Introduction to Isaiah

Learning how Isaiah encodes the book order has been a journey of discovery. At the beginning the subject of book order was not even in mind. The thought was simply that Isaiah's chapters might relate to the books of the Bible. On a second look it was clear that Isaiah patterns the books, but in a new order.

The First Attempt

The idea that Isaiah might correlate with the books of the Bible first came in the latter part of 2001. I was reading the Bible one afternoon and turned to Isaiah 40. As I read the familiar opening to that chapter, "A voice crying in the wilderness...", I had a thought. What if the chapters of Isaiah relate to the books of the Bible. After all, the chapters of Isaiah and books of the Bible are both 66 in number, and John the Baptist comes on the scene in book 40, quoting Isaiah 40.

I turned to Isaiah 66, and found reference to " heavens and a new earth..." a key phrase in the book of Revelation. Great, I thought, it seems to be working.

As I continued looking for correlations I didn't see very many. I figured I had stumbled onto a couple of random correlations so I forgot about it for what would turn out to be about three years.

A Second Try

On December 14, 2004 I turned again to Isaiah 40 during a devotional reading time and the earlier study came flooding back. A debate ensued within as I argued the two sides. The idea that Isaiah relates to the rest of the Bible was too compelling to discard, but the first attempt to find good correlations had come up short.

As I contemplated the whole thing I remembered a book I had read in the intervening period. The First Edition of the New Testament, by David Trobisch, a professor of New Testament Language and Literature, makes the case for printing Bibles with the books of the New Testament arranged in the Greek order. It was obvious from this read that the Greek book order is superior to that used in modern Bibles, so I was on board with the idea by the end of the book. However, the lasting value for me was simply learning that the subject of book order was not as settled as my experience had conditioned me to think. Understanding there is debate over which historical book order is best was the catalyst I needed to shift the mental debate I was having about Isaiah.

I had a stereotypical "lightbulb" moment as the pieces connected in my mind. Mr. Trobisch had shown that the arrangement of the books can effect their meaning, their interpretation. This is why he argued for the Greek order citing examples where the Greek order provides better understanding than the modern order. What I realized in that moment was that scripture itself, and not history, should witness to the book order that's best, assuming their is an intended order. Mr. Trobisch's case was resting on the historical order of the books found in the Greek manuscripts, but assumed that because it's an historical order or perhaps because it's the earliest order, that it's the best order. With this as his basis he then argued for it's superiority compared to the modern order citing various inter-book relationships that make more sense in the Greek order.

The rest of the thought, once I realized scripture itself must be the only basis for the book order, was that Isaiah may actually be the place in scripture where the book order is given. In other words, instead of trying to match the chapters of Isaiah to the modern order of the books, let Isaiah's chapters, which we have no evidence of ever having changed their order, determine the order for the books. It made too much sense to me and provided a possible solution to my debate. The reason I felt so compelled to align the books and chapters was because this really does work, but the reason it did not appear to work was that I assumed a modern book order. I simply needed to weight Isaiah's chapter order above the modern book order and try again.

With that I was off to the first chapter of Isaiah with the book of Genesis in mind. Since to my knowledge the book of Genesis has never been placed in any other position in any book order other than first, and because Genesis does begin at the beginning both in name and content, it seemed like the safest place to start testing. After all, if Isaiah wasn't going to tell me Genesis comes first I was going to be in for a rough ride.

I found in Isaiah 1:9-10 that the well-known story of Sodom and Gomorrah, found in Genesis 19, was referenced.

9Except the Master of hosts had left to us a few survivors we should have been like Sodom and we should have been like Gomorrah. Q Romans 9:29 10Hear the word of the Master you rulers of Sodom and give ear to the law of our god you people of Gomorrah. Isaiah 1:10-15 (Isaiah 1:9-10 BRB)

Okay, I thought, that is obvious enough. Let's move on.

I went to Isaiah chapter 2 and found the first stanza was all about a mountain, a law and a house.

