Behold, My Servant…

Andy Iversen | Oct 11, 2015

Scripture: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The Servant’s Suffering and Exaltation

13 See, my servant[a] will be successful;[b]
he will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted.
14 Just as many were appalled at you[c]
his appearance was so disfigured
that he did not look like a man,
and his form did not resemble a human being—
15 so he will sprinkle many nations.[d]
Kings will shut their mouths because of him,
for they will see what had not been told them,
and they will understand what they had not heard.

53 Who has believed what we have heard?[e]
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a young plant
and like a root out of dry ground.
He didn’t have an impressive form
or majesty that we should look at him,
no appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of suffering who knew what sickness was.
He was like someone people turned away from;[f]
he was despised, and we didn’t value him.

Yet he himself bore our sicknesses,
and he carried our pains;
but we in turn regarded him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced because of our rebellion,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on him,
and we are healed by his wounds.
We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;
and the Lord has punished him
for[g] the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughter
and like a sheep silent before her shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
He was taken away because of oppression and judgment;
and who considered his fate?[h]
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
he was struck because of my people’s rebellion.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
but he was with a rich man at his death,
because he had done no violence
and had not spoken deceitfully.

10 Yet the Lord was pleased to crush him severely.[i]
When[j] you make him a guilt offering,
he will see his seed, he will prolong his days,
and by his hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.
11 After his anguish,
he will see light[k] and be satisfied.
By his knowledge,
my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will carry their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him[l] the many as a portion,
and he will receive[m] the mighty as spoil,
because he willingly submitted to death,
and was counted among the rebels;
yet he bore the sin of many
and interceded for the rebels.


  1. 52:13 Tg adds the Messiah
  2. 52:13 Or will act wisely
  3. 52:14 Some Hb mss, Syr, Tg read him
  4. 52:15 LXX reads so many nations will marvel at him
  5. 53:1 Or believed our report
  6. 53:3 Lit And like a hiding of faces from him
  7. 53:6 Or has placed on him; lit with
  8. 53:8 Or and as for his generation, who considered him?
  9. 53:10 Or him; he made him sick.
  10. 53:10 Or If
  11. 53:11 DSS, LXX; MT omits light
  12. 53:12 Or him with
  13. 53:12 Or receive with
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