Isaiah 53 The Passion Translation (TPT)
53 Who has truly believed our revelation?
To whom will Yahweh reveal his mighty arm?
2 He sprouted up like a tender plant before the Lord,
like a root in parched soil.
He possessed no distinguishing beauty
or outward splendor to catch our attention—
nothing special in his appearance to make us desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of deep sorrows
who was no stranger to suffering and grief.
We hid our faces from him in disgust
and considered him a nobody, not worthy of respect.
The Sin-Bearer Servant
4 Yet he was the one who carried our sicknesses
and endured the torment of our sufferings.
We viewed him as one who was being punished
for something he himself had done,
as one who was struck down by God and brought low.
5 But it was because of our rebellious deeds that he was pierced
and because of our sins that he was crushed.
He endured the punishment that made us completely whole,
and in his wounding we found our healing.
6 Like wayward sheep, we have all wandered astray.
Each of us has turned from God’s paths and chosen our own way;
even so, Yahweh laid the guilt of our every sin upon him.
The Surrendered Servant
7 He was oppressed and harshly mistreated;
still he humbly submitted, refusing to defend himself.
He was brought like a gentle lamb to be slaughtered.
Like a silent sheep before his shearers,
he didn’t even open his mouth.
8 By coercion and with a perversion of justice
he was taken away.
And who could have imagined his future?
He was cut down in the prime of life;
for the rebellion of his own people,
he was struck down in their place.
9 They gave him a grave among criminals,
but he ended up instead in a rich man’s tomb,
although he had done no violence nor spoken deceitfully.
The Servant’s Reward
10 Even though it pleased Yahweh
to crush him with grief,
he will be restored to favor.
After his soul becomes a guilt-offering,
he will gaze upon his many offspring and prolong his days.
And through him, Yahweh’s deepest desires
will be fully accomplished.
11 After the great anguish of his soul,
he will see light and be fully satisfied.
By knowing him, the righteous one,
my servant will make many to be righteous,
because he, their sin-bearer, carried away their sins
12 So I, Yahweh, will assign him a portion
among a great multitude,
and he will triumph
and divide the spoils of victory with his mighty ones—
all because he poured out his life-blood to death.
He was counted among the worst of sinners,
yet he carried sin’s burden for many
and intercedes for those who are rebels.