2 Nephi 15: Sins and Consequences

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 47


In 2 Nephi 15 (Isaiah 5) is Isaiah’s continued identification of the sins of the children of Israel and their consequences if the people did not repent. If you read carefully, you will see that the sins of the people of Isaiah’s day are much like sins people commit today.

Understanding the Scriptures

2 Nephi 15

Touching (v. 1)About
Hedge (v. 5)Protecting fence
Judgment (v. 7)Justice, fairness
Oppression (v. 7)Unjust or cruel treatment
Desolate (v. 9)Empty
Ten acres … bath, and … homer … ephah (v. 10)The fields will produce far less than they should (see Bible Dictionary, "weights and measures," pp. 788–89).
Famished (v. 13)Starved
Pomp (v. 14)Splendor
Sanctified (v. 16)Made holy
Draw (v. 18)Pull
Prudent (v. 21)Careful, wise
Justify (v. 23)Consider guiltless
Chaff (v. 24)Light outer covering, or husk, of grain

2 Nephi 15:8—“Them That Join House to House”

Each family in Israel was assigned a certain portion of land when they entered the promised land in the days of Moses and Joshua. This land was not to be sold (see Leviticus 25:23–24; 1 Kings 21:1–3), but greedy people would try to obtain it anyway. “Joining house to house” refers to attempts of the greedy to buy up all the land in Israel.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 2 Nephi 15.

Activity A iconModernize the Message

The word wo refers to a condition of deep sadness. Isaiah used it six times as he identified the sins of the Israelites (see 2 Nephi 15:8–22). He knew that if they did not repent, the consequences of their sins would bring deep sadness—especially at the time of judgment. If Isaiah were a prophet on earth today, he would probably find the same kinds of sins. Write a modern “wo” statement for each of the six things Isaiah condemned. Each should contain an example of the way people commit, or are tempted to commit, these sins today.