d. Many made righteous (53:10–12)

10 But the Lord desired to crush him, make him sick; 39 

if 40  you make his soul a guilt offering, 41 

he will see seed, 42  he will lengthen days,

and the desire of the Lord will be accomplished in his hand.

11 From the anguish of his soul he will see light, 43 

and be satisfied by his knowledge. 44 

The Righteous One, 45  my Servant, will justify many,

bearing their iniquities.

12 Therefore, I will apportion for him among the many,

and with the mighty he will divide spoil, 46 

because 47  he poured out his soul to death

and permitted himself to be listed with the rebels.

But it was he who bore the sins 48  of many,

and for their rebellions 49  he intervened.

This final stanza of the poem answers many of the questions that have been raised thus far. The answers remain somewhat opaque and mysterious, but there is still a sense of denouement and rounding-out that brings the composition to a satisfactory conclusion. Above all, the question has been, What is the meaning of this innocent man’s submissive suffering in the place of sinners? Why is he doing it, and how can he do it? Is it all an accident of history?

To these questions and others this stanza gives the answers. Above everything else it makes it clear that this person’s tragic story was not an accident of history, a good person in the wrong time and in the wrong place. Moreover, it shows that this suffering was not one aspect of this person’s ministry. His purpose in living and dying was that through him (not through his message) persons might have their sins atoned for and come to know the righteousness of God. Only when people make a sin offering of him is the point of the whole operation realized; then he can breathe a sigh of satisfaction. As a result of all of this, this twisted, forgotten, broken man will one day wear the victor’s wreath, and all the other victors will throw theirs down at his feet.

10 The verse opens with a disjunctive waw that expresses a contrast with the previous verses. How could these tragic miscarriages of justice have happened? Perhaps the Preacher would have said, “It is just part of the meaninglessness of this life under the sun” (Eccl. 4:1–3, etc.). But Isaiah says, “Not at all! God wanted this to happen! It is no accident—it is his will!” But in some ways that is the worst answer of all. God wanted to crush (cf. v. 5) this man? God wanted to visit terrible pain (cf. v. 4) on him? 50  Surely not. The faithful God of the Bible would certainly not visit bad things on innocent people, would he? Yes, he would if some greater good would be served (cf. Job). Is it possible there is some greater good that all the terrible things the Servant has endured will procure? What could possibly be worth all that? It would certainly have to be something of monumental proportions.

As it happens, what God wants to come out of the Servant’s suffering is of monumental proportions. He wants human beings to be able to offer this man up on the altar of their sins so that he can be “a full and sufficient sacrifice” (Book of Common Prayer, Ritual for Communion) for them, satisfying all the unpaid debts of their behavior, debts they could never hope to pay, but debts that if left unpaid would stand forever between them and a just God. This truth is expressed in the second colon of the verse. Because of an ambiguity in the Hebrew verb form employed, the subject of the action is uncertain, but the fundamental intent of the statement is clear. It opens with the conditional particle if (or possibly “when”), indicating that what follows is a statement of the condition that will need to be met if God’s purpose is to be realized. This is followed by a further statement that expresses the results of that condition having been met, and the last of these is the affirmation that then God’s purpose will have been realized. Thus the writer, by his construction of the verse, leaves no doubt as to the importance of that second colon. Let this be done and God’s purpose in the Servant’s life is fulfilled. But let it not be done, and all the suffering of vv. 1–10 is fruitless.

What is the condition that must be met for the realization of God’s purpose in putting the Servant to such grief and humiliation? The Servant’s life (not merely he, but his person, his nepeš) must be offered up as a sacrifice! This then is why the Servant could accept what came to him with such submission (v. 7; see also John 10:17–18). It was not that he lacked character or self-esteem or courage, but that he knew these things came to him from the hand of his God, and that the purpose for which he was undergoing all these things was a great and good one. He was not merely suffering as a result of his people’s sin, nor was he merely suffering with his people; he was suffering for their sin, so that the unpaid debt could be satisfied. (For the purpose of God in Jesus’ life, see Luke 22:22; Acts 2:23; 4:28.)

The verb śîm, “to put, place, set,” is in the form of a Qal imperfect third feminine singular or second masculine singular. This ambiguity has normally been seen to offer two possibilities for the subject. On the one hand, since nepeš is a feminine noun it could be the subject of the clause, which would then read “if his soul makes a guilt offering.” But this is rather odd syntax, there being no indication what is being offered or what its purpose is. As a result, those who go in this direction usually propose to emend the verb (to 3rd masc. sg.) to read: “when he makes himself [his soul] an offering for sin” (NRSV, CBAT, REB, JPSV). As noted above, the Syr. and the Vulg. read the clause this way.

On the other hand, if one judges the second masculine singular reading as correct, then it is ordinarily applied to God (NIV). But scholars frequently object to this reading because God is nowhere addressed in the second person in the poem. The LXX, which also translates with “you,” but is clearly not speaking of God, 51  suggests an alternative to the latter interpretation. This alternative is that the hearer or reader is being addressed. The prophet has been addressing the reader indirectly to this point, gently drawing us in with the inclusive “we” and “us.” We have been able to agree with his analysis of our treatment of the Servant from a safe distance, as it were. But now the prophet looks us straight in the eye and suggests that we can no longer hide from the issue in comfortable anonymity. If the Servant’s ministry is to have any validity for me, I must take the broken self he offers me and in turn offer it back to God in my place. This may be the reason that the guilt offering is specifically referred to here. Of all the sacrifices, this one was for guilt that had been knowingly incurred by the individual, and had to be offered by the individual responsible (Lev. 5:1–19). 52  Whichever understanding of the subject of the verb is taken, the point remains the same: the meaning of the Servant’s suffering is to be found in God’s intention that he should become an atoning sacrifice for sin. 53 

When his sacrifice is accepted, two things will happen, one for the Servant himself, and the other in the larger purposes of God, but both linked together. What the Servant will experience is in direct contrast to what was said about him in vv. 8–9. Those verses described a completely futile life. The Servant dies without children and is not even permitted to be buried among honorable people. But here the very opposite is said of him. The terms that are typically used of a person favored by God are applied to him: he will see his descendants (Ps. 127:3–5; 128:6; Prov. 17:6), he will live a long life (Ps. 21:5 [Eng. 4]; 34:13 [Eng. 12]; Prov. 3:2), and he will accomplish God’s purposes for his life (Josh. 1:7; 2 Chr. 20:20; Ps. 1:3; cf. Isa. 52:13; 55:11). What has made the difference? One thing only: if people will accept him as a guilt offering in their place. When that takes place, his life, far from being futile, will be the most fruitful life ever lived. Far from being childless, he will have children in every race on the earth. He will be able to say as Christ did on the night before he was crucified, “I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do” (John 17:4). This point must be underlined because it is at the center of the meaning of the entire poem. This is the success that was promised to the Servant in Isa. 42:4; 49:5–6; 50:7–9; and 52:13. It is not the result of preaching, or of living a good example, or of being humble in adversity. It is the result of one thing only: his becoming a sacrificial offering. When he does that, the entire process comes to fruition.

Some (e.g., Mowinckel, Young) have argued that v. 10 must teach the Servant’s resurrection from the dead, because a dead man could certainly not have children or live a long life. While this may be the intent of the language, it need not be so. The point is to say in the most vivid language that the Servant’s life will not be futile after all. Thus seed and length of days may be only metaphorical here, images to make the same point that the last colon of the verse makes: far from being cursed by God, this man will be the means of the Lord’s promises of reconciliation coming true; this thin little shoot (v. 2) is indeed the very arm of the Lord (v. 1) for which the people have been waiting breathlessly. But whether Isaiah intends to speak of resurrection or not, this much is clear, as Westermann points out: it is only on the other side of the Servant’s death that his deliverance and ours may be realized. 54 

11 This verse continues to state the results of the Servant’s sacrifice on behalf of his people. The results are first stated in terms of the Servant, then in terms of the people. From the Servant’s perspective, when his offer of himself is accepted, his reaction will be that of one who has just finished laboring or toiling successfully. 55  Despite vivid memories of the cost, the laborer can see light and be satisfied because of the happy outcome of the experience (i.e., his knowledge). 56  This is the Servant’s experience: whatever he may have had to endure, that darkness is replaced with light now that the fruition of his offering can be seen in redeemed lives.

