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A Library Tour through Jacob 6
1. And now, behold, my brethren, as I said unto you that I would prophesy, behold,
this is my prophecy -- that the things which this prophet Zenos spake, concerning
the house of Israel, in the which he likened them unto a tame olive-tree, must surely
come to pass.
2. And the day that he shall set his hand again the second time to recover his people,
is the day, yea, even the last time, that the servants of the Lord shall go forth
in his power, to nourish and prune his vineyard; and after that the end soon cometh.
3. And how blessed are they who have labored diligently in his vineyard; and how
cursed are they who shall be cast out into their own place! And the world shall be
burned with fire.
4. And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of Israel, both
roots and branches; and he stretches forth his hands unto them all the day long;
and they are a stiffnecked and a gainsaying people; but as many as will not harden
their hearts shall be saved in the kingdom of God.
5. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye
would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth
unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the
day, harden not your hearts.
6. Yea, today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts; for why will ye
7. For behold, after ye have been nourished by the good word of God all the day
long, will ye bring forth evil fruit, that ye must be hewn down and cast into the
8. Behold, will ye reject these words? Will ye reject the words of the prophets;
and will ye reject all the words which have been spoken concerning Christ, after
so many have spoken concerning him; and deny the good word of Christ, and the power
of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and quench the Holy Spirit, and make a mock
of the great plan of redemption, which hath been laid for you?
This verse, as do hundreds of others, delivers its message more powerfully by using
Hebrew parallel structures, or specifically crafted repetitions of words and ideas.
a will ye reject
b these words?
a Will ye reject
b the words of the prophets; and
a will ye reject all
b the words which have been spoken concerning Christ, (repeated alternate)
after so many have spoken concerning him;
and deny the good word of Christ,
and the power of God,
and the gift of the Holy Ghost,
and quench the Holy Spirit, (synonymous words)
and make a mock of the great plan of redemption, which hath been laid for you?
The author has reformatted the Book of Mormon to reflect these parallelisms. It’s
very helpful, not only to identify the Hebraisms, but to see more clearly the message
of each text, and how the original writer tried to emphasize his point by his writing
9. Know ye not that if ye will do these things, that the power of the redemption
and the resurrection, which is in Christ, will bring you to stand with shame and
awful guilt before the bar of God?
10. And according to the power of justice, for justice cannot be denied, ye must
go away into that lake of fire and brimstone, whose flames are unquenchable, and
whose smoke ascendeth up forever and ever, which lake of fire and brimstone is endless
11. O then, my beloved brethren, repent ye, and enter in at the strait gate, and
continue in the way which is narrow, until ye shall obtain eternal life.
12. O be wise; what can I say more?
13. Finally, I bid you farewell, until I shall meet you before the pleasing bar
of God, which bar striketh the wicked with awful dread and fear. Amen.