The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

13 See, my servant(A) will act wisely[a];
    he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.(B)
14 Just as there were many who were appalled(C) at him[b]
    his appearance was so disfigured(D) beyond that of any human being
    and his form marred beyond human likeness(E)
15 so he will sprinkle(F) many nations,[c]
    and kings(G) will shut their mouths(H) because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
    and what they have not heard, they will understand.(I)

53 Who has believed our message(J)
    and to whom has the arm(K) of the Lord been revealed?(L)
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,(M)
    and like a root(N) out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance(O) that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering,(P) and familiar with pain.(Q)
Like one from whom people hide(R) their faces
    he was despised,(S) and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,(T)
yet we considered him punished by God,(U)
    stricken by him, and afflicted.(V)
But he was pierced(W) for our transgressions,(X)
    he was crushed(Y) for our iniquities;
the punishment(Z) that brought us peace(AA) was on him,
    and by his wounds(AB) we are healed.(AC)
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,(AD)
    each of us has turned to our own way;(AE)
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity(AF) of us all.

He was oppressed(AG) and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;(AH)
he was led like a lamb(AI) to the slaughter,(AJ)
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.


  1. Isaiah 52:13 Or will prosper
  2. Isaiah 52:14 Hebrew you
  3. Isaiah 52:15 Or so will many nations be amazed at him (see also Septuagint)

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