Thine Iniquity Is Taken Away, and Thy Sin Is Purged

Thine Iniquity Is Taken Away, and Thy Sin Is Purged

Emily C. McPhie
Country
Born 1978, Utah; Residing Arizona
Dimensions
50.5 x 32.5 x 2.5 in.
Medium
Oil on panel

Nephi set an example for scripture readers to "liken all scriptures" unto themselves—to personalize and learn from scriptural accounts (1 Nephi 19:23). In this image, McPhie places herself in the account given in Isaiah by painting a seraphim, or heavenly being, preparing a young woman for service, removing a live coal from an altar with tongs and intending to place it on the young woman’s mouth. "Here am I," the woman seems to say with scriptural language. "Send me" (Isaiah 6:8).

"Devoted women persist as full participants with fervent desire to be cleansed from their sins and willing to do what God asks of them."