Isaiah 3 – Judgment of the Church – 2 Nephi 13:1-26

1 For behold, the Lord, the Lord of Hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem [gathering place of the church], and from Judah [the Jews], the stay and the staff [supply and support], the whole staff of bread [whole supply of food], and the whole stay [supply]of water— [This metaphor of food and water is represents the Lord’s withholding of blessings and revelation upon them. (priesthood) See Amos 8:11-13]

2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient;

3 The captain of fifty, and the honorable man, and the counselor, and the cunning artificer [inventor], and the eloquent orator. [A list of all those we have previously admired.]

4 And I will give children [a new generation] unto them to be their princes [priesthood holders], and babes [new people] shall rule over them.

5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbor; the child [new generation] shall behave himself proudly [with dignity] against the ancient [former people], and the base [unsavory] against the honorable [respectable].

6 When a man shall take hold of his brother [ask for help] of the house of his father [those who seem related], and shall say: Thou hast clothing [you have what we need], be thou our ruler, and let not this ruin come under thy hand— [Let us not suffer under these conditions.]

7 In that day shall he swear, saying: I will not be a healer [I will not take care of you.]; for in my house there is neither bread [priesthood] nor clothing [authority]; make me not a ruler of the people.

8 For Jerusalem [the church] is ruined, and Judah [Israel] is fallen, because their tongues [words] and their doings [acts] have been against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

9 The show of their countenance [truth of their deeds] doth witness against them, and doth declare their sin to be even as Sodom, and they cannot hide it. Wo unto their souls [souls are cursed], for they have rewarded evil unto themselves! [The sin of Sodom was more than sexual depravity. These people sought evil against each other and all who came among them continually.]

10 Say unto the righteous [the Lord’s servants] that it is well with them; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. [their works shall bring much good.]

11 Wo unto [cursed are] the wicked, for they shall perish; for the reward of their hands shall be upon them!

12 And my people, children [modern church] are their oppressors, and women rule over them [Those without authority rule over the members.]. O my people, they who lead thee cause thee to err and destroy the way of thy paths. [destroy your traditions]

13 The Lord standeth up to plead [to witness], and standeth to judge the people. [to separate and organize]

14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients [former priesthood leaders] of his people and the princes [presiding authority] thereof; for ye have eaten up the vineyard [removed my laws] and the spoil of the poor in your houses. [blessings of the Gospel in your sacred structures.]

15 What mean ye? Ye beat my people to pieces [destroyed the faith of my people], and grind the faces of the poor [hurt those who seek me], saith the Lord God of Hosts.

16 Moreover, the Lord saith: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty [members of the covenant are vain], and walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes [behave with pride and wicked intentions], walking and mincing as they go [with pageantry], and making a tinkling with their feet— [seeking prideful attention]

17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, [The Lord will remove the gift of revelation of those that preside from the members of the Covenant.] and the Lord will discover their secret parts [know their hearts].

18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments [confidence in standing in public], and cauls [necklaces], and round tires like the moon; [amulets]

19 The chains and the bracelets, and the mufflers; [expensive scarfs (ties)]

20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs [seductive walking], and the headbands, and the tablets [fragrant perfumes], and the ear-rings;

21 The rings, and nose jewels;

22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles [shawls, expensive coats], and the wimples [hair ornaments], and the crisping-pins; [elegant purse, bag, or briefcase]

23 The glasses [mirrors], and the fine linen, and hoods, and the veils. [All that they use to present themselves publicly with great beauty.]

24 And it shall come to pass, instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle [fine belt], a rent; and instead of well set hair, baldness; and instead of a stomacher [fine shirt], a girding of sackcloth; burning instead of beauty. [Your worldly beauty, wealth, and praise will be gone.]

25 Thy men shall fall by the sword and thy mighty in the war. [coming war]

26 And her gates [congregations] shall lament and mourn; and she shall be desolate [church shall be empty], and shall sit upon the ground. [lay in ruin]

51 For whoso cometh not unto me is under the bondage of sin.

52 And whoso receiveth not my voice is not acquainted with my voice, and is not of me.

53 And by this you may know the righteous from the wicked, and that the whole world groaneth under sin and darkness even now.

54 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—

55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.

56 And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.

57 And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written—

58 That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion.

59 For shall the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land? Verily, I say unto you, Nay. (D&C 84:51-59)

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9 Responses to Isaiah 3 – Judgment of the Church – 2 Nephi 13:1-26

  1. Rhoda Christensen says:

    Thank you so much for this revealed interpretation. It is profound.


