“For unto us a child is born”



This scripture refers to the Messiah, namely Jesus Christ, who will be born as a savior to the world. For another Bible verse about Jesus' birth see Luke 2:11, “For unto you is born this day”.

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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, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

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Isaiah 9:6 Translation & Meaning

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For כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed For
unto us a child יֶ֣לֶד Something born, i.e., a lad or offspring child
is born, יֻלַּד To bear young; causatively, to beget; medically, to act as midwife; specifically, to show lineage born
unto us a son בֵּ֚ן A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
is given: נִתַּן To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) given
and the government הַמִּשְׂרָ֖ה Empire government
shall be upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
his shoulder: שִׁכְמ֑וֹ The neck (between the shoulders) as the place of burdens; figuratively, the spur of a hill shoulder
and his name שְׁמ֜וֹ An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character name
shall be וַתְּהִ֥י To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) shall be
called וַיִּקְרָ֨א To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) called
Wonderful, פֶּ֠לֶא A miracle Wonderful
Counseller, יוֹעֵץ֙ To advise; reflexively, to deliberate or resolve Counseller
The mighty גִּבּ֔וֹר Powerful; by implication, warrior, tyrant mighty
God, אֵ֣ל Strength; as adjective, mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity) God
The everlasting עַ֖ד Properly, a (peremptory) terminus, i.e., (by implication) duration, in the sense of advance or perpetuity (substantially as a noun, either with or without a preposition) everlasting
Father, אֲבִי Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application Father
The Prince שַׂר A head person (of any rank or class) Prince
of Peace. שָׁלֽוֹם׃ Safe, i.e., (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, i.e., health, prosperity, peace Peace

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  • 4  For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.

  • 5  For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.

  • 6  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, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

  • 7  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.

  • 8  The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.


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