Passage to Ponder

Isaiah 9:1-7
"Nevertheless, the gloom of the distressed land will not be like that of the former times when He humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali.  But in the future He will bring honor to the Way of the Sea, to the land east of the Jordan, and to Galilee of the nations.

"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness.
    You have enlarged the nation and increased its joy.  The people have rejoiced before You as they rejoice at harvest time and as they rejoice when dividing the spoils.
    For You have shattered their oppressive yoke and the rod of their shoulders, the staff of their oppressor, just as You did on the day of Midian.
    For the trampling boot of battle and the bloodied garments of war will be burned as fuel for the fire.
    For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders.  He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
    The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end.  He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever.
    The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish this."

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A shapeless mass, and a book of rules,
And each must make, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.