1 And again: Hearken, O ye house of Israel, all ye that are broken off and are driven
out because of the wickedness of the pastors of my people; yea, all ye that are broken
off, that are scattered abroad, who are of my people, O house of Israel. Listen,
O isles, unto me, and hearken ye people from far; the Lord hath called me from the
womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he
hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;
3 And said unto me: Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
4 Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught and in
vain; surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.
5 And now, saith the Lord -- that formed me from the womb that I should be his servant,
to bring Jacob again to him -- though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious
in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength.
6 And he said: It is a light thing that thou shouldst be my servant to raise up the
tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel. I will also give thee for
a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the ends of the earth.
7 Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth,
to him whom the nation abhorreth, to servant of rulers: Kings shall see and arise,
princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful.
8 Thus saith the Lord: In an acceptable time have I heard thee, O isles of the sea,
and in a day of salvation have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give
thee my servant for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to
inherit the desolate heritages;
9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners: Go forth; to them that sit in darkness:
Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all
10 They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them;
for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall
he guide them.
11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.
12 And then, O house of Israel, behold, these shall come from far; and lo, these
from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; for the feet of those who are in the
east shall be established; and break forth into singing, O mountains; for they shall
be smitten no more; for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon
14 But, behold, Zion hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten
me -- but he will show that he hath not.
15 For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion
on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually
17 Thy children shall make haste against thy destroyers; and they that made thee
waste shall go forth of thee.
18 Lift up thine eyes round about and behold; all these gather themselves together,
and they shall come to thee. And as I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe
thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on even as a bride.
19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall
even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants; and they that swallowed thee
up shall be far away.
20 The children whom thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the first, shall again
in thine ears say: The place is too strait for me; give place to me that I may dwell.
21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart: Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have
lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? And who hath
brought up these?
Behold, I was left alone; these, where have they been?
22 Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and
set up my standard to the people; and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and
thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers;
they shall bow down to thee with their face towards the earth, and lick up the dust
of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord; for they shall not be ashamed
that wait for me.
24 For shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captives delivered?
25 But thus saith the Lord, even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,
and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; for I will contend with him that
contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; they shall be drunken
with their own blood as with sweet wine; and all flesh shall know that I, the Lord,
am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
1 Nephi 22
1 And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had read these things which were engraven
upon the plates of brass, my brethren came unto me and said unto me: What meaneth
these things which ye have read? Behold, are they to be understood according to things
which are spiritual, which shall come to pass according to the spirit and not the
2 And I, Nephi, said unto them: Behold they were manifest unto the prophet by the
voice of the Spirit; for by the Spirit are all things made known unto the prophets,
which shall come upon the children of men according to the flesh.
3 Wherefore, the things of which I have read are things pertaining to things both
temporal and spiritual; for it appears that the house of Israel, sooner or later,
will be scattered upon all the face of the earth, and also among all nations.
4 And behold, there are many who are already lost from the knowledge of those who
are at Jerusalem. Yea, the more part of all the tribes have been led away; and they
are scattered to and fro upon the isles of the sea; and whither they are none of
us knoweth, save that we know that they have been led away.
5 And since they have been led away, these things have been prophesied concerning
them, and also concerning all those who shall hereafter be scattered and be confounded,
because of the Holy One of Israel; for against him will they harden their hearts;
wherefore, they shall be scattered among all nations and shall be hated of all men.
6 Nevertheless, after they shall be nursed by the Gentiles, and the Lord has lifted
up his hand upon the Gentiles and set them up for a standard, and their children
have been carried in their arms, and their daughters have been carried upon their
shoulders, behold these things of which are spoken are temporal; for thus are the
covenants of the Lord with our fathers; and it meaneth us in the days to come, and
also all our brethren who are of the house of Israel.
7 And it meaneth that the time cometh that after all the house of Israel have been
scattered and confounded, that the Lord God will raise up a mighty nation among the
Gentiles, yea, even upon the face of this land; and by them shall our seed be scattered.
8 And after our seed is scattered the Lord God will proceed to do a marvelous work
among the Gentiles, which shall be of great worth unto our seed; wherefore, it is
likened unto their being nourished by the Gentiles and being carried in their arms
and upon their shoulders.
9 And it shall also be of worth unto the Gentiles; and not only unto the Gentiles
but unto all the house of Israel, unto the making known of the covenants of the Father
of heaven unto Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be
10 And I would, my brethren, that ye should know that all the kindreds of the earth
cannot be blessed unless he shall make bare his arm in the eyes of the nations.
11 Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to make bare his arm in the eyes of all the
nations, in bringing about his covenants and his gospel unto those who are of the
house of Israel.
12 Wherefore, he will bring them again out of captivity, and they shall be gathered
together to the lands of their inheritance; and they shall be brought out of obscurity
and out of darkness; and they shall know that the Lord is their Savior and their
Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel.
13 And the blood of that great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the
earth, shall turn upon their own heads; for they shall war among themselves, and
the sword of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads, and they shall be drunken
with their own blood.
14 And every nation which shall war against thee, O house of Israel, shall be turned
one against another, and they shall fall into the pit which they digged to ensnare
the people of the Lord.