  2. says:

    Thanks so much for this interpretation. So many things confirmed with what I am seeing and feeling privately. Thank you for additional witness. Ties in well with Ezekiel 34, Mormon 8, 2 Nephi 28, Jacob 5 and other scriptures giving warning and encouragement to repent and turn fully to Christ.

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  3. Rebecca Brent says:

    Wow. I guess we now know who the Lord’s house or “last days church” is, that has been cursed and condemned. Very sobering. Thank you for having the courage to share this.

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  4. Rebecca Brent says:

    39 When men are called unto mine everlasting gospel, and covenant with an everlasting covenant, they are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men;
    40 They are called to be the savor of men; therefore, if that salt of the earth lose its savor, behold, it is thenceforth good for nothing only to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. (D&C 101)
    13 But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.
    14 And I will not suffer my people, who are of the house of Israel, to go through among them, and tread them down, saith the Father.
    15 But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down, and they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel. (3 Nephi16)

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  5. TSJ says:

    I appreciate your insight into this chapter. As an amateur student of Isaiah I find the new layer of meaning you bring up very revealing and poignant. It impacts me in ways that I had not considered although I have invested a lot of time reading [edit, I don’t publish any names of institutions or people on the blog (PR)], a noteable LDS scholar of Isaiah.

    Would you explain the process of how these insights come to you? Do you see them in vision; or do you feel the Holy Spirit’s witness like ideas downloading into your heart and mind; or is there a messenger or voice that gives the inspiration to you? [The Lord instructed me to do this BofM Thoughts. I am to simply read verse by verse and write. I remember things I have seen before and sometimes I am shown things as I write. Other times I go to the Lord to ask questions. It is a revelatory process. It is called BofM Thoughts because these are my thoughts and revelations, but you are to take what you read and receive your own revelations and witness. Whatever witness you receive will become your own scripture.(PR)]

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  6. Karla says:

    Very interesting take, I found that the Lord reveals His mysteries in layers, I was reading this scripture I thought of the condition of our Nation at this time and how here Isaiah speaks to in layers to Jerusalem and to The United States, to Their people about their wickedness, but it comes down to the people of the covenant, the people of God, and they that had brought this curse upon them, our Nation now also is cursed and Isaiah speaks to us now the people of the church because they have lost their way, the salt of the Earth has lost its savory, we are under judgment.

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  7. Mike Ross says:

    It just reads like the Lord will take away the pride filled idolatrous facade from those who, as he bemoaned in the last chapter will not “cease ye from man” (arm of the flesh?)… and according to Isaiah’s writings, that external stripping of pride and idolatry and self absorption comes by force. The Assyrians did it to Israel. Someone will do it to us.

    I have to ask. In your opinion, what is the fastest most sure-fire way to strip ones self of pride (without external compulsion)? [Self evaluation, fasting, and prayer usually helps me to keep it together. I also have a career where I am both loved and hated, which continually reminds me that I am nothing and all that I have is a gift from God. Keeps me humble. PR]

    We are past the point, as a nation, of no return- correct? [Yes, that is correct. The Lord in His mercy is allowing the wickedness to ripen as the people take sides, choosing where they will stand before the judgments begin. PR]

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  8. Mike Ross says:

    I am unsure how to ask this question. I’ll just try:

    Does vs 1-12 talk about either a shift in who leads the Lord’s people in the latter day end times (moving away from the outward church below or “telestial” church towards inward church above or “terrestrial’ church)… or maybe these verses talk about a returning of priesthood power (relationship with the Lord) back to the Jews?

    The next chapter gave me cause to reflect on this chapter with the 7 women taking hold of one man -vying for a renewed priesthood relationship with the Lord… I don’t think either of these chapters do much good being read without allowing the context of both chapters to permeate together.

    Anyhow, I might be off. But I am fascinated with the implications! [These chapters deal with the fall and corruption of the Church of the Gentiles and the awakening of the House of Israel, the rise of the Elect. PR]

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  9. tekoraa says:

    12 And my people, children [modern church] are their oppressors, and women rule over them [Those without authority rule over the members.]. O my people, they who lead thee cause thee to err and destroy the way of thy paths. [destroy your traditions]

    Does this mean those who are over the members are without authority from God? Or is it saying the Lord will institute women (those who know the Lord) in the stead of the children (princes, presiding authority)? You said in Isaiah 4:1 that 7 women means his new leaders will “come from those not having priestly authority, which in the last days will be both men and women, and not from any authority of “man.”” Is this what this verse is referring to as the women? [Yes. PR]

    When it says “they who lead thee cause thee to err and destroy the way of thy paths”, is it saying these new women will destroy the church’s false traditions? Or is it saying the modern leaders are leading them astray and destroy the godly traditions? [This is referring to modern leaders. PR]

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