From Jesse’s Old Stump

From Jesse’s old stump a shoot will spring out:

like fruit from the root, a new branch will sprout.

God’s Spirit will bless him with wisdom and might,

and awe for the LORD shall provide his delight.


He never shall judge by hearsay or sight.

His justice protects the poor in their plight.

The breath of his mouth stops the ruthless and cruel:

trustworthy, sure mercy shall clothe his new rule.


Then wolf with the lamb, the lion and calf,

the leopard with goat, shall gambol and laugh: read more