Isaiah 53:8(NKJV)

He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

So I wonder:

1) How does he get to see his seed when he would be cut off from the earth without generations or descendants.

2) What exactly is his Seed?

  • He gets cut off, then his days get prolonged while seeing his seed. It's a prophecy of the ressurection. – diego b Dec 29 '17 at 3:20

The pronouns may be confusing you. Both pronouns in "He shall see His seed" are Jehova. "His seed" are all who are born again of the water and the spirit (John 3:5) who are in Christ; they become God's spiritual children. Look at it in the YLT version.

"10 And Jehovah hath delighted to bruise him, He hath made him sick, If his soul doth make an offering for guilt, He seeth seed -- he prolongeth days, And the pleasure of Jehovah in his hand doth prosper.

11 Of the labour of his soul he seeth -- he is satisfied, Through his knowledge give righteousness Doth the righteous one, My servant, to many, And their iniquities he doth bear."

Christ bore all of our sins in His death on the cross, thereby allowing all who will believe, repent, and be baptized into Christ to have remission of sins, and we are then counted for the seed of Abraham.

Gal. 3:26-29.

"26 for ye are all sons of God through the faith in Christ Jesus,

27 for as many as to Christ were baptized did put on Christ;

28 there is not here Jew or Greek, there is not here servant nor freeman, there is not here male and female, for all ye are one in Christ Jesus;

29 and if ye [are] of Christ then of Abraham ye are seed, and according to promise -- heirs." (YLT)

When we are in Christ, God sees Christ's sacrifice covering us. And as counted for the seed of Abraham we become the Israel that is saved with an everlasting salvation.

Isa. 45:17,

"But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end." (KJV)

Those who are in Christ are "His seed", the children of God.

(Bold emphasis is mine.)


1) How does he get to see his seed when he would be cut off from the earth without generations or descendants?

The victorious and triumphant end to the trial of this Servant (cf. Ps 22b) is only explicable if He obtains some resurrection from the dead ("cut off from the land of the living ... [himself made] an offering for sin"), which we in fact find toward the end ("he shall prolong his days [i.e. his life] ... the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand") (cf. Ps 16:10).

2) What is His seed?

"Seed" can refer to literal offspring, such as:

2 Samuel 7:12 (DRB)

And when thy days shall be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

But also figurative, as in the followers of Jesus Christ:

Revelation 12:17 (DRB) (cf. 12:1,5)

And the dragon was angry with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus.

cf. Gn 3:15; Rom 16:20.

Given this meaning of 'follower,' Christ's 'seed' are His brethren according to faith: His disciples (Jn 19:26-27; Mt 12:48-49; Heb 2:11).


The two previous answers are good ones. If you're still having trouble with the seed being counted as a generation, here are a couple more verses that may help.

Psalm 22: 30 (KJV)

"A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation."

Romans 9:8 (KJV)

"…They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed."

All those who have faith in Christ are heirs according to the promise to Abraham and are counted as part of the seed (descending generation) of Jesus Christ.

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