1 Ne 7:1-5
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The relationship of verses 7:1-5 to the rest of Chapter 7 is discussed at Chapter 7.
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- Why doesn't this verse say "his sons should each take a daughter to wife"?
- What does it mean to "raise up seed unto the Lord"?
- Did Sariah ask Lehi to enquire of The Lord regarding wives for her sons? If so, what does this say about the process of receiving revelation?
- If it was only the women that were needed for reproduction, then what was the point of bringing the men in Ishmael's family down into the wilderness?
- Who was Ishmael and why would the LORD select him to be brought into the wilderness? Why couldn't the LORD have told Lehi to take Ishmael and his family in the first place?
- This verse doesn't anticipate that Nephi or his brethren will have any difficulty in returning to Jerusalem this time. In what ways is this request to return to Jerusalem different from that given previously in 1 Ne 3:4?
- Is Nephi saying that Laman and Lemuel had become effective mouthpieces for the Lord by this point?
- What "words of the LORD" did they speak to Ishmael? Just the command that they were to take him and his household into the wilderness? Or did this involve other teaching?
- Why does Nephi say that they did speak the words of the LORD to Ishmael after they gained favor in his sight?
- Would Ishmael and his family have heard of the death of Laban and the disappearance of his servant and the plates? If they knew that Nephi had killed Laban, might some of them have been concerned about the potential risks of crossing Nephi?
- Are the "household" in this verse and the "family" in verse 2 the exact same thing?
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