What joy shall be in the midst of afflictions, by the Kingdom and birth of Christ.
Isaiah 9:1 Neuerthelesse the dimnesse 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 grieuously afflict [her] by the way of the Sea, beyond Iordan in Galile of the nations. Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darknesse, haue seene a great light: they that dwel in the land of the shadow of death, vpon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, [and] not increased the ioy: they ioy before thee, according to the ioy in haruest, [and] as men reioyce when they diuide the spoile. Isaiah 9:4 For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staffe of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressour, as in the day of Midian. Isaiah 9:5 For euery battell of the warriour [is] with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but [this] shall be with burning [and] fewell of fire. Isaiah 9:6 For vnto vs a child is borne, vnto vs a Sonne is giuen, and the gouernment shalbe vpon his shoulder: and his name shalbe called, Wonderfull, Counseller, The mightie God, The euerlasting Father, The Prince of peace. Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his gouernment and peace [there shall be] no end, vpon the throne of Dauid & vpon his kingdome, to order it, and to stablish it with iudgement and with iustice, from henceforth euen for euer: the zeale of the LORD of hostes will performe this.
The judgments upon Israel for their pride,
Isaiah 9:8 The Lord sent a word into Iacob, and it hath lighted vpon Israel. Isaiah 9:9 And all the people shal know, [euen] Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutnesse of heart; Isaiah 9:10 The brickes are fallen downe, but we will build with hewen stones: the Sycomores are cut downe, but we will change [them] into Cedars. Isaiah 9:11 Therefore the LORD shall set vp the aduersaries of Rezin against him, and ioyne his enemies together. Isaiah 9:12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behinde, and they shall deuoure Israel with open mouth: for all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still.
for their hypocrisy,
Isaiah 9:13 For the people turneth not vnto him that smiteth them, neither doe they seeke the LORD of hostes. Isaiah 9:14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and taile, branch and rush in one day. Isaiah 9:15 The ancient and honourable, hee [is] the head: and the prophet that teacheth lies, he [is] the taile. Isaiah 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause them to erre, and they that are ledde of them, are destroyed. Isaiah 9:17 Therfore the Lord shall haue no ioy in their yong men, neither shall haue mercy on their fatherlesse & widowes: for euery one [is] an hypocrite, and an euil doer, and euery mouth speaketh folly: for all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still.
and for their impenitency.
Isaiah 9:18 For wickednes burneth as the fire: it shall deuoure the briers and thornes, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forrest, and they shall mount vp [like] the lifting vp of smoke. Isaiah 9:19 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuell of the fire: no man shall spare his brother. Isaiah 9:20 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry, and he shall eate on the left hand, and they shall not bee satisfied: they shall eate euery man the flesh of his owne arme. Isaiah 9:21 Manasseh, Ephraim: and Ephraim, Manasseh: [and] they together [shalbe] against Iudah: for all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still.