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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Isaiah

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(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)


FRAMEWORKS: Isaiah 11: The Branch & his work


For structure & preliminaries, see chapter 1

v.1-5 The Branch
v.6-9 The Peace he will bring
v.10-12 The Gathered People
v.13-16 Establishing Peace over the Region


v.1-5 The Branch


v.1 (‘the Branch' comes from the household of David) A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;   from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
v.2,3  (he will express the Spirit's life) The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—   the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,  the Spirit of counsel and of might,   the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord — and he will delight in the fear of the Lord . He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
v.4 (he will bring justice and judgment) but with righteousness he will judge the needy,   with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;   with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
v.5 (and righteousness displaying the Lord' s faithfulness) Righteousness will be his belt   and faithfulness the sash around his waist.



v.6-9 The Peace he will bring


v.6,7 (in his ultimate kingdom wild and domestic animals will live together in harmony) The wolf will live with the lamb,   the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together,  and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
v.8 (children will never fear wild creatures) The infant will play near the cobra's den,   and the young child will put its hand into the viper's nest.
v.9 (for peace and security will abound with the knowledge of the Lord's presence) They will neither harm nor destroy   on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord   as the waters cover the sea.



v.10-12 The Gathered People


v.10 (this will be for all peoples of the earth) In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.

v.11 (his scattered people will be gathered from around the world) In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.

v.12 (and be returned to their Promised Land) He will raise a banner for the nations   and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah   from the four quarters of the earth.


v.13-16 Establishing Peace over the Region


v.13 (no more war or local hostility) Ephraim's jealousy will vanish, and Judah's enemies will be destroyed; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.
v.14 (enemies will be dealt with) They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia to the west; together they will plunder the people to the east. They will subdue Edom and Moab,   and the Ammonites will be subject to them.
v.15 (barriers will be removed) The Lord will dry up   the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into seven streams  so that anyone can cross over in sandals.
v.16 (the way home will be made open) There will be a highway for the remnant of his people   that is left from Assyria, as there was for Israel when they came up from Egypt.



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