Understanding the Scriptures
|Decree unrighteous decrees (v. 1)||Give wicked orders or rules|
|Grievousness (v. 1)||Injustice, sorrow|
|Prescribed (v. 1)||Ordered|
|Judgment (v. 2)||Justice, fairness|
|Prey (vv. 2, 6)||Victim|
|Indignation (vv. 5, 25)||Anger, disgust|
|Mire (v. 6)||Deep mud|
|Did excel (v. 10)||Surpassed|
|Stout (v. 12)||Bold, proud|
|Heweth (v. 15)||Cuts, chops|
|Standard-bearer (v. 18)||Person who carried the flag into battle|
|Remnant (vv. 20–22)||Remaining part|
|Stay upon (v. 20)||Depend upon|
|Consumption (vv. 22–23)||Destruction|
|Stir up a scourge (v. 26)||Incite a punishment|
|Lop the bough (v. 33)||Cut off the branch|
|Haughty (v. 33)||Proud|
2 Nephi 20:28–34—Cities in Israel and Judah
These verses describe an army coming from the north toward Jerusalem, destroying cities along the way.
When the army reached Jerusalem, the Lord would cut the enemies down and the Jews would be preserved. One historical fulfillment of this is recorded in Isaiah 36–37.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study 2 Nephi 20.
Identify the Principle
According to 2 Nephi 20:13–16, what attitudes of the Assyrians angered the Lord? (These same attitudes caused the Israelites to bring trouble upon themselves; see 2 Nephi 12:8–9; 15:21). What are ways that people show these same attitudes today?
According to verses 20–22, what change will a remnant of the children of Israel make that will bring them back to the Lord? How might this apply to people today who want to, or need to, return to the Lord?