2 Nephi 13:21 Textual Variants

Royal Skousen
the rings and [ 1ABCDEFGHIJKLMOPQRST|the N] nose jewels

Isaiah 3:21 (King James Bible) the rings and nose jewels

The 1906 LDS large-print edition added the the here in verse 21, but not in verse 23 in front of hoods (“and the fine linen and hoods”), which suggests that the addition of the the in verse 21 in the 1906 edition was a typo. As noted in the discussion of 2 Nephi 13:18, the original Hebrew had the for all 21 noun phrases listed in verses 18–23 of this chapter, but the King James Bible used their instead of the for the three cases in verse 18 and omitted the the for nose jewels in verse 21. The critical text of the Book of Mormon will continue to follow the reading without the the for nose jewels, especially since it agrees with the King James reading.

Summary: Maintain the phraseology “the rings and nose jewels” in 2 Nephi 13:21 (that is, without any the before nose jewels), which agrees with the King James text.

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part. 2