Isaiah 53
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1  “Who can believe what we have heard? Upon whom has the arm of Hashem– been revealed?

א  מִי הֶאֱמִין לִשְׁמֻעָתֵנוּ וּזְרוֹעַ יְהֹוָה עַל־מִי נִגְלָתָה׃

2  For he has grown, by His favor, like a tree crown, Like a tree trunk out of arid ground. He had no form or beauty, that we should look at him: No charm, that we should find him pleasing.

ב  וַיַּעַל כַּיּוֹנֵק לְפָנָיו וְכַשֹּׁרֶשׁ מֵאֶרֶץ צִיָּה לֹא־תֹאַר לוֹ וְלֹא הָדָר וְנִרְאֵהוּ וְלֹא־מַרְאֶה וְנֶחְמְדֵהוּ׃

3  He was despised, shunned by men, A man of suffering, familiar with disease. As one who hid his face from us, He was despised, we held him of no account.

ג  נִבְזֶה וַחֲדַל אִישִׁים אִישׁ מַכְאֹבוֹת וִידוּעַ חֹלִי וּכְמַסְתֵּר פָּנִים מִמֶּנּוּ נִבְזֶה וְלֹא חֲשַׁבְנֻהוּ׃

4  Yet it was our sickness that he was bearing, Our suffering that he endured. We accounted him plagued, Smitten and afflicted by Hashem;

ד  אָכֵן חֳלָיֵנוּ הוּא נָשָׂא וּמַכְאֹבֵינוּ סְבָלָם וַאֲנַחְנוּ חֲשַׁבְנֻהוּ נָגוּעַ מֻכֵּה אֱלֹהִים וּמְעֻנֶּה׃

5  But he was wounded because of our sins, Crushed because of our iniquities. He bore the chastisement that made us whole, And by his bruises we were healed.

ה  וְהוּא מְחֹלָל מִפְּשָׁעֵנוּ מְדֻכָּא מֵעֲוׂנֹתֵינוּ מוּסַר שְׁלוֹמֵנוּ עָלָיו וּבַחֲבֻרָתוֹ נִרְפָּא־לָנוּ׃

6  We all went astray like sheep, Each going his own way; And Hashem visited upon him The guilt of all of us.”

ו  כֻּלָּנוּ כַּצֹּאן תָּעִינוּ אִישׁ לְדַרְכּוֹ פָּנִינוּ וַיהֹוָה הִפְגִּיעַ בּוֹ אֵת עֲוׂן כֻּלָּנוּ׃

7  He was maltreated, yet he was submissive, He did not open his mouth; Like a sheep being led to slaughter, Like a ewe, dumb before those who shear her, He did not open his mouth.

ז  נִגַּשׂ וְהוּא נַעֲנֶה וְלֹא יִפְתַּח־פִּיו כַּשֶּׂה לַטֶּבַח יוּבָל וּכְרָחֵל לִפְנֵי גֹזְזֶיהָ נֶאֱלָמָה וְלֹא יִפְתַּח פִּיו׃

8  By oppressive judgment he was taken away, Who could describe his abode? For he was cut off from the land of the living Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.

ח  מֵעֹצֶר וּמִמִּשְׁפָּט לֻקָּח וְאֶת־דּוֹרוֹ מִי יְשׂוֹחֵחַ כִּי נִגְזַר מֵאֶרֶץ חַיִּים מִפֶּשַׁע עַמִּי נֶגַע לָמוֹ׃

9  And his grave was set among the wicked, And with the rich, in his death— Though he had done no injustice And had spoken no falsehood.

ט  וַיִּתֵּן אֶת־רְשָׁעִים קִבְרוֹ וְאֶת־עָשִׁיר בְּמֹתָיו עַל לֹא־חָמָס עָשָׂה וְלֹא מִרְמָה בְּפִיו׃

10  But Hashem chose to crush him by disease, That, if he made himself an offering for guilt, He might see offspring and have long life, And that through him Hashem‘s purpose might prosper.

