Engraving on metal plates is not easy, and space on Nephi’s small plates was limited. So why would Nephi make the effort of copying so many of the writings of the prophet Isaiah into his record? He did it because he wanted us to believe in Jesus Christ. “My soul delighteth,” he wrote, “in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of Christ” (2 Nephi 11:4). Nephi had seen what would happen to his people in future generations. He saw that, despite their great blessings, they would become prideful, contentious, and worldly (see 1 Nephi 12; 15:4–6). He also saw similar problems in our day (see 1 Nephi 14). Isaiah’s writings warned against such wickedness. But they also gave Nephi hope for a glorious future—an end to wickedness, a gathering of the faithful, and “great light” for people who had “walked in darkness” (2 Nephi 19:2). All this would happen because “a child [was] born” who could end all strife—“The Prince of Peace” (2 Nephi 19:6).
2 Nephi 11: Jacob saw his Redeemer—The law of Moses typifies Christ and proves He will come. About 559–545 B.C.
2 Nephi 12: Isaiah sees the latter-day temple, gathering of Israel, and millennial judgment and peace—The proud and wicked will be brought low at the Second Coming—Compare Isaiah 2. About 559–545 B.C.
2 Nephi 13: Judah and Jerusalem will be punished for their disobedience—The Lord pleads for and judges His people—The daughters of Zion are cursed and tormented for their worldliness—Compare Isaiah 3. About 559–545 B.C.
2 Nephi 14: Zion and her daughters will be redeemed and cleansed in the millennial day—Compare Isaiah 4. About 559–545 B.C.
2 Nephi 15: The Lord’s vineyard (Israel) will become desolate, and His people will be scattered—Woes will come upon them in their apostate and scattered state—The Lord will lift an ensign and gather Israel—Compare Isaiah 5. About 559–545 B.C.
2 Nephi 16: Isaiah sees the Lord—Isaiah’s sins are forgiven—He is called to prophesy—He prophesies of the rejection by the Jews of Christ’s teachings—A remnant will return—Compare Isaiah 6. About 559–545 B.C.
2 Nephi 17: Ephraim and Syria wage war against Judah—Christ will be born of a virgin—Compare Isaiah 7. About 559–545 B.C.
2 Nephi 18: Christ will be as a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense—Seek the Lord, not peeping wizards—Turn to the law and to the testimony for guidance—Compare Isaiah 8. About 559–545 B.C.
2 Nephi 19: Isaiah speaks messianically—The people in darkness will see a great light—Unto us a child is born—He will be the Prince of Peace and will reign on David’s throne—Compare Isaiah 9. About 559–545 B.C.
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- Who Are the Witnesses of Christ in 2 Nephi?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #37
- Why Did Nephi Use Chiasmus to Testify of Christ?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #271
- Does Chiasmus Prove Anything about the Book of Mormon?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #358
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- Why Do Early Nephite Prophets Speak about the Scattering of the Jews?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #42
- How Does Nephi Use Isaiah to Teach Us to Avoid Pride?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #48
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- Why Did Moroni Quote Isaiah 11 to Joseph Smith?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #50
- Where Did Joseph Smith Get His Ideas about the Physical and Spiritual Gathering of Israel?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #290
- How Thomas B. Marsh was Led to the Book of Mormon Without Knowing It, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #485
- What Do Nephi and Isaiah Say about the End Times?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #46
- Did Interactions with Others" Influence Nephi’s Selection of Isaiah?", Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #45
- Why Did Lehi Suppose" the Existence of Satan?", Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #43
- How Do the Psalms Quoted in the Book of Mormon Teach about the Temple?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #437
- Why Does Nephi Quote a Temple Psalm While Commenting on Isaiah?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #51
- Why Did Nephi Connect Isaiah’s Prophecies with Joseph Who Was Sold into Egypt?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #375
- Why Did Nephi Say an Angel Had Revealed the Name Jesus Christ?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #304
- Why Does Nephi State that We Are Saved by Grace "After All We Can Do?", Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #371
- Why Is the Book of Mormon So Focused on Jesus Christ?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #484
- What Can We Learn from 10 of the Best Chiasms in the Book of Mormon? Part 1, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #349
- Why Do Certain "Treasured Words" Appear So Repeatedly in General Conference Talks?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #69
- Why Does the Book of Mormon Say We Must Worship God with Our Whole Soul?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #467
- How Does Nephi Help Us Understand Isaiah?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #47
- Discussions on the Book of Mormon – 2 Nephi 11-16
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