Isaiah 4 – Beautiful Zion – 2 Nephi 14:1-6

1 And in that day, [when Zion is established] seven women [the perfected saints] shall take hold of one man [shall wrest the power from previous authority], saying: We will eat our own bread [we have our own priesthood (relationship) from the Lord], and wear our own apparel [our own authority from Him]; only let us [we shall] be called [of God] by thy name [in thy place] to take away our reproach. [God’s condemnation upon the people]

For many, this scripture is a polygamous prophecy. This is not the meaning behind Isaiah’s use of this symbolic imagery. The word “seven” denotes perfection, particularly of those who are prepared for a terrestrial glory. The word “women” is used in this scripture to denote one who is preparing to know the Lord. Isaiah’s use of this word is to imply that they 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.” Verse 1 above is similar in meaning to 2 Nephi 13:1-12. 

2 In that day shall the branch [The extended House of Israel – New Jerusalem] of the Lord be beautiful and glorious; the fruit of the earth [Those gathered unto it] excellent and comely [desirable] to them that are escaped of Israel. [those of the House of Israel that escape the destructions and are gathered unto it]

3 And it shall come to pass, they that are left [reside] in Zion and remain in Jerusalem shall be called holy, every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem— [These shall have the mark of God upon them.]

4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion [removed the wicked from among the church], and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof [made them holy, even their very DNA] by the spirit of judgment [Gift of the Holy Ghost] and by the spirit of burning. [Baptism of Fire]

The “daughters of Zion” is always a reference to a later generation of God’s covenant people that have gone astray. See Moroni 10:31

5 And the Lord will create upon every dwelling-place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night [the Shekinah, or glory of God’s protection]; for upon all the glory of Zion shall be a defence.

6 And there shall be a tabernacle [covering] for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and a covert from storm and from rain. [God will shield His people from the destruction which will cover the earth before His coming.]

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7 Responses to Isaiah 4 – Beautiful Zion – 2 Nephi 14:1-6

  1. Rebecca Brent says:

    Really loved this chapter thank you! Especially for explaining verse 1, THANK YOU!

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  2. says:

    I enjoy discovering truth previously unknown to me very much. You explained some things in this chapter that I had never considered…but they make so much sense, especially verse one. Very helpful. Loved it.

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  3. S Silver says:

    Thank you so much for doing this project and especially for the explanation of verse 1. A few years ago, when I was bothered by that verse, the Holy Ghost pointed out that although seven women take hold of one man and make an offer, the verse does not say anything about him marrying any of them, let alone all of them. (The women simply make an offer, that is all that is written.) It calmed me down then but it wasn’t until now that I realized the Lord was trying to soothe my fears so perhaps I could see and learn the symbolism, but I never asked anything further about the verse. I am learning so much as I read here; thank you for doing the work the Lord asked so others like me have a chance to learn what we have missed all our lives!

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  4. Mike Ross says:

    Yes, as othets have said…. thank you for verse 1.

    Vs 4:
    When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion [removed the wicked from among the church], and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof [made them holy, even their very DNA] by the spirit of judgment [Gift of the Holy Ghost] and by the spirit of burning. [Baptism of Fire]

    Back in 1 Nephi 20, Nephi clarified Isaiah 48 by adding that Israel at that time were familiar with baptism. See: “Hearken and hear this, O house of Jacob, 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,”

    That last part is not in the kjv bible… and most everyone else outside Mormonism, I think, would say Ancient Israel did not practice baptism. I always look for clues that they could have or did.

    Could verse 4 of 2Neph 14 also have some reference to baptism by water? The gospel of Jesus includes baptism by water and by fire and vs 4 seems to be able to match that description.


  5. At the time of Isaiah, Israelites were under the covenant as a people, so they were not required to receive the baptism of water individually. This changed for the Jews in Judea when John began to baptize them. The Jews saw this and understood what John was doing. It meant that their old covenant was no longer valid. Isaiah may have been alluding to an individual baptism and that they must partake of the New Covenant of Christ. In the Americas we see baptism also, as people who had lost their way had to renew their covenants to the Lord.

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  6. Mike Ross says:

    See that’s what i was taught. To me, it is interesting that Nephi added to or clarified Isaiah 48 to include a reference to baptism. … Oh…ok… wait I can see what you are saying now and that makes sense.



  7. Ellee says:

    I appreciate your explanations for verse 1. Having rejected the thought that this verse was referring to the return of polygamy long ago, the only thing I could come up with was that seven (meaning basically everyone) would take hold of one man (Jesus Christ) and say “save us”. I like this thought but didn’t know how the food and clothing fit in. Thank you for your further illumination.


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