3 Ne 6:1-7:26
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- 3 Ne 6:1-5 The fact that the Nephites still had food left over shows us how industrious they were before the siege and just how much food they really had piled up. The extra food that they had after the war was probably needed while they reconstructed their farms and planted new crops.
- 3 Ne 7:11. This verse tells us that the only thing uniting the tribes of people was their common hatred of those who entered into secret combinations. Hatred of evil, in and of itself, is a good thing. It was given to us by the Lord in Genesis 3:15.
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- 3 Ne 6:1-5: Why might adversity brings people together, while peaceful prosperity pulls them apart?
- 3 Ne 6:2: "Both on the north and on the south, both on the land northward and on the land southward." What is the geographic or other significance of essentially repeating what appears to be minor information?
- 3 Ne 6:11-15: What is the main difference between those that humble themselves in adversity and those that become prideful?
- 3 Ne 6:13: When are we justified in standing up for ourselves and when should we take a railing from others? Since we are commanded to turn the other cheek, are we supposed to just let people walk on us?
- 3 Ne 6:17: It mentions that the people were in an awful state of wickedness. The pride cycle is very much a part of the lives of the people in the scriptures. How is it that repentance is possible when the same sins are being committed over and over again? Wouldn't this mean they lack true penitence for their sins?
- 3 Ne 6:16-20: I wonder why it is that this pride-cycle revolves (is that the right word?) so quickly at this point in the Book of Mormon?
- 3 Ne 6:21-25: The Nephite government became corrupt and turned against the laws of liberty and justice that were established in the first place. Can we see that happening in our government today?
- 3 Ne 6:23: Why would the government want to assassinate the prophets secretly?
- 3 Ne 6:30: These judges were not successful in establishing a king over all the land, but only a king over their own band (see 3 Ne 7, verse 1 and verse 10).
- 3 Ne 6:30: The devil has a corrupt version of everything that is sacred. We make sacred covenants in the temple. We can see that the devil organizes his own covenants and works of darkness.
- 3 Ne 7:1: Why were the judges here so anxious to establish a king (cf. 3 Ne 6:30)? Why were they only able to establish a king over their own band (cf. v. 10)? One motive for their desire to overthrow the government and establish a king may've been a lust for power (cf. 3 Ne 4:29). If this were the case, did they end up with more power after the government was overthrown or before it was overthrown when they were judges?
- 3 Ne 7:11: What is it that motivates the people of the secret combinations at this time? Why do they enter into a covenant to destroy the government?
- 3 Ne 7:17-19: These verses suggest that many people without faith saw the miracles that Nephi did. How does this relate to Ether 12:6 where Moroni tells us that we receive no witness until after the trial of our faith?
- 3 Ne 7:21: It says that there were few that were converted unto the Lord. Why do these people not fear God after witnessing his power? How dare they continue to live in sin?
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