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A Library Tour through 2 Nephi 1 & 2
2 Nephi 1
1 And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had made an end of teaching my brethren,
our father, Lehi, also spake many things unto them, and rehearsed unto them, how
great things the Lord had done for them in bringing them out of the land of Jerusalem.
2 And he spake unto them concerning their rebellions upon the waters, and the mercies
of God in sparing their lives, that they were not swallowed up in the sea.
3 And he also spake unto them concerning the land of promise, which they had obtained
-- how merciful the Lord had been in warning us that we should flee out of the land
4 For, behold, said he, I have seen a vision, in which I know that Jerusalem is destroyed;
and had we remained in Jerusalem we should also have perished.
5 But, said he, notwithstanding our afflictions, we have obtained a land of promise,
a land which is choice above all other lands; a land which the Lord God hath covenanted
with me should be a land for the inheritance of my seed. Yea, the Lord hath covenanted
this land unto me, and to my children forever, and also all those who should be led
out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.
6 Wherefore, I, Lehi, prophesy according to the workings of the Spirit which is in
me, that there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand
of the Lord.
7 Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so
be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it
shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down
into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound
cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed
8 And behold, it is wisdom that this land should be kept as yet from the knowledge
of other nations; for behold, many nations would overrun the land, that there would
be no place for an inheritance.
9 Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained a promise, that inasmuch as those whom the Lord
God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they shall
prosper upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all other nations,
that they may possess this land unto themselves. And if it so be that they shall
keep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there
shall be none to molest them, nor to take away the land of their inheritance; and
they shall dwell safely forever.
10 But behold, when the time cometh that they shall dwindle in unbelief, after they
have received so great blessings from the hand of the Lord -- having a knowledge
of the creation of the earth, and all men, knowing the great and marvelous works
of the Lord from the creation of the world; having power given them to do all things
by faith; having all the commandments from the beginning, and having been brought
by his infinite goodness into this precious land of promise -- behold, I say, if
the day shall come that they will reject the Holy One of Israel, the true Messiah,
their Redeemer and their God, behold, the judgments of him that is just shall rest
11 Yea, he will bring other nations unto them, and he will give unto them power,
and he will take away from them the lands of their possessions, and he will cause
them to be scattered and smitten.
12 Yea, as one generation passeth to another there shall be bloodsheds, and great
visitations among them; wherefore, my sons, I would that ye would remember; yea,
I would that ye would hearken unto my words.
13 O that ye would awake; awake from a deep sleep, yea, even from the sleep of hell,
and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound, which are the chains which
bind the children of men, that they are carried away captive down to the eternal
gulf of misery and woe.
14 Awake! and arise from the dust, and hear the words of a trembling parent, whose
limbs ye must soon lay down in the cold and silent grave, from whence no traveler
can return; a few more days and I go the way of all the earth.
15 But behold, the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld his glory,
and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love.
16 And I desire that ye should remember to observe the statutes and the judgments
of the Lord; behold, this hath been the anxiety of my soul from the beginning.
17 My heart hath been weighed down with sorrow from time to time, for I have feared,
lest for the hardness of your hearts the Lord your God should come out in the fulness
of his wrath upon you, that ye be cut off and destroyed forever;
18 Or, that a cursing should come upon you for the space of many generations; and
ye are visited by sword, and by famine, and are hated, and are led according to the
will and captivity of the devil.
19 O my sons, that these things might not come upon you, but that ye might be a choice
and a favored people of the Lord. But behold, his will be done; for his ways are
20 And he hath said that: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper
in the land; but inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off
from my presence.
21 And now that my soul might have joy in you, and that my heart might leave this
world with gladness because of you, that I might not be brought down with grief and
sorrow to the grave, arise from the dust, my sons, and be men, and be determined
in one mind and in one heart, united in all things, that ye may not come down into
22 That ye may not be cursed with a sore cursing; and also, that ye may not incur
the displeasure of a just God upon you, unto the destruction, yea, the eternal destruction
of both soul and body.
23 Awake, my sons; put on the armor of righteousness. Shake off the chains with which
ye are bound, and come forth out of obscurity, and arise from the dust.
24 Rebel no more against your brother, whose views have been glorious, and who hath
kept the commandments from the time that we left Jerusalem; and who hath been an
instrument in the hands of God, in bringing us forth into the land of promise; for
were it not for him, we must have perished with hunger in the wilderness; nevertheless,
ye sought to take away his life; yea, and he hath suffered much sorrow because of
25 And I exceedingly fear and tremble because of you, lest he shall suffer again;
for behold, ye have accused him that he sought power and authority over you; but
I know that he hath not sought for power nor authority over you, but he hath sought
the glory of God, and your own eternal welfare.
