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). Artist: Ronald Crosby. The Lord denied Moses the opportunity of entering "that good land" and thus Moses "must die in this land" (Deuteronomy 4:21-22). Destruction of Jerusalem. 1 a The word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, a when the b mountain of the Lord’s c house shall be established in the top of the d mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it. 2 Nephi 1:21-24 My Sons . . . (, Hear the words of a trembling parent, whose limbs ye must soon lay down in the cold and silent grave (. Lehi's land was choice above all others (2 Nephi 1:5-9). 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. Lehi rehearses his peoples rebellions and murmurings, particularly against both him and Nephi during their ocean crossing (see 2 Nephi 1:2, 24-26). that ye may prosper in all that ye do" (Deuteronomy 29:9, see also 28:15, 29; 7:11-15). The king is being embraced by his father after obtaining all things. . [Amy Blake Hardison, "Being a Covenant People," in, Covenants Prophecies and Hymns of the Old Testament, , p. 27] [See the commentary on 1 Nephi 2:20; 1 Nephi 5:5; 1 Nephi 17:36-38; Ether 2:8]. 2 Nephi, Chapter 1 1. And I know that thou art a true friend unto my son, Nephi, for ever. Nephi’s brethren rebelleth against him. Amen. Oh 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. 2, 2000, FARMS, pp. An account of the death of Lehi. First and Second were added to the titles of the Books of Nephi by Oliver Cowdery when preparing the book for printing. About 600–592 B.C. "The keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there" (2 Nephi 9:41). Lehi elaborates extensively on this formula. [Noel B. Reynolds, Lehi As Moses," in, , Vol. This would mean that they would have had to leave Jerusalem at least 12 to 14 years prior to 586 B.C., the year that Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. His journeyings in the wilderness, and so forth. 15:2 And it came to pass that I beheld my brethren, and they were disputing one with another, concerning … So it will be with every faithful man and woman.2, It should be noted also that God intends his covenants to span generations and even eternities (as with Zoram and Nephi--"forever"). . 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 upon them. . 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. 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. You can't be closer to a person than when you embrace. Lehi relates a vision whereby he knew that Jerusalem was destroyed, and he says that had they remained in the city they would have perished. Wherefore, they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy for they knew no misery, doing no good for they knew no sin. According to Amy Hardison, ancient covenants spelled out the attending blessings and curses. Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah, for he is full of grace and truth. . Lehi called Jacob "my first-born in the days … 2. (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). . Then the king is going to embrace him. 2 Nephi 5. 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; . 2 Nephi 4. So there's this idea of being one. . Second Book of Nephi Chapter One 1. [Noel B. Reynolds, Lehi As Moses," in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. But behold, his will be done, for his ways are righteousness for ever. His journeyings in the wilderness, and so forth. 1 And now, Jacob, I speak unto you: Thou art my a firstborn in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness. 2. 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." 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. We attain a similar but far more sacred friendship with God by making covenants with him. 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. The usage of the word "friend" in this context refers to more than just a friendly relationship; it is a covenant term which tells us that Nephi and Zoram are in covenant. And because of the intercession for all, all men come unto God. . There are 14 Mosaic themes and circumstances that Lehi invoked in his sermon recorded in 2 Nephi 1. 2 Nephi 1:14 The Cold and Silent Grave, from Whence No Traveler Can Return: According to Robert Smith, perhaps the earliest and most consistently repeated claim made against the Book of Mormon is that Joseph Smith quoted Shakespeare at 2 Nephi 1:14: "Awake! 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). 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. He is anointed and then he is introduced into the presence of the king. . (LDS Bible Dictionary, s. v. "Birthright," 625). 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. 2 Nephi 1:13-16 Father Lehi's counsel to his rebellious descendants: 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. (, To the road whose path does not lead back. (Descent of Ishtar, obv., lines 5-6), [Robert F. Smith, "Shakespeare and the Book of Mormon," F.A.R.M.S., pp. A seventh took place in 2,200 BC ( Ether 1 :39-42 ) Our family consisted of my father Lehi, my mother Sariah, my older brothers, Laman, Lemuel and Sam, and myself. They embraced him on either side. [Randall Spackman, "An Introduction to Book of Mormon Chronology" F.A.R.M.S., p. 14] [See Appendix A], I have seen a vision, in which I know that Jerusalem is destroyed (. According to Noel Reynolds, it could easily be said that Lehi was a Moses figure, for he led his people out of a wicked land because of commands received in visions from God, through the wilderness, across the sea, and to a promised land. And they have brought forth children, yea, even the family of all the earth. This is a picture of the symbol for life--actually the umbilical cord, the navel. The following comes from Shakespeare: Hamlet, III, i, 78-80, "But that the dread of something after death, / The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.". 