Isaiah 53: Jesus Christ's Suffering Fortold

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 151–152


Many people love and quote Isaiah 53 because of its moving testimony of the mission of Jesus Christ. This chapter contains Isaiah’s prophecy of a Messiah who would save His people, not by the sword and war, but through humble suffering. Read Isaiah 53 carefully and be sensitive to what Isaiah was trying to help us feel and understand about the Messiah.
Christ praying in Gethsemane

Understanding the Scriptures

Isaiah 53

Tender (v. 2)Young 
Form (v. 2)Impressive appearance 
Comeliness (v. 2)Glory 
Grief(s) (vv. 3–4, 10)Sickness 
Esteemed him not (v. 3)Did not consider Him important 
Borne (v. 4)Carry on the shoulders or back 
Did esteem (v. 4)Considered 
Stricken (vv. 4, 8)Punished 
Chastisement (v. 5)Punishment 
Stripes (v. 5)Wounds 
Oppressed (v. 7)Taken advantage of 
Shearers (v. 7)People who cut the wool off a sheep 
Deceit (v. 9)False speaking, dishonesty 
Travail (v. 11)Suffering 
Justify (v. 11)Make right 
Bear (v. 11)Carry 
Spoil (v. 12)Items or goods taken from others 
Intercession (v. 12)Acting in another’s behalf 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Isaiah 53.

Activity A Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Isaiah 53:3–5

Make a chart in your notebook like the one below. After reading the verses referred to in the second column, find a verse in Isaiah 53 that seems to prophecy of the event you read about. In the third column, briefly explain why you chose the verse from Isaiah 53 and what it says about the Savior.

Activity B iconHow Do You Feel?

Having read Isaiah 53 and all of the scriptures in activity A, write a paragraph or two about what impressed you most in chapter 53 and how you feel about what the Savior has done for you and all mankind.