The Annotated Book of Mormon : I Nephi : 22

22:1 And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had read these things which were engraven upon the plates of brass, my brethren came unto me and said unto me: What meaneth these things which ye have read? Behold, are they to be understood according to things which are spiritual, which shall come to pass according to the spirit and not the flesh?  
22:2 And I, Nephi, said unto them: Behold they were manifest unto the prophet by the voice of the Spirit; for by the Spirit are all things made known unto the prophets, which shall come upon the children of men according to the flesh.  
22:3 Wherefore, the things of which I have read are things pertaining to things both temporal and spiritual; for it appears that the house of Israel, sooner or later, will be scattered upon all the face of the earth, and also among all nations.  
22:4 And behold, there are many who are already lost from the knowledge of those who are at Jerusalem. Yea, the more part of all the tribes have been led away; and they are scattered to and fro upon the isles of the sea; and 1whither they are none of us knoweth, save that we know that they have been led away. [1] According to the Bible, the location of the Assyrian captives was well known (see, for example, II Kings 15:29, 16:9 and 17:6). The notion that the Ten Tribes were lost was a popular one in Smith’s day, but is historically without merit. More than likely, the Northern tribes were assimilated into the surrounding cultures, and are now extinct.
22:5 And since they have been led away, these things have been prophesied concerning them, and also concerning all those who shall hereafter be scattered and be confounded, because of the Holy One of Israel; for against him will they harden their hearts; wherefore, they shall be scattered among all nations and shall be hated of all men.  
22:6 Nevertheless, after they shall be nursed by the Gentiles, and the Lord has lifted up his hand upon the Gentiles and set them up for a standard, and their children have been carried in their arms, and their daughters have been carried upon their shoulders, behold these things of which are spoken are temporal; for thus are the covenants of the Lord with our fathers; and it meaneth us in the days to come, and also all our brethren who are of the house of Israel.  
22:7 And it meaneth that the time cometh that after all the house of Israel have been scattered and confounded, that the Lord God will raise up a mighty nation among the Gentiles, yea, even upon the face of this land; and by them shall our seed be scattered.  
22:8 And after our seed is scattered the Lord God will proceed to do a marvelous work among the Gentiles, which shall be of great worth unto our seed; wherefore, it is likened unto their being nourished by the Gentiles and being carried in their arms and upon their shoulders.  
22:9 And it shall also be of worth unto the Gentiles; and not only unto the Gentiles but unto all the house of Israel, unto the making known of the covenants of the Father of heaven unto Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.  
22:10 And I would, my brethren, that ye should know that all the kindreds of the earth cannot be blessed unless he shall make bare his arm in the eyes of the nations.  
22:11 Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to make bare his arm in the eyes of all the nations, in bringing about his covenants and his gospel unto those who are of the house of Israel.  
22:12 Wherefore, he will bring them again out of captivity, and they shall be gathered together to the lands of their inheritance; and they shall be brought out of obscurity and out of darkness; and they shall know that the Lord is their Savior and their Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel.  
22:13 And the blood of that great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth, shall turn upon their own heads; for they shall war among themselves, and the sword of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads, and they shall be drunken with their own blood.  
22:14 And every nation which shall war against thee, O house of Israel, shall be turned one against another, and they shall fall into the pit which they digged to ensnare the people of the Lord. And all that fight against Zion shall be destroyed, and that great whore, who hath 1perverted the right ways of the Lord, yea, that great and abominable church, shall tumble to the dust and great shall be the 2fall of it. [1] Acts 13:10: ...pervert the right ways of the Lord...
[2] Revelation 18:2: ...Babylon the great is fallen...
22:15 For behold, saith the prophet, the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have no more power over the hearts of the children of men; for the 1day soon cometh that all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble; and the day cometh that they must be burned. Topic: Anachronistic Quotes

[1] Malachi 4:1: For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Malachi was a post-exilic prophet, who lived ca. BC 400. There is no way that Nephi could have known about Malachi’s prophecies. Furthermore, when Christ appeared to the Nephites, he gave them the words of Malachi, claiming that they did not have them (III Nephi 26:2). If this is the case, then where did Nephi get this verse from? See also I Nephi 22:24, II Nephi 25:13 and II Nephi 26:4.

22:16 For the time soon cometh that the fulness of the wrath of God shall be poured out upon all the children of men; for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous.  
22:17 Wherefore, he will preserve the righteous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire. Wherefore, the righteous need not fear; for thus saith the prophet, they 1shall be saved, even if it so be as by fire. [1] I Corinthians 3:15: ...but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
22:18 Behold, my brethren, I say unto you, that these things must shortly come; yea, even 1blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke must come; and it must needs be upon the face of this earth; and it cometh unto men according to the flesh if it so be that they will harden their hearts against the Holy One of Israel. Topics: New Testament Paraphrases

[1] Acts 2:19: ...blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

Acts 2:19 is a paraphrase of Joel 2:30:
'And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.'

Note that the Book of Mormon uses the word 'vapour' in place of 'pillars', just as the New Testament does.

22:19 For behold, the righteous shall not perish; for the time surely must come that all they who fight against Zion shall be cut off.  
22:20 And the Lord will surely prepare a way for his people, unto the fulfilling of the words of Moses, which he spake, saying: 1A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that all those who will not hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the people. Topics: New Testament Paraphrases

[1] Acts 3:22-23: For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

Presumably, Smith meant to quote Deutoronomy 18:15,18 and 19, but instead he has this ancient prophet quoting Peter’s paraphrase of Moses’ words. See also III Nephi 20:23-26.

22:21 And now I, Nephi, declare unto you, that this prophet of whom Moses spake was the Holy One of Israel; wherefore, he shall execute judgment in righteousness.  
22:22 And the righteous need not fear, for they are those who shall not be confounded. But it is the kingdom of the devil, which shall be built up among the children of men, which kingdom is established among them which are in the flesh--  
22:23 For the time speedily shall come that all churches which are built up to get gain, and all those who are built up to get power over the flesh, and those who are built up to become popular in the eyes of the world, and those who seek the 1lusts of the flesh and the 2things of the world, and to do all manner of iniquity; yea, in fine, all those who belong to the kingdom of the devil are they who need fear, and tremble, and quake; they are those who must be brought low in the dust; they are those who must be consumed as stubble; and this is according to the words of the prophet. [1] I John 2:16: ...the lust of the flesh...
[2] Ibid 2:15 ...the things that are in the world...
22:24 And the time cometh speedily that the righteous must be led up as 1calves of the stall, and the Holy One of Israel must reign in dominion, and might, and power, and great glory. [1] Malachai 4:2:...and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
(See I Nephi 22:15)
22:25 And he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth; and he numbereth his sheep, 1and they know him; 2and there shall be one fold and one shepherd; and he shall feed his sheep, and in him they shall 3find pasture. [1] John 10:27: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them...
[2] Ibid 10:16: ...and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
[3] Ibid 10:9: me...he shall...find pasture.
22:26 And because of the righteousness of his people, Satan has no power; wherefore, he 1cannot be loosed for the space of many years; for he hath no power over the hearts of the people, for they dwell in righteousness, and the Holy One of Israel reigneth. [1] Revelation 20:3: And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
22:27 And now behold, I, Nephi, say unto you that all these things must come according to the flesh.  
22:28 But, behold, 1all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people shall dwell safely in the Holy One of Israel if it so be that they will repent. [1] Revelation 7:9: ...all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues...
22:29 And now I, Nephi, make an end; for I durst not speak further as yet concerning these things.  
22:30 Wherefore, my brethren, I would that ye should consider that the things which have been written upon the plates of brass are true; and they testify that a man must be obedient to the commandments of God.  
22:31 Wherefore, ye need not suppose that I and my father are the only ones that have testified, and also taught them. Wherefore, if ye shall be obedient to the commandments, and 1endure to the end, ye shall be saved at the last day. And thus it is. Amen. [1] Matthew 24:13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

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