2 Nephi 11-16

Questions for Review:

1. What did Isaiah, Nephi and Jacob have in common? (2 Nephi 11:2-3)


2 Nephi 11
Nephi Resumes his Commentary
Although these are the small plates of Nephi, he didn't monopolize the space (i.e. "These are MY plates! Get you own if you want to write your stuff"). He graciously went through the trouble of engraving both his father's and his younger brother's teachings.

Nephi will quote more prophecies from Isaiah. His purpose is to prove the truth about Christ (2,4)

Isaiah, Nephi and Jacob saw the pre-mortal Messiah (2-3)

All things sent from above are symbols of Christ (4)

2 Nephi 12
Nephi Quotes Isaiah's Prophecies

In the latter days the people of the world will seek Zion to be taught (1-4)

Worldly pride, arrogance, and sophistication will cease in the great day of the Lord (11-20)

No one will escape the day of the Lord: it will come over Wall Street, Beijing, Hollywood, Medellín, etc.

2 Nephi 13
Nephi Quotes Isaiah's Prophecies (cont.)
The great day of the Lord: a day of confidence for the righteous; but a day of grave concern for the wicked (10-11)

Warning to the daughters of Zion who engage in worldly behavior (16-17)
    . Consider these words from the Prophet Joseph Smith, applicable to all members of the Church:

"How vain and trifling have been our spirits, ... our meetings, our private as well as public conversations -- too low, too mean, too vulgar, too condescending for the dignified characters of the called and chosen of God ...

We are called to hold the keys of the mysteries of those things that have been kept hid from the foundation of the world until now. Some have tasted a little of these things, many of which are to be poured down from heaven upon the heads of babes; yea, upon the weak, obscure and despised ones of the earth.

Therefore we beseech of you, ... let honesty, and sobriety, and candor, and solemnity, and virtue, and pureness, and meekness, and simplicity crown our heads in every place ..."   (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.137)

2 Nephi 14
Nephi Quotes Isaiah's Prophecies (cont.)

2 Nephi 15
Nephi Quotes Isaiah's Prophecies (cont.)

Warning against corrupt magistrates, greedy land developers, alcoholics, and assorted evil-doers (7-9,11-13,20-23)
        . Compare verse 12 with D&C 59:21

Warning against corrupt fashions and customs, and godless philosophies (20-21)

2 Nephi 16
Nephi Quotes Isaiah's Prophecies (cont.)

Isaiah sees the Lord on his throne and receives his prophetic calling

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