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KnoWhy #49 - Why is the Lord’s Hand “Stretched Out Still”? (2 Nephi 19:12; Isaiah 9:12)
TitleKnoWhy #49 - Why is the Lord’s Hand “Stretched Out Still”? (2 Nephi 19:12; Isaiah 9:12)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsGesture; Jesus Christ; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Prophecy; Punishment; Repentance
Abstract

Nephi says that understanding Isaiah requires that we know “the manner of prophesying among the Jews.” One instance where better understanding of ancient Israelite thought adds clarity to Isaiah is the phrase “his hand is stretched out still.” Most Latter-day Saints assume this is an extension of mercy, but in the Israel and the ancient Near East it was an idiom for punishment.

URLhttp://www.knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/why-is-the-lords-hand-stretched-out-still
Citation Key1492

Scripture Reference

2 Nephi 19:12
Isaiah 9:12

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