י  וַיהֹוָה חָפֵץ דַּכְּאוֹ הֶחֱלִי אִם־תָּשִׂים אָשָׁם נַפְשׁוֹ יִרְאֶה זֶרַע יַאֲרִיךְ יָמִים וְחֵפֶץ יְהֹוָה בְּיָדוֹ יִצְלָח׃

11  Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion. “My righteous servant makes the many righteous, It is their punishment that he bears;

יא  מֵעֲמַל נַפְשׁוֹ יִרְאֶה יִשְׂבָּע בְּדַעְתּוֹ יַצְדִּיק צַדִּיק עַבְדִּי לָרַבִּים וַעֲוׂנֹתָם הוּא יִסְבֹּל׃

12  Assuredly, I will give him the many as his portion, He shall receive the multitude as his spoil. For he exposed himself to death And was numbered among the sinners, Whereas he bore the guilt of the many And made intercession for sinners.”

la-KHAYN a-kha-lek LO va-ra-BEEM v’-et a-tzu-MEEM y’-kha-LAYK sha-LAL TA-khat a-SHER he-e-RAH la-MA-vet naf-SHO v’-et po-sh’-EEM nim-NAH v’-HU khayt ra-BEEM na-SA v’-la-po-sh’-EEM yaf-GEE-a

יב  לָכֵן אֲחַלֶּק־לוֹ בָרַבִּים וְאֶת־עֲצוּמִים יְחַלֵּק שָׁלָל תַּחַת אֲשֶׁר הֶעֱרָה לַמָּוֶת נַפְשׁוֹ וְאֶת־פֹּשְׁעִים נִמְנָה וְהוּא חֵטְא־רַבִּים נָשָׂא וְלַפֹּשְׁעִים יַפְגִּיעַ׃

 53:12   Assuredly, I will give him the many as his portion

Chapter 53 begins with a description of the suffering that Israel experiences. In this verse, however, Yeshayahu articulates the reward that awaits the nation. Because Israel, despite its suffering, placed the welfare of others above its own, it is promised that one day it too will be counted among the mighty, and that its portion, Eretz Yisrael, will be considered great. Today, the State of Israel is among the world’s leaders in science, technology and medicine, and stands out in the region. In 2015, for example, the U.S. Patent Office reported 3,804 patents from Israel, as compared with 364 from Saudi Arabia, 56 from the United Arab Emirates, and 30 from Egypt. Truly, Yeshayahu’s blessing is being realized and Israel’s “portion” is growing.

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  • Linda E Jeffries

    I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, as it is written: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day.” And David says: “May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them. May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever.” Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
    Romans 11:1-11,25-36

  • Isaiah 53 cannot be about the nation of Israel.

    Isaiah 53:8 says, “For he was cut off from the land of the living through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.”

    If “he” is Israel then who are “my people”?

    “he” is the messiah. He is Jesus!

    I say this in Love to my Jewish friends!

  • At the beginning of chapter 52, Israel is referred to in the feminine “…Fair Tzion” (verse 2). But beginning at verse 14 (though the discourse is actually begun in verse 13) the “servant” is referred to in the masculine, continuing throughout all of chapter 53. Then, abruptly, there is a return in chapter 54 to the feminine. Hmm…

    Maybe it’s time to pause and ask HaShem what He’s trying to say to us here. Setting aside religious glasses, we just might need to attempt to see this chapter as HaShem meant it—not how it may or may not conform to our theological background noise.

  • Isaiah 53 is all about the coming Messaih,Jesus Yeshua ( Yehoshua). Believe this Israel and be saved from the coming time of Jacob's Trouble.

    • ISRAEL IS THE "SUFFERING SERVANT" (NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FICTICIOUS, ROMAN INVENTED CHRIST).

      Isaiah 53, which is the fourth of four renowned Servant Songs, is umbilically connected to its preceding chapters. The “servant” in each of the three previous Servant Songs is plainly and repeatedly identified as the nation of Israel.

      Isaiah 41:8-9

      But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off.”

      Isaiah 44:1

      But now hear, O Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen!

      Isaiah 44:21

      Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel, for you are my servant; I formed you; you are my servant; O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.

      Isaiah 45:4

      For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I called you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me.

      Isaiah 48:20

      Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea, declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it, send it out to the end of the earth; say, “The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!”

      Isaiah 49:3

      And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

      • Isaiah 53 cannot be about the nation of Israel.
        Isaiah 53:8 says, “For he was cut off from the land of the living through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.”
        If “he” is Israel then who are “my people”?
        “he” is the messiah. He is Jesus!

    • God bless you Dennis. I too know this verse speaks of Jesus Christ Lord and Messiah. They (many stiffnecks) will be awakened at the appointed time to His second coming. Glory to thy King,
      Jesus Christ is LORD!

