Post Author: Darrell
In my last post, I discussed one of the areas where Joseph Smith plagiarized and changed verses from The Bible. Let’s take a look at another example. Chapter 12 of 2 Nephi in The Book of Mormon is taken directly from Isaiah chapter 2. However, there are a few areas where Smith made changes. Verses 8 & 9 in Isaiah read as follows:
8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.
Isaiah is talking about how some men were bowing down to the work of their own hands: idols. They had turned away from The Lord and had chosen to worship false gods. Therefore, they were not to be forgiven. Now, let’s take a look at these two verses in The Book of Mormon.
8 Their land is also full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made. 9 And the mean man boweth not down, and the great man humbleth himself not, therefore, forgive him not (emphasis mine).
Notice how Smith changed the entire meaning of verse 9 by adding the word not. Obviously, if one reads verse 9 all by itself, it makes perfect sense to say that a man who does not bow down or humble himself before God should not be forgiven. However, when read in context with the surrounding verses, adding “not” in makes this verse utter gibberish, for you are now saying that a man who does not bow down to idols and false gods should not be forgiven by the One True God.
In his desire to correct the mistakes he thought were in The Bible, Joseph Smith made the classic error of failing to read in context. He brought his own wisdom to bear on The Word of God, and in the process, the Word of God proved its own worthiness and demonstrated the falseness of his prophetic claims.