1Jesse's family is like a tree that has been cut down. A new little tree will grow from its stump. From its roots a Branch will grow and produce fruit.2The Spirit of the Lord will rest on that Branch. He will help him to be wise and understanding. He will help him make wise plans and carry them out. He will help him know the Lord and have respect for him.3The Branch will take delight in respecting the Lord. He will not judge things only by the way they look. He won't make decisions based simply on what people say.4He will always do what is right when he judges those who are in need. He'll be completely fair when he makes decisions about poor people. When he commands that people be punished, it will happen. When he orders that evil people be put to death, it will take place.5He will put godliness on as if it were his belt. He'll wear faithfulness around his waist.6Wolves will live with lambs. Leopards will lie down with goats. Calves and lions will eat together. And little children will lead them around.7Cows will eat with bears. Their little ones will lie down together. And lions will eat straw like oxen.8A baby will play near a hole where cobras live. A young child will put his hand into a nest where poisonous snakes live.9None of those animals will harm or destroy anything or anyone on my holy mountain of Zion. The oceans are full of water. In the same way, the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.10At that time the man who is called the Root from Jesse's family line will be like a banner that brings nations together. They will come to him. And the place where he rules will be glorious.11At that time the Lord will reach out his hand to gather his people a second time. He will bring back those who are left alive. He'll bring them back from Assyria, Lower Egypt, Upper Egypt and Cush. He'll bring them from Elam, Babylonia and Hamath. He will also bring them from the islands of the Mediterranean Sea.12He will lift up a banner. It will show the nations that he is gathering the people of Israel. He'll bring back those who had been taken away as prisoners. He'll gather together the scattered people of Judah. He'll bring them back from all four directions.13Ephraim's people won't be jealous anymore. Judah's attackers will be cut off. Ephraim won't be jealous of Judah. And Judah won't attack Ephraim.14Together they will rush down the slopes of Philistia to the west. They'll take what belongs to the people of the east. They'll take over Edom and Moab. The people of Ammon will be under their control.15The Lord will dry up the Red Sea in Egypt. With his powerful hand he'll send a burning wind to sweep over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into many streams. Then people will be able to go across it wearing sandals.16There was a road the people of Israel used when they came up from Egypt. In the same way, there will be a wide road coming out of Assyria. It will be used by the Lord's people who are left alive there.
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The Righteous Reign of the Branch
1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. (Isa 11:10; Ac 13:23)2And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. (Isa 61:1; Mt 3:16; Mr 1:10; Lu 3:22)3And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, (Ec 1:8; Joh 7:24)4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. (Job 4:9; Ps 2:9; Ps 72:2; Ps 72:4; Ps 139:19; Mal 4:6; 2Th 2:8)5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. (Eph 6:14)6The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. (Isa 65:25; Ho 2:18)7The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.9They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Ps 78:54; Isa 11:6; Hab 2:14)10In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious. (Ex 17:15; Isa 11:1; Isa 49:22; Ro 15:12)11In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea. (Ge 10:6; Ge 10:22; Ge 11:2; Ge 14:1; Ge 14:9; Es 10:1; Isa 10:9; Isa 10:20; Isa 27:13; Jer 25:25; Jer 44:1; Jer 44:15; Jer 49:34; Eze 29:14; Eze 30:14; Mic 7:12; Zec 10:10)12He will raise a signal for the nations and will assemble the banished of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. (Isa 11:10; Isa 56:8; Zec 10:6)13The jealousy of Ephraim shall depart, and those who harass Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah, and Judah shall not harass Ephraim. (Isa 9:21; Eze 37:16; Zec 11:14)14But they shall swoop down on the shoulder of the Philistines in the west, and together they shall plunder the people of the east. They shall put out their hand against Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites shall obey them. (Jud 6:3; 2Sa 8:1; 2Sa 8:2; 2Sa 8:14; 2Sa 12:26; 2Ki 18:8; Ps 60:8; Jer 49:28)15And the Lord will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt, and will wave his hand over the River with his scorching breath, and strike it into seven channels, and he will lead people across in sandals. (Isa 7:20; Zec 10:11)16And there will be a highway from Assyria for the remnant that remains of his people, as there was for Israel when they came up from the land of Egypt. (Ex 14:29; Isa 19:23; Isa 35:8)