“O House of Israel”

Brant Gardner

The Savior’s words here have a double referent. He is speaking directly to the twelve and, therefore, to representatives of the Nephite branch of the house of Israel. However, since they are apostles of the Messiah, they also represent all of Israel. Thus, the promise comes on two levels, first to the Nephites, and second to all of the house of Israel.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 5