He was despised, from Messiah (Isaiah 53:3; 50:6) – George F. Handel

George Frideric Handel's autograph manuscript ...

George Frideric Handel's autograph manuscript of the title page of Messiah, 1741 (Photo via Wikipedia)

Isaiah 53:3a; 50:6

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

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He was despised (air), from Messiah (1741) by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


[He was despised starts at approximately 54:45]
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