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The Book of Mormon, Hebrew & English

Another Testament of Yeshua the Messiah, Son of David, Son of God

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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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And after it had come forth unto them I beheld other books, which came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the Jews who were scattered upon all the face of the earth, that the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are true.

1 Nephi 13:39

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And it came to pass that I, Nephi, spake much unto them concerning these things; yea, I spake unto them concerning the restoration of the Jews in the latter days.

And I did rehearse unto them the words of Isaiah, who spake concerning the restoration of the Jews, or of the house of Israel; and after they were restored they should no more be confounded, neither should they be scattered again.

1 Nephi 15:19-20

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Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to make bare his arm in the eyes of all the nations, in bringing about his covenants and his gospel unto those who are of the house of Israel.

Wherefore, he will bring them again out of captivity, and they shall be gathered together to the lands of their inheritance; and they shall be brought out of obscurity and out of darkness; and they shall know that the Lord is their Savior and their Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel.

1 Nephi 22:11-12

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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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And it shall come to pass that the Jews which are scattered also shall begin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the face of the land…

2 Nephi 30:7
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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

No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel,
or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick,
that they which enter in may see the light.

For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest;
neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

Luke 8:16-17

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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 fullness 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

“Jerusalem” is given 164 times

“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
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By faith all things are fulfilled. – Ether 12:3

Gumption, Chutzpah, Azut d’Kedusha, Mitzvah Tikkun Olam, Chidush-Torah & Darsheni.
Be a Nahshon!

b’Shalom,
Tom Irvine

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And the Holy Ghost giveth authority that I should speak these things,
and deny them not.

1 Nephi 10:22

And it came to pass that when the angel had spoken these words, he said unto me: Rememberest thou the covenants of the Father unto the house of Israel?

1 Nephi 14:8

Thou hast seen and heard all this; and will ye not declare them?

1 Nephi 20:6

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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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Contact info, Email:  tom@irvinemail.org

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The Name of Gazelem

Alma 37, Alma speaking to his son Helaman regarding the records of the Jaredites as kept on the plates of Ether

[20] Therefore I command you, my son Helaman, that ye be diligent in fulfilling all my words, and that ye be diligent in keeping the commandments of God as they are written.

[21] And now, I will speak unto you concerning those twenty-four plates, that ye keep them, that the mysteries and the works of darkness, and their secret works, or the secret works of those people who have been destroyed, may be made manifest unto this people; yea, all their murders, and robbings, and their plunderings, and all their wickedness and abominations, may be made manifest unto this people; yea, and that ye preserve these interpreters.

[22] For behold, the Lord saw that his people began to work in darkness, yea, work secret murders and abominations; therefore the Lord said, if they did not repent they should be destroyed from off the face of the earth.

[23] And the Lord said: I will prepare unto my servant Gazelem, a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret works, their works of darkness, and their wickedness and abominations.

[24] And now, my son, these interpreters were prepared that the word of God might be fulfilled, which he spake, saying:

[25] I will bring forth out of darkness unto light all their secret works and their abominations; and except they repent I will destroy them from off the face of the earth; and I will bring to light all their secrets and abominations, unto every nation that shall hereafter possess the land.

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The word Gazelem appears to have its roots in Gaz – a stone and Aleim, a name of God as a revelator or interposer in the affairs of men. If this suggestion be correct, its roots admirably agree with its apparent meaning-a seer. (George Reynolds, A Dictionary of the Book of Mormon, p. 92)

This may well be a play on words. Is Gazelem the seer stone or the servant? It is difficult to tell from the passage and depends very much on the placement of a comma in the sentence. Perhaps it could refer to both. It is interesting to note that when Jesus called Simon Peter to the ministry he said: ‘Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is, by interpretation, a seer, or a stone’ (JST, John 1:42). Though this name or title of Gazelem may be used in regard to any seer who utilizes seer stones, it seems in this instance to be a direct reference to Joseph Smith the Prophet or another.

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Gazelem the same as Gazelam?

Hoyt W. Brewster, Jr.

In three different revelations, spanning a period of two years (1832-34), Joseph Smith was called “Gazelam” by the Lord (D&C 78:9; 82:11; 104:26, 43, 45, 46; pre-1981 edition). His name was disguised in order to prevent his enemies from discovering what plans the Lord had in mind at that particular time (HC 1:255).

Baurak Ale

The original 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, a book of LDS scripture, used code names for certain people and places. These names appear only in a few of the book’s sections, mainly those dealing with the United Order. It is believed that their purpose was to avoid the use of these sections in lawsuits by opponents of the Church, since giving the real names might have provided evidence that the United Order was legally a company, with its members financially liable for each other and the whole Order.

The 1981 LDS edition replaced these with the real names. The Community of Christ edition still uses the code names.

