The Root of Jesse
1 Then a shoot will spring up from the stump of Jesse,
and a Branch from his roots will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him—
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and strength,
the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the LORD.
3 And He will delight in the fear of the LORD.
He will not judge by what His eyes see,
and He will not decide by what His ears hear,
4 but with righteousness He will judge the poor,
and with equity He will decide for the lowly of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth
and slay the wicked with the breath of His lips.
5 Righteousness will be the belt around His hips,
and faithfulness the sash around His waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
and the leopard will lie down with the goat;
the calf and young lion and fatling will be together, a
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will graze with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play by the cobra’s den,
and the toddler will reach into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy
on all My holy mountain,
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
10 On that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples. The nations will seek Him, b and His place of rest will be glorious. 11 On that day the Lord will extend His hand a second time to recover the remnant of His people from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, c from Elam, from Shinar, d from Hamath, and from the islands e of the sea.
12 He will raise a banner for the nations
and gather the exiles of Israel;
He will collect the scattered of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.
and the adversaries g of Judah will be cut off.
Ephraim will no longer envy Judah,
nor will Judah harass Ephraim.
14 They will swoop down on the slopes of the Philistines to the west;
together they will plunder the sons of the east.
They will lay their hands on Edom and Moab,
and the Ammonites will be subject to them.
the gulf i of the Sea of Egypt;
with a scorching wind He will sweep His hand
over the Euphrates. j
He will split it into seven streams
for men to cross with dry sandals.
16 There will be a highway for the remnant of His people
who remain from Assyria,
as there was for Israel
when they came up from the land of Egypt.
6 a Hebrew; LXX the young calf and bull and lion will feed together
10 b LXX On that day the Root of Jesse will appear, One who will arise to rule over the Gentiles; in Him the Gentiles will put their hope ; cited in Romans 15:12.
11 c That is, the upper Nile region
11 d That is, Babylonia
11 e Or coastlands
13 f That is, the northern kingdom of Israel
13 g Or hostility
15 h Or will completely dry up
15 i Hebrew the tongue
15 j Hebrew the River