"Unto Us A Child Is Born"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 189

Context: Isaiah, prophet of the Almighty, proclaims his vision of "Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah." He exhorts the Israelites to turn from their sinful and idolatrous ways and warns them that the Lord is prepared to destroy Jerusalem and Judah. Relating his vision of God and reproving Ahaz for his unwillingness to trust the Almighty, Isaiah finally withdraws and declares that he will wait for the proof of his prophecies. In a shift from a note of death and destruction to one of joy, he delivers his prophecy of a messiah:

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

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