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53 Who has truly believed our revelation?

    To whom will Yahweh reveal his mighty arm?[a]
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.
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.

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  1. 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.
  2. Isaiah 53:2 Or “before him.”
  3. 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.
  4. 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).