The Servant of the Lord

49 Listen to me, (A)O coastlands,
    and give attention, you peoples (B)from afar.
(C)The Lord called me from the womb,
    from the body of my mother he named my name.

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The Servant of the Lord

49 Listen(A) to me, you islands;(B)
    hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born(C) the Lord called(D) me;
    from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.(E)

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(A)He was despised and rejected[a] by men,
    a man of sorrows[b] and acquainted with[c] grief;[d]
and as one from whom men hide their faces[e]
    he was despised, and (B)we esteemed him not.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 53:3 Or forsaken
  2. Isaiah 53:3 Or pains; also verse 4
  3. Isaiah 53:3 Or and knowing
  4. Isaiah 53:3 Or sickness; also verse 4
  5. Isaiah 53:3 Or as one who hides his face from us

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering,(A) and familiar with pain.(B)
Like one from whom people hide(C) their faces
    he was despised,(D) and we held him in low esteem.

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(A)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.

But the Lord God helps me;
    therefore I have not been disgraced;
(B)therefore I have set my face like a flint,
    and I know that I shall not be put to shame.

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I offered my back to those who beat(A) me,
    my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;(B)
I did not hide my face
    from mocking and spitting.(C)
Because the Sovereign Lord(D) helps(E) me,
    I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,(F)
    and I know I will not be put to shame.(G)

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