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Prophecy and Modern Times. Some clues might be found in the text of the psalm itself. Before reading the psalm, consider the severe emotion Nephi was experiencing as he wrote it. He had just written of the death of his father verse 12 and the renewed hatred of his brothers. Just how devastating was Lehi's death to Nephi? Lehi was the only force holding the family together. Lehi was the only one who shared with Nephi the responsibility for spiritual guidance of their people.
Without Lehi, Nephi was bereft and alone. His position of leadership must have seemed terribly lonely. Particularly so because his enemies had just renewed their commitment to oppose him. He had no father to turn to, so he turned to his Father in heaven, crying unto him for strength. As you read this psalm or prayer of Nephi, keep in mind this poignantly human element, and enjoy! Nephi's vision experience reported in 1 Nephi 11 probably provided him a lifetime of material for pondering.
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Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities. It seems somehow comforting to know that even the great prophet Nephi stumbled, just as each of us has, in his struggles with the "flesh. Look in verse 27 for possible clues.
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It suggests being surrounded by something that is threatening or dangerous and nearly overwhelming. In this case Nephi is "encompassed about" by temptation and sin. The word beset here is similar in its meaning. Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language defines beset as, "To surround; to inclose [sic]; to hem in; to besiege. To press on all sides, so as to perplex; to entangle, so as to render escape difficult or impossible; to waylay.
The Prophet Abinadi had an experience which paralleled that of Nephi. When the priests of King Noah tried to seize him before he had a chance to deliver his complete message, he was transformed by the Spirit of the Lord so that his "face shone with exceeding luster, even as Moses's did while in the mount of Sinai, while speaking with the Lord.
In this context, to confound means to put to shame or to silence Nephi's enemies. And mine eyes have beheld great things, yea, even too great for man; therefore I was bidden that I should not write them. See the commentary for 1 Nephi Nephi asks, "Since I have been a witness to the condescension of the Savior, why am I so troubled by my own trivial afflictions?
Gilbert who changed "me" to "men. The correct text is "me," with Nephi marveling at the Lord's love for him. We may summarize the meaning of this verse: If I am so highly favored of the Lord, and since I know that the Lord suffered immeasurably and is so merciful unto me, then why am I suffering so much? Yea, why should I give way to temptations, that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul? Why am I angry because of mine enemy?
In the verses that follow he vows to eliminate from his mind the feelings that are eroding his inner peace. No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul. The next verse confirms this conclusion. Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions. Here and in other verses Deuteronomy ; 2 Samuel ; Psalm ; Psalm ; Isaiah ; and 2 Nephi there is an additional implication or shade of meaning-the "rock" also implies author or source.
Wilt thou deliver me out of the hands of mine enemies?
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Wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of sin? O Lord, wilt thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me, that I may walk in the path of the low valley, that I may be strict in the plain road! O Lord, wilt thou make a way for mine escape before mine enemies!
Wilt thou make my path straight before me! Wilt thou not place a stumbling block in my way-but that thou wouldst clear my way before me, and hedge not up my way, but the ways of mine enemy. Wilt thou not place a stumbling block in my way-but that thou wouldst clear my way before me, and hedge not up my way" A hedge is planted to protect that which the hedge surrounds by blocking the intrusion of outsiders.
To "hedge up the way" of someone is to block their path.
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Nephi pleads with the Lord to keep his escape route clear but asks the Lord to place blocks in the ways of his enemy. The straight path in this verse is characterized by having no "stumbling block. The use of the word straight rather than strait in this verse is appropriate as discussed in the supplemental article, Strait and Straight in the Book of Mormon.
I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
Does God do the cursing? In Hebrew culture a cursing is the consequence of breaking an oath, covenant, or contract. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Wallace Goddard. Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures by H. This is Wallace H. Goddard and Richard H.
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