Hebrew to English: 1 Nephi 2 #lds #ldsconf #twitterstake

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1 Nephi, chapter 2, from modern Hebrew, through ASL, into modern English:

So it happened that the Lord God, our Master,
spoke many things to my father
in his dreams
and He (the Lord) said to him (my father, Lehi):
“Blessed are you, Lehi,
because of your actions
(in observing the Law —-> covenant keeping).

“And because you (Lehi) have lived faithfully
(been loyal and reliable and trustworthy),
and because you were reliable in testifying
to the people
telling them the things
that I asked you to tell them,
now they are scheming against you
(your life and your livelihood).”

And so the Lord, our Master,
commanded my father in dreams, saying,
“You, my son, are released
(from this calling as a prophet in Jerusalem).
Take the members of your family
and pull out (from Jerusalem)
and go out into the desert.”

And so Lehi was obedient to the words of the Lord, our Master,
and by being obedient, he (Lehi) accomplished
what was commanded of him.

And he (Lehi) left his home,
his land and property,
and all he had inherited,
and his money and valuables,
and took nothing of his own with him
except the members of his family,
provisions, hunting supplies,
tents (including a tabernacle)
and went out to the desert.

And he traveled in the wilderness
(according to the words he had been given)
(in conflict with them who would not
observe the Law
or hearken to the prophet’s words)
and traveled within the borders
(within the bounds (of the Law) set by the Lord)
nearer the Red Sea
(more faithfully than they who would not
live within the bounds set by the Lord).

And he (Lehi) traveled in the wilderness
(through mortality)
together with his family
which included my mother, Sariah
and my older brothers:
Laman, Lemuel, and Sam -and so he (Lehi) traveled with his family
as he had been commanded,
even (faithfully) through the wilderness (mortality).

For three days they traveled in the wilderness,
and then they put up their tabernacle
(and the family tents)
in the valley along the river.

And here it was that he (Lehi)
constructed (designed and built) an altar
made from stones,
and upon that altar he sacrificed
to the Lord our Master,
admitting that He is our God,
acknowledging Him,
confessing to Him,
conceding to His will,
thanking Him,
and praising Him,
the Lord our Master,
as God.
(And so Lehi’s faithfulness
in living this obedient and consecrated life
(of obedience and temple worship)
established him, Lehi, as a covenant-keeper
who sacrificed his own mortal life
for a life led by God.

There was a stream from the river
between the mouth of the Red Sea
and the valley
(in which they had set up their tabernacle).
Lehi named the stream “Laman”
because you are like your mother,
like the river,
Laman was very handy and helpful
when he lived within the bounds the Lord has set
(Laman was good and helpful
when he behaved like a covenant-keeper).
But like the water,
Laman was dangerous
when swelling (with pride)
beyond those bounds

When my father, Lehi, saw the stream
spill (by waterfall) into the Red Sea,he (Lehi) turned to Laman and said,
“If only you will be as constant
(in obedience –> righteous)
as this river
(as constant in covenant-keeping
as our God is),
pouring your life into celestial-ness
instead of flooding over your banks
(stepping outside the bounds the Lord has set)
in temper
and in pride
(acting outside the bounds of the priesthood).
Go to the source
and feed the valley
(nourish the people)
instead of drowning everything
on your own,
with excuses
and justification
(for bad and negligent behavior).

Then he (Lehi) turned to Lemuel and said,
“You are like me,
like this valley,
stable and firm,
and could be filled with the will of God.
Preserve that!
Esteem yourself
(and what gifts you have for our family)
instead of being overrun (influenced) by
(the bad behavior of) your brother.
The valley has been ploughed
and the seeds cast
and is already growing what nourishes us all.
Do not deviate from the commandments of God.”

All those things Lehi spoke to Laman and Lemuel
on account of the severity of hardness
of their minds and hearts
shown many times in many incidents
when they were grouchy and crabby
(enough the Spirit could not stay with them).
They often complained and grumbled
about my father, Lehi,
because he was a prophet,
a faithful man who acted in response
to the visions and revelations
he received.
They knew this faithfulness
was why the whole family
had to walk out of Jerusalem.
But Laman and Lemuel
felt they had deserted them
(like quitting a team).

[an illusion to false guilt and pride,
the same word for co-dependency,
and a cross-reference to
Abraham and Lot leaving Sodom,
as if it was Abraham and Lot’s fault
Sodom was destroyed
because it had been protected
by the righteous
who then “abandoned” the city
to its own consequences,
and so leaving the city
with none to protect it
or its people.]

And Laman and Lemuel thought that
because they left Jerusalem,
they also had to to abandon
their gold and silver
and money and valuables and assets
and property and inheritance
only to perish in the wilderness.

[“perish” being not just death,
or suffering then death,
but their whole legacy lost,
with nothing to pass on
to future generations]

They (Laman and Lemuel) together claimed
that our father Lehi did this
(left Jerusalem and abandoned their legacy)
because of stupid and foolish imaginations
in his mind (because he wasn’t thinking clearly)
and in his heart (because he was too focused on religious life).

