Bible Society of South Africa

Epiphany: Third Sunday after the Epiphany

First reading

1There will be no way for them to escape from this time of trouble.

The Future King

The land of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali was once disgraced, but the future will bring honour to this region, from the Mediterranean eastwards to the land on the other side of the Jordan, and even to Galilee itself, where the foreigners live.

2The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light.

They lived in a land of shadows,

but now light is shining on them.

3You have given them great joy, LORD;

you have made them happy.

They rejoice in what you have done,

as people rejoice when they harvest their corn

or when they divide captured wealth.

4For you have broken the yoke that burdened them

and the rod that beat their shoulders.

You have defeated the nation

that oppressed and exploited your people,

just as you defeated the army of Midian long ago.

Isaiah 9:1-4GNBOpen in Bible reader
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