Did Isaiah 53 really prophesies about the crucifixion of Jesus?

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Mohamad Mostafa Nassar


Introductory Note:

The Early Christians’ Doctrines clearly declare that Jesus never got crucified!

Also, Hebrews 5:7-8 confirm Islam’s claim about Jesus never got crucified and contradicts the Bible!  
According to the documentary film, Banned from the Bible, which I watched on the history Channel , some of Saint Peter’s  apocalypse were banned from the current Bible, and these Epistles contain what Islam claims – that Jesus didn’t get crucified on the cross and it only appeared that he was.  This banned part also says that Jesus was standing next to the cross laughing.  These are the parts of the Bible that only few people in the world know about.

According to the documentary film, the apocalypse was very popular among Christians during the 2nd century.  They believed “it was spiritually inspired” by GOD Almighty to Saint Peter.  They actually had doubts about “John’s apocalypse”, which is known today as “the Book of Revelation”. 

Interestingly also, this apocalypse says that after GOD Almighty fills both Heaven and Hell with inhabitants from Mankind, and the people of Hell get tortured for a long period of time, the People of Heaven will ask and Pray to GOD Almighty to Forgive the people of Hell. 

GOD Almighty will then eventually listen to their Prayers, and will order the “Gates and the Steel Bars of Hell” to be opened and allow the people of Hell to enter Heaven for Good.  This apocalypse of Peter seems to also perfectly fit Noble Verse 7:40 in the Noble Quran where Allah Almighty Promised that He will eventually open the Gates of Heaven to all disbelievers and empty Hell.  Please visit: Hell will eventually be empty according to Islam.

The Short Chapter of Isaiah 53 with my comments:

Trinitarian Christians claim that Chapter Isaiah 53 in the Bible confirms crucifixion.  This article proves that Chapter Isaiah 53 along with Isaiah 52:13-14, John 19:36-37, Psalm 34:20 and Hebrews 5:7-8 (these verses explicitly say that GOD Almighty heard Jesus’ cries about not getting crucified on the cross) prove without a doubt that Islam’s claim about Jesus peace be upon him never died on the cross and was raised to Allah Almighty is indeed the Truth.  

Let us look at the Chapter of Isaiah 53 in the Bible:1Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?2He 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.3He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.4Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.5

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.6We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.7He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.8By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants?

For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.9He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death [The word death does not exist in the original Hebrew text.  Here is what the literal translation says: “And it appointeth with the wicked his grave, And with the rich [are] his high places”….

This is verified at this link: (Young’s Literal Translation)], though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.10Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.11After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.12

Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death [This is clarified in details down in this article.  It doesn’t at all mean that he will die.  The literal translation says: Because that he exposed to death his soul….This is verified again at this link: (Young’s Literal Translation)…….Both Islam and Isaiah 52:13 claim that Jesus never got crucified. See below.], and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 53 perfectly agrees with Islam:

Let us look at this Verse: “After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied;  (From the NIV Bible, Isaiah 53:11)”   The idea of this servant who will get pierced is NOT that he will DIE for people’s sins.  Notice that in Isaiah 53:9 it clearly says “He was assigned a grave with the wicked”, which means that he will have a grave assigned to his name, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that his dead body will be in it. 

1-  The Bible’s New Testament refutes the “piercing” story:

If we were to take the Bible literally, then we will see clear contradictions in the crucifixion story.  Let us look at what the Bible says about piercing Jesus:

John 19:30-40:30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.31Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.32

The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.33But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.35

The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.36These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: Not one of his bones will be broken,”37and, as another scripture says, “

They will look on the one they have pierced.”38Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.39

He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.40Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.

First of all, notice the man-made third party narration in the book of John.  The NIV Bible’s Historians and Theologians are not even sure who wrote the books of John, 1 John, 2 John and 3 John.  The original author(s) is mysterious. 

In the above verses, the mysterious author suggests that Jesus’ bones were reserved because the soldiers did not break his knees, hence this fulfills the Scriptures’ prophecy that GOD will protect his body that not even a single bone would break.

Also see detailed refutations to Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12, Zechariah 12:10 and Psalm 34:20 that supposedly suggest that GOD Almighty was going to get pierced on the cross.

Hebrews 5:7-8 clearly and irrefutably claim that Jesus was saved from the cross; confirming Islam’s claims.

None of Jesus’ disciples witnessed the crucifixion. They “all fled” and “deserted” Jesus. This further confirms Islam’s claims.

Let us look at the obvious contradiction in the above verses:

Taken from the above verses:   “These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: Not one of his bones will be broken,’ and, as another scripture says, ‘They will look on the one they have pierced.’  (From the NIV Bible, John 19:36-37)”

“he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.  (From the NIV Bible, Psalm 34:20)”

Notice in Psalm 34:20, it says that GOD Almighty will protect “all his bones”.  So, not even an inch from his bones will be damaged according to the Scriptures.

As you might know, the crucifixion back then was done by nailing to the cross the hands and the ankles or the feet.  If GOD Almighty was going to protect Jesus’ body that not even a single bone will be broken, then how would the crucifixion and the death of Jesus be possible then?!

My question to all Christians is:   How in the world is it possible for the feet to get nailed on the cross without any penetration to the bones by the nails, hence breaking part of the feet’s bones?!

And for the parts of the Bible that suggest that Jesus actually died (which clearly contradict the Verses that I presented above), please visit What parts of the Bible do Muslims believe are closest to the Truth?

2-  Proving that at least one bone was broken:

From http://yucky.kids.discovery.com/noflash/body/pg000124.html

What would happen if humans didn’t have bones?
You’d be floppy like a beanbag. Could you stand up? Forget it. Could you walk? No way. Without bones you’d be just a puddle of skin and guts on the floor.

Bones have two purposes. Some, like your backbone, provide the structure which enables you to stand erect instead of lying like a puddle on the floor. Other bones protect the delicate, and sometimes soft, insides of your body. Your skull, a series of fused bones, acts like a hard protective helmet for your brain. The bones, or vertebrae, of your spinal column surround your spinal cord, a complex bundle of nerves. Imagine what could happen to your heart and lungs without the protective armor of your rib cage!

How many bones do humans have?
When you were born you had over 300 bones. As you grew, some of these bones began to fuse together. The result? An adult has only 206 bones!

How do my bones move?
With a lot of help. You need muscles to pull on bones so that you can move. Along with muscles and joints, bones are responsible for you being able to move. Your muscles are attached to bones. When muscles contract, the bones to which they are attached act as levers and cause various body parts to move.

You also need joints which provide flexible connections between these bones. Your body has different kinds of joints. Some, such as those in your knees, work like door hinges, enabling you to move back and forth. Those in your neck enable bones to pivot so you can turn your head. Still other joints like the shoulder enable you to move your arms 360 degrees like a shower head.

Are your bones alive?
Absolutely. Bones are made of a mix of hard stuff that gives them strength and tons of living cells which help them grow and repair themselves. Like other cells in your body, the bone cells rely on blood to keep them alive. Blood brings them food and oxygen and takes away waste.

If bones weren’t made of living cells, things like broken toes or arms would never mend. But don’t worry, they do. That’s because your bone cells are busy growing and multiplying to repair the break! How? When you break your toe, blood clots form to close up the space between the broken segments. Then your body mobilizes bone cells to deposit more of the hard stuff to bridge the break.

What’s bone marrow?
Many bones are hollow. Their hollowness makes bones strong and light. It’s in the center of many bones that bone marrow makes new red and white blood cells. Red blood cells ensure that oxygen is distributed to all parts of your body and white blood cells ensure you are able to fight germs and disease. Who would have thought that bones make blood!?!


The human hand has 27 bones; your face has 14!
The longest bone in your body? Your thigh bone, the femur — it’s about 1/4 of your height. The smallest is the stirrup bone in the ear which can measure 1/10 of an inch.
Did you know that humans and giraffes have the same number of bones in their necks? Giraffe neck vertebrae are just much, much longer!
You have over 230 moveable and semi-moveable joints in your body.

Given the facts above about the large amount of bones the human body has (27 in the hand alone), it is virtually impossible to drive nails in the hands and feet and not break a single bone from the 300+ bones the body has!

Also, it is vitually impossible for Jesus to have his arms spread out on the cross, and later have his dead body’s weight being pulled by gravity and not break a single bone from the upper part of the body!

3-  The Noble Quran’s and Isaiah 52:13’s claims:

Important Note: Both Muslims and Christians believe that the grave of Jesus today is empty.  It doesn’t have his body in it, because both believe that he was raised to Heaven.  The difference between Muslims and Christians in this issue is that Muslims believe that Jesus never died on the cross but was raised to GOD Almighty.  

Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross and was RESURRECTED to GOD Almighty.  This is, however, not supported at all and was never foretold in the Old Testament.  I elaborated more and provided more evidence from both the Bible and the Noble Quran that support Islam’s claim regarding this issue down in this article.

Please visit the article Contradictions in the resurrection story in the Bible.

In Isaiah 53, all it says is that he will get pierced which again it never mentioned the cross nor did it ever mention any sort of resurrection, not just in this chapter, but also throughout the Old Testament.  If this servant is indeed Jesus peace be upon him, then him being pierced and never dying seems to perfectly support the Islamic teaching about Prophet Jesus peace be upon him NEVER died on the cross for anyone’s sins.

Also notice that Isaiah 53:11 clearly states that “he will see the light”.  What is that light?  Could it be the light of Heaven?  Probably be raised to Heaven?   Christians do believe that Jesus peace be upon him was indeed raised to Heaven, and so do Muslims too. 

