Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Servant

The Exalted Servant - Isaiah 52
 13 Behold, My (AB)servant will prosper, 
He will be high and lifted up and [h]greatly (AC)exalted. 
14 Just as many were astonished at you, My people, 
So His (AD)appearance was marred more than any man 
And His form more than the sons of men. 
15 Thus He will (AE)sprinkle many nations, 
Kings will (AF)shut their mouths on account of Him; 
For (AG)what had not been told them they will see, 
And what they had not heard they will understand.
The Suffering Servant - Isaiah 53
 1 (AH)Who has believed our message? 
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 
2 For He grew up before Him like a (AI)tender [i]shoot, 
And like a root out of parched ground; 
He has (AJ)no stately form or majesty 
That we should look upon Him, 
Nor appearance that we should [j]be attracted to Him. 
3 He was (AK)despised and forsaken of men, 
A man of [k]sorrows and (AL)acquainted with [l]grief; 
And like one from whom men hide their face 
He was (AM)despised, and we did not (AN)esteem Him.
 4 Surely our [m]griefs He Himself (AO)bore,
And our [n]sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
[o]Smitten of (AP)God, and afflicted.
5 But He was [p]pierced through for (AQ)our transgressions,
He was crushed for (AR)our iniquities;
The (AS)chastening for our [q]well-being fell upon Him,
And by (AT)His scourging we are healed.
6 All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To [r]fall on Him.
 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not (AU)open His mouth;
(AV)Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the [s]living
(AW)For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
9 His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a (AX)rich man in His death,
(AY)Because He had (AZ)done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
 10 But the LORD was pleased
To (BA)crush Him, [t](BB)putting Him to grief;
If [u]He would render Himself as a guilt (BC)offering,
He will see (BD)His [v]offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the [w]good (BE)pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the [x]anguish of His soul,
He will (BF)see [y]it and be satisfied;
By His (BG)knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will (BH)bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will allot Him a (BI)portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out [z](BJ)Himself to death,
And was (BK)numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself (BL)bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.