Both because of textual problems (noted above) and the uncertainty of the point intended, knowledge here has been the source of a great deal of discussion. If one follows the MT punctuation, the rendering would be “by his knowledge … he has made many righteous.” In this case “knowledge” could be either a subjective or an objective genitive. The objective sense would be that justification is possible because of what the Servant “knows,” that is, has experienced. The subjective sense would be that the work is accomplished through the “knowing” of him, that is, a faith relationship, on the part of the many. But D. Winton Thomas has made another suggestion (see v. 3 above for the same point); he argues that two different Hebrew roots have the consonants ydʿ, and that the second, meaning “to humble” (in its noun form, “humiliation”), is the one used here. 57  As noted above, however, it now appears that “by his knowledge” should be detached from the third colon and joined to the preceding “he shall be satisfied,” resulting in the present be satisfied by his knowledge. This new colon forms a parallel with he will see light in that the Servant, having been accepted as a sin offering, is now satisfied with the outcome of his experience. This would still leave open either of Thomas’s or B. Reicke’s suggestions (“humiliation” or “obedience”) for the deeper nuances of the word. 58 

From the Servant’s sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when his offering is accepted, the verse moves to discuss exactly what is accomplished. The statement is startling in both its simplicity and its daring. This man, by what he has done, will make people righteous! It is not difficult to understand why he should be declared the Righteous One. 59  He has been treated shamelessly because of the sins of others when he himself has been completely innocent. But how can he make many become righteous? The entire book has been about the persistent sin and unbelief of the chosen people, not to mention the world at large. This man will change all that in a sentence? Furthermore, “righteousness” has been given a very broad scope since ch. 40. In these chapters the word is a synonym for deliverance (cf. 46:12–13, and esp. 51:4–6). This man is the Deliverer who fulfills all the promises of deliverance for the people.

What can all this mean? It means exactly what has been talked about throughout the book, but particularly from ch. 49 on. This man, my Servant, is the Anointed of God to restore sinful Israel to himself, just as Cyrus was the anointed to restore exiled Israel to her land. In contrast to Cyrus, this man’s servanthood is redemptive. It finds it true fulfillment in the realization of what the whole sacrificial system prefigured. When an offerer accepted and carried out the provision of God for his guilt as stated in the manual of sacrifice (Lev. 1–11), he could be clean in the sight of God. But that cleansing was only symbolic, because an animal life is no substitute for a human one. Now a human life, yet obviously more than just a human life (he will make “many” righteous), has been freely given, and the symbol is a reality. Fellowship with God is possible. As the body can come home to the land, so the heart can come home to its God. No prophet could do this for Israel, much less the world, and neither Israel as a whole nor any segment of Israel could do it either. Whoever he is, the Servant stands in the place of God, pronouncing a pardon that the Sinless One alone can offer (51:4–6).

Lest there be any misunderstanding, the basis on which the Servant can “make many to be righteous” is given again in the final colon of the verse. This clause functions as a circumstantial clause modifying the preceding main clause. He makes many righteous, bearing their iniquities. Isaiah does not want to leave one fragment of doubt. The reason the Servant has the power to make people righteous before God is that he himself bears their iniquities. As in vv. 4–6, heavy emphasis is laid on the fact that it is their iniquities that he bears. 60  This is not symbolic. Somehow this Servant has actually suffered the condemnation of all the sins ever committed, and by virtue of that fact, he is able to declare all those who will accept his offering as righteous, delivered, before God.

12 In this context Therefore brings to mind Phil. 2:9. In faithfulness the Servant has descended to the lowest depths. He has fulfilled his Father’s will to the last degree. Because of that faithful obedience, God will exalt him to the highest heights (cf. 52:13). The picture is of a victory parade with the Servant, of all people, marching in the role of conqueror, bringing home the spoils of conquest. As Payne observes, it is hard to believe that this is nothing more than a prophet who has just been released from jail. 61 

The verse is a summary of what has gone before, with the conclusion stated first and the cause stated second. By being placed last in the verse as well as in the poem, the cause is given special prominence. What is the cause of the Servant’s exaltation? The simple forcefulness of the statement seems designed to leave no doubt in the reader’s mind: it is the voluntary self-sacrifice of the Servant whereby he became identified with the transgressors, dying their death so that they could live. If one had any doubt about how to read the poem, this last verse should dispel it.

One can take the first bicolon in two ways, and there does not seem to be clear proof for one or the other. On the one hand, it may be saying that God will give to the Servant the many whom he has redeemed (v. 11), and the mighty who have opposed him, as the spoils of victory. This reading would take ʾet at the beginning of the second colon as a direct object marker identifying mighty as the direct object of he will divide. This understanding would then carry over to many at the end of the first colon.

