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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. Artist: Gary Kapp. 1-4], 2 Nephi 1:14 Hear the words of a trembling parent, whose limbs ye must soon lay down in the cold and silent grave (Illustration): Lehi Blesses His Sons in the Wilderness. It's very important. At the beginning of 2nd Nephi, Nephi reports the discussion his father, Lehi, had with his "brethren." 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). 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). 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. 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. The kings always had those two fans called the shuit or the khaibit. Nephi’s brethren rebel against him. . And the law is given unto men; and by the law no flesh is justified, or by the law men are cut off. These are the symbols of embracing. [Thomas R. Valletta ed., The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families, 1999, p. 73]. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness, there be no punishment nor misery. . 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. 15:2 And it came to pass that I beheld my brethren, and they were disputing one with another, concerning … Lehi similarly seizes on the occasion of his impending demise to appoint Nephi as his successor (2 Nephi 1:28). [Thomas R. Valletta ed., 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." © 2021 Scriptures.info - Text V1.241 - 2020.10.03. . . 2 Nephi 5. His journeyings in the wilderness, and so forth. 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! His journeyings in the wilderness, etc. 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. 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. The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways. ", They who go on them [travelers] do not return. And He has done it. 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. 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. 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. You can't be closer to a person than when you embrace. And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. 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. 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. 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. The Second Book of Nephi An account of the death of Lehi. . (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). Each covenant binds us to him in purpose and heart. . 2, p. 51] [See the commentary on Mosiah 4:4]. And behold, in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and much sorrow because of the rudeness of thy brethren. 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. That's this idea of being taken back into his embrace again, "encircled about eternally in the arms of his love." 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. Similarly, Moses warned his people (see Deuteronomy 4:25; 7:9; 4:9-10). The original translation of the title did not include the word "first". [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 (. Artist: Gary Kapp. Isaiah 41:8 states: "But thou, Israel, art my servant Jacob whom I have chosen, The seed of Abraham, 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. . 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. 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. 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. Moses repeatedly refers to the statutes and judgments of God (see Deuteronomy 4:1, 5, 8, 14, 40, 45). Be Men, and Be Determined in One Mind and in One Heart: If Ye Will Hearken unto [Nephi] I Leave unto You . Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy. The Lord warns Nephi to depart into the wilderness. 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. Here is a picture from the twenty-fifth dynasty. And after Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit, they were driven out from the Garden of Eden to till the earth. 1 - 1st Nephi chapter 1. An account of the death of Lehi. 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. 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. Lehi prophesied that Jerusalem would be destroyed because of its wickedness. This covenant promise of land was but a type and shadow of the ultimate promised land, the celestial kingdom. 2. 2 Nephi 14. And because he had fallen from Heaven and had become miserable for ever, he sought also the misery of all mankind. 2 Nephi 2. . Deuteronomy 28 lists seven different covenant blessings: fruitfulness, rain, protection, abundance, a holy identity, land, and ascendancy over other nations. (LDS Bible Dictionary, s. v. "Birthright," 625). But behold, his will be done, for his ways are righteousness for ever. - 1st Nephi chapter 2. 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. . 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). And they would have had no children. We have a section on this in the Egyptian writing on embracing at the veil. 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. 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 fullness of his wrath upon you, that ye be cut off and destroyed for ever, 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. He says here, "I give thee all life and power." 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." This is called "health and stength." 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. 2 Nephi 8. 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). (11`) God Will Be Good and Merciful to the People: Lehi echoes a persistent Mosaic theme when he consistently explains God's actions towards his people in terms of his mercy and "infinite goodness" (see 2 Nephi 1:3, 10). And if these things are not, there is no God. . Also, this is the embrace. 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. In [Yom Kippur] it was the front curtain or the veil of the tabernacle. Wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity. . 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. 1 And now, Jacob, I speak unto you: Thou art my a firstborn in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness. After making an introduction, Jacob quotes Isaiah (49:22–52:2) and probably Zenos (compare 1 Nephi 22:15–17 and 2 Nephi 6:14–15; see also chapter 8 herein for fuller discussion). 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. 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). THE SECOND BOOK OF NEPHI. Yea, as one generation passeth to another, there shall be bloodsheds and great visitations among them. 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 for ever. . . ) it was the front curtain or the veil of the tabernacle. (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). And the Messiah cometh in the fullness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the Fall. 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) (Deuteronomy 28:8-9). "This generally included a land inheritance as well as the authority to preside." 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." . . 2 Nephi 11. Wherefore, he became a devil, having sought that which was evil before God. [L.D.S. 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]. Awake! . 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