“Cursed Is He That Putteth His Trust in Man”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

Feigning scholarly detachment, some of the learned reach false conclusions by giving full credence to the biased opinions of those who oppose the Lord and his cause. In determining the divine Sonship of the Lord Jesus they interview both Peter and Caiaphas, consider them both to be extremists, and conclude in their own wisdom that there must be some alternative explanation of our Lord's greatness that grew out of the social and religious milieu of the day.

“Cursed is He That Putteth His Trust in Man”

Man’s ultimate trust must forever be in the Lord God. Man’s foundation must always be the Rock of Christ; otherwise the winds and storms of adversity will bring one’s house of faith to a fall, leaving only a heap of rubble (see Helaman 5:12). “Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath [juniper tree] in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river . . . . neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:5-8.)

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1