), (referring to the sealed portion of the plates -- see verses 10, 21; also Ether 5:1). A 27-slide PowerPoint Presentation for the BofM Lesson 37: 2 Nephi 27 2 nephi 26-27 EXTRA RESOURCES Lesson by MarGene Von Forell DIVIDE AND ILLUSTRATE Read the assigned scripture and the create an Illustration of what the scripture tell us. Otherwise, the established language patterns would not have been retained. . In 1884 a committee of the RLDS Church conversed with David Whitmer and were shown a transcript of which he wrote, "I have in my possession the original paper containing some of the characters transcribed from one of the golden plates, which paper Martin Harris took to Professor Anthon of New York." [Stanley B. Kimball, "The Anthon Transcript: People, Primary Sources, and Problems," pp. 7. [C. Wade Brown. Labels: Prophecy of Book of Mormon. Then he foretells the miraculous era when he will revive and restore Jerusalem and the house of Jacob, calling this restoration "a marvellous work and a wonder." , Spring, 1970, p. 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. [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 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. . Although the only surviving Anthon Transcript (1) may not be the original, (2) has not been deciphered, and (3) is too short for decoding; several Egyptologists have thought that it contains many readily recognizable Egyptian cursive characters. 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, (or unto Professor Charles Anthon and Dr. Mitchell -- see JS-History 1:64-65), , saying: Read this, I pray thee. What would the Lord accomplish with "a marvelous work and a wonder"? “And behold the book shall be a sealed; and in the book shall be a b revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the c ending thereof. Nephi's book is literal, real, tangible. He also uses words and themes from other chapters of Isaiah, including many words that sound like Isaiah 29. . I took the certificate and put it into my pocket, and was just leaving the house, when Mr. Anthon called me back, and asked me how the young man found out that there were gold plates in the place where he found them. 1, 2, 4-7]. 1 Nephi 17:28 The words “manna in the wilderness” is also in John 6:49. . 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). . The top 4 lines were apparently large because they were the overall introduction to a book--the 3 small bottom lines being a sub-introduction. 2 Nephi 27: Differences in the text are marked in BLUE. [C. Wade Brown, The First Page of the Golden Plates, pp. Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, Martin Harris. Because a portion of the gold plates obtained by Joseph Smith was sealed, we have generally identified that portion as the sealed book spoken of in Isaiah 29 and 2 Nephi 27. In his brief article Dr. Kelley went so far as to call this an example of a "hitherto unknown writing system." The Lord provided witnesses to testify and establish His word. 27:2 And when that day shall come they shall be visited of the Lord of Hosts, with thunder and with earthquake, and with a great noise, and with storm, and with tempest, and with the flame of devouring fire. 2Â Ne. 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. Franklin Harris writes: "To Isaiah 29:6 the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 27:2) reads "and with" for "and" in four places. . It is believed that it was there, in his study, that Martin Harris interviewed him. Isaiah's sealed book represented the obscurity of his people's vision, a negative image. Wo unto Them That Seek Deep to Hide Their Counsels from the Lord: According to John Tvedtnes, some passages of the Book of Mormon can be better understood in Hebrew than in English because the Hebrew reflects word-play or a range of meaning which gives more sense to the passage. This process, which Nephi and Jacob call "likening," was in part their justification for using Isaiah's words (see 1 Nephi 19:23-24; 22:8; 2 Nephi 6:5; 11:2; 11:8). 2 Nephi 25-27 Questions for Review: 1. 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. Verses 26 and 27 continue the contrast between Christ as the source for remission of sins and the deadness of the law. Her people that erred in spirit have not yet come to understanding and they that murmured have not yet learned doctrine (see Isaiah 29:24). [W. Cleon Skousen, Treasures from the Book of Mormon, Vol. It becomes a prologue for Nephi's prophetic words on the coming forth of a book which is sealed (the Book of Mormon). He then said to me, 'Let me see that certificate.' and with . 1, p. 314) Edgar Allen Poe wrote of Anthon: "If not absolutely the best, he is at least generally considered the best classicist in America . . Charles Anthon was professor of classical studies at Columbia College (later Columbia University) for forty-seven years--1820-1867. 