Who is the Servant of Isaiah 49/1 Nephi 21? (Knowhy #24)

In First Nephi 21, Nephi quotes from what are called the “servant songs” in the

Book of Isaiah.

There’s been some debate as to who the servant mentioned actually is.

The two most popular interpretations argue that that the servant refers to either Israel

as a whole or Jesus as the Savior.

But a more recent interpretation argues that the servant Isaiah spoke of was the prophet

Joseph Smith.

This interpretation asserts that Isaiah put forth 12 characteristics of the servant, all

of which fit Joseph Smith.

Though all of the interpretations could be true, seeing Joseph Smith as The Servant is

a way to liken Isaiah 49 to the restoration; which further shows the complex and prophetic

nature of Isaiah’s teachings, and now you know why.