Isaiah 53

The Suffering Servant

1 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no [stately] form or majesty to attract us, no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. Like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. 4 Surely He took on our infirmities and carried our sorrows;
LXX He bears our sins, and is pained for us
yet we considered Him stricken by God, struck down and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. 6 We all like sheep have gone astray, each one has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth. 8 By oppression
Or By arrest
and judgment He was taken away, and who can recount His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living; He was stricken for the transgression of My people.

A Grave Assigned

9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. 10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer. And when His soul is made a guilt offering,
Or though He makes his life a guilt offering
He will see [His] offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
11 After the anguish of His soul, He will see [the light of life]
DSS (see also LXX); MT does not include the light of life
and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will allot Him a portion with the great,
Or many
and He will divide the spoils with the strong,
Or numerous
because He has poured out His life unto death, and He was numbered among the transgressors. Yet He bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.
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