Many Witnesses – 2 Nephi 11:1-8

1 And now, Jacob spake many more things to my people at that time; nevertheless only these things have I caused to be written, for the things which I have written sufficeth me. [This verse could have been left at the end of the last chapter.]

2 And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him. [Nephi bears his witness that he has seen the Lord.]

3 And my brother, Jacob, also has seen him as I have seen him; wherefore, I will send their words forth unto my children to prove unto them that my words are true. Wherefore, by the words of three, God hath said, I will establish my word. Nevertheless, God sendeth more witnesses, and he proveth all his words. [Nephi knows that himself, his father Lehi, and his brother Jacob have all been witnesses of the Lord. Nephi’s wife Minyah also had seen Him. Many of the prophets from the brass plates, including Isaiah, had also seen the Lord.]

4 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. [Nephi must have found great pleasure in showing his people how the temple ceremonies were a type of Christ and His sacrifice to come. Also, how nature in all her wonder points to a God in Heaven and His great covenants unto the House of Israel.]

5 And also my soul delighteth in the covenants of the Lord which he hath made to our fathers; yea, my soul delighteth in his grace, and in his justice, and power, and mercy in the great and eternal plan of deliverance from death. [ The “Fathers” are not only Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but also Adam, Seth, Enoch and Noah. The Lord has been merciful to His people from the beginning.]

6 And my soul delighteth in proving unto my people that save Christ should come all men must perish. [Become captive of the devil.]

7 For if there be no Christ there be no God; and if there be no God we are not, for there could have been no creation. [All things are designed and begun for the purpose of having us become the fullness of our creation.] But there is a God, and he is Christ, and he cometh in the fulness of his own time. [He comes when all things are prepared. This applies to His coming to Jerusalem, and also in our own lives when he comes in the fullness of our time.]

8 And now I write some of the words of Isaiah, that whoso of my people shall see these words may lift up their hearts and rejoice for all men. Now these are the words, and ye may liken them unto you and unto all men. [Nephi places the words of Isaiah carefully in his writings to teach his people, but also to prepare us for what will come. This particular chapter is like an introduction for the coming chapters.]

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6 Responses to Many Witnesses – 2 Nephi 11:1-8

  1. Rachel M. Crandall says:

    These are beautiful, thanks for doing these and sharing them. your insights are profound. thanks again

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  2. S Silver says:

    Verse 4: Can you share examples of how nature points to God in Heaven and His covenant to the House of Israel? I would love to have them to ponder on!

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  3. The order amongst the cosmos, including moons, planets, suns, and stars. The process of creation, the seasons, the cycle of life, the structure of families, the herbs and fruit in their season, etc.

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  4. Katharina Odavic says:

    Where did you find Nephi’s wife’s name and that she saw Christ?

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  5. The book listed on the homepage, A Witness of the Temporal Dispensations, pg. 65. This is not found in scripture.

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  6. The name of Nephi’s wife is listed on page 165 of the book “A Witness of the temporal dispensations”.
    I have enjoyed learning about these amazing women.

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