“I Have Spent My Strength for Naught and in Vain”

Brant Gardner

This is part of the servant's lament for wayward Israel. In spite of the best of efforts, "I have spent my strength for naught and in vain" because Israel has not kept its covenants. Given the very personal context of this section for Nephi, it would not be farfetched to assume that Nephi might have also seen himself in this servant role, in particular with his own family rather than the greater family of Israel.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon