Justice was denied (Acts 8:33)

“In his humiliation,

Justice was denied him.

Who can describe

His generation?

His life is taken away

From the earth.”

Ἐν τῇ ταπεινώσει ἡ κρίσις αὐτοῦ ἤρθη· τὴν γενεὰν αὐτοῦ τίς διηγήσεται; ὅτι αἴρεται ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς ἡ ζωὴ αὐτοῦ.

The author of Acts indicated that the passage from Isaiah read that in his humiliation (Ἐν τῇ ταπεινώσει), justice was denied or taken away from him (ἡ κρίσις αὐτοῦ ἤρθη).  Who could describe his generation (τὴν γενεὰν αὐτοῦ τίς διηγήσεται)?  His life (ἡ ζωὴ αὐτοῦ) was taken away or removed (ὅτι αἴρεται) from the earth (ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς).  This was very similar but shorter than the original text of Isaiah, chapter 53:8.  “By a perversion of justice, he was taken away.  Who could have imagined his future?  He was cut off from the land of the living.  He was stricken for the transgression of my people.  They made his grave with the wicked.  His tomb was with the rich.  He had done no violence.  There was no deceit in his mouth.”  Although there was a perversion of justice against him, no one knew about his future.  He was cut off from the land of the living for the transgressions of his people, indicating that this was an Israelite person.  He had a grave with the wicked, but he ended up in the tomb of a rich man.  He had done no violence nor was there any deceit in his mouth.  Isaiah was talking about a wronged person who was not deceitful nor violent, who suffered injustice.  He left the land of the living for a rich tomb.  The obvious comparison to Jesus was clear.  How did Isaiah predict the sufferings of Jesus?

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