It is human selfishness-the unbrotherhood of man to man....the cry which rises into his ears is the cry of stricken humanity-the cry of the poor and needy, the cry of the sad and weary...He hears God call him to lash the sins of the nation; but to him all the sins of the nation are forms of a single sin-selfishness....The burden of Isaiah is the burden of human compassion. 2 Nephi 24. 2 Nephi 30:6 says that this book is “a blessing unto them from the hand of God.” 2 Nephi 28:2 says that it is “of great worth.” Discuss how it is a valuable blessing to us. Nephi writes that when the Book of Mormon will go forth to the world, many will “know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God” (2 Nephi 30:6). How could the Book of Mormon be inspired if it supposedly has what many assume to be “racist” teachings—in this case that having white skin is somehow a sign of divine favor? TG Israel, Remnant of. The Book of Mormon states: "And then shall the remnant of our seed know concerning us, how that we came out from Jerusalem, and that they are descendants of the Jews. For after the book of which I have spoken shall come forth, and be written unto the Gentiles, and sealed up again unto the Lord, there shall be many which shall abelieve the words which are written; and bthey shall carry them forth unto the cremnant of our seed. 2 Nephi 7. 2 Nephi 30:6 (1840 edition, italics added): "...they shall be a pure and a delightsome people." TG Darkness, Spiritual; Spiritual Blindness. 6 And then shall they rejoice; for they shall aknow that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their bscales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a pure and a cdelightsome people. 2 (2003): 183–97. This change was made in 1981, and accusations arose that the Church was changing scripture in order to back away from the idea of literal changes in skin color (which, to be clear, some believed to be the case, such as President Kimball.) Posts Tagged ‘2 Nephi 30:6’ Decrees of God Unalterable? They are also found together in a number of passages where they clearly refer to those who are purified and redeemed by Christ (Alma 5:24; 13:12; 32:42; Mormon 9:6; D&C 20:6).”11. 5:25 (20–26). 2 Nephi 30:6 "...their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and a delightsome people" 2 Nephi 5:21 "And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. 2 Nephi 10. 2 Nephi 27. . It may, however, demonstrate that Joseph Smith intended the translation to refer to spiritual state, not literal skin color per se. In most of these passages pure and white collocate with the word spotless; all of these adjectives emphasize [spiritual] purity and cleanliness.”12 Being “white” (or “pure”) and “delightsome” in the eyes of God therefore has nothing to do with skin pigmentation or ethnicity, but rather with spiritual and moral uprightness or personal and collective holiness. 13 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 22:17 (15–22); 3 Ne. Many are no longer sure we have a clear definition of “race” anymore (if we ever did). 2 Ne. The terms white and pure are used synonymously in Daniel 7:9, Revelation 15:6, and Doctrine and Covenants 110:3. Douglas Campbell, “‘White’ or ‘Pure’: Five Vignettes,” Dialogue 29, no. Converted Gentiles will be numbered with the covenant people—Many Lamanites and Jews will believe the word and become delightsome—Israel will be restored and the wicked destroyed. 2 Nephi 30:6. Brant Gardner, Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, six volumes (Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2007), 2:114–122. 3 Wherefore, I write unto my people, unto all those that shall receive hereafter these things which I write, that they may know the judgments of God, that they come upon all nations, according to the word which he hath spoken. Why Could Joseph Smith Testify in Court at Age 13? All rights reserved. Upon receiving the Book of Mormon and the gospel of Jesus Christ, the remnant of Nephi's seed would “rejoice,” for then “they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and a delightsome people.”1, The Prophet Joseph Smith made an important textual emendation to this passage in the 1840 edition of the Book of Mormon, where the phrase “a white and a delightsome people” was changed to “a pure and a delightsome people.” According to Royal Skousen, “The 1840 change of white to pure seems to be a conscious one and was probably made by Joseph Smith as part of his editing of the 1840 edition. At the October 1960 LDS Church Conference, Spencer Kimball utilized 2 Nephi 30:6 when he stated how the Indians "are fast becoming a white and delightsome people." 3 Ne. Ps. Improved biological science (including advances in understanding human genetics and ancestry) and complicating cultural factors (international travel, cultural exchange, intermarriage, etc.) 2 Nephi 21. . Why might Joseph Smith have made this textual change in 2 Nephi 30? Another example is the dark/white pairing from the 1830 first edition of 2 Nephi 30:6: “Their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and a delightsome people.” 17 This verse parallels “fair and delightsome,” since “fair” and “white” are structural equivalents. 2 Nephi 3. 22:13 (13–17); Moses 7:61. 29:14 (13–14); 3 Ne. 2 Nephi 30:6 It will remove scales of darkness from our eyes, It will help us to become pure and delightsome. 