Isaiah 11:1-9

The Righteous Reign of the Branch

1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of a  Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2And b  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.
3And his delight shall be in the fear of the  Lord.
c  He shall not judge by d  what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by e  what his ears hear,
4but f  with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall g  strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and h  with the breath of his lips i  he shall kill the wicked.
5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and j  faithfulness the belt of his loins.
6 k  The 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.
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.
9 l  They shall not hurt or destroy
in all m  my holy mountain;
n  for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the  Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
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