Understanding Isaiah

Isaiah,” by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier, circa 1838

A few years ago, a friend of mine asked me to write some posts to help her better understand the Isaiah chapters in the Book of Mormon. She wrote, “Whenever I see ‘Compare Isaiah. . .’ at the end of a chapter heading I have an instant feeling of dread, almost.  Maybe you could breakdown the Isaiah chapters and how they relate to Nephi and his family and in turn to us.”

Out of 66 chapters in Isaiah, 20 are quoted in the Book of Mormon:

IsaiahBook of Mormon
Isaiah 2-142 Nephi 12-24
Isaiah 292 Nephi 27 (paraphrased and extended)
Isaiah 48-491 Nephi 20-21
Isaiah 512 Nephi 8
Isaiah 522 Nephi 8:24-25, 3 Nephi 20:36-38, Mosiah 12:21-24, 3 Nephi 16:18-20, 3 Nephi 20:40-45
Isaiah 53Mosiah 14
Isaiah 543 Nephi 22

Furthermore, the Book of Mormon encourages us to study Isaiah:

  • Nephi wrote, “My soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah” (2 Nephi 25:5).
  • When Jesus Christ visited the American continent, He said, “A commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah” (3 Nephi 23:1).
  • Moroni urged his future readers, “Search the prophecies of Isaiah” (Mormon 8:23).

Here are some blog posts I wrote to give my friend some background as she studies the Isaiah chapters:


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