Nephi’s Quotations of Isaiah

Damascus and Samaria Fall

2 Nephi 18:1–2

God tells Isaiah to write the word ”Maher–shalal–hash–baz”in front of witnesses; his wife then bears a child who is given that name.

Moreover, the word of the Lord said unto me:

“Take thee a great roll,
and write in it with a man’s pen,
concerning Maher–shalal–hash–baz.”

And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

2 Nephi 18:3–4

The Lord warns that the northern strongholds of Damascus (Syria) and Samaria (Israel) will be plundered by the King of Assyria during the child’s infancy.

And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived and bare a son. Then said the Lord to me:

“Call his name, Maher–shalal–hash–baz.

“For behold,
the child shall not have knowledge to cry:
“My father, and my mother”
before the riches of Damascus
and the spoil of Samaria
shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.”

2 Nephi 18:5–8

Like an overwhelming flood, the king of Assyria will surround the prideful kingdom Judah.

The Lord spake also unto me again, saying:

Forasmuch as this people refuseth
the waters of Shiloah that go softly,
and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son;

Now therefore, behold,
the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river,
strong and many,
even the king of Assyria and all his glory;
and he shall come up over all his channels,
and go over all his banks.

and he shall pass through Judah;
he shall overflow and go over,
he shall reach even to the neck;
and the stretching out of his wings
shall fill the breadth of thy land,
O Immanuel.

2 Nephi 18:9–10

Brace for impact! Destruction in imminent, and the Lord will be vindicated.

Associate yourselves,
O ye people,
and ye shall be broken in pieces.

And give ear all ye of far countries;

Gird yourselves,
and ye shall be broken in pieces;

Gird yourselves,
and ye shall be broken in pieces.

Take counsel together,
and it shall come to naught.

Speak the word,
and it shall not stand.

For God is with us.