  • Spyros K. Karalis
    I have heard that the majority of ancient rabbis before the coming of Jesus, all of them, explained this chapter as referring to the coming Messiah.

    Is this statement correct?The Messiah has come 2000 years ago and died for our sins and is expected to come.Read
    Zachariah 14.Then His name shall be one according to vs 9

    • THE JEWISH MESSIAH HAS NOT EVENTUATED YET (JESUS FAILED ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROMISED MESSIAH)

      What is the Messiah supposed to accomplish? One of the central themes of biblical prophecy is the promise of a future age of perfection characterized by universal peace and recognition of God. (Isaiah 2:1-4, 32:15-18, 60:15-18; Zephaniah 3:9; Hosea 2:20-22; Amos 9:13-15; Micah 4:1-4; Zechariah 8:23, 14:9; Jeremiah 31:33-34)

      Specifically, the Bible says he will:

      Build the Third Temple (Ezekiel 37:26-28).
      Gather all Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6).
      Usher in an era of world peace, and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and disease. As it says: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall man learn war anymore." (Isaiah 2:4)
      Spread universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will unite humanity as one. As it says: "God will be King over all the world – on that day, God will be One and His Name will be One" (Zechariah 14:9).
      If an individual fails to fulfill even one of these conditions, then he cannot be the Messiah.

      Because no one has ever fulfilled the Bible's description of this future King, Jews still await the coming of the Messiah. All past Messianic claimants, including Jesus of Nazareth, Bar Cochba and Shabbtai Tzvi have been rejected.

      • Shalom David.
        If Yehoshua failed all the requirements of the prophecy’s to fulfill the coming of the Jewish Mashiach, then please answer this question!
        “A messianic prophecy from Daniel 9:24-28. This Old Testament prophecy says that Messiah, the anointed one, will be “cut off,” or killed, before the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, which happened in 70 A.D. Clearly, Yeshua’s death fits as fulfilling this prophecy, and no Mashiach yet to come could. So how is this explained?”
        With respect; may I suggest, that bible prophecy contains both portraits of a suffering Messiah and a victorious Messiah. The suffering servant is pictured as a lamb,wounded, and cut off, but not for Himself. The triumphant Messiah comes to establish His rule of peace and righteousness over the earth.
        This is where the concept of a line of thought came that they were waiting for two Messiahs. One they called Mashiach Ben David, and He would be the son of King David. The other they called Mashiach Ben Joseph, the son of Joseph.
        The truth is, it is not two Messiahs, it is one Messiah coming twice-first as the lamb of God, the suffering servant of Isaiah 53, and then as the reigning King Messiah, when Yeshua returns.
        Yeshua’s first coming fulfilled the prophecies of the suffering servant. With Yeshua’s second coming, we will se the fulfilment of the victorious, reigning Messiah of Isaiah 11:1-9!
        So may the (Lord of Hosts) the one true living God of Israel and Lord over all the earth, bless you with an abundance from His riches in heaven.
        Shalom, brother.

      • Who has ascended heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hand? Who has wrapped the waters in his garment? Who has established all the extremities of the earth? What is his name or his son’s name, if you know it?
        Read more at https://theisraelbible.com/bible/proverbs/chapter-30#GkCJx9BRYrWuOIOV.99

      • Jesus did not fail at anything. Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the suffering servant. What you are failing to see is His 1st coming and his 2nd coming.

        • Marsha Fincher

          If Jesus failed then we all should just go somewhere dig our on grave and lay in it.

    • Isaiah 52:13-15
      See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
      Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness—so will he sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
      For what they were not told, they will see, and what they had not heard, they will understand.

    • Please read below.connected to Isaiah 11-the Branch

      Yeshayah 53Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

      53 Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the Zero’a Hashem [Yeshayah 52:10] revealed?
      2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a Shoresh (Root, Shoresh Yishai, Moshiach, Yeshayah 11:10, Sanhedrin93b) 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 [Chaggai 2:7] him.

    • When God speaks about Israel in the Scripture it is usually in the feminine, virgin Israel , daughter of Zion etc. etc. This is all in the Masculine. Only God is spoken of in the Masculine, so the chapter is talking about God Himself

    • My Sephardic Jewish ancestors are of the diaspora. I met Jesus in 2012. Lord bless you
      His name is JESUS CHRIST

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