2 Nephi 26 to 30 – “A Marvelous Work and a Wonder”

February 24, 2020 to March 1, 2020

Nephi prophesies that Lehi’s descendants, the Jews, and the Gentiles will all fall away from the truth (2 Ne. 26-30). He foretells of the Savior’s mercy to them through the restoration of the gospel and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.

“We Labor Diligently to Persuade Our Children to Believe in Christ: 2 Nephi 25:21 to 26:11,” Rex C. Reeve Jr., The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, the Doctrinal Structure
By revelation, the Lehites knew that in the future their seed would at times reject their testimony of Christ. Lehi, Nephi, Jacob and others labored diligently to persuade their children as well as future generations to come unto Christ (2 Nephi 25:23; Jacob 1:5-7).

“Nephi’s Message to the Gentiles,” S. Michael Wilcox, The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, the Doctrinal Structure
Chapters 25 through 33 of 2 Nephi contain Nephi’s final messages, directed to three main groups of people: the Jews, the descendants of Lehi, and the Gentiles. His commentary can be read as a whole, unified discourse which serves as Nephi’s final testimony; much of it contains an explanation of the Isaiah chapters he has just quoted. There is a logic and organization which flows from chapter to chapter.

“Pattern and Purpose of the Isaiah Commentaries in the Book of Mormon,” Garold N. Davis, Mormons, Scripture, and the Ancient World, posted at Book of Mormon Central
Davis goes through the various commentaries of Isaiah found throughout the Book of Mormon and discusses their role in the text. Nephi finds Isaiah pertinent for both his generation and generations to come because of Isaiah’s keen insight into the fate of the Jews and the Gentiles.

“Nephi’s Convincing of Christ through Chiasmus: Plain and Precious Persuading from a Prophet of God,” David E. Sloan, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6:2
One of the principal themes of Nephi’s writings on the small plates is his desire to convince others of Christ. A second, related theme is his desire to write plain and precious things on those plates. Some of the most plain and precious writings of Nephi are those instances in which he used the name Christ in chiasmus or other forms of poetry. Perhaps more than any other portion of his words, Nephi intended these plain and precious writings to convince both Jew and gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the one true Messiah.

Familiar Spirit (2 Nephi 26:16)
These three resources offer information about Nephi and Isaiah’s use of “familiar spirit,” used to compare the Book of Mormon rising from the dust to the practice of speaking with the dead.

Synagogues (2 Nephi 26:26)
These three resources tell what “synagogue” meant in the Bible and Book of Mormon.

Chart 79: “The Ways of the Devil,” Charting the Book of Mormon
This chart gives modern names for the tactics that Nephi lists in 2 Nephi 28, tactics that lead people away from God.

“The Enemies of Christ: 2 Nephi 28,” Dennis L. Largey, The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, the Doctrinal Structure
Second Nephi chapter 28 is a prophetic writing opening to full view important truths concerning several of the chief enemies of Jesus Christ and the restored gospel as follows: (1) false doctrines, identified as the precepts of men; (2) false teachers; (3) pride; and (4) Satan himself. The objective of this study is to show how, as President Benson taught, the Book of Mormon reveals the enemies of Christ.

“White or Pure,” FAIR Mormon Answers
Critics of the Book of Mormon have lambasted  how “white and delightsome” was changed to “pure and delightsome” in subsequent editions of the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 30:6). While some have pointed this out as trying to excise racist overtones from the Book of Mormon, FAIR sets out how this change was not a recent change to the text, and how the reading reflects the original intent of the translation.