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"Their Joy Shall Be Full Forever," 2 Nephi 9:10-18

2 Nephi 9:10-18

These verses contain a very vivid description of the division between the wicked and the righteousness in the eternal realms and the reasons for this division. This group of verses starts with perhaps the clearest definition of death and hell in all of holy writ.

Death (vs. 11) - A temporal death, also known as the grave. This is what holds our bodies separate from our spirits when we die.

Hell (vs. 12) - Also called spiritual death. This is the holding space for those captive spirits separated from their body. Earlier in this chapter, it was already established that separated from the presence of God, our spirits would be as the devil, consigned to a fallen, disembodied state. This is hell.

In verse 18, the culmination of the blessings of the resurrection are extended to the righteous.
"But, behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world, and despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which was prepared for them from the foundation of the world, and their joy shall be full forever."