Friday, April 22, 2011


 See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted
and lifted up and shall be very high.

Just as there were many who wee astonished at him---
so marred was his apppearance, beyond human
semblance, and his form beyond that of the sons
of man --- so he shall startle many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which had not been told them they shall see,
and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.
Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

For he grew up before the Lord like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form
or majesty that we should look at him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him of no account.

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God,
and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment
that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; each has turned
to their own way and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led
to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers
is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off
from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression
of my people. They made his grave with the wicked
and his tomb with the rich, although he had done
no violence, and there was not deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see
his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him
the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish
we shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his
knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make
many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore, I will allot him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession
for the transgressors. The word of the Lord.

Painting in Pastel by Alfredo Roces. Man of Sorrows.

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