1 Nephi 21 is a direct quotation of Isaiah 49 and 1 Nephi 22 is Nephi explaining it to his brothers, and to us. It makes you wonder why the Lord, or Nephi, felt it was important for us to know since they were included on the small plates. I believe it was another of Nephi's prophecies. But perhaps it was also a warning.
The final verse of 1 Nephi ends with "Wherefore, if ye shall be obedient to the commandments, and endure to the end, ye shall be saved at the last day." There are several verses in this last chapter that warn us of the second coming and what we must do to be saved. I think it was also a reminder to not look harshly on the House of Israel but rather do what we can to help them. Which I think can be applied to everyone. We seem very quick to judge in this life and slow to have compassion. We are reminded time and time in the scriptures that with the judgment we judge others, so shall we be judged. It only makes sense that we should be merciful to all those around us then so that the Lord will be merciful to us in turn. But it rarely works out that way that we are patient with those we meet. Yet we have the greatest incentive of all to be that way. It certainly inspires me to be better. Until tomorrow.