2 Nephi 9
(9:1-2) Jacob threw in a couple more chapters from Isaiah
(see chapters 7 and 8) so that 2400 years later the true (LDS) church would know the covenants that God had covenanted with the Jews
(who will all have become Mormons by then).
(9:1) "And now, my beloved brethren, I have read these things that ye might know concerning the covenants of the
Lord that he has covenanted with all the house of Israel."
(9:2) "He has spoken unto the Jews ... until the time comes that they shall be restored to the true church."
(9:3-54) After the Isaiah break, Jacob returned to his 19th century, frontier American, Protestant sermon, which he delivered to the Nephites circa 550 BCE,
warning them that they will all burn in hell unless they repent and believe in someone (Jesus H. Christ) who will not exist for another six centuries or so.
|9:1 And now, my beloved brethren, I have read these things that ye might know concerning the covenants of the
Lord that he has covenanted with all the house of Israel --
|9:2 That he has spoken unto the Jews, by the mouth of his holy prophets, even from the beginning down, from
generation to generation, until the time comes that they shall be restored to the true church and fold of God; when they
shall be gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands of promise.
|9:3 Behold, my beloved brethren, I speak unto you these things that ye may rejoice, and lift up your heads
forever, because of the blessings which the Lord God shall bestow upon your children.
|9:4 For I know that ye have searched much, many of you, to know of things to come; wherefore I know that ye
know that our flesh must waste away and die; nevertheless, in our bodies we shall see God.
|9:5 Yea, I know that ye know that in the body he shall show himself unto those at Jerusalem, from whence we
came; for it is expedient that it should be among them; for it behooveth the great Creator that he suffereth himself to
become subject unto man in the flesh, and die for all men, that all men might become subject unto him. ||
|9:6 For as death hath passed upon all men, to fulfil the merciful plan of the great Creator, there must needs
be a power of resurrection, and the resurrection must needs come unto man by reason of the fall; and the fall came by
reason of transgression; and because man became fallen they were cut off from the presence of the Lord. ||
(9:6) ... death passed upon all men -- Romans 5:12
|9:7 Wherefore, it must needs be an infinite atonement -- save it should be an infinite
atonement this corruption could not put on incorruption. Wherefore, the first judgment which came upon man must needs have remained to
an endless duration. And if so, this flesh must have laid down to rot and to crumble to its mother earth, to rise no
For this corruptible must put on incorruption
-- 1 Corinthians 15:53
|9:8 O the wisdom of God, his mercy and grace! For behold, if the flesh should rise no more our spirits
must become subject to that angel who fell from before the presence of the Eternal God, and became the devil, to rise no
|9:9 And our spirits must have become like unto him, and we become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out
from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself; yea, to that being who
beguiled our first parents, who transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men
unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness. ||
|9:10 O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful
monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit. ||
|9:11 And because of the way of deliverance of our God, the Holy One of Israel, this death, of which I have
spoken, which is the temporal, shall deliver up its dead; which death is the grave. ||
|9:12 And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver up its dead; which
spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive
spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to
the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel. ||
(9:12) ... and death and hell delivered up the dead -- Revelation 20:13
|9:13 O how great the plan of our God! For on the other hand, the paradise of God must deliver up the
spirits of the righteous, and the grave deliver up the body of the righteous; and the spirit and the body is restored
to itself again, and all men become incorruptible, and immortal, and they are living souls, having a perfect knowledge
like unto us in the flesh, save it be that our knowledge shall be perfect. ||
|9:14 Wherefore, we shall have a perfect knowledge of all our guilt, and our uncleanness, and our nakedness;
and the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment, and their righteousness, being clothed with purity,
yea, even with the robe of righteousness. ||
(9:15) It shall came to pass
(9:15) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ
-- 2 Corinthians 5:10
(9:16a) He which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still
-- Revelation 22:11
(9:16b) "They who are filthy shall be filthy still ... and they shall go away into everlasting fire; prepared for them;
and their torment is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever and has no end."
