“Thy Power and Goodness and Mercy Are over All the Inhabitants of the Earth”

Alan C. Miner

After Lehi saw "many great and marvelous things" in vision, he exclaimed:

Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty? Thy throne is high in the heavens and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth, and because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish. (1 Nephi 1:14)

Avraham Gileadi notes that in the Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (3:352-53), the terms "goodness" and "mercy" are listed as synonyms of covenant blessing and covenant keeping. [Avraham Gileadi, The Last Days: Types and Shadows from the Bible and the Book of Mormon, pp. 216]

Note* This might imply that both Lehi's vision and exclamation were covenant-related. [See the commentary on 1 Nephi 13-22]

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