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Library Tour of 2 Nephi 9-10
2 Nephi 9
1 And now, my beloved brethren, I have read these things that ye might know concerning
the covenants of the Lord that he has covenanted with all the house of Israel --
2 That he has spoken unto the Jews, by the mouth of his holy prophets, even from
the beginning down, from generation to generation, until the time comes that they
shall be restored to the true church and fold of God; when they shall be gathered
home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands
3 Behold, my beloved brethren, I speak unto you these things that ye may rejoice,
and lift up your heads forever, because of the blessings which the Lord God shall
bestow upon your children.
4 For I know that ye have searched much, many of you, to know of things to come;
wherefore I know that ye know that our flesh must waste away and die; nevertheless,
in our bodies we shall see God.
5 Yea, I know that ye know that in the body he shall show himself unto those at Jerusalem,
from whence we came; for it is expedient that it should be among them; for it behooveth
the great Creator that he suffereth himself to become subject unto man in the flesh,
and die for all men, that all men might become subject unto him.
6 For as death hath passed upon all men, to fulfil the merciful plan of the great
Creator, there must needs be a power of resurrection, and the resurrection must needs
come unto man by reason of the fall; and the fall came by reason of transgression;
and because man became fallen they were cut off from the presence of the Lord.
7 Wherefore, it must needs be an infinite atonement -- save it should be an infinite
atonement this corruption could not put on incorruption. Wherefore, the first judgment
which came upon man must needs have remained to an endless duration. And if so, this
flesh must have laid down to rot and to crumble to its mother earth, to rise no more.
8 O the wisdom of God, his mercy and grace! For behold, if the flesh should rise
no more our spirits must become subject to that angel who fell from before the presence
of the Eternal God, and became the devil, to rise no more.
9 And our spirits must have become like unto him, and we become devils, angels to
a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father
of lies, in misery, like unto himself; yea, to that being who beguiled our first
parents, who transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the
children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works
10 O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the
grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the
death of the body, and also the death of the spirit.
11 And because of the way of deliverance of our God, the Holy One of Israel, this
death, of which I have spoken, which is the temporal, shall deliver up its dead;
which death is the grave.
12 And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver
up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver
up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver
up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one
to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel.
13 O how great the plan of our God! For on the other hand, the paradise of God must
deliver up the spirits of the righteous, and the grave deliver up the body of the
righteous; and the spirit and the body is restored to itself again, and all men become
incorruptible, and immortal, and they are living souls, having a perfect knowledge
like unto us in the flesh, save it be that our knowledge shall be perfect.
14 Wherefore, we shall have a perfect knowledge of all our guilt, and our uncleanness,
and our nakedness; and the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment,
and their righteousness, being clothed with purity, yea, even with the robe of righteousness.
15 And it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed from this first
death unto life, insomuch as they have become immortal, they must appear before the
judgment-seat of the Holy One of Israel; and then cometh the judgment, and then must
they be judged according to the holy judgment of God.
16 And assuredly, as the Lord liveth, for the Lord God hath spoken it, and it is
his eternal word, which cannot pass away, that they who are righteous shall be righteous
still, and they who are filthy shall be filthy still; wherefore, they who are filthy
are the devil and his angels; and they shall go away into everlasting fire; prepared
for them; and their torment is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flame ascendeth
up forever and ever and has no end.
17 O the greatness and the justice of our God! For he executeth all his words, and
they have gone forth out of his mouth, and his law must be fulfilled.
18 But, behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have
believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world,
and despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which was prepared
for them from the foundation of the world, and their joy shall be full forever.
“A theme is a special topic or subject that recurs throughout the book, and which
is deemed to be important by both the authors and the readers. Most of these themes
are doctrinal topics that are discussed with both great simplicity and great depth.”
Brother Duke does not discuss major doctrinal topics, which have been discussed by
many leaders and thinkers. Nor does he discuss the unique themes mentioned in Richard
Rust’s Feasting on the Word. Instead, he chose a dozen “insights gained by the prophets
in observing the social and political conditions of the people with whom they live.”
He briefly introduces each theme, and gives “a few examples of the circumstances
in the Book of Mormon in which they are presented.”
For example, he lists the theme “Rejoice,” concluding “the gospel of Jesus Christ
is a gospel of joy and rejoicing of happiness and peace, even in the midst of afflictions.”
“Rather than a single exposition of a doctrine or theme in one place in the scriptures,
God instead gives us many themes scattered throughout the scriptures so that our
minds might come back to them repeatedly. This repetition and reaffirmation of thematic
principles is a wonderful device to help us learn, remember and retain the principles
19 O the greatness of the mercy of our God, the Holy One of Israel! For he delivereth
his saints from that awful monster the devil, and death, and hell, and that lake
of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment.
