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Jacob 6:4

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Jacob Chapter 6Â*

4 And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of Israel, both roots and branches; and he stretches forth his hands unto them all the day long; and they are a stiffnecked and a gainsaying people; but as many as will not harden their hearts shall be saved in the kingdom of God.

Quotes for Discussion

“He remembereth the house of Israel, both roots and branches”

The Lord knows and loves Israel, both roots (ancestry) and branches (posterity). His memory is perfect: he knows that Israel distinguished themselves in premortality; he knows that Abraham was promised that his seed would populate and bless the earth; he knows that Israel will have been refined in the furnaces of affliction; and he knows that the faithful of Israel will go on to enjoy the sublime blessings of her progenitor: a “fullness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever” (D&C 132:19).

Millet and McConkie, Doctrinal Commentary on the BOM, Vol. 2, p. 78

“A gainsaying people”

To say that Israel is “a gainsaying people” is to say that they are quick to object, to oppose, resist, contradict, or speak against that which comes from God.


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