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Son of David, Son of God


The Book of Mormon, Hebrew & English

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For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake
I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

Isaiah 62:1

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And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.

Excerpt from Book of Mormon Title Page

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Wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered among all nations; yea, and also Babylon shall be destroyed; wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered by other nations.
And after they have been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind-- and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things.
2 Nephi 25:15-16
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And as I spake concerning the convincing of the Jews,
that Jesus is the very Christ . . .

2 Nephi 26:12
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O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people?


2 Nephi 29:5

And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.

2 Nephi 29:13

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I have charity for the Jew.

2 Nephi 33:8

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... all things which are hid must be revealed upon the house-tops.

Mormon 5:8

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And behold, they (The Book of Mormon teachings) shall go unto the Jews; and for this intent shall they go -- that they may be persuaded that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; that the Father may bring about, through his most Beloved, his great and eternal purpose, in restoring the Jews, or all the house of Israel, to the land of their inheritance, which the Lord their God hath given them, unto the fulfilling of his covenant;

Mormon 5:14

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For none can have power to bring it to light save it be given of him of God;
for God wills that it shall be done with an eye single to his glory, or the welfare of the ancient and long dispersed covenant people of the Lord.

Mormon 8:15

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... the stone that was cut out of the mountain without hands ...

Daniel 2:45

For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on,
until all his promises shall be fulfilled.

...and none can stay it...  

Mormon 8:22,26

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And if our plates had been sufficiently large
we should have written in Hebrew...

Mormon 9:33

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Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world...

Ether 4:14
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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 
Psalm 122:6
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

Psalm 137:5

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And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews.

1 Corinthians 9:20
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Wherefore, I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel from the Gentiles unto
the house of Israel.

Doctrine & Covenants 14:10
And again, (seek diligently to turn) the hearts of the Jews unto the prophets, and the prophets unto the Jews; lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse, and all flesh be consumed before me.
Doctrine & Covenants 98:17
We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed;

 And the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David;

 And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.

  And may all the scattered remnants of Israel, who have been driven to the ends of the earth, come to a knowledge of the truth, believe in the Messiah, and be redeemed from oppression, and rejoice before thee.

Doctrine & Covenants 109: 62-64, 67
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Come, ye dispersed of Judah, Join in the theme and sing With harmony unceasing The praises of our King, Whose arm is now extended, On which the world may gaze, To gather up the righteous In these the latter days.

Come, All Ye Saints of Zion, LDS Hymn no. 38


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And if not now, when?    - Rabbi Hillel the Elder

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The phrase "House of Israel" is given 122 times in the Book of Mormon,
and 160 times in the Bible KJV.

The Book of Mormon also references the following phrases

"House of Jacob" is given 15 times

"children of Israel" is given 8 times

 "tribes of Israel" is given 6 times

"Jews" is given 76 times

"Judah" is given 22 times

"the Law of Moses" (translated as Torah) is given 43 times

"God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob" is given 8 times, including variations

"Covenant" is given 154 times

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Ongoing translation in pdf format for "personal study only"  
Primary link:  BofM_Hebrew.pdf           Alternate link:  BofM_Hebrew.pdf
By faith all things are fulfilled.  - Ether 12:3


b'Shalom,

- Tom Irvine
Email: 
tom@vibrationdata.com
 
UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. 

- The Lorax


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I will always maintain a true principle, even if I stand alone in it.
Joseph Smith
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In 1832, as some early missionaries returned from their fields of labor, the Lord reproved them for treating the Book of Mormon lightly. As a result of that attitude, he said, their minds had been darkened. Not only had treating this sacred book lightly brought a loss of light to themselves, it had also brought the whole Church under condemnation, even all the children of Zion. And then the Lord said, “And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon”
(D&C 84:54–57)

- President Ezra Taft Benson, The Book of Mormon - Keystone of Our Religion, Ensign, November 1986

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Elder Russell M. Nelson

You can invite a friend to read the Book of Mormon. Explain that it is not a novel or a history book. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. Its very purpose is “to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.”

Each exemplary follower of Jesus Christ can become an effective member missionary. Members and full-time missionaries may walk arm in arm in bringing the blessings of the gospel to cherished friends and neighbors. Many of them are of Israel, now being gathered as promised. This is all part of the preparation for the Second Coming of the Lord.

The Prophet Joseph Smith said "that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book." The Book of Mormon teaches of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and is the instrument by which God will fulfill His ancient promise to gather scattered Israel in these latter days.

(Be Thou an Example of the Believers, October 2010 General Conference)

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Alvin Smith was the oldest brother of Joseph Smith Jr. 

Alvin is portrayed in the film Joseph Smith: The  Prophet of the Restoration (2011) as proclaiming to Joseph "I cannot believe that God would want to save but just a few of us."

To Alvin's words, I humbly append "I cannot believe that God would want to save but just Ephraim and Manasseh." 

Surely the Lord also desires to save Judah.

- Tom Irvine

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Lesson Learned from Translating the Book of Mormon into Hebrew

1.  HaMashiach, the Messiah, is used instead of Christ.  Both titles refer to the "anointed one."  But the name Christ is Greek.  The authors of the Book of Mormon would have been unfamiliar with Greek.  Furthermore the Jews are well acquainted with the concept of a Messiah.

2.  The Hebrew name for Jesus is: Yeshua, which means "He who saves." (See Matthew 1:19-21)

3.  The subtitle is changed to: Another Testament of Jesus the Messiah, Son of David, Son of God, or Yeshua HaMashiach, Ben David, Ben Elohim.  The purpose is to emphasize that Jesus was Jewish and was of the lineage of David, following the example of Matthew 1.

