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Library Tour of 2 Nephi 21-28
2 Nephi 21
1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow
out of his roots.
2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord; and he shall
not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the
meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with
the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle
of his reins.
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the
kid, and the calf and the young lion and fatling together; and a little child shall
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the suckling child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child
shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be
full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign
of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek; and his rest shall be glorious.
11 And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set his hand again the
second time to recover the remnant of his people which shall be left, from Assyria,
and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar,
and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts
of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the
13 The envy of Ephraim also shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut
off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines towards the west; they
shall spoil them of the east together; they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab;
and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
15 And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his
mighty wind he shall shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven
streams, and make men go over dry shod.
16 And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people which shall be left,
from Assyria, like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land
2 Nephi 22
1 And in that day thou shalt say: O Lord, I will praise thee; though thou wast angry
with me thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord JEHOVAH
is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation.
3 Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
4 And in that day shall ye say: Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his
doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
5 Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things; this is known in all the
6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion; for great is the Holy One of Israel
in the midst of thee.
2 Nephi 23
1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the
hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones, for mine
anger is not upon them that rejoice in my highness.
4 The noise of the multitude in the mountains like as of a great people, a tumultuous
noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together, the Lord of Hosts mustereth the
hosts of the battle.
5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, yea, the Lord, and the weapons
of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.
6 Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, every man's heart shall melt;
8 And they shall be afraid; pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall
be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
9 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to
lay the land desolate; and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light;
the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light
11 And I will punish the world for evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will
cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay down the haughtiness of the
12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge
13 Therefore, I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place,
in the wrath of the Lord of Hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up; and they
shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.
15 Every one that is proud shall be thrust through; yea, and every one that is joined
to the wicked shall fall by the sword.
16 Their children, also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses
shall be spoiled and their wives ravished.
17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver and
gold, nor shall they delight in it.
18 Their bows shall also dash the young men to pieces, and they shall have no pity
on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.
19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall
be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation:
neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their
21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full
of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons
in their pleasant palaces; and her time is near to come, and her day shall not be
prolonged. For I will destroy her speedily; yea, for I will be merciful unto my people,
but the wicked shall perish.
2 Nephi 24
1 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them
in their own land; and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave
to the house of Jacob.
2 And the people shall take them and bring them to their place; yea, from far unto
the ends of the earth; and they shall return to their lands of promise. And the house
of Israel shall possess them, and the land of the Lord shall be for servants and
handmaids; and they shall take them captives unto whom they were captives; and they
shall rule over their oppressors.
3 And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall give thee rest, from
thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to
4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that thou shalt take up this proverb against
the king of Babylon, and say: How hath the oppressor ceased, the golden city ceased!
5 The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, the scepters of the rulers.
6 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations
in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.
7 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet; they break forth into singing.
8 Yea, the fir-trees rejoice at thee, and also the cedars of Lebanon, saying: Since
thou art laid down no feller is come up against us.
9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming; it stirreth up
the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their
thrones all the kings of the nations.
10 All they shall speak and say unto thee: Art thou also become weak as we? Art thou
become like unto us?
11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave; the noise of thy viols is not heard; the
worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! Art thou cut down
to the ground, which did weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thy heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne
above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the
sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and shall consider thee, and
shall say: Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?
17 And made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof, and opened
not the house of his prisoners?
18 All the kings of the nations, yea, all of them, lie in glory, every one of them
in his own house.
19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and the remnant
of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones
of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet.
20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy
land and slain thy people; the seed of evil-doers shall never be renowned.
21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquities of their fathers, that they
do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
22 For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of Hosts, and cut off from Babylon
the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the Lord.
23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water; and I will
sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the Lord of Hosts.
24 The Lord of Hosts hath sworn, saying: Surely as I have thought, so shall it come
to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand --
25 That I will bring the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under
foot; then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their
26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth; and this is the hand
that is stretched out upon all nations.
27 For the Lord of Hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul? And his hand is stretched
out, and who shall turn it back?
28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.
29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken;
for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall
be a fiery flying serpent.
30 And the first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety;
and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.
31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved; for there shall
come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times.
32 What shall then answer the messengers of the nations? That the Lord hath founded
Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.