26 And ye have murmured because he hath been plain unto you. Ye say that he hath
used sharpness; ye say that he hath been angry with you; but behold, his sharpness
was the sharpness of the power of the word of God, which was in him; and that which
ye call anger was the truth, according to that which is in God, which he could not
restrain, manifesting boldly concerning your iniquities.
27 And it must needs be that the power of God must be with him, even unto his commanding
you that ye must obey. But behold, it was not he, but it was the Spirit of the Lord
which was in him, which opened his mouth to utterance that he could not shut it.
28 And now my son, Laman, and also Lemuel and Sam, and also my sons who are the sons
of Ishmael, behold, if ye will hearken unto the voice of Nephi ye shall not perish.
And if ye will hearken unto him I leave unto you a blessing, yea, even my first blessing.
29 But if ye will not hearken unto him I take away my first blessing, yea, even my
blessing, and it shall rest upon him.
30 And now Zoram, I speak unto you: Behold, thou art the servant of Laban; nevertheless,
thou hast been brought out of the land of Jerusalem, and I know that thou art a true
friend unto my son, Nephi, forever.
31 Wherefore, because thou hast been faithful thy seed shall be blessed with his
seed, that they dwell in prosperity long upon the face of this land; and nothing,
save it shall be iniquity among them, shall harm or disturb their prosperity upon
the face of this land forever.
32 Wherefore, if ye shall keep the commandments of the Lord, the Lord hath consecrated
this land for the security of thy seed with the seed of my son.
2 Nephi 2
1 And now, Jacob, I speak unto you: Thou art my first-born in the days of my tribulation
in the wilderness. And behold, in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and
much sorrow, because of the rudeness of thy brethren.
2 Nevertheless, Jacob, my first-born in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness
of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain.
3 Wherefore, thy soul shall be blessed, and thou shalt dwell safely with thy brother,
Nephi; and thy days shall be spent in the service of thy God. Wherefore, I know that
thou art redeemed, because of the righteousness of thy Redeemer; for thou hast beheld
that in the fulness of time he cometh to bring salvation unto men.
4 And thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory; wherefore, thou art blessed even as
they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh; for the Spirit is the same, yesterday,
today, and forever.
And the way is prepared from the fall of man, and salvation is free.
5 And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. And the law
is given unto men. And by the law no flesh is justified; or, by the law men are cut
off. Yea, by the temporal law they were cut off; and also, by the spiritual law they
perish from that which is good, and become miserable forever.
6 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of
grace and truth.
7 Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law,
unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else
can the ends of the law be answered.
8 Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants
of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence
of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah,
who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power
of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the
first that should rise.
9 Wherefore, he is the first-fruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession
for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved.
10 And because of the intercession for all, all men come unto God; wherefore, they
stand in the presence of him to be judged of him according to the truth and holiness
which is in him. Wherefore, the ends of the law which the Holy One hath given, unto
the inflicting of the punishment which is affixed, which punishment that is affixed
is in opposition to that of the happiness which is affixed, to answer the ends of
the atonement --
11 For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my
first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither
wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things
must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs
remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness
nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.
12 Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there
would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must
needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and
the mercy, and the justice of God.
13 And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye
shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there
be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness
there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And
if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation
of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished
14 And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning;
for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth,
and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.
15 And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man, after he had created
our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine,
all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even
the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the
16 Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. Wherefore,
man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or
17 And I, Lehi, according to the things which I have read, must needs suppose that
an angel of God, according to that which is written, had fallen from heaven; wherefore,
he became a devil, having sought that which was evil before God.
18 And because he had fallen from heaven, and had become miserable forever, he sought
also the misery of all mankind. Wherefore, he said unto Eve, yea, even that old serpent,
who is the devil, who is the father of all lies, wherefore he said: Partake of the
forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die, but ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.
19 And after Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit they were driven out
of the garden of Eden, to till the earth.
20 And they have brought forth children; yea, even the family of all the earth.
21 And the days of the children of men were prolonged, according to the will of God,
that they might repent while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a state
of probation, and their time was lengthened, according to the commandments which
the Lord God gave unto the children of men. For he gave commandment that all men
must repent; for he showed unto all men that they were lost, because of the transgression
of their parents.
I really like this book because it’s a gentle invitation, “Come and see.” In our
current culture with much focus on Muslims and radical Muslims, going to the source
seems the wisest way to truly learn what they believe, or what they ought to believe.