11 And arighteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. Skousen elaborated that “the editing change to pure may represent a conscious attempt at avoiding what was perceived as a difficult reading (the Nephites were supposed to be light skinned), which therefore explains why the change from white to pure was made here—and only here—in 2 Nephi 30:6.”9 In other words, Joseph Smith may very well have recognized the possible racial undertones in this passage if interpreted that way and ultimately wished to avoid them. The relevant section is available online at FAIR Mormon here. 1 Ne. “Perhaps, in the same sense that the biblical patriarchs were racist when it came to their pagan neighbors—the Hittites, the Canaanites, and the Amorites—and did not want their offspring to marry these unbelievers.”5, Brant A. Gardner remarked that “the Book of Mormon is, in fact, racist,” but quickly added that it is “not at all ['racist'] in the usual sense of the term.”6 Rather than being a form of modern racism that bases antipathy on a difference of skin color, Gardner reads Nephite “racism” as an ethnocentrism “along the insider/outsider boundary, not the white/dark boundary.”7 Gardner concluded that “the ‘skin of blackness’ was certainly intended to be a pejorative term, but it was not a physical description.”8. Ethan Sproat, “Skins as Garments in the Book of Mormon: A Textual Exegesis,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 24 (2015): 138–65. 30:6 And then shall they rejoice; for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a pure and delightsome people. There is a textual change from “white” to “pure” in 2 Nephi 30:6 which relates. About 559–545 B.C. Wherefore, a commandment I give unto you, which is the word of God, that ye revile no more against them because of the darkness of their skins” (Jacob 3:5, 9). 2 Nephi 30:7 It will make us delightsome. 5:15. 3:12; Morm. 18 Wherefore, all things which have been revealed unto the children of men shall at that aday be revealed; and Satan shall have power over the hearts of the children of men bno more, for a long time. That view was buoyed by passages such as 2 Nephi 30:6, which in early editions of the Book of Mormon, read: "[T]heir scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and a delightsome people." And their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes. “Many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and a delightsome people”. It is understandable how some, without this nuanced understanding, could read the Book of Mormon as a text that portrays the Nephites as having what we today would deem “racist,” or more properly ethnocentric, attitudes towards non-Nephites. 5 And the gospel of Jesus Christ shall be declared among athem; wherefore, bthey shall be restored unto the cknowledge of their fathers, and also to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, which was had among their fathers. 5:25 (23–26). 2 Nephi 30:8 It will bring about the restoration of God’s people upon the earth. And then shall they rejoice: for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and a delightsome people. It is the desire to right the wrongs which man has done to his brother.\" (George Matheson… 21:5 (3–7, 24–26); Morm. 14 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den. As Nephi affirmed, the Lord invites “[all] the children of men . 2 Nephi 12. are largely erasing old racial categories.4 Any discussion of “race” or “racism,” therefore, must be careful to define these and similar concepts. 2 Nephi 13. 25:2 For I, Nephi, have not taught them many things concerning the manner of the Jews; for their works were works of darkness, and their doings were doings of abominations. 2 Nephi 20. . 12 aAnd then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb; and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling, together; and a little child shall lead them. Skin color (as well as gender, ethnicity, economic status, or any other such conditions) does not bar one from finding the fullness of Heavenly Father's blessings in this life and salvation in the life to come through abiding the laws, ordinances, and precepts of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Read this week's KnoWhy connected with the Come Follow Me … Why Did Moroni Quote Malachi about Elijah’s Coming? TG Israel, Judah, People of. But just as Nephi’s vision in 1 Nephi 14, and just as Isaiah’s prophecies in 2 Nephi 23 and 24 all end in the victory of God, Nephi concludes his exposition of Isaiah’s revelations on a set of very promising notes. Chapter 30. 15:14; 2 Ne. First Gabon Baptisms, photo by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 2 Nephi 23. Regardless how past Church members and leaders or ancient prophets may have interpreted skin color, one thing is clear: “Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects unrighteous actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. . 2 Nephi 9. Hold up a ook of Mormon. 2 Nephi 4. 73:17 (3–17); D&C 29:17; JS—M 1:55. 2 Nephi 30. 8:12. 7 And it shall come to pass that the aJews which are scattered also shall bbegin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the face of the land; and as many as shall believe in Christ shall also become a delightsome people. 2 Nephi 2. 