Isaiah 50: Return to the Lord

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 150–151


Isaiah 50 continues with the same ideas begun in Isaiah 49.

Understanding the Scriptures

Isaiah 50

Bill (v. 1)Legal document 
Creditors (v. 1)People you owe money to 
Rebuke (v. 2)Voice 
Sackcloth (v. 3)Black goatskin covering worn at a time of sadness 
In season (v. 4)At the right time 
Smiters (v. 6)People who beat other people 
Confounded (v. 7)Put to shame 
Flint (v. 7)A very hard stone that can spark when struck with steel 
Justifieth me (v. 8)Declares that I am right 
Contend with me (v. 8)Argue against me 
Adversary (v. 8)Enemy 
Stay (v. 10)Depend 
Compass (v. 11)Surround 

Isaiah 50:6—“I Gave … My Cheeks to Them That Plucked off the Hair”

If a person wanted to humiliate another person, he could pull the hair out of someone’s beard as a sign of disrespect.

Isaiah 50:10—Who Can Truly Follow the Lord and Not Be Blessed and Happier?

The invitation in Isaiah 50 to follow the Lord is similar to the one King Benjamin gave to his people in Mosiah 2:41.

Studying the Scriptures

Complete activity A or B as you study Isaiah 50.

Activity A iconWhat Do You Learn about Jesus Christ?

Read Isaiah 50:5–7; 1 Nephi 19:9; and Doctrine and Covenants 19:16–19 and write what these scripture passages teach you about:

  1. 1.

    What the Savior endured to accomplish the Atonement.

  2. 2.

    What motivated Him to do such an incredibly difficult and painful thing.

Activity B iconGive an Example

  1. 1.

    Describe the two kinds of people Isaiah spoke of in verses 10–11.

  2. 2.

    Think of a situation faced by people your age. Give an example of how each of the two kinds of people Isaiah described would act in that situation.