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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lesson 9: My Soul Delighteth in the Words of Isaiah

Whenever I've taught Gospel Doctrine, the Isaiah material is one of my favorite topics. His writing shows up in every course of study, one way or another.

There are plenty of resources for studying Isaiah, so I'm not going to replicate any of the traditional Isaiah commentary. However, few if any commentaries point out that Isaiah is critical for Book of Mormon geography.

First, Isaiah tells us which direction Lehi sailed when he left the Arabian peninsula. Lehi sailed west, past the horn of Africa (Ethiopia) and around the continent to the Atlantic, which he crossed to get to North America. See my post here.

Second, Isaiah provides an important key to interpreting Alma 22, which we'll discuss when we get to that chapter.

Third, Isaiah tells us a lot about the latter-day events and that, in turn, tells us a lot about Book of Mormon geography. For example, where will the Lord raise an ensign? 2 Nephi 15:26-29; 21:12.

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One resource I wished I had is this map of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon. There's no web page; you just go to this link and download it. I have no idea who prepared the document, but I know some people are afraid to download stuff, so I'm posting it below. You can download the images for your own use, but I liked the table at the end best.

Kudos to whoever created this originally!

Isaiah ‘mapped’ to the Book of Mormon





There are whole chapters and ‘blocks of chapters’ that match up (the ‘blocks’ in the map) above).  But, scattered throughout the Book of Mormon, are other quotes, one or two verses at a time, some from the same Isaiah chapters as the blocks (bolded italics), some from other chapters, and some that are not direct quotes, but paraphrased verses from Isaiah (these are marked with an asterisk *).
Isaiah 2–14
2 Nephi 12–24
Isaiah 29
2 Nephi 27
Isaiah 48-49
1 Nephi 20–21
Isaiah 50–51
2 Nephi 7–8
Isaiah 52
3 Nephi 20
Isaiah 53
Mosiah 14
Isaiah 54
3 Nephi 22
Isaiah 5:26*
2 Nephi 29:2
Isaiah 9:12-13
2 Nephi 28:32
Isaiah 11:4
2 Nephi 30:9
Isaiah 11:5-9
2 Nephi 30:11-15
Isaiah 11:11a*
2 Nephi 25:17a; 29:1b; compare 25:11
Isaiah 22:13*
2 Nephi 28:7-8
Isaiah 25:12*
2 Nephi 26:15
Isaiah 28:10, 13*
2 Nephi 28:30
Isaiah 29:3-4*
2 Nephi 26:15-16
Isaiah 29:5*
2 Nephi 26:18
Isaiah 29:6
2 Nephi 6:15
Isaiah 29:6-10
2 Nephi 27:2-5
Isaiah 29:13
2 Nephi 28:9
Isaiah 29:14a*
1 Nephi 14:7a; 22:8a; 2 Nephi 25:17b; 29:1a
Isaiah 29:15a*
2 Nephi 28:9a
Isaiah 29:21b*
2 Nephi 28:16a
Isaiah 40:3*
1 Nephi 10:8
Isaiah 45:18*
1 Nephi 17:36
Isaiah 45:23*
Mosiah 27:31
Isaiah 49:22
1 Nephi 22:6
Isaiah 49:22*
1 Nephi 22:8; 2 Nephi 6:6
Isaiah 49:23a*
1 Nephi 22:8b; 2 Nephi 10:9a
Isaiah 49:23
2 Nephi 6:7
Isaiah 49:24-26
2 Nephi 6:16-18
Isaiah 52:1a*
Moroni 10:31a
Isaiah 52:1-2
2 Nephi 8:24-25
Isaiah 52:7*
1 Nephi 13:37; Mosiah 15:14-18; 27:37
Isaiah 52:7-10
Mosiah 12:21-24
Isaiah 52:8-10
Mosiah 15:29-31; 3 Nephi 16:18-20; 20:32-35
Isaiah 52:10*
1 Nephi 22:10-11
Isaiah 52:12*
3 Nephi 21:29
Isaiah 52:13-15*
3 Nephi 21:8 -10
Isaiah 53:8, 10*
Mosiah 15:10-11
Isaiah 54:2b*
Moroni 10:31a
Isaiah 55:1*
2 Nephi 26:25
Isaiah 55:1-2 
2 Nephi 9:50 -51


Source:  Unlocking Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, Victor Ludlow, Deseret Book, 2003.  Also, Book of Mormon Reference Companion, Dennis Largey, Editor, Deseret Book, 2003

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