1 Nephi 19:7 — LeGrand Baker — “they set him at naught”

1 Nephi 19:7 

7 For the things which some men esteem to be of great worth, both to the body and soul, others set at naught and trample under their feet. Yea, even the very God of Israel do men trample under their feet; I say, trample under their feet but I would speak in other words—they set him at naught, and hearken not to the voice of his counsels.

Nephi mentions this important doctrine here, but it is most unequivocally expounded by Alma. In the prayer that began “O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart,” Alma bemoans the sorry condition of those who choose to do evil (Alma 29:4-5). It is always so with prophets and other righteous men. In the beatitudes, after bringing his audience through the sequence{1} that concluded “for they shall be called [new name] the children of God” Jesus explained what would happen next. He said, “And blessed are all they who are persecuted for my name’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (3 Nephi 12:10, Matthew 5:10). Later he observed, “A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house” (Mark 6:4).


{1} For a discussion of the Beatitudes as sequence see Who Shall Ascend into the Hill of the Lord, First edition, p. 925-97; Second edition, p. 646-91.

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