Cruelty and Violence
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Finally, I bid you farewell! (Until the next chapter)
Jacob repeats the Book of Mormon prophecies of Christ.
|6:1 And now, behold, my brethren, as I said unto you that I would prophesy, behold, this is my prophecy --
that the things which this prophet Zenos spake, concerning the house of Israel, in the which he likened them unto a tame
olive-tree, must surely come to pass. ||
(6:1-13) And now, behold, my brethren, as I said unto you that I would prophesy . . . . |
Jacob tells us (again) about Jesus, who will be coming 500 or so years in the future. He warns the Nephites that they must believe
in Jesus (centuries before he was born) or they'll burn forever in hell. Of course, he and his older brother, Nephi, along with their dad,
Lehi, have said this many times before. But since this is the Book of Mormon,
he says it again. You just can't repeat stuff too often when you're engraving it on metal plates.
|6:2 And the day that he shall set his hand again the second time to recover his people, is the day, yea,
even the last time, that the servants of the Lord shall go forth in his power, to nourish and prune his vineyard; and
after that the end soon cometh.
|6:3 And how blessed are they who have labored diligently in his vineyard; and
how cursed are they who shall
be cast out into their own place! And the world shall be burned with fire. ||
(6:3) How cursed are they who shall be cast out into their own place!
And the world shall be burned with fire.|
God will curse some people and burn the world with fire.
|6:4 And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of Israel, both
roots and branches; and he stretches forth his hands unto them all the day long; and they are a
stiffnecked and a gainsaying people; but as
many as will not harden their hearts shall be saved in the kingdom of God.
|6:5 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come
with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards
you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts.
|6:6 Yea, today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts;
for why will ye die? ||
|6:7 For behold, after ye have been nourished by the good word of God all the day long,
will ye bring forth evil fruit, that ye must be hewn down and cast into the fire? ||
(6:7) Will ye bring forth evil fruit, that ye must be hewn down and cast into the fire?|
Those who "bring forth evil fruit" will be "cast into the fire."
|6:8 Behold, will ye reject these words? Will ye reject the words of the prophets; and will ye reject all
the words which have been spoken concerning Christ, after so many have spoken concerning him; and deny the good word of
Christ, and the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and quench the Holy Spirit, and make a mock of the great
plan of redemption, which hath been laid for you? ||
|6:9 Know ye not that if ye will do these things, that the power of the redemption and the resurrection,
which is in Christ, will bring you to stand with shame and awful guilt before the bar of God? ||
|6:10 And according to the power of justice, for justice cannot be denied,
ye must go away into that lake of fire and brimstone, whose flames are unquenchable, and whose smoke
ascendeth up forever and ever, which lake of fire and brimstone is endless torment.||
(6:10) Ye must go away into that lake of fire and brimstone ... which ... is endless torment.|
God will cast those who don't believe in Jesus (even those who lived 500 years before he was born) into a lake of fire and brimstone
where they will be tormented forever.
|6:11 O then, my beloved brethren, repent ye, and enter in at the strait
gate, and continue in the way which is narrow, until ye shall obtain eternal life. ||
(6:13) Finally, I bid you farewell, until I shall meet you before the pleasing
bar of God, which bar striketh the wicked with awful dread and fear. Amen.|
Jacob finally stops preaching and says goodbye, saying he won't see us again until the wicked are beaten with "the pleasing rod of God"
(which is a strange thing to say since he returns in the next chapter).
|6:12 O be wise; what can I say more?
|6:13 Finally, I bid you farewell, until I shall meet you before the pleasing bar of God, which bar striketh
the wicked with awful dread and fear. Amen.
(6:4) All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. --
(6:6) To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. -- Hebrews 3:7-8
(6:7) Therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. -- Matthew 3:10
(6:10a) Shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. -- Revelation 21:8
(6:10b) And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever. -- Revelation 14:11
(6:11) Enter ye in at the strait gate ... Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that
find it.-- Matthew 7:13-14
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- Jacob 6-7: The sign of Sherem
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Jacob 6