Since Chapter 6 is so short (only 6 verses) and covers topics already covered in the first 5 chapters and the title page, I’m just going to cut and past the chapter and move on to Chapter 7.
1 And now I, Nephi, do not give the genealogy of my fathers in athis part of my record; neither at any time shall I give it after upon these bplates which I am cwriting; for it is given in the record which has been kept by my dfather; wherefore, I do not write it in this work. 2 For it sufficeth me to say that we are descendants of aJoseph. 3 And it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give a full account of all the things of my father, for they cannot be written upon athese plates, for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God. 4 For the fulness of mine intent is that I may apersuade men to bcome unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved. 5 Wherefore, the things which are apleasing unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the world. 6 Wherefore, I shall give commandment unto my seed, that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men.
The trips back to Jerusalem didn’t end with the story of Laban and the brass plates. The Lord spoke again to Lehi instructing him to send the boys back, this time to meet with the family of Ishmael, whose daughters would become the wives of his sons.
Unlike meeting with Laban, Ishmael was a man of God who was receptive to the message delivered by Nephi and his brothers. Ishmael “softened his heart” to the will of God and prepared his family to leave Jerusalem for the wilderness.
As they travelled deeper into the vast unknown, Laman and Lemuel resumed their whiny ways, this time with allies from Ishmael’s family. Once again the two older brothers of Nephi yearned for the conforts, conveniences and entertainment they left behind when they followed their father into the wilderness. Two of Ishmael’s daughters and two of his sons sided with Laman and Lemuel, rebelling against the idea of putting up with such harsh living conditions.
Once again, Nephi moves in to rebuke them. He reminds Laman and Lemuel that they have seen angels, that they are only alive today because the Lord protected them against the servants of Laban. He then appealed to their pride, asking them why it is that he, the youngest brother has to always be the one setting the example.
He reminds them that, while they are stuck in the desert now, the reward for their faith is a “land of promise” where they and their posterity can enjoy the blessings the Lord has for them.
He also reminds them of their father’s prophecy that Jerusalem would soon be destroyed. It would be destroyed because of the same iniquity, sin and rejection of God’s prophets that Laman, Lemuel and the others were showing at the time.
Up until now, when Nephi rebuked his brothers, they were willing to back down. However, something was different this time. This time it wasn’t just Laman and Lemuel vs Nephi and Sam. This time Laman and Lemuel had others to back them up… and probably egg them on.
ParaTed2k Chapter 2 Verse 5: I can’t help but wonder if the fact there were women involved here didn’t play on Laman and Lemuel’s ego and pride a bit. Could they allow the women (who they knew from Lehi would soon be their wives) to see them giving in to their kid brother?
Back to the chapter…
Laman, Lemuel and some of Ishmael’s family decided they’d had enough of Nephi’s goody-two-shoes attitude. They overtook him and tied him up with cords, planning to throw him to the dogs (literally).
Like many of us would, Nephi prayed as he laid there in the wilderness. He prayed for the strength to break the cords that bound him. Through his strength of faith and of body, the cords broke and he was free.
Imagine the shock and awe of Nephi’s captors when he stood before them, free and unbound. The men of the rebellious brood stood to retake Nephi (will they never learn?), but once again the peer pressure and “woman’s touch” prevailed. This time the women begged the men to soften their hearts towards Nephi. Not only did they cease in their murderous plans, but they fell to their knees and begged Nephi to forgive them… which of course, he did.
They then set out on the walk through the wilderness to rejoin Lehi and Sariah.
And there was much rejoicing.