However, we see no mention throughout the ENTIRE Old Testament including obviously Isaiah 53 any mention of resurrection, nor any mention for resurrection on the 3rd day or any day.  So does this mean that the servant will get pierced (by being put on the cross perhaps) and then get raised without dying? 

Let us look at the following Noble Verse from the Noble Quran (The Muslims Holy Scripture): “That they rejected Faith; That they uttered against Mary A grave false charge;  That they said (in boast):  ‘We killed Christ Jesus The son of Mary,

The Messenger of Allah.’  But they killed him not, Nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjunction to follow, for of a surety they killed him not.  Nay, Allah raised him up Unto Himself; and Allah Is Exalted in Power, Wise.  

And there is none of the people of the book (Jews and Christians) But must believe in him  (Jesus) Before his death; And on the Day of Judgment He (Jesus) will be a witness Against them.   (The Noble Quran, 4:156-159)”  

Now compare the Noble Verses to Isaiah 52:13 “…he will be raised and lifted up….”.   Notice that Isaiah 52:13 did not say “….he will be RESURRECTED and lifted up….”  Not even once, did the Old Testament predict for the foretold Servant (Jesus) to be raised to GOD Almighty after death.  There absolutely no mention of any sort of resurrection in the Bible’s Old Testament what so ever.

Here are few more translations of Isaiah 52:13:

“Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.  (From the King James Version Bible, Isaiah 52:13)”

“Lo, My servant doth act wisely, He is high, and hath been lifted up, And hath been very high.  (From Young’s Literal Translation Bible, Isaiah 52:13)”

“Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.  (From the English Standard Version Bible, Isaiah 52:13)”

“Behold, my servant shall deal prudently; he shall be exalted and be lifted up, and be very high.  (From Darby Translation Bible, Isaiah 52:13)”

The text in all of the translations above clearly suggests that Jesus will be honored and lifted up from crucifixion.  He will not be humiliated and crucified.

Also, “…he will be raised and lifted up….” seems to suggest that Jesus will be picked up right from the cross, or saved right from the cross by Allah Almighty.  “raised and lifted” clearly suggests that Jesus will not die, nor get crucified, but rather be raised and lifted by GOD Almighty to Heavens.

It just seems odd to see both words “raised” and “lifted”, and not just one of them, in Isaiah 52:13, and yet think that they agree with the fabricated crucifixion story about Jesus in the NT. 

Why did GOD Almighty choose to say “raised” and “lifted” in Isaiah 52:13?

4-   Jesus was never “disfigured” to a point “beyond human likeness”!

The very next verse also refutes the current New Testament:

It appears that Isaiah 52:14 “Just as there were many who were appalled at him – his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness-” further proves Islam’s claims about Jesus peace be upon him never got crucified on the cross, because according to today’s corrupt NT or NTs, Jesus never got disfigured to a point where no one could recognize his face; not from crucifixion, nor from the beating that he supposedly received before the crucifixion.

To see the several “canons” or NTs of the “Bible”, please visit:

The different “Canons” of the Bible!

Different and conflicting variations of “gospels” and “books” that are disagreed upon by the Churches today.

The point is that Chapter Isaiah 53 agrees a lot more with Islam’s claims than with the current Christianity’s claims, and it is confirmed in Isaiah 52:13.

There are several other Noble Verses in the Noble Quran that talk about Jesus such as the following:

“So peace is upon me [Jesus] the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life.  (The Noble Quran, 19:33)”

To see detailed explanation of this Noble Verse and about Jesus peace be upon him in Islam, please visit the following links:

Does the Noble Quran in Verse 19:33 confirm Jesus’ crucifixion?

Ask me any question section.   See responses to many questions about Jesus in Islam.

So what about Isaiah 53:12?  Doesn’t it suggest that Jesus will actually die?

Let us look at Isaiah 5:12 “….because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors…..”  This verse doesn’t clearly state that the predicted servant will ACTUALLY DIE.  When we study carefully the poetical literature of Isaiah 53, and study carefully the claims made above, we see that “him pouring his life unto death” means that the goodness that he will bring from GOD Almighty,

will be the light that will bring his people from darkness (death) into light (goodness).  He will defeat death (darkness).   Isaiah 5:12 does not state that he will die.  It clearly states that he will cover shadow or overwhelm death by his life. 

If I pour my cup of cranberry juice on the white carpet, then I would create a big red spot on the carpet.  I wouldn’t be changing the juice into carpet, or the carpet into juice.  No, I would simply defeat the whiteness of the carpet by the color of the juice.  That’s what pouring the juice on the carpet means.

Same thing applies with the servant pouring his life unto death.   GOD Almighty considers evil doing and not believing in Him as equal to death.  

Important Note: In many Verses in the Bible, we see that GOD Almighty used in Hebrew , Sheol, the word for “hell” as the same Hebrew word for “death”.  That is why the Christian Jehovah Witnesses don’t believe in “Hell Fire” as punishment for the unbelievers.  They believe that “Hell” is actual “Death”.  

