New Living Translation

Isaiah 53

1Who has believed our message?
    To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?
My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
    like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
    nothing to attract us to him.
He was despised and rejected—
    a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
    He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
    it was our sorrows[a] that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
    a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all.

He was oppressed and treated harshly,
    yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
    And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
    he did not open his mouth.
Unjustly condemned,
    he was led away.[b]
No one cared that he died without descendants,
    that his life was cut short in midstream.[c]
But he was struck down
    for the rebellion of my people.
He had done no wrong
    and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
    he was put in a rich man’s grave.

10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him
    and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
    he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
    and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
    he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
    my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
    for he will bear all their sins.
12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier,
    because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
    He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

Notas al pie

  1. 53:4 Or Yet it was our sicknesses he carried; / it was our diseases.
  2. 53:8a Greek version reads He was humiliated and received no justice. Compare Acts 8:33.
  3. 53:8b Or As for his contemporaries, / who cared that his life was cut short in midstream? Greek version reads Who can speak of his descendants? / For his life was taken from the earth. Compare Acts 8:33.

New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 53

1Who has believed what we’ve been saying?
    Who has seen the Lord’s saving power?
His servant grew up like a tender young plant.
    He grew like a root coming up out of dry ground.
He didn’t have any beauty or majesty that made us notice him.
    There wasn’t anything special about the way he looked that drew us to him.
People looked down on him. They didn’t accept him.
    He knew all about pain and suffering.
He was like someone people turn their faces away from.
    We looked down on him. We didn’t have any respect for him.

He suffered the things we should have suffered.
    He took on himself the pain that should have been ours.
But we thought God was punishing him.
    We thought God was wounding him and making him suffer.
But the servant was pierced because we had sinned.
    He was crushed because we had done what was evil.
He was punished to make us whole again.
    His wounds have healed us.
All of us are like sheep. We have wandered away from God.
    All of us have turned to our own way.
And the Lord has placed on his servant
    the sins of all of us.

He was treated badly and made to suffer.
    But he didn’t open his mouth.
He was led away like a lamb to be killed.
    Sheep are silent while their wool is being cut off.
    In the same way, he didn’t open his mouth.
He was arrested and sentenced to death.
    Then he was taken away.
    He was cut off from this life.
He was punished for the sins of my people.
    Who among those who were living at that time
    tried to stop what was happening?
He was given a grave with those who were evil.
    But his body was buried in the tomb of a rich man.
He was killed even though he hadn’t harmed anyone.
    And he had never lied to anyone.

10 The Lord says, “It was my plan to crush him
    and cause him to suffer.
    I made his life an offering to pay for sin.
But he will see all his children after him.
    In fact, he will continue to live.
    My plan will be brought about through him.
11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life.
    And he will be satisfied.
My godly servant will make many people godly
    because of what he will accomplish.
    He will be punished for their sins.
12 So I will give him a place of honor among those who are great.
    He will be rewarded just like others who win the battle.
That’s because he was willing to give his life as a sacrifice.
    He was counted among those who had committed crimes.
He took the sins of many people on himself.
    And he gave his life for those who had done what is wrong.”