Nephi’s Quotations of Isaiah

The Lord’s Ultimate Power

2 Nephi 12:5

The house of Jacob should return to the Lord.

O house of Jacob,
come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord;
yea, come, for ye have all gone astray,
every one to his wicked ways.

2 Nephi 12:6–9

The house of Jacob has abandoned God by pursuing sorcery and idolatry.

Therefore, O Lord, thou hast forsaken thy people,
the house of Jacob,
because they be replenished from the east,
and hearken unto soothsayers like the Philistines,
and they please themselves in the children of strangers.

Their land also is full of silver and gold,
neither is there any end of their treasures;
their land is also full of horses,
neither is there any end of their chariots.

Their land is also full of idols;
they worship the work of their own hands,
that which their own fingers have made.

And the mean man boweth not down,
and the great man humbleth himself not,
therefore, forgive him not.

2 Nephi 12:10–11

The wicked would do well to avoid the glorious presence of the Lord; prideful people will all be humbled or humiliated.

O ye wicked ones,
enter into the rock,
and hide thee in the dust,
for the fear of the Lord
and the glory of his majesty
shall smite thee.

And it shall come to pass
that the lofty looks of man shall be humbled,
and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down,
and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

2 Nephi 12:12–16

No power is a match for God’s power.

For the day of the Lord of Hosts soon cometh upon all nations,
yea, upon every one;
yea, upon the proud and lofty,
and upon every one who is lifted up,
and he shall be brought low.

Yea, and the day of the Lord
shall come upon all the cedars of Lebanon,
for they are high and lifted up;
and upon all the oaks of Bashan;

And upon all the high mountains,
and upon all the hills,
and upon all the nations which are lifted up,
and upon every people;

And upon every high tower,
and upon every fenced wall;

And upon all the ships of the sea,
and upon all the ships of Tarshish,
and upon all pleasant pictures.

2 Nephi 12:17–19

Only the Lord will prevail, the proud will fall, and hide themselves in fear.

And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down,
and the haughtiness of men shall be made low;
and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

And the idols he shall utterly abolish.

And they shall go into the holes of the rocks,
and into the caves of the earth,
for the fear of the Lord shall come upon them
and the glory of his majesty shall smite them,
when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

2 Nephi 12:20–22

The rich and prideful will abandon their belongings and run for their lives, terrified of God’s judgment.

In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver,
and his idols of gold,
which he hath made for himself to worship,
to the moles and to the bats;

To go into the clefts of the rocks,
and into the tops of the ragged rocks,
for the fear of the Lord
shall come upon them
and the majesty of his glory shall smite them,
when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Cease ye from man,
whose breath is in his nostrils;
for wherein is he to be accounted of?