2 Nephi 25
1 Now I, Nephi, do speak somewhat concerning the words which I have written, which
have been spoken by the mouth of Isaiah. For behold, Isaiah spake many things which
were hard for many of my people to understand; for they know not concerning the manner
of prophesying among the Jews.
2 For I, Nephi, have not taught them many things concerning the manner of the Jews;
for their works were works of darkness, and their doings were doings of abominations.
3 Wherefore, I write unto my people, unto all those that shall receive hereafter
these things which I write, that they may know the judgments of God, that they come
upon all nations, according to the word which he hath spoken.
4 Wherefore, hearken, O my people, which are of the house of Israel, and give ear
unto my words; for because the words of Isaiah are not plain unto you, nevertheless
they are plain unto all those that are filled with the spirit of prophecy. But I
give unto you a prophecy, according to the spirit which is in me; wherefore I shall
prophesy according to the plainness which hath been with me from the time that I
came out from Jerusalem with my father; for behold, my soul delighteth in plainness
unto my people, that they may learn.
5 Yea, and my soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah, for I came out from Jerusalem,
and mine eyes hath beheld the things of the Jews, and I know that the Jews do understand
the things of the prophets, and there is none other people that understand the things
which were spoken unto the Jews like unto them, save it be that they are taught after
the manner of the things of the Jews.
6 But behold, I, Nephi, have not taught my children after the manner of the Jews;
but behold, I, of myself, have dwelt at Jerusalem, wherefore I know concerning the
regions round about; and I have made mention unto my children concerning the judgments
of God, which hath come to pass among the Jews, unto my children, according to all
that which Isaiah hath spoken, and I do not write them.
7 But behold, I proceed with mine own prophecy, according to my plainness; in the
which I know that no man can err; nevertheless, in the days that the prophecies of
Isaiah shall be fulfilled men shall know of a surety, at the times when they shall
come to pass.
8 Wherefore, they are of worth unto the children of men, and he that supposeth that
they are not, unto them will I speak particularly, and confine the words unto mine
own people; for I know that they shall be of great worth unto them in the last days;
for in that day shall they understand them; wherefore, for their good have I written
9 And as one generation hath been destroyed among the Jews because of iniquity, even
so have they been destroyed from generation to generation according to their iniquities;
and never hath any of them been destroyed save it were foretold them by the prophets
of the Lord.
10 Wherefore, it hath been told them concerning the destruction which should come
upon them, immediately after my father left Jerusalem; nevertheless, they hardened
their hearts; and according to my prophecy they have been destroyed, save it be those
which are carried away captive into Babylon.
11 And now this I speak because of the spirit which is in me. And notwithstanding
they have been carried away they shall return again, and possess the land of Jerusalem;
wherefore, they shall be restored again to the land of their inheritance.
12 But, behold, they shall have wars, and rumors of wars; and when the day cometh
that the Only Begotten of the Father, yea, even the Father of heaven and of earth,
shall manifest himself unto them in the flesh, behold, they will reject him, because
of their iniquities, and the hardness of their hearts, and the stiffness of their
13 Behold, they will crucify him; and after he is laid in a sepulchre for the space
of three days he shall rise from the dead, with healing in his wings; and all those
who shall believe on his name shall be saved in the kingdom of God. Wherefore, my
soul delighteth to prophesy concerning him, for I have seen his day, and my heart
doth magnify his holy name.
14 And behold it shall come to pass that after the Messiah hath risen from the dead,
and hath manifested himself unto his people, unto as many as will believe on his
name, behold, Jerusalem shall be destroyed again; for wo unto them that fight against
God and the people of his church.
15 Wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered among all nations; yea, and also Babylon
shall be destroyed; wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered by other nations.
16 And after they have been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other
nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation
until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement,
which is infinite for all mankind -- and when that day shall come that they shall
believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean
hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the
day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things.
17 And the Lord will set his hand again the second time to restore his people from
their lost and fallen state. Wherefore, he will proceed to do a marvelous work and
a wonder among the children of men.
18 Wherefore, he shall bring forth his words unto them, which words shall judge them
at the last day, for they shall be given them for the purpose of convincing them
of the true Messiah, who was rejected by them; and unto the convincing of them that
they need not look forward any more for a Messiah to come, for there should not any
come, save it should be a false Messiah which should deceive the people; for there
is save one Messiah spoken of by the prophets, and that Messiah is he who should
be rejected of the Jews.
