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"Sanctified in Righteousness", 2 Nephi 15:16

2 Nephi 15:16

"But the Lord of Hosts shall be exalted in judgment," After all the condemnation which will be brought upon the children of Israel for their unrighteousness, Isaiah reminds us that the Lord and his work will continue. His ability to judge rightly will cause him to be exalted. I'm trying to consider how the judgments of God vary from man's judgment. Under the Topical Guide for Jesus Christ, Judge there are ample references to this aspect of his mission and character.

"For judgment I am come into this world." (John 9:39)
"He shall judge the world in righteousness."(Psalm 9:8)
(See also 2 Nephi 2:10)

"...And God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness." This second part of verse 16, explains the result of God's ability to judge rightly, he shall be sanctified in, or because of, his righteousness. This is offered in contrast to the destruction into which the house of Israel descends.

The Isaiah equivalent for this verse has a footnote on the word "holy". Its first reference is in Leviticus 19:2, "Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy."

Back in verse 16 from Isaiah, it is as much as to say: Oh house of Israel, you could have been here with me! But you had no interest in my work. My words were not found in you; nor were your hearts close to me. Behold, how I have been sanctified because I continued in righteousness. Now, I proceed forward with my work, which is holy.


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