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Lesson 8-2: Jacob's Ten Woes and the Ten Commandments

TitleLesson 8-2: Jacob's Ten Woes and the Ten Commandments
Publication TypeChart
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsWelch, John W., Greg Welch, and Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye
PublisherScripture Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsDecalogue; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Ten Commandments; Woes

In 2 Nephi 9, Jacob pronounces a “wo” or curse upon the people of Nephi who do not keep the commandments. This chart shows that the specific sins he denounces are similar to several of the sins committed when the Ten Commandments are broken. The two lists are not identical, but it is evident that they are related on several levels. Both give ten warnings, woes, commands, or prohibitions. The fourth commandment (addressing the Sabbath day) and the eighth commandment (prohibiting stealing) are not on Jacob’s list, possibly because they were not a problem for Jacob’s isolated audience to keep. (Note that each item in the chart is numbered according to its order in the scriptural passage it appears in.)

Originally published as Chart 9-120 in Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. Jacob's Ten Woes and the Ten Commandments. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.


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