Context: Isaiah, prophet of the Lord, proclaims his vision of "Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah." Reproving the people for their sins, announcing the coming greatness of Jerusalem and Judah through obedience to God, Isaiah prophesies the appearance of a messiah and the downfall of neighboring countries. Later prophets also note the power of the Lord, the destruction of His enemies, and the deliverance of His people. One, often called "Second Isaiah," a poet of great eloquence, foretells the ultimate victory of the Lord and the arrival of the Lord's "suffering servant," variously interpreted as an individual, Israel, the promised messiah, and Jesus of Nazareth, who, though exalted, will bear the sorrows and sins of the people:
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.