Second Nephi

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Subpages: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-10, Chapter 11, Chapters 12-30, Chapters 31-33

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The relationship of the book of Second Nephi to the rest of the Book of Mormon is discussed at The Book of Mormon. The book of Second Nephi can be outlined broadly as follows:

I. Lehi's last words (Chapters 1-5)
II. Jacob quotes and explains Isaiah (Chapters 6-10)
III. Nephi's purpose in writing (Chapter 11)
II. Nephi quotes and explains Isaiah (Chapters 12-30)
I. Nephi's last words (Chapters 31-33)

The major divisions of Second Nephi are discussed separately on the following subpages: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-10, Chapter 11, Chapters 12-30, Chapters 31-33


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Related scriptures

The relationship of Second Nephi to the rest of the Book of Mormon is discussed at Book of Mormon: Unities.

Parallel passages

Previous editions

The original 1830 edition of Second Nephi was divided into only seven chapters (I-XV). For the 1879 edition Parley Pratt further divided those seven into the thirty three chapters (1-33) still used today. • I: 1-2 • II: 3 • III: 4 • IV: 5 • V: 6-8 • VI: 9 • VII: 10 • VIII: 11-15 • IX: 16-22 • X: 23-24 • XI: 25-27 • XII: 28-30 • XIII: 31 • XIV: 32 • XV: 33


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Second Nephi


I. Lehi's last words (Chapters 1-5)

• Lehi exhorts and blesses his children (1:1-32)
• Lehi's blessing to Jacob (Chapter 2)
• Lehi's blessing to Joseph (3:1-25)
• Lehi exhorts and blesses his children (4:1-12)
• "Nephi's Psalm" (4:13-35)
• Arrangements for the the people of Nephi (5:1-34)


II. Jacob quotes and explains Isaiah (Chapters 6-10)


III. Nephi's purpose in writing (Chapter 11)
a. Nephi quotes Isaiah, Jacob, and himself as witnesses who have seen Christ (2-3)
b. Nephi delights in proving that Christ will come (4)
c. Nephi delights in the Lord's (i) covenants to the fathers and (ii) plan of deliverance from death (5)
b. Nephi delights in proving that all would perish if Christ did not come (6-7)
a. Nephi quotes Isaiah so that all who read can rejoice for all men (8)


II. Nephi quotes and explains Isaiah (Chapters 12-30)
● Nephi quotes prophecies of Isaiah (Chapters 12-24)
• keys to understanding Isaiah (25:1-8)
● Nephi's own prophecy (Chapters 25-30)
• Israel: Babylonian captivity, return, rejection of Christ, Roman scattering, second gathering (25:9-19)
be reconciled in Christ because there is no other name for salvation (25:20-30)
• Nephites: warfare, Christ's visit, four righteous generations, destruction (26:1-11)
• Gentiles: Book of Mormon will come forth to gentiles in the last days (26:12-19)
last days: conditions of exclusion, but God invites all (26:20-33)
• Gentiles: Isaiah's prophecy of the Book of Mormon coming forth (27:1-35)
last days: false doctrines taught about God (28:1-9)
last days: pride and false doctrine corrupt churches so humble are led astray (28:10-14)
last days: strategies to ensnare people (28:15-32)
last days: Bible contains only a portion of God's word (29:1-14)
• Gentiles: Book of Mormon will teach of Christ, division between righteous and wicked (30:1-11)
• Millennium (30:12-18)


I. Nephi's last words (Chapters 31-33)

• (31:1-21)
• (32:1-9)
• (33:1-15)


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