Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2012, January 2

“Book of Mormon: Nephi’s “Utter” from Hebrew–Not English (1 Nephi 2:14)” by grego

Book of Mormon: Nephi’s “Utter” from Hebrew, Not English (1 Nephi 2:14)


I found the use of “utter” in 1 Nephi 2:14 to be interesting:

1 Nephi 2:14 And it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the valley of Lemuel, with power, being filled with the Spirit, until their frames did shake before him. And he did confound them, that they durst not utter against him; wherefore, they did as he commanded them.

Here’s the 1828 Webster’s definition:
UT’TER, v.t.
1. To speak; to pronounce; to express; as, to utter words; to utter sounds.
2. To disclose; to discover; to divulge; to publish. He never utters a syllable of what I suppose to be intended as a secret.
3. To sell; to vend; as, to utter wares. [This is obsolete, unless in the law style.]
4. To put or send into circulation; to put off, as currency, or cause to pass in commerce; as, to utter coin or notes. A man utters a false note, who gives it in payment, knowing it to be false.

None of those definitions fit…

Are these definitions better?:

From the Hebrew “hagah” (from the Hebrew lexicon at
to moan, growl, utter, muse, mutter, meditate, devise, plot, speak
1. (Qal)
1. to roar, growl, groan
2. to utter, speak
3. to meditate, devise, muse, imagine
2. (Poal) to utter
3. (Hiphil) to mutter

KJV (25) – imagine, 2; meditate, 6; mourn, 4; mutter, 2; roaring, 1; sore, 1; speak, 4; study, 2; talk, 1; utter, 2;
NAS (24) – declare, 1; devise, 2; devising, 1; growls, 1; make a sound, 1; meditate, 5; meditates, 1; moan, 3; moan sadly, 1; mutter, 2; mutters, 1; ponders, 1; utter, 2; uttering, 1; utters, 1;

From Brown-Driver-Briggs (Old Testament Hebrew-English Lexicon) (
“hagal” A primitive root (compare H1901); to murmur (in pleasure or anger); by implication to ponder:—imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, X sore, speak, study, talk, utter.

From Strong’s (Hebrew & Chaldee Dictionary of the Old Testament)
* #1897.
* הָגָה
* hagah (211c); a prim. root; to moan, growl, utter, speak, muse:—
* NASB – declare(1), devise(2), devising(1), growls(1), make a sound(1), meditate(5), meditates(1), moan(3), moan sadly(1), mutter(2), mutters(1), ponders(1), utter(2), uttering(1), utters(1).

Now, what about “confound”? :)

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