The Annotated Book of Mormon : Jacob : 6

6:1 And now, behold, my brethren, as I said unto you that I would prophesy, behold, this is my prophecy--that the things which this prophet Zenos spake, concerning the house of Israel, in the which he likened them unto a tame olive-tree, must surely come to pass.  
6:2 And the day that he shall set his hand again the second time to recover his people, is the day, yea, even the last time, that the servants of the Lord shall go forth in his power, to nourish and prune his vineyard; and after that the end soon cometh.  
6:3 And how blessed are they who have labored diligently in his vineyard; and how cursed are they who shall be cast out into their own place! And the world shall be burned with fire.  
6:4 And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of Israel, both roots and branches; and he 1stretches forth his hands unto them all the day long; and they are a stiffnecked and a gainsaying people; but as many as will not harden their hearts shall be saved in the kingdom of God. Topics: New Testament Paraphrases

[1] Isaiah 65:2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people...

This quotation of Isaiah 65:2 is actually a quote from Romans 10, which paraphrases Isaiah.

Romans 10:20-21 But Esaias is very bold...But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

6:5 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts.  
6:6 Yea, 1today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts; for why will ye die? [1] Hebrews 3:7-8: ...To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts...

(See Jacob 1:7. That this verse is quoted from Hebrews, and not Psalms, is evident from that fact that Hebrews 3:8 has ‘hearts’ (plural), while Psalms 95:8 has ‘heart’ (singular). The Book of Mormon follows the New Testament Hebrews rendering.)

6:7 For behold, after ye have been nourished by the good word of God all the day long, will ye bring forth evil fruit, that ye must be 1hewn down and cast into the fire? [1] Matthew 3:10: ...therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
6:8 Behold, will ye reject these words? Will ye reject the words of the prophets; and will ye reject all the words which have been spoken concerning Christ, after so many have spoken concerning him; and 1deny the good word of Christ, and the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and 2quench the Holy Spirit, and make a mock of the great plan of redemption, which hath been laid for you? [1] Hebrews 6:4-5: ... and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God...
2] I Thessalonians 5:19: Quench not the Spirit.
6:9 Know ye not that if ye will do these things, that the power of the redemption and the resurrection, which is in Christ, will bring you to stand with shame and awful guilt before the bar of God?  
6:10 And according to the power of justice, for justice cannot be denied, ye must go away into that 1lake of fire and brimstone, 2whose flames are unquenchable, and 3whose smoke ascendeth up forever and ever, which lake of fire and brimstone is endless torment. [1] Revelation 21:8: ...shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone...
2] Matthew 3:12: ...but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
3] Revelation 14:11: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever...
6:11 O then, my beloved brethren, repent ye, and 1enter in at the strait gate, and continue in the 2way which is narrow, until ye shall obtain eternal life. [1] Matthew 7:13: Enter ye in at the strait gate...
2] Ibid 7:14: Because...narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life...
6:12 O be wise; what can I say more?  
6:13 Finally, I bid you farewell, until I shall meet you before the pleasing bar of God, which bar striketh the wicked with awful dread and fear. Amen.  

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