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Isaiah 53

53
LIII
1Who hath believed our report,
And to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been revealed?
2For he grew up like a tender plant before him,
And like a root out of a dry ground:
He had neither form nor splendour that we should regard him;
Nor yet an appearance, that we should desire him.
3He was despised and abandoned by men,
A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief,
And as one that hideth his face from us:
He was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4But it was our infirmities that he bare,
And our sorrows that he carried:
Yet we did esteem him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5And he was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities:
The chastisement of our peace was upon him,
And with his stripes we are healed.
6All we, like sheep, have gone astray;
We have turned every one to his own way;
But Jehovah hath made to meet on him the iniquity of us all:
7He was oppressed, and he submitted himself, and opened not his mouth:
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter;
And as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,
So he opened not his mouth.
8He was taken from prison and from judgment:
And who shall declare his generation?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9And his grave was appointed with the wicked;
But it was with the rich at his death,
Because he had done no violence;
Neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10But Jehovah was pleased to bruise him; He put him to grief:
If his soul shall make an offering for sin,
He shall see seed; he shall prolong days,
And the pleasure of Jehovah shall prosper in his hands.
11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied;
By the knowledge of him my righteous servant shall justify many;
For he shall bear their iniquities.
12Therefore will I distribute to him the many for his portion,
And he shall distribute the strong as a spoil;
Because he poured out his soul unto death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
And he bare the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 53

53
What God's Servant Did for Us
1 # Ro 10.16; Jn 12.38. Has anyone believed us
or seen the mighty power
of the Lord in action?
2Like a young plant or a root
that sprouts in dry ground,
the servant grew up
obeying the Lord.
He wasn't some handsome king.
Nothing about the way he looked
made him attractive to us.
3He was hated and rejected;
his life was filled with sorrow
and terrible suffering.
No one wanted to look at him.
We despised him and said,
“He is a nobody!”
4He suffered and endured
great pain for us,
but we thought his suffering
was punishment from God.
5 # Mt 8.17; 1 P 2.24. #4 Macc 6.29. He was wounded and crushed
because of our sins;
by taking our punishment,
he made us completely well.
6 # 1 P 2.25. All of us were like sheep
that had wandered off.
We had each gone our own way,
but the Lord gave him
the punishment we deserved.
7 # Rev 5.6. #Ac 8.32,33. #4 Macc 10.18. He was painfully abused,
but he did not complain.
He was silent like a lamb
being led to the butcher,
as quiet as a sheep
having its wool cut off.
8He was condemned to death
without a fair trial.
Who could have imagined
what would happen to him?
His life was taken away
because of the sinful things
my people#53.8 my people: Or “his people.” had done.
9 # 1 P 2.22. He wasn't dishonest or violent,
but he was buried in a tomb
among cruel, rich people.#53.9 but he … people: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
10The Lord decided his servant
would suffer as a sacrifice
to take away the sin
and guilt of others.
Now the servant will live
to see his own descendants.#53.10 The Lord … descendants: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
He did everything
the Lord had planned.
11By suffering, the servant
will learn the true meaning
of obeying the Lord.
Although he is innocent,
he will take the punishment
for the sins of others,
so that many of them
will no longer be guilty.
12 # Mk 15.27,28; Lk 22.37. The Lord will reward him
with honor and power
for sacrificing his life.
Others thought he was a sinner,
but he suffered for our sins
and asked God to forgive us.