Summary of Isaiah

Summary of Isaiah

Chapter by Chapter:

Isaiah 1-2: Zion and the Restoration/Temples in the Last Days

Isaiah 3-4: Judah and Jerusalem are Punished/Zion Shall be Cleansed

Isaiah 5-6: The Apostate of Israel/Isaiah Sees the Lord

Isaiah 7-8: Ephraim and Sariah Wage War/Turn to God for Guidance

Isaiah 9-10: A Child is Born/Few People Shall be Left

Isaiah 11-12: The Lord Shall Raise an Ensign/In the Last Days God will be among us

Isaiah 13-14: The End of the World/Lucifer is Cast Out!

Isaiah 15-16: Moab shall be Laid Waste/Messiah Shall Sit on David’s Throne

Isaiah 17-18: Israel is Scattered/The Scattered People

Isaiah 19-20: The Lord Will Smite Egypt/Assyria Shall Overrun Egypt

Isaiah 21-22: Babylon is Fallen!/A Nail in a Sure Place

Isaiah 23-24: Tyre Shall be Overthrown/Men Shall Change the Scriptures

Isaiah 25-26: Tyre Shall be Overthrown/Men Shall Change the Scriptures

Isaiah 27-28: Israel Shall Fill the Earth/Revelation

Isaiah 29-30: The Book of Mormon/Rejection of Prophets

Isaiah 31-32: The Lord will Defend his People/The Messiah – The Restoration

Isaiah 33-34: The Stakes of the Church/The Second Coming

Isaiah 35-36: Babylon is Fallen!/A Nail in a Sure Place

Isaiah 37-38: Hezekiah and Isaiah/Hezekiah’s Life is added to

Isaiah 39-40: Hezekiah reveals his truth/Run and Not be Weary

Isaiah 41-42: Be Not Affraid/Isaiah Speaks to the Lord

Isaiah 43-44: Jesus is our only Redeemer/Why worship objects?

Isaiah 45-46: Come unto Christ/Idols are not to be compared to God

Isaiah 47-48: Babylon and Chaldea shall be destroyed/The Lord reveals His purposes

Isaiah 49-50: Messiah = Light unto the Gentiles/Isaiah shall have a tongue of power

Isaiah 51-52: The Lord shall gather Zion/Zion shall return

Isaiah 53-54: The Atonement of Jesus Christ/Zion and Her Stakes in the Last Days

Isaiah 55-56: Salvation if Free/Keep the Commandments

Isaiah 57-58: No peace for the wicked/The Law of the Fast

Isaiah 59-60: Israel is separated from God/Israel shall be Restored

Isaiah 61-62: In the Last Days, God will restore His Church/Lifting the Gospel Standard

Isaiah 63-64: We shall accept Jesus as our Father/Salvation at the Second Coming

Isaiah 65-66: The Millennium/All wicked shall be destroyed


The Book of Isaiah is the first of the Latter Prophets in the Hebrew Bible, preceding Ezekiel, and Jeremiah. The first 39 chapters prophesy doom for a sinful Judah and for all the nations of the world that oppose God, while the last 27 prophesy the restoration of the nation of Israel and a new creation in God’s glorious future kingdom.

The prophet Isaiah, whose name means “Jehovah is salvation,” was the son of Amoz (Isaiah 1:1), not to be confused with the prophet Amos. He prophesied during the reign of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. During the span of Isaiah’s ministry, Judah underwent great periods of change. His call came in the last year of King Uzziah’s reign, about 740 BC. Uzziah was, generally speaking, a good king and had brought to Judah a degree of wealth and power which she had not known since the time of Solomon. With these accomplishments, however, came sin, corruption, oppression and religious formalism. While gaining materially, Judah had deteriorated spiritually. Uzziah was succeeded by his son Jotham, who also sought to encourage the worship of Jehovah but who failed, as had his father, to break down the high places of idolatrous worship. Ahaz followed Jotham and set about to replace the true worship with devotion to heathen idols.


Isaiah 65-66

Isaiah 65-66

Chapter 65: The Millennium

“I am sought of them that asked not for me…” (Isaiah 65:1) These people are contrasted with God’s rebellious people; “… a rebellious people which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;” (Isaiah 65:2) Blessings are promised for the true servants of the Lord, and a chastisement for false or shallow servants. God will create a new heaven, and a new earth, and there shall be no more weeping. People will live so long that if someone dies being one hundred years old, people will consider that one accursed. They shall provide for themselves. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together.

Doctrine and Covenants (an LDS book of scripture) goes on to explain more about the Millennium; “…in that day the enmity of man, and the enmity of beasts… shall cease from before my face… in that day whatsoever any man shall ask, it shall be given unto him… in that day Satan shall not have power to tempt any man… there shall be no sorrow because there is no death… in that day an infant shall not die until he is old… his life shall be as the age of a tree [roughly 100 years]… And when he dies he shall not sleep, that is to say in the earth, but shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and shall be caught up, and his rest shall be glorious… in that day when the Lord shall come, he shall reveal all things.” (Doctrine and Covenants 101:25-32)

Chapter 66: All wicked shall be destroyed

Heaven is the Lord’s throne, and the earth His footstool. The Lord will look on one who is poor and of a contrite spirit. Empty religious rituals are rejected. The Lord repays his enemies. After labor pains, Zion experiences the joy of birth. The Lord will come in judgment, to judge all flesh. Gentiles will come to know of the Lord, and some of them will even become priests and Levites. All flesh shall worship before the Lord. For those who transgress, their corpses will be looked upon – their worm shall not die, nor their fire quenched.

Isaiah 63-64

Isaiah 63-64

Chapter 63: We shall accept Jesus as our Father

                Who is this who comes from Edom with dyed red garments? He has trodden the winepress furiously. Nobody was by to help him. A savior redeemed his people, though afflicted. His people rebelled and grieved his holy spirit, so he turned against them. An exile’s plea for restoration – where is the God of Moses, who redeemed his people?

                “…thou art our father through Abraham…” (Isaiah 63:16)

Chapter 64: Salvation at the Second Coming

A prayer for God to intervene, shaking the mountains and making His name known to his adversaries. Sinfulness is confessed, and acknowledged as an obstacle. A plea is made to forget iniquity. God is asked to act in light of the fact that Zion is a wilderness, and Jerusalem desolation.

We are the work of the potter’s hand [God] and we are molded as clay is molded by the potter.

Isaiah 61-62

Isaiah 61-62

Chapter 61: In the Last Days, God will restore His Church

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me. He will preach good tidings to the poor, and proclaim liberty to the captives, and comfort those who mourn. Ruined cities will be rebuilt, and shame will replace honor. The covenant will endure for future generations, and be famous among the gentiles. He is clothed in the garment of salvation, and the robe of righteousness.

“…righteousness and praise… [will] …spring forth before all the nations.” (Isaiah 61:11)
this righteousness that will spring forth will be the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon in the Latter-days.

Chapter 62: Lifting the Gospel Standard

Zion’s righteousness shall go forth as brightness. The gentiles shall witness its glory. The Lord loves Zion as a bridegroom loves a bride, and will protect it against enemies. Build the highway for the Lord! Zion shall be populated with those who are redeemed of the Lord.

Isaiah 59-60

Isaiah 59-60

Chapter 59: Israel is separated from God

                The problem is not that the Lord’s hand is shortened, so it cannot save. The problem is the sins of the people – lies, iniquity and injustice. Darkness comes, and the people growl like bears, and moan sadly like doves. In the absence of righteousness, the Lord Himself became a righteous warrior, and lifted up his standard before the enemy. The Redeemer shall come to Zion. Our sin will separate us from God “…your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)

Chapter 60: Israel shall be restored

Arise; shine, for your light has come. The gentiles shall come to your light. “…the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:2) this verse is talking about the Apostasy that will cover the earth, but with the light of God, He will restore His Gospel and His Church… The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Great treasures will come to Israel from many lands. The sons of those who afflicted Israel shall come bowing. The walls shall be called Salvation, and the gates Praise. The Lord will be an everlasting light to replace the sun and the moon. The days of mourning shall be ended.

Isaiah 57-58

Isaiah 57-58

Chapter 57: No peace for the wicked

The righteous are persecuted. God’s people have committed spiritual adultery. He who puts his trust in the Lord shall possess the land and inherit His holy mountain – in contrast to those who trust in idols. The stumbling block shall be removed. The Lord will restore, but there is no rest for the wicked.

Chapter 58: The Law of the Fast

God’s people ask why their prayers go unanswered. In fact, their ritual observance was shallow and did not proceed from the heart. God is more pleased to see people help the oppressed and poor.

“Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thous seest not? Wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.“ (Isaiah 58:3) When we fast, we need to fast for a cause. While we fast we donate money/food that we would have consumed during the fast… this will then go to help the needy and in turn give blessings to both parties. The light of the true worshipper shall break forth like the morning; he shall be as a watered garden. Those who keep the Sabbath will ride on the high hills of the earth.

Isaiah 55-56

Isaiah 55-56

Chapter 55: Salvation if Free

The Lord invites those who are thirsty to come and be richly fed.

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) Don’t wait around to call upon the Lord to help you… call upon His help, while He is there.

The everlasting covenant is talked about in terms of the sure mercies of David. The wicked will be forgiven if they forsake their ways. The Lord’s thoughts are higher than men’s thoughts.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) Simply put: we don’t understand the ways of God.

Sometimes we question why things happen in the world in our own lives and the lives of those around us. Why did God cause a natural disaster to occur, why did someone die before their time… etc. Everythin has a reason, but we may not fully understand why. But an all knowing, all powerful God… does! “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33)

The Lord’s word shall make the earth fertile. Psalm-like image of the mountains and hills breaking forth in singing. Out of this fertile earth will come the word of the Lord, and He said: “…my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

One thing to keep in mind in verse 11, God said His “word”, and His word is not “a” book, it can be multiple books, like it was before the Bible was formed by MAN. Jesus even said: “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” (Mark 13:31) Notice how it said “words”, if word was meant to be “a book”, like the Bible… then we are only talking about one book and not multiple books. This is why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in an OPEN Cannon of Scriptures, where revelation is alive and not dead, where God’s words are not limited to the one single book.

Chapter 56: Keep the Commandments

A call is made to be righteous, and not defile the Sabbath. The foreigner and the eunuch will not be separated from the Lord. The Lord will judge the “…greedy dogs… shepherds that cannot understand…” (Isaiah 56:11) I believe this is referring to the pastors of churches, which are built for gain. In the Spanish “Reina-Valera” version of the Bible it uses the word “pastors” in place of Shepherds.

Isaiah 53-54

Isaiah 53-54

Chapter 53: The Atonement of Jesus Christ

“He [Jesus Christ] is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief… he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities…” (Isaiah 53: 3-5)

“…he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter…” (Isaiah 53:7) We all like sheep have gone astray. The Lord made his soul an offering for sin. The righteous servant shall justify many. He bore the sins of many.

Chapter 54: Zion and Her Stakes in the Last Days

Israel will be restored like a barren woman who bears many children. Israel will be restored like a widow who is rescued from her reproach. The church and its “stakes” will be strengthened… this is why the LDS church has stakes. The Lord has shown temporary wrath, and will now show everlasting kindness. Covenant with Noah cited as a precedent. The city shall be built with precious stones. Peace and protection are promised.

Those who are afflicted will be rewarded… “O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires…” (Isaiah 54:11)

                If we put our trust in the Lord we do not have to fear, because “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper…” (Isaiah 54:17)

Isaiah 51-52

Isaiah 51-52

Chapter 51: The Lord shall gather Zion

The Lord will comfort – the wilderness shall become an Eden. The Lord’s salvation and righteousness are forever. Fear God, not man. God defeated Rahab (sea monster), and parted the seas (again, the exodus from Babylon and Egypt are compared). The cup of the Lord’s fury will be taken from Israel, and given to its enemies.

“…fear ye not the reproach of men…” (Isaiah 51:7)

Chapter 52: Zion shall return

Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! You shall be redeemed for no money. Israel’s oppressors will wail. All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. When departing, the Lord will be the rear guard. The Lord’s servant will be both exalted and humiliated. Nations will be cleansed and astonished by him.


Isaiah 49-50

Isaiah 49-50

Chapter 49: Messiah = Light unto the Gentiles

The servant speaks in his own voice – he has been called from the womb. His mouth has been made like a sharp sword. He will be a light to the gentiles. He will release prisoners, and those in darkness. The Lord cannot forget Israel, as a nurse cannot forget her nursing child. The Lord will protect Israel from her enemies, who will be humbled and defeated.

Chapter 50: Isaiah shall have a tongue of power

Israel has brought its misfortunes on itself. The servant is obedient, and has been given a wise tongue. “… the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word…” (Isaiah 50:4)

”I gave my back to those smitters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair…” (Isaiah 50:6) He has faith that the Lord will justify him, however, and that his adversaries will grow old like a garment, and be eaten up by moths. People will be kindled by fire from his hand.