What joy shall be in the midst of afflictions, by the Kingdom and birth of Christ.
Isaiah 9:1 Yet the darkenes shal not be according to the affliction that it had when at the first hee touched lightly the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, nor afteward when he was more grieuous by the way of the sea beyond Iorden in Galile of the Gentiles. Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkenes haue seene a great light: they that dwelled in the land of the shadowe of death, vpon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased their ioye: they haue reioyced before thee according to the ioye in haruest, and as men reioyce when they deuide a spoyle. Isaiah 9:4 For the yoke of their burthen, and the staffe of their shoulder and the rod of their oppressour hast thou broken as in the day of Midian. Isaiah 9:5 Surely euery battell of the warriour is with noyse, and with tumbling of garments in blood: but this shall be with burning and deuouring of fire. Isaiah 9:6 For vnto vs a childe is borne, and vnto vs a Sonne is giuen: and the gouernement is vpon his shoulder, and he shall call his name Wonderfull, Counseller, The mightie God, The euerlasting Father, The prince of peace, Isaiah 9:7 The increase of his gouernement & peace shall haue none end: he shall sit vpon the throne of Dauid, and vpon his kingdome, to order it, and to stablish it with iudgement and with iustice, from hencefoorth, 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 hath sent a worde into Iaakob, and it hath lighted vpon Israel. Isaiah 9:9 And all the people shall knowe, euen Ephraim, and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and presumption of the heart, Isaiah 9:10 The brickes are fallen, but we will build it with hewen stones: the wilde figge trees are cut downe, but we will change them into ceders. Isaiah 9:11 Neuerthelesse the Lord will raise vp the aduersaries of Rezin against him, and ioyne his enemies together. Isaiah 9:12 Aram before and the Philistims behinde, and they shall deuoure Israel with open mouth: yet for all this his wrath 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 will the Lord cut off from Israel head and taile, branche and rush in one day. Isaiah 9:15 The ancient and the honorable man, he is the head: and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the taile. Isaiah 9:16 For the leaders of the people cause them to erre: and they that are led by them are deuoured. Isaiah 9:17 Therefore shall the Lord haue no pleasure in their yong men, neither will he haue compassion of their fatherlesse and of their widowes: for euery one is an hypocrite and wicked, and euery mouth speaketh follie: yet for all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out stil.
and for their impenitency.
Isaiah 9:18 For wickednesse burneth as a fire: it deuoureth the briers and the thornes and will kindle in the thicke places of the forest: and they shall mount vp like the lifting vp of smoke. Isaiah 9:19 By the wrath of the Lorde of hostes shall the land be darkened, and the people shall be as the meate of ye fire: no man shal spare his brother. Isaiah 9:20 And he shall snatch at the right hand, and be hungrie: and he shall eate on the left hand, and shall not be satisfied: euery one shall eate ye flesh of his owne arme. Isaiah 9:21 Manasseh, Ephraim: and Ephraim Manasseh, and they both shall be against Iudah yet for all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.