Isaiah 53

The Suffering Servant

1 1Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For He grew up before Him like a 2tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has 3no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
3 He was 4despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and 5acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was 6despised, and we did not 7esteem Him.
4 Surely our griefs He Himself 8bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of 9God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced through for 10our transgressions, He was crushed for 11our iniquities; The 12chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by 13His scourging we are healed.
6 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 fall on Him.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not 14open His mouth; 15Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.
8 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 living 16For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a 17rich man in His death, 18Because He had 19done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
10 But the LORD was pleased To 20crush Him, 21putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt 22offering, He will see 23His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good 24pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will 25see it and be satisfied; By His 26knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will 27bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will allot Him a 28portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because * He poured out 29Himself to death, And was 30numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself 31bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.
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