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. Statutes and Judgments Are to Be Remembered. This is called "health and stength." Learn who He is and about his continued work in restoring his Gospel in our day. 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 away. 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." (5) Statutes and Judgments Are to Be Remembered. that ye may prosper in all that ye do" (Deuteronomy 29:9, see also 28:15, 29; 7:11-15). Artist: Gary Kapp. 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. Artist: Ronald Crosby. 2 Nephi 1:4 I Have Seen a Vision, in Which I Know That Jerusalem Is Destroyed: Randall Spackman states that for many years people have assumed that when Lehi said, "I have seen a vision, in which I know that Jerusalem is destroyed" (2 Nephi 1:4), his statement implied that Lehi's group did not know of the destruction of Jerusalem until they were in the New World. Yea, as one generation passeth to another, there shall be bloodsheds and great visitations among them. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness, there be no punishment nor misery. The Lord warns Nephi to depart into the wilderness. On her descent into the Netherworld, the gatekeeper of the Netherworld asks the goddess Inanna: Why, pray, have you come to the "Land of No Return,". . Keep the Commandments and Ye Shall Prosper in the Land: Moses warns Israel, "Keep . The Cold and Silent Grave, from Whence No Traveler Can Return: , III, i, 78-80, "But that the dread of something after death, / The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns. Chapter Outline of 1 Nephi. Wherefore, my sons, I would that ye would remember; yea, I would that ye would hearken unto my words. . My Sons . 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 . It's very important. For if iniquity shall abound, cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed for ever. (Pyramid Text 217ab), There is nobody who returns from there. Some examples are as follows: May you not go on the roads of the western ones [the dead], They who go on them [travelers] do not return. 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. 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). He says here, "I give thee all life and power." 2nd Nephi, Chapter 1 In Sunday School today, the teacher asked the class what information we thought was most important to pass along to our children if we knew that we would soon die. The two arms are embracing, and they are embracing the, symbol, which represents the marrow in the bones. This would be the last king of the Taharkan Dynasty. 5. And if these things are not, there is no God. 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 for ever, and the way is prepared from the Fall of man, and salvation is free. Here we have the process going on from a famous picture in the temple of Karnak where he is washed here and then clothed. The claim began with Alexander Campbell and, until recently, nearly all anti-Mormons continued to repeat it in almost parrot-like fashion. An account of the death of Lehi. These blessings were present when the people were faithful. 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. "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). [Hugh W. Nibley, Teachings of the Book of Mormon, pp. 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. 250, 253-254, 257] [See the commentary on Enos 1: 2], Note* The word "encircle" appears 18 times in the Book of Mormon, almost always in a situation connoting good or evil, salvation or destruction. Yea, the Lord hath consecrated this land unto me and to my children for ever, and also all they who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord. 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. [David Lamb, "Friend: A Covenant Term," in, , Vol. And after Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit, they were driven out from the Garden of Eden to till the earth. Lehi did not need another vision to confirm Jerusalem's destruction. It should be noted also that God intends his covenants to span generations and even eternities (as with Zoram and Nephi--"forever"). This is what we do here in the rite of the Atonement in Israel. In this regard it is interesting that he blesses Zoram, who was given a "place" among the family according to the covenants Nephi made with him (see 1 Nephi 4:31-35). Nephi’s brethren rebel against him. (13) 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). Religious Educator … . At the beginning of 2nd Nephi, Nephi reports the discussion his father, Lehi, had with his "brethren." . [John W. Welch, "Lehi's Last Will and Testament: A Legal Approach," in The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, the Doctrinal Structure, pp. 