A Little Insight From Qumran

The Dead Sea Scrolls have taught us a lot about Jewish theology around the time of the NT. This bit of insight is just slightly more interesting than most. I believe you’ll agree.
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[the hea]vens and the earth will listen to His Messiah, and none therein will
stray from the commandments of the holy ones.
Seekers of the Lord, strengthen yourselves in His service!
All you hopeful in (your) heart, will you not find the Lord in this?
For the Lord will consider the pious (hasidim) and call the righteous by name.
Over the poor His spirit will hover and will renew the faithful with His power.
And He will glorify the pious on the throne of the eternal Kingdom.
He who liberates the captives, restores sight to the blind, straightens the b[ent]
And f[or] ever I will cleav[ve to the h]opeful and in His mercy . . .
And the fr[uit . . .] will not be delayed for anyone.
And the Lord will accomplish glorious things which have never been as [He . . .]
For He will heal the wounded, and revive the dead and bring good news
to the poor
. . .He will lead the uprooted and knowledge . . . and smoke (?)
(Michael O. Wise, translation)

You can tell the text is fragmentary, as most of the DS Scrolls are. So we have to put things together a little bit, but I think it is clear what that last phrase is telling us about the Messiah.

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A Little Insight From Qumran