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Isaiah 11:3–5

And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

nHe shall not judge by owhat his eyes see,

or decide disputes by owhat his ears hear,

but pwith righteousness he shall judge the poor,

and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;

and he shall qstrike the earth with the rod of his mouth,

and rwith the breath of his lips she shall kill the wicked.

Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,

and tfaithfulness the belt of his loins.

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Isaiah 11:3–5 — The New International Version (NIV)

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;

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.

Righteousness will be his belt

and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

Isaiah 11:3–5 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord:

And he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes,

Neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

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.

And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins,

And faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Isaiah 11:3–5 — New Living Translation (NLT)

He will delight in obeying the Lord.

He will not judge by appearance

nor make a decision based on hearsay.

He will give justice to the poor

and make fair decisions for the exploited.

The earth will shake at the force of his word,

and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked.

He will wear righteousness like a belt

and truth like an undergarment.

Isaiah 11:3–5 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

His delight is in the fear of the Lord,

And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,

Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;

But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,

And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;

He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,

And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.

Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,

And faithfulness the belt of His waist.

Isaiah 11:3–5 — New Century Version (NCV)

This king will be glad to obey the Lord.

He will not judge by the way things look

or decide by what he hears.

But he will judge the poor honestly;

he will be fair in his decisions for the poor people of the land.

At his command evil people will be punished,

and by his words the wicked will be put to death.

Goodness and fairness will give him strength,

like a belt around his waist.

Isaiah 11:3–5 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

And his delight shall be in the fear of Jehovah; and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither decide after the hearing of his ears; but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and decide 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. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist, and faithfulness the girdle of his loins.

Isaiah 11:3–5 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

And his delight will be in the fear of Jehovah; and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears; but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity 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. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his reins, and faithfulness the girdle of his loins.

Isaiah 11:3–5 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

He will gladly bear the fear of the Lord

He will not judge by what his eyes see 

or decide by what his ears hear. 

He will judge the poor justly. 

He will make fair decisions for the humble people on earth. 

He will strike the earth with a rod from his mouth. 

He will kill the wicked with the breath from his lips. 

Justice will be the belt around his waist. 

Faithfulness will be the belt around his hips. 

Isaiah 11:3–5 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

His delight will be in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge

by what He sees with His eyes,

He will not execute justice

by what He hears with His ears,

but He will judge the poor righteously

and execute justice for the oppressed of the land.

He will strike the land

with discipline from His mouth,

and He will kill the wicked

with a command from His lips.

Righteousness will be a belt around His loins;

faithfulness will be a belt around His waist.

Isaiah 11:3–5 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see,

or decide by what his ears hear;

but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,

and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;

he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,

and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,

and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

Isaiah 11:3–5 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

And his breath is in the fear of Yahweh.

And he shall judge not by his eyesight,

and he shall rebuke not by what he hears with his ears.

But he shall judge the poor with righteousness,

and he shall decide for the needy of the earth with rectitude.

And he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,

and he shall kill the wicked person with the breath of his lips.

And righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,

and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

Isaiah 11:3–5 — New International Reader’s Version, 1998 ed. (NIrV) (NIrV)

The Branch will take delight

in respecting the Lord.

He will not judge things only by the way they look.

He won’t make decisions based simply on what people say.

He will always do what is right

when he judges those who are in need.

He’ll be completely fair

when he makes decisions about poor people.

When he commands that people be punished,

it will happen.

When he orders that evil people be put to death,

it will take place.

He will put godliness on as if it were his belt.

He’ll wear faithfulness around his waist.

Isaiah 11:3–5 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,

And He will not judge by what His eyes see,

Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;

But with righteousness He will judge the poor,

And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;

And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,

And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.

Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins,

And faithfulness the belt about His waist.