Isaiah 9.2-7 (The Inclusive Bible)
The people walking in darkness are seeing a brilliant light –
Upon those who dwell in a land of deep shadows – light is shining!
God you have made the nation greater – you have brought them abundant joy!
They celebrate in Your presence as with the harvest celebrations, or as warriors celebrate when dividing spoils.
For the yoke that burdened them, the weight on their shoulders, the rod of their oppressors – you have shattered it…
For a child is born to us,
An heir is given us, upon whose shoulders dominion will rest.
This one shall be called
the Strength of God,
Champion of Peace.
This dominion, and this peace, will grow without end, with David’s throne and realm sustained with justice and fairness now and forever.
The zeal of Yahweh the Omnipotent will accomplish it!