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TitleIsaiah 50
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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Israel Is Faithless, Despite God’s Power (50:1–3)


50 1[Yea, for][1] thus says the LORD,

The Lord

[“Have I put you away, or have I cast you off forever?”


For thus says the Lord],

The Lord

“Where is the divorce certificate of your mother;
[to] whom I have put [you] away?
Or to which of My creditors did I sell you? [Yea], to whom have [I] sold you?

Behold, for your iniquities you have been sold,
and for your transgressions your mother was sent away.

2Why when I come, there was no one there?
I called, [yea][2], there was no answer?

[O house of Israel,][3] is My hand really too short to redeem,
or have I no power to deliver?

Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea,
I make [their][4] rivers a wilderness,

[and][5] their fish to stink, because [the waters are dried up][6],
and they die because of thirst.

3I clothe the heavens with blackness,
and I make sackcloth their covering.”


Prophecies of the Messiah (50:4–9)


4The Lord, the LORD has given Me the tongue of the learned,
to know how to speak a word in season [unto you, O house of Israel, when you are][7] weary;

He wakens—morning by morning—
He wakens My ear to hear as do the disciples.

5The Lord, the LORD has [appointed][8] My ear,

and I was not rebellious,
nor did I turn away backward.

6I gave My back to the [smiter][9]
and My cheeks to them that plucked My beard.
I hid not My face from insults and spitting.

7But the Lord, the LORD will help me,
therefore, I will not be confounded;
therefore, have I set My face like flint,
and I know that I will not be ashamed.
8[And the Lord][10] is near, [and He] justifies me;
who will contend with Me?
Let us stand together!
Who is My adversary? Let him approach Me, [and I will smite him with the strength of My mouth.]

9[For][11] the Lord, the LORD will help Me; [and all they which][12] will condemn Me?

Behold, they all will wear out as a garment,
[and][13] the moth will eat them up.


The Lord’s “Bright Light” versus Mortal’s “Sparks” (50:10–11)


10Who among you fears the LORD,
obeying the voice of His servant?

Let him that walks in darkness,
and has no bright light,

trust in the name of the LORD
and rely on his God.

11Behold, all you who kindle fire,
who gird on sparks,

walk in the light of your fire
and in the sparks you have lit.

This will you have of my hand—
you will lie down in sorrow.


[1] Bracketed words in verse 1 are from JST and 2 Nephi 7:1.

[2] From JST and 2 Nephi 7:2.

[3] From JST and 2 Nephi 7:2.

[4] From JST.

[5] From JST and 2 Nephi 7:2.

[6] From JST and 2 Nephi 7:2.

[7] JST and 2 Nephi 7:4–9 present textual variants.

[8] From JST.

[9] From JST and 2 Nephi 7:6.

[10] Bracketed words in verse 8 are from JST and 2 Nephi 7:8.

[11] From JST and 2 Nephi 7:9.

[12] From JST and 2 Nephi 7:9.

[13] From 2 Nephi 7:9.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 50:1