Isaiah 50:6
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New International Version
I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.

New Living Translation
I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting.

English Standard Version
I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.

New American Standard Bible
I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.

King James Bible
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I gave My back to those who beat Me, and My cheeks to those who tore out My beard. I did not hide My face from scorn and spitting.

International Standard Version
I gave my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not turn away my face from insults and spitting.

NET Bible
I offered my back to those who attacked, my jaws to those who tore out my beard; I did not hide my face from insults and spitting.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will offer my back to those who whip me and my cheeks to those who pluck hairs out of my beard. I will not turn my face away from those who humiliate me and spit on me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I gave my back to the smiters and my cheeks to those that plucked off the hair: I did not hide my face from shame and spitting.

King James 2000 Bible
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked out the beard: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

American King James Version
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

American Standard Version
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me.

Darby Bible Translation
I gave my back to smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

English Revised Version
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

Webster's Bible Translation
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

World English Bible
I gave my back to the strikers, and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair; I didn't hide my face from shame and spitting.

Young's Literal Translation
My back I have given to those smiting, And my cheeks to those plucking out, My face I hid not from shame and spitting.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

50:4-9 As Jesus was God and man in one person, we find him sometimes speaking, or spoken of, as the Lord God; at other times, as man and the servant of Jehovah. He was to declare the truths which comfort the broken, contrite heart, those weary of sin, harassed with afflictions. And as the Holy Spirit was upon him, that he might speak as never man spake; so the same Divine influence daily wakened him to pray, to preach the gospel, and to receive and deliver the whole will of the Father. The Father justified the Son when he accepted the satisfaction he made for the sin of man. Christ speaks in the name of all believers. Who dares to be an enemy to those unto whom he is a Friend? or who will contend with those whom he is an Advocate? Thus St. Paul applies it, Ro 8:33.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - I gave my back to the smiters (see Isaiah 53:5, ad fin.; and comp. Matthew 26:67; Matthew 27:26; John 19:1). My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair. This is a detail not historically recorded by the evangelists; but it may have had a literal fulfilment. Plucking off the hair was not unknown to the Jews as a punishment (see Nehemiah 13:25). I hid not my face from shame and spitting (see Matthew 26:67; Matthew 27:30). Spitting in the East marked at once contempt and abhorrence. It is a practice which continues to the present day.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I gave my back to the smiters,.... To Pontius Pilate, and those he ordered to scourge him, Matthew 27:26.

and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; of the beard; which, is painful, so a great indignity and affront. The Septuagint renders it, "and my cheeks to blows"; , a word used by the evangelists when they speak of Christ being smitten and stricken with the palms of men's hands, and seem to refer to this passage, Mark 14:65,

I hid not my face from shame and spitting; or from shameful spitting; they spit in his face, and exposed him to shame, and which was a shameful usage of him, and yet he took it patiently, Matthew 26:67, these are all instances of great shame and reproach; as what is more reproachful among us, or more exposes a man, than to be stripped of his clothes, receive lashes on his bare back, and that in public? in which ignominious manner Christ was used: or what reckoned more scandalous, than for a man to have his beard plucked by a mob? which used to be done by rude and wanton boys, to such as were accounted idiots, and little better than brutes (x); and nothing is more affronting than to spit in a man's face. So Job was used, which he mentions as a great indignity done to him, Job 30:10. With some people, and in some countries, particular places, that were mean and despicable, were appointed for that use particularly to spit in. Hence Aristippus the philosopher, being shown a fine room in a house, beautifully and richly paved, spat in the face of the owner of it; at which he being angry, and resenting it, the philosopher replied, that he had not a fitter place to spit in (y).

(x) "------------barbam tibi vellunt Lascivi pueri", Horace. "Idcirco stolidam praebet tibi vellere barbara Jupiter?" Persius, Satyr. 2.((y) Laertius in Vita Aristippi.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. smiters—with scourges and with the open hand (Isa 52:14; Mr 14:65). Literally fulfilled (Mt 27:26; 26:27; Lu 18:33). To "pluck the hair" is the highest insult that can be offered an Oriental (2Sa 10:4; La 3:30). "I gave" implies the voluntary nature of His sufferings; His example corresponds to His precept (Mt 5:39).

spitting—To spit in another's presence is an insult in the East, much more on one; most of all in the face (Job 30:10; Mt 27:30; Lu 18:32).

Isaiah 50:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Servant's Obedience
5The Lord GOD has opened My ear; And I was not disobedient Nor did I turn back. 6I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting. 7For the Lord GOD helps Me, Therefore, I am not disgraced; Therefore, I have set My face like flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.…
Cross References
Matthew 26:67
Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him

Matthew 27:30
They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.

Mark 14:65
Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, "Prophesy!" And the guards took him and beat him.

Mark 15:19
Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him.

Luke 22:63
The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him.

Numbers 12:14
The LORD replied to Moses, "If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back."

Job 16:10
People open their mouths to jeer at me; they strike my cheek in scorn and unite together against me.

Job 30:10
They detest me and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.

Psalm 69:7
For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face.

Lamentations 3:30
Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace.
Treasury of Scripture

I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

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Lamentations 3:30 He gives his cheek to him that smites him: he is filled full with reproach.

Micah 5:1 Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops: he has laid …

Matthew 5:39 But I say to you, That you resist not evil: but whoever shall smite …

Matthew 26:67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote …

Matthew 27:26 Then released he Barabbas to them: and when he had scourged Jesus, …

Mark 14:65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet …

Mark 15:19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit on him, …

Luke 22:63 And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him.

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn …

Hebrews 12:1 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, …

my cheeks. The eastern people always held the beard in great veneration; and to pluck a man's beard is one of the grossest indignities that can be offered. D'Arvieux gives a remarkable instance of an Arab, who, having received a wound in his jaw, chose to hazard his life rather than suffer the surgeon to cut off his beard.

2 Samuel 10:4 Why Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one half of their …

that plucked

Nehemiah 13:25 And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of …

I hid. Another instance of the utmost contempt and destation. Throughout the East it is highly offensive to spit in any one's presence; and if this is such an indignity, how much more spitting in the face?

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