The Righteous Reign of the Branch1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of aJesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2And bthe 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.
cHe shall not judge by dwhat his eyes see,
or decide disputes by ewhat his ears hear,
4but fwith righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall gstrike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and hwith the breath of his lips ihe shall kill the wicked.
5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and jfaithfulness the belt of his loins.
6 kThe 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 lThey shall not hurt or destroy
in all mmy holy mountain;
nfor the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
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