Isaiah 9-11 - Birth and Reign of the Prince of Peace; Righteous Reign of the Branch

Isaiah 9

Birth and Reign of the Prince of Peace

1 But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.


2 The people who walk in darkness

Will see a great light;

Those who live in a dark land,

The light will shine on them.

3 You shall multiply the nation,

You shall increase their gladness;

They will be glad in Your presence

As with the gladness of harvest,

As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

4 For You shall break the yoke of their

burden and the staff on their

shoulders,

The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle

of Midian.

5 For every boot of the booted warrior in

the battle tumult,

And cloak rolled in blood, will be for

burning, fuel for the fire.

6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be

given to us;

And the government will rest on His

shoulders;

And His name will be called Wonderful

Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father,

Prince of Peace.

7 There will be no end to the increase of His

government or of peace,

On the throne of David and over his kingdom,

To establish it and to uphold it with justice

and righteousness

From then on and forevermore.

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish

this.


God's Anger with Israel's Arrogance

8 The Lord sends a message against Jacob,

And it falls on Israel.

9 And all the people know it,

That is, Ephraim and the inhabitants of

Samaria,

Asserting in pride and in arrogance of heart:

10 "The bricks have fallen down,

But we will rebuild with smooth stones;

The sycamores have been cut down,

But we will replace them with cedars."

11 Therefore the LORD raises against them

adversaries from Rezin

And spurs their enemies on,

12 The Arameans on the east and the

Philistines on the west;

And they devour Israel with gaping jaws.

In spite of all this, His anger does not turn

away

And His hand is still stretched out.


13 Yet the people do not turn back to Him

who struck them,

Nor do they seek the LORD of hosts.

14 So the LORD cuts off head and tail from

Israel,

Both palm branch and bulrush in a single

day.

15 The head is the elder and honorable man,

And the prophet who teaches falsehood is

the tail.

16 For those who guide this people are

leading them astray;

And those who are guided by them are

brought to confusion.

17 Therefore the Lord does not take

pleasure in their young men,

Nor does He have pity on their orphans

or their widows;

For every one of them is godless and an

evildoer,

And every mouth is speaking foolishness.

In spite of all this, His anger does not turn

away

And His hand is still stretched out.


18 For wickedness burns like a fire;

It consumes briars and thorns;

It even sets the thickets of the forest aflame

And they roll upward in a column of smoke.

19 By the fury of the LORD of hosts the land

is burned up,

And the people are like fuel for the fire;

No man spares his brother.

20 They slice off what is on the right hand

but still are hungry,

And they eat what is on the left hand but

they are not satisfied;

Each of them eats the flesh of his own arm.

21 Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim

Manasseh,

And together they are against Judah.

In spite of all this, His anger does not turn

away

And His hand is still stretched out.


Isaiah 10

Assyria Is God's Instrument

1 Woe to those who enact evil statutes

And to those who constantly record

unjust decisions,

2 So as to deprive the needy of justice

And rob the poor of My people of their

rights,

So that widows may be their spoil

And that they may plunder the orphans.

3 Now what will you do in the day of

punishment,

And in the devastation which will come

from afar?

To whom will you flee for help?

And where will you leave your wealth?

4 Nothing remains but to crouch among

the captives

Or fall among the slain.

In spite of all this, His anger does not

turn away

And His hand is still stretched out.


5 Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger

And the staff in whose hands is My

indignation,

6 I send it against a godless nation

And commission it against the people

of My fury

To capture booty and to seize plunder,

And to trample them down like mud in

the streets.

7 Yet it does not so intend,

Nor does it plan so in its heart,

But rather it is its purpose to destroy

And to cut off many nations.

8 For it says, "Are not my princes all kings?

9 "Is not Calno like Carchemish,

Or Hamath like Arpad,

Or Samaria like Damascus?

10 "As my hand has reached to the king

doms of the idols,

Whose graven images were greater than

those of Jerusalem and Samaria,

11 Shall I not do to Jerusalem and her

images

Just as I have done to Samaria and her

idols?"


12 So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, "I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the pomp of his haughtiness." 13 For he has said,


"By the power of my hand and by my

wisdom I did this,

For I have understanding;

And I removed the boundaries of the peoples

And plundered their treasures,

And like a mighty man I brought down their

inhabitants,

14 And my hand reached to the riches of the

peoples like a nest,

And as one gathers abandoned eggs, I gathered

all the earth;

And there was not one that flapped its wing

or opened its beak or chirped."


