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"Buy... Without Money and Without Price," 2 Nephi 9:50-54

2 Nephi 9:50-54

Jacob concludes this lengthy discourse with symbolism of drinking and eating, applying it to one's acceptance of the Gospel of Christ. The wording is curious.

In verse 50, he invites his listeners to come and buy wine and milk, but to do so without money or without price. He's not saying that it is free. What he is saying is that it can be had without money, but that it still must be bought. How can I buy something without spending money?

To buy something typically requires us to expend our resources in exchange for a good or service. If we are to buy without the resource of money, then we must use some other resource that we have available to us to make the purchase. Perhaps, what Jacob suggests here is that there is an investment of time required on our behalf before we can obtain what is otherwise has no monetary equivalent.