This light has penetrated the deep darkness of the land we live in, to shine on us and envelop us.
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2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. 3 You have enlarged the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil [of war]. 4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5 For every warrior's boot stomping in the earthquake of battle and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government is upon his shoulder, and his name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. ~Isaiah 9:2–7
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