Study Guide

Book of Isaiah Chapter 53

Chapter 53

Outcast (Not the Rap Group)

  • This chapter continues describing the "suffering servant." He grows up in front of God like a plant. People ignore him because he doesn't look particularly majestic. They all reject him and despise him, and he spends his whole life suffering.
  • But he pays off everyone's sins with all this horrible suffering. No one realizes it, but it works. The people return to God like sheep to their shepherd.
  • Meanwhile, the servant goes like a sheep to the slaughter, bearing the people's punishment silently. He is taken away by a "perversion of justice," and is buried with the wicked and then with the rich.
  • God organized all of this to pay off the people's transgressions. So, in the end the servant will be alright. He'll see light through his troubles and find a place with the righteous and mighty as a reward for his atonement.

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