Though we walk in the shadow of death, Jesus gives us the light of life, even life forever.

BibleGateway: Isaiah 9:1-7

ESV Text: Isaiah 9:1-7

Isaiah 9:1–7

For to Us a Child Is Born

9:1  But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.1

  2 The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
  those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.
  You have multiplied the nation;
    you have increased its joy;
  they rejoice before you
    as with joy at the harvest,
    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
  For the yoke of his burden,
    and the staff for his shoulder,
    the rod of his oppressor,
    you have broken as on the day of Midian.
  For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
    and every garment rolled in blood
    will be burned as fuel for the fire.
  For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
  and the government shall be upon3 his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called4
  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
  on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
  with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
  The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.


[1] 9:1 Or of the Gentiles

[2] 9:2 Ch 9:1 in Hebrew

[3] 9:6 Or is upon

[4] 9:6 Or is called


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 9

     1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. 2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. 3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. 4 For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. 5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 106:
The People That in Darkness Sat — Organ Audio

1. The people that in darkness sat 
A glorious light have seen; 
The light has shined on them who long 
In shades of death have been. 

2. To hail Thee, Sun of Righteousness, 
The gathering nations come; 
They joy as when the reapers bear 
Their harvest treasures home. 

3. For Thou their burden dost remove 
And break the tyrant’s rod 
As in the day when Midian fell 
Before the sword of God. 

4. To us a Child of hope is born, 
To us a Son is given, 
And on His shoulder ever rests 
All power in earth and heaven. 

5. His name shall be the Prince of Peace, 
The Everlasting Lord, 
The Wonderful, the Counselor. 
The God by all adored. 

6. His righteous government and power 
Shall over all extend; 
On judgment and on justice based, 
His reign shall have no end. 

7. Lord Jesus, reign in us, we pray, 
And make us Thine alone, 
Who with the Father ever art 
And Holy Spirit, one.