11:1 stump. All that is left of the Davidic dynasty is a stump. The privileged sons of David no less than Assyria are like trees that have been chopped down (10:33, 34). But in spite of this judgment on Judah, the Lord will raise up new leadership from the dynasty of David (Matt. 1:1).
Jesse. The father of David (1 Sam. 16:10–13). David inaugurated a great kingdom, but the greater David (Ezek. 34:23–25; Zech. 12:7–10), now only a tender plant (53:2), will rule an incomparably greater kingdom.
branch. See note 4:2.