Jacob teaches that Jesus redeems us through giving us commandments and allowing us to make covenants with him. Jacob’s hope in Christ solves the problem of our lost and fallen state in mortality.
This chart outlines the divergent paths taught in 2 Nephi 9.
Matthews identifies four themes in 2 Nephi 9: the gathering and restoration; the fall and the atonement; the worth of the revelations of God; and an exhortation to repentance.
“Counting to Ten,” John W. Welch, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies
In 2 Nephi 9:27-38, Jacob preaches ten “woes” to the Nephites. These can be compared to the ten commandments. Welch approaches this phenomenon through ten topics: perfection, worthiness, consecration, testing, justice, reverence, penitence, atonement, supplication, and ascension into the holy of holies or highest degree of heaven.
Rau discusses the various tenets of Jacob’s sermon (2 Nephi 6-10) that highlight the power of Christ in our lives. Despite Jacob’s various hardships, he finds solace in Christ’s power and urges his people to likewise hold fast onto Christ’s mercy, power, and integrity.
“The Way of Life and the Way of Death in the Book of Mormon,” Mack C. Stirling, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6:2
2 Nephi 9 describes a great division in mankind between the few who walk in the way of life and the many who walk in the way of death. This dualistic conception of God’s plan and human choice underlies the entire Book of Mormon.
A careful reading of the commentary of Jacob (2 Nephi 6-10) helps to illustrate how useful the Book of Mormon is in interpreting Isaiah.
“‘I Will Contend with Them That Contendeth with Thee’: The Divine Warrior of Jacob’s Speech in 2 Nephi 6-10,” Daniel Belnap, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies
Even though the Nephites were broken off from the rest of Israel, Jacob sees hope in the covenantal relationship they have with God, for he is the Divine Warrior.