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"Wo Unto Them That... Follow Strong Drink", 2 Nephi 15:11

2 Nephi 15:11

Continuing with the next "Wo".

Vs. 11 - "Wo unto them that rise up early in the morning..." We have to read this in context of the rest of the verse. There is not evil in awaking early. We read in Doctrine and Covenants 88:124, "retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated."

The rest of the verse reads, "...that they may follow strong drink, that continue until night, and wine inflame them!" Here it is those that are motivated by strong drink. These verses were given in a time long before the establishment of the Word of Wisdom and the resultant conspiring designs of large corporations that now stand behind the "strong drinks" of our day, the principles of sobriety are the same throughout the ages.

To me this is curious, because the drives that cause an man to arise early after strong drink and stay up late, stand in direct opposition to the compelling motivations that are caused by the workings of the Spirit of God. Yet, they work in the same time frame, the one causing destruction on the one hand and the other working salvation on the other hand.