For unto us is born

Isaiah-9-6

On Christmas Day, the Verse of the Day for December 25, 2015 comes from Isaiah 9:6 in the Amplified Bible:

For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given;
And the government shall be upon His shoulder,
And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

In a discussion of the name that is given to the Messiah in this passage from Isaiah, the blog The Son of Jehovah, pointed out that the verse translated by the Jewish Publication Society of the Hebrew Bible refers to “a singular name that the promised Messiah was be called by rather than a series of titles.”

The verse is rendered this way:

For a child is born unto us, a son is given unto us; and the government is upon his shoulder; and his name is called Pele-joez- el-gibbor-Abi-ad-sar-shalom;

Often a “name” such as this is given to a human or something describing attributes of God/Yahweh, The site elaborates:

The name in Isaiah 9:6 should also be understood similarly, since it is directly stated in the singular as a name, not plural, as “names.” Therefore, it is more correctly to be understood as describing Yahweh, not the Messiah who comes in the name of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 18:15-19) Some editions of the JPS give this name the following meaning: “Wonderful in counsel is God the Mighty, the everlasting Father, the Ruler of peace.

George Friedrich Handel’s “Messiah,” the renowned, sacred oratorio with texts from the King James Version of the Bible is among the best known and most frequently performed music compositions in the Western world, particularly during the Christmas season. Isaiah 9:6, “For unto Us a Child born,” is set to music in this celebrated work. Listen as Sir Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and the Tenebrae Chorus in this popular excerpt.

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