From Jesse’s Old Stump–Audiofile

11 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,

and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. –Isaiah 11:1

In 1988 (could be 1989) I was a student at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. At a Christmas chapel, Senior member Calvin Seerveld introduced this song which was his original arrangement. I do not know the original melody, and I have not been able to find any version of this on the internet.

In a time before the internet, the only way to preserve this was to take a songsheet home and make some photocopies. We occasionally sang it in worship, since it was not a difficult piece to learn.

This year I sent PDFs of the original sheet music to my daughters, Corrie, Lindi, Elise, and Laura, and to my grandson Zeke.

This recording was made Christmas eve in our home. My daughters singing and Zeke accompanying on the guitar.

Isaiah 50:4-9

4  The Lord GOD has given me
the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word
thim who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens;
he awakens my ear
to hear as those who are taught.
5  The Lord GOD has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious;
I turned not backward.
6  I gave my back to those who strike,
and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
I hid not my face
from disgrace and spitting.

7  But the Lord GOD helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like a flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
8  He who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who is my adversary?
Let him come near to me.
9  Behold, the Lord GOD helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment;
the moth will eat them up.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Is 50:4–9.