So to put it in other words, Isaiah 53:12 could also mean that the Servant (Jesus) will over shadow or cover “hell (death)” with “life (good)”.  So whoever believes in that Servant from the People of Israel will be saved from hell or death.

Have Isaiah 53:12 clearly said “and he will die for people’s sins and resurrect after 3 days”, then we would have nothing to argue about! 

So Jesus pouring his life (good) unto death (bad), means that whomever believes in his message from the People of Israel will defeat bad (darkness) and will be saved, and will have Jesus’ life (goodness).  This perfectly matches what Islam claims about our beloved Prophet Jesus peace be upon him. 

Please visit The blessed Jesus in Islam.

Questions to Christians:

If indeed Isaiah 53 is another proof that Jesus peace be upon him is the Creator of this Universe, then explain to me why Isaiah 53 and the entire Old Testament failed to prophesies about Jesus’ 3rd day resurrection?

If Islam is such a false religion, then why is Isaiah 53 so obviously agreeing with Islam? See Muhammad was prophesized in the Bible.

About Jesus peace be upon him:

Most Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of GOD and GOD Himself, came to earth, died for our sins and resurrected after 3 days.  If Isaiah 53 was indeed a Revelation from GOD Almighty, and Jesus peace be upon him was indeed GOD Himself, then this means that GOD Almighty predicted that He will get “pierced” for people’s sins in Isaiah 53.

There are however problems with this Christian theory:

1- Jesus never by his own will died for anyone’s sins. In fact, Jesus himself refused the idea of getting crucified and begged his GOD to take his soul before Jesus experiences the painful death of the cross.  “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’  (From the NIV Bible, Matthew 26:39)”  

This contradicts the Christian theory that GOD will be pierced for the sin of others because if Jesus had it his way, he wouldn’t get killed nor even get hurt on the cross.

2- No where in the Old Testament do we see a Prophecy about Jesus’ resurrection, let alone his resurrection on the 3rd day.  If GOD indeed predicted that He would get crucified in the Old Testament, then how come He only predicted the first half of the event and not the second half?  The resurrection on the 3rd day is a very important event in the Christian Theology, and is one of the main points that Jews and Christians debate about.

Jesus’ Crucifiction and Resurrection:

As I mentioned above, most Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of GOD and GOD Himself, came to earth, died for our sins and resurrected after 3 days. Isaiah 53’s failure to predict the resurrection of the pierced person left behind it a great deal of controversy!

If GOD Almighty were to get crucified for people’s sins, then Isaiah 53 should’ve mentioned it, because after Jesus’ crucifiction in the Bible, his body disappeared.

The Jews believe that Jesus’ disciples and/or mother stole the body fearing that his body will be further humiliated (since he was nailed on the cross). So to protect the dignity of Jesus and his body, they “stole” his body.

The Christians believe that Jesus the “GOD Almighty” resurrected to Heaven!

Have Isaiah 53 mentioned that he will resurrect after 3 days to Heaven, then the issue would be resolved. But as I said above, Isaiah 53 doesn’t talk at all about any form of resurrection of the person who is going to die for people’s sins, nor any Verse in the entire Old Testament either. Isaiah 53 does not Prophecies about the coming of Jesus peace be upon him.

This is very important, because only GOD Almighty could resurrect people. The reason why the Old Testament never prophesied about any resurrection is because GOD Almighty never intended to send anyone to die for anyone’s sins, nor did GOD Almighty promise that He will die and resurrect!

Important Note: Since the Bible was not documented until 150 to 300 years after Jesus peace be upon him, and during his ministry, nothing was ever documented on paper regarding his deity, we Muslims believe that a great deal of corruption had entered the Bible. The following reasons will clarify the Muslims’ position:

1- As I mentioned above, the Old Testament doesn’t in predict the resurrection of Jesus, nor it ever considered him as GOD.  Please read The “God” title in Isaiah 9:6 was given to others before and after Jesus.

2- The early Christians rejected Trinity and never believed in it.

3- The disciples of Jesus (John, Mark, Luke, etc…) didn’t write the Gospels that were named after them in the New Testament.  I quoted from the NIV Bible the Christian Theologians themselves regarding the history of the NT.

4- We believe that few centuries after Jesus peace be upon him the Church tampered with the Bible and invented the Trinity belief.

5- We only believe in Jesus’ personal quotes as closest to the truth.

6- Jesus himself in the New Testament taught what Islam teaches; the Oneness of GOD Almighty and doing Righteousness.

7- Jesus according to Islam never got killed on the cross.  Allah Almighty saved him. As I mentioned in point #5, we only believe in Jesus’ quotes as closest to the Truth in the New Testament.  Islam’s claims regarding Allah Almighty saving Jesus seem to fit with Jesus peace be upon him asking Allah Almighty to save him from crucifiction (Matthew 26:39).

Question to the Jews:  If the person in Isaiah 53 wasn’t Jesus peace be upon him, then who is that person then?