4. Jesus the Messiah is the Torah made flesh and dwelt among us. Synthesis of 3 Nephi 15:9 & John 1:14.

5. YHWH is used for Lord. YHWH is a form of the Hebrew Hayah (I AM) and is pronounced as Yahweh. The equivalent name in English is Jehovah.  See Exodus 3:14.

6. Elohim is plural, meaning Gods.

7. The condescension of God is explained using a Hebrew phrase for God will lower himself to mortal life.  This may be the single most important concept for the Jews to understand. (1 Nephi 11:16)

8. Jacob bids farewell using the term adieu (Jacob 7:27).  Shalom, or peace, is used for adieu.

9. Hosanna (Hoshea na) - Hebrew for Please save or save now.  See 3 Nephi 11:17.

10. Yam Suph, the Sea of Reeds, is substituted for the Red Sea, per Jewish tradition. 

11. The law of Moses is translated as the Torah of Moses. (1 Nephi 4:15 & elsewhere)

12. The verb shema means listen and obey.  This verb is used throughout the translation.

13. The most common commandment in the Book of Mormon is to Behold, given 1651 times.

14. The Lord commands us to be baptized "that ye may be numbered with my people who are of the house of Israel."  See 3 Nephi 30:2.

15.  Lashuv meets to return and repent. See Jacob 3:8 & elsewhere.

16. Teshuvah is the noun for return and repentance.

17. Adam also means man.  The children of men is translated as the children of Adam. The name Adam comes from the Hebrew adamah, meaning earth. 

Recall Genesis 2:7,  Then the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

18. Mary is Miriam in Hebrew.  See Mosiah 3:8.

19.  The phrase I would that ye should remember appears 15 times in the Book of Mormon. See 2 Nephi 31:4 and elsewhere.

20.  Some of the Isaiah verses are quoted multiple times in the Book of Mormon.  For example, Isaiah 52:9 is quoted four times:

Break forth into joy; sing together ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem;

Mosiah 12:23, Mosiah 15:30, 3 Nephi 16:19, 3 Nephi 20:34.

21. The phrase how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet is used five times in the Book of Mormon, starting with Mosiah 12:21.

22.  The imperative lift up your heads is given five times in the Book of Mormon beginning with 2 Nephi 9:3.  It is followed by phrases such as rejoice and be comforted.

23.  Tzedakah means charity, and the religious obligation to perform charity.  It is based on the root tzedek which is justice.  Tzedek also means righteous. 

24.  The phrase as the Lord liveth is given 17 times, starting with 1 Nephi 3:15.

25.  The phrase keep the commandments is given 39 times.

26.  The Lord declares "I am Alpha and Omega" in 3 Nephi 9:18.  The Hebrew is "Ani aleph v'tav."  Aleph and Tav are the first and last letters of the Hebrew aleph-bet, respectively.

27.  The phrases out of bondage and from bondage are used a total of 33 times.

28.  The phrase bands of death is given 12 times.  Christ will break of loosen the bands of death.  See Alma 7:12 and elsewhere.

29.  The phrase come unto me is given 37 times.  In most of these cases, the Lord is inviting us to come unto him.  See Ether 4:13-18 and elsewhere.

30.  The phrase plan of redemption is given 17 times.  See Alma 29:2 for example.

31.  The phrase to the knowledge of the truth is given 14 times.  See Jacob 7:24 for example.

32.  The phrase stand before God is given 8 times, each in reference to judgment.  See Alma 5:15 and elsewhere.

33.  The phrase from the foundation of the world is given 22 times, starting with 2 Nephi 9:18.

34.  Repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me is given in both Ether 4:18 and Moroni 7:34.


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Prophet Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith wrote, "Those engaged in seeking the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of Judah, cannot fail to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord and have the choicest blessings of Heaven rest upon them in copious effusions . . . He [the Lord] will endow you with power, wisdom, might, and intelligence, and every qualification necessary; while your minds will expand wider and wider, until you can circumscribe the earth and the heavens, reach forth into eternity, and contemplate the mighty acts of Jehovah in all their variety and glory" (History of the Church, 4:128-129).
This quote is from a letter to Orson Hyde and John E. Page, dated 14 May 1840.
Prophet Joseph Smith

"A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race."

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Remember Nehemiah, who was charged with building a wall to protect Jerusalem. Some wanted him to come down and compromise his position, but Nehemiah refused. He was not intolerant of others; he simply explained, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease … ?

Elder Robert D. Hales, Stand Strong in Holy Places,
General Conference, April 2013

We live in times of great challenges and great opportunities. The Lord is seeking men like Nehemiah—faithful brethren who fulfill the oath and covenant of the priesthood. He seeks to enlist unfaltering souls who diligently go about the work of building the kingdom of God—those who, when faced with opposition and temptation, say in their hearts, “I am doing a great work and cannot come down.”

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, We Are Doing a Great Work and Cannot Come Down
General Conference, April 2009

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In this Church there is an enormous amount of room—and scriptural commandment—for
studying and learning, for comparing and considering, for discussion and awaiting further revelation. We all learn ‘line upon line, precept upon precept,’ with the goal being authentic religious faith informing genuine Christlike living. In this there is no place for coercion or manipulation, no place for intimidation or hypocrisy.

– Jeffrey R. Holland, “A Prayer for the Children,” Ensign, May 2003

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“I admire men and women who have developed the questing spirit, who are unafraid of new ideas as stepping stones to progress. We should, of course, respect the opinions of others, but we should also be unafraid to dissent – if we are informed. Thoughts and expressions compete in the marketplace of thought, and in that competition truth emerges triumphant. Only error fears freedom of expression.”

- Apostle Hugh B. Brown, “A Final Testimony,” from An Abundant Life, 1999

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Elder Orson Hyde's Dedicatory Prayer in Jerusalem, 1841

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

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