Understanding the Scriptures
|Measure ye mete (v. 2)||Standard you measure or judge by|
|Mote (vv. 3–5)||Small sliver or speck|
|Beam (vv. 3–5)||Large piece of wood|
|Swine (v. 6)||Pigs|
|Rend (v. 6)||Tear|
|The law and the prophets (v. 12)||The meaning of the law of Moses and the teachings of the Old Testament prophets|
|Strait (vv. 13–14)||Narrow, strict|
|Ravening (v. 15)||Symbolic statement about people who are predators, who exploit and victimize others to satisfy their own desires|
|Profess (v. 23)||Say|
|Work iniquity (v. 23)||Do wicked things|
Studying the Scriptures
Do one of the following activities (A–C) as you study 3 Nephi 14.
How Would You Respond?
Jesus’s commandment in 3 Nephi 14:1–5 (or Matthew 7:1–5) is often misunderstood and even misused. For example, imagine that a friend invited you to participate in an activity that you knew was against the Lord’s standards. Your friend quotes Matthew 7:1–5 and says that if you disapprove then you are judging him and others, and that is not what a Christian should do. Write what you think the Savior would have you say. In his inspired translation of the King James Bible, the Prophet Joseph Smith clarified the Savior’s teaching, that we must “judge not unrighteously, that ye be not judged; but judge righteous judgment” (JST, Matthew 7:2; 3 Nephi 14:15–20 and Moroni 7:14–19 might also be of help).
Prayers and Answers
Based on what these verses teach, what would Heavenly Father do if you asked for bread or a fish? Would He give you something harmful? What would your parents do?
Write about a time when you were thankful Heavenly Father did not give you what you thought you wanted. Explain why and how that experience might help you in future prayers and requests.
Write Your Own Questions
Write at least three important and meaningful questions people often have that can be answered in 3 Nephi 14:13–27. Give the answers from scriptures.