19 For according to the words of the prophets, the Messiah cometh in six hundred
years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of
the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ,
the Son of God.
20 And now, my brethren, I have spoken plainly that ye cannot err. And as the Lord
God liveth that brought Israel up out of the land of Egypt, and gave unto Moses power
that he should heal the nations after they had been bitten by the poisonous serpents,
if they would cast their eyes unto the serpent which he did raise up before them,
and also gave him power that he should smite the rock and the water should come forth;
yea, behold I say unto you, that as these things are true, and as the Lord God liveth,
there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which
I have spoken, whereby man can be saved.
21 Wherefore, for this cause hath the Lord God promised unto me that these things
which I write shall be kept and preserved, and handed down unto my seed, from generation
to generation, that the promise may be fulfilled unto Joseph, that his seed should
never perish as long as the earth should stand.
22 Wherefore, these things shall go from generation to generation as long as the
earth shall stand; and they shall go according to the will and pleasure of God; and
the nations who shall possess them shall be judged of them according to the words
which are written.
23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren,
to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace
that we are saved, after all we can do.
24 And, notwithstanding we believe in Christ, we keep the law of Moses, and look
forward with steadfastness unto Christ, until the law shall be fulfilled.
25 For, for this end was the law given; wherefore the law hath become dead unto us,
and we are made alive in Christ because of our faith; yet we keep the law because
of the commandments.
26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy
of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to
what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
27 Wherefore, we speak concerning the law that our children may know the deadness
of the law; and they, by knowing the deadness of the law, may look forward unto that
life which is in Christ, and know for what end the law was given. And after the law
is fulfilled in Christ, that they need not harden their hearts against him when the
law ought to be done away.
28 And now behold, my people, ye are a stiffnecked people; wherefore, I have spoken
plainly unto you, that ye cannot misunderstand. And the words which I have spoken
shall stand as a testimony against you; for they are sufficient to teach any man
the right way; for the right way is to believe in Christ and deny him not; for by
denying him ye also deny the prophets and the law.
29 And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ, and
deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before
him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul;
and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out.
30 And, inasmuch as it shall be expedient, ye must keep the performances and ordinances
of God until the law shall be fulfilled which was given unto Moses.
2 Nephi 26
1 And after Christ shall have risen from the dead he shall show himself unto you,
my children, and my beloved brethren; and the words which he shall speak unto you
shall be the law which ye shall do.
2 For behold, I say unto you that I have beheld that many generations shall pass
away, and there shall be great wars and contentions among my people.
3 And after the Messiah shall come there shall be signs given unto my people of his
birth, and also of his death and resurrection; and great and terrible shall that
day be unto the wicked, for they shall perish; and they perish because they cast
out the prophets, and the saints, and stone them, and slay them; wherefore the cry
of the blood of the saints shall ascend up to God from the ground against them.
4 Wherefore, all those who are proud, and that do wickedly, the day that cometh shall
burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, for they shall be as stubble.
5 And they that kill the prophets, and the saints, the depths of the earth shall
swallow them up, saith the Lord of Hosts; and mountains shall cover them, and whirlwinds
shall carry them away, and buildings shall fall upon them and crush them to pieces
and grind them to powder.
6 And they shall be visited with thunderings, and lightnings, and earthquakes, and
all manner of destructions, for the fire of the anger of the Lord shall be kindled
against them, and they shall be as stubble, and the day that cometh shall consume
them, saith the Lord of Hosts.
7 O the pain, and the anguish of my soul for the loss of the slain of my people!
For I, Nephi, have seen it, and it well nigh consumeth me before the presence of
the Lord; but I must cry unto my God: Thy ways are just.
8 But behold, the righteous that hearken unto the words of the prophets, and destroy
them not, but look forward unto Christ with steadfastness for the signs which are
given, notwithstanding all persecution -- behold, they are they which shall not perish.
9 But the Son of righteousness shall appear unto them; and he shall heal them, and
they shall have peace with him, until three generations shall have passed away, and
many of the fourth generation shall have passed away in righteousness.
10 And when these things have passed away a speedy destruction cometh unto my people;
for, notwithstanding the pains of my soul, I have seen it; wherefore, I know that
it shall come to pass; and they sell themselves for naught; for, for the reward of
their pride and their foolishness they shall reap destruction; for because they yield
unto the devil and choose works of darkness rather than light, therefore they must
go down to hell.
