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Isaiah 53:2-4 The Passion Translation (TPT)

He sprouted up like a tender plant before the Lord,[a]
    like a root[b] 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.[c]
    We hid our faces from him in disgust
    and considered him a nobody, not worthy of respect.

The Sin-Bearer Servant

Yet he was the one who carried our sicknesses[d]
    and endured the torment of our sufferings.
    We viewed him as one who was being punished[e]
    for something he himself had done,
    as one who was struck down by God and brought low.


  1. Isaiah 53:2 Or “before him.”
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Isaiah 53:4 This was fulfilled in two ways. First, when the Lamb of God carried away diseases as he walked the earth (Matt. 8:16-17). And second, by paying the sin price of all humanity on the cross with his sacred blood.
  5. Isaiah 53:4 Or “stricken,” a word used for one who is struck with leprosy. Because of this, the Jewish Talmud gives many opinions about this verse, then offers an authoritative ruling of the sages. “The rabbis say: ‘His name is The Leper … as it is said [in Isaiah 53:4], “Surely our sicknesses he himself bore and our sorrows he carried, yet we ourselves esteemed him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted”’” (b. Sanhedrin 98b). Their conclusion was that the Messiah will be called “the Leper of the House of Rabbi.” They understood that he would not be an actual “leper” but that he would carry the “spiritual leprosy” of the people, as a leper carries his affliction.
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