1 Land of Zabulon and Nephthali, its burden at first how lightly borne! but after-wards affliction weighed on it, Galilee, by the sea road where the Gentiles dwell west of Jordan. 2 And now the people that went about in darkness has seen a great light; for men abiding in a land where death overshadowed them, light has dawned. 3 Their number thou didst increase, but gavest them no joy of it; now, they shall rejoice in thy presence, as men rejoice when the harvest is in, as men triumph when victory is won, and booty taken, and they fall to dividing up the spoils. 4 Yoke that fixed the burden, shaft that galled the shoulder, rod of the tyrant, all lie broken now, as they did long ago, when Madian fell. 5 All the trophies of the old tumultuous forays, all the panoply stained with blood, will be burnt up now, will go to feed the flames. 6 For our sakes a child is born, to our race a son is given, whose shoulder will bear the sceptre of princely power. What name shall be given him? Peerless among counsellors, the mighty God, Father of the world to come, the Prince of peace. 7 Ever wider shall his dominion spread, endlessly at peace; he will sit on David’s kingly throne, to give it lasting foundations of justice and right; so tenderly he loves us, the Lord of hosts.Thank you to all of my friends, family, and regular readers for making my modest little blog the fun that it is. May you all enjoy a merry and blessed Christmas and Christmastide. May he who is the Alpha and the Omega bless and watch over you.