Before you begin please read this paragraph and then the introduction if you have not done so already. You don’t need to read the sections from part one, but they help us understand the history behind verse 30 and the conventional interpretation. I would recommend you read Jacob chapters 1-3 before starting this thread of posts. It would be useful to have your scriptures available to read along with each post so you can do your own homework.

All the surrounding context treats this as a serious sin, or as Jacob calls it, a “grosser crime.” So either God is allowing for an exception (loophole) or we’re misunderstanding this verse. Read these statements out loud to yourself.

Chapter 1

  • began to grow hard in their hearts (Jacob 1:15)
  • indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices (Jacob 1:15)
  • desiring many wives and concubines (Jacob 1:15)

Chapter 2

For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things. (Jacob 2:30)

Chapter 3

  • those who seek your destruction (Jacob 3:1)
  • wo, wo, unto you that are not pure in heart (Jacob 3:3)
  • filthy this day before God (Jacob 3:3)
  • the land is cursed for your sakes (Jacob 3:3)
  • scourge you even unto destruction (Jacob 3:3)
  • grieved their hearts (Jacob 3:10)
  • because of your filthiness (Jacob 3:10)
  • bring your children unto destruction (Jacob 3:10)
  • their sins be heaped upon your heads at the last day (Jacob 3:10)
  • shake yourselves that ye may awake from the slumber of death (Jacob 3:11)
  • loose yourselves from the pains of hell (Jacob 3:11)
  • become angels to the devil (Jacob 3:11)
  • be cast into that lake of fire and brimstone (Jacob 3:11)
  • the second death. (Jacob 3:11)

Question: Does the surrounding context sound favorable to this practice?

Perhaps we’re divorcing verse 30 from the context and misinterpreting what it’s trying to tell us. All of the surrounding context tells a much different story than our traditional interpretation leads us to believe. Misunderstanding verse 30 may have led us into condemnation and a curse upon the land. Our loophole might actually be a noose.

 

Read With New Eyes

When outsiders read this chapter they struggle to understand how Mormons justify polygamy with the strong denunciation in the Book of Mormon. Notice how Pastor Jeff recognizes it as sin and doesn’t catch the “loophole” that our brains can’t unsee. As he explains, “…within God’s holiness you’re not going to see Him, from our vantage point biblically speaking, calling something sinful and calling it wicked, calling it abominable, and suspending it and telling people they should not involve themselves in it, only to then to reinstitute something that he previously had said was sinful. If it is sinful that means it is not of God.”

The section on polygamy is from 4:30-8:46.

Reading these phrases out loud should give us a better sense of the message that Jacob is trying to deliver. I hope you see a clearer picture of the context and feel the words Jacob used to not only warn his people, but to warn us in the Latter Days.

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