“I Will Save Thy Children”

Brant Gardner

The image of vengeance uses violent imagery. It should not be taken literally, but rather as a metaphor that the oppressors’ methods will be turned back upon them. It is the equivalent of “those that live by the sword shall die by the sword.” This passage ends with Yahweh announcing his own name and titles to seal the promise.

Text: The 1830 edition has a chapter break here. Nephi has finished his quotation of Isaiah and returns to his own text. The shift from cited material to original text is the reason for the chapter break, a tendency that also influences many of Mormon’s chapter divisions.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1