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Three Witnesses: Nephi, Jacob, and Isaiah

One Week of Studies
  1. Recite 2 Nephi 2:25.
    Read 2 Nephi 6.
    • Jacob is writing now. Do you remember who Jacob is? See verse one.
    • Verses 4 & 5: Jacob reads from the book of Isaiah. In our scriptures, this is in the Old Testament. Jacob said that the scriptures should be “likened unto you”. What does that mean?
    • Verses 8-10: When Isaiah wrote these things they hadn’t happened yet, but now they have happened.
    • Verses 11-18: These are things that haven’t happened yet.

  2. Recite 2 Nephi 2:27.
    Read 2 Nephi 7.
    • This chapter is almost identical to Isaiah, chapter 50 because Jacob thought it was so important that he copied it straight from the brass plates. There are small differences between this version and the version in the Bible. Why do you think there are different at all? You might want to read Isaiah 50 at the same time to notice what is different.
    • Verse 1: The Israelites have separated themselves from the Lord and the Lord asks why. The answer is also in this verse.
    • Verse 2: When Jesus lived on the earth, people did not believe he was the Messiah (there was no man).
    • Verses 5 & 6: Jesus obeyed his Father and gave himself as a sacrifice.
    • Verse 7: What does Jesus mean when he said, "I set my face like a flint"?
    • Verse 11: Light is truth. If someone lights their own fire, it’s like making their own truth, rather than turning to the Lord. That’s why these people will lie down in sorrow.

  3. Recite Moroni 7:16-17.
    Read 2 Nephi 8.
    • This chapter is comparable to Isaiah 51.
    • Verse 1 & 2: This chapter is written to you, as you are probably also a descendant of Abraham.
    • Verse 6: The sky and the earth might be temporary, but God is forever. We should trust God more than anything or anyone else.
    • Verse 10: Refers to the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea.
    • Verse 20: Refers to the two prophets who will be killed in Israel in the last days.

  4. Recite 2 Nephi 2:25.
    Read 2 Nephi 9:1-24.
    • These are Jacob’s comments on the Isaiah chapters. He talks about the atonement and how it works with the plan of salvation.
    • Verse 4: Refers to our resurrection.
    • Verse 6: "The fall" refers to Adam eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
    • Verses 8-20: Underline each time Jacob praises God.
    • Verse 10: Look up "death" in the Bible Dictionary.

  5. Recite 2 Nephi 2:27.
    Read 2 Nephi 9:25-38.
    • Jacob uses the word "wo" in these verses. The modern-day equivalent to wo is woe. The dictionary defines woe as misfortune, affliction, or grief. Mark each “wo” in this section. How many are there?
    • Verse 27: You have the law. Do you waste away your days in transgression?
    • Verses 28 & 29: Mark, copy, and memorize these verses. What does Jacob mean when he says, “When they are learned they think they are wise”? Remember that even if you study and learn your whole life, that you will not be smarter than God. Remember to listen to and obey the counsels of God as you study any subject. Write what this verse means to you.
    • Verse 30: We need to be careful that we don’t make our "stuff" more important to us than God.
    • Verse 31 & 32: Obviously this isn’t really talking about people who really are deaf and blind, but it is figurative. People make themselves deaf and blind to God because they don’t want to have to repent.
    • Verse 36: Whoredoms are sexual sins.

  6. Recite 2 Nephi 9:28-29.
    Read 2 Nephi 9:39-54.
    • Verse 44: Jacob takes off some clothes and shakes them. This is symbolic of ridding himself of the Nephites’ sins. Now that Jacob had warned them, he was no longer responsible for their sins.
    • Verse 50: Jacob isn’t talking about food to eat, but food for the soul.
    • Verse 51: Think about the things you spend you money and your time on. What are you supposed to feast on?
    • Verse 54: Jacob will talk to them again tomorrow, but something interesting happens to him tonight. You’ll find out what at the beginning of the next chapter.

  7. Recite 2 Nephi 9:28-29.
    Read 2 Nephi 10.
    • Verse 3: What interesting thing happened to Jacob last night?
    • Verse 9: England (a country with a king) and other countries with monarchies helped re-establish Israel in these last days.
    • Verse 11: In all of North and South America, there are no kings.
    • Verse 16: Do you remember who this great whore is? See footnote 16e for a clue. So are you for or against God?
    • Verse 24: How do you reconcile yourself to the will of God?

  8. Recite 2 Nephi 9:28-29.
    Read 2 Nephi 11.
    • This is Nephi talking now. Nephi says, "my soul delighteth" five times in this chapter. Mark these five times and notice what things Nephi was delighted by. What things are you delighted by?
    • Verses 2 & 3: What three witnesses saw the Redeemer?
    • Verse 8: Nephi writes the words of Isaiah. Why? He copies them from the brass plates. The next thirteen chapters are what Nephi copied from Isaiah. Why do you think he bothered to copy for us all these chapters of scripture that we already have?

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