2 The people who walked in darknesshave seen a great light;those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,on them has light shined. 3You have multiplied the nation;you have increased its joy;they rejoice before youas with joy at the harvest,as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 4For 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.
5For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumultand every garment rolled in bloodwill be burned as fuel for the fire. 6For to us a child is born,to us a son is given;and the government shall be upon his shoulder,and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
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