Isaiah, The Book of

Isaiah, The Book of

The book of, the longest prophetic book in the OT. Chaps. 1–39 present the oracles of the prophet Isaiah of Jerusalem, active during the second half of the eighth century BCE (the Assyrian period of Israel’s history); chaps. 40–55 appear to present the words of a later prophet active during the sixth–fifth century BCE (the time of the exile); chaps. 56–66 seem to represent prophetic words spoken during the postexilic period. There is, however, coherence of theme and perspective throughout the book, so that it presents similar “words of the Lord” addressed to divergent contexts.

Outline of Contents

Isaiah

I. First Isaiah (Isa 1-39)

A. Prophecies against Judah and Jerusalem (Isa 1-12)

B. Oracles against foreign nations (Isa 13-23)

C. Prophecies of universal judgment and Zion’s subsequent role (Isa 24-27)

D. Oracles of woe against Judah and Jerusalem (Isa 28-33)

E. Prophecies of Zion’s restoration after judgment (Isa 34-35)

F. Historical account concerning Isaiah and Hezekiah (Isa 36-39)

II. Second Isaiah (Isa 40-55)

A. The coming salvation of Yahweh, the only God; Babylon’s fall and Cyrus as God’s anointed (Isa 40-48)

B. Promises of restoration for Zion/Jerusalem (Isa 49-55)

III. Third Isaiah (Isa 56-66)

A. Prophecies of judgment against the restoration community (Isa 56-58)

B. Call to repentance and community response (Isa 59)

C. Promises of salvation (Isa 60-62)

D. Community lament and God’s response (Isa 63-64)

E. Further prophecies of judgment and promises of final salvation (Isa 65-66)

Isa 1-39

1The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.The Wickedness ... View more

Isa 1-12

1The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.The Wickedness ... View more

Isa 13-23

Proclamation against Babylon
1The oracle concerning Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw.
2On a bare hill raise a signal,
cry aloud to them;
wave the hand for th ... View more

Isa 24-27

Impending Judgment on the Earth
1Now the Lord is about to lay waste the earth and make it desolate,
and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.2A ... View more

Isa 28-33

Judgment on Corrupt Rulers, Priests, and Prophets
1Ah, the proud garland of the drunkards of Ephraim,
and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
which is on ... View more

Isa 34-35

Judgment on the Nations
1Draw near, O nations, to hear;
O peoples, give heed!
Let the earth hear, and all that fills it;
the world, and all that comes from it.2 ... View more

Isa 36-39

Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem
1In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, King Sennacherib of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and capt ... View more

Isa 40-55

God's People Are Comforted
1Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that she has served her term,
that her pena ... View more

Isa 40-48

God's People Are Comforted
1Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that she has served her term,
that her pena ... View more

Isa 49-55

The Servant's Mission
1Listen to me, O coastlands,
pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother's wo ... View more

Isa 56-66

The Covenant Extended to All Who Obey
1Thus says the Lord:
Maintain justice, and do what is right,
for soon my salvation will come,
and my deliverance be reveal ... View more

Isa 56-58

The Covenant Extended to All Who Obey
1Thus says the Lord:
Maintain justice, and do what is right,
for soon my salvation will come,
and my deliverance be reveal ... View more

Isa 59

Injustice and Oppression to Be Punished
1See, the Lord's hand is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.2Rather, your iniquities have been barriers ... View more

Isa 60-62

The Ingathering of the Dispersed
1Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.2For darkness shall cover the earth,
and t ... View more

Isa 63-64

Vengeance on Edom
1“Who is this that comes from Edom,
from Bozrah in garments stained crimson?
Who is this so splendidly robed,
marching in his great might?”

“ ... View more

Isa 65-66

The Righteousness of God's Judgment
1I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask,
to be found by those who did not seek me.
I said, “Here I am, here I ... View more

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