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53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.


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Everything King James Bible:Isaiah

Every so often, I participate in an online Torah chat. We joke about playing "Spot The Evangelist." You can always tell when someone has entered the chat with the purpose of missionizing the "chosen people," because he or she has an ostensibly innocuous question about Isaiah 53. The question stands out, because in real Torah discussions among Jewish people, nobody is particularly interested in that passage.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Isaiah
Book: Isaiah
Chapter: 53

Overview:
The person, (1-3) sufferings, (4-9) humiliation, and
exaltation of Christ, are minutely described; with the blessings
to mankind from his Death. (10-12)

1-3 No where in all the Old Testament is it So plainly and
fully prophesied, that Christ ought to suffer, and then to enter
into his Glory, as in this Chapter. But to this Day few discern,
or will acknowledge, that Divine power which goes with the Word.
The authentic and most important report of Salvation for
sinners, through the Son of God, is disregarded. The low
condition he submitted to, and his appearance in the world, were
not agreeable to the ideas the Jews had formed of the Messiah.
It was expected that he should come in pomp; instead of that, he
grew up as a plant, silently, and insensibly. He had nothing of
the Glory which one might have thought to meet with him. His
whole Life was not only humble as to outward condition, but also
sorrowful. Being made Sin for us, he underwent the sentence Sin
had exposed us to. Carnal hearts see nothing in the Lord Jesus
to desire an interest in him. Alas! By how many is he still
despised in his people, and rejected as to his doctrine and
authority!

4-9 In these verses is an account of the sufferings of Christ;
also of the design of his sufferings. It was for our sins, and
in our stead, that our Lord Jesus suffered. We have all sinned,
and have come short of the Glory of God. Sinners have their
beloved Sin, their own evil way, of which they are fond. Our
sins deserve all griefs and sorrows, even the most severe. We
are saved from the ruin, to which By Sin we become liable, By
laying our sins On Christ. This Atonement was to be made for our
sins. And this is the only way of Salvation. Our sins were the
thorns in Christ's head, the nails in his hands and feet, the
spear in his side. He was delivered to Death for our offences.
By his sufferings he purchased for us the Spirit and Grace of
God, to mortify our corruptions, which are the distempers of our
souls. We may Well endure our lighter sufferings, if He has
taught us to esteem all things but loss for him, and to Love him
who has first loved us.

10-12 Come, and see how Christ loved us! We could not Put him
in our stead, but he Put himself. Thus he took away the Sin of
the world, By taking it On himself. He made himself subject to
Death, which to us is the Wages of Sin. Observe the graces and
glories of his state of exaltation. Christ will not commit the
care of his family to any other. God's purposes shall take
effect. And whatever is undertaken according to God's pleasure
shall prosper. He shall see it accomplished in the Conversion
and Salvation of sinners. There are many whom Christ justifies,
even as many as he gave his Life a Ransom for. By Faith we are
justified; thus God is most glorified, free Grace most advanced,
self most abased, and our happiness secured. We must know him,
and believe in him, as one that bore our sins, and saved us from
sinking under the load, By taking it upon himself. Sin and
Satan, Death and Hell, the world and the Flesh, are the strong
foes he has vanquished. What God designed for the Redeemer he
shall certainly possess. When he led Captivity Captive, he
received Gifts for men, that he might give Gifts to men. While
we survey the sufferings of the Son of God, let us remember our
long catalogue of transgressions, and consider him as suffering
under the load of our guilt. Here is laid a firm foundation for
the trembling sinner to Rest his soul upon. We are the purchase
of his Blood, and the monuments of his Grace; for this he
continually pleads and prevails, destroying the Works of the
Devil.

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