53 Who has believed what we have heard?[a]
And to whom has the arm of the Lord(A) been revealed?(B)
He grew up before him like a young plant(C)
and like a root out of dry ground.
He didn’t have an impressive form
or majesty that we should look at him,
no appearance that we should desire him.(D)
He was despised and rejected by men,(E)
a man of suffering who knew what sickness was.(F)
He was like someone people turned away from;[b]
he was despised, and we didn’t value him.

Yet he himself bore our sicknesses,
and he carried our pains;(G)
but we in turn regarded him stricken,
struck down by God,(H) and afflicted.
But he was pierced because of our rebellion,(I)
crushed because of our iniquities;(J)
punishment(K) for our peace was on him,
and we are healed by his wounds.(L)
We all went astray like sheep;(M)
we all have turned to our own way;
and the Lord has punished him
for[c] the iniquity(N) of us all.(O)

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughter
and like a sheep silent before her shearers,
he did not open his mouth.(P)
He was taken away because of oppression and judgment;
and who considered his fate?[d]
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
he was struck because of my people’s rebellion.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
but he was with a rich man at his death,(Q)
because he had done no violence
and had not spoken deceitfully.(R)

10 Yet the Lord was pleased(S) to crush him severely.[e](T)
When[f] you make him a guilt offering,(U)
he will see his seed, he will prolong his days,
and by his hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.(V)
11 After his anguish,
he will see light[g] and be satisfied.
By his knowledge,
my righteous(W) servant(X) will justify many,(Y)
and he will carry their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him[h] the many as a portion,
and he will receive[i] the mighty as spoil,
because he willingly submitted to death,(Z)
and was counted among the rebels;(AA)
yet he bore the sin of many(AB)
and interceded for the rebels.(AC)

Future Glory for Israel

54 “Rejoice, childless one, who did not give birth;
burst into song and shout,
you who have not been in labor!(AD)
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than the children of the married woman,”(AE)
says the Lord.
“Enlarge the site of your tent,
and let your tent curtains be stretched out;(AF)
do not hold back;
lengthen your ropes,
and drive your pegs deep.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left,(AG)
and your descendants will dispossess nations
and inhabit the desolate cities.

“Do not be afraid, for you will not be put to shame;(AH)
don’t be humiliated, for you will not be disgraced.
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
and you will no longer remember
the disgrace of your widowhood.(AI)
Indeed, your husband is your Maker(AJ)
his name is the Lord of Armies—
and the Holy One of Israel(AK) is your Redeemer;(AL)
he is called the God of the whole earth.
For the Lord has called you,
like a wife deserted and wounded in spirit,(AM)
a wife of one’s youth(AN) when she is rejected,”
says your God.
“I deserted you for a brief moment,(AO)
but I will take you back with abundant compassion.
In a surge of anger
I hid my face(AP) from you for a moment,
but I will have compassion on you
with everlasting love,”(AQ)
says the Lord your Redeemer.
“For this is like the days[j] of Noah to me:
when I swore that the water of Noah
would never flood the earth again,(AR)
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
or rebuke you.(AS)
10 Though the mountains move
and the hills shake,
my love will not be removed from you
and my covenant of peace(AT) will not be shaken,”
says your compassionate Lord.

11 “Poor Jerusalem, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
I will set your stones in black mortar,[k]
and lay your foundations in lapis lazuli.(AU)
12 I will make your fortifications[l] out of rubies,
your gates out of sparkling stones,
and all your walls out of precious stones.
13 Then all your children will be taught by the Lord,(AV)
their prosperity will be great,
14 and you will be established
on a foundation of righteousness.
You will be far from oppression,
you will certainly not be afraid;
you will be far from terror,
it will certainly not come near you.
15 If anyone attacks you,
it is not from me;
whoever attacks you
will fall before you.
16 Look, I have created the craftsman
who blows on the charcoal fire
and produces a weapon suitable for its task;
and I have created the destroyer to cause havoc.
17 No weapon formed against you will succeed,
and you will refute any accusation[m]
raised against you in court.
This is the heritage of the Lord’s servants,(AW)
and their vindication is from me.”(AX)

This is the Lord’s declaration.

Footnotes

  1. 53:1 Or believed our report
  2. 53:3 Lit And like a hiding of faces from him
  3. 53:6 Or has placed on him; lit with
  4. 53:8 Or and as for his generation, who considered him?
  5. 53:10 Or him; he made him sick.
  6. 53:10 Or If
  7. 53:11 DSS, LXX; MT omits light
  8. 53:12 Or him with
  9. 53:12 Or receive with
  10. 54:9 DSS, Cairo Geniza; MT, LXX read waters
  11. 54:11 Lit in antimony
  12. 54:12 Lit suns; perhaps shields; Ps 84:11
  13. 54:17 Lit refute every tongue

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