Before I give you the answer from the Jewish perspective, please be advised that the entire Bible again is not reliable and can’t be trusted; “`How can you say, “We [the Jews] are wise, for we have the law of the LORD,” when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?’ (From the NIV Bible, Jeremiah 8:8)”  

The Jews had corrupted the Bible’s Old Testament to make it fit their many desires, one of them is to make them “the best nation on earth” for ALL TIMES.  The reason why I presented this Verse is to show the reader that any interpretation/explanation that you hear from either Christians or Jews is doubtful.  Don’t forget to visit The Corruptions in the New Testament.  I quoted the commentary of the NIV Bible itself; one of the most used Bible in the World.

In order to answer this question from the Jewish perspective, we have to look at Isaiah 52 and 54.  Pay close attention to the C. ISAIAH 53 section below. 

The following is from www.jewsforjudaism.org

Christian missionaries claim that it is only with the commentary of Rashi (1040-1105), seeking to refute the Christian interpretation, that the Jews began to refer Isaiah 52:13-53:12 to the entire nation of Israel. This misconception perhaps owes its origin to Edward Pusey, who wrote in his 1876 introduction to The “Suffering Servant” of Isaiah According to the Jewish Interpretations (trans. Driver and Neubauer, [reprinted] New York: Hermon Press, 1969) that “The new interpretation began with Rashi” (p. XLIV).

The interpretation was neither new, nor began with Rashi. This missionary allegation is refuted even by a Christian source. In Contra Celsum, written in 248 C.E. (some 800 years before Rashi), the Church Father Origen records that Jews contemporary with him interpreted this passage as referring to the entire nation of Israel. He wrote:

I remember that once in a discussion with some whom the Jews regard as learned I used these prophecies [Isaiah 52:13-53:8]. At this the Jew said that these prophecies referred to the whole people as though of a single individual, since they were scattered in the dispersion and smitten, that as a result of the scattering of the Jews among the other nations many might become proselytes. In this way he explained the text:

“Thy form shall be inglorious among men”; and “those to whom he was not proclaimed shall see him”; “being a man in calamity.” (Origen, Contra Celsum, trans. Henry Chadwick, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Book 1.55, 1965, p. 50)

This shows that Jewish biblical exegesis subscribing to the belief that the people of Israel was the suffering servant spoken of throughout the entire passage pre-dates Rashi by many centuries.

The following is from www.jewsforjudaism.org

Question: In Isaiah 53. Wasn’t the Prophet, in fact, referring to Jesus in this chapter? And didn’t all Jews before the Middle Ages recognize this chapter as “messianic”? We hope to assist you in interpreting a chapter which has become a cornerstone of Christian evangelism to Jews.

Answer: Our Jewish sages teach that “whoever saves a single Jewish soul is considered as if he had saved an entire world.” How precious is the Jewish soul! Though the Bible study which follows is a lengthy one, we have prepared it in the belief that – as a Jewish soul – you are worthy of any method which may be required.

We hope that you too will value your soul highly enough to prayerfully ponder that which follows. G-D’s truth is not always easy to discern, but we are possessors of a Divine promise; “you will find Him if you search after Him with all your heart and all your soul” (Deut. 4:29). As faithful Jews have attested for over 3500 years, it’s worth the effort. And now – on with the search!


Before engaging in an examination of Isaiah 53 itself, some preliminary issues must be considered. First is the issue of circular reasoning. Even if we interpret the chapter as the Christians do (forgetting for a minute the mistranslations and distortions of context which will be noted below), the most that could be said is this: Isaiah 53 is about someone who dies for the sins of others. People may have seen Jesus die, but did anyone see him die as an atonement for the sins of others? Of course not; this is simply the meaning which the New Testament gives to his death.

Only if you already accept the New Testament teaching that his death had a non-visible, spiritual significance can you than go back to Isaiah and say, “see – the Prophet predicted what I already believe.” Isaiah 53, then, is in reality no “proof” at all, but rather a contrived confirmation for someone who has already chosen Christianity.

Second (and consistent with all Jewish teaching at the time), Jesus’ own disciples didn’t view Isaiah 53 as a messianic prophecy. For example, after Peter identifies Jesus as the Messiah (Matt. 16:16), he is informed that Jesus will be killed (Matt. 16:21). His response: “G-D forbid it, lord! This shall never happen to you” (Matt. 16:22).

See, also, Mk. 9:31-32; Mk. 16:10-11; Jn. 20:9. Even Jesus didn’t see Isaiah 53 as crucial to his messianic claims – why else did he call the Jews children of the devil for not believing in him before the alleged resurrection (Jn. 8:39-47)? And why did he later request that G-D “remove this cup from me” (Mk.14:36) – didn’t he know that a “removal of the cup” would violate the gentile understanding of Isaiah 53?

And third, even if we accept the gentile Christian interpretation of Isaiah 53, where is it indicated (either in Isaiah 53 or anywhere else in our Jewish Scriptures) that you must believe in this “Messiah” to get the benefits?


