The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down;
but just as new branches sprout from a stump,
so a new king will arise from among David’s descendants.
The spirit of the Lord will give him wisdom
and the knowledge and skill to rule his people.
He will know the Lord’s will and honour him,
and find pleasure in obeying him.
He will not judge by appearance or hearsay;
he will judge the poor fairly
and defend the rights of the helpless.
At his command people will be punished
and evil persons will die.
He will rule his people with justice and integrity.
Wolves and sheep will live together in peace,
and leopards will lie down with young goats.
Calves and lion cubs will feed together,
and a little child will lead them.