Christ is speaking to us in this chapter. In verse 6 He tells us what He would be able to endure as though it had already happened. Note that being smitten and having hair plucked off the face are both references to slavery in His day and time. Shame and spitting have an even more direct reference to the Crucifixion, and also refers to the humility of slavery, for crucifixion was the favored method of killing rebellious slaves. In verse 5 the Savior points out “I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.” How was He able to endure the shame of the Crucifixion? See verse 7: “For the Lord God will help me….” The Lord God will help us, also, if we follow the Savior’s example of suffering humility, if necessary, to keep our covenants.