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 Verse 6
- Stretched out arm: The "stretched out arm" in this verse foreshadows Moses repeatedly stretching out his arm to bring about the plagues on Egypt (cf. Ex 7:5, 19; 8:5-6, 16-17; 9:22-23; 10:12-13, 21-22) and to control the Red Sea (Ex 14:16, 21, 26-27; 15:12). In this sense, the stretched out arm suggests God smiting Israel's enemies. Several other scriptures (particularly in Isaiah) also seem to use this phrase in this way. However, the "I will take you to me" phrase in verse 7 suggests a welcoming/embracing connotation. This connotation is also suggested in: 2 Ne 28:32; Mosiah 16:12, 29:20; Alma 19:36, 29:10, and 3 Ne 9:14 (though not necessarily extended, the following scriptures use arms metaphorically connoting mercy, love or peace: 2 Ne 1:15; Jacob 6:4-5; Alma 34:16; Morm 5:11, 6:17; see also Ps 136:12, Jacob 5:47, and D&C 133:67).
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