2 Nephi 4:16-35 The Psalm of Nephi 1 And now, I, Nephi, speak concerning the prophecies of which my father hath spoken, concerning Joseph, who was carried into Egypt. No longer droop in sin. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (Dennis and Sandra Packard, "Pondering the Word," Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, p. 51). Here are a few: "'The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.' These verses have been called "the Psalm of Nephi." "...What your question means, as I interpret it, is this: You have an idea that the commandment means that when a man sins his children will be held responsible for his folly and be punished for it, for three or four generations. His use of this scripture is interesting because his two sons, Laman and Lemuel, seem to be an exception to this general rule. 22 He hath confounded mine aenemies, unto the causing of them to quake before me. (Deut 24:16), "'But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the Lord commanded saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.' It is through this faith and sacrifice that we can obtain forgiveness of sins, 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 (2 Ne 2:7).This doctrine is even contained in the Old Testament, For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The Second Book of Nephi, usually referred to as Second Nephi or 2 Nephi, is the second book of the Book of Mormon. 16 Behold, my asoul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my bheart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard. In parallelism, a thought, idea, grammar pattern, or key word of the first line is repeated or continued in the second line. 13:31; 2 Ne. A nation will rise no higher than the strength of its homes. 1 Ne. 35 Yea, I know that God will give aliberally to him that asketh. (2 Nephi 4:15-16.) There are many sacred truths revealed to those worthy and ready to receive them that are 'not lawful for man to utter; neither is man capable to make them known, for they are only to be seen and understood by the power of the Holy Spirit, which God bestows on those who love him, and purify themselves before him' (D&C 76:115-16)." Chapter 4 is a total waste of a golden plate. Chapter 4. Wilt thou not place a stumbling block in my way—but that thou wouldst clear my way before me, and hedge not up my way, but the ways of mine enemy. 18 I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily abeset me. It is often while pondering that the Spirit speaks to us. What covenant did Nephi make with the Lord, as recorded in 2 Nephi 4:34? 6:2; D&C 20:37, 59:8; Ps. 48-9 as taken from Latter-day Commentary on the Book of Mormon compiled by K. Douglas Bassett, p. 99), "Though the parents are not always charged with the failures of their children, we are sure that many times the failures of the children could be charged to the parents....We realize that there are times when belligerent sons and daughters may draw upon themselves the condemnation, having totally ignored and failed all the teachings that have been given them. 4 Nephi. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm. (Jer 31:29-30), 'The soul that sinneth, it shall die. 2 Nephi: Chapter 4. Yea, my God will give me, if I bask cnot amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the drock of my erighteousness. No longer adroop in sin. About 588-570 B.C. There is nothing from the record of Nephi which would indicate that Lehi had done a poor job as a father. 33:16; 44:6 (6–8). 1 Nephi 18. Some themes common to Nephi's psalm and to the psalms of David are: What iniquity is Nephi talking about? Helaman. As recorded in James, if any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 21 He hath filled me with his alove, even unto the bconsuming of my flesh. C) Do not anger again because of mine enemies. 5:2 (1–25). What they would have given for a mere fragment of the Bible or Book of Mormon that lay so idly on our shelves? The verses found in 2 Nephi 4:15–35 are frequently referred to as the psalm of Nephi. 'In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge. 11:1 (1–36); Moses 1:1. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls (Matt 11:28-9). concerning Joseph" Nephi is about to … Tags. James also warned against asking for things for the wrong reasons, Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (James 4:3). They would probably say that the passage was completely boring, and they would not continue reading unless forced to by a school or church teacher. 2 Nephi 2:3b–4. If you were to hand a Book of Mormon or a Bible to the average American teenager and have them read any passage, they would probably not understand what it meant. "Lehi, a Book of Mormon prophet, has a vision of the destruction of Jerusalem. 2 Ne 4:6 the cursing may be taken from you and be answered upon the heads of your parents Lehi was concerned for the salvation of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. This is the promise given to those who pray in faith. 26 O then, if I have seen so great things, if the Lord in his condescension unto the children of men hath avisited men in so much bmercy, cwhy should my dheart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow, and my flesh waste away, and my strength slacken, because of mine afflictions? The psalms of ancient Israel were hymns. 