Isaiah 11:1

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.

Jonathan Isaiah 11:1


And a king shall come forth from the sons of Jesse, and from his children's children the Messiah shall be anointed. And there shall dwell upon him the spirit of prophecy from before the Lord: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. He shall bring him to the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge according to the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.

 Notes and References

"... In John’s final scene of God’s active judgment in history, John used similar targumic language to portray Jesus as God’s agent to deliver that judgment. Several other targumic passages suggest that John may have understood Jesus as the Memra in his vision of divine judgment. Targum Isaiah 11:4 provides the background for several of the themes from Revelation 19, but attributes God’s smiting judgment to the Memra rather than the “rod” from the Messiah’s mouth ... Targum Isaiah interprets the “shoot” and “branch” from the Hebrew Bible as the “king” and “Messiah” to be raised up from the sons of Jesse. The Spirit-filled Messiah in Isaiah 11 will “smite the sinners of the land by the Memra of his mouth.” ..."

Howell, Adam J. The Meaning of Memra, Shekinah, and Yeqara and Their Theological Use in the New Testament (pp. 37-84) Southern Baptist Theological seminary, 2012

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