Since any portion of Scripture is only understood properly when viewed in the context of G-D’s revelation as a whole, some additional study will be helpful before you “tackle” Isaiah 53.

Look at the setting in which Isaiah 53 occurs. Earlier on in Isaiah, G-D had predicted exile and calamity for the Jewish people. Chapter 53, however, occurs in the midst of Isaiah’s “Messages of Consolation”, which tell of the restoration of Israel to a position of prominence and a vindication of their status as G-D’s chosen people.

In chapter 52, for example, Israel is described as “oppressed without cause” (v.4) and “taken away” (v.5), yet G-D promises a brighter future ahead, one in which Israel will again prosper and be redeemed in the sight of all the nations (v.1-3, 8-12).  

Chapter 54 further elaborates upon the redemption which awaits the nation of Israel. Following immediately after chapter 53’s promise of a reward for G-D’s servant in return for all of its suffering (53:10-12), chapter 54 describes an unequivocally joyous fate for the Jewish people. 

Speaking clearly of the Jewish people and their exalted status (even according to all Christian commentaries), chapter 54 ends as follows:  “`This is the heritage of the servants of the L-rd and their vindication is from Me,’ declares the L-rd.”


In the original Hebrew texts, there are no chapter divisions, and Jew and Christian alike agree that chapter 53 is actually a continuation of the prophecy which begins at 52:13. Accordingly, our analysis must begin at that verse.

52:13 “Behold, My servant will prosper.” Israel in the singular is called G-D’s servant throughout Isaiah, both explicitly (Isa. 41:8-9; 44:1-2; 45:4; 48:20; 49:3) and implicitly (Isa. 42:19-20; 43:10) – the Messiah is not. Other references to Israel as G-D’s servant include Jer. 30:10 (note that in Jer. 30:17, the servant Israel is regarded by the nations as an outcast, forsaken by G-D, as in Isa. 53:4); Jer. 46:27-28; Ps. 136:22; Lk. 1:54. ALSO: Given the Christian view that Jesus is G-D, is G-D His own servant?

52:15 – 53:1 “So shall he (the servant) startle many nations, the kings will stand speechless; For that which had not been told them they shall see and that which they had not heard shall they ponder. Who would believe what we have heard?” Quite clearly, the nations and their kings will be amazed at what happens to the “servant of the L-rd,” and they will say “who would believe what we have heard?”.

52:15 tells us explicitly that it is the nations of the world, the gentiles, who are doing the talking in Isaiah 53. See, also, Micah 7:12-17, which speaks of the nations’ astonishment when the Jewish people again blossom in the Messianic age.

53:1 “And to whom has the arm of the L-rd been revealed?” In Isaiah, and throughout our Scriptures, G-D’s “arm” refers to the physical redemption of the Jewish people from the oppression of other nations (see, e.g., Isa. 52:8-12; Isa. 63:12; Deut. 4:34; Deut. 7:19; Ps. 44:3).  53:3 “Despised and rejected of men.” While this is clearly applicable to Israel (see Isa. 60:15; Ps. 44:13-14),

it cannot be reconciled with the New Testament account of Jesus, a man who was supposedly “praised by all” (Lk. 4:14-15) and followed by multitudes (Matt. 4:25), who would later acclaim him as a prophet upon his triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt. 21:9-11). Even as he was taken to be crucified, a multitude bemoaned his fate (Lk. 23:27). Jesus had to be taken by stealth, as the rulers feared “a riot of the people” (Mk. 14:1-2).

53:3 “A man of pains and acquainted with disease.” Israel’s adversities are frequently likened to sickness – see, e.g., Isa. 1:5-6; Jer. 10:19; Jer 30:12.

53:4 “Surely our diseases he carried and our pains he bore.” In Matt. 8:17, this is correctly translated, and said to be literally (not spiritually) fulfilled in Jesus’ healing of the sick, a reading inconsistent with the Christian mistranslation of 53:4 itself.

53:4 “Yet we ourselves esteemed him stricken, smitten of G- D and afflicted.” See Jer. 30:17 – of G-D’s servant Israel (30:10), it is said by the nations, “It is Zion; no one cares for her.”

53:5 “But he was wounded from (NOTE: not for) our transgressions, he was crushed from (AGAIN: not for) our iniquities.” Whereas the nations had thought the Servant (Israel) was undergoing Divine retribution for its sins (53:4), they now realize that the Servant’s sufferings stemmed from their actions and sinfulness. This theme is further developed throughout our Jewish Scriptures – see, e.g., Jer. 50:7; Jer. 10:25. ALSO: Note that the Messiah “shall not fail nor be crushed till he has set the right in the earth” (Isa. 42:4).

53:7 “He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so he did not open his mouth.” Note that in the prior chapter (Isa. 52), Israel is said to have been oppressed and taken away without cause (52:4-5).

