“The Anguish of My Soul”

Brant Gardner

Verse 7 is a personal interpolation. Nephi understands these events apocalyptically and phrases them in typological terms, but his personal feelings are wrenched by their reality. His understanding is not an abstract picture of distant and therefore impersonal events. His anguish for the lost is great.

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