2 Nephi 4: Nephi's Psalm

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 39


Some of the last words the great prophet Lehi spoke are recorded in 2 Nephi 4. After his father’s death, Nephi recorded some thoughts and feelings about his own spirituality. He wrote about them in a poetic form—much like the psalms of the Old Testament. Consequently, 2 Nephi 4:16–35 has often been called the “psalm of Nephi.” This psalm can be a source of strength for any who love the Lord and want to serve Him but feel weighed down by their weaknesses.

Understanding the Scriptures

2 Nephi 4

Answered upon the heads of your parents (v. 6)Your parents will be held accountable
Waxed (vv. 12, 24)Grew
Admonitions (v. 13)Corrections for sins
Constrained (v. 14)Commanded, compelled
Wretched (v. 17)Miserable, worthless
Grieveth (v. 17)Is saddened
Encompassed (v. 18)Surrounded
Beset (v. 18)Trouble
Confounded (v. 22)Thrown into disorder, confused
Bidden (v. 25)Commanded
Condescension of the Lord (v. 26)Jesus Christ, a divine being, ministering to others
Slacken (vv. 26, 29)Lessen
Broken (v. 32)Humbled, without pride
Contrite (v. 32)Humble, sorrowful for sin
Hedge (v. 33)Block
Arm of flesh (v. 34)Man’s wisdom
Liberally (v. 35)Abundantly, generously
Amiss (v. 35)Improperly, for the wrong reasons

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study 2 Nephi 4.

Activity A iconRemembering the Prophet Lehi

Lehi memorial

In Memory of Lehi

Review Lehi’s last words in 2 Nephi 4:1–11. Consider what you have learned from and about Lehi since 1 Nephi 1 and list three examples of his character that should be remembered about him. For each item, explain why you chose it and how you think remembering it would be a blessing to his descendants.

Activity B iconWrite the Things of Your Soul

In 2 Nephi 4:15–35, we read some of “the things of [Nephi’s] soul” (v. 15). This is a good block of scripture to read aloud. After you have read it, choose five phrases or sentences from what Nephi said that are also a part of “the things of [your] soul.” Explain why you feel each is important to you.