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. 2, p. 51] [See the commentary on Mosiah 4:4]. The two arms are embracing, and they are embracing the djed symbol, which represents the marrow in the bones. 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. 4 Nephi 1:19 describes the death of Nephi, the author of 4 Nephi. 2 Nephi 19. This is according to the account of Nephi; or in other words, I, Nephi, wrote this record. 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." Similarly, Moses warned his people (see Deuteronomy 4:25; 7:9; 4:9-10). © 2021 Scriptures.info - Text V1.241 - 2020.10.03. . In. This would be the last king of the Taharkan Dynasty. 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. 9, Num. The other is was, which is always rendered as "power in the priesthood, authority to speak for priesthood, etc." 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 this land, that there would be no place for an inheritance. And ye have murmured because he hath been plain unto you. 2 Nephi 7. An account of the death of Lehi. We have a section on this in the Egyptian writing on embracing at the veil. Church, The Ensign, March 1977, inside back cover] [see also The Ensign, January 1988, p. 30]. Scripture Mastery. All rights reserved. Lehi Blesses His Sons in the Wilderness. His journeyings in the wilderness, and so forth. [Randall Spackman, "An Introduction to Book of Mormon Chronology" F.A.R.M.S., p. 14] [See Appendix A], 2 Nephi 1:4 I have seen a vision, in which I know that Jerusalem is destroyed (Illustration): Destruction of Jerusalem. 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? 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. His journeyings in the wilderness, etc. 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. This covenant unity, or sacred friendship, grants great blessings to us and our posterity. 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. Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy. 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). Wherefore, they stand in the presence of him, to be judged of him according to the truth and holiness which is in him. 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. Deuteronomy 28 lists seven different covenant blessings: fruitfulness, rain, protection, abundance, a holy identity, land, and ascendancy over other nations. His journeyings in the wilderness, etc. 2, 2000, FARMS, pp. And I exceedingly fear and tremble because of you, lest he shall suffer again. 1 Nephi 1:2 Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the … 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. (8) The New Land Is a Choice Land: Moses declared the Lord gave the Israelites their new land (see Deuteronomy 5:16; compare 27:2). Fri, 08 Feb 2019. 2 Nephi 18. Lehi "rehearsed unto them, how great things the Lord had done for them" (2 Nephi 1:1, 3, 10). Lehi's land was choice above all others (2 Nephi 1:5-9). 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. [John W. Welch, "Lehi's Last Will and Testament: A Legal Approach," in, The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, the Doctrinal Structure. Worship and serve God with other believers in Christ. 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). Concerning the promise of land we find: The Lord . The Lord denied Moses the opportunity of entering "that good land" and thus Moses "must die in this land" (Deuteronomy 4:21-22). He is anointed and then he is introduced into the presence of the king. (12) The People Must Choose between Good and Evil, Life and Death: Moses tells the Israelites, "See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil" (Deuteronomy 30:15); see also 30:19). The kings always had those two fans called the shuit or the khaibit. 2 Nephi 10. Here is a picture from the twenty-fifth dynasty. A prime example of this is found in 2 Nephi 1:30 as Lehi extends his final blessing to Zoram, the former servant of Laban: Nevertheless, thou hast been brought out of the land of Jerusalem. The two fans protected the king when he went forth according to Moet. The Semitic version of the same story has lines similarly applicable to Lehi's imagery: To the house from which he who enters never goes forth; To the road whose path does not lead back. His journeyings in the wilderness, etc. 1 And all these things did my father see, and hear, and speak, as he dwelt in a tent, in the a valley of Lemuel , and also a great many more things, which cannot be written upon these plates. Moses repeatedly refers to the statutes and judgments of God (see Deuteronomy 4:1, 5, 8, 14, 40, 45). 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. And He has done it. . 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. Moses repeatedly warns the Israelites of a choice between a blessing and a cursing (see Deuteronomy 11:26-28; 28:15-20). 2 Nephi 1. . ) The present state of research permits us to take the entire section of 2 Nephi 1:13-15 and to demonstrate that the constellation of ideas and expressions found there (and in parallel texts) were available from Mesopotamia to Egypt in Lehi's own time--especially in Egypt. His continued work in restoring his Gospel in our day I speak you! 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