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53 Who has believed our message?

To whom has Yahweh’s power been revealed?

He grew up in his presence like a young tree,
    like a root out of dry ground.
    He had no form or majesty that would make us look at him.
    He had nothing in his appearance that would make us desire him.
He was despised and rejected by people.
    He was an Ish Makoboth, familiar with suffering.
    He was despised like one from whom people turn their faces,
        and we didn’t consider him to be worth anything.
He certainly has taken upon himself our suffering
    and carried our sorrows,
        but we thought that Elohim had wounded him,
            beat him, and punished him.
He was wounded for our rebellious acts.
    He was crushed for our sins.
        He was punished so that we could have peace,
            and we received healing from his wounds.

We have all strayed like sheep.
    Each one of us has turned to go his own way,
        and Yahweh has laid all our sins on him.
He was abused and punished,
    but he didn’t open his mouth.
    He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
    He was like a sheep that is silent
        when its wool is cut off.
            He didn’t open his mouth.

He was arrested, taken away, and judged.
    Who would have thought that he would be removed
        from the world?
    He was killed because of my people’s rebellion.
He was placed in a tomb with the wicked.
    He was put there with the rich when he died,
    although he had done nothing violent
        and had never spoken a lie.

10 Yet, it was Yahweh’s will to crush him with suffering.
    When Yahweh has made his life a sacrifice for our wrongdoings,
    he will see his descendants for many days.
        The will of Yahweh will succeed through him.
11 He will see and be satisfied
    because of his suffering.
    My righteous Ebed will acquit many people
    because of what he has learned through suffering.
    He will carry their sins as a burden.

12 So I will give him a share among the mighty,
    and he will divide the prize with the strong,
        because he poured out his life in death
            and he was counted with sinners.
                He carried the sins of many.
                    He intercedes for those who are rebellious.

53 Who has believed our message(A)
    and to whom has the arm(B) of the Lord been revealed?(C)
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,(D)
    and like a root(E) out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance(F) that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering,(G) and familiar with pain.(H)
Like one from whom people hide(I) their faces
    he was despised,(J) and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,(K)
yet we considered him punished by God,(L)
    stricken by him, and afflicted.(M)
But he was pierced(N) for our transgressions,(O)
    he was crushed(P) for our iniquities;
the punishment(Q) that brought us peace(R) was on him,
    and by his wounds(S) we are healed.(T)
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,(U)
    each of us has turned to our own way;(V)
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity(W) of us all.

He was oppressed(X) and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;(Y)
he was led like a lamb(Z) to the slaughter,(AA)
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment(AB) he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;(AC)
    for the transgression(AD) of my people he was punished.[b]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,(AE)
    and with the rich(AF) in his death,
though he had done no violence,(AG)
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.(AH)

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will(AI) to crush(AJ) him and cause him to suffer,(AK)
    and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,(AL)
he will see his offspring(AM) and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper(AN) in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,(AO)
    he will see the light(AP) of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant(AQ) will justify(AR) many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.(AS)
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g](AT)
    and he will divide the spoils(AU) with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,(AV)
    and was numbered with the transgressors.(AW)
For he bore(AX) the sin of many,(AY)
    and made intercession(AZ) for the transgressors.


  1. Isaiah 53:8 Or From arrest
  2. 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?
  3. Isaiah 53:10 Hebrew though you make
  4. Isaiah 53:11 Dead Sea Scrolls (see also Septuagint); Masoretic Text does not have the light of life.
  5. Isaiah 53:11 Or (with Masoretic Text) 11 He will see the fruit of his suffering / and will be satisfied
  6. Isaiah 53:11 Or by knowledge of him
  7. Isaiah 53:12 Or many
  8. Isaiah 53:12 Or numerous