Bible: Isaiah 11:1-12

An Ideal King Establishes a Kingdom of Peace

11:1 A shoot will grow out of Jesse’s 1  root stock,

a bud will sprout 2  from his roots.

11:2 The Lord’s spirit will rest on him 3 

a spirit that gives extraordinary wisdom, 4 

a spirit that provides the ability to execute plans, 5 

a spirit that produces absolute loyalty to the Lord. 6 

11:3 He will take delight in obeying the Lord. 7 

He will not judge by mere appearances, 8 

or make decisions on the basis of hearsay. 9 

11:4 He will treat the poor fairly, 10 

and make right decisions 11  for the downtrodden of the earth. 12 

He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, 13 

and order the wicked to be executed. 14 

11:5 Justice will be like a belt around his waist,

integrity will be like a belt around his hips. 15 

11:6 A wolf will reside 16  with a lamb,

and a leopard will lie down with a young goat;

an ox and a young lion will graze together, 17 

as a small child leads them along.

11:7 A cow and a bear will graze together,

their young will lie down together. 18 

A lion, like an ox, will eat straw.

11:8 A baby 19  will play

over the hole of a snake; 20 

over the nest 21  of a serpent

an infant 22  will put his hand. 23 

11:9 They will no longer injure or destroy

on my entire royal mountain. 24 

For there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty,

just as the waters completely cover the sea. 25 

Israel is Reclaimed and Reunited

11:10 At that time 26  a root from Jesse 27  will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to him for guidance, 28  and his residence will be majestic. 11:11 At that time 29  the sovereign master 30  will again lift his hand 31  to reclaim 32  the remnant of his people 33  from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, 34  Cush, 35  Elam, Shinar, 36  Hamath, and the seacoasts. 37 

11:12 He will lift a signal flag for the nations;

he will gather Israel’s dispersed people 38 

and assemble Judah’s scattered people

from the four corners of the earth.

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