A similar theme is developed in Psalm 44, wherein King David speaks of Israel’s faithfulness even in the face of gentile oppression (44:17- 18) and describes Israel as “sheep to be slaughtered” in the midst of the unfaithful gentile nations (44:22,11).

Regarding the claim that Jesus “did not open his mouth” when faced with oppression and affliction, see Matt. 27:46, Jn. 18:23, 36-37.

53:8 “From dominion and judgement he was taken away.” Note the correct translation of the Hebrew. The Christians are forced to mistranslate, since – by Jesus’ own testimony – he never had any rights to rulership or judgement, at least not on the “first coming.” See, e.g., Jn. 3:17; Jn. 8:15; Jn. 12:47; Jn. 18:36.

53:8 “He was cut off out of the land of the living.”  53:9 “His grave was assigned with wicked men.” See Ez. 37:11-14, wherein Israelis described as “cut off” and G-D promises to open its “graves” and bring Israel back into its own land. Other examples of figurative deaths include Ex. 10:17; 2 Sam. 9:8; 2 Sam. 16:9. 53:8 “From my peoples’ sins, there was injury to them.” Here the Prophet makes absolutely clear, to anyone familiar with Biblical Hebrew, that the oppressed Servant is a collective Servant, not a single individual.

The Hebrew word “lamoh”, when used in our Scriptures, always means “to them” never “to him” and may be found, for example, in Psalm 99:7 – “They kept his testimonies, and the statute that He gave to them.”

53:9 “And with the rich in his deaths.” Perhaps King James should have changed the original Hebrew, which again makes clear that we are dealing with a collective Servant, i.e., Israel, which will “come to life” when the exile ends (Ez. 37:14). 

53:9 “He had done no violence.” See Matt. 21:12; Mk. 11:15-16; Lk. 19:45; Lk. 19:27; Matt. 10:34 and Lk. 12:51; then judge for yourself whether this passage is truly consistent with the New Testament account of Jesus.

53:10 “He shall see his seed.” The Hebrew word for “seed”, used in this verse, always refers to physical descendants in our Jewish Scriptures.  See, e.g., Gen. 12:7; Gen. 15:13; Gen. 46:6; Ex. 28:43. A different word, generally translated as “sons”, is used to refer to spiritual descendants (see Deut. 14:1, e.g.).

53:10 “He will prolong his days.” Not only did Jesus die young, but how could the days be prolonged of someone who is alleged to be G-D?

53:11 “With his knowledge the righteous one, my Servant, will cause many to be just.” Note again the correct translation: the Servant will cause many to be just, he will not “justify the many.” The Jewish mission is to serve as a “light to the nations” which will ultimately lead the world to a knowledge of the one true G-D, this both by example (Deut. 4:5-8; Zech. 8:23) and by instructing the nations in G-D’s Law (Isa. 2:3-4; Micah 4:2-3).

53:12 “Therefore, I will divide a portion to him with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the mighty.” If Jesus is G-D, does the idea of reward have any meaning? Is it not rather the Jewish people – who righteously bore the sins of the world and yet remained faithful to G-D (Ps. 44) – who will be rewarded, and this in the manner described more fully in Isaiah chapters 52 and 54? 

The following is from www.jewsforjudaism.org

Question: Isaiah 53:7 says that the suffering servant “humbled himself and opened not his mouth” as a lamb about to be slaughtered or a sheep dumb before its shearers. Does this describe Jesus’ behavior at his trials?

Answer: Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah was the accusation placed against him before the Sanhedrin and Pilate. To the charge of his messianic claim, Jesus answered both the Jewish authorities and Pilate in a forceful manner (John 18:19-23, 33-37).

The statement: “Therefore Pilate entered the judgment hall again and called Jesus, and said to him: ‘Are you the King of the Jews?'” makes it clear that claiming to be the King Messiah was the Jewish accusation against Jesus. Matthew and Mark comment that Jesus did not answer the Jewish accusations when questioned by Pilate: “But he did not answer him, not even to a single charge” (Matthew 27:14); “But Jesus made no further answer” (Mark 15:15).

However, the list of charges made by the Jews, which is found in Luke’s Gospel: “misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a King” (Luke 23:2), is answered by Jesus. The charges are answered in his defense before Pilate, as found in John’s Gospel. There he claimed to head a peace-loving, nonmilitary, otherworldly group, which would not countenance revolt against the Roman Empire. John argues, with the help of alleged quotations from the trial, that Jesus claimed to be King of the Jews but not one who sought power in this world, i.e., at the expense of the Roman Empire (John 18:36).

Far from showing the humility and silence with which Isaiah describes the servant in verse 7, the encounter between the high priest, the elders, and Jesus is highlighted by a vigorous verbal exchange. In addition, Jesus did not show humility and silence during his confrontation with Pilate. At their meeting, Jesus is depicted as skillfully defending himself.

