaiah 8:23 Traditional Christian text reads as 9:1-21.
  2. Isaiah 9:1 cf. Matt. 4:14-16; Luke 1:79.