The king is being embraced by his father after obtaining all things. "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). 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. 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. 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). Artist: Gary Kapp. Inside the covenant context, certain words had official and legal meanings that sometimes differed from their normal, everyday use. 2 Nephi Chapter 1 | Book Home | Next: 2 Nephi Chapter 3. And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. As Lehi is old and will soon die, he wishes to bestow blessings upon his children. . For if iniquity shall abound, cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed for ever. 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." 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. This is called "health and stength." In. 2 Nephi 1:21-24 My Sons . "This generally included a land inheritance as well as the authority to preside." Here is a picture from the twenty-fifth dynasty. 2. 2 Nephi 15. Isaiah 41:8 states: "But thou, Israel, art my servant Jacob whom I have chosen, The seed of Abraham my friend.". 2 Nephi 4. Keep the Commandments and Ye Shall Prosper in the Land: Moses warns Israel, "Keep . 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. The Lord denied Moses the opportunity of entering "that good land" and thus Moses "must die in this land" (Deuteronomy 4:21-22). One by one, he blessed them and received them. The Lord denied Moses the opportunity of entering "that good land" and thus Moses "must die in this land" (Deuteronomy 4:21-22). That's this idea of being taken back into his embrace again, "encircled about eternally in the arms of his love." 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. Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy. Furthermore, according to 2 Nephi 25:9-10, the destruction of Jerusalem came "immediately after my father left Jerusalem." Nephi’s brethren rebelleth against him. (LDS Bible Dictionary, s. v. "Birthright," 625). . (10) 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). 2 Nephi, Chapter 1 1. 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) First and Second were added to the titles of the Books of Nephi by Oliver Cowdery when preparing the book for printing. 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. And the Messiah cometh in the fullness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the Fall. These are the symbols of embracing. 2 Nephi 13. We attain a similar but far more sacred friendship with God by making covenants with him. it was the front curtain or the veil of the tabernacle. 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). [John W. Welch, "Lehi's Last Will and Testament: A Legal Approach," in, The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, the Doctrinal Structure. 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.". The Lord warns Nephi to depart into the wilderness. This covenant unity, or sacred friendship, grants great blessings to us and our posterity. His journeyings in the wilderness, etc. And behold, in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and much sorrow because of the rudeness of thy brethren. Moreover, their continued possession of this bountiful land was contingent on their keeping the commandments (see Deuteronomy 8:1, 7-10). Be Men, and Be Determined in One Mind and in One Heart: If Ye Will Hearken unto [Nephi] I Leave unto You . Keller, Roger R.. "Teaching the Fall and the Atonement: A Comparative Method." . the words of this covenant . Friendship is a binding of hearts and souls. Then the king is going to embrace him. . The other is, , which is always rendered as "power in the priesthood, authority to speak for priesthood, etc." Chapter 1. Wherefore, my sons, I would that ye would remember; yea, I would that ye would hearken unto my words. Here we have the process going on from a famous picture in the temple of Karnak where he is washed here and then clothed. 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. Apostates Will Be Cursed, Scattered, and Smitten: Lehi focuses tightly on the choice between receiving a blessing or a "sore cursing" (2 Nephi 1:21-22). According to Hugh Nibley, the idea of being encircled about by the Savior's arms has parallels in the celebration of Yom Kippur. The Second Book of Nephi An account of the death of Lehi. Lehi prophesied that Jerusalem would be destroyed because of its wickedness. 69-70]. . Moses repeatedly refers to the statutes and judgments of God (see Deuteronomy 4:1, 5, 8, 14, 40, 45). 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 if ye will not hearken unto him, I take away my first blessing — yea, even my blessing — and it shall rest upon him. The final step is this embrace. The king is being embraced by his father after obtaining all things. . It might be wise to study the parallels. Statutes and Judgments Are to Be Remembered. 2 Nephi Chapter 2. (, There is nobody who returns from there. (Deuteronomy 28:8-9). . You can't be closer to a person than when you embrace. 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. On the road whose traveler returns never, How has your heart led you? And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death according to the captivity and power of the Devil, for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself. So there's this idea of being one. Come unto Christ by being baptized or re-baptized. 2 Nephi 7. [Noel B. Reynolds, Lehi As Moses," in, , Vol. 2 Nephi 16. Nephi’s brethren rebel against him. He called each person by name and identified himself to each one. (LDS Bible Dictionary, s. v. "Birthright," 625). 