Isaiah 53

Chapter 53

1 Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a sapling,
like a shoot in arid ground.
He had no beauty or majesty
that would cause us to look at him;
nothing in his appearance would attract us to him.
3 He was despised and shunned by others,
a man of sorrows who was no stranger to suffering.
We loathed him and regarded him as of no account,
as one from whom men avert their gaze.
4 Although it was our afflictions that he bore,
our sufferings that he endured,
we thought of him as stricken,
as struck down by God and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our offenses
and crushed for our iniquity;
the punishment that made us whole fell upon him,
and by his bruises we have been healed.
6 We had all gone astray like sheep,
each of us following his own way,
but the Lord laid upon him
the guilt of us all.
7 Although harshly treated and afflicted,
he did not open his mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughter
and like a sheep that keeps silent before its shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
8 Unjustly condemned, he was taken away,
and who gave any thought to his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living
and stricken for the sins of his people.
9 They assigned him a grave with the wicked
and a burial place with evildoers,
even though he had done no act of violence
nor had he ever spoken deceitfully.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord
to crush him with pain.
For if he gives his life as a sacrifice for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his life,
and through him the will of the Lord will be accomplished.
11 As a result of his anguish
my servant will behold the light and be content.
Through his humiliation he will justify many,
and their guilt he will bear.
12 Therefore, I will allot him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the mighty,
because he exposed himself to death
and was counted among the transgressors,
even though he bore the sins of many
and interceded for the transgressors.

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