New International Version
The Branch From Jesse
11 A shoot(A) will come up from the stump(B) of Jesse;(C)
from his roots a Branch(D) will bear fruit.(E)
2 The Spirit(F) of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom(G) and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,(H)
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
3 and he will delight in the fear(I) of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,(J)
or decide by what he hears with his ears;(K)
4 but with righteousness(L) he will judge the needy,(M)
with justice(N) he will give decisions for the poor(O) of the earth.
He will strike(P) the earth with the rod of his mouth;(Q)
with the breath(R) of his lips he will slay the wicked.(S)
5 Righteousness will be his belt(T)
and faithfulness(U) the sash around his waist.(V)
6 The wolf will live with the lamb,(W)
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.(X)
8 The infant(Y) will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s(Z) nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy(AA)
on all my holy mountain,(AB)
for the earth(AC) will be filled with the knowledge(AD) of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day(AE) the Root of Jesse(AF) will stand as a banner(AG) for the peoples; the nations(AH) will rally to him,(AI) and his resting place(AJ) will be glorious.(AK) 11 In that day(AL) the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant(AM) of his people from Assyria,(AN) from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt,(AO) from Cush,[b](AP) from Elam,(AQ) from Babylonia,[c] from Hamath(AR) and from the islands(AS) of the Mediterranean.(AT)
12 He will raise a banner(AU) for the nations
and gather(AV) the exiles of Israel;(AW)
he will assemble the scattered people(AX) of Judah
from the four quarters of the earth.(AY)
13 Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish,
and Judah’s enemies[d] will be destroyed;
Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.(AZ)
14 They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia(BA) to the west;
together they will plunder the people to the east.(BB)
They will subdue Edom(BC) and Moab,(BD)
and the Ammonites(BE) will be subject to them.(BF)
15 The Lord will dry up(BG)
the gulf of the Egyptian sea;
with a scorching wind(BH) he will sweep his hand(BI)
over the Euphrates River.(BJ)
He will break it up into seven streams
so that anyone can cross over in sandals.(BK)
16 There will be a highway(BL) for the remnant(BM) of his people
that is left from Assyria,(BN)
as there was for Israel
when they came up from Egypt.(BO)
Songs of Praise
12 In that day(BP) you will say:
“I will praise(BQ) you, Lord.
Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away(BR)
and you have comforted(BS) me.
2 Surely God is my salvation;(BT)
I will trust(BU) and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself,(BV) is my strength(BW) and my defense[e];
he has become my salvation.(BX)”
3 With joy you will draw water(BY)
from the wells(BZ) of salvation.
4 In that day(CA) you will say:
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;(CB)
make known among the nations(CC) what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted.(CD)
5 Sing(CE) to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;(CF)
let this be known to all the world.
6 Shout aloud and sing for joy,(CG) people of Zion,
for great(CH) is the Holy One of Israel(CI) among you.(CJ)”
A Prophecy Against Babylon
2 Raise a banner(CO) on a bare hilltop,
shout to them;
beckon to them
to enter the gates(CP) of the nobles.
3 I have commanded those I prepared for battle;
I have summoned my warriors(CQ) to carry out my wrath(CR)—
those who rejoice(CS) in my triumph.
4 Listen, a noise on the mountains,
like that of a great multitude!(CT)
Listen, an uproar(CU) among the kingdoms,
like nations massing together!
The Lord Almighty(CV) is mustering(CW)
an army for war.
5 They come from faraway lands,
from the ends of the heavens(CX)—
the Lord and the weapons(CY) of his wrath(CZ)—
to destroy(DA) the whole country.
6 Wail,(DB) for the day(DC) of the Lord is near;
it will come like destruction(DD) from the Almighty.[f](DE)
7 Because of this, all hands will go limp,(DF)
every heart will melt with fear.(DG)
8 Terror(DH) will seize them,
pain and anguish will grip(DI) them;
they will writhe like a woman in labor.(DJ)
They will look aghast at each other,
their faces aflame.(DK)
9 See, the day(DL) of the Lord is coming
—a cruel(DM) day, with wrath(DN) and fierce anger(DO)—
to make the land desolate
and destroy the sinners within it.
10 The stars of heaven and their constellations
will not show their light.(DP)
The rising sun(DQ) will be darkened(DR)
and the moon will not give its light.(DS)
11 I will punish(DT) the world for its evil,
the wicked(DU) for their sins.
I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty(DV)
and will humble(DW) the pride of the ruthless.(DX)
12 I will make people(DY) scarcer than pure gold,
more rare than the gold of Ophir.(DZ)
13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble;(EA)
and the earth will shake(EB) from its place
at the wrath(EC) of the Lord Almighty,
in the day of his burning anger.(ED)
14 Like a hunted(EE) gazelle,
like sheep without a shepherd,(EF)
they will all return to their own people,
they will flee(EG) to their native land.(EH)
15 Whoever is captured will be thrust through;
all who are caught will fall(EI) by the sword.(EJ)
16 Their infants(EK) will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
their houses will be looted and their wives violated.(EL)
17 See, I will stir up(EM) against them the Medes,(EN)
who do not care for silver
and have no delight in gold.(EO)
18 Their bows(EP) will strike down the young men;(EQ)
they will have no mercy(ER) on infants,
nor will they look with compassion on children.(ES)
19 Babylon,(ET) the jewel of kingdoms,(EU)
the pride and glory(EV) of the Babylonians,[g]
will be overthrown(EW) by God
like Sodom and Gomorrah.(EX)
20 She will never be inhabited(EY)
or lived in through all generations;
there no nomads(EZ) will pitch their tents,
there no shepherds will rest their flocks.
21 But desert creatures(FA) will lie there,
jackals(FB) will fill her houses;
there the owls(FC) will dwell,
and there the wild goats(FD) will leap about.
22 Hyenas(FE) will inhabit her strongholds,(FF)
jackals(FG) her luxurious palaces.
Her time is at hand,(FH)
and her days will not be prolonged.(FI)