Second Book of Nephi

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The Second Book of Nephi (pronounced /ˈniːfaɪ/) is the second book of the Book of Mormon. The book is usually referred to as Second Nephi, and is abbreviated "2 Ne." According to the book, it was written by the ancient prophet Nephi, who lived around 600 BC.

Unlike the First Book of Nephi, this book contains a less secular history of the Nephite people, but instead discusses visions and prophesies of Nephi himself and other ancient prophets, such as Isaiah.

Contents

Narrative

Lehi Gives Last Counsel to His Posterity

Second Nephi begins with the prophecies of Lehi concerning the future of his seed, and speaks to his posterity. As Lehi is old, and will soon die he wishes to bestow blessings upon his children.[1] He emphasizes that if the people are righteous, they will prosper; but if they are wicked, they will be destroyed. This is a general blessing and curse upon all peoples who inhabit the land where Lehi and his family lived.

In 2 Nephi chapter 2, Lehi expounds to Jacob, about the redemption and salvation through Jesus.[2] He speaks about opposites—that without evil there is no good; without sin there is no righteousness; that without these things there is no God; and if there is no God there is no earth.[3] He talks about the importance of The Fall of Man and how without it, man would lose his freewill, and salvation would ultimately be impossible.[4]

To Joseph, he talks about his namesake, which includes Joseph of Egypt. He quotes some of the lost prophecies by Joseph. Joseph predicted that the Lord would raise up Moses to free the people of Israel. He also predicted that a seer named after Joseph, and whose father's name is also Joseph, would the Lord raise up, for the purpose of restoring Israel.[5]

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