And whosoever shall himself shall be ; and he that shall himself shall be exalted.I have noticed this theme as I have been reading 1st and 2nd Nephi, especially the chapters quoting and commenting on Isaiah. Language like this is common is Isaiah
And the mean man shall be down, and the man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the shall be humbled. (Isaiah 5:15 / 2 Nephi 15:15)Passages with this kind of language often pinpoint specific people or groups that exalt themselves and eventually are abased and vice versa. They are labeled by different terms, like "the great and abominable church", "the great and spacious building", "the mother of harlots", etc., but they all connote the same. It is a wicked group of people who refuse to enter into covenants with the Lord and fight against/oppress/mock those who do.
We see the pattern of exalting oneself and being brought down, time and again. Here are some examples:
Lehi saw the great and spacious building in a dream.
Nephi saw in vision that the great and spacious building fell
And it came to pass that I saw and bear record, that the great and spacious building was the of the world; and it , and the fall thereof was exceedingly great. (1 Nephi 11:36).We see the same pattern for the great and abominable church.
And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the gold, and the silver, and the silks, and the scarlets, and the fine-twined linen, and the precious clothing, and the harlots, are the of this great and abominable Church. (1 Nephi 13:8)
And that great , which hath been digged for them by that great and abominable church, which was founded by the devil and his children, that he might lead away the souls of men down to hell—yea, that great pit which hath been digged for the destruction of men shall be filled by those who digged it, unto their utter destruction, (1 Nephi 14:3)Compare this last quote with 1 Nephi 22:14, when Nephi is commenting on Isaiah
And every which shall war against thee, O house of Israel, shall be turned one against another, and they shall into the pit which they digged to ensnare the people of the Lord. And all that against Zion shall be destroyed, and that great whore, who hath perverted the right ways of the Lord, yea, that great and abominable church, shall tumble to the and great shall be the fall of it.We find the same pattern in Isaiah, only with labels like the "great and abominable church" or "great and spacious building" typically replaced with "Assyria/Babylon" or similar. For instance, in Isaiah 14 / 2 Nephi 24, we read about the king of Babylon (symbolic for Satan and/or his kingdom?)
Similarly, in Isaiah 13:19 / 2 Nephi 23:19
And , the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew and Gomorrah.Another example in Isaiah 10:12-18 / 2 Nephi 20:12-18
Again, the language in the part marked with grey, resembles the language in 1 Nephi 22 where Nephi describes the fate of the abominable church.
Isaiah uses Assyria and Babylon, two glorious kingdoms from a worldly perspective, that conquered and oppressed Israel and Juda/Jerusalem. Metaphorically, this represents the spiritual Israel (those who enter into covenants) and their oppressors (those who "fight against Zion"). An important and repeated element of Isaiah's writings is that the physical conquering of Israel/Juda by Assyria/Babylon will be reversed in a spiritual sense in "that day" (the latter days).
Compare Isaiah 47:1, describing how Babylon is brought down
Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of no , sit on the ground: there is, O : for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate....with the description in Isaiah 52:2 / 2 Nephi 8:25 of Zion/Jerusalem that Babylon oppressed:
Because Assyria/Babylon/the abominable church exalted themselves, they shall be abased. Thus, a prerequisite to being exalted is to not exalt oneself, that is, not unite with the great and abominable church.
And blessed are the , they of whom the prophet has written; for behold, if it so be that they shall repent and fight not against Zion, and do not unite themselves to that great and church, they shall be saved (2 Nephi 6:12)