Isaiah 52:14
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New International Version
Just as there were many who were appalled at him -- his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness--

New Living Translation
But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.

English Standard Version
As many were astonished at you— his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—

New American Standard Bible
Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man And His form more than the sons of men.

King James Bible
As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Just as many were appalled at You-- His appearance was so disfigured that He did not look like a man, and His form did not resemble a human being--

International Standard Version
Just as many were astonished at you — so was he marred in his appearance, more than any human, and his form beyond that of human semblance —

NET Bible
(just as many were horrified by the sight of you) he was so disfigured he no longer looked like a man;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Many will be shocked by him. His appearance will be so disfigured that he won't look like any other man. His looks will be so disfigured that he will hardly look like a human.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As many rejected thee, in such manner was his likeness and his beauty, disfigured from the sons of men:

King James 2000 Bible
As many were astonished at you; so his appearance was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

American King James Version
As many were astonished at you; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

American Standard Version
Like as many were astonished at thee (his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men),

Douay-Rheims Bible
As many have been astonished at thee, so shall his visage be inglorious among men, and his form among the sons of men.

Darby Bible Translation
As many were astonished at thee -- his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the children of men

English Revised Version
Like as many were astonied at thee, (his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men,)

Webster's Bible Translation
As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

World English Bible
Like as many were astonished at you (his appearance was marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men),

Young's Literal Translation
As astonished at thee have been many, (So marred by man his appearance, And his form by sons of men.)
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

52:13-15 Here begins that wonderful, minute, and faithful description of the office, character, and glory of the Messiah, which has struck conviction to many of the most hardened unbelievers. Christ is Wisdom itself; in the work of our redemption there appeared the wisdom of God in a mystery. Those that saw him, said, Surely never man looked so miserable: never was sorrow like unto his sorrow. But God highly exalted him. That shall be discovered by the gospel of Christ, which could never be told in any other way. And Christ having once shed his blood for sinners, its power still continues. May all opposers see the wisdom of ceasing from their opposition, and be made partakers of the blood of sprinkling, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost; obeying him, and praising his salvation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - As many were astonied at thee. The world was "astonied" to see, in One come to deliver it, no outward show of grandeur or magnificence, no special beauty or "comeliness" (Isaiah 53:2), but a Presence unattractive to the mass of men at all times, and in the end so cruelly marred and disfigured as to retain scarcely any resemblance to the ordinary form and face of man. The prophet, as Delitzsch says, sits at the foot of the cross on Calvary, and sees the Redeemer as he hung upon the accursed tree, after he had been buffeted, and crowned with thorns, and smitten, and scourged, and crucified, when his face was covered with bruises and with gore, and his frame and features distorted with agony.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As many were astonished at thee,.... Not so much at the miracles he wrought, the doctrines he taught, and the work he did; or at his greatness and glory, at his exaltation and dignity, though very wonderful; as at his humiliation, the mean appearance he made, the low estate he was brought into; the sufferings and death which he underwent. These words are placed between the account of his exaltation and humiliation, and may be thought to have respect to both; and indeed it is astonishing that one so great as he was, and is, should become so low as he did; and also that one that was brought so low should be raised so high:

his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men; though fairer than the children of men, as he was the immediate workmanship of the divine Spirit, and without sin; yet, what with his griefs and sorrows he bore, and troubles he met with; what with watchings and fastings, with laborious preaching, and constant travelling about to do good; what with sweat and blood, with buffetings and scourgings, never was any man's face more marred, or his form more altered, than his was.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14, 15. Summary of Messiah's history, which is set forth more in detail in the fifty-third chapter. "Just as many were astonished (accompanied with aversion, Jer 18:16; 19:8), &c.; his visage, &c.; so shall He sprinkle," &c.; Israel in this answers to its antitype Messiah, now "an astonishment and byword" (De 28:37), hereafter about to be a blessing and means of salvation to many nations (Isa 2:2, 3; Mic 5:7).

thee; his—Such changes of persons are common in Hebrew poetry.

marred—Hebrew, "disfigurement"; abstract for concrete; not only disfigured, but disfigurement itself.

more than man—Castalio translates, "so that it was no longer that of a man" (compare Ps 22:6). The more perfect we may suppose the "body prepared" (Heb 10:5) for Him by God, the sadder by contrast was the "marring" of His visage and form.

Isaiah 52:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Servant Exalted
13Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted. 14Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man And His form more than the sons of men. 15Thus He will sprinkle many nations, Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him; For what had not been told them they will see, And what they had not heard they will understand.
Cross References
Isaiah 53:2
He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

Isaiah 53:3
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Treasury of Scripture

As many were astonished at you; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

many

Psalm 71:7 I am as a wonder to many; but you are my strong refuge.

Matthew 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people …

Matthew 22:22,23 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left him, and …

Matthew 27:14 And he answered him to never a word; so that the governor marveled greatly.

Mark 5:42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the …

Mark 6:51 And he went up to them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they …

Mark 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He has done all things …

Mark 10:26,32 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, …

Luke 2:47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

Luke 4:36 And they were all amazed, and spoke among themselves, saying…

Luke 5:26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled …

his visage

Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked …

Isaiah 53:2-5 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root …

Psalm 22:6,7,15,17 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people…

Psalm 102:3-5 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth…

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

Matthew 27:29,30 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it on his head, …

Luke 22:64 And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and …

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