Good Friday ABC
13 See,A my servantB shall prosper;C
he shall be exaltedD and lifted up,E
and shall be very high.F
14 Just as there were many who were astonishedG at him
—so marredH was his appearance,I beyond human semblance,J
and his formK beyond that of mortalsL—
15 so he shall startleM many nations;N
kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which had not been told them they shall see,O
and that which they had not heardP they shall contemplate.Q
53:1 Who has believedR what we have heard?S
And to whom has the armT of the LordU been revealed?V
2 For he grew upW before himX like a young plant,Y
and like a root out of dryZ ground;
he had no form or majestyAA that we should look at him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desireBB him.
3 He was despisedCC and rejectedDD by others;
a man of sufferingEE and acquaintedFF with infirmity;GG
and as one from whom others hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him of no account.HH
4 Surely he has borneII our infirmities
and carriedJJ our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,KK
struck downLL by God,MM and afflicted.NN
5 But he was woundedOO for our transgressions,PP
crushedQQ for our iniquities;RR
upon him was the punishmentSS that made us whole,TT
and by his bruisesUU we are healed.VV
6 All we like sheepWW have gone astray;XX
we have all turned to our own way,YY
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed,ZZ and he was afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lambAAA that is ledBBB to the slaughter,
and like a sheepCCC that beforeDDD its shearers is silent,EEE
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By a perversionFFF of justiceGGG he was taken away.
Who could have imaginedHHH his future?III
For he was cut offJJJ from the land of the living,KKK
strickenLLL for the transgression of my people.
9 They made his grave with the wickedMMM
and his tombNNN with the rich,
although he had done no violence,OOO
and there was no deceitPPP in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the willQQQ of the Lord to crush him with pain.RRR
When you make his lifeSSS an offering for sin,TTT
he shall see his offspring,UUU and shall prolong his days;
through himVVV the willWWW of the Lord shall prosper.XXX
11 Out of hisYYY anguishZZZ he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.AAAA
The righteous one,BBBB my servant, shall make many righteous,CCCC
and he shall bearDDDD their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;EEEE
because he poured outFFFF himselfGGGG to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;HHHH
yet he boreIIII the sinJJJJ of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
Image Credit: “Christ, Man of Sorrows” by Luis de Morales, 1566.