Highs, Lows & Chicken Smoothies

Jacob 5 – A verse at a time

I am continuing my goal of reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish. Let’s not forget that I don’t speak Spanish (just a minor detail). I have made it into Jacob by skipping all the Isaiah passage. Those passages are hard even in your native language. Well I didn’t look ahead and suddenly I hit Jacob 5 -The Allergory of the Tame and Wild Olive Tree. Yikes.

What I have learned from my project of translating verse by verse is that there is a lot of meaning missed when you cruise through the scriptures. I am hoping I will find that as well in all 77 verses of Jacob 5. Otherwise I have long road ahead of me. At the rate I am going that will be almost a solid month of digging, pruning and dunging.

But as with the rest of my project I have already found some cool insights that I would have missed if I was moving at a more normal pace. So strap in for Jacob 5 -101 – Insights gained from a snail pace through the most repetitive scripture chapter.

Lesson 1: From a non Spanish speaker – So to understand the verse I read it in Spanish, then return and use google translate to translate the words I don’t know (Oh maybe that is like all of them 🙂 ) then I read from the Book of Mormon in English. In verse 7 it reads “el amo de la vina”. I threw that into translate and found out that this is the term for the Master of the Vinyard. Well at first I left off the “el” and so amo translated as love. How fitting that the word for “master” has its roots in love. So many times a master may be harsh and domineering. But we are taught in the Doctrine and Covenants 121 that a true leader should operate only through love.

41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;

42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—

Once again we find that the Savior is the perfect example of leadership.

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