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"I Will Be Merciful Unto My People", 2 Nephi 23

2 Nephi 23

Chapter 23 deals with the descruction of the wicked: Babylon. It is a descriptive explanation of the fate of the wicked.

According to historical accounts, Babylon was one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. It was a center of commerce and prosperity, not unlike our world today. Consider Babylon and its utter destruction. After its mighty fall, there was nothing left -- not even one inhabitant to preserve it from generation to generation. (see vs. 20)  It is gone forever.  As the chapter preface indicates the destruction of Babylon is given as a type for the destruction of the wicked at the seconding coming of our Lord.

The destruction decreed upon wicked is not without reason. In verse 2, it reads, "For my anger is not upon them that rejoice in my highness." It is those that have forgotten the Lord and his greatness, that have assumed that is through their own power that they have been so richly blessed. They are fools and are destroyed because of their foolishness.

Elsewhere, Christ has said, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." (Matt 5:5)