Jesus at no time humbled himself, but, on the contrary, presented a clever verbal defense before Pilate (the one man who could condemn him to death), pleading shrewdly that his messianic teaching was a nonviolent, “not of this world” movement, one which the Romans need not fear. Pilate, Jesus assumed, would not be interested in a non-political, non-military movement that was not of “this world.” However, Jesus’ movement must have appeared to Pilate like any of the other seditious movements that confronted him. He reacted accordingly.

Jesus was obviously defending himself by presenting a shrewd verbal response when he tried to convince Pilate that he was not the head of a seditious movement but that his intentions were peaceful.

Contrary to what Christian theologians claim, the Gospels’ Jesus presented a strong defense before the Jewish officials and Pilate. Jesus was not “dumb” but very outspoken before his accusers, Jewish or Gentile. Therefore, it is simply not true to say of Jesus that “he humbled himself and did not open his mouth.”

The following is from www.jewsforjudaism.org

Question: Isaiah 53:4 says that the suffering servant was considered “stricken” by his enemies. Does this describe Jesus in any way?

Answer: In verse 4 the Gentile nations exclaim, concerning the servant, “we considered him stricken [by God].” The verb appears again in verse 8. This does not describe Jesus in any way whatsoever.  The verb, nagua, “stricken,” is commonly used in the Jewish Scriptures for being stricken with leprosy (for example, 2 Kings 5:27, 15:5; Job 19:21; Leviticus 13:3, 9, 20; Numbers 12:10). Jesus was not stricken physically with leprosy! 

Yet, even metaphorically, nagua cannot be applied to Jesus who was not generally shunned as a loathsome pariah. The respectively supportive, indifferent, or hostile audiences he confronts in the Gospels show a variety of responses to his message.

Those who apparently despise Jesus are numerically represented in insignificant numbers. They exist, but no more so than one may expect in reaction to any extremely controversial figure. Consideration must also be given to the fact that the great majority of contemporary Jews never heard of Jesus. The application to Jesus of nagua, that is, stricken metaphorically in the manner of one who has leprosy and treated as such by fellow human beings, is unwarranted. 

Further sites to research:

Muhammad was prophesiesed in the Bible.

Corruption in the Old Testament.

Answering Trinity.

The New Testament confirms the Apocalypse (Revelation in Greek) of Peter which claims that Jesus never died on the cross!

Crucifixion of Jesus is a lie according to several of the Disciples’ early writings.

History of Man’s corruption of the Bible.

The New Testament was not even written by its original authors.

The “God” title in Isaiah 9:6 was given to others before and after Jesus.

The early Christians rejected Trinity and never believed in it.

Contradictions in the resurrection story in the Bible.

Was Jesus crucified on a tree (according to Peter), cross (according to others), or never got crucified (according to Islam)?

We only believe in Jesus’ personal quotes as closest to the truth.

Jesus according to Islam never got killed on the cross.  Allah Almighty saved him.

The blessed Jesus in Islam.

Does Psalm 16:8-11 refer to Jesus’ resurrection as the book of Acts suggest?

Jesus was never crucified according to the Gospel of Barnabas.

Isaiah 42-54 seem to predict Islam and the removal of GOD Almighty’s Covenant from the people of Israel.

Deconstructing Isaiah 53 & the crucifixion/resurrection of Jesus – Exposing Paul’s inventions.

The Early Christians’ Doctrines clearly declare that Jesus never got crucified!

Also, Hebrews 5:7-8 confirm Islam’s claim about Jesus never got crucified and contradicts the Bible!  
According to the documentary film, Banned from the Bible, which I watched on the History Channel, some of Saint Peter’s apocalypse were banned from the current Bible, and these Epistles contain what Islam claims – that Jesus didn’t get crucified on the cross and it only appeared that he was.  

This banned part also says that Jesus was standing next to the cross laughing.  These are the parts of the Bible that only few people in the world know about.

According to the documentary film, the apocalypse was very popular among Christians during the 2nd century.  They believed “it was spiritually inspired” by GOD Almighty to Saint Peter.  They actually had doubts about “John’s apocalypse”, which is known today as “the Book of Revelation”. 

Interestingly also, this apocalypse says that after GOD Almighty fills both Heaven and Hell with inhabitants from Mankind, and the people of Hell get tortured for a long period of time, the People of Heaven will ask and Pray to GOD Almighty to Forgive the people of Hell. 

GOD Almighty will then eventually listen to their Prayers, and will order the “Gates and the Steel Bars of Hell” to be opened and allow the people of Hell to enter Heaven for Good.  This apocalypse of Peter seems to also perfectly fit Noble Verse 7:40 in the Noble Quran where Allah Almighty Promised that He will eventually open the Gates of Heaven to all disbelievers and empty Hell.  Please visit: Hell will eventually be empty according to Islam.

None of Jesus’ disciples witnessed the crucifixion. They “all fled” and “deserted” Jesus. This further confirms Islam’s claims.