No Advent or Christmas would be complete without singing O Come, O Come Emmanuel. This ancient hymn was originally sung in Latin by monks as the O Antiphons in the week before Christmas. Verses from both the Old and New Testaments are listed in the O Antiphons – a list of names for Jesus. Below is a selection of Bible verses from Isaiah related to the O Antiphons and prophecies of the coming of Jesus.
O Wisdom: Isaiah 11:2-3
On him the spirit of the LORD rests, a spirit of wisdom and insight, a spirit of counsel and power, a spirit of knowledge and a fear of the LORD. (The fear of the Lord is his breath).
He does not judge by appearances; he gives no verdict on hearsay.
O Lord: Isaiah 11:4-5
But judges the wretched with integrity, and with equity gives a verdict for the poor of the land.
Integrity is the loincloth around his waist, faithfulness the belt about his hips.
O Root of Jesse: Isaiah 11:1, 10
A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse, a scion thrusts from his roots.
That day, the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples. It will be sought out by the nations and its home will be glorious.
O Key of David: Isaiah 22:22
I place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; should he open, no one shall close, should he close, no one shall open.
O Dayspring: Isaiah 9:1b
The people that walked in darkness has seen a great life; on those live in a land of deep shadow a light has shone.
O King of the Nations: Isaiah 9:6
Wide is his dominion in a peace that has no end, for the throne of David and for his royal power, which he establishes and makes secure in justice and integrity. From this time onwards and for ever, the jealous love of the LORD Sabaoth will do this.
O With Us is God: Isaiah 7:14
The Lord himself, therefore, will give you a sign. It is this: the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel.