“With Righteousness Shall the Lord God Judge the Poor”

Brant Gardner

Reference: Unlike Nephi’s use of Isaiah as the base text for his own expansions, here Nephi quotes Isaiah 11:4 as an integral part of his own text. It is a literary use, rather than a theological expression. Isaiah 11:4 reads: “But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.” Verse 10 provides Nephi’s commentary.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2