Isaiah 11: 1-9 (NIVUK)
11 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him –
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord –
3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash round his waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
Lord, we pray that we may strike the earth
In the pursuit of peace.
We pray for the reversed ways of your kingdom.
We pray to recognise where the wolf may be reconciled to the lamb,
Where the hunted may lose their fear of the hunter,
Where the powerful might be levelled with the vulnerable,
Where the sting might be taken from the venomous.
We pray that the needy will be met with righteousness
And the poor of the earth given justice.
We long for the place of rest,
Where harm and destruction are words from the past,
Your holy hill,