The second reading goes in the opposite direction, taking the preposition b prefixed to many in the sense of “with” or “among” and therefore reading the ʾet on mighty not as a direct object indicator but as the preposition “with” or “among.” With this reading, the point is that far from being despised and rejected, an unknown, the Servant will be given a place at the very forefront, dividing spoil with the victors. On balance, since it would be rather odd to indicate the object of ḥlq with b (cf. 34:17), it seems better to take bārabbîm as among the many, and ʾet-ʿaṣûmîm as with the mighty.

The statement of the cause of the Servant’s exaltation is twofold, with each part expressed in a bicolon. The first bicolon speaks of the Servant’s activity, while the second speaks of the reason for that activity. What he did was to surrender himself to death (poured out his soul) and permit himself to be counted among the rebels. poured out is a form of the root meaning “to bare, become naked” (cf. Ps. 141:8). Thus it involves the idea of “baring” the self, denying all the natural instincts for survival, and allowing his physical life, our most precious possession, to be taken away. This was done because he permitted himself 62  to be listed among the rebels, and thus died as one of the rebels. For this, he is exalted to the highest place? Throughout the book rebels (or “transgressors”) is hardly a term of adulation. Indeed, it is God’s strongest term of condemnation for his people (cf. 1:2; 46:8; 48:8; 57:4; 59:12–13; 66:24). It is hardly praiseworthy to have died with them. If he is the Righteous One, it would seem more reasonable that he should be exalted for having died with the righteous.

But he did not merely die with the rebels. As the final bicolon explains, he died for the rebels, and that is all the difference. He did not die for his own sin or for his own rebellions; he was carrying the sin and rebellion of many. The use of this word three times in vv. 11b–12 is surely not accidental. He made “many” righteous and he will divide spoil with “many.” Why? Because he bore (i.e., took away) the sin of “many”! 63  This thought is then amplified by the parallel thought that makes even more plain that although he suffered the fate of the rebels, it was not because he was a rebel, but that, strangely enough, by dying their death he was somehow interceding for them. As Westermann points out, this intercession was not merely the act of praying for them; it was intervention, as 59:16 makes plain. There was no one to step into the gap between the rebels and their just destruction, so the Servant did it with his own blood (Heb. 9:12–14). Thus as noted above, the writer wants to remove any doubt from the reader’s mind: the Servant will be exalted to the highest heaven (52:13) not because he was humiliated (although he was), not because he suffered unjustly (although he did), not because he did it voluntarily (although he did), but because it was all in order to carry the sin of the world away to permit God’s children to come home to him. He is exalted because he fullfilled God’s purpose for his ministry, and that purpose was redemption.

Thus we reach the end of this segment that explains the means whereby Israel, and the nations, may come home to God. The call to rise up from lethargy and unbelief had been given in 52:12. Now the invitation to bask in the love of God is about to be given (54:1ff.). What has intervened? The description of the ministry of the Servant. Through him “many” (indeed, all) may be righteous before God. But who is this man? Throughout the passage, the reader is moved to ask that question again and again. But Isaiah never answers it, at least not in any conclusive way. We may say on the basis of the other Servant passages (42:1–9; 49:1–9; 50:4–9) and their congruency with chs. 9 and 11 that he is the Davidic Messiah, who will bring justice to the world and light to the nations. Furthermore, we may say that he is that ideal Israel though whom the world will see the uniqueness and the saving power of God. But beyond that we look in vain for further identification. Why?

The prophet himself was undoubtedly as mystified as the reader about what he had seen (cf. 1 Pet. 1:10–12). He is evidently looking into something beyond the scope of ordinary time and space. He is also looking into something beyond the ken of ordinary human theology and philosophy. He is looking at universal truth and the Universal Human Being. If he cannot be any more precise than he has been, we who have never been visited with a vision of such magnitude should hardly quibble. We should also think of another word that Isaiah received (7:14), which was no less mystifying. Isaiah’s word to Ahaz at that time may give us guidance here. He called Ahaz to believe in God for what he could not himself see. The call to faith is not a call to believe in what we can see in the full light of day. That is not faith. Faith is able to see dim outlines in the night and go forward in confidence (Heb. 11:1–3). Thus it was never in the prophets’ interest to tell a future all of whose details were crystal clear. To be sure, their messages were clear enough, as this one is, but it was always faith, not information, that was the prophets’ concern.

