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Isaiah Chapter 9 | Parsha:

1The people that walked in darkness
Have seen a brilliant light;
On those who dwelt in a land of gloom
Light has dawned.

2You have magnified that nation,
Have given it great joy;
They have rejoiced before You
As they rejoice at reaping time,
As they exult
When dividing spoil.

3For the yoke that they bore
And the stick on their back—
The rod of their taskmaster—
You have broken as on the day of Midian.

4Truly, all the boots put on to stamp with
And all the garments donned in infamy
Have been fed to the flames,
Devoured by fire.

5For a child has been born to us,
A son has been given us.
And authority has settled on his shoulders.
He has been named
“The Mighty God is planning grace;
The Eternal Father, a peaceable ruler”—

6In token of abundant authority
And of peace without limit
Upon David’s throne and kingdom,
That it may be firmly established
In justice and in equity
Now and evermore.
The zeal of the Lord of Hosts
Shall bring this to pass.

7My Lord
Let loose a word against Jacob
And it fell upon Israel.

8But all the people noted—
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
In arrogance and haughtiness:

9“Bricks have fallen—
We’ll rebuild with dressed stone;
Sycamores have been felled—
We’ll grow cedars instead!”

10So the Lord let the enemies of Rezin
Triumph over it
And stirred up its foes—

11Aram from the east
And Philistia from the west—
Who devoured Israel
With greedy mouths.
Yet His anger has not turned back,
And His arm is outstretched still.
12For the people has not turned back
To Him who struck it
And has not sought
The Lord of Hosts.

13So the Lord will cut off from Israel
Head and tail,
Palm branch and reed,
In a single day.

14Elders and magnates—
Such are the heads;
Prophets who give false instruction,
Such are the tails

15That people’s leaders have been misleaders,
So they that are led have been confused.

16That is why my Lord
Will not spare their youths,
Nor show compassion
To their orphans and widows;
For all are ungodly and wicked,
And every mouth speaks impiety.

17Already wickedness has blazed forth like a fire
Devouring thorn and thistle.
It has kindled the thickets of the wood,
Which have turned into billowing smoke.
Yet His anger has not turned back,
And His arm is outstretched still.

18By the fury of the Lord of Hosts,
The earth was shaken.
Next, the people became like devouring fire:
No man spared his countryman.

19They snatched on the right, but remained hungry,
And consumed on the left without being sated.
Each devoured the flesh of his own kindred—

20Manasseh Ephraim’s, and Ephraim Manasseh’s,
And both of them against Judah!
Yet His anger has not turned back,
And His arm is outstretched still.

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