2It will come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Master will be established above the mountains and will be exalted above the hills and all peoples will look to it. I Exodus 19:2 Isaiah 2:23Many people will go and say, Come let us go up to the mount of the Master and to the house of the god of Jacob and he will teach us his ways and we will walk in his paths, I Exodus 20:1 for out of Zion will go forth the law and the word of the Master from Jerusalem. 4He will judge among the peoples and will rebuke many peoples who are far off and they will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into sickles and people will not lift up sword against people nor will they learn war any longer. Isaiah 2:3-4 (Isaiah 2:2-4 BRB)

I knew the book of Exodus well enough to know that after the departure from Egypt these things are exactly what the book of Exodus is about, starting in chapter 19 and running through the end of the book. Wow, I thought, this is actually working so far, though not with any divergence from the modern book order.

I moved onto Isaiah 3 and had trouble understanding it relative to Leviticus or any other book so I skipped it, though later I came to understand that it has a very compelling correlation with Leviticus.

In Isaiah 4 I found reference to a writing about survivors.

2In that day the branch of the Master will shine forth and the fruit of the land will be excellent and pleasing for the remnant of Israel. 3It will come to pass that he who is left in Zion and he who remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, even everyone who is written among the living in Jerusalem, 4when the Master will have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and will have purged the bloodshed from the middle of Jerusalem by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of purging. Isaiah 4:2-6 (Isaiah 4:2-4 BRB)

This was a profound match with the book of Numbers with it's two census counts, the second being the survivors at the end of the 40 years in the wilderness. In fact, even the reference to the "fruit of the land" in this passage of Isaiah was a match to the generation that would gain the Promised Land and eat of such fruit as the spies brought back. I was really getting excited at what I was seeing.

I continued reading through Isaiah chapter by chapter comparing what I found to the books at the front of the Bible. Most chapters had clear correlations. By the time I arrived at Isaiah 8 I had trouble relating it to the book of Ruth, the book in position 8 of the modern book order. I skipped it, like I had Leviticus, and went to Isaiah 9 and what should have been the book of First Samuel. This is where it became interesting. As I read Isaiah 9 I was drawn to this passage.

6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and his dominion was on his shoulder and his name was called, 1|6 The wonder, 2|6 and the king, 3|6 god, 4|6 the mighty man of the world, 5|6 the prince of peace, 6|6 and the father of the world. 7Of the increase of his government and of peace there will not be an end on the throne of David and on his kingdom to establish it and to sustain it with justice and with righteousness from that time and forever. I 2 Samuel 7:12-13 The zeal of the Master of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 BRB)

Like many people I was familiar with the subject matter of this passage. It's a reference to the Davidic covenant, the promise god made to David about a never ending throne. Ultimately that promise will be fulfilled in Jesus as multiple passages in the New Testament explain. However, I was also familiar with the location of the original story in the Old Testament. It's not in First Samuel. It's in Second Samuel. Here's the passage in it's entirety:

1When the king lived in his house, and the Master had given him rest from all his enemies, 2the king said to Nathan the prophet, See, I live in a house of cedar and FE the chest of god lives within curtains. H Psalms 132:3-5 H Acts 7:46 2 Samuel 7:1-23Nathan said to the king, Go do all that is in your heart for the Master is with you. 2 Samuel 7:34It came to pass that very night the word of the Master came to Nathan the prophet saying, 5Go and tell my servant David, The Master says, You will not build a house for me to live in, 6because I have not lived in a house from the day that I brought up the children of Israel out of Mizraim to this day, C 1 Kings 5:3 FE but I have walked in tents. 7In all the places where I have walked with all the children of Israel have I spoken to any of those whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel saying, Why have you not built me a house of cedar? 2 Samuel 7:4-78Now you will say to my servant David, The Master FE of hosts says, I took you from the pasture from behind the sheep to be the ruler over my people Israel. 9I have been with you wherever you went. I have cut off all your enemies from before you. I will make for you a great name like the name of the great men that are on the land. 10I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them and make them live in their own place in peace and not be disturbed again and the children of evil will not enslave them again as at 1st. FE 11From the day that I commanded you to be a judge over my people Israel I have given you rest from all your enemies. 2 Samuel 7:8-11The Master also declares to you that the Master will make you a house. 12When your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers I will raise up your seed after you who will come out of your loins and I will establish his kingdom. 13He will build a house to my name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. H Psalms 132:11 I Isaiah 9:6-7 14I will be like a father to him and he will be like a son to me Q 2 Corinthians 6:18 Q Hebrews 1:5 and if he commit folly I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes of the children of men. FE 15My mercy I will not take from him as I took it from Saul who was king before you and whom I put away from before me. 16Your house and your kingdom will be established before me forever and your throne will be established before me forever. 2 Samuel 7:11-1617All these words and all this vision Nathan the prophet spoke to David. 2 Samuel 7:17 (2 Samuel 7:1-17 BRB)

