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"I Saw Also The Lord," 2 Nephi 16:1-5

2 Nephi 16:1-5

This is an account of when Isaiah sees the Lord on His heavenly throne. I've already spent a handful of days on these verses in Spanish. There my emphasis was on the declaration found in verse 3, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory." When I started studying in English, I discovered a footnote found in verse 1, for where Isaiah says, "I saw also the Lord." The footnote on "saw" leads to a verse in John 12:41 which reads: "These things said Esaias(Isaiah), when he saw his glory, and spake of him."

Being in the Lord's presence, and in the presence of these beings called seraphim that declare to each other the holiness of the Lord, causes Isaiah to cry out in anguish, "Wo is unto me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips; and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts." In other words, being in the presence of pure Light made Isaiah keenly aware of his weaknesses.

It is also interesting to me that the Lord revealed Himself to Isaiah, even though Isaiah was not "perfect". Or in other words, he still had sin. Perhaps he at least, met the qualification outlined by the Lord. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."


  1. The humility that Isaiah displays in these verses shows his great love and understanding of the Father's plan, and his obedience to his Lord. His veneration of the Lord and his admission of his own shortcomings demonstrates great reverence and provides us with a great example of humbleness in the face of grace.


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