At the beginning of every year, I enjoy taking a new version of the Bible and work my way through it; a new version has a way of bringing the common back to life. It’s always interesting to see what new shades of meaning, or even different perspectives you encounter.

This year I bought the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and I’ve been examining several key texts that have raised my interest.

The first thing I notice is that Holman has correctly translated Isaiah 53:3-5 as “sicknesses and pains.” I’m not aware of any English versions of the Tanakh (the Scriptures used by the Jews) which translate it any other way. They never use the erroneous translation of “griefs and sorrows” as most do. Why? They make their translation based on the Hebrew without the consideration that these verses apply to Jesus, nor to the sacrifice the Messiah made upon the cross.

I am not aware of any modern day translation in the English language that has rendered it faithfully until now. Evangelicalism has had its day of keeping the Scriptures from the people as surely as the darkest of the Dark Ages. Truth has been lost in translation, and doctrinal bias has held a higher authority than the Scripture itself. It appears that is beginning to change.

Modern translations have refused to render it accurately for fear of the consequence. If Holman is right, as I believe they are — then Isaiah, and Matthew and Peter have placed healing squarely in the atonement, and if in the atonement, then healing is for all. Most traditional and mainline churches have a form of godliness, but they have denied the power. What a difference just a few words make.

Thank you Holman Publishers, for having the courage to translate the Word of God faithfully and accurately. Thank you, Jesus, for carrying our sicknesses and diseases upon the cross for us. By your stripes we are healed!

Isaiash 53:3-5

3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of suffering who knew what sickness was.
He was like one people turned away from;
He was despised, and we didn’t value Him.
4 Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses,
and He carried our pains;
but we in turn regarded Him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment m for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.