As I pondered the obvious match between Isaiah chapter 9 and Second Samuel I realized the reason Ruth did not have any correlation with Isaiah chapter 8 is simply because Ruth isn't the 8th book according to Isaiah. This was the first evidence that Isaiah was diverging from the modern book order.

I backed up and looked at Isaiah chapter 8 again, but with First Samuel in mind. Very quickly the chapter is focused on a woman who conceives a child.

3I went to the prophetess and she conceived and bore a son. I 1 Samuel 1:20 Then the Master said to me, Call his name, Maher Shalal Hash Baz. 4For before the child will know how to cry, My father and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be taken away before the king of Assyria. (Isaiah 8:3-4 BRB)

I realized this matches the story of Hannah conceiving Samuel at the beginning of First Samuel.

4The time came and Elkanah sacrificed and gave to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and her daughters portions. 5To Hannah he gave 1 double portion, for he loved Hannah and the Master had shut up her womb. (1 Samuel 1:4-5 BRB)

I also found reference to part of King Saul's story in Isaiah chapter 8.

19When they will say to you, Inquire of men who have familiar spirits and of wise men who chirp and mutter, these men are not the people of god, who inquire of the dead concerning the living. I 1 Samuel 28:7 20As for the law and the testimony, if they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. 21They will pass through the land severely beset and hungry and it will come to pass that when they will be hungry they will be angry and will curse their king and their god and be haughty. I 1 Samuel 28:20 22They will look to the land and trouble and darkness and tribulation and dimness will scatter them. I 1 Samuel 31:1 But he will not afflict him who is in distress as in the former time. I 1 Samuel 31:6 Isaiah 8:19-22 (Isaiah 8:19-22 BRB)

Multiple details in this part of Isaiah 8 agree with the story found in First Samuel chapter 28 including 1) consulting a familiar spirit, 2) hunger, and 3) time of day, in this case night.