Christians look back at this passage from the vantage point of Christ with a piercing sense of recognition, perhaps like that which came to Philip with the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:35; unless Jesus himself had already explained the connection; see Luke 24:47). In almost every word they see the face of their Savior and what had formerly been opaque becomes patently clear. If Isaiah had been compelled to produce a literal description of the life and character of the Servant/Messiah, would it have looked like Jesus of Nazareth? Probably not, but the points of contact between that life and ministry and this text are so many and various that they cannot be coincidental. Either the facts of Jesus’ life were reshaped by a conspiracy of early Christian writers to make them conform to this text, a task so complex as to be unimaginable, or, much more simply, his life, death, and resurrection did so conform. The text must still be read through the eyes of faith, but with that faith the mystery is no longer about how it is possible for sinful humans to have a healthy and whole relationship with God. The only mystery is how God could love us like that.

 

FOOTNOTES
 

 39 1QIsa has wyḥllhw, “that he might pierce him” (?); see v. 5. Both Syr. and Vulg. support MT (1QIsb is broken). LXX is apparently paraphrastic: “The Lord desired to purge him from his stroke.” The MT is apparently a Hiphil perfect 3rd masc. sg. of ḥlʾ (a secondary form of ḥlh) in which the final quiescent ʾaleph has been elided because of the immediately following ʾaleph (see the same phenomenon with ḥṭʾ in 2 K. 13:6; Jer 32:35; and cf. GKC, §§74k, 75ii, rr).

 40 For a discussion of the conditional particle and its relation to the following verb, see M. Dahood, “Isaiah 53,8–12 and Massoretic Misconstructions,” Bib 63 (1982) 566–70; idem, “Textual Problems in Isaia,” CBQ 22 (1960) 400–409; J. Battenfield, “Isaiah lxiii 10: Taking an ‘if’ out of the Sacrifice of the Servant,” VT 32 (1982) 485. Another review of the textual problems in these verses is I. Sonne, “Isaiah 53:10–12,” JBL 78 (1959) 335–42.

 41 LXX “If you can give an offering for sin, your soul will …”; Syr. “he laid down his life as a sin offering”; Vulg. “he shall lay down his life for sin.” 1QIsa supports MT.

 42 H. L. Ginsberg has proposed to revocalize this word to zerōaʿ, “arm,” to make the statement correspond to his reading of certain Psalms (“The Arm of YHWH in Isaiah 51–63 and the Text of Isa 53:10–11,” JBL 77 [1958] 152–56; see also JPSV). But no textual evidence supports the proposal.

 43 MT lacks “light,” but the presence of the word in all the Qumran copies (including 4QIsd, according to Barthélemy, Critique, p. 403) and the LXX constitutes strong evidence. Also, the omission in MT may be explained as an error due to the presence of similar consonants in the word preceding. In support of this view see I. Blythin, “A Consideration of Difficulties in the Hebrew Text of Is. 53:11,” BT 17 (1966) 27–31. For an opposing position, see I. Seeligmann, Deixai autō Phōs,” Tarbiz 27 (1957) 127–41.

 44 This sentence structure departs from the MT punctuation and follows that proposed by BHS. With the MT’s omission of “light” (see n. 43 above), that text’s punctuation becomes necessary, even though it results in two long cola followed by a short one. But with the restoration of the omitted word, it becomes possible to scan the verse into two bicola of more normal length and structure. See the commentary below.

 45 Several scholars suggest that “the Righteous One” (Heb. ṣaddîq) should be deleted as a dittography of the verb “justify” (yaṣdîq). See, e.g., A. Gelston, “Some Notes on Second Isaiah,” VT 21 (1971) 517–27. But the word is represented in all the versions.

 46 It is interesting to note that the Targ., which is exceedingly paraphrastic in all passages about the Servant’s suffering, typically making them the suffering of his enemies, translates this bicolon essentially unchanged.

 47 The somewhat unusual causal element here, taḥat ʾašer (BDB, p. 1066, lists 13 occurrences), means lit. “instead of that.” When used as it is here, the construction seems to mean “this condition in place of (in consequence of) that one.” It is most frequently used to express a direct cause-and-effect connection: “this will be done [or cannot be done] in view of that” (cf. Num. 25:13; Deut. 21:14; 1 Sam. 26:21; Jer. 29:19).