2 Nevertheless, Jacob, my firstborn in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine a afflictions for thy gain. Nephi’s brethren rebelleth against him. 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). Also, this is the embrace. [Hugh W. Nibley, Teachings of the Book of Mormon, pp. 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. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered. . The final step is this embrace. Abraham is referred to as a "friend of God" because of his covenant relationship with the great Jehovah. [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 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. . 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. 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. [L.D.S. . Yea, as one generation passeth to another, there shall be bloodsheds and great visitations among them. Nevertheless, Jacob, my first born in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain. [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]. 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). Chapter 1 . 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,". An account of the death of Lehi. 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. He is anointed and then he is introduced into the presence of the king. Wherefore, he became a devil, having sought that which was evil before God. . 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. 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 pointed out his people's rebellions under his leadership (Deuteronomy 9:7-8). Chapter 4. Adams, Jr., William J.. “Nephi’s Jerusalem and Laban’s Sword.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of … Lehi similarly seizes on the occasion of his impending demise to appoint Nephi as his successor (2 Nephi 1:28). The Lord warns Nephi to depart into the wilderness. Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh and taketh it again by the power of the spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise. . . . Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh, and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. I have spoken these few words unto you all, my sons, in the last days of my probation; and I have chosen the good part according to the words of the prophet. 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. 1 Nephi 20:1-2 Yet They Swear Not in Truth Nor in Righteousness (1/28/2015) Chapter 21 “They Shall Not Be Ashamed That Wait for Me” – 1 Nephi 21:23, 2 Nephi 6:7 (2/11/2020) . . An account of the death of Lehi. 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). . 1 And now, Jacob, I speak unto you: Thou art my a firstborn in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness. We often describe this relationship with such phrases as "bosom buddies" or "soul mates." ... Chapter 7. [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 (. Moses repeatedly warns the Israelites of a choice between a blessing and a cursing (see Deuteronomy 11:26-28; 28:15-20). . And if it so be that they shall keep his commandments, they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them nor to take away the land of their inheritance, and they shall dwell safely for ever. 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. 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. And because he had fallen from Heaven and had become miserable for ever, he sought also the misery of all mankind. 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; . ." 24, 26-27] [See the commentary on Alma 20:4]. 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. . 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). 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. 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). 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. 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. [L.D.S. And He has done it. . 2 Nephi 1:15 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). 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. 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. 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." (Papyrus Harris 500, col. VI, line 8). Wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity. 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. Tue, 05 Feb 2019. Lehi's land was choice above all others (2 Nephi 1:5-9). (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). 2 Nephi Chapter 1. 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. And because that they are redeemed from the Fall, they have become free for ever — knowing good from evil — to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given. Each covenant binds us to him in purpose and heart. And it must needs be that the power of God must be with him, even unto his commanding you that ye must obey. 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." . (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). 2, 2000, FARMS, 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. Moses repeatedly refers to the statutes and judgments of God (see Deuteronomy 4:1, 5, 8, 14, 40, 45). 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). Scripture Mastery. 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. . 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. . (4) Apostates Will Be Cursed, Scattered, and Smitten: Lehi focuses tightly on the choice between receiving a blessing or a "sore cursing" (2 Nephi 1:21-22). Afficher plus d'épisodes. [David Lamb, "Friend: A Covenant Term," in, , Vol. His journeyings in the wilderness, and so forth. 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. (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 raises the level of our purity so we are more like him. 