“Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear all ye of far countries; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand; for God is with us.]”—2 Nephi 18:9-10
Jacob, quoting Isaiah, describes the result of his people’s breaking of their covenant: Assyria will conquer and destroy them despite their best efforts. Readers may ask what this has got to do with the Nephites, newly arrived strangers in a strange land, those who escaped the Babylonian conquest because of their righteousness.
Just as Israel allowed their chosen status—their protection in the wilderness and in conquering Cannan—to fuel centuries of pride, so Nephi must have been worried that his people, …