The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

13 See, my servant(A) will act wisely[a];
    he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.(B)
14 Just as there were many who were appalled(C) at him[b]
    his appearance was so disfigured(D) beyond that of any human being
    and his form marred beyond human likeness(E)
15 so he will sprinkle(F) many nations,[c]
    and kings(G) will shut their mouths(H) because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
    and what they have not heard, they will understand.(I)

53 Who has believed our message(J)
    and to whom has the arm(K) of the Lord been revealed?(L)
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,(M)
    and like a root(N) out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance(O) that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering,(P) and familiar with pain.(Q)
Like one from whom people hide(R) their faces
    he was despised,(S) and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,(T)
yet we considered him punished by God,(U)
    stricken by him, and afflicted.(V)
But he was pierced(W) for our transgressions,(X)
    he was crushed(Y) for our iniquities;
the punishment(Z) that brought us peace(AA) was on him,
    and by his wounds(AB) we are healed.(AC)
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,(AD)
    each of us has turned to our own way;(AE)
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity(AF) of us all.

He was oppressed(AG) and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;(AH)
he was led like a lamb(AI) to the slaughter,(AJ)
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[d] and judgment(AK) he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;(AL)
    for the transgression(AM) of my people he was punished.[e]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,(AN)
    and with the rich(AO) in his death,
though he had done no violence,(AP)
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.(AQ)

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will(AR) to crush(AS) him and cause him to suffer,(AT)
    and though the Lord makes[f] his life an offering for sin,(AU)
he will see his offspring(AV) and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper(AW) in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,(AX)
    he will see the light(AY) of life[g] and be satisfied[h];
by his knowledge[i] my righteous servant(AZ) will justify(BA) many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.(BB)
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[j](BC)
    and he will divide the spoils(BD) with the strong,[k]
because he poured out his life unto death,(BE)
    and was numbered with the transgressors.(BF)
For he bore(BG) the sin of many,(BH)
    and made intercession(BI) for the transgressors.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 52:13 Or will prosper
  2. Isaiah 52:14 Hebrew you
  3. Isaiah 52:15 Or so will many nations be amazed at him (see also Septuagint)
  4. Isaiah 53:8 Or From arrest
  5. Isaiah 53:8 Or generation considered / that he was cut off from the land of the living, / that he was punished for the transgression of my people?
  6. Isaiah 53:10 Hebrew though you make
  7. Isaiah 53:11 Dead Sea Scrolls (see also Septuagint); Masoretic Text does not have the light of life.
  8. Isaiah 53:11 Or (with Masoretic Text) 11 He will see the fruit of his suffering / and will be satisfied
  9. Isaiah 53:11 Or by knowledge of him
  10. Isaiah 53:12 Or many
  11. Isaiah 53:12 Or numerous

The Plot Against Jesus(A)

26 When Jesus had finished saying all these things,(B) he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover(C) is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled(D) in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,(E) and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.(F) “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot(G) among the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany(H)(I)

While Jesus was in Bethany(J) in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,[a](K) but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.(L) 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus(M)

14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot(N)—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.(O) 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

The Last Supper(P)(Q)(R)

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread,(S) the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”(T)

18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time(U) is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”(V)

22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”

23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.(W) 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.(X) But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him,(Y) said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”(Z)

Jesus answered, “You have said so.”

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it(AA) and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup,(AB) and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[b] covenant,(AC) which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.(AD) 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you(AE) in my Father’s kingdom.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 26:11 See Deut. 15:11.
  2. Matthew 26:28 Some manuscripts the new

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