The Book of Mormon–Chapter Six (1 Nephi 19:22–1 Nephi 21)

Nephi continues to teach his brethren—He reads many things to them from the plates of brass, including many things from the books of Moses—He persuades them to believe in their Redeemer by quoting the prophet Isaiah—The Lord reveals His purposes to Israel—Israel has been chosen in the furnace of affliction and is to go forth from Babylon—(Compare Isaiah 48)—The Messiah will be a light to the Gentiles and will free the prisoners—Israel will be gathered with power in the last days—Kings will be their nursing fathers—(Compare Isaiah 49). About 588–570 B.C.


now it came to pass
that i nephi did teach my brethren these things
and it came to pass
that i did read many things to them
which were engraven upon the plates of brass
that they might know
concerning the doings of the lord in other lands
among people of old
and i did read many things unto them
which were written in the books of moses
but that i might more fully persuade them
to believe in the lord
their redeemer
i did read unto them that
which was written by the prophet isaiah
for i did liken all scriptures unto us
that it might be for our profit and learning
wherefore
i spake unto them saying
hear ye the words of the prophet
ye who are a remnant of the house of israel
a branch who have been broken off
hear ye the words of the prophet
which were written unto all the house of israel
and liken them unto yourselves
that ye may have hope as well as your brethren from whom ye have been broken off
for after this manner has the prophet written
hearken and hear this o house of jacob
who are called by the name of israel
and are come forth out of the waters of judah
or out of the waters of baptism
who swear by the name of the lord
and make mention of the god of israel
yet they swear not in truth nor in righteousness
nevertheless they call themselves of the holy city
but they do not stay themselves upon the god of israel
who is the lord of hosts
yea
the lord of hosts is his name
behold
i have declared the former things from the beginning
and they went forth out of my mouth
and i showed them
i did show them suddenly
and i did it because i knew that thou art obstinate
and thy neck is an iron sinew
and thy brow brass
and i have even from the beginning declared to thee
before it came to pass i showed them thee
and i showed them for fear lest thou shouldst say
mine idol hath done them
and my graven image and my molten image hath commanded them
thou hast seen and heard all this
and will ye not declare them
and that i have showed thee new things from this time
even hidden things
and thou didst not know them
they are created now and not from the beginning
even before the day
when thou heardest them not
they were declared unto thee
lest thou shouldst say
behold
i knew them
yea
and thou heardest not
yea
thou knewest not
yea
from that time thine ear was not opened
for i knew that thou wouldst deal very treacherously
and wast called a transgressor from the womb
nevertheless for my name’s sake will i defer mine anger
and for my praise will i refrain from thee
that i cut thee not off
for behold
i have refined thee
i have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction
for mine own sake
yea
for mine own sake will i do this
for i will not suffer my name to be polluted
and i will not give my glory unto another
hearken unto me o jacob and israel my called
for i am he
i am the first and i am also the last
mine hand hath also laid the foundation of the earth
and my right hand hath spanned the heavens
i call unto them and they stand up together
all ye assemble yourselves and hear
who among them hath declared these things unto them
the lord hath loved him
yea
and he will fulfil his word
which he hath declared by them
and he will do his pleasure on babylon
and his arm shall come upon the chaldeans
also saith the lord
i the lord
yea
i have spoken
yea
i have called him to declare
i have brought him
and he shall make his way prosperous
come ye near unto me
i have not spoken in secret
from the beginning
from the time that it was declared have i spoken
and the lord god and his spirit hath sent me
and thus saith the lord thy redeemer the holy one of israel
i have sent him
the lord thy god who teacheth thee to profit
who leadeth thee by the way thou shouldst go
hath done it
o that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments
then had thy peace been as a river
and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea
thy seed also had been as the sand
the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof
his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me
go ye forth of babylon
flee ye from the chaldeans
with a voice of singing declare ye
tell this
utter to the end of the earth
say ye
the lord hath redeemed his servant jacob
and they thirsted not
he led them through the deserts
he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them
he clave the rock also and the waters gushed out
and notwithstanding he hath done all this
and greater also
there is no peace
saith the lord
unto the wicked
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
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
and said unto me
thou art my servant o israel in whom i will be glorified
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
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
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
thus saith the lord the redeemer of israel his holy one
to him whom man despiseth
to him whom the nations abhorreth
to servant of rulers
kings shall see and arise
princes also shall worship
because of the lord that is faithful
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
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
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
and i will make all my mountains a way
and my highways shall be exalted
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
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
but behold
zion hath said
the lord hath forsaken me
and my lord hath forgotten me
but he will show that he hath not
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
behold
i have graven thee upon the palms of my hands
thy walls are continually before me
thy children shall make haste against thy destroyers
and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee
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
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
the children whom thou shalt have
after thou hast lost the first
shall again in thine ears say
the place is too strait for me
give place to me that i may dwell
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
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
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
for shall the prey be taken from the mighty
or the lawful captives delivered
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
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