Compare two translations:
(Isa 9:6 KJV) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
(Isa 9:6 NAS77) For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.Begg points out something that had slipped by me. He says that in the Hebrew the “wonderful” is not an adjective. If you look at the KJV it comes through. If you look at the NASB it doesn’t. I went through the collection of fifteen translations I have on my software and the pattern was consistent. The older translations bring through the sense of the Hebrew. The newer translations muddle it.
According to the definition “wonderful” is a noun. That does not mean that it cannot modify counselor but it can stand alone also.
Another familiar use of the verse is in Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. If you think back over the presentation, the word “wonderful” is presented in such a way that it shows Handel understood it to be a separate characteristic. Begg calls it an “abstract.”
So take it either way. The coming Messiah was to be a “wonderful Counselor.” He was also to be Wonderful. You can have your cake and eat it too.
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