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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 11

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The Rule of Immanuel

1But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,* and from his roots a bud shall blossom. i Lk 3, 32 . 2The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: j Mt 3, 16; Mk 1, 10 . a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,* 3and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, 4But he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land's afflicted. k Pss 72, 2. 4; 98, 9; 2 Thes 2, 8 . He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. 5Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

6Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,* and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. l Is 65, 25 . 7The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. 8The baby shall play by the cobra's den, and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair. 9There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. m Hb 2, 14 .

Union of Ephraim and Judah

10On that day, The root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, The Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious. n Is 49, 22; Rom 15, 12 . 11On that day, The Lord shall again take it in hand o Is 27, 13; Mi 7, 12; Zec 10, 10 . to reclaim the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria and Egypt, Pathros, Ethiopia, and Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the isles of the sea.* 12He shall raise a signal to the nations and gather the outcasts of Israel; The dispersed of Judah he shall assemble from the four corners of the earth. 13The envy of Ephraim shall pass away, and the rivalry of Judah be removed; Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah, and Judah shall not be hostile to Ephraim; p Ex 37, 16–17 . 14But they shall swoop down on the foothills of the Philistines to the west, together they shall plunder the Kedemites;* Edom and Moab shall be their possessions, and the Ammonites their subjects. 15The LORD shall dry up the tongue of the Sea of Egypt,* and wave his hand over the Euphrates in his fierce anger And shatter it into seven streamlets, so that it can be crossed in sandals. q Ex 14, 29 . 16There shall be a highway for the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria, As there was for Israel when he came up from the land of Egypt.

Notes:

i: Lk 3, 32 .

j: Mt 3, 16; Mk 1, 10 .

k: Pss 72, 2. 4; 98, 9; 2 Thes 2, 8 .

l: Is 65, 25 .

m: Hb 2, 14 .

n: Is 49, 22; Rom 15, 12 .

o: Is 27, 13; Mi 7, 12; Zec 10, 10 .

p: Ex 37, 16–17 .

q: Ex 14, 29 .

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