“For They Love the Truth and Are Not Shaken”

Brant Gardner

This personal passage is Jacob’s admission that he has addressed the “wo” sections directly to his audience. In other words, they are not simply generalizations about the human condition but specific condemnations of actions that the Nephites are currently engaged in. Jacob has reproved his audience. Even though the wo statements may be a formulaic part of the treaty discourse, Jacob affirms that they are more than formulaic, they are descriptive of this audience. Jacob now tries to help them understand the lesson. Their behavior has merited these hard words, and the appropriate action is to recognize the need for a change in behavior. If they will, they will be blessed in the very process. They will become people who “love the truth and are not shaken.”

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2