Isaiah speaks as the Messiah—He will have the tongue of the learned—He will give His back to the smiters—He will not be confounded—Compare 2 Nephi 7.
1 aThus saith the Lord, Where is the bill of your mother’s bdivorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your ciniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your dmother put away.
2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my ahand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no bpower to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I cdry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.
3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.
4 The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the alearned, that I should know how to speak a bword in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
5 ¶ The Lord God hath opened mine aear, and I was not brebellious, neither turned away back.
6 I agave my bback to the csmiters, and my dcheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I ehid not my face from fshame and gspitting.
7 ¶ For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
8 He is near that ajustifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
9 Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax aold as a garment; the bmoth shall eat them up.
10 ¶ Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the avoice of his bservant, that walketh in cdarkness, and hath no dlight? let him etrust in the name of the Lord, and fstay upon his God.
11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the alight of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in bsorrow.