The Suffering Servant

53 (A)Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a (B)tender [a]shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has (C)no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should [b]be attracted to Him.
He was (D)despised and forsaken of men,
A man of [c]sorrows and (E)acquainted with [d]grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was (F)despised, and we did not (G)esteem Him.

Surely our [e]griefs He Himself (H)bore,
And our [f]sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
[g]Smitten of (I)God, and afflicted.
But He was [h]pierced through for (J)our transgressions,
He was crushed for (K)our iniquities;
The (L)chastening for our [i]well-being fell upon Him,
And by (M)His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To [j]fall on Him.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not (N)open His mouth;
(O)Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the [k]living
(P)For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a (Q)rich man in His death,
(R)Because He had (S)done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10 But the Lord was pleased
To (T)crush Him, [l](U)putting Him to grief;
If [m]He would render Himself as a guilt (V)offering,
He will see (W)His [n]offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the [o]good (X)pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the [p]anguish of His soul,
He will (Y)see [q]it and be satisfied;
By His (Z)knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will (AA)bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will allot Him a (AB)portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out [r](AC)Himself to death,
And was (AD)numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself (AE)bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 53:2 Lit suckling
  2. Isaiah 53:2 Lit desire
  3. Isaiah 53:3 Or pains
  4. Isaiah 53:3 Or sickness
  5. Isaiah 53:4 Or sickness
  6. Isaiah 53:4 Or pains
  7. Isaiah 53:4 Or Struck down by
  8. Isaiah 53:5 Or wounded
  9. Isaiah 53:5 Or peace
  10. Isaiah 53:6 Lit encounter Him
  11. Isaiah 53:8 Or life
  12. Isaiah 53:10 Lit He made Him sick
  13. Isaiah 53:10 Lit His soul
  14. Isaiah 53:10 Lit seed
  15. Isaiah 53:10 Or will of
  16. Isaiah 53:11 Or toilsome labor
  17. Isaiah 53:11 Another reading is light
  18. Isaiah 53:12 Lit His soul

The Suffering Servant

53 Who has believed [confidently trusted in, relied on, and adhered to] our message [of salvation]?(A)
And to whom [if not us] has the arm and infinite power of the Lord been revealed?(B)

For He [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender shoot (plant),
And like a root out of dry ground;
He has no stately form or majestic splendor
That we would look at Him,
Nor [handsome] appearance that we would [a]be attracted to Him.

He was despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and pain and acquainted with grief;
And like One from whom men hide their faces
He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or esteem Him.


But [in fact] He has borne our griefs,
And He has carried our sorrows and pains;
Yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken,
Struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him].(C)

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing];
The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him,
And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.

All of us like sheep have gone astray,
We have turned, each one, to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the wickedness of us all [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]
To fall on Him [instead of us].(D)


He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth [to complain or defend Himself];
Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before her shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.

[b]After oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And [c]as for His generation [His contemporaries], who [among them] concerned himself with the fact
That He was cut off from the land of the living [by His death]
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke [of death] was due?

His grave was assigned with the wicked,
But He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.(E)

10 
Yet the Lord was [d]willing
To crush Him, [e]causing Him to suffer;
If [f]He would give Himself as a guilt offering [an atonement for sin],
He shall see His [spiritual] offspring,
He shall prolong His days,
And the will (good pleasure) of the Lord shall succeed and prosper in His hand.
11 
As a result of the [g]anguish of His soul,
He shall see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge [of what He has accomplished] the Righteous One,
My Servant, shall justify the many [making them righteous—upright before God, in right standing with Him],
For He shall bear [the responsibility for] their sins.
12 
Therefore, I will divide and give Him a portion with the great [kings and rulers],
And He shall divide the spoils with the mighty,
Because He [willingly] poured out His life to death,
And was counted among the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore and took away the sin of many,
And interceded [with the Father] for the transgressors.(F)

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 53:2 Lit take pleasure in.
  2. Isaiah 53:8 Or Due to.
  3. Isaiah 53:8 Or who will explain to His generation.
  4. Isaiah 53:10 Or pleased.
  5. Isaiah 53:10 Lit He made Him sick.
  6. Isaiah 53:10 Or His soul presents an offering.
  7. Isaiah 53:11 Lit trouble.

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