“And in That Day”

Brant Gardner

Literary analysis: The two verses that lead off chapter 14 are contained in a single paragraph in the 1830 version of the Book of Mormon. As noted previously, there is no chapter break in that book between our current 2 Nephi 13:26 and 2 Nephi 14:1. In fact, this paragraph serves as a transition between themes, with verse 1 looking backward to the preceding text and acting as a summary, and verse 2 announcing a new theme. Thus although contained in the same paragraph, the hopeful tone of verse 2 is not dependent upon verse 1, which rather places a grim closing on the destruction of Israel. Verse 2 begins to look at the glory that will come from the Lord’s judgement, rather than dwelling on the sadness occasioned by the execution of that judgement.

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