Isaiah 9-12 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Birth and Reign of the Prince of Peace

9 1  As the former time made light The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, So the latter hath honoured the way of the sea, Beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2  The people who are walking in darkness Have seen a great light, Dwellers in a land of death-shade, Light hath shone upon them. 3  Thou hast multiplied the nation, Thou hast made great its joy, They have joyed before Thee as the joy in harvest, As 'men' rejoice in their apportioning spoil. 4  Because the yoke of its burden, And the staff of its shoulder, the rod of its exactor, Thou hast broken as 'in' the day of Midian. 5  For every battle of a warrior 'is' with rushing, and raiment rolled in blood, And it hath been for burning—fuel of fire. 6  For a Child hath been born to us, A Son hath been given to us, And the princely power is on his shoulder, And He doth call his name Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace. 7  To the increase of the princely power, And of peace, there is no end, On the throne of David, and on his kingdom, To establish it, and to support it, In judgment and in righteousness, Henceforth, even unto the age, The zeal of Jehovah of Hosts doth this.

The LORD's Anger against Israel

8  A word hath the Lord sent into Jacob, And it hath fallen in Israel. 9  And the people have known—all of it, Ephraim, and the inhabitant of Samaria, In pride and in greatness of heart, saying, 10  'Bricks have fallen, and hewn work we build, Sycamores have been cut down, and cedars we renew.' 11  And Jehovah setteth the adversaries of Rezin on high above him, And his enemies he joineth together, 12  Aram from before, and Philistia from behind, And they devour Israel with the whole mouth. With all this not turned back hath His anger, And still His hand is stretched out. 13  And the people hath not turned back unto Him who is smiting it, And Jehovah of Hosts they have not sought. 14  And Jehovah cutteth off from Israel head and tail, Branch and reed—the same day, 15  Elder, and accepted of face, he 'is' the head, Prophet, teacher of falsehood, he 'is' the tail. 16  And the eulogists of this people are causing to err, And its eulogised ones are consumed. 17  Therefore, over its young men the Lord rejoiceth not, And its orphans, and its widows He pitieth not, For every one 'is' profane, and an evil doer, And every mouth is speaking folly. With all this not turned back hath His anger, And still His hand is stretched out. 18  For burned as a fire hath wickedness, Brier and thorn it devoureth, And it kindleth in thickets of the forest, And they lift themselves up, an exaltation of smoke! 19  In the wrath of Jehovah of Hosts Hath the land been consumed, And the people is as fuel of fire; A man on his brother hath no pity, 20  And cutteth down on the right, and hath been hungry, And he devoureth on the left, And they have not been satisfied, Each the flesh of his own arm they devour. 21  Manasseh—Ephraim, and Ephraim—Manasseh, Together they 'are' against Judah, With all this not turned back hath His anger. And still His hand is stretched out!

10 1  Wo 'to' those decreeing decrees of iniquity, And writers who have prescribed perverseness. 2  To turn aside from judgment the poor, And to take violently away the judgment Of the afflicted of My people, That widows may be their prey, That the fatherless they may spoil. 3  And what do ye at a day of inspection? And at desolation?—from afar it cometh. Near whom do ye flee for help? And where do ye leave your honour? 4  Without Me it hath bowed down In the place of a bound one, And in the place of the slain they fall. With all this not turned back hath His anger, And still His hand is stretched out.

The LORD's Use of Assyria

5  Wo 'to' Asshur, a rod of Mine anger, And a staff in their hand 'is' Mine indignation. 6  Against a profane nation I send him, And concerning a people of My wrath I charge him, To spoil spoil, and to seize prey, And to make it a treading-place as the clay of out places. 7  And he—he thinketh not so, And his heart reckoneth not so, For—to destroy 'is' in his heart, And to cut off nations not a few. 8  For he saith, 'Are not my princes altogether kings? 9  Is not Calno as Carchemish? Is not Hamath as Arpad? Is not Samaria as Damascus? 10  As my hand hath got to the kingdoms of a worthless thing, and their graven images, 'Greater' than Jerusalem and than Samaria, 11  Do I not—as I have done to Samaria, And to her worthless things, So do to Jerusalem and to her grievous things? 12  And it hath come to pass, When the Lord doth fulfil all His work In mount Zion and in Jerusalem, I see concerning the fruit of the greatness Of the heart of the king of Asshur. And concerning the glory of the height of his eyes. 13  For he hath said, 'By the power of my hand I have wrought, And by my wisdom, for I have been intelligent, And I remove borders of the peoples, And their chief ones I have spoiled, And I put down as a mighty one the inhabitants, 14  And my hand as to a nest Getteth to the wealth of the peoples, And as a gathering of forsaken eggs All the earth I—I have gathered, And there hath not been one moving wing, Or opening mouth, or whispering.' 15  —Doth the axe glorify itself Against him who is hewing with it? Doth the saw magnify itself Against him who is shaking it? As a rod waving those lifting it up! As a staff lifting up that which is not wood! 16  Therefore doth the Lord, the Lord of Hosts, Send among his fat ones leanness, And under his honour He kindleth a burning As the burning of a fire. 17  And the light of Israel hath been for a fire, And his Holy One for a flame, And it hath burned, and devoured his thorn And his brier in one day. 18  And the honour of his forest, and his fruitful field, From soul even unto flesh He doth consume, And it hath been as the fainting of a standard-bearer. 19  And the rest of the trees of his forest 'are' few, And a youth doth write them.

