The Lord warns Nephi to depart into the wilderness. Chapter 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--how great things the Lord had done for them in bringing them out of the land of Jerusalem. And be determined in one mind and in one heart, united in all things, that ye may not come down into captivity, 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. According to Hugh Nibley, the idea of being encircled about by the Savior's arms has parallels in the celebration of, [the thing that covers] is where God appeared to forgive the sins of the people [like that which covers the mercy seat]. 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. Second Book Of Nephi Chapter 1 2ND NEPHI 1:1. His journeyings in the wilderness, etc. And the Messiah cometh in the fullness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the Fall. 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 were enticed by the one or the other. But behold, it was not him, but it was the spirit of the Lord which was in him which opened his mouth to utterance, that he could not shut it. Concerning the promise of land we find: The Lord . 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, 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. (7) Rebellions and Murmurings Are Rehearsed: Lehi rehearses his peoples rebellions and murmurings, particularly against both him and Nephi during their ocean crossing (see 2 Nephi 1:2, 24-26). And if ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And because he had fallen from Heaven and had become miserable for ever, he sought also the misery of all mankind. 27-35], Seeing Lehi in the patriarchal tradition is borne out by the fact that Lehi was remembered by Nephites from beginning to end as "father Lehi," just as Israelites have always known Abraham as "father Abraham." 2 Nephi 1:21-24 My Sons . . . . (, There is nobody who returns from there. This is a picture of the symbol for life--actually the umbilical cord, the navel. Chapter 1 Lehi prophesies of a land of liberty—His seed will be scattered and smitten if … 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. They embraced him on either side. . Afficher plus d'épisodes. The Second Book of Nephi. But if ye will not hearken unto him, I take away my first blessing — yea, even my blessing — and it shall rest upon him. Chapter 4. Isaiah 41:8 states: "But thou, Israel, art my servant Jacob whom I have chosen, The seed of Abraham my friend.". Moses explains that God is faithful and keeps "covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations" (Deuteronomy 7:9; see also 7:12). We often describe this relationship with such phrases as "bosom buddies" or "soul mates." Nephi makes two sets of records—Each is called the plates of Nephi—The larger plates contain a secular history; the smaller ones deal primarily with sacred things. Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh, and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. 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. - 1st Nephi chapter 2. Moses similarly reminds Israel that God himself declared his covenant unto them; and he warns Israel not to forget the covenant, "for the Lord thy God is a merciful God [and] he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them" (Deuteronomy 4:31; see also 5:3, 7:9; 29:24-28). Yea, as one generation passeth to another, there shall be bloodsheds and great visitations among them. And now behold, if Adam had not transgressed, he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the Garden of Eden. . 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. . 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 for ever. Nephi’s brethren rebel against him. 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. Artist: Gary Kapp. We attain a similar but far more sacred friendship with God by making covenants with him. . And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. . Then the king is going to embrace him. Wherefore, I know that thou art redeemed because of the righteousness of thy Redeemer, for thou hast beheld that in the fullness of time he cometh to bring salvation unto men. 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 other bitter. Second Nephi begins with the prophecies of Lehi concerning the future of his seed, and speaks to his posterity. 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. that ye may prosper in all that ye do" (Deuteronomy 29:9, see also 28:15, 29; 7:11-15). Lehi rehearses his peoples rebellions and murmurings, particularly against both him and Nephi during their ocean crossing (see 2 Nephi 1:2, 24-26). . (Deuteronomy 28:8-9). Moses repeatedly warns the Israelites of a choice between a blessing and a cursing (see Deuteronomy 11:26-28; 28:15-20). The final step is this embrace. The kapporet [the thing that covers] is where God appeared to forgive the sins of the people [like that which covers the mercy seat]. Rebel no more against your brother, whose views have been glorious, and who hath kept the commandments from the time 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. These Are Considered the Prophet's Last Words: Lehi's perception that his life is near an end drives the timing of his remarks (2 Nephi 1:13-15). He says here, "I give thee all life and power." In so doing he echoes the prophecies of Moses, who taught the Israelites that they were "an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth" (Deuteronomy 7:6; see also 7:14; 4:20, 37; 28:1, 9; 26:18-19). This is the counterweight which hangs on the breast to impart breath and life. the words of this covenant . Lehi prophesies of a land of liberty—His seed will be scattered and smitten if they reject the Holy One of Israel—He exhorts his sons to put on the armor of righteousness. Be Men, and Be Determined in One Mind and in One Heart: If Ye Will Hearken unto [Nephi] I Leave unto You . For both Lehi and Moses, the way to avoid the frightening curses is to "remember to observe the statutes and the judgments of the Lord" (2 Nephi 1:16). At the beginning of 2nd Nephi, Nephi reports the discussion his father, Lehi, had with his "brethren." His journeyings in the wilderness, and so forth. . But, as Lehi goes on to explain, it is the redemption from the transgression accomplished by the Messiah in the fulness of times that makes men free to choose between the two (see 2 Nephi 2:18, 26, 27; see also 2:11, 2:30). By Their Testimony, God's Prophets Are Clean from the Sins of Their People: Both Moses and Lehi use the occasion of their final speeches to absolve themselves of responsibility for the future lapses of their people (see Deuteronomy 4:15; 2 Nephi 1:17, 16, 21-22, 15; 2:30). Deuteronomy 28 lists seven different covenant blessings: fruitfulness, rain, protection, abundance, a holy identity, land, and ascendancy over other nations. 2 Nephi 1:5 We Have Obtained a Land of Promise: Among the covenant promises that Lehi rehearsed unto Nephi's brethren was that of "a land of promise" (2 Nephi 1:5) The blessings and stipulations of those blessing concerning that promised land are found in verses 5-12. 2 Nephi 1:30 I Know Thou Art a True Friend: According to David Lamb, though the scriptures abound with numerous covenant terms and statements, one of the most beautiful is the usage of the word "friend." And He has done it. This is the counterweight which hangs on the breast to impart breath and life. And if these things are not, there is no God. ", They who go on them [travelers] do not return. But behold, his will be done, for his ways are righteousness for ever. Lehi similarly seizes on the occasion of his impending demise to appoint Nephi as his successor (2 Nephi 1:28). 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. [John W. Welch, "Lehi's Last Will and Testament: A Legal Approach," in, The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, the Doctrinal Structure. However, Spackman has pointed out that at any time following his vision in the first year of Zedekiah's reign, Lehi could have factually proclaimed, "I have seen a vision in which I know that Jerusalem is destroyed." This would be the last king of the Taharkan Dynasty. 2 Nephi 2:1 [Jacob] Thou Art My First-born in the Days of My Tribulation in the Wilderness: According to John Tvedtnes, Lehi apparently named his sons Jacob and Joseph after their distant ancestors Jacob and Joseph. It serves as a natural transition from chapter 8 (2 Nephi 18). According to John Welch, since Lehi is the only figure in the Book of Mormon called "our father" (2 Nephi 1:1), this designation appears to be a unique reference to Lehi's patriarchal position at the head of Nephite civilization, society, and religion. Lehi similarly seizes on the occasion of his impending demise to appoint Nephi as his successor (2 Nephi 1:28). 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. "Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them" (Deuteronomy 5:1). In its covenant context, the word "friend" means more than just an acquaintance or one who is known, liked and trusted; it signifies that a covenant has been made between two individuals. Church, , March 1977, inside back cover] [see also. 250, 253-254, 257] [See the commentary on Enos 1: 2]. © 2021 Scriptures.info - Text V1.241 - 2020.10.03. And I have none other object save it be the everlasting welfare of your souls. The People Can Be a Choice and Favored People: Lehi expresses the wish that his people "might be a choice and a favored people of the Lord" (2 Nephi 1:19). Lehi elaborates extensively on this formula1 by linking it to the transgression of Adam and Eve, which they committed in the hope of gaining a knowledge of good and evil and the difference between them. . The two arms are embracing, and they are embracing the djed symbol, which represents the marrow in the bones. Lehi did not need another vision to confirm Jerusalem's destruction. [Alan C. Miner, Personal Notes]. Inside the covenant context, certain words had official and legal meanings that sometimes differed from their normal, everyday use. As Lehi is old and will soon die, he wishes to bestow blessings upon his children. The other five exodus accounts are found in 2 Nephi 5:5, Omni 1:13, Mosiah 18:34, 22:11, and Alma 27:11-4. 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. "The keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there" (2 Nephi 9:41). This would be the last king of the Taharkan Dynasty. 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. THE SECOND BOOK OF NEPHI. [Amy Blake Hardison, "Being a Covenant People," in Covenants Prophecies and Hymns of the Old Testament, pp. (Descent of Ishtar, obv., lines 5-6), [Robert F. Smith, "Shakespeare and the Book of Mormon," F.A.R.M.S., pp. 24, 26-27] [See the commentary on Alma 20:4]. In Isaiah 41:8 God chooses and blesses Israel because she is "the seed of Abraham my friend." Lehi's land was choice above all others (2 Nephi 1:5-9). . The original translation of the title did not include the word "first". His journeyings in the wilderness, etc. 