It-truly-happened (came to pass) (that) my-father Lehi (לחי !) (went) up (implies to Jerusalem –> to the temple) and-prayed to-the-Lord, his-heart throughout (with all his heart) for-the-direction-of (in behalf of) the-people.
I learned three things:
1. In Hebrew it is directly implied and understood that when Lehi “went forth”, it was “up”, meaning in the temple or in temple-like worship
2. His praying on behalf of the people was not just as mediator, reminiscent of Abraham trying to find enough righteous people so the city will not have to be destroyed (though it tastes of that in language), but also one of actively seeking ways to help, direct, counsel, or do something to intervene, testify, or lead the people – that he was not just praying for them, but also asking what he can DO.
3. The his-heart-throughout means more than just “with all his heart”, which we would see as a one-way phrase of giving all we had to give.. It also meant the other way, that he was soft and open and receiving all he could receive – entirely committed to do whatever was asked of him.
So much packed in such a little verse!
I had to share and needed to keep these pieces for later!