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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible


Isaiah 53:1-12


  • The suffering, death, and burial of Jehovah’s servant (1-12)

    • Despised and avoided (3)

    • Carries sicknesses and pains (4)

    • “Like a sheep to the slaughter” (7)

    • Sin of many carried by him (12)

53  Who has put faith in the thing heard from us?*+ And as for the arm of Jehovah,+ to whom has it been revealed?+   He will come up like a twig+ before him,* like a root out of parched land. No stately form does he have, nor any splendor;+ And when we see him, his appearance does not draw us to him.*   He was despised and was avoided by men,+ A man who was meant for* pains and was familiar with sickness. It was as if his face were hidden from us.* He was despised, and we held him as of no account.+   Truly he himself carried our sicknesses,+ And he bore our pains.+ But we considered him as plagued, stricken by God and afflicted.   But he was pierced+ for our transgression;+ He was crushed for our errors.+ He bore the punishment for our peace,+ And because of his wounds we were healed.+   Like sheep we have all wandered about,+ Each has turned his own way, And Jehovah has caused the error of us all to meet up with him.+   He was oppressed+ and he let himself be afflicted,+ But he would not open his mouth. He was brought like a sheep to the slaughter,+ Like a ewe that is silent before its shearers, And he would not open his mouth.+   Because of restraint* and judgment he was taken away; And who will concern himself with the details of his generation?* For he was cut off from the land of the living;+ Because of the transgression of my people he received the stroke.*+   And he was given a burial place* with the wicked,+ And with the rich* in his death,+ Although he had done no wrong* And there was no deception in his mouth.+ 10  But it was Jehovah’s will* to crush him, and he let him become sick. If you will present his life* as a guilt offering,+ He will see his offspring,* he will prolong his days,+ And through him the delight* of Jehovah will have success.+ 11  Because of his anguish,* he will see and be satisfied. By means of his knowledge the righteous one, my servant,+ Will bring a righteous standing to many people,+ And their errors he will bear.+ 12  For that reason I will assign him a portion among the many, And he will apportion the spoil with the mighty, Because he poured out his life* even to death+ And was counted among the transgressors;+ He carried the sin of many people,+ And he interceded for the transgressors.+


Or possibly, “in what we heard?”
“Him” could refer to an observer in general or to God.
Or “there is no special appearance that we should desire him.”
Or “who understood.”
Or possibly, “He was like someone from whom people turned their faces.”
Or “oppression.”
Or “his manner of life?”
Or “was struck dead.”
Or “And one will give his burial place.”
Lit., “a rich man.”
Or “no violence.”
Or “But Jehovah took delight.”
Or “soul.”
Lit., “seed.”
Or “will; good pleasure.”
Or “the trouble of his soul.”
Or “soul.”