Isaiah 40–49: “Comfort Ye, My People” (September 19-25)

Balm of Gilead” (detail), by Ann Adele Henrie

You are not forsaken. God is mindful of you whether you are aware of it or not. That is the message of this portion of the book of Isaiah, and the prophet gives us this message in a variety of ways. Here are some of the forms that his message takes:

All of these declarations and promises were reassuring to Nephi, who had traveled far from his home in Jerusalem with his family to a new promised land. After arriving, he quoted chapters 48 and 49 in full to his brothers, so that they could “have hope as well as [the people] from whom [they had] been broken off” (1 Nephi 19:24). (See 1 Nephi 20, 1 Nephi 21.)

We have also inherited these blessings, and we can also take hope and comfort from these promises, just as Nephi did.

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