20 O how great the holiness of our God! For he knoweth all things, and there is not
anything save he knows it.
21 And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto
his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every
living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam.
22 And he suffereth this that the resurrection might pass upon all men, that all
might stand before him at the great and judgment day.
23 And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name,
having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom
24 And if they will not repent and believe in his name, and be baptized in his name,
and endure to the end, they must be damned; for the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
has spoken it.
25 Wherefore, he has given a law; and where there is no law given there is no punishment;
and where there is no punishment there is no condemnation; and where there is no
condemnation the mercies of the Holy One of Israel have claim upon them, because
of the atonement; for they are delivered by the power of him.
26 For the atonement satisfieth the demands of his justice upon all those who have
not the law given to them, that they are delivered from that awful monster, death
and hell, and the devil, and the lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment;
and they are restored to that God who gave them breath, which is the Holy One of
27 But wo unto him that has the law given, yea, that has all the commandments of
God, like unto us, and that transgresseth them, and that wasteth the days of his
probation, for awful is his state!
28 O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the
foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken
not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves,
wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not.
And they shall perish.
29 But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God.
30 But wo unto the rich, who are rich as to the things of the world. For because
they are rich they despise the poor, and they persecute the meek, and their hearts
are upon their treasures; wherefore, their treasure is their God. And behold, their
treasure shall perish with them also.
31 And wo unto the deaf that will not hear; for they shall perish.
32 Wo unto the blind that will not see; for they shall perish also.
33 Wo unto the uncircumcised of heart, for a knowledge of their iniquities shall
smite them at the last day.
34 Wo unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell.
35 Wo unto the murderer who deliberately killeth, for he shall die.
36 Wo unto them who commit whoredoms, for they shall be thrust down to hell.
37 Yea, wo unto those that worship idols, for the devil of all devils delighteth
38 And, in fine, wo unto all those who die in their sins; for they shall return to
God, and behold his face, and remain in their sins.
39 O, my beloved brethren, remember the awfulness in transgressing against that Holy
God, and also the awfulness of yielding to the enticings of that cunning one. Remember,
to be carnally-minded is death, and to be spiritually-minded is life eternal.
40 O, my beloved brethren, give ear to my words. Remember the greatness of the Holy
One of Israel. Do not say that I have spoken hard things against you; for if ye do,
ye will revile against the truth; for I have spoken the words of your Maker. I know
that the words of truth are hard against all uncleanness; but the righteous fear
them not, for they love the truth and are not shaken.
41 O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his
paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight
course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth
no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot
be deceived, for the Lord God is his name.
42 And whoso knocketh, to him will he open; and the wise, and the learned, and they
that are rich, who are puffed up because of their learning, and their wisdom, and
their riches -- yea, they are they whom he despiseth; and save they shall cast these
things away, and consider themselves fools before God, and come down in the depths
of humility, he will not open unto them.
43 But the things of the wise and the prudent shall be hid from them forever -- yea,
that happiness which is prepared for the saints.
44 O, my beloved brethren, remember my words. Behold, I take off my garments, and
I shake them before you; I pray the God of my salvation that he view me with his
all-searching eye; wherefore, ye shall know at the last day, when all men shall be
judged of their works, that the God of Israel did witness that I shook your iniquities
from my soul, and that I stand with brightness before him, and am rid of your blood.
45 O, my beloved brethren, turn away from your sins; shake off the chains of him
that would bind you fast; come unto that God who is the rock of your salvation.
46 Prepare your souls for that glorious day when justice shall be administered unto
the righteous, even the day of judgment, that ye may not shrink with awful fear;
that ye may not remember your awful guilt in perfectness, and be constrained to exclaim:
Holy, holy are thy judgments, O Lord God Almighty -- but I know my guilt; I transgressed
thy law, and my transgressions are mine; and the devil hath obtained me, that I am
a prey to his awful misery.
47 But behold, my brethren, is it expedient that I should awake you to an awful reality
of these things? Would I harrow up your souls if your minds were pure? Would I be
plain unto you according to the plainness of the truth if ye were freed from sin?
48 Behold, if ye were holy I would speak unto you of holiness; but as ye are not
holy, and ye look upon me as a teacher, it must needs be expedient that I teach you
the consequences of sin.
49 Behold, my soul abhorreth sin, and my heart delighteth in righteousness; and I
will praise the holy name of my God.
