Isaiah 11

The good king, called the Branch, that God will send

1 The part of the Tree of Jesse that is still there will start to grow. Then a Branch will grow from the part of it that is under the ground.

2 The Spirit of the Lord will come on him. It will be:

· a spirit that will help him to be wise, so that he understands things

· a spirit that helps him to decide what is right, and that gives him the power to do it

· a spirit that helps him to know and respect the Lord.

3 To obey the Lord will give pleasure to the Branch. He will not decide about things (only) with what his eyes see. He will not decide (only) with what his ears hear.

4 But what he decides about poor people will be with justice. Also, he will decide about people who are not powerful. He will be fair. He will punish bad people and his words will kill them.

5 He will wear true justice like a belt round him. He will also wear like clothes the fact that he is always there.

6 Wolves will live with young sheep! And leopards will lie down with young goats! Young cows and lions will feed together and a young child will take care of them!

7 Cows and bears will feed together and their young animals will lie down together. And lions will eat grass, like cows do.

8 If a small baby plays near the hole where a snake lives, he will be safe. A young child may even put his hand into the hole of a dangerous snake.

9 They will not hurt nor kill each other in all my holy mountain. Then everyone on the earth will know the Lord like water fills the sea.

10 In that day, the ancestor of Jesse will be like a sign to all people. Other countries will come to him. And the place where he lives will be wonderful.

11 And on that day, my Lord will do something for the second time. He will save the remnant of his people who are still alive. He will take them from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Elam, Shinar, Hamath and from countries by the sea.

12 The Lord will lift up a sign for those countries to see. He will bring together the people from Israel that enemies took away. He will bring back the exiles of Judah from all over the earth.

13 Ephraim will not still be angry with Judah and Judah will not still attack Ephraim. Ephraim will not still want what Judah has. Also, Judah will not cause trouble for Ephraim again. And Judah's enemies will all be dead.

14 But together they will attack the low hills of Philistia to the west. They will beat the people to the east of Israel. They will fight against Edom and Moab, and the people in Ammon will obey them.

15 The Lord completely destroyed part of the Sea of Egypt. He will lift his hand over the River. Then he will send a hot wind that burns things. It will make the river into 7 streams, so that people can cross it with dry feet.

16 And there will be a good road from Assyria for the remnant. They are the Lord's people who remain. It will be as good a road as when Israel came up from Egypt.