1 Nephi 21
Nephi continues copying Isaiah (Chapter 49).
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(21:1-26) |Joseph Smith Nephi continues copying from the book of Isaiah.
|21:1 And again: Hearken, O ye house of Israel, all ye that are broken off and are driven out because of
the wickedness of the pastors of my people; yea, all ye that are broken off, that are scattered abroad, who are of my
people, O house of Israel. Listen, O isles, unto me,
and hearken ye people from far; the Lord hath called me from the
womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
|21:2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me
a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;
|21:3 And said unto me: Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I
will be glorified.
|21:4 Then I said, I have labored
in vain, I have spent my strength for naught and in vain; surely my
judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.
|21:5 And now, saith the Lord -- that formed me from the womb that I should be his servant, to bring Jacob
again to him -- though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and
my God shall be my strength.
|21:6 And he said: It is a light thing that thou
shouldst be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
and to restore the preserved of Israel. I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my
salvation unto the ends of the earth.
|21:7 Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom
the nation abhorreth, to servant of rulers: Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord
that is faithful.
|21:8 Thus saith the Lord: In an acceptable time have I heard thee,
O isles of the sea,
and in a day of
salvation have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give thee
my servant for a covenant of the people, to
establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
|21:9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners: Go forth; to them that
sit in darkness: Show yourselves.
They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.
|21:10 They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor
the sun smite them; for he that hath
mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.
|21:11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways
shall be exalted.
|21:12 And then, O house of Israel, behold, these shall come from far; and lo, these from the north and
from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
|21:13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth;
for the feet of those who are in the east shall be
established; and break forth into singing, O mountains;
for they shall be smitten no more; for the Lord hath comforted
his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
|21:14 But, behold, Zion
hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me
-- but he will
show that he hath not.
|21:15 For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her
womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.
|21:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually
|21:17 Thy children shall make haste
against thy destroyers; and they that made thee waste shall go forth
|21:18 Lift up thine eyes round about and behold; all these gather themselves together, and they shall
come to thee. And as I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and
bind them on even as a bride.
|21:19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy
destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants; and they that swallowed thee
up shall be far away.
|21:20 The children whom thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the first, shall again in thine ears
The place is too strait for me; give place to me that I may dwell.
|21:21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart: Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children,
and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? And who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone;
these, where have they been?
|21:22 Thus saith the Lord God:
Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard
to the people; and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried
upon their shoulders.
|21:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers,
and their queens thy nursing mothers; they shall bow down to
thee with their face towards the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord; for
they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. ||
(21:23) Kings shall be thy nursing fathers.|
|21:24 For shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the
lawful captives delivered? ||
|21:25 But thus saith the Lord,
even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the
terrible shall be delivered; for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will
save thy children. ||
|21:26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; they
shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine; and all flesh shall know that I,
the Lord, am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. ||
(21:26) I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh;
and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine.|