53 1 Of Christ and his kingdom, whose word few will believe. 6 All men are sinners. 11 Christ is our righteousness, 12 and is dead for our sins.

Who [a]will believe our report? and to whom is the [b]arm of the Lord revealed?

But he shall grow up before him as a branch, and as a [c]root out of a dry [d]ground; he hath neither form nor beauty: when we shall see him, there shall be no form that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men: he is a man full of sorrows, and hath experience of [e]infirmities: we hid as it were our faces from him: he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely, he hath born our infirmities, and carried [f]our sorrows, yet we did judge him as [g]plagued and smitten of God, and humbled.

But he was wounded for our transgressions: he was broken for our iniquities: the [h]chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes are we healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid upon him the [i]iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet did he not [j]open his mouth: he is brought as a sheep to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearer is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.

He was taken out from [k]prison, and from judgment: [l]and who shall declare his age? for he was cut out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he plagued.

[m]And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no wickedness, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet the Lord would break him and make him subject to infirmities: when [n]he shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed and shall prolong his days, and the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the [o]travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied; by his knowledge shall my [p]righteous servant justify many: for he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore will I give him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because [q]he hath poured out his soul unto death; and he was counted with the transgressors, and he bare the sin [r]of many, and prayed for the trespassers.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 53:1 The Prophet showeth that very few shall receive this their preaching of Christ, and of their deliverance by him, John 12:38; Rom. 10:16.
  2. Isaiah 53:1 Meaning, that none can believe, but whose hearts God toucheth with the virtue of his holy Spirit.
  3. Isaiah 53:2 The beginning of Christ’s kingdom shall be small and contemptible in the sight of man, but it shall grow wonderfully, and flourish before God.
  4. Isaiah 53:2 Read Isa. 11:1.
  5. Isaiah 53:3 Which was by God’s singular providence for the comfort of sinners, Heb. 4:15.
  6. Isaiah 53:4 That is, the punishment due to our sins: for the which he hath both suffered and made satisfaction, Matt. 8:17; 1 Pet. 2:24.
  7. Isaiah 53:4 We judgeth evil, thinking that he was punished for his own sins, and not for ours.
  8. Isaiah 53:5 He was chastised for our reconciliation, 1 Cor. 15:3.
  9. Isaiah 53:6 Meaning, the punishment of our iniquity, and not the fault itself.
  10. Isaiah 53:7 But willingly and patiently obeyed his father’s appointment, Matt. 26:63; Acts 8:32.
  11. Isaiah 53:8 From the cross and grave, after that he was condemned.
  12. Isaiah 53:8 Though he died for sin, yet after his resurrection he shall live forever and this his death is to restore life to his members, Rom. 6:9.
  13. Isaiah 53:9 God the Father delivered him into the hands of the wicked, and to the powers of the world to do with him what they would.
  14. Isaiah 53:10 Christ by offering up himself shall give life to his Church, and so cause them to live with him forever.
  15. Isaiah 53:11 That is, the fruit and effect of his labor, which is the salvation of his Church.
  16. Isaiah 53:11 Christ shall justify by faith through his word, whereas Moses could not justify by the law.
  17. Isaiah 53:12 Because he humbled himself, therefore he shall be extolled to glory, Phil. 2:7-12.
  18. Isaiah 53:12 That is, of all that believe in him.