15 Is the axe to boast itself over the one who

chops with it?

Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who

wields it?

That would be like a club wielding those who

lift it,

Or like a rod lifting him who is not wood.

16 Therefore the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will

send a wasting disease among his stout

warriors;

And under his glory a fire will be kindled like

a burning flame.

17 And the light of Israel will become a fire

and his Holy One a flame,

And it will burn and devour his thorns and

his briars in a single day.

18 And He will destroy the glory of his forest

and of his fruitful garden, both soul and

body,

And it will be as when a sick man wastes away.

19 And the rest of the trees of his forest will

be so small in number

That a child could write them down.


A Remnant Will Return

20 Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.


21 A remnant will return, the remnant of

Jacob, to the mighty God.

22 For though your people, O Israel, may

be like the sand of the sea,

Only a remnant within them will return;

A destruction is determined, overflowing

with righteousness.

23 For a complete destruction, one that is decreed, the Lord GOD of hosts will execute in the midst of the whole land.


24 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, "O My people who dwell in Zion, do not fear the Assyrian who strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did. 25 "For in a very little while My indignation against you will be spent and My anger will be directed to their destruction." 26 The LORD of hosts will arouse a scourge against him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; and His staff will be over the sea and He will lift it up the way He did in Egypt. 27 So it will be in that day, that his burden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be broken because of fatness.


28 He has come against Aiath,

He has passed through Migron;

At Michmash he deposited his baggage.

29 They have gone through the pass, saying,

"Geba will be our lodging place."

Ramah is terrified, and Gibeah of Saul has

fled away.

30 Cry aloud with your voice,

O daughter of Gallim!

Pay attention, Laishah and wretched

Anathoth!

31 Madmenah has fled.

The inhabitants of Gebim have sought refuge.

32 Yet today he will halt at Nob;

He shakes his fist at the mountain of the

daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.


33 Behold, the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will

lop off the boughs with a terrible crash;

Those also who are tall in stature will be cut

down

And those who are lofty will be abased.

34 He will cut down the thickets of the forest

with an iron axe,

And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.


Isaiah 11

Righteous Reign of the Branch

1 Then a shoot will spring from the stem

of Jesse,

And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.

2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,

The spirit of wisdom and understanding,

The spirit of counsel and strength,

The spirit of knowledge and the fear of

the LORD.

3 And He will delight in the fear of the

LORD,

And He will not judge by what His eyes see,

Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;

4 But with righteousness He will judge the

poor,

And decide with fairness for the afflicted of

the earth;

And He will strike the earth with the rod of

His mouth,

And with the breath of His lips He will slay

the wicked.

5 Also righteousness will be the belt about

His loins,

And faithfulness the belt about His waist.


6 And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,

And the leopard will lie down with the young

goat,

And the calf and the young lion and the

fatling together;

And a little boy will lead them.

7 Also the cow and the bear will graze,

Their young will lie down together,

And the lion will eat straw like the ox.

8 The nursing child will play by the hole of

the cobra,

And the weaned child will put his hand on

the viper's den.

9 They will not hurt or destroy in all My

holy mountain,

For the earth will be full of the knowledge

of the LORD

As the waters cover the sea.


10 Then in that day

The nations will resort to the root of Jesse,

Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;

And His resting place will be glorious.


The Restored Remnant

11 Then it will happen on that day that the

Lord

Will again recover the second time with

His hand

The remnant of His people, who will remain,

From Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam,

Shinar, Hamath,

And from the islands of the sea.

12 And He will lift up a standard for the

nations

And assemble the banished ones of Israel,

And will gather the dispersed of Judah

From the four corners of the earth.

13 Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart,

And those who harass Judah will be cut off;

Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,

And Judah will not harass Ephraim.

14 They will swoop down on the slopes of

the Philistines on the west;

Together they will plunder the sons of the

east;

They will possess Edom and Moab,

And the sons of Ammon will be subject to

them.

15 And the LORD will utterly destroy

The tongue of the Sea of Egypt;

And He will wave His hand over the River

With His scorching wind;

And He will strike it into seven streams

And make men walk over dry-shod.

16 And there will be a highway from Assyria

For the remnant of His people who will be

left,

Just as there was for Israel

In the day that they came up out of the land

of Egypt.

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