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This Week's Reading: Isaiah 58-66

Come Follow Me Insight #1

What happened to Isaiah after he stopped writing and prophesying? Tradition says that the only reason Isaiah stopped his prophetic work was because he died as a martyr. How? Again tradition says that Isaiah died by being “sawn asunder” or cut in two with a saw. (Source)

Come Follow Me Insight #2

Chiasmus is a literary device used throughout the Bible (including in these final chapters of Isaiah). The basic chiastic structure is for one line (or section of writing) to correspond directly with the line (or section) opposite it. Chiasmus can be as simple as two lines such as in Proverbs 15:1: 


    1. A soft answer turneth away wrath:
    2. But grievous words stir up anger

Or it can be multiple lines or even chapters such as in Isaiah 59-66. (Source)

Come Follow Me Insight #3

Come Follow Me Insights This Week

Chiasmus is one of the great “proofs” of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. Mosiah 3:18-19 is a wonderful example of chiastic structure:


Men will drink damnation to their souls unless


They humble themselves


and become as little children


believing that salvation is in the atoning blood of Christ;


for the natural man


is an enemy to God


and has been from the fall of Adam


and will be forever and ever


unless he yieldeth to the Holy Spirit


and putteth off the natural man


and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ


and becometh as a child

submissive, meek and humble. (Mosiah 3:18–19)

Joseph Smith would definitely NOT have known about chiasmus since it wasn’t widely known about until the 1930’s. (Source)

My Favorite Scriptures for the Week


      1. Isaiah 58:6
      2. Isaiah 58:13
      3. Isaiah 59:8
      4. Isaiah 59:21
      5. Isaiah 60:19
      6. Isaiah 64:8
      7. Isaiah 65:25
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