And they look to the earth and see distress, darkness, and the gloom of anguish. They will be driven into thick darkness. Bible other translations

“And they look to the earth and see distress, darkness.” Those who reject God only have darkness on earth. But look at Isaiah 9:1! “There will be no more gloom for those who were in anguish.” Why? Because the Messiah is coming. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light,” i.e., the Messiah (Isa. 9:2). “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders” (Isa. 9:6). The people who reject God have only darkness, but those who accept the Messiah as their Lord will have great light and everlasting life.

Commentary for: Isaiah 8:22