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53 Who has believed our message,
    and to whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
For[a] he went[b] up like a shoot before him,
    and like a root from dry ground.
He had no form and no majesty that[c] we should see him,
    and no appearance that[d] we should take pleasure in him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
    a man of suffering, and acquainted with[e] sickness,
and like one from whom others hide their faces,[f] he was despised,
    and we did not hold him in high regard.
However, he was the one who lifted up our sicknesses,
    and he carried our pain,
yet[g] we ourselves assumed him stricken,
    struck down by God and afflicted.
But[h] he was pierced[i] because of our transgressions,
    crushed because of our iniquities;
the chastisement for[j] our peace[k] was upon him,
    and by his wounds[l] we were healed.[m]
All of us have wandered about like sheep;
    we each have turned to his own way;
and Yahweh let fall on him
    the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet[n] he did not open his mouth;
he was brought like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep is dumb before its shearers,
so[o] he did not open his mouth.
He was taken by restraint of justice,
    and who concerned himself with his generation?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    he received a blow because of the transgression of my people.
He made[p] his grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet[q] Yahweh was pleased to crush him;
    he made him sick.[r]
If she[s] places[t] his life a guilt offering,[u]
    he will see offspring.
He will prolong days,
    and the will of Yahweh will succeed in his hand.
11 From the trouble of his life[v] he will see;[w]
    he will be satisfied.
In his knowledge, the righteous one, my servant, shall declare many righteous,[x]
    and he is the one who will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will divide to him a portion among the many,[y]
    and with the strong ones he will divide bounty,
because[z] he poured his life out to death
    and was counted with the transgressors;
and[aa] he was the one who bore the sin of many
    and will intercede for the transgressors.


  1. Isaiah 53:2 Or “And”
  2. Isaiah 53:2 Or “grew”
  3. Isaiah 53:2 Or “and”
  4. Isaiah 53:2 Or “and”
  5. Isaiah 53:3 Or “knowledgeable of”
  6. Isaiah 53:3 Literally “hiding of face from him”
  7. Isaiah 53:4 Or “and”
  8. Isaiah 53:5 Or “And”
  9. Isaiah 53:5 Or “wounded”
  10. Isaiah 53:5 Or “of”
  11. Isaiah 53:5 Or “healing”
  12. Isaiah 53:5 Hebrew “wound”
  13. Isaiah 53:5 Literally “it was healed for us”
  14. Isaiah 53:7 Or “and”
  15. Isaiah 53:7 Or “and”
  16. Isaiah 53:9 Or “gave”
  17. Isaiah 53:10 Or “And”
  18. Isaiah 53:10 Literally “he made sick”
  19. Isaiah 53:10 Or “you”
  20. Isaiah 53:10 Or “makes”
  21. Isaiah 53:10 Or “compensation”
  22. Isaiah 53:11 Or “soul”
  23. Isaiah 53:11 Dead Sea Scrolls add “light”
  24. Isaiah 53:11 Or “right”
  25. Isaiah 53:12 Or “great”
  26. Isaiah 53:12 Literally “Instead of that”
  27. Isaiah 53:12 Or “yet”

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