19 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that the Lord God will deliver again the book and the words thereof to him (Joseph Smith) that is not learned; and the man that is not learned shall say: I am not learned. 2 Nephi 27:6-14 The book, of course, is the Book of Mormon, " a marvelous work and a wonder ," and the very special person is Joseph Smith. Indeed, chapters 31, 32, and 33 are relatively short, only 45 verses in … Chapter 27 Jesus commands them to call the Church in His name—His mission and atoning sacrifice constitute His gospel—Men are commanded to repent and be baptized that they may be sanctified by the Holy Ghost—They are to be even as Jesus is. The books of Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, and Malachi indicate that, for the most part, Jerusalem's prophets, rulers, and seers were still "covered" during the sixth through the fourth centuries B.C., and "the vision of all" was still like the words of a sealed book. See the note at I Nephi 20:1. 15 But behold, it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall say unto him to whom he shall deliver the book: Take these words which are not sealed and deliver them to another, that he may show them unto the learned, saying: aRead this, I pray thee. 22 Wherefore, when thou (Joseph Smith) hast read the words which I have commanded thee (that is, when you have finished the translation of the Book of Mormon), and obtained the witnesses which I have promised unto thee, then shalt thou seal up the book again, and hide it up unto me, that I may preserve the words which thou hast not read (which is the sealed portion), until I shall see fit in mine own wisdom to reveal all things unto the children of men. 2 Nephi 27:12 Three Witness Shall Behold [the Plates] by the Power of God: According to Stan Larson, while it is true that both 2 Nephi 27:12 and Ether 5:2-4 speak of the three witnesses, Joseph Smith specifies that it was the former passage that brought the idea of witnesses to the attention of those who were assisting him. Some of these are direct quotes (often with variations), followed by commentary, while others are paraphrases (also with commentary in many cases). And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book, and they shall be the words of them which have slumbered. 2 Nephi 27 Heading Compare Isaiah 29 (Nephi's "Likening" of Isaiah 29): John Tvedtnes writes that parts of Isaiah 28 and 29 are interspersed throughout 2 Nephi 25-29. and with . . ", Charles Anthon was a bachelor and lived in a wing of Columbia College. 27:21, 27. 2 Nephi 27:6-14The book, of course, is the Book of Mormon, "a marvelous work and a wonder," and the very special person is Joseph Smith. Neither had he been schooled in the religious philosophies of his day. . 191-214]. Professor Richard A. Parker, who had advised Ariel L. Crowley in his presentation of a comparison of Egyptian and Anthon transcript signs in the Improvement Era in 1942 and 1944, later stated in person to Professor Richard L. Bushman his opinion that the transcript was a copy of an authentic original in abnormal Demotic--suggesting and demonstrating to Bushman the similarity to Meroitic Demotic--noting in each case that Egyptian script was apparently being used for a non-Egyptian language. (2 Nephi 28:27, 30) Nephi reminds us in these verses of Isaiah’s teaching: “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a … 24 And again it shall come to pass that the Lord shall say unto him (Joseph Smith -- see JS-H 1:19) that shall read (or translate) the words that shall be delivered him: 25 Forasmuch as this people draw near unto me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their hearts far from me, and their fear towards me (or their concept of God) is taught by the precepts of men--. . The fundamental problem is hypocrisy, which is a form of dishonesty: pretending to believe in God, saying the right things and appearing to be religious when in fact, your heart isn’t in it. . 2. The first, in 2 Nephi 25:9-20, speaks of the Lord's dealings with the Jews, and the second, in 2 Nephi 25:21--30:18, broadens into his dealings with the Nephites, Lamanites, and Gentiles, and the role of the Book of Mormon in the last days. Once Nephi had likened the words of Isaiah 29 to the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, the Nephites accepted this likening as the standard interpretation of Isaiah's words for them, and they passed that interpretation down from generation to generation. 