 48 MT has “sin” (sg.), but the ms. evidence overwhelmingly favors the pl.: all the versions and all the Qumran copies (including 4QIsd). No reason is evident why MT would have dropped the final yod, but the smallness of the letter makes it possible that it was simply overlooked.

 49 MT has “for the rebels,” but LXX and all the Qumran copies have, as here, “for their rebellions.” In this case the other versions agree with MT, but the combined evidence of LXX and Qumran is too strong to deny (so also Barthélemy, Critique, pp. 403–7). The difference betwen the two in the consonantal text is the presence or absence of a he in the suffix.

 50 The syntax of the two verbs (infinitive plus finite verb without a conjunction) suggests the possibility of hendiadys: to crush painfully. In any case the abruptness and roughness of the language emphasize the brutality of what is being said.

 51 “If you can give an offering for sin, your soul will see long-lived seed.”

 52 So far as I am aware, this interpretation is unique. Nevertheless, the grammar and the syntax allow it, it requires no emendation of the text, and it is theologically consistent with the larger point being made. Thus I offer it here as a possibility. That it is also consistent with Christian theology should not rule it out of court. One ought to resist the growing tendency to assume, nay, insist on, discontinuity between the theologies of the OT and the NT.

 53 It hardly needs saying that this idea came to be the ruling idea of the meaning of Christ’s life and death. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21; see also Matt. 20:28; 26:28; Rom. 3:25; 8:3; 1 John 2:2; 4:10; Heb. 9:14).

 54 In any case, the a priori reasoning that the passage cannot be speaking of resurrection because resurrection is a late doctrine must be rejected. If the passage is speaking about resurrection, it is speaking about resurrection, regardless of when it was written. For varying treatments of this verse, see A. Alonzo, “La Suerte del Siervo, Is. 53:9–10,” CDios 181 (1968) 292–305; K. Elliger, “Jes. 53:10: alte crux—neuer Vorschlag,” MIO 15 (1969) 228–33; G. Gerleman, “Der Gottesknecht bei Deuterojesaja,” in Studien zur alttestamentliche Theologie (Heidelberg: Schneider, 1980), pp. 38–60; W. Gispen, “Jes. 53:10 en het schuldopfer,” GTT 72 (1972) 193–204; E. Haag, “Das Opfer des Gottesknechts,” TTZ 86 (1977) 81–98.

 55 Despite AV’s use of “travail,” ʿāmāl, “anguish,” is not associated with labor pangs. It is often paired with “iniquity” (cf. 59:4), showing that it has a negative coloration, suggesting something like “wretchedness.”

 56 By contrast, it is tragic when all the toil and suffering is for nought. This describes the Servant’s feelings when persons reject his offer of himself, saying that they do not need a guilt offering.

 57 See L. Allen, “Isaiah LIII,11 and Its Echoes,” Vox Evangelica 1 (1962) 24–28, for a favorable review of this idea. At the same time, B. Reicke argues that ydʿ as we know it already encompasses the idea of obedience (“The Knowledge of the Suffering Servant,” in Das Ferne und Nahe Wort, Fest. L. Rost, ed. F. Maass, BZAW 105 [Berlin: Töpelmann, 1967], pp. 186–92). Other treatments of the issue are H. Williamson, “Daʿaö in Isaiah LIII 11,” VT 28 (1978) 118–22 (who argues against “humiliation”); J. Day, “Daʿaö ‘humiliation’ in Isaiah LIII 11 in the Light of Isaiah LIII 3 and Daniel XII 4, and the Oldest Known Interpretation of the Suffering Servant,” VT 30 (1980) 97–103 (who argues for it).

 58 For support for this view, see T. H. Robinson, “Note on the Text and Interpretation of Isaiah 53:3, 11,” ExpTim 72 (1959) 383.

 59 C. Begg sees the language here as indicating an allusion to Zedekiah, but not an identification (“Zedekiah and the Servant,” ETL 62 [1986] 393–98).

 60 The object, “their iniquities,” is placed at the beginning of the clause in the emphatic position, and “he,” the internal subject of the verb, is emphasized by the addition of the 3rd masc. sg. independent pronoun. The sense is, “it is their iniquities that he carries.”

 61 As per Whybray, “Recent Trends,” p. 13.

 62 Understanding the form to be a Niphal voluntative with Delitzsch (cf. GKC, §51c).

 63 Alexander’s arguments for nāśāʾ as “bear” in the sense of “take away” still stand.