Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 215
Context: As the prophet of the Almighty, Isaiah proclaims his vision of "Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah." He urges the Israelites to turn from their wickedness and prophesies the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah because of the wrath of the Lord. In a particularly vivid passage, Isaiah describes the advance on Jerusalem of the Assyrian army, in this case, the instrument of the Lord for His punishment of the Israelites. But His anger is turned on the enemy army, and Isaiah foretells the coming of a messiah, an anointed one, from the house of David:
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
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But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
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The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
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