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the dimness [muw`aph] shall not be such as was in her vexation, [muwtsaq] when [`eth] at the first [ri'shown] he lightly afflicted [qalal]
the land ['erets] of Zebulun [Zabuwluwn] and the land ['erets] of
Naphtali, [Naphtaliy] and afterward ['acharown] did more grievously afflict [kabad] her by the way [derek] of
the sea, [yam] beyond [`eber] Jordan, [Yarden] in Galilee
[Galiyl] of the nations. [gowy] KJV-Interlinear
1 But there
will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated
the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He
shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles. NASB
Continuing on from the previous chapter, the gloom of the land, the land being all of Palestine, will be transformed from a time of affliction, into a time of honor.
The earlier times refers to the invasions beginning with Syria and continuing through the many centuries of occupation, suffered at the hands of the many empires, down to the time of the birth of Jesus.
During some of those invasions the land was afflicted, lightly at first, then more horrendously or grievously afflicted in later generations.
No more gloom begins with the birth of a child. That child being Jesus, Isa. 9:6. Who is referred to as the Messiah. He will live mostly in the northern regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, near the Sea of Galilee and on or in the vicinity of the Jordan River.
And here we have the locations where Jesus will live and travel during most of his life during most of his ministry, Matt. 4:13-16.
And the glory comes to the region and to all of humanity, with the birth of Christ.
Likewise there will be yet another time which can be referred to as the former or earlier times, which will include the many centuries following the life of Jesus, up to and until the Second Advent. Where the land will suffer from many invasions and hardships throughout the ages.
And at the end of the Tribulation, which will be the time of the most extreme affliction that will ever occur in the history of not only Israel but of all of humanity, then yet a second glory can be ascribed to the land at the Second Advent, when the afflictions will finally end and the Kingdom of God on earth will be established, Isa. 9:7.
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