Isaiah 11:2

Hebrew Bible

1 A shoot will grow out of Jesse’s root stock, a bud will sprout from his roots. 2 The Lord’s Spirit will rest on him—a Spirit that gives extraordinary wisdom, a Spirit that provides the ability to execute plans, a Spirit that produces absolute loyalty to the Lord. 3 His smelling is in the fear of the Lord7. He will not judge by mere appearances or make decisions on the basis of hearsay. 4 He will treat the poor fairly and make right decisions for the downtrodden of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth and order the wicked to be executed.

Testament of Levi 18:9

Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs

The heavens shall be opened, And From the temple of glory shall come upon him sanctification, With the Father's voice as from Abraham to Isaac. And the glory of the Most High shall be uttered over him, And the spirit of understanding and sanctification shall rest upon him [in the water]. For he shall give the majesty of the Lord to His sons in truth for evermore; And there shall none succeed him for all generations for ever. And in his priesthood the Gentiles shall be multiplied in knowledge upon the earth, And enlightened through the grace of the Lord: In his priesthood shall sin come to an end, And the lawless shall cease to do evil.

 Notes and References

"... The fourth text from the second temple period that alludes to Isaiah 11:2 is the “Prayer of Levi.” The Prayer of Levi is found in two places, in Aramaic in 4Q213 (= 4QTLevia) and in Greek, inserted after Testament of Levi 3:2 in manuscript Athos from the Monastery of Koutloumous. The language of Isaiah 11:2 shows up in lines 8–9 of the Greek text ... Stone and Greenfield write that the terms “are presumably derived from Isaiah 11:2.” Of note is that Levi, having undergone (cultic?) purification, asks in line 18 for the Lord to enable him to render true judgment, a central result of the Spirit coming upon the Davidic figure of Isaiah 11:1–5. Levi expresses the goal of his request for the Spirit to be the empowerment to do (“the things pleasing to you”). This language parallels Colossians 1:9–10, where the goal of Paul’s prayer for the Colossians to be “filled ... in all Spirit-given wisdom and understanding” is that they might “walk worthily of the Lord in all that pleases.” The fifth text is Testament of Levi 18:5, 7 (second century BCE). Testament of Levi 18:5 is a citation of Isaiah 11:9, and 18:7 is an allusion to Isaiah 11:2 ..."

Beetham, Christopher A. Echoes of Scripture in the Letter of Paul to the Colossians (pp. 68-69) Brill, 2008

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