1 Ne. Jacob slammed Nephite ethnic pride when he declared, “Behold, the Lamanites your brethren, whom ye hate because of their filthiness and the cursing which hath come upon their skins, are more righteous than you. who should come to redeem his people from their sins,” shall “have a place to sit down in the kingdom of God, with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and also all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white” (Alma 5:21, 24). 2 Nephi 10:3 “Wherefore, as I said unto you, it must needs be expedient that Christ —for in the last night the angel spake unto me that this should be his name —should come among the Jews, among those who are the more wicked part of the world; and they shall crucify him—for thus it behooveth our God, and there is none other nation on earth that would crucify their God.” [emp. TG Earth, Cleansing of. 2 Nephi 6. The Book of Mormon affirms that salvation through Christ is available to everyone. 2 Nephi 3 Nephi Alma atonement believe Christ commandments covenants D&C eternal life example faith forgiveness heart Holy Ghost humility Jesus Jesus Christ John joy knowledge light love love of God love one another Matthew Mosiah Nelson obedience patience peace power prayer priesthood quote remember repentance revelation Savior scriptures seek service Spirit strength Uchtdorf Posted in December, Witnessing Tip of the Day, tagged 2 Nephi 29:6, 2 Timothy 3:5, bible, Book of Mormon, false gospel on 12/02/2019| 1 Comment » December 2 – Time with God is Time Well Spent. John A. Tvedtnes, “The Charge of ‘Racism’ in the Book of Mormon,” FARMS Review 15, no. And now, my beloved brethren, I make an end of my sayings. 3 And now, I would prophesy somewhat more concerning the Jews and the Gentiles. The answer is yes. We build enduring faith in Jesus Christ by making the Book of Mormon accessible, comprehensible, and defensible to the entire world. 22:23 (15–17, 23); Jacob 5:69. 2 For I, Nephi, have not taught them many things concerning the manner of the Jews; for their works were works of darkness, and their doings were doings of abominations. While it is certainly possible that this change reflected the racial attitudes of early members of the Church, who assumed many of the views of their 19th century environment,10 Tvedtnes argued convincingly that the change may have occurred to emphasize that the text is speaking of a spiritual, not biological, condition. 2 Nephi 30:5–6 — Lehi’s Posterity Receive the Gospel. 9 And with righteousness shall the aLord God bjudge the poor, and reprove with equity for the cmeek of the earth. The original reading of “white and delightsome” was retained in the LDS textual tradition until the 1981 edition of the Book of Mormon, where it substituted “white” with the “pure” for the 1840 edition.3 The reading of “pure” has been retained in the 2013 LDS edition of the text. 15 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy amountain; for the earth shall be full of the bknowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. \"What is that special form of sin which Isaiah sees? 2 Nephi 17. 2 Nephi 28. 1 Ne. It should not be overlooked that the Book of Mormon itself condemns this Nephite ethnocentrism. " In 2 Nephi 30:6 the following phrase refers to the future of the Lamanites in the last days: "not many generations shall pass and they (the Lamanites) shall become a pure and delightsome people.” Prior to the 1840 edition of the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 30:6 read "white and delightsome." This textual discrepancy understandably raises concerns for many readers. 1 And now behold, my beloved brethren, I would speak unto you; for I, Nephi, would not suffer that ye should suppose that ye are more righteous than the Gentiles shall be. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, and they had become like unto … 16 Wherefore, the things of aall nations shall be made known; yea, all things shall be made bknown unto the children of men. 2 Nephi 29. 25:3 Wherefore, I write unto my people, unto all they that shall receive hereafter these things which I write, that they may know the judgments of God, that they come upon all nations. 1 And after Christ shall have a risen from the dead he shall b show himself unto you, my children, and my beloved brethren; and the words which he shall speak unto you shall be the c law which ye shall do. Until the Law Shall Be Fulfilled – 2 Nephi 25:30 (6/12/2016) We Labor Diligently – 2 Nephi 25:23 (4/17/2016) That Our Children May Know – 2 Nephi 25:23, 26 (3/13/2015) 2 Nephi 30:6 “And then shall they rejoice; for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a pure and a delightsome people.” to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female.” He remembers all who ever have or ever may come unto him, “both Jew and Gentile,” as “all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33). About 559–545 B.C. The 1837 edition was used for the European editions, which were in turn used as the basis for the 1879 and 1920 editions, so the change was lost until the 1981 edition First, it is critical to underscore the fact that modern sociologists, historians, and cultural anthropologists are coming to see “race” as being largely, if not solely, a social construct and not a biological feature. 2 Nephi 18. Converted Gentiles will be numbered with the covenant people—Many Lamanites and Jews will believe the word and become delightsome—Israel will be restored and the wicked destroyed. 