“The Daughters of Zion Walk with Stretched–forth Necks and Wanton Eyes”

K. Douglas Bassett

2 Ne. 8:25; Amos 4:1-4; Book of Mormon Compendium, Sperry, pp. 182-183

“If, indeed, Isaiah’s words refer to the last days, we must look for a time when even some of the ‘daughters of Zion or the children of Israel are haughty, and walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes.’ … Sometimes the phrase ‘daughters of Zion’ refers to the cities of Judah.” (Book of Mormon 121-122 Student Manual, 1981 edition, p.91)
“Isaiah, one of the great prophets of early times, saw our day, and he described the conditions that would prevail among the ‘daughters of Zion’ in these latter days [Nephi 13:16-24]. As I sit on the stand in a stake conference and look down over the congregation, I see some of the conditions existing of which Isaiah spoke… . The standards expressed by the General Authorities of the Church are that women, as well as men, should dress modestly. They are taught proper deportment and modesty at all times. It is, in my judgment, a sad reflection on the ‘daughters of Zion’ when they dress immodestly. Moreover, this remark pertains to the men as well as to the women.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, 5:172-174)

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