Isaiah 53:4

Yet it was our pain that he bore,
our sufferings he endured.
We thought of him as stricken,
struck down by God* and afflicted

* Struck down by God: the Bible often sees suffering as a punishment for sin, yet sin sometimes appears to go unpunished and the innocent often suffer. In the case of the servant, the onlookers initially judge him guilty because of his suffering but, in some way not explained, they come to understand that his sufferings are for the sins of others. One notes the element of surprise, for such vicarious suffering, in the form described here, is without parallel in the Old Testament.


From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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