Jacob 2-3: Jacob Teaches the People in the Temple

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 61–62


Jacob began his ministry teaching his people to avoid three sins: the love of riches, pride, and unchastity. Whenever the Nephites descended into wickedness, one or more of these sins were always involved. As you view the world, are these sins often present today? What sins today typically cause people and nations to descend into wickedness?

Understanding the Scriptures

Jacob 2

Constrained (v. 9)Compelled, forced
Admonish (v. 9)Warn, urge
Consoling (v. 9)Comforting
Hand of providence (v. 13)God
Justifieth you (v. 14)Holds you not guilty, forgives you
Wax in iniquity (v. 23)Increase in wickedness
Whoredoms (vv. 23, 28, 33)Sexual sins
Concubines (vv. 24, 27)Legal wives of lower social status and with fewer rights than a regular wife

Jacob 2:13—“The Costliness of Your Apparel”

There are many people today who judge other people’s worth by how they look and dress. “The phrase ‘costly apparel’ occurs more than a dozen times in the Book of Mormon. Almost always it is descriptive of a people who have been prospered by the Lord, have become caught up with themselves and their acquisitions, and thereafter have begun to place greater stress upon the glitter of their outward appearance than the cleanliness of their inner vessel” (McConkie and Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, 2:14).

Jacob 2:23–30—Unauthorized Plural Marriage Is an Abomination to God

To understand Jacob’s comments here it is helpful to notice that only David and Solomon were condemned for taking many wives and concubines. Abraham, Jacob, and Moses, who also had wives and concubines, were not. In modern revelation the Lord explained that David and Solomon sinned when they took wives that God had not given them (see D&C 132:34–39). Jacob also indicated that one reason the Lord has authorized plural marriage at times is to raise up seed unto Him, but if He does not command it, plural marriage is forbidden (see Jacob 2:30).

Jacob 3

Console (v. 1)Comfort
Scourge (v. 3)Punish
Revile (v. 9)Insult, use abusive language
Arouse the faculties (v. 11)Awaken the abilities and emotions
Fornication and lasciviousness (v. 12)Sexual sins and lustfulness

Jacob 3:11—What Is the “Second Death”?

All of Heavenly Father’s children will stand before the Lord for judgment. Those who are unrepentant and unworthy to receive any degree of glory, those who die as to things pertaining to righteousness, will be cut off from the presence of God. This is called the “second death” (see Alma 12:15–18; Helaman 14:14–19).

Studying the Scriptures

Do any two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Jacob 2–3.

Activity A iconFind the Gospel Principle

  1. 1.

    Compare Jacob 2:5; Alma 12:3; and Doctrine and Covenants 6:16 and, in your notebook, describe a power God has that no one else has unless it is granted by Him.

  2. 2.

    How might knowing that God has this power affect a person’s prayers?

Activity B Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Jacob 2:18–19

Review Jacob’s counsel to his people about the dangers of pride and riches in Jacob 2:12–21. Write four paragraphs describing how your family, your school, your community, and your country would be different if everyone followed Jacob’s counsel, especially that in verses 17–19.

Activity C iconSummarize What Jacob Taught

Review what Jacob taught about marriage and chastity in Jacob 2:23–35; 3:10–12. Summarize what Jacob taught us about wives, mothers, and daughters.

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