1 Hearken and hear this, O house of Jacob, [those of the Covenant] 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 [make an oath] by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, yet they swear not in truth nor in righteousness. [do not keep their promises]
2 Nevertheless, they call themselves of the holy city, [Zion] but they do not stay [focus] themselves upon the God of Israel, who is the Lord of Hosts; [most powerful God] yea, the Lord of Hosts is his name.
3 Behold, I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I showed them. [did prophecy] I did show them suddenly. [with urgency]
4 And I did it because I knew that thou art obstinate [stubborn], and thy neck is an iron sinew [slow to repent], and thy brow brass; [narrow in vision and understanding]
5 And I have even from the beginning declared to thee; before it came to pass I showed them thee [the prophecies]; 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. [You cannot say, “It is not of God, but of man, and it is an act of nature, and the creations of man have caused them to occur.”]
6 Thou hast seen and heard all this; and will ye not declare them? [Will you not say it is true?] And that I have showed thee new things from this time [the present], even hidden things, and thou didst not know them. [you did not know before]
7 They are created [happening] now, and not from the beginning [past], even before the day when thou heardest them not they were declared unto thee, lest thou shouldst say—Behold I knew them. [“I already know that.”]
8 Yea, and thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time thine ear was not opened; [You did not listen to the Spirit.] for I knew that thou wouldst deal very treacherously [break the Covenant], and wast called a transgressor from the womb. [Born under condemnation before you were born because of the tradition of your fathers.]
9 Nevertheless, for my name’s sake [sake of mine Elect] will I defer mine anger, and for my praise [those who still worship God] will I refrain from thee, that I cut thee not off. [I will not curse you.]
10 For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee [found you worthy] in the furnace [trial] of affliction.
11 For mine own [Elect’s] sake, yea, for mine own sake will I do this, for I will not suffer my name [Church] to be polluted, and I will not give my glory [power] unto another.
12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob [those of the Covenant], and Israel my called, for I am he; I am the first, and I am also the last. [A way to define the role of the Only Begotten Son and Redeemer.]
13 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. [obey my commands]
14 All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; who among them hath declared these things unto them? [Who has given you this sacred knowledge?] The Lord hath loved him [you]; yea, and he will fulfil his word which he hath declared by them [his prophet]; and he will do his pleasure on Babylon [the kingdoms of this world], and his arm shall come upon the Chaldeans. [Those who think they know more than God.]
15 Also, saith the Lord; I the Lord, yea, I have spoken; yea, I have called him [Isaiah] to declare [prophecy], I have brought [called] him, and he shall make his way prosperous. [He shall accomplish his mission.]
16 Come ye near unto me; [Listen closely to what I am about to say.] I have not spoken in secret [These things are revealed to all.]; from the beginning, from the time that it was declared [since I was first called] have I spoken; and the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me.
17 And thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I have sent him [Jesus Christ], the Lord thy God who teacheth thee to profit [teaches all thing for your profit], who leadeth thee by the way thou shouldst go, hath done it. [This is what I do.]
18 O that thou hadst hearkened [listened and obeyed] to my commandments—then had thy peace been as a river [Thy blessings would have flowed unto you without ceasing.], and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea. [Your righteous doings come unto you one after another.]
19 Thy seed [posterity] also had been as the sand [eternal as the sand of the sea]; the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me. [your children remained under the Covenant]
20 Go ye forth of Babylon [leave the ugliness of the world], flee ye from the Chaldeans [the wisdom of man], 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 [people of the Covenant].
21 And they thirsted not [were blessed]; he led them [the Israelites] through the deserts; he caused the waters [blessings] to flow out of the rock for them; he clave the rock also and the waters [blessings] gushed out.
22 And notwithstanding he hath done all this, and greater also, there is no peace [promise], saith the Lord, unto the wicked. [This same covenant applies to both the ancient Israelites and those who follow Christ today.]
Each time Isaiah is quoted in the Book of Mormon it is for a purpose related to the latter-days. These words are for those who will arise and claim Zion. These words are for those who will be servants of the Lord in the gathering of Israel.