FE 1It came to pass in those days the Philistines gathered their armies together in the valley for war to fight with Israel. Achish said to David, Know assuredly that you will go out with me to the host, you and your men. 1 Samuel 28:12David said to Achish, Surely you will know what your servant can do. 1 Samuel 28:2aAchish said to David, Therefore I will make you my keeper forever. 1 Samuel 28:2b3Samuel was dead and all Israel had mourned over him and buried him in Ramah, in his own sepulcher, and Saul had put away the diviners and the wizards out of the land. 1 Samuel 28:34The Philistines gathered themselves together and came and camped in Shechem and Saul gathered all Israel together and they camped in Gilgal. 5Saul saw the army of the Philistines and was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. 6Saul inquired of the Master and he did not answer him, not by dreams nor by fire nor by prophets. 7Saul said to his servants, Seek me a woman who has a familiar spirit that I may go to her and inquire of her. I Isaiah 8:19 1 Samuel 28:4-7His servants said to him, There is a woman who has a familiar spirit at Endor. 1 Samuel 28:78Saul disguised himself and put on other raiment and he went, and 2 men with him, and they came to the woman by night, and Saul said to her, Divine for me by the familiar spirit, and bring up for me him whom I will tell you. 1 Samuel 28:89The woman said to him, You know what Saul has done, how he has removed those who have familiar spirits and the wizards out of the land, then why are you laying a snare for my life, to cause me to be put to death? 1 Samuel 28:910Saul swore to her by the Master saying, As the Master lives, no harm will come on you for this thing. 1 Samuel 28:1011The woman said, Who will I bring up to you? 1 Samuel 28:11aHe said, Bring up Samuel. 1 Samuel 28:11b12The woman saw Samuel and she cried out with a loud voice and she said to Saul, Why have you deceived me? You are Saul. 1 Samuel 28:1213The king said to her, Do not fear. What do you see? 1 Samuel 28:13aThe woman said to Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the land. 1 Samuel 28:13b14He said to her, What is their appearance? 1 Samuel 28:14aShe said to him, An old man is coming up and he is covered with a mantle. 1 Samuel 28:14bSaul perceived that it was Samuel and he bowed with his face to the ground and gave homage. 1 Samuel 28:14c15Samuel said to Saul, Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up? 1 Samuel 28:15aSaul answered, I am severely distressed, for the Philistines are making war against me and god has departed from me and does not answer me any longer although I have inquired by the prophets and also by dreams. Therefore I have called you that you may tell me what I will do. 1 Samuel 28:15b16Samuel said to Saul, Why do you ask of me seeing the Master has departed from you and he is now with your neighbor David? 17The Master has done to him as he spoke by me, for he has split apart the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor David, 18because you did not obey the voice of the Master and did not execute his fierce wrath on Amalek. Therefore the Master has done this thing to you this day. 19The Master will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me and the Master will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 28:16-1920Saul immediately fell on his face to the ground and was exceedingly afraid because of the words of Samuel and there was no strength in him, for he had eaten no bread all that day nor all that night. I Isaiah 8:21 1 Samuel 28:2021The woman came to Saul and saw that he was exceedingly afraid and said to him, Your servant has obeyed your voice. I have put my life in your hand and have listened to the words which you spoke to me. 22Now also listen to the voice of your servant and let me set a morsel of bread before you and eat that you may have strength because you are going on a journey. 1 Samuel 28:21-2223He refused and said, I will not eat. 1 Samuel 28:23aHis servants, together with the woman, begged him and he listened to their voice and he arose from the ground and sat on the bed. 1 Samuel 28:23b24The woman had a fatted calf in the house and she made haste and killed it and took flour and kneaded it and baked unleavened bread. 25She brought it before Saul and before his servants and they ate and they rose up and went away that night. 1 Samuel 28:24-25 (1 Samuel 28:1-25 BRB)

At this point I was overwhelmed, but soaring. I had just read 9 chapters into Isaiah and in all but 1 or 2 places found strong correlations with the opening books of the Bible, except, most importantly, Ruth was nowhere to be found, but instead First Samuel and Second Samuel each slid one position forward.

About Ruth

Not finding a witness to Ruth in the expected place in Isaiah did not bother me because of an interesting history I already had with the book of Ruth. In short, a professor in Bible College had explained one day in class that in a certain Jewish manuscript the book of Ruth followed the book of Proverbs instead of the traditional order where it follows the book of Song of Songs. He said this might actually be warranted given the way Proverbs ends with the search for a "virtuous woman" and Boaz describes Ruth with the same exact Hebrew phrase when he finds her at his feet and calls her a "virtuous woman." The point the professor made and I completely agree with is that Ruth is the book Proverbs was looking for.[1]

I was fascinated by this lesson and never did forget it. When I could not correlate Ruth with Isaiah chapter 8 and realized it must go somewhere else I remembered this lesson and waited with anticipation to see if Isaiah would place Ruth after Proverbs. Not only was that the case, but this whole system of chaining books together in context provided a second witness on Isaiah's book order. That system, dubbed The Book Chain, became a whole study in it's own right.

A New Book Order

All my spare time for the next several months was spent studying Isaiah and the books of the Old Testament. I went through a process of elimination as I matched the most obvious chapters and books and saved those that were more difficult.

