68 – The Ways of Life and Death: Jacob’s Explanation


In the blessing he received from his father Lehi, Jacob was told that “there is an opposition in all things” (2 Nephi 2:11). Characteristic of his writing style, Jacob’s exposition in 2 Nephi 9 of the ways of life and death is an extensive meditation on the desires of men and women in mortality and how they lead to either spiritual life or death. As this chart shows, Jacob focuses on the inward state of the souls who choose either of these divergent paths. Jacob presents as options only paradise and endless torment as places where a soul may go after final judgment.