(9:18) Endured the cross, despising the shame -- Hebrews 12:2
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world -- Matthew 25:34
That your joy might be full. -- John 15:11
(9:19) "Hell ... is endless torment."
Hell is a lake of fire and brimstone where the damned are tormented forever.
|9:15 And it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed from this first death unto life,
insomuch as they have become immortal, they must appear before the judgment-seat of the Holy One of Israel; and then
cometh the judgment, and then must they be judged according to the holy judgment of God.
|9:16 And assuredly, as the Lord liveth, for the Lord God hath spoken it, and it is his eternal word, which
cannot pass away, that they who are righteous shall be righteous still, and they who
are filthy shall be filthy still;
wherefore, they who are filthy are the devil and his angels; and they shall go away into everlasting
fire; prepared for them; and their torment is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever
and has no end.
|9:17 O the greatness and the justice of our God! For he executeth all his words, and they have gone forth
out of his mouth, and his law must be fulfilled.
|9:18 But, behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy
One of Israel, they who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world, and
despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which was prepared for them from the foundation of the
world, and their joy shall be full forever.
|9:19 O the greatness of the mercy of our God, the Holy One of Israel! For he delivereth his saints from
that awful monster the devil, and death, and hell, and that lake of fire and
brimstone, which is endless torment.
|9:20 O how great the holiness of our God! For he knoweth all things, and there is not anything save he knows
|9:21 And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for
behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who
belong to the family of Adam. ||
|9:22 And he suffereth this that the resurrection might pass upon all men, that all might stand before him at
the great and judgment day. ||
|9:23 And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in
the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God. ||
|9:24 And if they will not repent and believe in his name, and be
baptized in his name, and endure to the end, they must be damned; for the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has spoken it. ||
(9:24) "If they will not repent and believe ... they must be damned."|
Those who don't believe or who are not baptized will be damned to hell.
|9:25 Wherefore, he has given a law; and where there is no law given there is no punishment; and where there
is no punishment there is no condemnation; and where there is no condemnation the mercies of the Holy One of Israel
have claim upon them, because of the atonement; for they are delivered by the power of him.
|9:26 For the atonement satisfieth the demands of his justice upon all those who have not the law given to
them, that they are delivered from that awful monster, death and hell, and the devil, and
the lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment; and they are restored to that God who gave them breath, which is the Holy One
of Israel. ||
(9:26) "Hell ... is endless torment."|
Hell is a lake of fire and brimstone where the damned are tormented forever.
|9:27 But wo unto him that has the law given, yea, that has all the commandments of God, like unto us, and
that transgresseth them, and that wasteth the days of his probation, for awful is his state! ||
|9:28 O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men!
When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside,
supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall
|9:29 But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God. ||
|9:30 But wo unto the rich, who are rich as to the things of the world. For because they are rich they
despise the poor, and they persecute the meek, and their hearts are upon their treasures; wherefore, their treasure is
their God. And behold, their treasure shall perish with them also. ||
(9:30) But woe unto you that are rich! -- Luke 6:24
|9:31 And wo unto the deaf that will not hear; for they shall perish. ||
|9:32 Wo unto the blind that will not see; for they shall perish also. ||
(9:33) "Wo unto the uncircumcised of heart."
(9:33) Ye ... uncircumcised in heart... -- Acts 7:51
(9:34) "Wo unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell."
A warning to politicians -- especially Mitt Romney!
(9:34, 36) Shalt be thrust down to hell.-- Luke 10:15
|9:33 Wo unto the uncircumcised of heart, for a knowledge of their iniquities shall smite them at the last
|9:34 Wo unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell.
|9:35 Wo unto the murderer who deliberately killeth, for he shall die.
|9:36 Wo unto them who commit whoredoms, for they shall be thrust down to
|9:37 Yea, wo unto those that worship idols, for the devil of all devils delighteth in them.
|9:38 And, in fine, wo unto all those who die in their sins; for they shall return to God, and behold his
face, and remain in their sins. ||
|9:39 O, my beloved brethren, remember the awfulness in transgressing against that Holy God, and also the
awfulness of yielding to the enticings of that cunning one. Remember, to be carnally-minded is death,
and to be spiritually-minded is life eternal. ||
(9:39) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life....
