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The Branch’s Righteous Reign

11 And a shoot will come out from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch from its roots will bear fruit.
And the spirit of Yahweh shall rest on him—
    a spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    a spirit of counsel and might,
    a spirit of knowledge and the fear of Yahweh.
    And his breath[a] is in the fear of Yahweh.
And he shall judge not by his eyesight,
    and he shall rebuke not by what he hears with[b] his ears.
But he shall judge the poor with righteousness,
    and he shall decide for the needy of the earth with rectitude.
And he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
    and he shall kill the wicked person with the breath of his lips.
And righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
    and faithfulness the belt around his loins.
And a wolf shall stay[c] with a lamb,
    and a leopard shall lie down with a kid,
and a calf and a lion and a fatling together
    as a small boy leads[d] them.
And a cow and a bear shall graze;
    their young shall lie down together.
    And a lion shall eat straw like the cattle.
And an infant[e] shall play over a serpent’s hole,
    and a toddler[f] shall put his hand on a viper’s hole.
They will not injure and they will not destroy on all of my holy mountain,[g]
    for the earth will be full of the knowledge of Yahweh,
        as the waters cover the sea.

10 And this shall happen on that day:

the nations shall inquire of the root of Jesse,
which shall be standing as a signal to the peoples,
and his resting place shall be glorious.

The Regathered Remnant

11 And this shall happen on that day:

The Lord will again extend his hand a second time
to acquire the remnant of his people that is left,
from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the coastlands of the sea,
12 and he will raise a signal for the nations.
And he will gather the outcasts of Israel,
    and he will gather the scattered ones of Judah together from the four corners[h] of the earth.
13 And the jealousy of Ephraim shall depart,
    and the enemies of Judah shall be cut off.
Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah,
    and Judah shall not be an enemy of Ephraim.
14 But they shall swoop[i] upon the Philistine shoulder,[j] westward.[k]
    Together they shall plunder the sons of the east.
Edom and Moab will be under their command,[l]
    and the sons of Ammon will be their subjugated people.
15 And Yahweh will divide[m] the tongue[n] of the sea of Egypt,[o]
    and he will wave his hand over the river[p] with his scorching wind;
and he will strike it into seven streams,
    and he will make it passable by foot.[q]
16 So there shall be a highway from Assyria for the remnant of his people that remains,
    as there was for Israel when[r] it went up from the land of Egypt.


  1. Isaiah 11:3 Hebrew “smelling,” perhaps metaphorically as “delight” as in Amos 5:14; perhaps this line was accidentally copied twice from the preceding line
  2. Isaiah 11:3 Literally “the rumors of”
  3. Isaiah 11:6 Literally “dwell as an alien”
  4. Isaiah 11:6 Literally “and a small boy leading”
  5. Isaiah 11:8 Literally “one nursing”
  6. Isaiah 11:8 Literally “one who is weaned”
  7. Isaiah 11:9 Literally “mountain of holiness”
  8. Isaiah 11:12 Literally “wings”
  9. Isaiah 11:14 Literally “fly”
  10. Isaiah 11:14 That is, the hill country west of Judah
  11. Isaiah 11:14 Literally “sea”
  12. Isaiah 11:14 Literally “the stretching of their hand”
  13. Isaiah 11:15 Or “utterly destroy”
  14. Isaiah 11:15 Probably the “gulf”
  15. Isaiah 11:15 That is, the Red Sea
  16. Isaiah 11:15 That is, the Euphrates River
  17. Isaiah 11:15 Literally “cause to walk with the sandal”
  18. Isaiah 11:16 Literally “in the day”