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.
The people who are walking in darkness Have seen a great
light, Dwellers in a land of death-shade, Light hath shone upon them.
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.
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
For every battle of a warrior is with rushing, and
raiment rolled in blood, And it hath been for burning -- fuel of fire.
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.
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.
A word hath the Lord sent into Jacob, And it hath fallen in
And the people have known -- all of it, Ephraim, and the
inhabitant of Samaria, In pride and in greatness of heart, saying,
'Bricks have fallen, and hewn work we build, Sycamores have
been cut down, and cedars we renew.'
And Jehovah setteth the adversaries of Rezin on high above him,
And his enemies he joineth together,
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.
And the people hath not turned back unto Him who is smiting
it, And Jehovah of Hosts they have not sought.
And Jehovah cutteth off from Israel head and tail, Branch
and reed -- the same day,
Elder, and accepted of face, he is the head, Prophet,
teacher of falsehood, he is the tail.
And the eulogists of this people are causing to err, And its
eulogised ones are consumed.
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.
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!
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,
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.
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!