20  And it hath come to pass, in that day, The remnant of Israel, And the escaped of the house of Jacob, Do not add any more to lean on its smiter, And have leant on Jehovah, The Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21  A remnant returneth—a remnant of Jacob, Unto the Mighty God. 22  For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, A remnant doth return of it, A consumption determined, Overflowing 'with' righteousness. 23  For a consumption that is determined, The Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, Is making in the midst of all the land.

24  Therefore, thus said the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, 'Be not afraid, my people, inhabiting Zion, because of Asshur, With a rod he doth smite thee, And his staff lifteth up against thee, in the way of Egypt. 25  For yet a very little, And the indignation hath been completed, And Mine anger by their wearing out. 26  And awaking for him is Jehovah of Hosts, A scourge like the smiting of Midian at the rock Oreb, And his rod 'is' over the sea, And he hath lifted it in the way of Egypt. 27  And it hath come to pass, in that day, Turned is his burden from off thy shoulder, And his yoke from off thy neck, And destroyed hath been the yoke, because of prosperity. 28  He hath come in against Aiath, He hath passed over into Migron, At Michmash he looketh after his vessels. 29  They have gone over the passage, Geba they have made a lodging place, Trembled hath Rama, Gibeah of Saul fled. 30  Cry aloud 'with' thy voice, daughter of Gallim, Give attention, Laish! answer her, Anathoth. 31  Fled away hath Madmenah, The inhabitants of the high places have hardened themselves. 32  Yet to-day in Nob to remain, Wave its hand doth the mount of the daughter of Zion, The hill of Jerusalem. 33  Lo, the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, Is lopping a branch with violence, And the high of stature are cut down, And the lofty are become low, 34  And He hath gone round the thickets of the forest with iron, And Lebanon by a mighty one falleth!

The Righteous Reign of the Branch of Jesse

11 1  And a rod hath come out from the stock of Jesse, And a branch from his roots is fruitful. 2  Rested on him hath the Spirit of Jehovah, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and might, The spirit of knowledge and fear of Jehovah. 3  To refresh him in the fear of Jehovah, And by the sight of his eyes he judgeth not, Nor by the hearing of his ears decideth. 4  And he hath judged in righteousness the poor, And decided in uprightness for the humble of earth, And hath smitten earth with the rod of his mouth, And with the breath of his lips he putteth the wicked to death. 5  And righteousness hath been the girdle of his loins, And faithfulness—the girdle of his reins. 6  And a wolf hath sojourned with a lamb, And a leopard with a kid doth lie down, And calf, and young lion, and fatling 'are' together, And a little youth is leader over them. 7  And cow and bear do feed, Together lie down their young ones, And a lion as an ox eateth straw. 8  And played hath a suckling by the hole of an asp, And on the den of a cockatrice Hath the weaned one put his hand. 9  Evil they do not, nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For full hath been the earth with the knowledge of Jehovah, As the waters are covering the sea.

10  And there hath been, in that day, A root of Jesse that is standing for an ensign of peoples, Unto him do nations seek, And his rest hath been—honour! 11  And it hath come to pass, in that day, The Lord addeth a second time his power, To get the remnant of His people that is left, From Asshur, and from Egypt, And from Pathros, and from Cush, And from Elam, and from Shinar, And from Hamath, and from isles of the sea, 12  And He hath lifted up an ensign to nations, And gathereth the driven away of Israel, And the scattered of Judah He assembleth, From the four wings of the earth. 13  And turned aside hath the envy of Ephraim, And the adversaries of Judah are cut off, Ephraim doth not envy Judah, And Judah doth not distress Ephraim. 14  And they have flown on the shoulder of the Philistines westward, Together they spoil the sons of the east, Edom and Moab sending forth their hand, And sons of Ammon obeying them. 15  And Jehovah hath devoted to destruction The tongue of the sea of Egypt, And hath waved His hand over the river, In the terror of his wind, And hath smitten it at the seven streams, And hath caused 'men' to tread 'it' with shoes. 16  And there hath been a highway, For the remnant of His people that is left, from Asshur, As there was for Israel in the day of his coming up out of the land of Egypt!

The LORD to Be Praised in That Day

12 1  And thou hast said in that day: 'I thank thee, O Jehovah, Though Thou hast been angry with me, Turn back doth Thine anger, And Thou dost comfort me. 2  Lo, God 'is' my salvation, I trust, and fear not, For my strength and song 'is' Jah Jehovah, And He is to me for salvation. 3  And ye have drawn waters with joy Out of the fountains of salvation,

4  And ye have said in that day, Give ye praise to Jehovah, call in His name. Make known among the peoples His acts. Make mention that set on high is His name. 5  Praise ye Jehovah, for excellence He hath done, Known is this in all the earth. 6  Cry aloud, and sing, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in thy midst 'is' the Holy One of Israel!'

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