Baurak Ale: Joseph Smith. This is a very clear Hebrew for barakh ‘el (ברך אל) “blessed [of] El,” i.e., God

The following quotations are taken from an edition of the Doctrine and Covenants published by the LDS Church in 1968.

Doctrine Covenants 103

21. Verily, verily I say unto
you, that my servant Baurak Ale
[Joseph Smith, Jim.] is the man
to whom I likened the servant to
whom the Lord of the vineyard
spake in the parable which I have
given unto you.

22. Therefore let my servant
Baurak Ale [Joseph Smith, Jun.]
say unto the strength of my
house, my young men and the
middle aged — Gather yourselves
together unto the land of Zion,
upon the land which I have
bought with money that has been
consecrated unto me.

Doctrine Covenants 105

16. Behold, I have commanded
my servant Baurak Ale [Joseph
Smith, Jun.] to say unto the
strength of my house, even my
warriors, my young men, and
middle-aged, to gather together
for the redemption of my people,
and throw down the towers of
mine enemies, and scatter their
watchmen;

– Tom Irvine

Born Again

Prophesy regarding the rebirth of the modern State of Israel in 1948.

Isaiah 66

[7] Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

[8] Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

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Being born again is also Jewish idiom of when a gentile who wants to convert to Judaism “being Torah observant” goes through the process of becoming a Jew, then they would do an immersion “a mikvah” and then come up as a new creation and in every which way he would be considered a Torah observant person.

Furthermore, the “Baal Teshuva” movement is a description of the return of secular Jews to religious Judaism. The term baal teshuva is from the Talmud, literally meaning “master of repentance.”

Rabbi Yaacov Zirkind of Congregation Ahavas Israel of Morristown, NJ, said:

”When people say ‘Baal Teshuva,’ they are really talking about ‘tinoke she neeshba,’ literally ‘a baby that was lost. It does not mean these people were not raised Jewish. It means that they were raised without learning how to keep the Torah, the mitzvahs (good deeds) and how to live an observant Jewish life.“

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John 3

[1] There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

[2] The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

[3] Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

[4] Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

[5] Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

[6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

[7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

See also: First Peter 1:22-23

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Mosiah 27

[25] And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters;

(The Book of Mormon teaches that even nations must be born again).

Alma 5

[49] And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren, yea, and every one that dwelleth in the land; yea, to preach unto all, both old and young, both bond and free; yea, I say unto you the aged, and also the middle aged, and the rising generation; yea, to cry unto them that they must repent and be born again.

Alma 7

[14] Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.

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– Tom Irvine

Healing in His Wings

Referring to Jesus the Messiah…

Malachi 4:2

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

2 Nephi 25

[13] Behold, they will crucify him; and after he is laid in a sepulchre for the space of three days he shall rise from the dead, with healing in his wings; and all those who shall believe on his name shall be saved in the kingdom of God. Wherefore, my soul delighteth to prophesy concerning him, for I have seen his day, and my heart doth magnify his holy name.

3 Nephi 25

[2] But unto you that fear my name, shall the Son of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth and grow up as calves in the stall.
 

– Tom Irvine

The Lord’s Countenance

22 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,

24 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

25 The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.

Numbers 6

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Christ’ Visit to the Nephites at Bountiful…

And it came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto him; and his countenance did smile upon them, and the light of his countenance did shine upon them, and behold they were as white as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus; and behold the whiteness thereof did exceed all the whiteness, yea, even there could be nothing upon earth so white as the whiteness thereof.

3 Nephi 19:25

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– Tom Irvine

Daniel Deronda

Mary Anne Evans (1819 – 1880), known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She published her novel Daniel Deronda in 1876. The setting is London.

One of the characters in the story is Mordecai who passionately proclaims his wish for the Jewish people to retain their national identity and one day be restored to their Promised Land. Mordecai is ill and nearing death. He has written a manuscript of his vision in Hebrew which he desires Daniel Deronda to publish.

But other Jews do not share Mordecai’s enthusiasm and critize him for writing in Hebrew rather than Engish. One argues “The Book of Mormon would never have answered in Hebrew; and if you mean to address our learned men, it is not likely you can teach them anything.”

This is a curious reference. No further mention of the Book of Mormon is given in the novel.

As for the Book of Mormon in Hebrew . . .

– Tom Irvine

Awake, Awake, O Jerusalem

[1] Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
[2] Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

Isaiah 52

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[24] Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

[25] Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

2 Nephi 8

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[36] And then shall be brought to pass that which is written: Awake, awake again, and put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city, for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

[37] Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

3 Nephi 20

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[31] And awake, and arise from the dust, O Jerusalem; yea, and put on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of Zion; and strengthen thy stakes and enlarge thy borders forever, that thou mayest no more be confounded, that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he hath made unto thee, O house of Israel, may be fulfilled.

[32] Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

Moroni 10

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– Tom Irvine