Jacob’s Sermon

Jacob Discusses Isaiah

2 Nephi 6:1–3
Jacob speaks for the welfare of his people.
2 Nephi 6:4–5
Jacob states that he will speak on the present, the future, and will use the words of Isaiah, which can be likened to the people’s situations.
2 Nephi 6:6–7
Jacob quotes a passage from the brass plates about the gathering of Israel in the last days.
2 Nephi 6:8–9
Jacob tells of the fall of Jerusalem, the captivity of the Jews (in Babylon), and their return to Jerusalem.
2 Nephi 6:9–11
Jacob foretells the first coming of Jesus Christ to the Jews and how they will suffer and be scattered for rejecting Him.
2 Nephi 6:12–13
The Gentiles will be blessed if they stay on the Lord’s side.
2 Nephi 6:14–15
Jacob prophesies of the final dispensation and the second coming of Jesus Christ.

God’s Power and Israel’s Transgressions

2 Nephi 6:16–18
God will save his people.
2 Nephi 7:1–3
Who forsook whom? It was not God who called off the partnership, it is Israel’s sins that did; God is still as powerful and able to save as ever.

Divine Providence

2 Nephi 7:4–9
God helps and protects those who are obedient.
2 Nephi 7:10–11
The righteous can trust in God, the wicked can expect trouble.

Hope for Zion

2 Nephi 8:1–3
Just as Abraham was a barren man who received a massive posterity, Zion’s situation will be improved.
2 Nephi 8:4–5
God has the power to bring justice and comfort.
2 Nephi 8:6–8
Earthly things pass away, but when God sets things straight, it is forever, despite what the naysayers might claim.
2 Nephi 8:9–11
A plea to God to act in strength as he did anciently.
2 Nephi 8:12–16
Don’t worry about or fear insignificant worldly threats; God is all–powerful.

A Call to Jerusalem

2 Nephi 8:17–20
Jerusalem has been stricken with the wrath of God.
2 Nephi 8:21–23
God has mercy on Jerusalem.
2 Nephi 8:24–25
A repentant Jerusalem is called forth.

Jacob Explains the Atonement, Resurrection and Judgment

2 Nephi 9:1–3
Jacob quotes Isaiah’s words so his people can have hope, since they are part of the house of Israel.
2 Nephi 9:4–5
Jacob acknowledges many people’s desires to know the future; he prophesies that Jesus Christ will come to those in Jerusalem and die for humanity.
2 Nephi 9:6
Just as death is a part of God’s plan, there is an opposing force: resurrection.
2 Nephi 9:7
The resurrection overcomes the fall of mankind and is only made possible through an infinite atonement.
2 Nephi 9:8–9
If there were not a resurrection, mankind would become angels to the devil.
2 Nephi 9:10–12
Jacob disambiguates temporal death and spiritual death.
2 Nephi 9:13–14
The resurrection produces an incorruptible body with perfect knowledge.
2 Nephi 9:15–16
Following the resurrection comes the judgment, where mankind can no longer shift between conditions of cleanliness and filthiness.

Jacob’s Hymn of Praise

2 Nephi 9:17–19
Jacob extols God’s justice.
2 Nephi 9:20–21
Jacob praises God’s omniscience; he explains that Jesus will come to save those who follow him, and will experience the pains of every member of the human family.
2 Nephi 9:22–24
All people will be resurrected; even so, damnation will come upon those who reject Jesus.

God’s Laws and Judgments

2 Nephi 9:25
Divine law makes possible divine mercy.
2 Nephi 9:26–27
Those without the law are not accountable; those who reject the law knowingly are cursed.
2 Nephi 9:28–29
Many wise people reject divine council; wisdom is good when in harmony with God’s counsels.
2 Nephi 9:30–38
Woe unto rich, deaf, blind, covenant–breaking, lying, murdering, adulterant, idol worshipping, unrepentant people.


2 Nephi 9:39
Remember to be spiritual.
2 Nephi 9:40
Remember Jesus Christ.
2 Nephi 9:41–43
Remember that Jesus is the sole keeper of the gate that leads to God; he will open it only to those humble few who consider themselves fools before God.
2 Nephi 9:44
Remember these teachings.
2 Nephi 9:45
Repent of all sins.
2 Nephi 9:46
Prepare for judgment day.
2 Nephi 9:47–48
These teachings are necessary.
2 Nephi 9:49–53
Jacob hates sin, and admonishes his people to partake of Christ’s salvation.
2 Nephi 9:53–54
Jacob praises God’s greatness for promising to preserve his people.

The Restoration of Israel

2 Nephi 10:1–2
The next day Jacob continues, teaching about the restoration of Israel.
2 Nephi 10:3–6
Christ will come among Jerusalem’s Jews—they are the only ones who would crucify their God; other nations would have believed him and repented.
2 Nephi 10:7–9
The Lord promises a gathering in the last days, in fulfillment of prior prophecy.

Gentile Nations in Promised Land

2 Nephi 10:10–14
The promised land will be strong against other nations and will be without kings.
2 Nephi 10:15–17
God’s word will be fulfilled, and those who fight against Zion will fall.
2 Nephi 10:18–19
The Gentiles will become part of the House of Israel.

Reconciliation Through Christ

2 Nephi 10:20–22
Jacob exhorts all to give up their sins and believe in the Lord’s promises.
2 Nephi 10:23–25
Jacob admonishes his people to choose eternal life and be received in God’s kingdom.
2 Nephi 11:1
Jacob speaks many more things, then ends the account of his sermon.