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1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

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.

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.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Commentary for Isaiah 53

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 53

  • Stanjett
    1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? Me.
  • Jai sherring
    It could be the script of an archetype. The rational person is bound by his rational dictates so will not react to the absurdities of masses. Jesus was loved by his disciples and others. It was only the religious and ruling authorities who misrepresented his sayings for his growing influence over the masses.
  • WILLIAM B DARNELL
    What an amazing example of God knowing the beginning from the end. Precious Jesus is the ultimate example of a selfless servant while being the King of Glory as well. When he comes in power again, no one will hang him on a cross. Get ready!
  • Geraldine
    Thank u jesus for dying in my place what a owesome savior u are i love u today draw me nearer to thee each day not my will but your will be done teach me thy way each day amen
  • Christy
    Many people of Luke's day set out to write about the things they had seen and heard of Jesus Christ. Luke had perfect understanding in all things from beginning to end, and decided to write the best and most reliable record of who Jesus Christ was and why he came. He gives details of how John was born through natural conception and Jesus through Miraculous conception - God come in the flesh!
  • Bishop Alan T
    My dear no man have seen God nor herd his voice. Please let the word be true . Jesus asked , who do men say that I the son of man am. Peter said you are the Son Of God. search your bible it will tell you the reason for the virgin birth.For there is one mediator between God and man the man Christ Jesus . Luke wrote in the book of acts, that Paul went straight way preaching that Jesus was the son
  • Teri
    so many prophecies fulfilled from Gen to Malachi in the O.T. This chapter brings it all together when your spiritual eyes have been opened. He died in our place and paid the sin debt for us. So greatful, thank you Jesus for saving me.
  • Michael Harris
    O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure The saints and angels song.
  • Kemeela Wilson
    father yah is control
    welcome holy spirit
    praise yah holy name
    thank you yahweh
  • Patty Tozi
    Have you ever walked on the beach and felt GOD walking next to you? Did you wonder if He ever carried you thru your hardships and trials? Have you prayed for Him to come closer- did you feel His arm around you? Did you feel the calmness surround you, as your feet touched the sand as you walked along. Silence is golden- don't you see- how you can hear Him as He walks slowly: ALWAYS KEEP GOD CLOSE!


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Who prophesied that Christ would be brought as a lamb the slaughter before those who judge him?
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