But reading the Qur’an itself seems such a daunting undertaking! Reading this book,
which is mostly composed of verses of the Qur’an, feels like having an enthusiastic
guide, stopping occasionally to say, “Look at this! Consider this!” He doesn’t interrupt
too frequently; sometimes he’s silent, letting me appreciate the beauty or wisdom
of the book, or wonder what it’s all about. But there is plenty of commentary to
help me bridge the gap between the truth I know and the truth that may be contained
in the Holy Qur’an.
Quoted from the book:
LXVIII:44 Then leave Me alone with such as reject this Message: by degrees shall
We draw them on little by little from directions they perceive not.
LXVIII:45 A long respite will I grant them: truly powerful is My Plan.
The Days of men are prolonged that they might repent and turn to their Lord. He
will “draw them on little by little from directions they perceive not” in order to
give them the chance to turn to Him.
22 And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he
would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must
have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they
must have remained forever, and had no end.
23 And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state
of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew
24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.
25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children
of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have
become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be
acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according
to the commandments which God hath given.
XX:115 We had already, beforehand, taken the covenant of Adam, but he forgot and
We found on his part no firm resolve.
XX:116 When We said to the angels, “Prostrate yourselves to Adam,” they prostrated,
but not so Iblis: he refused.
XX:117 Then We said: “O Adam! Verily, this is an enemy to thee and thy wife, so
let him not get you both out of the Garden, so that thou art landed in misery.
XX:118 “There is therein enough provision for thee not to go hungry nor to go naked,
XX:119 “Nor to suffer from thirst, nor from the sun’s hea.”
XX:120 But Satan whispered evil to him: he said, “O Adam! Shall I lead thee to
the Tree of Eternity and to a kingdom that never decays?”
XX:121 In the result, they both ate of the tree, and so their nakedness appeared
to them; they began to sew together, for their covering, leaves from the Garden;
thus did Adam disobey his Lord, and fell into error.
XX:122 But his Lord chose him for His Grace; He turned to him, and gave him guidance.
XX:123 He said: “Get ye down, both of you, - all together, from the Garden, with
enmity one to another; but if, as is sure, there comes to you guidance from Me, whosoever
follows My guidance, will not lose his way, nor fall into misery.”
Here. . . is the Story of Adam and Eve and their fall from the Garden of Eden is
given. It shows their beguilement by Satan. It also teaches that God had a plan
by which all mankind could be forgiven their sins. They were given Signs and Guidance
by which they could receive forgiveness and return to Grace. These things are taught
in the Temples of the Lord. It is important to note here that God is the best of
planners, all seeing and all knowing. Although Man is given free agency, the Lord
knew that Satan would try to beguile Adam and Eve and that they might succumb to
his temptation to eat of the forbidden fruit. Satan cannot thwart the plan of God.
A way was prepared from the beginning for Adam and his posterity to be redeemed.
In no scripture is the fall of Adam and Heavenly Father’s Plan better explained
than in the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:5-30.
27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them
which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life,
through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according
to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable
like unto himself.
28 And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and hearken
unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life,
according to the will of his Holy Spirit;
29 And not choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the evil
which is therein, which giveth the spirit of the devil power to captivate, to bring
you down to hell, that he may reign over you in his own kingdom.
XLIV: 34 As to these [unbelievers] , they say forsooth:
XLIV: 35 There is nothing beyond our first death, and we shall not be raised again.
XLIV: 38 We created not the heavens the earth, and all between them, merely in
XLIV: 56 Nor will they there taste Death, except the first death; and He will preserve
them from the Chastisement of the Blazing Fire.
Verse 35 mentions death as the first death, alluding to the fact that there is a
second death. Verse 56 clearly mentions the first and second death. Verses 38 and
40 show that all things were created by God for a purpose.
A book in the Book of Mormon helps to distinguish and to define the cause of the
first death, the second death, the resurrection, and salvation. It also helps to
clarify the purpose of creation and life. 2 Nephi 2:8-30
30 I have spoken these few words unto you all, my sons, in the last days of my probation;
and I have chosen the good part, according to the words of the prophet. And I have
none other object save it be the everlasting welfare of your souls. Amen.
The Book of Mormon Miracle: 25 Reasons to Believe, by Randal A. Wright.
Chapter 7 – Emphasis Placed on Jesus Christ
Dr. Wright shares a Book of Mormon “Last Lecture Series” as he quotes a number of
Book of Mormon persons who were giving their last message before their deaths, noting
that they resoundingly speak of the Lord Jesus, and commend others to come unto Him.
He also notes that while both the Bible and Book of Mormon preach of Christ, the
Book of Mormon has hundreds of original phrases referring to God, which are not found
in the Bible.