Isaiah 24: A Wicked World Destroyed

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 144–145


After several chapters that spoke of the destruction of different nations (see Isaiah 13–23), Isaiah 24 speaks of a more general destruction on all the earth. Isaiah 24 especially applies to the Israelites and what would happen to them because of their wickedness, but it also applies to the last days before the Second Coming.Although Isaiah 24 seems very discouraging because it speaks so much about destruction, it also contains a small message of hope concerning the righteous who are spared. This hopeful message is even stronger in the next few chapters.

Understanding the Scriptures

Isaiah 24

Maketh it waste (v. 1)Destroys 
Abroad (v. 1)Outside of one’s country 
As with (v. 2)Whatever happens to 
So with (v. 2)Shall also happen to 
Usury (v. 2)Interest payments for loans 
Utterly (vv. 3, 19)Completely 
Languisheth (vv. 4, 7)Loses strength 
Haughty (v. 4)Proud 
Defiled (v. 5)Made filthy, polluted 
Ordinance (v. 5)Sacred ceremonies 
Everlasting covenant (v. 5)The laws and promises of the gospel 
Devoured (v. 6)Destroyed 
Desolate (v. 6)In a state of punishment 
Mirth (vv. 8, 11)Happiness 
Majesty (v. 14)Greatness 
Uttermost (v. 16)Farthest away 
Treacherous (v. 16)Deceitful 
Snare (vv. 17–18)Trap 
Dissolved (v. 19)Broken up 
Reel to and fro (v. 20)Move back and forth 
Removed (v. 20)Moved around as in shaking or bending 
Confounded (v. 23)Ashamed 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Isaiah 24.

Activity A iconLearn from Related Scriptures

  1. 1.

    Read Doctrine and Covenants 5:19 and 84:96–98 and write about how and why the Lord will do what He said He would do in Isaiah 24:1.

  2. 2.

    Read Doctrine and Covenants 1:17, 35–36; 45:31–35; and 97:22–28 and explain how a person can be saved in the midst of the destructions prophesied in Isaiah 24:1–12, 19–23.

  3. 3.

    List the ways the Lord said the people of the earth sinned in Isaiah 24:5. Compare what He said in Isaiah to what He said in Doctrine and Covenants 1:15–16, and tell what you think Isaiah 24:5 means.

Activity B iconPart of the Plan of Salvation

  1. 1.

    According to Isaiah 24:21–22, what will happen to those destroyed at the time the prophecies in this chapter come to pass?

  2. 2.

    According to Doctrine and Covenants 138:29–35, how will these people be “visited”?