By His Wound We Were Healed

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24, EVS, emphasis mine).

“But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5, EVS, emphasis mine).

Something I found interesting about the word “wounds”, and maybe you’ll appreciate also. The word wounds in is actually in the singular sense. So instead of “wounds”, it would be “wound.” So why did the translators translate this in the plural — wounds?

The reason is simple. In the original language it infers that Jesus had so many stripes, wounds, and bruises that they became one large wound. In English we don’t have a way to describe this, so we say wounds in the plural.

If this was translated as stripe, bruise, or wound in the singular, in our minds it would appear as something like a black-eye. It wouldn’t convey the horror, or the extreme of the damage done.

Speaking of Jesus, this scripture now makes sense:

“As many were astonished at you—
his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of the children of mankind” (Isaiah 52:14).

And this scripture is brought to light more clearly. They were seeing Jesus on the cross:

“Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:1–3).

Jesus bore our sins and infirmities in His body. God gets glory when we receive what Jesus did for us.

Stay strong and prepared!

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