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Now that Jacob has finished his famous “covenant speech” in recent chapters, Nephi is back to his monologue, writing the story he has rather than quoting people.
Nephi says that he wants to write more about the words of Isaiah “for my soul delighteth in his words” (verse 2). Remember that Isaiah was a contemporary of Nephi, and he could have even at some point been in an audience of Isaiah. We don’t know that, but we know that Nephi knows Isaiah’s words and knows them well.
He also said earlier already that the words of Isaiah are very good to “liken” unto us, which means to take the story or words from back then and apply them to our individual lives today.
So, just as Nephi DELIGHTED in the words of his living prophet, so should we.
But there is more to that delight:
“my soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of Christ; for, for this end hath the law of Moses been given; and all things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world, unto man, are the typifying of him” (verse 4).
So not only does Nephi delight in the words of his living prophet, but He also delights in testifying of those words.
He delights in Christ, and delights in sharing what he knows of Christ.
“And also my soul delighteth in the covenants of the Lord which he hath made to our fathers; yea, my soul delighteth in his grace, and in his justice, and power, and mercy in the great and eternal plan of deliverance from death” (verse 5).
Knowing of Christ’s atonement and delighting in testifying of it is actually our very premortal covenant itself that we all share. Understanding His atonement for us, helps us understand more deeply the pieces of what made this atonement possible: even His grace and justice and power and mercy.
And so Nephi does plead with us to study the words of Isaiah, and to liken the Scriptures to ourselves so that “these words may lift up” our hearts (verse 7).
Looking for what is life-giving and strengthening? Study the words of Isaiah!
The next several chapters will help us do just that!