“Verily Verily, I Say Unto You, Ye Must Watch and Pray Always”

Brant Gardner

Referent: The language of this verse echoes Luke:

Luke 21:36

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

The language of the first phrase is obviously similar, and the general contexts of the admonition are the same. Those who are to keep the commandments must be continually diligent to keep on the path and to avoid the snares of temptation. In this location in the Book of Mormon text it becomes a reprise of an earlier teaching in the same way that the reference to building the house upon sand referenced the Sermon. Here the reference is to the Lord’s Prayer:

3 Nephi 13:12

12 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

As discussed after that verse in this commentary, evil may also have been the personification of evil, or the evil one and as such we have a reference to Satan tempting us as he did Jesus before Jesus’ ministry. This admonition therefore reprises that part of the Lord’s prayer, emphasizing the temptations of the evil one. The more obvious presence of the translation into the devil here suggests that it should also be read into the earlier text as well.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon