This page would ideally always be under construction. You are invited to contribute.
This heading should be very brief. Click the link above and to the right to edit or add content to this heading. →
Relationship to Isaiah. The relationship of Chapter 50 to the rest of Isaiah is discussed at Isaiah.
Story. Chapter 50 consists of ____ major sections:
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Chapter 50 include:
This section is for detailed discussion such as the meaning of a symbol, how a doctrinal point is developed throughout a passage, or insights that can be further developed in the future. Contributions may range from polished paragraphs down to a single bullet point. The focus, however, should always be on understanding the scriptural text consistent with LDS doctrine. Click the link above and to the right to edit or add content to this heading. →
- Isa 50:1. The Lord addresses Israel as if it were a child: Have I cast you off, or divorced your mother, or sold you? Fathers in dire circumstances have sometimes had to sell their children to satisfy their creditors. (See 2 Kgs 4:1 and Neh 5:5), but the Lord has no such creditors. Though Israel has been separated from the Father, the separation isn’t permanent. It is a consequence of their unrighteousness.
- Isa 50:11. This verse is a warning to those who do not recognize their dependence on the Lord--people who are trying to follow their own light rather than the Lord's. To these people Isaiah is saying that if they follow their own light they will never find happiness. They will die in sorrow. Notice the LDS edition footnote references to similar verses:
- "Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes." (Deut 12:8)
- "In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes." (Judg 17:6)
- "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts." (Prov 21:2)
This section is for questions along the lines of "I still don't understand ..." Please do not be shy. The point of these questions is to identify things that still need to be addressed on this page. Click the link above and to the right to edit or add content to this heading. →
Prompts for life application
This section is for prompts that suggest ways in which a passage can influence a person's life. Prompts may be appropriate either for private self reflection or for a class discussion. Click the link above and to the right to edit or add content to this heading. →
Prompts for further study
This section is for prompts that invite us to think about a passage more deeply or in a new way. These are not necessarily questions that beg for answers, but rather prompts along the lines of "Have you ever thought about ..." Prompts are most helpful when they are developed individually, thoughtfully, and with enough background information to clearly indicate a particular direction for further study or thought. Click the link above and to the right to edit or add content to this heading. →
- Isa 50:2: To whom is the Lord speaking in this verse and the next? To what time is the Lord referring when he says, “When I came, there was no man"? Who was absent? Who didn’t hear him? After speaking to them of his power to redeem and deliver, what might Israel think of when he mentions his power to dry up the sea?
- Isa 50:4-9: There are two interpretations of these verses. According to one, the Lord is speaking; according to the other, Isaiah is speaking. What do we learn if we think of this as Isaiah speaking? What do we learn if we think of it as the Lord?
- Isa 50:10-11: These two verses compare those who trust God (v. 10) and those who do not (v. 11). What does it mean to say that those who trust in God walk in darkness? What does it mean that those who will have sorrow surround themselves with sparks and walk in the light? Usually the righteous are portrayed as walking in light and the unrighteous are portrayed as walking in darkness. Why is that imagery reversed here? What is the origin of the light in v. 11?
This section is for listing links and print resources, including those that are also cited elsewhere on this page. A short comment about the particular strengths of a resource can be helpful. Click the link above and to the right to edit or add content to this heading. →
Footnotes are not required but are encouraged for factual assertions that average readers cannot easily evaluate for themselves (such as the date of King Solomon’s death or the nuanced definition of a Greek word). In contrast, insights rarely benefit from footnoting, and the focus of this page should always remain on the scriptures themselves rather than what someone has said about them. Links are actively encouraged on all sections of this page, and links to authoritative sources (such as Strong's Bible Concordance or the Joseph Smith Papers) are preferable to footnotes.