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Isaiah 9:2


(9:1) The people walking in darkness see a bright light; 1  light shines on those who live in a land of deep darkness. 2 


Job 10:21; Ps 23:4; Ps 107:10,14; Isa 50:10; Isa 60:1-3,19; Am 5:8; Mic 7:8,9; Mt 4:16; Lu 1:78,79; Lu 2:32; Joh 8:12; Joh 12:35,46; Eph 5:8,13,14; 1Pe 2:9; 1Jo 1:5-7

NET © Notes

sn The darkness symbolizes judgment and its effects (see 8:22); the light represents deliverance and its effects, brought about by the emergence of a conquering Davidic king (see vv. 3-6).

tn Traditionally צַלְמָוֶת (tsalmavet) has been interpreted as a compound noun, meaning “shadow of death” (so KJV, ASV, NIV), but usage indicates that the word, though it sometimes refers to death, means “darkness.” The term should probably be repointed as an abstract noun צַלְמוּת (tsalmut). See the note at Ps 23:4.

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