“Book of Mormon: Chapter Heading Correction in Mosiah 28: Who Does ‘They Shall Have Eternal Life’ Refer to?” by grego
Book of Mormon: Chapter Heading Correction in Mosiah 28: Who Does “They Shall Have Eternal Life” Refer to?
The chapter heading to Mosiah 28 reads:
“*The sons of Mosiah shall have eternal life*—They go to preach to the Lamanites—Mosiah translates the Jaredite plates with the two seer stones. About 92 B.C.”
The text reads:
Mosiah 28:6 And king Mosiah went and inquired of the Lord if he should let his sons go up among the Lamanites to preach the word.
7 And the Lord said unto Mosiah: Let them go up, for many shall believe on their words, and they shall have eternal life; and I will deliver thy sons out of the hands of the Lamanites.
“Let them go up, for many shall believe on their words, and they shall have eternal life. “
So who is the antecedent to “they”: his sons, or the people who believe on their words?
I believe it’s those who listen to his sons’ words, not his sons, and therefore the chapter heading should read “Many Lamanites will have eternal life because of the sons of Mosiah’s preachings.” or such.
Mosiah’s sons already have eternal life. And why would anyone believing in their words have to do with them having eternal life?
But not only will the Lamanites believe, but they’ll believe unto eternal life.
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