3 And all the nations that fight against Zion (or that fight against the Lord's work and his people), and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision (or in other words, their domination over the house of Israel will be suddenly be gone); yea, it shall be unto them (or unto the wicked nations), even as unto a hungry man which dreameth, and behold he eateth [in his dream] but he awaketh and his soul is empty (or he is still hungry); or like unto a thirsty man which dreameth, and behold he drinketh but he awaketh and behold he is faint, and his soul hath appetite; yea, even so shall the multitude of all the nations be that fight against Mount Zion (or in other words, although the persecutors of the Lord's work might feel motivated because they feel like their persecutions are going to pay off, they will come up empty, and their hunger and thirst will continually be unsatisfied). 3 Nephi 27:13-22, 27 “This Is the Gospel” These verses outline the core, eternal truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ—also known as the doctrine of Christ—and are similar to what we saw in 2 Nephi 31 and 3 Nephi 11 (see also D&C 76:40-42, 50-53; Moses 6:50-68): One interesting, and possibly very meaningful, detail about the RLDS transcript is the word "Charactors" written across the top. as seemeth him good will he establish his word; and wo be unto him that rejecteth the word of God! What does it say? It is impossible to determine how many heavenly messengers counseled the Prophet Joseph Smith. Here goes an attempt at reading these verses. Based solely on the books and illustrations which we know were readily available to Anthon, the characters Harris showed him could have reminded him of nothing so much as what the scholars were then calling "short-hand Egyptian." 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. 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. . 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 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. 4 For behold, all ye that doeth iniquity, stay yourselves and wonder, for ye shall cry out, and cry; yea, ye shall be adrunken but not with wine, ye shall stagger but not with strong drink. 26 Therefore, I will proceed to do a amarvelous work among this people, yea, a bmarvelous work and a wonder, for the cwisdom of their wise and dlearned shall perish, and the eunderstanding of their fprudent shall be hid. In Nephi's prophecy, his partly sealed and partly unsealed book is always positive. ; and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof. Webb, Ariel Crowley, Dean Jessee of the LDS Church Historian's Office, and the anti-Mormon writer I. Woodbridge Riley, think that this word is in the hand of Joseph Smith. The Restoration Will Be a Marvelous Work and a Wonder. I accordingly took it out of my pocket and gave it to him, when he took it and tore it to pieces, saying that there was no such thing now as ministering of angels, and that if I would bring the plates to him he would translate them. (27:2-35) Visited of the Lord of Hosts Nephi got tired of his own tiresome words, so he went back to quoting Isaiah again. 347-349, Reprinted by F.A.R.M.S. There, Nephi begins his "own prophecy," comprising six chapters, 2 Nephi 25-30. and with . It's all there in Isaiah 29, as quoted by Nephi (with a few extra "and it came to passes" and "beholds" thrown in to make it sound even more biblical than the Bible). When this center point was recognized then each repeated character on the last three lines of small print on the manuscript fell into place as expected to form about two-thirds of an inverted parallel (the last part being cut off). . 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. [Carl H. Jones, "The 'Anthon Transcript' and Two Mesoamerican Cylinder Seals," Newsletter and Proceedings of the S.E.H.A., Number 122, pp. (See Isaiah 29:6-24 , which are quoted with considerable changes and embellishment to make it appear to refer to the Book of Mormon.) . [Stan Larson, "A Most Sacred Possession,". Variations in the text are marked in GREEN. 2. 2 Nephi 3:7-8 Part of that work was to translate and publish the Book of Mormon, as Joseph Smith learned on September 21, 1823. First and Second were added to the titles of The Books of Nephi by Oliver Cowdery when preparing the book for printing. 23 For behold, I am God; and I am a God of amiracles; and I will show unto the bworld that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I cwork not among the children of men save it be daccording to their faith. Three ways that will help us to recognize it. [Pearl of Great Price, JS-H 1:63-65]. 3 Nephi 27:20. by LDS Scripture of the Day | posted in: Book of Mormon | 0 . The Romans (which helped fulfill the "woe" and "destruction" prophesied) eventually declined and became "as a dream of a night vision" (Isaiah 29:7). Joseph Smith gave an account of the fulfillment of this prophecy of 2 Nephi 27:9-18: Sometime in this month of February, the aforementioned Mr. Martin Harris came to our place, got the characters which I had drawn off the plates, and started with them to the city of New York. Or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, he had no understanding? . Before studying this chapter, please review the introductory commentary for 2 Nephi 26. Chapter 27. Professor Charles Anthon (1787-1867) [W. Cleon Skousen, Treasures from the Book of Mormon, Vol. For example, on whether he gave Martin Harris a written statement: Anthon's 1834 letter to Eber D. Howe says that he, , while his 1841 letter to T. W. Coit says that he. The Septuagint and Syriac both read the same as the Book of Mormon. 1 Nephi 17:29 The phases “according to the power of God” same as 2 Timothy 1:8 and “quench their thirst” is the same in Psalms 104:11. 27:21, 27. 5 For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep (or spiritual darkness -- see Alma 12:11). But a careful reading of 2 Nephi 27 will reveal that this is not a transcription of Isaiah 29, but, rather, a. or scriptural commentary. Darkness and apostasy will cover the earth in the last days—The Book of Mormon will come forth—Three witnesses will testify of the book—The learned man will say he cannot read the sealed book—The Lord will do a marvelous work and a wonder—Compare Isaiah 29. The Nephite text in 2 Nephi 27 adds the introductory verse (24), which has the Lord speaking to Joseph Smith. Nevertheless, the question still remained, What about the Jerusalem and her people as prophesied in Isaiah 29:17-24 which talks about "a marvellous work and a wonder"? 2 Nephi Chapter 27 | Book Home | Next: 2 Nephi Chapter 29. Variations in the text are marked in GREEN. 11 And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed (or the sealed portion -- see verses 8 and 10) shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things (see D&C 101:32-34) shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth. A 27-slide PowerPoint Presentation for the BofM Lesson 37: 2 Nephi 27 "Referring to the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Nephi prophesied that the Lord would “do a … Wherefore the book shall be kept from them. Isaiah's book is symbolic. The subsequent verses outline his intention to pursue the matter, giving Isaiah's prophecies meaning by use of his own revelations and prophecies. Which events described in 2 Nephi 27:6-35 have been fulfilled in this dispensation? Download our free scripture study tool: https://www.scriptureplus.org/Join our email list here: https://forms.aweber.com/form/87/2078810487.htm Joseph once said: "The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask it from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching" (. How do the prophets speak "out of the ground"? The characters on the proposed Anthon Transcript are accurately copied from the Nephite plates. (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.) For what took place relative to him and the characters, I refer to his own account of the circumstances, as he related them to me after his return, which was as follows: "I went to the city of New York, and presented the characters which had been translated, with the translation thereof, to Professor Charles Anthon, a gentleman celebrated for his literary attainments. “Why Did Lehi Teach About the “Two Ways”? JS--H 1:17; History of the Church 1:5; D&C 76:20, JS--H 1:17; HC 1:5-6; D&C 76:20-24; D&C 110:2-10, JS--H 1;30-49; Journal of Discourses, 17:374, HC 3:388; D&C 128:21; HC 2:380; JD 18:326, 21:94; 23:48; D&C 107:53-57; JD 9:41, 18-27. TGÂ Abomination; Iniquity; Wickedness. [John A. Tvedtnes, "I Have a Question," in The Ensign, October 1986, p. 64]. "Each of his text books passed through several editions, and for thirty years his influence upon the study of the classics in the United States was probably greater than that of any other man." 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. In 2 Nephi 27, Nephi adds a wealth of prophetic detail not found in Isaiah--about events that will occur thousand of years after his time. Charles Anthon's side of the story breaks down in a number of ways, as has long been pointed out. According to Nephi, what do we need in order to understand the words of Isaiah? . I took the certificate and put it into my pocket, and was just leaving the house, when Mr. Anthon called me back, and asked me how the young man found out that there were gold plates in the place where he found them. For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.2 Nephi … The second introduction is a more personal introduction comprising 1 Nephi 1:1 through 1:3. Some of these are direct quotes (often with variations), followed by commentary, while others are paraphrases (also with commentary in many cases). Staff, "Martin Harris' Visit with Charles Anthon: Collected Documents on the Anthon Transcript and "Shorthand Egyptian," pp. 33 Therefore, thus saith the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: Jacob shall anot now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale. Donl Peterson comments that while the Lord chose Joseph Smith to preside over this last dispensation of the gospel, Joseph had not been tutored in the schools of his day except to learn a few basic skills. Search 2 Nephi 27-28 for some of Satan's lies and tricks that are exposed, as well as some of the warnings the Lord gives us as sinners. From the first mention of it, Nephi's book is the future hope for his people. . Additionally, passages in the New Testament (Matthew 15:7-9; Mark 7:6-7; Romans 11:8) also imply that despite their return from Babylon, the Jews of the New Testament era were still in the state of blindness and stupor that Isaiah had foreseen. But behold, I will show unto them (or unto the wicked), saith the Lord of Hosts, that I know all their works. Franklin Harris writes: "To Isaiah 29:6 the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 27:2) reads "and with" for "and" in four places. And they also say: Surely, your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the dpotterâs clay. And behold the book shall be sealed; and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof. [Robert J. Matthews, "Two Ways in the World," in. . 