My tool for the process was a set of 3" x 5" notecards. I wrote the chapter numbers of Isaiah on 66 cards and taped them up high on my bedroom wall. I then wrote the names of the 66 books on cards. Whenever I found a correlation between a given chapter of Isaiah and a given book I taped the book card below the chapter card.

I found some really fun and easy matches that placed books in a very different order and location than found in the modern book order. Two of my favorites were the Naked Prophet and Leviathan.

Once upon a time Isaiah went "naked and barefoot."

FE 1In the year that Tartan came to Ashdod, when Sargon king of Assyria sent him, and fought against Ashdod and took it, 2at that time the Master spoke by Isaiah son of Amos saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off your loins and put off your shoes from your feet. He did so walking naked and barefoot. I Micah 1:8 Isaiah 20:1-2 (Isaiah 20:1-2 BRB)

Turns out one other prophet did the same.

8Therefore I will mourn and howl and walk bare footed and naked. I Isaiah 20:2 I will make a wailing like the jackal and mourning like the owl. Micah 1:8-16 (Micah 1:8 BRB)

Because Micah is the prophet who goes naked and barefoot like Isaiah, and Isaiah did this in chapter 20, the book of Micah sits in slot 20 of Isaiah's book order.

Leviathan is an interesting study, but a small one in terms of word occurrences. Aside from one mention in Isaiah 27 and two in Psalms, all other mentions are in Job, particularly in Job 41 where leviathan is the actual subject for at least a long paragraph.

FE 1In that day the Master will visit with his hard and great and strong sword on Leviathan the piercing Hivite, the dragon, and on Leviathan the crooked Hivite, and he will kill the dragon that is in the sea. I Job 3:8 Isaiah 27:1 (Isaiah 27:1 BRB)
FE 1Can you catch the dragon with a hook, or draw him out with a cord in his mouth? 2Can you put a bridle in his mouth, or bore his jaw with a thorn? 3Will he make many supplications to you, or will he speak flattering words to you? 4Will he make a contract with you, or will you count him as a servant forever? 5Will you play with him as with a bird, or will you keep him as a pet for your sons? 6Will fishermen gather over him? Will they divide him among the Canaanites? 7Can you fill his skin with meat, or bake his head with fire? 8Try to capture him; such a battle you will have. You will never forget it. 9The hope of a man is disappointed; he is laid low even at the sight of him. 10One cannot go far off when the dragon is stirred up, but who then is able to stand before me? Job 41:1-12 (Job 41:1-10 BRB)

The take away is two-fold. First, Yahvah can handle leviathan. Second, Job sits in slot 27 of Isaiah's book order.

In the New Testament the Gospels came together with one change. John moved from the last position to the first, which made sense given the way John begins.

FA 1In the beginning was the word, and the word was with god, and god was that word. John 1:1-2 (John 1:1 BRB)

It also allowed Luke and Acts, traditionally separated by John, to stand together, which was satisfying given they tell an ordered story.

1Since many have desired to have in writing the story of those events with which we are familiar, 2according to what was handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, 3and since these were also seen by me because I was near and considered them all very carefully, I will therefore write to you everything in its order FA , honorable Theophilus, 4so that you may know the truth of the words by which you were instructed. Luke 1:1-4 (Luke 1:1-4 BRB)
1The 1st writing I have written FA , Theophilus, on all those things which FA our master Joshua FA the anointed began to do and teach 2until the day he was taken up, after he had given commandments to the apostles whom he had chosen FA by the spirit of the holy. 3To them he also showed himself alive FA , after he had suffered, in many wonders in 40 days while appearing to them and talking with them concerning the kingdom of god. Acts 1:1-3 (Acts 1:1-3 BRB)

Revelation was already safely tucked away in slot 66, having been understood from the earliest days of this study. What remained to be done was the placement of the Epistles between Acts and Revelation. Initially this proved to be a challenge.

I was able to place Philippians in slot 45, following Acts. There was an obvious match in the theme of knee bowing and tongue confessing.