11 For the Spirit of the Lord will not always strive with man. And when the Spirit
ceaseth to strive with man then cometh speedy destruction, and this grieveth my soul.
12 And as I spake concerning the convincing of the Jews, that Jesus is the very Christ,
it must needs be that the Gentiles be convinced also that Jesus is the Christ, the
13 And that he manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him, by the power
of the Holy Ghost; yea, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, working mighty
miracles, signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith.
14 But behold, I prophesy unto you concerning the last days; concerning the days
when the Lord God shall bring these things forth unto the children of men.
15 After my seed and the seed of my brethren shall have dwindled in unbelief, and
shall have been smitten by the Gentiles; yea, after the Lord God shall have camped
against them round about, and shall have laid siege against them with a mount, and
raised forts against them; and after they shall have been brought down low in the
dust, even that they are not, yet the words of the righteous shall be written, and
the prayers of the faithful shall be heard, and all those who have dwindled in unbelief
shall not be forgotten.
16 For those who shall be destroyed shall speak unto them out of the ground, and
their speech shall be low out of the dust, and their voice shall be as one that hath
a familiar spirit; for the Lord God will give unto him power, that he may whisper
concerning them, even as it were out of the ground; and their speech shall whisper
out of the dust.
17 For thus saith the Lord God: They shall write the things which shall be done among
them, and they shall be written and sealed up in a book, and those who have dwindled
in unbelief shall not have them, for they seek to destroy the things of God.
18 Wherefore, as those who have been destroyed have been destroyed speedily; and
the multitude of their terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away -- yea,
thus saith the Lord God: It shall be at an instant, suddenly --
19 And it shall come to pass, that those who have dwindled in unbelief shall be smitten
by the hand of the Gentiles.
20 And the Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes, and have stumbled,
because of the greatness of their stumbling block, that they have built up many churches;
nevertheless, they put down the power and miracles of God, and preach up unto themselves
their own wisdom and their own learning, that they may get gain and grind upon the
face of the poor.
21 And there are many churches built up which cause envyings, and strifes, and malice.
22 And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to
the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the
founder of murder, and works of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with
a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever.
23 For behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you that the Lord God worketh not
24 He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the
world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore,
he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.
25 Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you,
Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without
money and without price.
26 Behold, hath he commanded any that they should depart out of the synagogues, or
out of the houses of worship? Behold, I say unto you, Nay.
27 Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I
say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his
people that they should persuade all men to repentance.
28 Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness?
Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged the one like unto the other,
and none are forbidden.
29 He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold priestcrafts are
that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get
gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion.
30 Behold, the Lord hath forbidden this thing; wherefore, the Lord God hath given
a commandment that all men should have charity, which charity is love, and except
they should have charity they were nothing. Wherefore, if they should have charity
they would not suffer the laborer in Zion to perish.
31 But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they
32 And again, the Lord God hath commanded that men should not murder; that they should
not lie; that they should not steal; that they should not take the name of the Lord
their God in vain; that they should not envy; that they should not have malice; that
they should not contend one with another; that they should not commit whoredoms;
and that they should do none of these things; for whoso doeth them shall perish.
33 For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good
among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children
of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and
he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female;
and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.
2 Nephi 27
1 But, behold, in the last days, or in the days of the Gentiles -- yea, behold all
the nations of the Gentiles and also the Jews, both those who shall come upon this
land and those who shall be upon other lands, yea, even upon all the lands of the
earth, behold, they will be drunken with iniquity and all manner of abominations
2 And when that day shall come they shall be visited of the Lord of Hosts, with thunder
and with earthquake, and with a great noise, and with storm, and with tempest, and
with the flame of devouring fire.
3 And all the nations that fight against Zion, and that distress her, shall be as
a dream of a night vision; yea, it shall be unto them, even as unto a hungry man
which dreameth, and behold he eateth but he awaketh and his soul is empty; or like
unto a thirsty man which dreameth, and behold he drinketh but he awaketh and behold
he is faint, and his soul hath appetite; yea, even so shall the multitude of all
the nations be that fight against Mount Zion.
4 For behold, all ye that doeth iniquity, stay yourselves and wonder, for ye shall
cry out, and cry; yea, ye shall be drunken but not with wine, ye shall stagger but
not with strong drink.
5 For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold,
ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets; and your rulers, and
the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity.
6 And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words
of a book, and they shall be the words of them which have slumbered.
7 And behold the book shall be sealed; and in the book shall be a revelation from
God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof.
8 Wherefore, because of the things which are sealed up, the things which are sealed
shall not be delivered in the day of the wickedness and abominations of the people.
Wherefore the book shall be kept from them.
9 But the book shall be delivered unto a man, and he shall deliver the words of the
book, which are the words of those who have slumbered in the dust, and he shall deliver
these words unto another;
10 But the words which are sealed he shall not deliver, neither shall he deliver
the book. For the book shall be sealed by the power of God, and the revelation which
was sealed shall be kept in the book until the own due time of the Lord, that they
may come forth; for behold, they reveal all things from the foundation of the world
unto the end thereof.
11 And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read
upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things
shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children
of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth.
12 Wherefore, at that day when the book shall be delivered unto the man of whom I
have spoken, the book shall be hid from the eyes of the world, that the eyes of none
shall behold it save it be that three witnesses shall behold it, by the power of
God, besides him to whom the book shall be delivered; and they shall testify to the
truth of the book and the things therein.
13 And there is none other which shall view it, save it be a few according to the
will of God, to bear testimony of his word unto the children of men; for the Lord
God hath said that the words of the faithful should speak as if it were from the
14 Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to bring forth the words of the book; and
in the mouth of as many witnesses as seemeth him good will he establish his word;
and wo be unto him that rejecteth the word of God!
15 But behold, it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall say unto him to whom
he shall deliver the book: Take these words which are not sealed and deliver them
to another, that he may show them unto the learned, saying: Read this, I pray thee.
And the learned shall say: Bring hither the book, and I will read them.
16 And now, because of the glory of the world and to get gain will they say this,
and not for the glory of God.
17 And the man shall say: I cannot bring the book, for it is sealed.
18 Then shall the learned say: I cannot read it.
19 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that the Lord God will deliver again the book
and the words thereof to him that is not learned; and the man that is not learned
shall say: I am not learned.
20 Then shall the Lord God say unto him: The learned shall not read them, for they
have rejected them, and I am able to do mine own work; wherefore thou shalt read
the words which I shall give unto thee.
21 Touch not the things which are sealed, for I will bring them forth in mine own
due time; for I will show unto the children of men that I am able to do mine own
22 Wherefore, when thou hast read the words which I have commanded thee, and obtained
the witnesses which I have promised unto thee, then shalt thou seal up the book again,
and hide it up unto me, that I may preserve the words which thou hast not read, until
I shall see fit in mine own wisdom to reveal all things unto the children of men.
23 For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world
that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children
of men save it be according to their faith.
24 And again it shall come to pass that the Lord shall say unto him that shall read
the words that shall be delivered him:
25 Forasmuch as this people draw near unto me with their mouth, and with their lips
do honor me, but have removed their hearts far from me, and their fear towards me
is taught by the precepts of men --
26 Therefore, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, yea, a marvelous
work and a wonder, for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish, and the
understanding of their prudent shall be hid.
27 And wo unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord! And their
works are in the dark; and they say: Who seeth us, and who knoweth us? And they also
say: Surely, your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's
clay. But behold, I will show unto them, saith the Lord of Hosts, that I know all
their works. For shall the work say of him that made it, he made me not? Or shall
the thing framed say of him that framed it, he had no understanding?
28 But behold, saith the Lord of Hosts: I will show unto the children of men that
it is yet a very little while and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field;
and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest.
29 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the
blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.
30 And the meek also shall increase, and their joy shall be in the Lord, and the
poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
31 For assuredly as the Lord liveth they shall see that the terrible one is brought
to naught, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off;
32 And they that make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that
reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of naught.
33 Therefore, thus saith the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of
Jacob: Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale.
34 But when he seeth his children, the work of my hands, in the midst of him, they
shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God
35 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured
shall learn doctrine.
2 Nephi 28
1 And now, behold, my brethren, I have spoken unto you, according as the Spirit hath
constrained me; wherefore, I know that they must surely come to pass.
