The Lord delights in the chastity of women
Jacob speaks to the Nephites--Polygamy is outlawed.
|2:1 The words which Jacob, the brother of Nephi, spake unto the people of Nephi, after the
death of Nephi: ||
(2:1-16) The words which Jacob, the brother of Nephi, spake unto the people of Nephi,
after the death of Nephi|
After Nephi dies, Jacob begins speaking to the people of Nephi. It's pretty damned boring.
I'd skip it if I were you. (Except for the part about polygamy in verses 24-30,
in which polygamy is condemned -- except for the convenient loophole in verse 30.)
|2:2 Now, my beloved brethren, I, Jacob, according to the responsibility which I am under to God, to magnify
mine office with soberness, and that I might rid my garments of your sins, I come up into the temple this day that I might
declare unto you the word of God.
|2:3 And ye yourselves know that I have hitherto been diligent in the office of my calling; but I this day am
weighed down with much more desire and anxiety for the welfare of your souls than I have hitherto been. ||
|2:4 For behold, as yet, ye have been obedient unto the word of the Lord, which I have given unto you. ||
|2:5 But behold, hearken ye unto me, and know that by the help of the all-powerful Creator of heaven and earth I can tell you concerning your thoughts, how that ye are beginning to labor in sin, which sin appeareth very abominable unto me, yea, and abominable unto God. ||
|2:6 Yea, it grieveth my soul and causeth me to shrink with shame before the presence of my Maker, that I must testify unto you concerning the wickedness of your hearts. ||
|2:7 And also it grieveth me that I must use so much boldness of speech concerning you, before your wives and
your children, many of whose feelings are exceedingly tender and chaste and delicate before God, which thing is pleasing
unto God; ||
|2:8 And it supposeth me that they have come up hither to hear the pleasing word of God, yea, the word which
healeth the wounded soul. ||
|2:9 Wherefore, it burdeneth my soul that I should be constrained, because of the strict commandment which
I have received from God, to admonish you according to your crimes, to enlarge the wounds of those who are already
wounded, instead of consoling and healing their wounds; and those who have not been wounded, instead of feasting upon the
pleasing word of God have daggers placed to pierce their souls and wound their delicate minds. ||
|2:10 But, notwithstanding the greatness of the task, I must do according to the strict commands of God, and
tell you concerning your wickedness and abominations, in the presence of the pure in heart, and the broken heart, and
under the glance of the piercing eye of the Almighty God. ||
|2:11 Wherefore, I must tell you the truth according to the plainness of the word of God. For behold, as I
inquired of the Lord, thus came the word unto me, saying: Jacob, get thou up into the temple on the morrow, and declare
the word which I shall give thee unto this people. ||
|2:12 And now behold, my brethren, this is the word which I declare unto you, that many of you have begun to
search for gold, and for silver, and for all manner of precious ores, in the which this land, which is a land of promise
unto you and to your seed, doth abound most plentifully. ||
|2:13 And the hand of providence hath smiled upon you most pleasingly, that you have obtained many riches; and
because some of you have obtained more abundantly than that of your brethren ye are lifted up in the pride of your
hearts, and wear stiff necks and high heads because of the costliness of your apparel, and persecute your brethren
because ye suppose that ye are better than they. ||
|2:14 And now, my brethren, do ye suppose that God justifieth you in this thing? Behold, I say unto you,
Nay. But he condemneth you, and if ye persist in these things his judgments must speedily come unto you. ||
|2:15 O that he would show you that he can pierce you, and with one glance of his eye he can smite you to the
|2:16 O that he would rid you from this iniquity and abomination. And, O that ye would listen unto the word
of his commands, and let not this pride of your hearts destroy your souls! ||
|2:17 Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your substance, that
they may be rich like unto you. ||
|2:18 But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God. ||
|2:19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek
them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good -- to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate
the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted. ||
(2:19a) After ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches.
(2:19b) Seek them for the intent to do good.
Use your wealth to help the poor and less fortunate.
|2:20 And now, my brethren, I have spoken unto you concerning pride; and those of you which have afflicted your
neighbor, and persecuted him because ye were proud in your hearts, of the things which God hath given you, what say ye of
|2:21 Do ye not suppose that such things are abominable unto him who created all flesh? And the one being is
as precious in his sight as the other. And all flesh is of the dust; and for the selfsame end hath he created them, that
they should keep his commandments and glorify him forever.
|2:22 And now I make an end of speaking unto you concerning this pride. And were it not that I must speak
unto you concerning a grosser crime, my heart would rejoice exceedingly because of you. ||
|2:23 But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser crimes. For behold, thus saith the Lord: This
people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves in committing
whoredoms, because of the things which were written concerning David, and Solomon his son. ||
|2:24 Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines,
which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord. ||
(2:24) David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was
abominable before me, saith the Lord.
|2:25 Wherefore, thus saith the Lord, I have led this people forth out of the land of Jerusalem, by the
power of mine arm, that I might raise up unto me a righteous branch from the fruit of the loins of Joseph.
|2:26 Wherefore, I the Lord God will not suffer that this people shall do like unto them of old. ||
|2:27 Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For
shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none; ||
(2:27) There shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none.
|2:28 For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women.
And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts. ||
I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women.
|2:29 Wherefore, this people shall keep my commandments, saith the Lord of Hosts, or cursed be the land for
their sakes. ||
|2:30 For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they
shall hearken unto these things. ||
(2:30) "If I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me,
I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things."|
Notice that Jacob condemned polygamy, except when the Lord wants his people "to raise up seed unto" him.
LDS church uses this verse to justify
Joseph Smith's polygamy revelation,
along with his 50 or so wives.
|2:31 For behold, I, the Lord, have seen the sorrow, and heard the mourning of the daughters of my people in
the land of Jerusalem, yea, and in all the lands of my people, because of the wickedness and abominations of their
|2:32 And I will not suffer, saith the Lord of Hosts, that the cries of the fair daughters of this people,
which I have led out of the land of Jerusalem, shall come up unto me against the men of my people, saith the Lord of
|2:33 For they shall not lead away captive the daughters of my people because of their tenderness, save I
shall visit them with a sore curse, even unto destruction; for they shall not commit
whoredoms, like unto them of old, saith the Lord of Hosts. ||
|2:34 And now behold, my brethren, ye know that these commandments were given to our father, Lehi; wherefore,
ye have known them before; and ye have come unto great condemnation; for ye have done these things which ye ought not
to have done. ||
|2:35 Behold, ye have done greater iniquities than the Lamanites, our brethren. Ye have broken the hearts of
your tender wives, and lost the confidence of your children, because of your bad examples before them; and the sobbings
of their hearts ascend up to God against you. And because of the strictness of the word of God, which cometh down against
you, many hearts died, pierced with deep wounds. ||
(2:7, 22) Exceedingly