NLT Favorite Passage – Isaiah 53


Thanks to Gary Zimmerli for the submission

Isaiah 53 should be a favorite passage for all believers. In that passage we find the Suffering Servant – Jesus Christ – in all His humility. And more than that, we are brought close; we see in our mind’s eye the Lord as He is beaten, crucified, and buried.

Or at least we should! But other translations seem to be missing something. I’ve never quite gotten the same feeling reading Isaiah 53 from those translations. But the New Living Translation hits the nail smack dab on the head! It alone makes it clear to the reader just whose sins are being atoned for. It wasn’t Christ’s sins – it was ours!

3 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.

4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
5 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.
6 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.

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