1 Nephi 19. Jarom. Our attitude when we pray for things that may not be according to the will of God should be like that of the Savior as he suffered in Gesthemane, nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done (Lu 22:42). O Lord, wilt thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me, that I may bwalk in the path of the low valley, that I may be strict in the plain road! As we persist in reading the scriptures, they become more understandable, more inspiring, and more delicious to the soul. Lehi counsels and blesses his posterity—He dies and is buried—Nephi glories in the goodness of God—Nephi puts his trust in the Lord forever. Seek the Kingdom of God; Mormon 1-9. The passage in question exhibits two of these types. This is consistent with other scriptures in the Book of Mormon and D&C. One is to see it as an immediate response to his confrontation with his brothers—a soul purging experience where he laments his own reaction to their desire to murder him. Moroni 10:3 reads, Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in you hearts. Nephi's favorite prophet, Isaiah, is famous for a pattern of Hebrew poetry called parallelism. 4 For the Lord God hath said that: aInasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land; and inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from my presence. 32) The ideas in verse 15 are repeated in verse 16 with slightly different concepts. The problem with a symphony, if it can be called a problem, is that there is so much going on at the same time that an inexperienced listener feels bewildered, not knowing what to listen for, or how to make sense of everything. He teaches of the fall of man and the Lord's atonement (2 Nephi 9:4 … This would have covered the time of the prophets Ezekiel and Daniel who were prophesying in Babylon during the captivity. 29 Do not aanger again because of mine enemies. 2 Nephi 33: 4: “And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people. About 588–570 B.C. 17 Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great agoodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O bwretched man that I am! I Write that Ye Might Believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ; Mosiah 12-16. Joseph F. Smith was pondering over the scriptures when he was shown his vision of the spirit world (DC 138:1). 2. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. The term "Samites" is never found. Our sins caused Him to bleed at every pore. The scriptures are like a symphony. 33-4) In verse 15, the first thought, my soul delighteth in the scriptures, is completed in the second line, and my heart pondereth them and writeth them for the learning and profit of my children. Amen. The phrase, 'For my soul delighteth in the scriptures' is repeated in verse 16 as 'my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord.'. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss, Reliance on God, my God hath been my support (2 Ne 2:20), The suffering and afflictions of life, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Ps 23:4), The importance of trusting in the Lord, O Lord...I will trust in thee forever (2 Ne 4:34), The relationship to one's enemies, let not mine enemies triumph over me (Ps 25:1), Supplications to the Lord for divine help, O Lord, wilt thou encircle me around in the robe of thy righteousness! (Isaiah: Prophet, Seer, and Poet, pp. Under that law, the firstborn were sacrificed in similitude of the Only-Begotten Son. Most parents protect their children with shelter for their comfort, tender care and medicine for their illnesses, clothes for their looks and comfort, and food for their taste and growth, but what do they do for their souls?" Exhorts them to avoid temptations. The Psalm of Nephi – 2 Nephi 4:1-35 Posted on January 12, 2019 by Pure Revelations 1 And now, I, Nephi, speak concerning the prophecies of which my father hath spoken, concerning Joseph, who was carried into Egypt. 1 Nephi 20. In 2 Nephi 4 Lehi gives a blessing to the sons of Laman and Lemuel, his grand children. ☼ 2 Nephi 11:4–7: Behold, my soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of Christ; for, for this end hath the law of Moses been given; and all things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world, unto man, are the typifying of him. 1 Nephi 21. I will not put my ctrust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his dtrust in the arm of flesh. Setting: Nephi supposedly began his second record in the Americas during 588 BCE about the time of the destruction of Jerusalem and continued to 545 BCE. Christ’s Visit to the Americas; 3 Nephi 7. It is the sharp and keen awareness that our behavior caused the Savior, He who knew no sin, even the greatest of all, to endure agony and suffering. Setting After his father died, Nephi's relationship with his oldest brothers, Laman and Lemuel deteriorated. There are two basic types of parallelism, grammatical and semantic. The second line then completes the idea, or answers a question raised by the first line." 15:12 (10–17); Morm. 20 My God hath been my asupport; he hath led me through mine bafflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep. B) Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: A) O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation. The doctrine of a "broken heart and a contrite spirit" begins with the law of sacrifice as contained in the Old Testament. Through our faith in Jesus Christ we become his disciples and offer up a broken heart and contrite spirit. Nephi confirms, “after my father, Lehi, had spoken unto all his household … he waxed old. 28 Awake, my soul! 1 Nephi 16. TG Family, Patriarchal; Patriarchal Blessings. With time the shoes mold to your feet and become like an extension of your natural body. Do you have your family home evenings regularly? "There are numerous other passages of scripture showing the mercy and justice of the Lord and that they are not to be punished for the fathers' transgression. 