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:
|Isaiah||Book of Mormon|
|Isaiah 2-14||2 Nephi 12-24|
|Isaiah 29||2 Nephi 27 (paraphrased and extended)|
|Isaiah 48-49||1 Nephi 20-21|
|Isaiah 51||2 Nephi 8|
|Isaiah 52||2 Nephi 8:24-25, 3 Nephi 20:36-38, Mosiah 12:21-24, 3 Nephi 16:18-20, 3 Nephi 20:40-45|
|Isaiah 53||Mosiah 14|
|Isaiah 54||3 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:
- Why Is Isaiah Quoted So Much in the Book of Mormon?
- Why Is Isaiah So Difficult to Understand?
- How Can Recognizing Parallelisms Help Me Understand Isaiah?
- What Is the Historical Context for the Book of Isaiah?
- Which of Isaiah’s Writings Are Quoted in the Book of Mormon?
- How Does Isaiah Point Us Toward Christ?
- What Is the Role of Isaiah’s “Servant Songs” in the Book of Mormon?