Isaiah 53:1
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New International Version
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

New Living Translation
Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm?

English Standard Version
Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

New American Standard Bible
Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

King James Bible
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who has believed what we have heard? And who has the arm of the LORD been revealed to?

International Standard Version
"Who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

NET Bible
Who would have believed what we just heard? When was the LORD's power revealed through him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD's power been revealed?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who shall believe our report? and upon whom shall the arm of the LORD be manifested?

King James 2000 Bible
Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

American King James Version
Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

American Standard Version
Who hath believed our message? and to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been revealed?

Douay-Rheims Bible
WHO hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

Darby Bible Translation
Who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been revealed?

English Revised Version
Who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the LORD been revealed?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

World English Bible
Who has believed our message? To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?

Young's Literal Translation
Who hath given credence to that which we heard? And the arm of Jehovah, On whom hath it been revealed?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

53:1-3 No where in all the Old Testament is it so plainly and fully prophesied, that Christ ought to suffer, and then to enter into his glory, as in this chapter. But to this day few discern, or will acknowledge, that Divine power which goes with the word. The authentic and most important report of salvation for sinners, through the Son of God, is disregarded. The low condition he submitted to, and his appearance in the world, were not agreeable to the ideas the Jews had formed of the Messiah. It was expected that he should come in pomp; instead of that, he grew up as a plant, silently, and insensibly. He had nothing of the glory which one might have thought to meet with him. His whole life was not only humble as to outward condition, but also sorrowful. Being made sin for us, he underwent the sentence sin had exposed us to. Carnal hearts see nothing in the Lord Jesus to desire an interest in him. Alas! by how many is he still despised in his people, and rejected as to his doctrine and authority!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Who hath believed? Isaiah felt that he spoke, mainly, to unbelieving ears (see above, Isaiah 28:9-15; Isaiah 29:10-15; Isaiah 30:9-11; Isaiah 42:23, etc.). The unbelief was likely to be intensified when so marvellous a prophecy was delivered as that which he was now commissioned to put forth. Still, of course, there is rhetorical exaggeration in the question, which seems to imply that no one would believe. Our report; literally, that which has been heard by us. But the word is used technically for a prophetic revelation (see Isaiah 28:9, 19; Jeremiah 49:14). Here it would seem to refer especially to the Messianic prophecies delivered by Isaiah. To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? The "arm of the Lord," which has been "made bare in the eyes of all the nations" (Isaiah 52:10), yet requires the eye of faith to see it. Many Jews would not see the working of God's providence in the victories of Cyrus, or in the decision to which he came to restore the Jews to their own country. Unbelief can always assign the most plainly providential arrangements to happy accident.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who hath believed our report?.... Or "hearing" (a). Not what we hear, but others hear from us; the doctrine of the Gospel, which is a report of the love, grace, and mercy of God in Christ; of Christ himself, his person, offices, obedience, sufferings, and death, and of free and full salvation by him: it is a good report, a true and faithful one, and to be believed, and yet there are always but few that give credit to it; there were but few in the times of the Prophet Isaiah that believed what he had before reported, or was about to report, concerning the Messiah; and but few in the times of Christ and his apostles, whom the prophet here represented; for to those times are the words applied, John 12:38, the Jews had the report first made unto them, and saw the facts that were done, and yet believed not; when Gentile kings, and their subjects, listened with the most profound silence, and heard with the greatest attention and reverence, as in the latter part of the preceding chapter, to which some think this is opposed; wherefore some begin the text with the adversative particle "but". According to the Septuagint and Arabic versions, the words are directed to God the Father, for they render them, "Lord, who hath believed", &c.; and so they are quoted in the above places in the New Testament:

and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? meaning either the Gospel itself, the power of God unto salvation, hidden from the generality of men; for though externally, yet not internally revealed and made known; which to do is the Lord's work, and is owing to his special grace: or Christ, who is the power of God, by whom all the works of creation, providence, grace, and salvation, are wrought; and by whom the blessings of grace are dispensed; and by whom the Lord upholds all things, and supports his people; and who was not revealed but to a very few, as the true Messiah, as God's salvation, and in them the hope of glory: or else the powerful and efficacious grace of the Spirit, and the exertion and display of it, which is necessary to a true and spiritual believing the Gospel, and the report of it; which, unless it comes with the power and Spirit of God, is ineffectual.

(a) , Sept.; "auditui nostro", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 53

Isa 53:1-12. Man's Unbelief: Messiah's Vicarious Sufferings, and Final Triumph for Man.

The speaker, according to Horsley, personates the repenting Jews in the latter ages of the world coming over to the faith of the Redeemer; the whole is their penitent confession. This view suits the context (Isa 52:7-9), which is not to be fully realized until Israel is restored. However, primarily, it is the abrupt exclamation of the prophet: "Who hath believed our report," that of Isaiah and the other prophets, as to Messiah? The infidel's objection from the unbelief of the Jews is anticipated and hereby answered: that unbelief and the cause of it (Messiah's humiliation, whereas they looked for One coming to reign) were foreseen and foretold.

1. report—literally, "the thing heard," referring to which sense Paul says, "So, then, faith cometh by hearing" (Ro 10:16, 17).

arm—power (Isa 40:10); exercised in miracles and in saving men (Ro 1:16; 1Co 1:18). The prophet, as if present during Messiah's ministry on earth, is deeply moved to see how few believed on Him (Isa 49:4; Mr 6:6; 9:19; Ac 1:15). Two reasons are given why all ought to have believed: (1) The "report" of the "ancient prophets." (2) "The arm of Jehovah" exhibited in Messiah while on earth. In Horsley's view, this will be the penitent confession of the Jews, "How few of our nation, in Messiah's days, believed in Him!"

Isaiah 53:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Suffering Servant
1Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.…
Cross References
Luke 18:31
Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.

John 12:38
This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: "Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"

Romans 10:16
But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?"
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Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

who

John 1:7,12 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all …

John 12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he …

Romans 10:16,17 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias said, Lord, who …

report. or, doctrine. Heb. hearing the

Isaiah 51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the …

Isaiah 52:10 The LORD has made bore his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; …

Isaiah 62:8 The LORD has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, …

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power …

1 Corinthians 1:18,24 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; …

Ephesians 1:18,19 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know …

revealed

Isaiah 40:5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall …

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: …

Romans 1:17,18 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: …

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