Isaiah 53
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The Suffering Servant

1Who has believed [confidently trusted in, relied on, and adhered to] our message [of salvation]?

And to whom [if not us] has the arm and infinite power of the LORD been revealed?

2For He [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender shoot (plant),

And like a root out of dry ground;

He has no stately form or majestic splendor

That we would look at Him,

Nor [handsome] appearance that we would [a]be attracted to Him.

3He was despised and rejected by men,

A Man of sorrows and pain and acquainted with grief;

And like One from whom men hide their faces

He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or esteem Him.

4But [in fact] He has borne our griefs,

And He has carried our sorrows and pains;

Yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken,

Struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him].

5But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing];

The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him,

And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.

6All of us like sheep have gone astray,

We have turned, each one, to his own way;

But the LORD has caused the wickedness of us all [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]

To fall on Him [instead of us].

7He was oppressed and He was afflicted,

Yet He did not open His mouth [to complain or defend Himself];

Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,

And like a sheep that is silent before her shearers,

So He did not open His mouth.

8[b]After oppression and judgment He was taken away;

And [c]as for His generation [His contemporaries], who [among them] concerned himself with the fact

That He was cut off from the land of the living [by His death]

For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke [of death] was due?

9His grave was assigned with the wicked,

But He was with a rich man in His death,

Because He had done no violence,

Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10Yet the LORD was [d]willing

To crush Him, [e]causing Him to suffer;

If [f]He would give Himself as a guilt offering [an atonement for sin],

He shall see His [spiritual] offspring,

He shall prolong His days,

And the will (good pleasure) of the LORD shall succeed and prosper in His hand.

11As a result of the [g]anguish of His soul,

He shall see it and be satisfied;

By His knowledge [of what He has accomplished] the Righteous One,

My Servant, shall justify the many [making them righteous--upright before God, in right standing with Him],

For He shall bear [the responsibility for] their sins.

12Therefore, I will divide and give Him a portion with the great [kings and rulers],

And He shall divide the spoils with the mighty,

Because He [willingly] poured out His life to death,

And was counted among the transgressors;

Yet He Himself bore and took away the sin of many,

And interceded [with the Father] for the transgressors.



[a] 2 Lit take pleasure in.
[b] 8 Or Due to.
[c] 8 Or who will explain to His generation.
[d] 10 Or pleased.
[e] 10 Lit He made Him sick.
[f] 10 Or His soul presents an offering.
[g] 11 Lit trouble.

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