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Was the Path Nephi Saw “Strait and Narrow” or “Straight and Narrow”?

TitleWas the Path Nephi Saw “Strait and Narrow” or “Straight and Narrow”?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsReynolds, Noel B., and Royal Skousen
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination30-33, 70
KeywordsMiddle English; Nephi; Straight; Strait

The two spellings strait and straight are often considered synonymous; however, they come from different Middle English words and have different meanings. Strait means “narrow” or “tight,” whereas straight means “not crooked.” The difference in these meanings affects the interpretation of the scriptural phrase “strait/straight and narrow path” and others like it. Reynolds and Skousen explore possible meanings that the original Book of Mormon authors may have intended in their use of the two words.