Isaiah 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For he shall grow vp before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a drie ground: hee hath no forme nor comelinesse: and when wee shall see him, there is no beautie that we should desire him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no {stately} form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For he grew 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 see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For his growth was like that of a delicate plant before him, and like a root out of a dry place: he had no grace of form, to give us pleasure;
- Basic English Bible

For he shall grow up before him as a tender sapling, and as a root out of dry ground: he hath no form nor lordliness, and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form nor comeliness. When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
- World English Bible

Yea, he cometh up as a tender plant before Him, And as a root out of a dry land, He hath no form, nor honour, when we observe him, Nor appearance, when we desire him.
- Youngs Literal Bible

For he shot up right forth as a sapling, and as a root out of a dry ground; he had no form nor comeliness, that we should look upon him, nor beauty that we should delight in him.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 53:2


53:2 As a root - And the reason why the Jews will generally reject their Messiah, is, because he shall not come into the world with secular pomp, but he shall grow up, (or spring up, out of the ground) before him, (before the unbelieving Jews, of whom he spake ver.#1|, and that in the singular number, as here, who were witnesses of his mean original; and therefore despised him) as a tender plant (small and inconsiderable) and as a root, or branch, grows out of a dry, barren ground. No form - His bodily presence shall be mean and contemptible. No beauty - This the prophet speaks in the person of the unbelieving Jews. We - Our people, the Jewish nation.


Discussion for Isaiah 53:2

  • How could Jesus Christ attract and influence thousands upon thousands of people as a mortal if he was weak and frail and unappealing? I believe that as a man, he was the opposite, that not only was he humble, full of love and joy, that Christ was fully majestic, strong, commanding, beautiful and inspiring to behold. I believe that Sean 's comment is right on the mark and is inspired "...when the Lord was crucified he had no beauty in him. His face was disfigured, bloody and bruised. " This is what Isaiah was speaking about. Isaiah was not saying that our Lord and Master was not our ideal in every way as he went about doing good, day by day. Isaiah was referring to how our Lord appeared during the horrific events at the conclusion of his mortal life the atonement, the scourging, the carrying of the cross and the awful crucifixion. Otherwise, the manhood of Jesus Christ 's was inspiring, motivating and thrilling to behold. And I know that he still is!
  • Carolann for verse 2
    I don 't think very many people, including Christians know this verse. I have heard that the Jews have removed it from their present day Scriptures. I suppose because they don 't want to accept the fact that their prophet Isaiah told the truth which they have not been able to accept. I think it is a beautiful verse and gives us those of us born after Christ resurrected to Heaven to be with the Father, at least a physical picture of Jesus and also tells of His virtues. I enjoy the Book of Isaiah and the way he expressed has words which are very poetic. But, I wonder, if today s Christians would accept Christ so readily or even at all if the pictures of Him were to show Him much closer to the description in Is. 53 2 states??
  • Liz Rabbah for verse 2
    The phrase, 'like a root out of parched ground' is another reference to his birth by a virgin.
  • 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.

    For the Lord shall grow up before God as a tender plant. For the Lord Jesus said himself that he is gentle and lowly in heart. And as a root out of a dry ground. This means that the Lord was born in a manger becasue there was no room in an inn. He was not born with gold, but was born humble. And a root is the main life line to a plant, or flower, and the dry grounds can be seen as Israel. He was planted in Israel, and sprung up before us to make us whole. He hath no form or comeliness, and when we shall see him there is no beauty in him that we should desire him. This means when the Lord was crucified he had no beauty in him. His face was disfigured, bloody and bruised. Because we hid as it was our faces from him and we esteemed him not.

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