Isaiah 9*

1. And the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali
rushed forward [toward their destiny,]
and their consternation grew deeper --
the sea route, the crossings of the Jordan River,
Galilee of the nations.
2. The nation that walked in darkness
saw a great light shine upon them,
and those who sat in the land of the shadows of death,
the light shined upon them.
3. The nation increased in numbers
and their happiness became greater,
they were happy before you,
like those people who reap the harvest are happy,
and like those people who celebrate
when they divide the spoils.
4. Because the yoke of their submission,
the staff of their shoulder
and the rod that subjugated them you have broken
like the Day of Judgment.*
5. Because whatever voice is heard in revolt,
his garments will be rolled in blood,
and he will be burned and consumed by fire.
6. Because a king is born to us,
and a son is given to us,
and his authority shall be upon his shoulders,
and his name shall be called Wonderful and Counselor,
Almighty Allaha of all the Universe
and the Prince of Peace.
7. Neither the expanding of his rule
and the spreading of his peace
have any boundaries,
nor his assumption of David's throne
and his kingdom [have any limits,]
as he assumes and sustains them
through judgment and holiness
from their inception
and to the end of the universe.
The zeal of the Almighty Lord shall accomplish this.
8. Maryah sent an answer through Jacob
and it fell to Israel.
9. All the nations shall know,
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,
for through arrogance or pride* they say,
10. "We cast bricks and laid plans for a foundation,*
and we cut down* the timber
and replaced the Sycamore wood."*
11. And Maryah hardened the oppressors of Rezin against him,
and made his enemies growl against him.
12. Edom from the East
and the Philistines from the West;
they shall eat Israel with an all-consuming mouth,*
and with all this his anger returns not
so as he should raise his hand again.
13. All the people did not turn back,
until they were swallowed,
and the Almighty Maryah they did not love.
14. And Maryah obliterated from Israel
the heads and the tails* in one day.
15. The old and the facile became the head,
and the prophet that teaches abstinence became the tail.
16. And the beneficiaries of this people
shall be both his detractors
and his adherents.*
17. That is why Maryah does not delight in their youth,
and for their orphans and widows he has no sympathy,
because they are all retrogrades and evil-doers,
and every mouth utters profanities,
but despite all this his anger returns not
so as he should raise his hand again.
18. Because sin rages like a fire
consuming the thorns and the thistles,
and it overwhelms the great majority,
leaving only the elect to gaze upon the smoke.*
19. And the wrath of the Almighty Lord shook the earth,
and the people were like someone
who is consumed by the fire,
when a man cannot even rely on his own brother.
20. And he circles* to his right and hungers;
he eats on his left but is not satisfied --
a man eats the flesh of his own arm.*
21. Manasseh against Ephraim,
and as one against Judah,
and despite all this his anger returns not
so as he should raise his hand again.


*9 This chapter begins with the prophesy regarding the coming of the Messiah at the time when the Jews were under the oppression of Rome.
*9:4 Lit. Ar. poetic construction: "As the Day judged."
*9:9 Lit. Ar. id.: "Greatness of heart."
*9:10.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Proscribed a circle."
*9:10.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Leveled."
*9:10.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sycamores."
*9:12 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "With all their mouth."
*9:14 Lit. Ar. id.: "The leaders and the lackeys."
*9:16 Thus prophesying that the Jews will be both Jesus' persecutors and Jesus' followers.
*9:18 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And the elect shall be delayed by the smoke."
*9:20.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Circumcises," or "cuts in a circle."
*9:20.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: "A man eats what he earns with his own arm."


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