Monday, May 7, 2012

Scripture - Great Writing

Sometimes I become calloused to the beautiful strains of writing, often poetry-like, that we have in our canon of scripture.
Today I read in 2 Nephi and came across these verses. They seemed to jump away from the page and stand in raised, bold print, and my mind's voice seemed to take on a Shakespearean boldness as I read the aweful yet Beautiful words:

"For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good.

"And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well--and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.

And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none--and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance."

           -2 Nephi 28: 20-22

Terribly beautiful, no? And by the same author, in the same book, can be found such bright and uplifting words as these:

"But behold, the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love."
             2 Nephi 1:15

or these:

"Awake, my soul! No longer Droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the Enemy of my soul. . . . Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation.

. . .May the gates of hell be shut continually before me, because that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite!

. . .O Lord, wilt thou encircle me around in the robe of thy righteousness! O Lord wilt thou make a way for mine escape before mine enemies!

. . . O Lord, I have trusted in Thee, and I will trust in thee forever.

. . . Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God.           -Amen."

              2 Nephi 4: 28 - 35

Nephi and other prophets in our canon wrote so powerfully, using such tactile and forceful and lovely words and phrases, describing so passionately what thoughts and knowledge they wanted to pass down to us. What wonderful scriptures we have.