1 And now I speak unto you, Joseph, my a last-born.Thou wast born in the wilderness of mine afflictions; yea, in the days of my greatest sorrow did thy mother bear thee. 1 Ne. 2 Turn, all ye a Gentiles, from your wicked ways; and b repent of your evil doings, of your c lyings and deceivings, and of your whoredoms, and of your secret abominations, and your idolatries, and of your d murders, and your e priestcrafts, and your f envyings, and your strifes, and from all your wickedness and abominations, and come unto me, and be baptized in my name, that ye may receive a remission of … 4 And then shall the remnant of our seed know concerning us, how that we came out from Jerusalem, and that they are descendants of the Jews. KnoWhys KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 26 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 27 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 28 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 29 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 30 Recommended Resources Learn about the Book of Mormon with verse by verse commentaries from renowned Book of Mormon scholars like John W. Welch and Brant A. Gardner in the ScripturePlus app. 2 For behold, I say unto you that as many of the Gentiles as will repent are the acovenant people of the Lord; and as many of the bJews as will not repent shall be ccast off; for the Lord dcovenanteth with none save it be with them that erepent and believe in his Son, who is the Holy One of Israel. 2 Nephi 25. ( 2 Nephi 30:6 - prior to 1981 revision) by W. John Walsh. 6 And then shall they rejoice; for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a pure and a delightsome people. 8 And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall commence his work among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, to bring about the arestoration of his people upon the earth. “Race and the Priesthood,” Gospel Topics Essay. 2 Nephi 14. The change does not appear to be an accidental error based on any visual or phonetic resemblance between the two words.”2. 2 Nephi 30:6 Pure, Delightsome Except the 1840 edition of the Book of Mormon, in all editions prior to 1981 this verse read “a white and delightsome people.” The 1981 change was made in conformity with the 1840 edition (the only one personally revised by Joseph Smith) where the word “pure” rather than “white” is found. 2 Nephi 30:6 And then shall they rejoice, for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God. And the gospel of Jesus Christ shall be declared among them; wherefore, they shall be restored unto the knowledge of their fathers, and also to the … Continue reading 2 Nephi 30: 4-5 → 2 Nephi 16. 10 For the atime speedily cometh that the Lord God shall cause a great bdivision among the people, and the wicked will he cdestroy; and he will dspare his people, yea, even if it so be that he must edestroy the wicked by fire. TG Israel, Restoration of; Millennium, Preparing a People for. . Copyright 2021 Book of Mormon Central: A Non-Profit Organization. Posted in Mormon Dilemmas , tagged 2 Nephi 30:6 , false gospel , false prophet Joseph Smith , King Benjamin , King Mosiah , Mosiah 21:28 on 09/22/2014| Leave a Comment » “Could the Nephites have been racist in their views of the Lamanites?” asked John A. Tvedtnes. 2 Timothy 3:15 “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” Additional Book of Mormon Study Resources, The Charge of ‘Racism’ in the Book of Mormon, Skins as Garments in the Book of Mormon: A Textual Exegesis, https://soundcloud.com/bookofmormoncentral/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-white-and-delightsome-people-57. 17 There is nothing which is secret save it shall be arevealed; there is no work of darkness save it shall be made manifest in the light; and there is nothing which is sealed upon the earth save it shall be loosed. Those who accept the word of God will become a “pure and delightsome people” (2 Nephi 30:6). This thought of the day came about after speaking with an uncle of mine earlier this week and our conversation regarding my great-grandmother’s ethnicity. “Is the Prophet’s change from ‘white’ to ‘pure’ justified in the scriptural context? 2 Nephi 30:6 A Pure and a Delightsome People: In early editions of the Book of Mormon this phrase read, "not many generations shall pass and they [the Lamanites] shall become a white and a delightsome people." 2 Nephi 11. Why was it Easy to Join a Church in Joseph Smith’s Day. 922-3). 2 Nephi 8. 2 Nephi 30: 4-5: “And then shall the remnant of our seed know concerning us, how that we came out from Jerusalem, and that they are descendants of the Jews. 22:9 (5–10); 3 Ne. And many generations shall not pass away among them save they shall be a white and a delightsome people. Joseph Smith altered the phrase "white and delightsome" (in 2 Nephi 30:6) to "pure and delightsome" in the second edition of the Book of Mormon.This change was lost to LDS readers until the 1981 edition of the scriptures. Thought of the Day about Mormonism and 2 Nephi 30:6. The things that have prevented them from knowing the truth will go away. 2 Nephi 5. 2 Nephi 30:6, Book of Mormon (1830 Edition): 4. 4:7 (7–11); Jacob 1:5. 2 Nephi 30: 6: “And then shall they rejoice; for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a pure and a delightsome people.”. 05/12/2014 by lifeafterministry. Whatever ethnocentric attitudes the Nephites may have exhibited were thus condemned by the Book of Mormon prophets. . 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