And so in these ways,
the big complainers, Laman and Lemuel,
grumbled against my father and his people
(thus declaring themselves “gentiles”,
a separate people,
an-other people not of the Lehites).

They became such complainers
because they didn’t know
the methods or manner
of the God who created them.

Also, they did not believe that Jerusalem,
the great city,
would be (or could be) destroyed
as the prophets had said
(long before Lehi said it).

They were like (and so also became like)
the Jews back in Jerusalem,
who had harassed and conspired against my father,
threatening his livelihood and his life.

So my father, Lehi,
spoke the words of Elohim
to them
in the valley of Lemuel
(the low place (sad place) of the experiences
of my brothers
being influenced by others
instead of being nourished by covenant-keeping)
as he (Lehi) was filled with much
of the great power of the Spirit
(which rebuked them (Laman and Lemuel)
since they had rejected its nourishment),
reminding me of their potential
and pointing out how
they had fallen asleep to that potential,
and giving evidence of this discrepancy against them
[in comparison to the temple,
where we declare who He says we are
and who we have been
and apply the atonement to that discrepancy –
here, Laman and Lemuel were not applying the atonement
to bridge that gap]
and Lehi rebuked them in this manner
until they felt very agitated and uncomfortable
standing before one (made holy by covenant keeping).

And he, Lehi, ws a valiant man, a hero,
presiding over them with these words,
and they (Laman and Lemuel) did not
spend any more energy making complaints against him
while busy doing what they had been commanded.

And my father, Lehi, lived as a stranger, or foreigner,
(in the land)
(and with no legacy or inheritance)
in a tent
(and often in the tabernacle,
which was a celestial legacy).

And so I, Nephi,
still very young
but already large (tall) in stature (height),
craved and yearned very much
to really know and truly understand
the mysteries (ordinances) of God (and His priesthood).

So I studied and read and recited the words of the Lord, our Master,
praying to invite Him to help me
[like Moses stretching out his arms
as the Lord fought his battle
with the promise that His (the Lord’s) team will win].
And then He (the Lord) came to me,
arriving (in person)
to give me a softer heart,
a gentler mind,
and a tender-er center,
so that I would have a greater capacity
to place my trust in all the things
my father taught me.
This is why I did not rebel against him
(my father, and Him, the Lord)
the way my brothers did.

And so I spoke until Sam
(the younger of my older brothers)
to announce to him
what I had experienced
and teach him what it meant
and advise him in these ways
according to the words revealed to me
(“discovered” to me)
by the outpouring Spirit
of the Lord, our Master,
with such revelation given
(even to me).

And so it is that he (Sam) believed me
(and the things taught to us)
(and so also he, Sam, lived by them)
and so also he, Sam, did not rebel
(because he kept his covenants).

However, notice:
Laman and Lemuel
were not in any hurry
to listen,
or pay attention,
or try to live by the words,
or to keep their covenants.

I grieved about
the severity of the hardness of their hearts,
and addressed the Lord, our Master, about it
as I studied and read and recited.

And so, the Lord, our Master,
spoke these words to me:
“Blessed are you, Nephi,
for because of your faithfulness
(to covenant keeping)
and your adherence to my Law,your covenant keeping has been a token to me
[play on words for “rainbow”]
and evidence of you requesting me
(and the power of the atonement,
not just in forgiveness
but also in increased capacity)
steadily and diligently
in sincere humility
and lowliness of heart.”

And He, the Lord, our Master, also said:
“On the condition and to the degree
that you keep my commandments
[play on words: “play on my team”],
you will succeed (win) and thrive and prosper
and be led to a favored land,
a land I prepared and set aside for you,
a land protected in your behalf,
and a land entirely favored above all other lands.”

And He, the Lord, our Master, also said:
“On the condition and to the degree
that your brothers rise up and rebel against you,
they shall be written off
and their true legacy deleted,
and they will even be dismissed
from the presence of the Lord.”

And He, the Lord, our Master, also said:
“On the condition and to the degree
that you preserve my commandments
(through covenant keeping)
(and through record keeping),
you (have already been) (and) will be established
as a governor (preside-er) and tutor to your brothers.

“Because in that very day,
when they rise up and rebel against me,
I will strongly curse them
with a powerful curse
(of their own consequences)
and they will have no (celestial) power
(or legacy)
over your descendants (posterity).
But if they try,
they will be rising up to rebel
against me (the Lord) also,
not just you (Nephi) or your family.”

And He, the Lord, our Master, also said:
“And on the condition and to the degree
that they rise up and rebel against me,
(I will still preside over them)
(by using them and their natural consequences)
to be hard on your descendants –
but only as a way to inspire them,
to warn them,
to wake them up,
and to prompt them
to remember my ways
(my covenants
and my priesthood ordinances).

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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