This song is referenced by Song 101 – This New Song and Song 399 – Eruption. It was only 10 days after writing a song from III Nephi 4:29-33 I wrote a song from III Nephi 20:34-46. This chapter records when Jesus provided the bread and wine miraculously to the people who were at the temple after the great destruction described in III Nephi 8:5-25 (see the wonderful description of a pyroclastic volcanic flow, as written by BYU Geologist Bart J. Kowallis for FARMS, titled In the Thirty and Fourth Year – A Geologist’s View of the Great Destruction in 3 Nephi). After providing the sacrament, Jesus told them “the Father hath commanded me that I should give unto you this land, for your inheritance” (verse 14). The Lord promises the people he will “establish this land, unto the fulfilling of the covenant which (he) made with (their) father Jacob; and it shall be a New Jerusalem” (verse 22). He promises the people “they shall be a scourge unto the people of this land” (verse 28), and “the time cometh, when the fullness of my gospel shall be preached unto them,” (verse 30). “And they shall believe in me, that I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and shall pray unto the Father in my name” (verse 31). Then they sing the words of this song, which I put to music again here, and which is recorded in verses 34-46. The words of this song are wonderful, teaching us to “sing together” (verse 34), “the Lord has comforted his people” (verse 34), “all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of the Father” (verse 35), “O Zion, put on thy beautiful garments” (verse 36), “Shake thyself from the dust” (verse 37), “Ye shall be redeemed without money” (verse 38), “My people shall know my name” (verse 39), “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings unto them” (verse 40), “Touch not that which is unclean” (verse 41), “Ye shall not go out with haste nor go by flight” (verse 42), and (see Song 362 – The Move) “The Lord will go before you” (verse 42), “my servant shall deal prudently” (verse 43), “His visage was so marred” (verse 44), “The kings shall shut their mouths at him” (verse 45), and “All these things shall surely come” (verse 46). And all these things did come to the Nephites, including a visit of the Savior, and surely the scourges talked about are coming, in our personal lives, and in the lives of our people, and in our nation if we do not repent. Hopefully we learn to sing together.
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