Isaiah 9:8
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English Standard Version
The Lord has sent a word against Jacob, and it will fall on Israel;

King James Bible
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

American Standard Version
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

English Revised Version
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The range of vision is first widened in Isaiah 9:2.: "The people that walk about in darkness see a great light; they who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light shines." The range of vision is here extended; not to the Gentiles, however, but to all Israel. Salvation would not break forth till it had become utterly dark along the horizon of Israel, according to the description in Isaiah 5:30, i.e., till the land of Jehovah had become a land of the shadow of death on account of the apostasy of its inhabitants from Jehovah (zalmâveth is modified, after the manner of a composite noun, from zalmūth, according to the form kadrūth, and is derived from צלם, Aeth. salema, Arab. zalima, to be dark).

(Note: The shadow or shade, zēl, Arab. zill (radically related to tall equals טל, dew), derived its name ab obtegendo, and according to the idea attached to it as the opposite of heat or of light, was used as a figure of a beneficent shelter (Isaiah 16:3), or of what was dark and horrible (cf., Targ. tallâni, a night-demon). The verb zâlam, in the sense of the Arabic zalima, bears the same relation to zâlal as bâham to bâhâh (Gen. p. 93), ‛âram, to be naked, to ‛ârâh (Jeshurun, p. 159). The noun zelem, however, is either formed from this zâlam, or else directly from zēl, with the substantive termination em.)

The apostate mass of the nation is to be regarded as already swept away; for if death has cast its shadow over the land, it must be utterly desolate. In this state of things the remnant left in the land beholds a great light, which breaks through the sky that has been hitherto covered with blackness. The people, who turned their eyes upwards to no purpose, because they did so with cursing (Isaiah 8:21), are now no more. It is the remnant of Israel which sees this light of spiritual and material redemption arise above its head. In what this light would consist the prophet states afterwards, when describing first the blessings and then the star of the new time.

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sent a word

Isaiah 7:7,8 Thus said the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass...

Isaiah 8:4-8 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother...

Micah 1:1-9 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah...

Zechariah 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers?...

Zechariah 5:1-4 Then I turned, and lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll...

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Cross References
Isaiah 9:7
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 9:9
and all the people will know, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, who say in pride and in arrogance of heart:

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