Isaiah 53
What God's Servant Did for Us
1 # Ro 10.16; Jn 12.38. Has anyone believed us
or seen the mighty power
of the Lord in action?
2Like a young plant or a root
that sprouts in dry ground,
the servant grew up
obeying the Lord.
He wasn't some handsome king.
Nothing about the way he looked
made him attractive to us.
3He was hated and rejected;
his life was filled with sorrow
and terrible suffering.
No one wanted to look at him.
We despised him and said,
“He is a nobody!”
4He suffered and endured
great pain for us,
but we thought his suffering
was punishment from God.
5 # Mt 8.17; 1 P 2.24. #4 Macc 6.29. He was wounded and crushed
because of our sins;
by taking our punishment,
he made us completely well.
6 # 1 P 2.25. All of us were like sheep
that had wandered off.
We had each gone our own way,
but the Lord gave him
the punishment we deserved.
7 # Rev 5.6. #Ac 8.32,33. #4 Macc 10.18. He was painfully abused,
but he did not complain.
He was silent like a lamb
being led to the butcher,
as quiet as a sheep
having its wool cut off.
8He was condemned to death
without a fair trial.
Who could have imagined
what would happen to him?
His life was taken away
because of the sinful things
my people#53.8 my people: Or “his people.” had done.
9 # 1 P 2.22. He wasn't dishonest or violent,
but he was buried in a tomb
among cruel, rich people.#53.9 but he … people: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
10The Lord decided his servant
would suffer as a sacrifice
to take away the sin
and guilt of others.
Now the servant will live
to see his own descendants.#53.10 The Lord … descendants: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
He did everything
the Lord had planned.
11By suffering, the servant
will learn the true meaning
of obeying the Lord.
Although he is innocent,
he will take the punishment
for the sins of others,
so that many of them
will no longer be guilty.
12 # Mk 15.27,28; Lk 22.37. The Lord will reward him
with honor and power
for sacrificing his life.
Others thought he was a sinner,
but he suffered for our sins
and asked God to forgive us.

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