-- Romans 8:6
|9:40 O, my beloved brethren, give ear to my words. Remember the greatness of the Holy One of Israel. Do
not say that I have spoken hard things against you; for if ye do, ye will revile against the truth; for I have spoken
the words of your Maker. I know that the words of truth are hard against all uncleanness; but the righteous fear them
not, for they love the truth and are not shaken. ||
|9:41 O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are
righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the
gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate;
for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name. ||
|9:42 And whoso knocketh, to him will he open; and the wise, and the learned, and they that are rich, who are
puffed up because of their learning, and their wisdom, and their riches -- yea, they are they whom he despiseth; and
save they shall cast these things away, and consider themselves fools before God, and come down in the depths of
humility, he will not open unto them. ||
(9:42) ...to him that knocketh it shall be opened. -- Matthew 7:8
|9:43 But the things of the wise and the prudent shall be hid from them forever -- yea, that happiness which
is prepared for the saints. ||
|9:44 O, my beloved brethren, remember my words. Behold, I take off my
garments, and I shake them before you; I pray the God of my salvation that he view me with his all-searching eye;
wherefore, ye shall know at the last day, when all men shall be judged of their works, that the God of Israel did
witness that I shook your iniquities from my soul, and that I stand with brightness before him, and am rid of your
(9:44) "Behold, I take off my garments, and I shake them before you; I pray ... God ... view me with his
all-searching eye ... that I stand with brightness before him, and am rid of your blood." Jacob takes off all his clothes and shakes them in front
of his brethren, exposing himself in all of his glorious blood-free brightness to God's all-searching eye.
|9:45 O, my beloved brethren, turn away from your sins; shake off the chains of him that would bind you fast;
come unto that God who is the rock of your salvation.
|9:46 Prepare your souls for that glorious day when justice shall be administered unto the righteous, even
the day of judgment, that ye may not shrink with awful fear; that ye may not remember your awful guilt in perfectness,
and be constrained to exclaim: Holy, holy are thy judgments, O Lord God Almighty -- but I know my guilt; I transgressed
thy law, and my transgressions are mine; and the devil hath obtained me, that I am a prey to his awful misery. ||
|9:47 But behold, my brethren, is it expedient that I should awake you to an awful reality of these things?
Would I harrow up your souls if your minds were pure? Would I be plain unto you according to the plainness of the
truth if ye were freed from sin? ||
|9:48 Behold, if ye were holy I would speak unto you of holiness; but as ye are not holy, and ye look upon me
as a teacher, it must needs be expedient that I teach you the consequences of sin. ||
|9:49 Behold, my soul abhorreth sin, and my heart delighteth in righteousness; and I will praise the holy name
of my God. ||
|9:50 Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy
and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price. ||
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no
money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and
without price. -- Isaiah 55:1
|9:51 Wherefore, do not spend money
for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember
the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can
be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness. ||
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour
for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that
which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. -- Isaiah 55:2
|9:52 Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give
thanks unto his holy name by night. Let your hearts rejoice. ||
|9:53 And behold how great the covenants of the Lord, and how great his condescensions unto the children of
men; and because of his greatness, and his grace and mercy, he has promised unto us that our seed shall not utterly be
destroyed, according to the flesh, but that he would preserve them; and in future generations they shall become a
righteous branch unto the house of Israel. ||
(9:54) "And now, my brethren, I would speak unto you more; but on the morrow I will declare unto you the
remainder of my words. Amen." Jacob is getting a bit tired, so he'll finish his sermon tomorrow. Tomorrow is a latter day.
|9:54 And now, my brethren, I would speak unto you more; but on the morrow I will declare unto you the
remainder of my words. Amen.