And all that fight 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 dust and great shall be the fall of it.
15 For behold, saith the prophet, the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have
no more power over the hearts of the children of men; for the day soon cometh that
all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble; and the day cometh that
they must be burned.
16 For the time soon cometh that the fulness of the wrath of God shall be poured
out upon all the children of men; for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy
17 Wherefore, he will preserve the righteous by his power, even if it so be that
the fulness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the
destruction of their enemies by fire. Wherefore, the righteous need not fear; for
thus saith the prophet, they shall be saved, even if it so be as by fire.
18 Behold, my brethren, I say unto you, that these things must shortly come; yea,
even blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke must come; and it must needs be upon the
face of this earth; and it cometh unto men according to the flesh if it so be that
they will harden their hearts against the Holy One of Israel.
19 For behold, the righteous shall not perish; for the time surely must come that
all they who fight against Zion shall be cut off.
20 And the Lord will surely prepare a way for his people, unto the fulfilling of
the words of Moses, which he spake, saying: A prophet shall the Lord your God raise
up unto you, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say
And it shall come to pass that all those who will not hear that prophet shall be
cut off from among the people.
21 And now I, Nephi, declare unto you, that this prophet of whom Moses spake was
the Holy One of Israel; wherefore, he shall execute judgment in righteousness.
22 And the righteous need not fear, for they are those who shall not be confounded.
But it is the kingdom of the devil, which shall be built up among the children of
men, which kingdom is established among them which are in the flesh --
23 For the time speedily shall come that all churches which are built up to get gain,
and all those who are built up to get power over the flesh, and those who are built
up to become popular in the eyes of the world, and those who seek the lusts of the
flesh and the things of the world, and to do all manner of iniquity; yea, in fine,
all those who belong to the kingdom of the devil are they who need fear, and tremble,
and quake; they are those who must be brought low in the dust; they are those who
must be consumed as stubble; and this is according to the words of the prophet.
Dr. Duke carefully explains alternates, identical simple arternates, simple alternates,
repeated alternates, identical extended alternates, extended alternates, and identical
duplicate alternate, giving examples from the Book of Mormon of each type. He tentatively
identifies how many alternates there are in the Book of Mormon (over 400).
This is one of his examples of repeated alternates:
In chapter 7, Faces of Pride in the Book of Mormon, the authors present a thought-provoking
analysis and discussion of this, the greatest of challenges to our generation, and
the cause of the fall of the two Book of Mormon civilizations.
From the book:
It may be helpful for us to identify the desires or ambitions of those whose hearts
were filled with pride in the Book of Mormon. The pride of the great and spacious
building associated with the tree of life dream (see 1 Nephi 11:36, 12:18) is embodied
in the great and abominable church spoken of by Nephi in 1 Nephi 13:5-9. Later,
Nephi tells us that the people within the churches of the devil in the last days
have the prideful objectives of gain, power, popularity, and lusts of the flesh.
Recognizing these four ambitions allows us tos break down pride into its component
parts. It also helps us to recognize when we might be mirroring the type of pride
spoken of in the Book of Mormon. As we look carefully at these four ambitions, it
becomes clear that all sins fall into at least one of these categories. The people
of our day whose hearts belong to any of these four areas spoken of by Nephi are
engulfed to one degree or another in the kind of pride spoken of in the Book of Mormon.
Notice how these four desires are Satan’s counterfeits of four wonderful virtues
given to us by our Heavenly Father.
(1) Gain is Satan’s attempt at corrupting individual financial responsibility.
(2) Power takes the virtue of self-control and corrupts it with the unrighteous desire
to control or dominate others.
(3) Popularity takes the virtue of needing to be valued and appreciated by others
and turns it into a vice – the need to define oneself through the eyes and opinions
(4) Lusts of the flesh is Satan’s attempt at corrupting the commandment given to
Adam and Eve to “multiply and replenish the earth.” (Moses 2:28) It removes covenants
from procreation and connects it to individual self-gratification. Indeed all virtues
quickly turn to prideful vice with the addition of selfishness.
24 And the time cometh speedily that the righteous must be led up as calves of the
stall, and the Holy One of Israel must reign in dominion, and might, and power, and
25 And he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth; and he numbereth
his sheep, and they know him; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd; and he
shall feed his sheep, and in him they shall find pasture.
26 And because of the righteousness of his people, Satan has no power; wherefore,
he cannot be loosed for the space of many years; for he hath no power over the hearts
of the people, for they dwell in righteousness, and the Holy One of Israel reigneth.
27 And now behold, I, Nephi, say unto you that all these things must come according
to the flesh.
28 But, behold, all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people shall dwell safely in
the Holy One of Israel if it so be that they will repent.
29 And now I, Nephi, make an end; for I durst not speak further as yet concerning
30 Wherefore, my brethren, I would that ye should consider that the things which
have been written upon the plates of brass are true; and they testify that a man
must be obedient to the commandments of God.
31 Wherefore, ye need not suppose that I and my father are the only ones that have
testified, and also taught them. Wherefore, if ye shall be obedient to the commandments,
and endure to the end, ye shall be saved at the last day. And thus it is. Amen.