2 Nephi 26: Nephi Prophecies about His Descendants

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 53–54


After prophesying in 2 Nephi 25 of the destruction and scattering of the Jews, Nephi prophesied in chapter 26 of the destruction and scattering of his own people. Notice why he said it would happen and how he and the Lord felt about it.Nephi also spoke about the Gentiles of the last days and of their relationship to his people. In this case, the Gentiles are nations and people of the world who are not Jews or descendants of Lehi. Because they lived in “Gentile” nations, the Prophet Joseph Smith and others who were part of the Restoration of the gospel would be considered Gentiles in the prophecies of Nephi.

Understanding the Scriptures

2 Nephi 26

Contentions (v. 2)Arguments, disagreements
Stubble (vv. 4, 6)Short dry stalks that remain after the grain is harvested
Well nigh consumeth me (v. 7)Nearly takes away all of my strength
Naught (v. 10)Nothing
Yield (v. 10)To give way, surrender
Strive (v. 11)Work hard
Dwindled (vv. 15, 17, 19)Fallen gradually away
Laid siege (v. 15)Attacked
Envyings (v. 21)Jealousy
Strifes (v. 21)Arguments
Malice (vv. 21, 32)Desire to harm another
Flaxen cord (v. 22)A rope made of linen
Welfare (v. 29)Happiness and well-being
Zion (vv. 29–31)The Lord’s kingdom on earth
Whoredoms (v. 32)Sexual sins
Heathen (v. 33)Nonbelievers

2 Nephi 26:20—The Gentiles’ Great Stumbling Block

According to Nephi’s teachings in 1 Nephi 13:29, the Gentiles stumbled because “plain and precious things” were removed from the scriptures, leaving them with an unclear picture of the true doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following three activities (A–C) as you study 2 Nephi 26.

Activity A iconDesign a Picture

Draw a full-page picture in your notebook that represents the ideas in 2 Nephi 26:3, 8, 10 about why the Nephites were destroyed.

Activity B iconImportant Gospel Topics for Our Day

  1. 1.

    President Ezra Taft Benson said, “The record of the Nephite history just prior to the Savior’s visit reveals many parallels to our own day as we anticipate the Savior’s second coming” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1987, 3; or Ensign, May 1987, 4). Based on what Nephi taught about that time period in 2 Nephi 26:1–11, list three gospel topics you would include if you were assigned to give a talk on preparing to be with the Savior at His Second Coming. Next to each topic, list the verse in 2 Nephi 26 where it is found.

  2. 2.

    Add four more topics to your list, based on what Nephi taught in 2 Nephi 26:20–22, 29–32 about the Gentiles in the last days.

Christ dividing righteous and wicked

Activity C iconLearn Important Truths about God

  1. 1.

    Based on what you read in 2 Nephi 26:23–28, 33, list three statements about what the Lord is like.

  2. 2.

    For each statement, explain what difference you think it makes to know that particular truth about the Lord.