22 Wherefore, when thou hast read the words which I have commanded thee, and obtained the awitnesses 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, until I shall see fit in mine own bwisdom to creveal all things unto the children of men. After finding the two separate inverted parallel forms, he realized that the characters do not gradually become smaller, they are apparently sized for a purpose. 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. . . Courtesy Library Archives, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Auditorium, Independence, Missouri]. For the book shall be sealed by the power of God, and the revelation which was sealed (or the sealed portion) shall be kept in the book (that is, it will be kept with the plates) until the own due time of the Lord (verse 22), that they (or the contents of the sealed portion) may come forth; for behold, they reveal all things from the foundation of the world unto the end thereof. Which events described in 2 Nephi 27:6-35 have been fulfilled in this dispensation? The Dictionary of American Biography describes Professor Anthon as a prolific writer. . These conditions are that the people have reached such a state of wickedness that the Lord is justified in punishing them and that they have been sufficiently warned by the prophets. In 2 Nephi 26-30, Nephi provides a covenantal interpretation of why Nephi’s words and the words of Isaiah should matter to us. Lindsay includes a quote from Franklin Harris discussing one example: To Isaiah 29:21 the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 27:32 adds the phrase "and they" to the beginning of the verse. Wherefore the book (or the sealed portion) shall be kept from them. . Is it merely a passage from an internal part of the text or is it taken from a variety of separate plates? As for Nephi's likening of Isaiah 29, the words which sound like Isaiah 29 are found in: Nephi attributes none of these verses to Isaiah. 19 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that the Lord God will deliver again the book and the words thereof to him. His tactics are sly and cunning. Donald W. Parry gives the following chiastic structure for 2 Nephi 27:1-5: But, behold, in the last days, or in the days of the Gentiles--, yea, behold all the nations of the Gentiles, yea, even upon all the lands of the earth, (anabasis), B. with iniquity and all manner of abominations--. ☼ 2 Nephi 27:27: And wo unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord! The overall introduction at the very top of Nephi's first book provides a general statement explaining the colony of Lehi. . . 9 But the book shall be delivered unto a man, and he shall deliver the words of the book, which are the words of those who have slumbered in the dust, and he shall deliver these words unto aanother; 10 But the words which are asealed he shall not deliver, neither shall he deliver the book. However, neither Isaiah nor Nephi clearly differentiate between the sealed and unsealed portions of the book. Joseph Smith was commanded of the Lord to send another, Martin Harris, to New York. Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. Two inverted parallel structures appear on the document when the text is formatted to illustrate separate phrases. It is very important here to distinguish between language and script, just as Parker did in his conversation with Bushman, because that is exactly what Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni did in the Book of Mormon (1 Nephi 1:2; Mormon 9:32-34; Ether 8:9) [F.A.R.M.S. . Roy A. Prete. When reached at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, the late Dr. W. C. Hayes thought it "conceivably" a poor copy of a Hieratic original. . Note* The "gate" was an alcove in Jerusalem's wall where officials and citizens met to discuss matters. In Nephi's prophecy, his partly sealed and partly unsealed book is always positive. He gave me a certificate certifying to the people of Palmyra that they were true characters and that the translation of such of them as had been translated was also correct. BOOK OF MORMON AUDIO LINK http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm?lang=enghttp://ComeUntoChrist.orghttp://ChurchofJesusChrist.org . 80-81]. Another archaeological example of Anthon Transcript-like characters from the New World is the roller stamp found at Tlatlilco in the Valley of Mexico, now in the Milwaukee Public Museum, which was reported by David H. Kelley in the journal American Antiquity (Kelley, 1966). [Stan Larson, "A Most Sacred Possession," The Ensign, September 1977, p. 91], 2 Nephi 27:12 Three witnesses shall behold it (Illustration): Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, Martin Harris. 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