And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch
shall grow out of his roots:||
And 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
of the fear of the LORD;||
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he
shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the
hearing of his ears:||
(11:4) "He shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked."|
(God must have some pretty bad breath!)
(11:5) "Righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the
girdle of his reins."
God will girdle his loins with righteousness and his kidneys ("reins" in the KJV) with faithfulness.
(11:6-7) "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie
down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion ... And the lion shall eat straw like the ox."
I wonder what will become of the spiders. Will they be friendlier toward flies? And will the parasitic wasps find another way to
feed their larvae? Or will they continue to feed off the living bodies of caterpillars?
"The weaned child shall put his hand in the cockatrice' den."
A cockatrice is a serpent, hatched from a cock's egg, that can kill with a glance. They are rare nowadays.
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity
for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth:
with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the
girdle of his reins.
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down
with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and
a little child shall lead them.
And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down
together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall
put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth
shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an
ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand
again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be
left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and
from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the
outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the
(11:12) "The four corners of the earth."|
God will gather up the people of Judea
"from the four corners of the earth." (In the Bible's view, the earth
is flat with four corners.)
The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall
be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.||
But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west;
they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon
Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.||
And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and
with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite
it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.||
And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall
be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up
out of the land of Egypt.