23I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness and will not return, to me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear. Q Romans 14:11 P Philippians 2:10-11 (Isaiah 45:23 BRB)
5Reason this inside you which Joshua the anointed also reasoned: 6Who being in the form of god did not consider it robbery to be equal with god, 7but stripped himself and took the form of a servant and was in the form of the children of men and in fashion was found as a man 8and humbled himself and was obedient to death, even the death of the cross. 9Because of this, god has also highly exalted him and given him a name which is greater than all names, 10that in the name of Joshua, every knee will bow in the skies and on land and under the land 11and every tongue will confess, that the Master is Joshua the anointed P Isaiah 45:23 to the glory of god, his father. Philippians 2:5-11 (Philippians 2:5-11 BRB)

Beyond Philippians I had trouble finding confident matches. I worked at this in my spare time for a week or two and eventually just asked a friend and research partner who had been watching my progress if he would lend me his eyes in case I was missing something obvious. Phil was happy to oblige and wanted me to start by reviewing slot 45.

We turned to Isaiah 45 and began to read, but as we read Phil saw themes matching Paul and Barnabas in prison, a story in the book of Acts. He wondered if maybe Acts was in the wrong position and shouldn't be moved to slot 45. We turned to Acts to read the story. I had to agree that the story was a good match to what we saw in Isaiah 45. But Isaiah 45 still had a good match with Philippians. We sat there stunned for a moment. I think psychologists call what we experienced "cognitive dissonance." How could Isaiah 45 simultaneously have correlations with the book of Acts and the book of Philippians? The solution to this conundrum was contained in the realization that the place in which the story of Paul and Barnabas occurred was none other than Philippi. Another lightbulb moment, like the original, and we realized Isaiah 45 could speak both to the book of Philippians and the story in Acts if Paul's travel itinerary in Acts was also a map of the book order.

With that idea we read forward in the book of Acts and began to place books in the order of the places Paul traveled. As Acts called out the book we compared it with the corresponding chapter in Isaiah and found this to be working, though with two caveats. First, whenever Paul traveled to a place that did not have a letter in it's name, a letter written to an individual took it's place. Knowing which letter took it's place was simply a question of which had the strongest correlation to the passage. The second caveat was that further in the book of Acts, where Paul spends many chapters in Jerusalem and then Caesarea, the books simply align based upon correlations and not a change in location within the narrative of Acts.

In addition to Acts calling out place names like Philippi or Crete, two times it calls out the name of an individual which happens to also be the name of a book. When Paul traveled to Athens, a place that didn't receive a letter, he wrote a letter to Timothy requesting he and Silas to join him in Athens.

14The brothers sent Paul away to go to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained in the city. 15Those who escorted Paul went with him as far as the city of Athens. When they were leaving him they received from him a letter to Silas and Timothy requesting them to come to him in haste. (Acts 17:14-15 BRB)

There are two letters written to Timothy. First Timothy asks Timothy to stay where he is and Second Timothy asks Timothy to come to where Paul is. The one that fits this story in Acts is Second Timothy.

Jacob (commonly called James) is the other individual whose book is called out in the narrative of Acts. Upon Paul's arrival in Jerusalem he goes to see Jacob.

17When we arrived at Jerusalem the brothers welcomed us gladly. 18The next day we went in with Paul to Jacob when all the elders were present. Acts 21:17-19 (Acts 21:17-18 BRB)

Through the Acts itinerary, with it's couple caveats, and through the second witness of Isaiah, we were able to place all the Epistles in an evening. Suddenly we had a new book order from one end of the Bible to the other.

In absolute terms only 9 books retained their original position when compared to the modern book order (which differs from the Hebrew and Greek orders) and 30 retained at least 1 of their neighboring books when compared to the modern book order. Isaiah's book order is quite different.

Isaiah's Book Order

The following table is a starting point for how each book relates to a chapter of Isaiah.