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. 2 Nephi 15. Destruction of Jerusalem. And I know that thou art a true friend unto my son, Nephi, for ever. . . So it is worthy of note that in his final words to his people, Lehi invokes the very phrases and concepts used by Moses in his farewell address to the Israelites, as recorded in Deuteronomy. . 2, p. 51] [See the commentary on Mosiah 4:4]. Likewise, Moses rehearsed the blessings that the Israelites had received (see Deuteronomy 4:323-38), In the speeches in Deuteronomy, Moses declares Joshua as his successor (see Deuteronomy 1:38, 3:28; 31:3, 7, 14, 23). Here is a picture from the twenty-fifth dynasty. Similarly, Moses warned his people (see Deuteronomy 4:25; 7:9; 4:9-10). One by one, he blessed them and received them. [Noel B. Reynolds, Lehi As Moses," in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 2 Nephi 13. [Hugh W. Nibley, Teachings of the Book of Mormon, pp. Illustrations of close parallels in Deuteronomy, particularly chapter 4, will be noted: (1) Rehearsal of Blessings: Lehi "rehearsed unto them, how great things the Lord had done for them" (2 Nephi 1:1, 3, 10). 2, 2000, FARMS, pp. 2 Nevertheless, Jacob, my firstborn in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine a afflictions for thy gain. that ye may prosper in all that ye do" (Deuteronomy 29:9, see also 28:15, 29; 7:11-15). 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; . Also, this is the embrace. 2 Nephi 10. (Papyrus Harris 500, col. VI, line 8). Abraham is referred to as a "friend of God" because of his covenant relationship with the great Jehovah. 4 Nephi 1:19 describes the death of Nephi, the author of 4 Nephi. Exodus is where it is set forth in the Old Testament, and then in all the books of Moses you have the rite of the Atonement. Religious Educator … . . ) But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. 9, Num. Such parallels bring added weight to the testimony of both Nephi and Moses. An account of the death of Lehi. A footnote for the word Nephi in that verse refers us back to 3 Nephi 23:7 which has reference to Nephi, the Lord's disciple. Also, this is the embrace. A brief chapter outline of 1 Nephi, worth committing to memory, is as follows: 1 Nephi 3-5 Lehi's sons return to Jerusalem from the Valley of Lemuel for the brass plates of Laban. 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 is, both things to act and things to be acted upon. The words of the Lord to Lehi, "Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land" (2 Nephi 1:20; 4:4). Be Men, and Be Determined in One Mind and in One Heart: 2 Nephi 1:28 If Ye Will Hearken unto [Nephi] I Leave unto You . For both Lehi and Moses, the way to avoid the frightening curses is to "remember to observe the statutes and the judgments of the Lord" (2 Nephi 1:16). 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. Worship and serve God with other believers in Christ. My First Blessing: Thomas Valletta notes that the "first blessing" Lehi refers to is the birthright blessing, which was generally the right of the firstborn male child, based upon obedience. . And they have brought forth children, yea, even the family of all the earth. For he gave commandment that all men must repent, for he shewed unto all men that they were lost because of the transgression of their parents. 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. These are the symbols of embracing. We will have more to say about colophons in the commentary for 1 Nephi 1:1-3. However, Spackman has pointed out that at any time following his vision in the first year of Zedekiah's reign, Lehi could have factually proclaimed, "I have seen a vision in which I know that Jerusalem is destroyed." 1 And now, Jacob, I speak unto you: Thou art my a firstborn in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness. [L.D.S. . 2 Nephi 7. He says here, "I give thee all life and power." Statutes and Judgments Are to Be Remembered. And now it came to pass 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. The claim began with Alexander Campbell and, until recently, nearly all anti-Mormons continued to repeat it in almost parrot-like fashion. "This generally included a land inheritance as well as the authority to preside." 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. Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy. 2 Nephi 4. 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. Job expressed the idea that the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away (Job 1:21). For if iniquity shall abound, cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed for ever. But, as Lehi goes on to explain, it is the redemption from the transgression accomplished by the Messiah in the fulness of times that makes men free to choose between the two (see 2 Nephi 2:18, 26, 27; see also 2:11, 2:30). It should be noted also that God intends his covenants to span generations and even eternities (as with Zoram and Nephi--"forever"). And the law is given unto men; and by the law no flesh is justified, or by the law men are cut off. 