2 He was always close to the Lord. He grew up like a young plant, like a root growing in dry ground. There was nothing special or impressive about the way he looked, nothing we could see that would cause us to like him. 3 People made fun of him, and even his friends left him. He was a man who suffered a lot of pain and sickness. We treated him like someone of no importance, like someone people will not even look at but turn away from in disgust.
4 The fact is, it was our suffering he took on himself; he bore our pain. But we thought that God was punishing him, that God was beating him for something he did.Read full chapter
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2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,(A)
and like a root(B) out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance(C) that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering,(D) and familiar with pain.(E)
Like one from whom people hide(F) their faces
he was despised,(G) and we held him in low esteem.