Isaiah 11

Reign of the Davidic King

1Then a shoot will grow from the stump of Jesse,

and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.

2The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him —

a Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

a Spirit of counsel and strength,

a Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

3His delight will be in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge

by what he sees with his eyes,

he will not execute justice

by what he hears with his ears,

4but he will judge the poor righteously

and execute justice for the oppressed of the land.

He will strike the land

with a scepter from his mouth,

and he will kill the wicked

with a command from his lips.

5Righteousness will be a belt around his hips;

faithfulness will be a belt around his waist.

6The wolf will dwell with the lamb,

and the leopard will lie down with the goat.

The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf will be together,

and a child will lead them.

7The cow and the bear will graze,

their young ones will lie down together,

and the lion will eat straw like cattle.

8An infant will play beside the cobra’s pit,

and a toddler will put his hand into a snake’s den.

9They will not harm or destroy each other

on my entire holy mountain,

for the land will be as full

of the knowledge of the Lord

as the sea is filled with water.

Israel Regathered

10On that day the root of Jesse

will stand as a banner for the peoples.

The nations will look to him for guidance,

and his resting place will be glorious.

11On that day the Lord will extend his hand a second time to recover the remnant of his people who survive — from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the coasts and islands of the west.

12He will lift up a banner for the nations

and gather the dispersed of Israel;

he will collect the scattered of Judah

from the four corners of the earth.

13Ephraim’s envy will cease;

Judah’s harassing will end.

Ephraim will no longer be envious of Judah,

and Judah will not harass Ephraim.

14But they will swoop down

on the Philistine flank to the west.

Together they will plunder the people of the east.

They will extend their power over Edom and Moab,

and the Ammonites will be their subjects.

15The Lord will divide the Gulf of Suez.

He will wave his hand over the Euphrates

with his mighty wind

and will split it into seven streams,

letting people walk through on foot.

16There will be a highway for the remnant of his people

who will survive from Assyria,

as there was for Israel

when they came up from the land of Egypt.