Slot Chapter Theme Book
Isaiah 1:9 Sodom and Gomorrah Genesis 19:1
Isaiah 2:2 Mountain Exodus 19:2
Isaiah 3:6 Robe Leviticus 8:6-7
Isaiah 4:2 Fruit of the Land Numbers 13:26
Isaiah 5:1 Song of the Vineyard Deuteronomy 31:30
Isaiah 6:1 Vision of Master Joshua 5:13
Isaiah 7:20 Shave Judges 16:19
Isaiah 8:19 Consulting a Spirit First Samuel 28:8
Isaiah 9:7 Davidic Covenant Second Samuel 7:16
Isaiah 10:1-2 Oppressive Decree First Kings 12:13-14
Isaiah 11:1 Shoot Second Kings 19:30
Isaiah 12:3 Spring Ezekiel 47:1
Isaiah 13:1 Isaiah's Vision Isaiah 1:1
Isaiah 14:32 Messengers to Nations Jeremiah 1:15
Isaiah 15:2 Weeping Lamentations 1:2
Isaiah 16:1 Send Lambs Ezra 7:17
Isaiah 17:1 Ruinous Heap Nehemiah 1:3
Isaiah 18:7 Gifts Esther 9:22
Isaiah 19:23 Highway Zechariah 10:10
Isaiah 20:2 Naked Prophet Micah 1:8
Isaiah 21:1 Whirlwind Jonah 1:4
Isaiah 22:15 Shebna/Amaziah Amos 7:10
Isaiah 23:15 Prostitute Hosea 1:2
Isaiah 26:1 Song Psalms
Isaiah 27:1 Leviathan Job 41:1
Isaiah 28:9 Teacher Ecclesiastes 1:1
Isaiah 29:14 Wisdom Proverbs 1:2
Isaiah 30:20 Bread of Adversity Ruth 1:20
Isaiah 31:1 Chariots of Egypt Song of Solomon 1:9
Isaiah 32:15 Spirit Outpoured Joel 2:28
Isaiah 33:14 Fire Obadiah 1:17
Isaiah 34:5 Edom/Esau Malachi 1:2-3
Isaiah 35:8 Highway Nahum 1:15
Isaiah 36:11 On the Wall Habakkuk 2:1
Isaiah 37:36 Destroying Angel First Chronicles 21:15
Isaiah 38:1 Hezekiah's Sickness Second Chronicles 32:4
Isaiah 39:7 Eunuchs in the Royal Court Daniel 1:3-4
Isaiah 40:3 Prepare the Way John 1:23
Isaiah 41:4 Generations at Beginning Matthew 1:1
Isaiah 42:16 Leading the Blind Mark 8:23
Isaiah 43:10 Witnesses Luke 24:48
Isaiah 44:3 Spirit Outpoured Acts 2:17
Isaiah 45:23 Every Knee will Bow Philippians 2:10-11
Isaiah 46:4 Delivered First Thessalonians 1:10
Isaiah 47:8 Man of Sin Second Thessalonians 2:4
Isaiah 48:17-18 Commandment of the Father Second John 1:4
Isaiah 49:6 Gentiles Second Timothy 1:11
Isaiah 50:1 Divorce First Corinthians 5:1-2
Isaiah 51:2 Abraham Galatians 3:8
Isaiah 52:1 Circumcision Ephesians 2:11
Isaiah 53:1 Who has Believed? Romans 10:16
Isaiah 54:1 Barren Woman Hebrews 11:11
Isaiah 55:10 Rain Jacob 5:7
Isaiah 56:7 House of Prayer First Timothy 2:8
Isaiah 57:1 Enoch Jude 1:14
Isaiah 58:7 Sharing Bread Second Corinthians 9:10-11
Isaiah 59:1 Saved Philemon 1:15
Isaiah 60:1 Light Colossians 1:13
Isaiah 61:1 Anointing First John 2:20
Isaiah 62:6 Watchmen First Peter 1:10
Isaiah 64:2 Fire Second Peter 3:10
Isaiah 64:11 House Corrupted Titus 1:11
Isaiah 65:5 Keep Away Third John 1:9-10
Isaiah 66:22 New Heavens and Earth Revelation 21:1

[1] Both Dr. Trobisch and the Bible College professor were studying certain books in context to neighboring books to understand them better. Book order was informing meaning.