“The Wicked Will He Destroy and He Will Spare His People”

D. Kelly Ogden, Andrew C. Skinner

Verse 9 recalls the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:5) as well as the revelation called the Olive Leaf (D&C 88:17–18). Only the meek shall inherit the earth, which will become, in its celestialized state, the celestial kingdom for its inheritors and inhabitants. The wicked will be swept off. The time is quickly approaching when all inhabitants of the earth will have to declare themselves either for righteousness or against it and choose to become one of the meek or one of the wicked, causing a great division of the last days. Then comes the millennial reign of Christ. Here, Nephi once again highlights Isaiah’s vision of conditions during the great Millennium, as recorded in Isaiah 11:4–9. See commentary at 2 Nephi 21:6–9.

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