Where are the Lost Verses of Isaiah?

Nephi's Commentary on Isaiah 48 and 49

Where are the Lost Verses of Isaiah?

In his book Great Are the Words of Isaiah,” (p. 191), Monte Nyman listed a significant addition to Isaiah found on the Plates of Brass:

Monte Nyman explains lost Isaiah verses

“As Nephi commented on Isaiah 49 in 1 Nephi 22, he quoted or paraphrased three verses from ‘the prophet,’ obviously Isaiah. We do not have these verses in the present Bible text, but they fit very well into the context of Isaiah 49 and 50.

“We can illustrate this by placing [1 Nephi 22:15–17] between the last verse of chapter 49 and the first verse of chapter 50.”

1 Nephi 22

…the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have no more power over the hearts of the children of men; for the day soon cometh that all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as astubble; and the day cometh that they must be bburned.
For the time soon cometh that the fulness of the awrathof God shall be poured out upon all the children of men; for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous.
Wherefore, he will apreserve the brighteous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire. Wherefore, the righteous need not fear; for thus saith the prophet, they shall be saved, even if it so be as by fire.
David Ridges thoughts on lost verses

In the Book of Mormon Made Easier, David J. Ridges, wrote, “One of the greatest blessings of having the book of Mormon is that Nephi explains many chapters of Isaiah for us. This gives us a great advantage over all other people on earth as far as understanding Isaiah is concerned. In this case, Nephi will explain what Isaiah said in 1 Nephi, chapters 20-21 Nephi. Having Nephi as our teacher will greatly increase our ability to understand other chapters of Isaiah.

“By the way, since the Brass Plates were likely produced approximately 100 years (or less) after Isaiah lived, the writings of Isaiah on the plates would be a much more original source of the earliest manuscripts of the Bible. In fact, the Brass Plates even had three verses appear as 1 Nephi 22:15–17. Nephi quotes them as he explains this segment of Isaiah.”

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I am a retiree from Scouting. There I blogged for VoiceOfScouting.org, a site with more than 250,000 readers. During 42 years in the workplace, I've had many years senior level management with the BSA, professional associations, and high tech user groups. My background includes capital fundraising; outdoor adventure program development; property and construction management; event/conference planning; risk management and safety; lobbying federal, state and local government agencies; public relations; strategic planning; member advocacy and staff/volunteer training. Along the way, I have also taught Gospel Doctrine Classes and been both the ward and stake Sunday School President. In these settings, I have seen teachers and class members minimize Isaiah, a book Christ has commanded us to "search diligently." (3 Ne 23:1) With that in mind, I will do my best to explore and post my discoveries about the book of Isaiah. I am not a Bible scholar; like you, I read Isaiah in the Old Testament cycle of study in LDS Gospel Doctrine Classes and again in the Book of Mormon Cycle, so this is a whole new scripture adventure for me.



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