Advent Reading 1

There will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honour Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan:

   The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

   You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy;
They rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest,
As men rejoice when dividing the plunder.

   … you have shattered the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.

    Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.

                 For unto us a child is born,
                      to us a son is given,

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