Isaiah 52:13
New International Version
See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

New Living Translation
See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted.

English Standard Version
Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.

Berean Study Bible
Behold, My Servant will prosper; He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted—

New American Standard Bible
Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted.

King James Bible
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

Christian Standard Bible
See, my servant will be successful; he will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD says: My servant will succeed! He will be given great praise and the highest honors.

Good News Translation
The LORD says, "My servant will succeed in his task; he will be highly honored.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
See, My Servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted.

International Standard Version
"Look! My servant will prosper, and he will be exalted and lifted up, and will be very high.

NET Bible
"Look, my servant will succeed! He will be elevated, lifted high, and greatly exalted--

New Heart English Bible
Look, my servant shall deal wisely, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My servant will be successful. He will be respected, praised, and highly honored.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, My servant shall prosper, He shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.

New American Standard 1977
Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up, and greatly exalted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, my slave shall be prospered; he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

American King James Version
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

American Standard Version
Behold, my servant shall deal wisely, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Behold, my servant shall understand, and be exalted, and glorified exceedingly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold my servant shall understand, he shall be exalted, and extolled, and shall be exceeding high.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently; he shall be exalted and be lifted up, and be very high.

English Revised Version
Behold, my servant shall deal wisely, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

World English Bible
Behold, my servant shall deal wisely, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, My servant doth act wisely, He is high, and hath been lifted up, And hath been very high.
Study Bible
The Servant Exalted
13Behold, My Servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted— 14just as many were appalled at You—His appearance was disfigured beyond that of any man, and His form was marred beyond human likeness—…
Cross References
Philippians 2:9
Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name above all names,

Isaiah 42:1
Here is My Servant, whom I uphold, My Chosen One, in whom My soul delights. I will put My Spirit on Him, and He will bring justice to the nations.

Isaiah 49:1
Listen to me, O islands, and pay attention, O distant peoples: The LORD called me from the womb; from the body of my mother He named me.

Isaiah 53:11
After the anguish of His soul, He will see the light of life and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities.

Isaiah 53:12
Therefore I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the spoils with the strong, because He has poured out His life unto death, and He was numbered among the transgressors. Yet He bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 57:15
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in a high and holy place, and with the oppressed and humble of spirit, to restore the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the contrite.

Jeremiah 23:5
Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a Righteous Branch, and He will reign wisely as king and administer justice and righteousness in the land.

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

my servant

Isaiah 11:2,3
And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; …

Isaiah 42:1
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

Isaiah 49:6
And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

deal prudently.

Isaiah 53:10
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Joshua 1:7,8
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest…

Jeremiah 23:5
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

he shall

Isaiah 9:6,7
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace…

Isaiah 49:6
And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

Psalm 2:6-9
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion…







Lexicon
Behold,
הִנֵּ֥ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

My Servant
עַבְדִּ֑י (‘aḇ·dî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

will act wisely;
יַשְׂכִּ֖יל (yaś·kîl)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent

He will be raised
יָר֧וּם (yā·rūm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7311: To be high actively, to rise, raise

and lifted up
וְנִשָּׂ֛א (wə·niś·śā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5375: To lift, carry, take

and highly
מְאֹֽד׃ (mə·’ōḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3966: Vehemence, vehemently, wholly, speedily

exalted—
וְגָבַ֖הּ (wə·ḡā·ḇah)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1361: To soar, be lofty, to be haughty
(13) Behold, my servant . . .--There is absolutely no connection between Isaiah 52:12-13, absolutely no break between the close of Isa Iii. and the opening of Isaiah 53. The whole must be treated as an entirely distinct section (all the more striking, from its contrast to the triumphant tone of what precedes it), and finds its only adequate explanation in the thought of a new revelation made to the prophet's mind. That may have had, like other revelations, a starting-point in the prophet's own experience. He had seen partially good kings, like Uzziah and Jotham; one who almost realised his ideal of what a king should be, in Hezekiah. None of these had redeemed or regenerated the people. So far as that work had been done at all, it had been through prophets who spake the word of the Lord and were mocked and persecuted because they spake it. Something like a law was dawning upon his mind, and that law was the power of a vicarious suffering, the might of martyrdom in life and death. Did it not follow from this that that ideal must be wrought out on a yet wider scale in the great work of restoration to which he was looking forward? The Servant of the Lord, in all the concentric developments of the thought which the word implied, the nation, the prophetic kernel of the nation, the individual Servant identifying himself with both, must himself also be made perfect through suffering and conquer through apparent failure. Granting that such a law exists, it will be no wonder that we should find examples of its working both before and after the great fulfilment, in Isaiah himself, in Jeremiah, in the exiles of the captivity, in the heroes of the Maccabean struggle, in the saints and martyrs of the Church of Christ. It remains true that the Christ alone fulfils the idea of the perfect sufferer, as He alone fulfils that of the perfect King. Measuring Isaiah from a purely human stand-point, and by the standard of other poets, this manifold symbolism of "the Servant," will hardly seem strange to the student of literature who remembers the many aspects presented by the Beatrice of Dante, the St. George and Gloriana of Spenser, the Piers Plowman of Langland.

Shall deal prudently.--The words imply, as in Joshua 1:8; Jeremiah 10:21, the idea of prospering. The same verb is used of the "righteous branch" in Jeremiah 23:5, and is there so translated.

Shall be exalted.--It is noteworthy that the phrase impressed itself, through the LXX., on the mind of the Christ in reference to His crucifixion (John 3:14; John 8:28; John 12:32), on that of the Apostles in reference to His ascension (Acts 2:33; Philippians 2:9). (Comp. Isaiah 6:1; Isaiah 57:15; Psalm 89:27.)

Verses 13-15. - PRELUDE TO THE "GREAT PASSIONAL." It is generally allowed by modern commentators that this passage is more closely connected with what follows it than with what precedes. Some would detach it altogether from ch. 52. and attach it to ch. 53. But this is not necessary. The passage has a completeness in itself. It is a connecting link. The exaltation of Israel, the collective "Servant of the Lord" (Isaiah 44:1, 21), brings to the prophet's mind the exaltation of the individual "Servant" (Isaiah 42:1-7; Isaiah 43:10; Isaiah 49:1-12), through which alone the full exaltation of Israel is possible. He is bound to complete his account of the individual "Servant" by telling of his exaltation, and of the road which led to it. This is done in ch. 53, in what has been called the "Great Passional." But the "Great Pas-signal" needs a "prelude," an "introduction," if only as indicative' of its greatness. And this prelude we have here, in these three verses, which briefly note

(1) the fact of the exaltation;

(2) the depth of the humiliation preceding it; and

(3) the far-extending blessedness which shall result to the world from both. Verse 13. - My Servant shall deal prudently; rather, shall deal wisely; i.e. shall so act throughout his mission as to secure it the most complete success. "Wisdom is justified of her children," and of none so entirely justified as of him "in whom were all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hid away" (Colossians 2:3). Exalted and extolled; or, high and lifted up - the same expressions as are used of the Almighty in Isaiah 6:1 and Isaiah 57:15. Even there, however, seems to the prophet rot enough; so he adds, "and exalted exceedingly" (comp. Isaiah 53:10-12 and Philippians 2:6-9). 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.
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