The Passion Translation
53 Who has truly believed our revelation?
To whom will Yahweh reveal his mighty arm?[a]
2 He sprouted up like a tender plant before the Lord,[b]
like a root[c] in parched soil.
He possessed no distinguishing beauty
or outward splendor to catch our attention—
nothing special in his appearance to make us desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of deep sorrows
who was no stranger to suffering and grief.[d]
We hid our faces from him in disgust
and considered him a nobody, not worthy of respect.
- Isaiah 53:1 God’s arm is a metaphor for his triumphant power. It is said that almost every verse in this chapter is alluded to in the New Testament in reference to Jesus.
- Isaiah 53:2 Or “before him.”
- Isaiah 53:2 Jesus is the Root of David and the Sprouting of the Lord (Isa. 11:1). The parched soil can represent both the barrenness of humanity before God and the barren season of Israel’s history when Jesus appeared. A root cannot live in dry ground, yet we see a hint here that the Messiah would be miraculously born. A root in dry ground is an allusion to the virgin birth of Jesus, who was conceived without a human father.
- Isaiah 53:3 Yet Jesus was the most emotionally whole and healed man to ever walk the earth. He did not absorb the insults and rejections of even his own neighbors (Luke 4:14-30).