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. Encircled About Eternally in the Arms of His Love: Near the end of his life, Lehi declares to his sons that "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" (2 Nephi 1:15). Moses explains that God is faithful and keeps "covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations" (Deuteronomy 7:9; see also 7:12). Furthermore, according to 2 Nephi 25:9-10, the destruction of Jerusalem came "immediately after my father left Jerusalem." Fri, 08 Feb 2019. Lehi Blesses His Sons in the Wilderness. After the people had completed all the rites and ordinances of atonement, then the veil was parted and God (the Savior) was supposed to speak from the tabernacle and tell the people that their sins were forgiven and they were welcomed to his presence. Nephi’s brethren rebelleth against him. 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. Amen. Moreover, their continued possession of this bountiful land was contingent on their keeping the commandments (see Deuteronomy 8:1, 7-10). Abraham is referred to as a "friend of God" because of his covenant relationship with the great Jehovah. 2 Nephi 7 (Isaiah Text & Commentary): Chapter 7 (Compare Isaiah 50) Christ Will Keep His Covenants with the House of Israel The House of Israel Should Keep Their Covenants Also 1 Yea, for thus saith the Lord: Have I put thee away (or divorced you), or have I cast thee off forever? This covenant promise of land was but a type and shadow of the ultimate promised land, the celestial kingdom. The king is being embraced by his father after obtaining all things. [Thomas R. Valletta ed., The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families, 1999, p. 73]. It's very clear as a matter of fact. 2 Nephi 1:1-2 He Shall Consecrate Thine Afflictions for Thy Gain (2/4/2015) 2 Nephi 1:5 A Land of Promise (2/2/2015) 2 Nephi 1:21 Arise From the Dust, My Sons, and Be Men (2/2/2015) 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. 15:1 And it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had been carried away in the spirit, and seen all these things, I returned to the ten of my father. Nephi begins the record of his people—Lehi sees in vision a pillar of fire and reads from a book of prophecy—He praises God, foretells the coming of the Messiah, and prophesies the destruction of Jerusalem—He is persecuted by the Jews. It might be wise to study the parallels. Keller, Roger R.. "Teaching the Fall and the Atonement: A Comparative Method." About 600–592 B.C. [Hugh W. Nibley, , pp. Wherefore, they stand in the presence of him, to be judged of him according to the truth and holiness which is in him. and arise from the dust, and hear the words of a trembling … 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. Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. As with the Bible, recognition of the word "friend" as a covenant term may greatly enhance our understanding of certain passages encountered within the Book of Mormon scriptures. This is according to the account of Nephi; or in other words, I, Nephi, wrote this record. . For behold, said he, I have seen a vision in the which I know that Jerusalem is destroyed; and had we remained in Jerusalem, we should also have perished. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness, there be no punishment nor misery. The final step is this embrace. In [Yom Kippur] it was the front curtain or the veil of the tabernacle. Wherefore, he said unto Eve — yea, even that old serpent which is the Devil, which 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. shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 2 Nephi 9. This formula (also given to Nephi--1 Nephi 2:20-21; 4:14) was used by Nephite prophets over the next millennium and repeated (almost 20 times) throughout the Book of Mormon. [David Lamb, "Friend: A Covenant Term," in Recent Book of Mormon Developments, Vol. As Lehi's blessing over Zoram continues, he states that because Zoram has been faithful (to his covenant with Nephi), his seed will be blessed even as the descendants of Nephi, his covenant partner, . And they would have had no children. . The Lord warns Nephi to depart into the wilderness. This is called "health and stength." 2 Nephi 19. Each covenant binds us to him in purpose and heart. The kings always had those two fans called the shuit or the khaibit. 2. Likewise, Moses rehearsed the blessings that the Israelites had received (see Deuteronomy 4:323-38), (2) Appointment of a Successor: In the speeches in Deuteronomy, Moses declares Joshua as his successor (see Deuteronomy 1:38, 3:28; 31:3, 7, 14, 23). According to Amy Hardison, ancient covenants spelled out the attending blessings and curses. President George Q. Cannon stated: When my boys go out on a mission, I say to them, "Boys, God is your father's friend; He has always been his friend; you can trust Him and can call upon Him with confidence; for I tell you that while I live and keep His commandments, God will watch over my children and will preserve and bless them." . Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men, and they that believe in him shall be saved. Before the reader starts to question the Book of Mormon, the problem that must be solved is whether Shakespeare was the originator of this idea. And I exceedingly fear and tremble because of you, lest he shall suffer again. 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