11 “A shoot will come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch will bear fruit from his roots. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and power, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. 3 His delight will be in the fear of the Lord. He won’t judge by what his eyes see, nor decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, and decide with equity for[a] earth’s poor.[b] He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,[c] and the wicked will be killed[d] with the breath of his lips. 5 Righteousness will be the sash around his loins, and faithfulness the belt around his waist.”
A Transformed Ecology
6 “The wolf will live with the lamb; the leopard will lie down with the young goat. The calf and the lion will graze[e] together, and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow and the bear will graze, and[f] their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child will play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on vipers’ dens.[g] 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on[h] my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge[i] of the Lord,[j] as the waters cover the sea.”
10 At that time,[k] as to[l] the root of Jesse, who will be standing as a banner for the peoples, the nations will rally to him, and his resting place is[m] glorious.
11 At that time,[n] the Lord will reach out his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that is left of his people, from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt,[o] from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the islands[p] of the sea.
12 He will raise a banner for the nations and will assemble the dispersed of Israel; he will gather the scattered people of Judah from the corners[q] of the earth.
Israel’s Victory over Its Enemies
13 Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish,[r] and those who are hostile to Judah will be eliminated;[s] Ephraim will no longer be jealous of Judah, and Judah will not be hostile to Ephraim. 14 But they[t] will swoop down on the slopes[u] of the Philistines to the west, and they will plunder[v] the people to[w] the east. They’ll lay their hands on Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be subject to them. 15 The Lord will totally destroy the gulf[x] of the Sea of Egypt. He will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River with a violent wind,[y] breaking it up into seven streams, and making a way for people to cross on foot. 16 And there will be a highway for the remnant that is left of his people out of Assyria, as there was for Israel when they came up from the land of Egypt.
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