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. And ye have murmured because he hath been plain unto you. Lehi prophesied that Jerusalem would be destroyed because of its wickedness. . The original translation of the title did not include the word "first". In Isaiah 41:8 God chooses and blesses Israel because she is "the seed of Abraham my friend." . In [Yom Kippur] it was the front curtain or the veil of the tabernacle. 2 Nephi 5. 2 Nephi 1:30 And I Know That Thou [Zoram] Art a True Friend unto My Son, Nephi, Forever: In 2 Nephi 1-4, the prophet Lehi is pronouncing upon the heads of his children certain covenant blessings. 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. Fri, 08 Feb 2019. Destruction 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). We have a section on this in the Egyptian writing on embracing at the veil. . 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. He says here, "I give thee all life and power." And after Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit, they were driven out from the Garden of Eden to till the earth. 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. And then he died, leaving it to others to establish the covenant people in the promised land. The Second Book of Nephi. 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. ", They who go on them [travelers] do not return. 9, Num. Church, The Ensign, March 1977, inside back cover] [see also The Ensign, January 1988, p. 30]. Church, , March 1977, inside back cover] [see also. An account of the death of Lehi. The other is was, which is always rendered as "power in the priesthood, authority to speak for priesthood, etc." [Thomas R. Valletta ed., The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families, 1999, p. 19]. 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." 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. (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). That's this idea of being taken back into his embrace again, "encircled about eternally in the arms of his love." Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah, for he is full of grace and truth. Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained a promise that inasmuch as those whom the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they shall prosper upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all other nations, that they may possess this land unto themselves. It's very clear as a matter of fact. 2 Nephi 11. 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. 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." 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. THE SECOND BOOK OF NEPHI. [Noel B. Reynolds, Lehi As Moses," in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. And nothing, save it shall be iniquity among them, shall harm or disturb their prosperity upon the face of this land for ever. [Alan C. Miner, Personal Notes]. It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. The root is kpr, and kippur is the "act of atoning." 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. We have a section on this in the Egyptian writing on embracing at the veil. 2 Nephi 14. 9, Num. . ) This is a picture of the symbol for life--actually the umbilical cord, the navel. You can't be closer to a person than when you embrace. . Lehi similarly seizes on the occasion of his impending demise to appoint Nephi as his successor (2 Nephi 1:28). 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. 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. Amen. These are the symbols of embracing. The two arms are embracing, and they are embracing the, symbol, which represents the marrow in the bones. 2 Nephi 19 (Isaiah Text & Commentary): Chapter 19 Note** Verse 19:1 is the last verse of Isaiah chapter 8 in the Hebrew Bible and in the German Bible. And now Jacob, I speak unto you: Thou art my first born in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness. 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). Lehi elaborates extensively on this formula. 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. Abraham is referred to as a "friend of God" because of his covenant relationship with the great Jehovah. 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. 5. "This generally included a land inheritance as well as the authority to preside." (Sumerian Descent of Inanna). The Lord warns Nephi to depart into the wilderness. Deuteronomy 28 lists seven different covenant blessings: fruitfulness, rain, protection, abundance, a holy identity, land, and ascendancy over other nations. . 2, 2000, FARMS, pp. Wherefore, they stand in the presence of him, to be judged of him according to the truth and holiness which is in him. 2. 2 Nephi 1; 2 Nephi 2; 2 Nephi 3; 2 Nephi 4; 2 Nephi 5; 2 Nephi 6; 2 Nephi 7; 2 Nephi 8; 2 Nephi 9; 2 Nephi 10; 2 Nephi 11; ... 2 Ne 13:1 The Lord...doth take away. Artist: Ronald Crosby. Such parallels bring added weight to the testimony of both Nephi and Moses. (9) The New Land Is a Covenant Land: Lehi explicitly notes that "the Lord God hath covenanted with me [that this] should be a land for the inheritance of my seed" (2 Nephi 1:5). And if ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. 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. 2 Nephi 6. We will have more to say about colophons in the commentary for 1 Nephi 1:1-3. Nephi’s brethren rebel against him. "The keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there" (2 Nephi 9:41). About 600–592 B.C. 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. 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