2 And the things which shall be written out of the book shall be of great worth unto
the children of men, and especially unto our seed, which is a remnant of the house
3 For it shall come to pass in that day that the churches which are built up, and
not unto the Lord, when the one shall say unto the other: Behold, I, I am the Lord's;
and the others shall say: I, I am the Lord's; and thus shall every one say that hath
built up churches, and not unto the Lord --
4 And they shall contend one with another; and their priests shall contend one with
another, and they shall teach with their learning, and deny the Holy Ghost, which
5 And they deny the power of God, the Holy One of Israel; and they say unto the people:
Hearken unto us, and hear ye our precept; for behold there is no God today, for the
Lord and the Redeemer hath done his work, and he hath given his power unto men;
6 Behold, hearken ye unto my precept; if they shall say there is a miracle wrought
by the hand of the Lord, believe it not; for this day he is not a God of miracles;
he hath done his work.
7 Yea, and there shall be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow
we die; and it shall be well with us.
8 And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless,
fear God -- he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the
advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm
in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are
guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the
kingdom of God.
9 Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this manner, false and vain
and foolish doctrines, and shall be puffed up in their hearts, and shall seek deep
to hide their counsels from the Lord; and their works shall be in the dark.
10 And the blood of the saints shall cry from the ground against them.
11 Yea, they have all gone out of the way; they have become corrupted.
12 Because of pride, and because of false teachers, and false doctrine, their churches
have become corrupted, and their churches are lifted up; because of pride they are
13 They rob the poor because of their fine sanctuaries; they rob the poor because
of their fine clothing; and they persecute the meek and the poor in heart, because
in their pride they are puffed up.
14 They wear stiff necks and high heads; yea, and because of pride, and wickedness,
and abominations, and whoredoms, they have all gone astray save it be a few, who
are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances
they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men.
15 O the wise, and the learned, and the rich, that are puffed up in the pride of
their hearts, and all those who preach false doctrines, and all those who commit
whoredoms, and pervert the right way of the Lord, wo, wo, wo be unto them, saith
the Lord God Almighty, for they shall be thrust down to hell!
16 Wo unto them that turn aside the just for a thing of naught and revile against
that which is good, and say that is of no worth! For the day shall come that the
Lord God will speedily visit the inhabitants of the earth; and in that day that they
are fully ripe in iniquity they shall perish.
17 But behold, if the inhabitants of the earth shall repent of their wickedness and
abominations they shall not be destroyed, saith the Lord of Hosts.
18 But behold, that great and abominable church, the whore of all the earth, must
tumble to the earth, and great must be the fall thereof.
19 For the kingdom of the devil must shake, and they which belong to it must needs
be stirred up unto repentance, or the devil will grasp them with his everlasting
chains, and they be stirred up to anger, and perish;
20 For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and
stir them up to anger against that which is good.
21 And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they
will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well -- and thus the
devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
22 And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and
he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none -- and thus he whispereth in
their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.
23 Yea, they are grasped with death, and hell; and death, and hell, and the devil,
and all that have been seized therewith must stand before the throne of God, and
be judged according to their works, from whence they must go into the place prepared
for them, even a lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment.
24 Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion!
25 Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!
26 Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the
power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!
27 Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and we need no more!
28 And in fine, wo unto all those who tremble, and are angry because of the truth
of God! For behold, he that is built upon the rock receiveth it with gladness; and
he that is built upon a sandy foundation trembleth lest he shall fall.
29 Wo be unto him that shall say: We have received the word of God, and we need no
more of the word of God, for we have enough!
30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line
upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are
those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall
learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall
say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.
An antithetical has a thesis and its opposite antithesis “that are inseparable linked
together, and the reader cannot fully appreciate an antithetical without also knowing
the thesis to which it is attached.” An antithetical allows us to look at an issue
from both sides, rather than one-dimensionally.
This chapter covers Simple antitheticals – Extended antitheticals – Dialectic – A
classic dialectic: 2 Nephi 2:11 – Antithetical chiasms – Antithetical alternates.
Dr. Duke explains and illustrates each of these literary forms.
This is one of the antithetical alternates he presents:
a. For unto him that receiveth
b. I will give more;
a. And from them that shall say, We have enough,
b. from them shall be taken away even that which they have.
31 Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall
hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power
of the Holy Ghost.
32 Wo be unto the Gentiles, saith the Lord God of Hosts! For notwithstanding I shall
lengthen out mine arm unto them from day to day, they will deny me; nevertheless,
I will be merciful unto them, saith the Lord God, if they will repent and come unto
me; for mine arm is lengthened out all the day long, saith the Lord God of Hosts.