Line upon Line

"Precept must be upon precept," wrote the prophet Isaiah, "precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line" (Isaiah 28:10, 13). If this passage sounds repetitive in English, it is even more so in Hebrew. The words for precept (tsav - צַו) and line (qav - קַו) are not only monosyllabic but they rhyme with... Continue Reading →

Hidden Treasures

On February 27, 1833, the Lord promised that those who obey His commandments will "find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures" (Doctrine and Covenants 89:19). A week and a half later, He instructed Joseph Smith not to produce a translation of the Apocrypha. Joseph had been studying the King James Version of... Continue Reading →

Four Years and Three Hours – Ether 2:14

After the first generation of Jaredites had traveled a great distance toward a land which God had promised would be "choice above all the lands of the earth" (Ether 1:42), they arrived at the ocean. Throughout their journey, they had prayed for instructions. Moroni tell us that they had been "directed continually by the hand... Continue Reading →

Why Is Isaiah So Difficult to Understand?

Near the beginning of his book, Isaiah describes how he was called as a prophet. In a vision, he saw the Lord sitting on a throne surrounded by angels. Isaiah must have arrived in the middle of a meeting, because the Lord asks the assembled group without explanation, “Whom shall I send, and who will go... Continue Reading →

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