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"Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive," 2 Nephi 17:10-16

2 Nephi 17:10-16

I've already spent several days considering these verses in their context, making reference to both the English and Spanish translations in both the Book of Mormon and the Old Testament. The verse that is most frequently referenced in this group is found in verse 14, "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall bare a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."

Yet in the context of these other verses, the Lord provides this prophecy to illustrate that the threat that they presently faced, would come of naught in a span of a few years. The prophecy of Christ's birth is a symbolic representation of both spiritual and temporal liberation for the house of David.

I appreciate the reference to butter and honey in verse 15. From the footnotes in Isaiah, we learn that butter and honey were common staples among the poor in ancient times. The thought comes to me that it was not wrong that Christ himself be born into poor and humble circumstances.

On a different note, it impresses me that the Son of God should be born of one who had kept herself pure and personally worthy of just such an honor.

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