In 3 Nephi, Jesus Teaches Using Isaiah

Third Nephi: These Twelve Whom I Have Chosen, by Gary L. Kapp

In 3 Nephi, Jesus taught the more righteous part of the people (3 Ne 10:12) gathered at the temple at Bountiful who had survived the destruction that accompanied his death. Mormon explained, “that the people of Nephi who were spared, and also those who had been called Lamanites, who had been spared, did have great favors shown unto them” in that Christ “did truly manifest himself unto them—showing his body unto them, and ministering unto them” (3 Ne10: 18-19).

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It is after Jesus showed His wounds to the people, Mormon gives an account of Jesus’ ministry among these people.

That ministry included the Savior proclaiming His Atonement of all humankind and having the people feel the marks of His wounds in His hand, feet, and sides as evidence of his suffering and crucifixion. He proclaimed a doctrine that all should believe in Him, be baptized in His name, and receive the Holy Ghost. He taught them the same Beatitudes, he had taught as recorded by Matthew in Matthew 5. He warned them of false prophets, that the law of Moses is fulfilled in Him, and tells them there are other lost sheep he must visit also, and how the gospel will go first to the Gentiles and finally back to the Jews.

Then He quotes Isaiah as recorded in 3 Ne 16:17-20, and saying: “And then the words of the prophet Isaiah shall be fulfilled, which say:

Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing, for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
‘Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
‘The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God.

3 Ne 16:17-20 (see also Isaiah 52:8-10)

But this is not the only time Jesus cited words from the prophet Isaiah. In Third Nephi 20–22, the savior quotes from the Book of Isaiah seven times and paraphrases him once:

3 NEPHI 20:32
3 NEPHI 20:34-35
3 NEPHI 20:36-38
3 NEPHI 20:39-40
3 NEPHI 20:41-45
3 NEPHI 21:8
3 NEPHI 21:29 (paraphrase)
3 NEPHI 22:1-17
ISAIAH 52:9-10
ISAIAH 52:1-3
ISAIAH 52:6-7
ISAIAH 52:11-15
ISAIAH 52:15
ISAIAH 52:12
ISAIAH 54:1-17
Royal Skousen, “Textual Variants in the Isaiah Quotations in the
Book of Mormon,” in Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, ed. Donald W.
Parry and John W. Welch (Provo, Utah: FARMS, 1998), 369–71.

In approving these words of Isaiah, Jesus said:

“And now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah.
“For surely he spake as touching all things concerning my people which are of the house of Israel; therefore it must needs be that he must speak also to the Gentiles.
“And all things that he spake have been and shall be, even according to the words which he spake.

Jesus Christ in 3 Ne 23:1

Royal Skousen reminded, “Prophets in the Book of Mormon, including the Lord himself, repeatedly declared the importance of reading Isaiah’s prophecies.”

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