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The Suffering Servant

53 (A)Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a (B)tender [a]shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has (C)no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should desire Him.
He was (D)despised and forsaken of men,
A man of [b]sorrows and (E)acquainted with [c]grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was (F)despised, and we did not (G)esteem Him.

Surely our [d]griefs He Himself [e](H)bore,
And our [f]sorrows He [g]carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
[h]Smitten of (I)God, and afflicted.
But He was [i]pierced through for (J)our transgressions,
He was crushed for (K)our iniquities;
The (L)chastening for our peace fell upon Him,
And by (M)His [j]wounds we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But Yahweh has caused the iniquity of us all
To [k]fall on Him.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not (N)open His mouth;
(O)Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
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 [l]the living,
(P)That for the transgression of my people, striking was due to Him?
So His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a (Q)rich man in His death,
(R)Because He had (S)done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10 But [m]Yahweh was pleased
To (T)crush Him, [n](U)putting Him to grief;
If You would place His soul as a guilt (V)offering,
He will see (W)His seed,
He will prolong His days,
And the [o]good (X)pleasure of Yahweh will succeed in His hand.
11 As a result of the [p]anguish of His soul,
He will (Y)see [q]it and be satisfied;
By His (Z)knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will [r]justify the many,
As He will (AA)bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will divide for Him a (AB)portion with the many,
And He will divide the spoil with the strong;
Because He poured out (AC)His soul to death,
And was (AD)numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself [s](AE)bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.


  1. Isaiah 53:2 Lit suckling
  2. Isaiah 53:3 Or pains
  3. Isaiah 53:3 Or sickness
  4. Isaiah 53:4 Or sickness
  5. Isaiah 53:4 Or carried
  6. Isaiah 53:4 Or pains
  7. Isaiah 53:4 Or bore
  8. Isaiah 53:4 Or Struck down by
  9. Isaiah 53:5 Or wounded
  10. Isaiah 53:5 Lit wound
  11. Isaiah 53:6 Lit encounter Him
  12. Isaiah 53:8 Or life
  13. Isaiah 53:10 Or it was the desire of Yahweh, cf. Ps 40:6
  14. Isaiah 53:10 Or He put Him to grief; lit He made Him sick
  15. Isaiah 53:10 Or will of, desire of; cf. Ps 40:6
  16. Isaiah 53:11 Or toilsome labor
  17. Isaiah 53:11 Or light
  18. Isaiah 53:11 Or declare the many righteous, cf. 53:11a; 5:23
  19. Isaiah 53:12 Or carried