50 Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that
hath no money, come buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without
51 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for
that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which
I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth
not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.
52 Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually
by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night. Let your hearts rejoice.
53 And behold how great the covenants of the Lord, and how great his condescensions
unto the children of men; and because of his greatness, and his grace and mercy,
he has promised unto us that our seed shall not utterly be destroyed, according to
the flesh, but that he would preserve them; and in future generations they shall
become a righteous branch unto the house of Israel.
54 And now, my brethren, I would speak unto you more; but on the morrow I will declare
unto you the remainder of my words. Amen.
2 Nephi 10
1 And now I, Jacob, speak unto you again, my beloved brethren, concerning this righteous
branch of which I have spoken.
2 For behold, the promises which we have obtained are promises unto us according
to the flesh; wherefore, as it has been shown unto me that many of our children shall
perish in the flesh because of unbelief, nevertheless, God will be merciful unto
many; and our children shall be restored, that they may come to that which will give
them the true knowledge of their Redeemer.
3 Wherefore, as I said unto you, it must needs be expedient that Christ -- for in
the last night the angel spake unto me that this should be his name -- should come
among the Jews, among those who are the more wicked part of the world; and they shall
crucify him -- for thus it behooveth our God, and there is none other nation on earth
that would crucify their God.
4 For should the mighty miracles be wrought among other nations they would repent,
and know that he be their God.
5 But because of priestcrafts and iniquities, they at Jerusalem will stiffen their
necks against him, that he be crucified.
6 Wherefore, because of their iniquities, destructions, famines, pestilences, and
bloodshed shall come upon them; and they who shall not be destroyed shall be scattered
among all nations.
7 But behold, thus saith the Lord God: When the day cometh that they shall believe
in me, that I am Christ, then have I covenanted with their fathers that they shall
be restored in the flesh, upon the earth, unto the lands of their inheritance.
8 And it shall come to pass that they shall be gathered in from their long dispersion,
from the isles of the sea, and from the four parts of the earth; and the nations
of the Gentiles shall be great in the eyes of me, saith God, in carrying them forth
to the lands of their inheritance.
9 Yea, the kings of the Gentiles shall be nursing fathers unto them, and their queens
shall become nursing mothers; wherefore, the promises of the Lord are great unto
the Gentiles, for he hath spoken it, and who can dispute?
10 But behold, this land, said God, shall be a land of thine inheritance, and the
Gentiles shall be blessed upon the land.
11 And this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be
no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles.
12 And I will fortify this land against all other nations.
13 And he that fighteth against Zion shall perish, saith God.
14 For he that raiseth up a king against me shall perish, for I, the Lord, the king
of heaven, will be their king, and I will be a light unto them forever, that hear
15 Wherefore, for this cause, that my covenants may be fulfilled which I have made
unto the children of men, that I will do unto them while they are in the flesh, I
must needs destroy the secret works of darkness, and of murders, and of abominations.
16 Wherefore, he that fighteth against Zion, both Jew and Gentile, both bond and
free, both male and female, shall perish; for they are they who are the whore of
all the earth; for they who are not for me are against me, saith our God.
17 For I will fulfil my promises which I have made unto the children of men, that
I will do unto them while they are in the flesh --
18 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, thus saith our God: I will afflict thy seed by
the hand of the Gentiles; nevertheless, I will soften the hearts of the Gentiles,
that they shall be like unto a father to them; wherefore, the Gentiles shall be blessed
and numbered among the house of Israel.
19 Wherefore, I will consecrate this land unto thy seed, and them who shall be numbered
among thy seed, forever, for the land of their inheritance; for it is a choice land,
saith God unto me, above all other lands, wherefore I will have all men that dwell
thereon that they shall worship me, saith God.
20 And now, my beloved brethren, seeing that our merciful God has given us so great
knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and
not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off; nevertheless, we have been driven
out of the land of our inheritance; but we have been led to a better land, for the
Lord has made the sea our path, and we are upon an isle of the sea.
21 But great are the promises of the Lord unto them who are upon the isles of the
sea; wherefore as it says isles, there must needs be more than this, and they are
inhabited also by our brethren.
22 For behold, the Lord God has led away from time to time from the house of Israel,
according to his will and pleasure. And now behold, the Lord remembereth all them
who have been broken off, wherefore he remembereth us also.
23 Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves
-- to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.
24 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not
to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto
God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved.
25 Wherefore, may God raise you from death by the power of the resurrection, and
also from everlasting death by the power of the atonement, that ye may be received
into the eternal kingdom of God, that ye may praise him through grace divine. Amen.