Isaiah 11

1A small tree ˻(child)˼ will begin to grow from the stump ˻(family)˼ of Jesse. That branch will grow from Jesse’s roots. 2The Lord’s Spirit will be in that child. The Spirit gives wisdom, understanding, guidance, and power. And the Spirit ˻will help this child˼ know and respect the Lord. 3This child will respect the Lord, and this will make the child happy. This child will not judge people by the way things look. He will not judge by the things he hears. 4- 5He will judge the poor people fairly and honestly. He will be fair when he decides the things to do to the poor people of the land. ˻If he decides people should be beaten,˼ then he will give the command, and those people will be beaten. ˻If he decides people must die,˼ then he will give the command, and those evil people will be killed. Goodness and fairness will ˻give this child strength˼. They will be like a belt he wears around his waist. 6At that time, wolves will live in peace with lambs. And tigers will lie down in peace with young goats. Calves, lions, and bulls will live together in peace. A little child will lead them. 7Cows and bears will live together in peace. All of their children will lie down together and will not hurt each other. Lions will eat hay like cows. Even snakes will not hurt people. 8A baby will be able to play near a cobra’s home. A baby will be able to put his hand into the home of a poisonous snake. 9˻All these things show that there will be peace˼—no person will hurt any other person. People on my holy mountain will not want to destroy things. Why? Because people will truly know the Lord. They will be full of knowledge ˻about him˼ like the sea is full of water. 10At that time, there will be a special person from Jesse’s family. This person will be like a flag. This “flag” will show all the nations that they should come together around him. The nations will ask him the things they should do. And the place where he is will be filled with glory. 11At that time, my Master ˻(God)˼ will again reach out and take his people that are left. This will be the second time God has done this. ˻(These are God’s people that are left in countries like Assyria, North Egypt, South Egypt, Ethiopia, Elam, Babylonia, Hamath, and all the faraway countries around the world.) 12God will raise this “flag” as a sign for all people. The people of Israel and Judah were forced to leave their country. The people were scattered to all the faraway places on earth. But God will gather them together. 13At that time, Ephraim ˻(Israel)˼ will not be jealous of Judah. Judah will have no enemies left. And Judah will not cause trouble for Ephraim. 14But Ephraim and Judah will attack the Philistines. These two nations will be like birds flying down to catch a small animal. Together, they will take the riches from the people in the east. Ephraim and Judah will control Edom, Moab, and the people in Ammon. 15The Lord became angry and divided the sea of Egypt. ˻In the same way,˼ the Lord will wave his arm over the Euphrates River. He will hit the river, and the river will divide into seven small rivers. The small rivers will not be deep—people will be able to walk across those rivers with their shoes on. 16God’s people that are left will have a way to leave Assyria. It will be like the time God took the people out of Egypt.

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