Isaiah 53

Feb 20

Today’s Scripture:

Who would have believed[a] what we[b] just heard?[c]
When[d] was the Lord’s power[e] revealed through him?
He sprouted up like a twig before God,[f]
like a root out of parched soil;[g]
he had no stately form or majesty that might catch our attention,[h]
no special appearance that we should want to follow him.[i]
He was despised and rejected by people,[j]
one who experienced pain and was acquainted with illness;
people hid their faces from him;[k]
he was despised, and we considered him insignificant.[l]
But he lifted up our illnesses,
he carried our pain;[m]
even though we thought he was being punished,
attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done.[n]
He was wounded because of[o] our rebellious deeds,
crushed because of our sins;
he endured punishment that made us well;[p]
because of his wounds we have been healed.[q]
All of us had wandered off like sheep;
each of us had strayed off on his own path,
but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him.[r]
He was treated harshly and afflicted,[s]
but he did not even open his mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block,
like a sheep silent before her shearers,
he did not even open his mouth.[t]
He was led away after an unjust trial[u]
but who even cared?[v]
Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living;[w]
because of the rebellion of his own[x] people he was wounded.
They intended to bury him with criminals,[y]
but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb,[z]
because[aa] he had committed no violent deeds,
nor had he spoken deceitfully.
10 Though the Lord desired to crush him and make him ill,
once restitution is made,[ab]
he will see descendants and enjoy long life,[ac]
and the Lord’s purpose will be accomplished through him.
11 Having suffered, he will reflect on his work,
he will be satisfied when he understands what he has done.[ad]
“My servant[ae] will acquit many,[af]
for he carried their sins.[ag]
12 So I will assign him a portion with the multitudes,[ah]
he will divide the spoils of victory with the powerful,[ai]
because he willingly submitted[aj] to death
and was numbered with the rebels,
when he lifted up the sin of many
and intervened[ak] on behalf of the rebels.”

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