Isaiah 49 – Rise of the Servants – 1 Nephi 21:1-26

1 And again: Hearken, O ye house of Israel, all ye that are broken off and are driven out [those who have departed from the Covenant and have been cursed] because of the wickedness of the pastors [teachers] of my people; yea, all ye that are broken off, that are scattered abroad, who are of my people, O house of Israel. Listen, O isles [those in other lands], unto me, and hearken ye people from far; the Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.[Before I was born was I called.]

2 And he hath made my mouth [words] like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me [He hath hid this prophecy from the understanding of the world.], and made me a polished shaft [straight arrow, carefully prepared servant]; in his quiver hath he hid me;

3 And said unto me: Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. [It will be through the covenant bloodline of Israel that I will save them.]

4 Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength [worked hard] for naught [nothing] and in vain; surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God. [The Lord will judge me for my effort, for it is His work.]

5 And now, saith the Lord—that formed me from the womb that I should be his servant [that called me before I was born] , to bring Jacob again to him [to restore Israel to the Covenant] —though Israel [descendants] be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength.

6 And he said: It is a light thing [a great knowledge] that thou shouldst be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob [restore those of the Covenant], and to restore the preserved of Israel [descendants]. I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles [guide the church in the last days], that thou mayest be my salvation [spread the word of salvation] unto the ends of the earth.

7 Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth [when men shall despise him], to him whom the nations abhorreth, to servant of rulers:[though he is hated and treated as a servant]  Kings shall see and arise [They shall see him and arise.] , princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful. [Because the Lord is always with him. (The David Servant)]

8 Thus saith the Lord: In an acceptable [proper] time have I heard thee [blessed my people], O isles of the sea [in other lands], and in a day of salvation [when the Gospel is restored] have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give thee my servant for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; [To revitalize that which is desolate.] 

9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners [those in spiritual blindness]: Go forth; to them that sit in darkness: Show yourselves. [Come forth!] They shall feed in the ways, [They shall learn as they go.] and their pastures shall be in all high places. [The Lord shall comfort them.]

10 They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun smite [hurt] them; for he that hath mercy on them [their benefactor] shall lead them, even by the springs of water [pure revelations] shall he guide them. [This verse is directly related to the 144K that help to assist the Servant in the gathering of Israel.]

11 And I will make all my mountains a way [make a way through all the nations], and my highways shall be exalted. [transportation will not be inhibited]

12 And then, O house of Israel, behold, these shall come from far; and lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim. [southern parts]

13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; for the feet [kingdom] of those who are in the east shall be established; and break forth into singing, O mountains [great nations]; for they shall be smitten no more; for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. [The Lord will heal them.]

14 But, behold, Zion [those who are pure in heart] hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me—but he will show that he hath not.

15 For can a woman forget her sucking [nursing] child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.

16 Behold, I have graven [marked] thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. [I have sealed you unto me.] The Saviors Covenant before birth included certain marks upon Himself, as do His servants.

17 Thy children shall make haste against thy destroyers [Those you gather shall depart from the adversary.]; and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee. [Those that afflicted you shall be gone.]

18 Lift up thine eyes round about and behold; all these gather themselves together, and they shall come to thee. And as I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on even as a bride. [You shall surely administer Covenants to them all, like beautiful jewels bestowed upon a bride.]

19 For thy waste [ruined] and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now [before the destructions] be too narrow [small] by reason of the inhabitants; and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. [Those that will cause this are yet far away.]

20 The children whom thou shalt have [new people that come after the affliction] , after thou hast lost the first [The former inhabitants], shall again in thine ears say: The place is too strait [difficult in their current place] for me; give place to me that I may dwell.

21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart: Who hath begotten me these [Where have these people come from?], seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? [All are gone from this place.] And who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where have they been? [There were no others.] This section is referring to an initial gathering of Zion in America after the destructions have laid waste to much of the land.

22 Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles [raise up my Church (future event)], and set up my standard to the people [point of gathering]; and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.

23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers [You will be helped by kingdoms and principalities.]; they shall bow down to thee with their face towards the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet [honor thee] ; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord; for they shall not be ashamed [not disappointed] that wait for me.

24 For shall the prey be taken from the mighty [Shall the blessings be taken from the faithful?], or the lawful captives delivered? [Or the guilty be unjudged?]

25 But thus saith the Lord, even the captives [prisoners] of the mighty [Adversary] shall be taken away [released], and the prey [victims] of the terrible shall be delivered; for I will contend [fight against] with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. [Those to be gathered.]

26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh [they will destroy themselves]; they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine [fall from their own demise]; and all flesh shall know that I, the Lord, am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

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6 Responses to Isaiah 49 – Rise of the Servants – 1 Nephi 21:1-26

  1. S Silver says:

    Is Isaiah both the Light to the Gentiles and the Davidic Servant? Or just the Light to the Gentiles?

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  2. He is not the Davidic Servant.

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  3. S Silver says:

    From the bracketed note in verse 18, what does it mean to administer Covenants?

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  4. This refers to baptism of water and the laying on of Hands for the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

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  5. P B says:

    The Book of Mormon shows that there are much greater promises given to the seed of Lehi/Nephi in these latter days, than those given to the gentiles who would receive a restored version of the fullness of the Gospel of Christ. It seems to me that upon the destruction of the great gentile nation (America) that there will be a great work wrought upon the native americans. Would not the gentiles (and those of the restored Church, who subsequently rejected the fullness that had been offered them) say to themselves – upon seeing this great work wrought among a different people than themselves – “AND WHO HATH BROUGHT UP THESE? BEHOLD… WHERE HAVE THEY BEEN?”

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  6. Mike Ross says:

    Vs 3 ” And said unto me: Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. [It will be through the covenant bloodline of Israel that I will save them.]” Is Ephraim (latter day lds gentiles) a part of that covenant bloodline? [This is the tribe of Judah here speaking. PR]

    Vs 4 “Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength [worked hard] for naught [nothing] and in vain; ” this is so appropriate! This is a chapter about servants awaking and arising… and some days it sure does feel like nothing is happening yet we want so badly for progress to be made manifest. That is a personal interpretation but I wonder if that will be the case when the servants go forth and start gathering or “preaching” to the Jews… maybe it will be a really slow start? [Not that slow respectively. Not necessarily the Jews, but the entire House of Israel. Again, a mystery. The Jews will still be in confusion other than a small remnant of Messianic Jews, until Christ himself comes to them upon the Mt. of Olives. PR]

    Vs 15 “…Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.”
    Why does the Lord love the house of Israel above all others so much when they seem to turn away from Him time and again (they even crucified Him)? I know He is merciful and patient and omnibenevolent… I mean, are we all like the house of Israel? Is there not one people who doesn’t turn away from Him? Why is Israel the favored house? [The earth and everything here, the entire purpose of its creation is to save the House of Israel. All other people are here by invitation and are invited to partake, but the HofI are the covenant children since before the foundation of the world. They are why the Father sent His Only Begotten Son. PR]

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