2 Nephi Chapter 28. Nephi "likened" the symbolic book in Isaiah's simile to a literal, specific record the Lord had commanded him to write on gold plates. 5 For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep (or spiritual darkness -- see Alma 12:11). First, 2 Nephi 27 is the middle of Nephi’s “own prophecy” (2 Nephi 25:7) which began back in 2 Nephi 25, and ends in 2 Nephi 30. [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 331.) 2 Nephi 27: Differences in the text are marked in BLUE. 8 Wherefore, because of the things which are asealed up, the things which are sealed shall not be delivered in the day of the wickedness and abominations of the people. In 2003, a South Park episode titled "All About Mormons" parodied the origins of the Book of Mormon. 2. shall say: I cannot bring the book, for it is sealed. 34 But when he aseeth his children, the work of my hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel. Nephi’s reasons can help us in our study. History tells us that in 536, , Cyrus the Great of Persia allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple (see Isaiah 44:28; 45:1; compare 2 Chronicles 36:22-23; Ezra 1, 3), but evidently this was not the restoration Isaiah prophesied in 29:14,17-24. While it might be possible to decipher the symbols through study, something that to the present time has been an exercise in frustration, it is also possible that decipherment will remain until the Lord directs his chosen servants to do so. . Three Witness Shall Behold [the Plates] by the Power of God: According to Stan Larson, while it is true that both 2 Nephi 27:12 and Ether 5:2-4 speak of the three witnesses, Joseph Smith specifies that it was the former passage that brought the idea of witnesses to the attention of those who were assisting him. Some critics have attacked Joseph Smith, saying that he deliberately altered Isaiah 29 in 2 Nephi 27 in order to back his own story (that of Martin Harris' visit to Prof. Anthon, as recorded in JS-H 1:63-65). (See the "Manuscript History of Joseph Smith," p. 23, in which the reference is to page 110 of the 1830 edition, which was the eleventh chapter of 2 Nephi in that edition and corresponds to 2 Nephi 27 of the present edition.) 16 And now, because of the glory of the world and to get gain will they. This proved a naive opinion. You knew, didn’t you, that I wouldn’t be able to resist speculation? Variations in the text are marked in GREEN. 6. 2 Ne 27:1 all the lands of the earth...will be drunken with iniquity According to the justice of God, the wicked cannot be destroyed until certain conditions are met. 29:9. Nephi's "own prophecy"177 is easily definable in the text.178 It has a distinct introduction in 2 Nephi 25:1-8 and a distinct end statement in 2 Nephi 30:18. D' a. or like unto a thirsty man which dreameth. Joseph Fielding Smith [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1976], p. 191). , Spring, 1970, p. 14 Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to bring forth the words of the book; and in the mouth of as many witnesses (missionaries, etc.) Harper's Weekly, Aug. 17, 1867, said Professor Anthon was "more widely known in Europe than any other American commentator on classical authors. Thus the transcript reflects identifiable Hebrew form in a transitory (shorthand) script. Nephi's book is literal, real, tangible. 2 Nephi Lesson 12: 2 Nephi 27-28 Day 1: Read 2 Nephi 27:1-5; Isaiah 29:6-10 with footnotes 1. 14 Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to bring forth the words of the book; and in the mouth of as many witnesses. After the lengthy quotation of Isaiah 2-14 (contained in 2 Nephi 12-24), the text of the Book of Mormon indicates a clear break at 2 Nephi 25:1. 24:6; 66:16; Jacob 6:3; 3Â Ne. . Isa. (Franklin S. Harris, Jr., The Book of Mormon: Messages and Evidences. 26 Therefore, I will proceed to do a marvelous (or "astonishing") work among this people, yea, a marvelous work and a wonder (meaning The Restoration of the Gospel), for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent shall be hid (or in other words, all the scholarly religious attitudes and beliefs will be inadequate when compared with the revealed truth). (2 Nephi 27:19-20, 23). [Robert J. Matthews, "Two Ways in the World," in. According to Carl Jones, the first archaeological evidence of a possible New World script which might be comparable to that of the Anthon Transcript was found on a cylindrical stamp reported in La Venta, Tabasco: A Study of Olmec Ceramics and Art (Drucker, 1952). 8 Wherefore, because of the things which are sealed up, the things which are sealed (or the sealed portion of the plates) shall not be delivered (or translated, etc.) [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Take these words which are not sealed and deliver them to another, that he may show them unto the learned (, This document, which may be the original paper carried by Martin Harris to show Charles Anthon in New York City, presents some of the Book of Mormon characters. 2 Nephi 27:25, Isaiah 29:13. . Before studying this chapter, please review the introductory commentary for 2 Nephi 26. On how convincing he had been, Anthon's 1834 letter simply says that Harris "took his leave," but his 1841 letter claims that Harris left with the "express declaration" that he would not mortgage his farm or have anything to do with printing the golden book. 2 Nephi 2:27. In 2 Nephi 26-30, Nephi provides a covenantal interpretation of why Nephi’s words and the words of Isaiah should matter to us. (The Literati, New York, 1859, pp. And the learned shall say: Bring hither the book, and I will read them. 2 Nephi 27 2 Nephi 28 2 Nephi 29 2 Nephi 30 2 Nephi 31 2 Nephi 32 2 Nephi 33 Jacob Enos Jarom Omni Words of Mormon Mosiah Alma Helaman 3 Nephi 4 Nephi Mormon Ether Moroni 2 Nephi 14 A-A A+ 2 … 27 And awo unto them that seek deep to hide their bcounsel from the Lord! And the learned (or Charles Anthon) shall say: Bring hither the book, and I will read them. 2 Nephi 27 The Book of Mormon prophesies itself. Rasband, Ester. Darkness and apostasy will cover the earth in the last daysâThe Book of Mormon will come forthâThree witnesses will testify of the bookâThe learned man will say he cannot read the sealed bookâThe Lord will do a marvelous work and a wonderâCompare Isaiah 29. 31 For assuredly as the Lord liveth they shall see that the terrible one (or the tyrant oppressing Israel) is brought to naught, and the scorner (or scoffer) is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity (or who are experts in calling white "black," and black "white," as in those who wrongfully criticize Church leaders and members -- see D&C 45:50) are cut off; 32 And they that make a man an offender for a word (or take offense--sometimes purposely--at another's words, even though no offense may have been intended, and seek the help of other corrupt officials to enforce their ideas), and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate (or in other words, who find fault with the prophet or try to destroy the honest person attempting to straighten out corrupt governments, etc. At the end of his contribution to the Book of Mormon, Nephi wrote: "I speak unto you as the voice of one crying from the dust: Farewell until that great day shall come" (2 Nephi 33:13). February 9, 2009 by georgebhandley. (2 Nephi 25:4) 2. 6 And it shall come to pass (in the last days) that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book (the Book of Mormon), and they shall be the words of them which have slumbered (or the words of people who have already passed away such as Nephi, Jacob, Mormon, Moroni, etc.). 2 Nephi 27:6 The Lord God Shall Bring Forth unto You the Words of a Book: According to Robert Cloward, 2 Nephi 27:6 announces, "The Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book." One interesting, and possibly very meaningful, detail about the RLDS transcript is the word "Charactors" written across the top. Throughout this whole prophecy are scattered references, or “likenings,” to Isaiah 29. According to Stanley Kimball and Cleon Skousen, Professor Charles Anthon is the brilliant and scholarly gentleman who turned out to be the "one that is learned," spoken of in Isaiah 29:11 and in 2 Nephi 27:15-18. If so, the authenticity of the RLDS transcript would be strengthened greatly. and with: Scholars have found that Book of Mormon passages apparently from the King James Version of the Bible contain variants corroborated in other biblical manuscript texts. As a result, “they…that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine” (Isaiah 29:24, 2 Nephi 27:35). [C. Wade Brown. Variations in the text are marked in ROSE. If Hebrew was indeed the language of the Book of Mormon, the Hebrew word here translated as "counsel" may have been, , which can also mean "secret." In the final portions of the Book of Mormon, Moroni referred twice at length to Nephi's version of Isaiah 29 (see Mormon 8:23, 26-27, 29-30; and Moroni 10:27). For behold, Isaiah spake many things which were hard for many of my people to understand . 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