2 Nephi 3 Nephi Alma atonement believe Christ commandments D&C eternal life example faith forgiveness heart Holy Ghost humble humility Jesus Jesus Christ John joy knowledge light love love of God love one another Matthew Mosiah Nelson obedience patience peace power prayer priesthood quote remember repentance revelation Savior scriptures seek service Spirit strength Uchtdorf Yea, why should I give way to btemptations, that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my cpeace and afflict my soul? [2 Nephi 4:18–19] Nephi was puzzled by his sorrows. The new law as taught by the Savior requires just as regular and frequent a sacrifice. And the words which I have written in weakness will be made strong unto them; for it persuadeth them to do good; it maketh known unto them of their fathers; and it speaketh of Jesus, and persuadeth them to believe in him, and to endure to the end, which is life eternal.” Doubtless, he was familiar with the scriptures like Ex 20:5-6, I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. When new, the leather wears on your feet; the shoes are stiff, unfamiliar, and uncomfortable. 1, p. 75). Permitted no access to the scripture, they later told how they hungered for the words of truth, more than for food, more than for freedom itself. See 1 Ne 11-15. 1 And now, I, Nephi, speak concerning the prophecies of which my father hath spoken, … In the past, it had seemed as if Nephi was not bothered by his brothers' attitude and anger. Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.'" They had never been very receptive to his admonitions, but now, their anger was increasing (2 Nephi 4:13). And thy seed shall be numbered with his seed; and thou shalt be even like unto thy brother, and thy seed like unto his seed; and thou shalt be blessed in all thy days. Of Hebrew poetry, Victor Ludlow writes: "Parallelism is the most distinctive quality of Hebrew poetry, and it is found in most of the famous biblical passages. Ex. 1 Ne. But we the parents cannot escape the responsibility that is ours of training our children.... As we think of these young people who rebel against their parents and society, we wonder, have you held your family prayers with regularity? 51:17; Isa. Nephi emulates this in many of his passages including these verses. 1, p. 218). 3 Wherefore, after my father had made an end of speaking concerning the prophecies of Joseph, he called the children of Laman, his sons, and his daughters, and said unto them: Behold, my sons, and my daughters, who are the sons and the daughters of my afirstborn, I would that ye should give ear unto my words. 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. The Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement, which, according to Latter Day Saint theology, contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 BC to AD 421. He has faithfully returned to Jerusalem twice, traveled in the wilderness, he was the only member of his family who did not murmur when the family was suffering with hunger, he built a ship, and remarkably didn't complain when bound on the ship for three days. 4:2 For behold, he truly prophesied concerning all This pattern is described as following the general patterns (a-b-b-a),  (a-b-c-c-b-a), etc: "In the Psalm of Nephi (2 Ne. There are no distinct “Samites” in the Book of Mormon. The original translation of the title did not include the word "second". The scriptures, on first reading, can be drudgery. TG Book of Mormon. And it came to pass that he died, and was buried. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul, Do not anger again because of mine enemies (v. 27-28). (Ezek 18:20)" (Answers to Gospel Questions, vol. 4;28- 30.]" Yea, my heart csorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities. The scriptures are like an old pair of shoes. The Lord has invited us to come unto him and learn of him, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. This anger is what he is referring to in these verses, why should I give way to temptations, that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul? 1 Nephi 14. 27 And why should I ayield to sin, because of my flesh? It is evident. 3 Nephi. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering (James 1:5-6). Parents can only be held responsible for the sins of the children if they were negligent in teaching them of their duties. It was because of this blessing that the Lord God will not suffer that ye (Lehi's grandchildren) shall perish; wherefore, he will be merciful unto you and unto your seed forever (v. 7). Watch a trailer for the second season below. "Who can assess the value of pondering, the impact of a righteous soul meditating upon the eternal word? 6 Wherefore, if ye are acursed, behold, I leave my blessing upon you, that the bcursing may be taken from you and be answered upon the cheads of your parents. Discussions on the Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 11-16. Instead, it is a willingness to put the animal that is in us upon the altar-then willingly watching it be consumed! This is remarkable doctrinal consistency for the machinations of an unschooled farm boy from Vermont. Here Nephi has linked together four distinct thoughts: First he has 1) already described the prophet which 2) the Lord had shown to Nephi. In asking and answering these questions, Nephi relies on his memory of the Lord's tender mercies. First and Second were added to the titles of The Books of Nephi by Oliver Cowdery when preparing the book for printing. Wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of bsin? (Meek and Lowly, p. 94). 2 Ne 6:6 they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. In 2 Nephi 4:26-27, Nephi asks himself several questions. The effect of diligent scripture study is to become strong in the things of the spirit, Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God (Alma 17:2). Grammatical or 'form' parallelism is often difficult to identify, especially in non-Hebrew translations, because the rhyme schemes, grammar forms, conjugation patterns, prefix or suffix parallelisms, and so on may not carry over into the new translation. Nephi has truly seen great things. Purpose Nephi's purpose… Why am I dangry because of mine enemy? 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