Understanding the Scriptures
|Remnant (vv. 10, 13, 16)||Remaining part|
|Inheritance (vv. 14, 29, 33, 46)||Possession (usually it refers to something passed on from a parent or other ancestor)|
|Treadeth down (v. 16)||Walks on|
|Sheaves (v. 18)||Stalks of grain bundled together|
|The floor (v. 18)||Threshing floor|
|I will make thy horn iron and thy hoofs brass (v. 19)||I will make you very strong in the last days|
|Consecrate their gain (v. 19)||Make their wealth sacred by dedicating it|
|Kindreds (vv. 25, 27)||Families|
|Scourge (v. 28)||A whip (symbolic of trials and trouble)|
|Made bare his holy arm (v. 35)||Shown His power|
|Uncircumcised (v. 36)||Those who have not made covenants with the Lord|
|Naught (v. 38)||Nothing of value|
|Bear the vessels of the Lord (v. 41)||Do the Lord’s work, carry that which is sacred|
|Rearward (v. 42)||Protection|
|Extolled (v. 43)||Praised|
|Visage (v. 44)||Appearance, image|
|Marred (v. 44)||Damaged, spoiled, blemished|
|Dispersion, dispersed (vv. 1, 26–27)||Scattering, scattered|
|Wrought (v. 5)||Done|
|Behooveth (v. 6)||Becomes necessary for|
|Soothsayers (v. 16)||People who claim to tell the future or work other miracles but are not from God|
|Groves (v. 18)||Places where people worshipped idols in Old Testament times|
|Priestcrafts (v. 19)||Preaching for money and praise (see 2 Nephi 26:29)|
|Vengeance (v. 21)||Fierce justice, punishment|
3 Nephi 21:6—Gentiles Become Numbered with the House of Israel
President Joseph Fielding Smith taught: “Every person who embraces the gospel becomes of the house of Israel. In other words, they become members of the chosen lineage, or Abraham’s children through Isaac and Jacob unto whom the promises were made” (Doctrines of Salvation, 3:246; see also 2 Nephi 30:1–2).
3 Nephi 21:22–25 (see also 3 Nephi 20:22)—The New Jerusalem
|Barren (v. 1)||A woman who has no children|
|Travail (v. 1)||The labor pains of giving birth|
|Desolate (vv. 1, 3)||Lonely, left alone, empty, abandoned|
|Reproach (v. 4)||Shame and disgrace of previous sins|
|Sapphires, agates, carbuncles (vv. 11–12)||Valuable gems and stones|
|Smith (v. 16)||Blacksmith (one who shapes metal into useable objects)|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–D) as you study 3 Nephi 20–22.
The Gathering of Israel
The gathering of Israel is not just for other people in other places; it involves us and our day. Study 3 Nephi 20:13, 18–19, 29–33; 21:1, 20–28; 22:13–14, 17, and list what the Lord said about why He would gather Israel and what would happen when He did.
Blessings from the Lord
According to 3 Nephi 20:25–26, what is one of the ways the Lord has blessed, and continues to bless, the “children of the covenant”?
According to 3 Nephi 20:27, in what ways has the Lord blessed the gentile nations?
How have these two blessings helped you in your life? (See the introduction to 3 Nephi 20–22 and the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for help, if needed.)
A Message for the Gentile Nations
Liken the Words of Isaiah
Throughout the scriptures, the Lord has often compared His covenant relationship with His Church to a marriage relationship. He is the Husband, and the Church is the wife. Consider some qualities of the Lord’s being a good husband to His Church, such as being a righteous example and providing love, material needs, comfort, and protection for His family. For each of these responsibilities, find at least one phrase from 3 Nephi 22 that shows how the Lord is the perfect “husband” to the Church.
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