Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
The Suffering Servant
13 Behold, my servant shall prosper,
he shall be exalted and lifted up,
and shall be very high.
14 As many were astonished at him[a]—
his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of the sons of men—
15 so shall he startle[b] many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which has not been told them they shall see,
and that which they have not heard they shall understand.
53 Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or comeliness that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected[c] by men;
a man of sorrows,[d] and acquainted with grief;[e]
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs[f]
and carried our sorrows;[g]
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that made us whole,
and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.[h]
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb,
so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise him;
he has put him to grief;[i]
when he makes himself[j] an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand;
11 he shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous;
and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out his soul to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
- Isaiah 52:14 Syr Tg: Heb you
- Isaiah 52:15 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
- Isaiah 53:3 Or forsaken
- Isaiah 53:3 Or pains
- Isaiah 53:3 Or sickness
- Isaiah 53:4 Or sicknesses
- Isaiah 53:4 Or pains
- 53.4-6 The doctrine of vicarious atonement is the unique characteristic of this prophecy. We find it in the New Testament in all its fulness.
- Isaiah 53:10 Heb made him sick
- Isaiah 53:10 Vg: Heb thou makest his soul