Amplified Bible

Isaiah 9

Birth and Reign of the Prince of Peace

1But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish [for with judgment comes the promise of salvation]. In earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He will make them honored [by the presence of the Messiah], by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.


The people who walk in [spiritual] darkness
[a]Will see a great Light;
Those who live in the dark land,
The Light will shine on them.

You [O God] will increase the nation,
You will multiply their joy;
They will rejoice before You
Like the joy and jubilation of the harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil [of victory].

For You will break the yoke of Israel’s burden and the staff (goad) on their shoulders,
The rod of their oppressor, as at the [b]battle of Midian.

For every boot of the marching warrior in the battle tumult,
And [every soldier’s] garment rolled in blood, will be used for burning, fuel for the fire.

For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given;
And the government shall be upon His shoulder,
And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

There shall be no end to the increase of His government and of peace,
[He shall rule] on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From that time forward and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.

God’s Anger with Israel’s Arrogance


The Lord sends a word (message) against Jacob,
And it falls on Israel [the ten northern tribes, the kingdom of Ephraim].

And all the people know it,
That is, [c]Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria [its capital],
Who say in pride and arrogance of heart:
10 
“The bricks have fallen down,
But we will rebuild [all the better] with ashlar (hewed stones);
The sycamores have been cut down,
But we will replace them with [expensive] cedars.”
11 
Therefore the Lord raises against Ephraim adversaries from Rezin [king of Aram]
And spurs their enemies on,
12 
The Arameans on the east and the Philistines on the west;
And they devour Israel with gaping jaws.
In spite of all this, God’s anger does not turn away
But His hand is still stretched out [in judgment].

13 
Yet the people do not turn back [in repentance] to Him who struck them,
Nor do they seek the Lord of hosts [as their most essential need].
14 
Therefore the Lord cuts off head and tail [the highest and the lowest] from Israel,
Both [the high] palm branch and [the low] bulrush in one day.
15 
The elderly and honorable man, he is the head;
And the prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.
16 
For those who lead this people are causing them to go astray;
And those who are led [astray] by them are swallowed up.
17 
Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over their young men,
Nor does He have compassion on their fatherless or their widows;
For every one of them is godless and an evildoer,
And every mouth is speaking foolishness.
In spite of all this, God’s anger does not turn away
But His hand is still stretched out [in judgment].

18 
For wickedness burns like a fire;
It consumes briars and thorns,
It even sets the forest thickets ablaze;
And it swirls upward in a column of smoke.
19 
By the wrath of the Lord of hosts the land is burned up,
And the people are like fuel for the fire;
No man spares his brother.
20 
They slice off [in discord] what is on the right hand but are still hungry,
And they eat what is on the left hand but they are not satisfied;
Each eats the flesh of his own arm.
21 
[The tribe of] Manasseh devours [the tribe of his brother] Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh,
And together they are against Judah (the southern kingdom, the house of David).
In spite of all this, God’s anger does not turn away
But His hand is still stretched out [in judgment].

Notas al pie

  1. Isaiah 9:2 Or have seen, Hebrew perfect tense. The perfect tense is used frequently in this passage and should probably be interpreted as the prophetic future, that is, the use of the perfect (past) tense to describe a future event as a certainty.
  2. Isaiah 9:4 A reference to Gideon’s great victory over the Midianites (Judg 7:22-25).
  3. Isaiah 9:9 The names “Israel” and “Ephraim” are used interchangeably to refer to the ten tribes of the northern kingdom.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以賽亞書 9

未來的君王

1但那些受過痛苦的人必不再遇見黑暗。從前,耶和華使西布倫人和拿弗他利人住的地方受人藐視,日後必使這些地方,即約旦河對岸、沿海一帶、外族人居住的加利利得到榮耀。

走在黑暗中的人必看見大光,
活在死亡陰影下的人必被光照亮。
耶和華啊,你必使以色列成為大國,
人民都喜氣洋洋,
在你面前歡喜快樂,
好像豐收時那樣歡喜,
如同瓜分戰利品時那樣快樂。
因為你必折斷他們負的軛和欺壓者的棍棒,
好像昔日你毀滅米甸人一樣;
戰士的靴子和染血的征袍都要被丟進火裡燒掉。
必有一個嬰兒為我們誕生,
有一個孩子要賜給我們。
祂必統治我們,
祂被稱為奇妙的策士、全能的上帝、永存的父、和平的君。
祂的國必長治久安。
祂必坐在大衛的寶座上以公平和公義治國,
使國家永固。
萬軍之耶和華必熱切地成就此事。

耶和華要審判以色列

主已發言責備雅各家,
他的責備落在以色列,
住在以法蓮和撒瑪利亞的以色列人都知道。
他們驕傲自大地說:
10 「磚牆倒塌了,
我們可以鑿石重建;
桑樹砍倒了,
我們可以再種香柏樹。」
11 因此耶和華必驅使敵人來攻擊他們。
12 東有亞蘭人,西有非利士人,
他們必吞噬以色列。
雖然如此,耶和華的怒氣還沒有止息,
祂的懲罰還沒有停止。

13 但以色列人沒有歸向萬軍之耶和華,
也不尋求祂。
14 因此,耶和華要在一日之間剷除以色列的頭和尾。
15 頭是指他們的長老和首領,
尾是指教人虛謊之事的假先知。
16 這些帶領者使百姓步入歧途、
走向滅亡。
17 他們目無上帝,
行事邪惡,口出狂言。
所以,主不喜歡他們的青年,
也不憐憫他們的孤兒寡婦。
雖然如此,耶和華的怒氣還沒有止息,
祂降罰的手沒有收回。
18 邪惡像燃燒的火焰,
焚毀荊棘和蒺藜,點燃密林,
煙柱旋轉上騰。
19 萬軍之耶和華的烈怒必如火一般燒焦大地,
人們成為燒火的柴,
甚至弟兄彼此相煎。
20 他們到處搶奪食物,
仍饑餓難忍,
甚至吃自己的骨肉[a]
21 以法蓮和瑪拿西必自相殘殺,
又聯合起來攻打猶大。
雖然如此,耶和華的怒氣還沒有止息,
祂降罰的手沒有收回。

Notas al pie

  1. 9·20 骨肉」或譯「臂膀的肉」。