Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, May 6

“Book of Mormon: Intentional Ambiguity in Giddianhi’s Letter?” by grego

Book of Mormon: Intentional Ambiguity in Giddianhi’s Letter?

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In 3 Nephi 3:7-8, Giddianhi says:
7 Or in other words, yield yourselves up unto us, and unite with us and become acquainted with our secret works, and become our brethren that ye may be like unto us—not our slaves, but our brethren and partners of all our substance.
8 And behold, {I swear unto you, if ye will do this, *with an oath*, ye shall not be destroyed}; but {if ye will not do this, I swear unto you with an oath, that on the morrow month} I will command that my armies shall come down against you, and they shall not stay their hand and shall spare not, but shall slay you, and shall let fall the sword upon you even until ye shall become extinct.

That wording at the beginning of verse 8 struck me as a little odd and ambiguous… So does Giddianhi swear that with an oath, or does Giddianhi mean that the Nephites must do it with an oath? Perhaps asking them upfront to do something like that might seem a little strong, so he kind of, you know, purposefully made it a little… unclear?

In contrast, note that as to the next oath, it is very clear as to who is swearing it–Giddianhi.

So, is the wording intentional, to make it easier to accept? Is the wording like that in the original?

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