Chapter 16

(16.1) For Christ is with the humble-minded, not with those who exalt themselves over His flock.

(16.2) The scepter of the majesty of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, did not come in the boasting of pretension or arrogance, though able, being instead humble-minded, as the Holy Spirit said about Him. For He says,

(16.3) "Lord, who has believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? We have proclaimed before Him: like a child, like a root in thirsty ground. He has no form or glory; and we saw Him and He had no form or beauty, rather His form was despised, inferior to the form of other men, a man of wounds and affliction, and knowing how to bear suffering, for He turned His face away. He was despised and not taken into account.

(16.4) "He bears our sins and suffers for us, and we accounted Him to be (deserving) in affliction and in wounds and in mistreatment.

(16.5) "But He was wounded for our sins, and bruised for our lawlessness. The discipline of our peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.

(16.6) "All we, like sheep, have wandered; each man has wandered his way.

(16.7) "And the Lord has handed him over because of our sins, and He, through His mistreatment, does not open His mouth. Like a sheep led to the slaughter, and like a lamb before the shearer is silent, thus He does not open His mouth. In His humility, His judgment was taken away.

(16.8) "Who will relate His generation? For His life was taken away from the earth.

(16.9) "By the lawlessness of my people He came to death.

(16.10) "And I will give the wicked against His grave, and the wealthy against His death, because He did no lawlessness, nor was deceit found in His mouth. And the Lord wills to cleanse Him by wounds.

(16.11) "If you give (offerings) for sins, your soul will see long-lived seed.

(16.12) "And the Lord will to remove the affliction of His soul, to show Him light, and to form the understanding, to declare righteous the righteous one who slaves for many, and He will take up their sins.

(16.13) "Because of this He will inherit many, and share the spoils of the strong ones. Because His soul was handed over to death, and He was counted among the lawless.

(16.14) "And He took up the sins of many, and because of their sins He was handed over."

(16.15) And again He says, "I am a worm, and not a man; a disgrace to men, and despised by the people.

(16.16) "All who see me ridicule me. They have spoken with lips, shaken the head, 'He hoped in the Lord; let Him rescue him. Let Him save him, since He delights in him.'"

(16.17) See, men, beloved, what the example given us is? For if the Lord was thus humble-minded, what shall we do who through Him have come under the yoke of His grace?