As always, Travis Patten, proprietor of the Pioneer Book had a suggestion for me. He said that if I wanted an easy way to understand Isaiah, then the choice was Isaiah Made Easier. Lucky for me, he had a clean used first edition, but I suggest you get the second edition with its updates at Books & Things, the outlet for Cedar Fort Publishing and Media.
Scholar and author, David J. Ridges spent 35 years teaching the scriptures in seminary and institute classroom and at BYU education weeks. It was there he learned to deliver Isaiah’s teachings and literary symbolism in a conversational way. Personally, I like how he combines Isaiah’s actual words with his commentary to make it all understandable.
However, what I like best about Ridges’ treatment of Isaiah is his “in-verse” commentary; nearly all other writers list their analysis before or after the verse, or worse without citing the verse.
I have never seen it all clarified so simply. Just look at this sample from Isaiah: