||'Who would have believed
And to whom hath the arm of the LORD been revealed?
||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.
||He was despised, and
forsaken of men,
A man of pains, and acquainted with disease,
And as one from whom men hide their face:
He was despised, and we esteemed him not.
||Surely our diseases he did
bear, and our pains he carried;
Whereas we did esteem him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
||But he was wounded because
of our transgressions,
He was crushed because of our iniquities:
The chastisement of our welfare was upon him,
And with his stripes we were healed.
||All we like sheep did go
We turned every one to his own way;
And the LORD hath made
to light on him
The iniquity of us all.
||He was oppressed, though he
And opened not his mouth;
As a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
And as a sheep that before her shearers is dumb;
Yea, he opened not his mouth.
||By oppression and judgment
he was taken away,
And with his generation who did reason?
For he was cut off out of the land of the living,
For the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due.
||And they made his grave
with the wicked,
And with the rich his tomb;
Although he had done no violence,
Neither was any deceit in his mouth.'
||Yet it pleased the LORD to crush him by disease;
To see if his soul would offer itself in restitution,
That he might see his seed, prolong his days,
And that the purpose of the LORD might prosper by his hand:
||Of the travail of his soul
he shall see to the full, even My servant,
Who by his knowledge did justify the Righteous One to the many,
And their iniquities he did bear.
||Therefore will I divide him
a portion among the great,
And he shall divide the spoil with the mighty;
Because he bared his soul unto death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet he bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.
The above text is the 53rd chapter of the book of Isaiah, as taken
from The Holy Scriptures, a JPS (Jewish Publication Society) translation, tracing back to
1917, of the Jewish Bible (Tanakh, or "Old Testament"). I received a copy of this book as
a gift at my Bar Mitzvah back in 1972.
Of whom does this chapter speak? Does it perhaps remind you of a Jew
who walked on this earth about 2,000 years ago? There are also many other prophesies in the Tanakh
that point to this same person. An honest historical search will show that this person is Yeshua
(Jesus) of Nazareth.
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