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3 Nephi 10
How oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chicks?
The voice returns and everyone hears it--The voice said (four times) that it would like to gather everyone together like a hen gathers chicks--Jesus's messy mass murders of the previous chapter were needed to fulfill
the prophecies of Zenos, Zenock, and the other prophets.
Version - Chapter 42: The Signs of Christís Crucifixion
|10:1 And now behold, it came to pass that
all the people of the land did hear these sayings, and
did witness of it. And after these sayings there was silence in the land for the space of many hours;
(10:1-2) All the people of the land did hear these sayings.|
Everyone heard Jesus's speech in the last chapter. After his speech, they were so astonished that they stopped wailing and howling about all the people Jesus killed, and it was quiet for a while.
(10:3-7) There came a voice again unto the people.
Then the voice began speaking again, and everyone heard it. It repeated the same question four times: "How oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings?"
(It was probably Jesus, since Jesus used the same metaphor in Matthew 23:37.)
(10:4) How oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens?
Jesus said that he would have liked to have gathered the people from the great cities that he had just killed, as a hen gathers its chickens under its wings.
But the people in those cities wouldn't let him, so had to kill them.
(10:5a) How oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens?
He said that he would like to gather the Israelites that live in Jerusalem under his wings like he was a hen gathering chickens.
(10:5b) How oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens?
(10:6) How oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens?
Then Jesus said he would like to gather the people who survived his mass killings like they were chickens, and he'll do that if they repent.
(10:7) Your dwellings shall become desolate
But if they (the surviving Nephites or "Israelites") don't repent, then he will have to kill them too.
(10:8) Behold, they began to weep and howl again.
After Jesus stopped speaking, the people began to weep and howl again because of all their family and friends that Jesus had killed.
(10:9-10) The dreadful groanings did cease.
But after three days, the darkness went away, the earth stopped shaking, the rocks stopped splitting, and those dreadful groanings went away. And the mourning, weeping, wailing, and howling of the people that weren't killed by Jesus
finally stopped, their mourning turned into joy, and they began to thank the Lord Jesus (for not killing them like he did so many of their families and friends).
|10:2 For so great was the astonishment of the people that they did cease lamenting and howling
for the loss of their kindred which had been slain; therefore there was silence in all the land for the space
of many hours.
|10:3 It came to pass that there came a voice again unto the people, and
all the people did hear, and did witness of it, saying:
|10:4 O ye people of these great cities which have fallen, who are descendants of
Jacob, yea, who are of the house of Israel, how oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens
under her wings, and have nourished you.
|10:5 And again, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her
wings, yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, who have fallen; yea, O ye people of the house of Israel,
ye that dwell at Jerusalem, as ye that have fallen; yea, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth
her chickens, and ye would not.
|10:6 O ye house of Israel whom I have spared, how oft will I gather you as a hen gathereth her
chickens under her wings, if ye will repent and return unto me with full purpose of heart.
|10:7 But if not, O house of Israel, the places of
your dwellings shall become desolate until the
time of the fulfilling of the covenant to your fathers.
|10:8 And now it came to pass that after the people had heard these words,
behold, they began to weep and howl again because of the loss of their kindred and friends.
|10:9 It came to pass that thus did the three days pass away. And it was in
the morning, and the darkness dispersed from off the face of the land, and the earth did cease to tremble, and
the rocks did cease to rend, and the dreadful groanings did cease, and all the tumultuous noises did pass away.
|10:10 And the earth did cleave together again, that it stood; and the mourning, and the weeping,
and the wailing of the people who were spared alive did cease; and their mourning was turned into joy, and
their lamentations into the praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord Jesus Christ, their Redeemer.
|10:11 And thus far were the scriptures fulfilled which had been spoken by the prophets. |
|10:12 And it was the more righteous part of the people who were saved, and it was they who received
the prophets and stoned them not; and it was they who had not shed the blood of the saints, who were spared -- ||
(10:12-17) It was the more righteous part of the people who were saved.|
The more righteous part of the people weren't killed by Jesus, those that listened to the prophets without stoning them, and who didn't shed any saint blood. These righteous people weren't
drowned, burned, or crushed to death;
they weren't carried away by whirlwinds or killed by smoke or darkness.
You've just got to understand: the people that Jesus killed by fire, smoke, tempests, whirlwinds, ground-swallowings, and whatnot were required by the scriptures. Jesus had to kill these people in these horrific ways or else
the scriptures wouldn't be properly fulfilled.
Zenos and Zenock said these things would happen to the remnant of their seed. And we are a remnant of their seed.
Jacob also testified about the remnant of Joseph's seed. And we are all just a
remnant of his seed. And wasn't there something about Joseph's seed in Lehi's plates?
|10:13 And they were spared and were not sunk and buried up in the earth; and they were not drowned
in the depths of the sea; and they were not burned by fire, neither were they fallen upon and crushed to death;
and they were not carried away in the whirlwind; neither were they overpowered by the vapor of smoke and of
|10:14 And now, whoso readeth, let him understand; he that hath the scriptures, let him search
them, and see and behold if all these deaths and destructions by fire, and by smoke, and by tempests, and by
whirlwinds, and by the opening of the earth to receive them, and all these things are not unto the fulfilling
of the prophecies of many of the holy prophets.
|10:15 Behold, I say unto you, Yea, many have testified of these things at the coming of Christ,
and were slain because they testified of these things.
|10:16 Yea, the prophet Zenos did testify of these things, and also Zenock spake concerning these
things, because they testified particularly concerning us, who are the remnant of their seed.
|10:17 Behold, our father Jacob also testified concerning a remnant of the seed of Joseph. And behold,
are not we a remnant of the seed of Joseph? And these things which testify of us, are they not written upon the
plates of brass which our father Lehi brought out of Jerusalem?
|10:18 It came to pass that in the ending of the thirty and fourth year,
behold, I will show unto you that the people of Nephi who were spared, and also those who had been called
Lamanites, who had been spared, did have great favors shown unto them, and great blessings poured out upon
their heads, insomuch that soon after the ascension of Christ into heaven he did truly manifest himself unto
them -- |
|10:19 Showing his body unto them, and ministering unto them; and an account of his ministry shall
be given hereafter. Therefore for this time I make an end of my sayings. ||
(10:19) I make an end of my sayings.
And it came to pass (10:1, 3, 8, 9, 18)
Behold [10:1, 8, 14, 15, 17(2), 18]
[10:4, 5(2), 6] How often would I have gathered my children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! -- Matthew 23:37
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