A Sampling of Motifs from the Bible in the Book of Mormon (Part I)

The following is a list of random motifs found in both the Book of Mormon and the Bible. This is meant to further help the reader grasp the complexity and magnitude of the Book of Mormon in its use of Biblical motifs.

  1. Mist of darkness (1 Nephi 8:22)/(II Peter 2:17)/(Revelation 9:2)
  2. caught away…into an exceedingly high mountain (1 Nephi 11:1)/(Revelation 21:10)
  3. I looked…and I saw him not (1 Nephi 11:12)/(Revelation 1:12)
  4. a tree, whose fruit was desirable (1 Nephi 8:10/11:22)/(Revelation 2:7)
  5. abominable church; and I saw the devil that he was the founder of it (1 Nephi 13:6)/(Revelation 2:9/3:9)
  6. a rod of iron (1 Nephi 8:19/11:24-25)/(Revelation 2:26-27/19:3)/(Psalm 23:4)
  7. holding fast to the rod of iron (1 Nephi 8:30)/(Revelation 3:3)
  8. the fall thereof was exceedingly great (1 Nephi 11:36)/(Matthew 7:27)
  9. waters which run continually (1 Nephi 2:9)/(Psalm 58:7)
  10. eye of the Lord (2 Nephi 9:44)/(Psalm 33:18)
  11. great lights in heaven (Helaman 14:3)/(Psalm 136:7)
  12. not be afraid of ten thousands of people (1 Nephi 4:1)/(Psalm 3:6)
  13. What seest thou? (Jeremiah 1:11-13)/(1 Nephi 11:2,10,14)/(Jeremiah 24:3)
  14. Never hath man dwelt (Jeremiah 2:6)/(Ether 2:5)
  15. Fountain of living waters (Jeremiah 2:13)/(1 Nephi 11:25)
  16. Imagination of the heart (Jeremiah 3:17/7:24/9:14)/(1 Nephi 2:11)
  17. captain of fifty (Isaiah 3:3)/(1 Nephi 3:31)
  18. Cursed who trust in the arm of flesh (Jeremiah 17:5)/(2 Nephi 3:34)
  19. Tree planted by water (Jeremiah 17:8)/(1 Nephi 8:20)
  20. east wind (Jeremiah 18:17)/(Mosiah 7:31)
  21. Tree planted by river of water (1 Nephi 8:13/Psalm 1:3/Jeremiah 17:8)
  22. Tree of life (1 Nephi 15:22/Revelation 2:7/Proverbs 3:13-18)
  23. Church of Satan (1 Nephi 13:6/Revelation 2:9/3:9)
  24. Fountain of Living Waters (1 Nephi 11:25/Revelation 7:17/Psalm 36:9/Jeremiah 2:13/17:13)
  25. Pit of Hell (1 Nephi 14:3/Revelation 9:2/Psalm 7:15-16)
  26. Whore of the earth (1 Nephi 14:10-11/Revelation 17:1)
  27. Drown in waters (1 Nephi 8:32/1 Timothy 6:9/Psalm 124:3-5)
  28. Dreamed a dream (1 Nephi 8:2/Daniel 2:3)
  29. Multitude of tender mercies (1 Nephi 8:8/Psalm 51:1)
  30. Love of God shed abroad in our hearts (1 Nephi 11:22/Romans 5:5)
  31. Yoke of iron (1 Nephi 13:5/Jeremiah 28:14)
  32. A marvelous work (1 Nephi 14:7/Isaiah 29:14)
  33. A great gulf diving wicked and righteous (1 Nephi 12:18/Luke 16:26)
  34. By the mouth of his holy prophets (2 Nephi 9:2/Acts 3:21)
  35. From generation to generation (2 Nephi 9:2/Isaiah 13:20)
  36. Fold of God (2 Nephi 9:2/Jeremiah 23:3)
  37. Lift up your heads (2 Nephi 9:3/Psalm 24:7)
  38. Searched diligently for salvation to come (2 Nephi 9:4/1 Peter 1:10)
  39. In our flesh we will see God (2 Nephi 9:4/Job 19:26)
  40. We are subject unto Christ (2 Nephi 9:5/Hebrews 2:8)
  41. Corruption must put on incorruption (2 Nephi 9:7/1 Corinthians 15:53)
  42. An angel fell from heaven (2 Nephi 9:8/Isaiah 14:12)
  43. Satan can transform into angel of light (2 Nephi 9:9/II Corinthians 11:14)
  44. How great is the goodness of God (2 Nephi 9:10/Psalm 31:19)
  45. Death and Hell (2 Nephi 9:10/Revelation 6:8)
  46. Robe of righteousness (2 Nephi 9:14/Isaiah 61:10)
  47. Judgment seat of Christ (2 Nephi 9:15/Romans 14:10)
  48. God’s word will not pass away (2 Nephi 9:16/Mark 13:31)
  49. Righteous will be righteous still; filthy will be filthy still (2 Nephi 9:16/Revelation 22:11)
  50. Lake of fire and brimstone (2 Nephi 9:16/Revelation 19:20)
  51. Flame/smoke ascends forever (2 Nephi 9:16/Revelation 14:11)
  52. Endure the cross and despise the shame of it (2 Nephi 9:18/Hebrews 12:2)
  53. Inherit the kingdom of God prepared from the foundation of the world (2 Nephi 9:18/Matthew 25:34)
  54. Joy may be full (2 Nephi 9:18/John 1:4)
  55. Uncircumcised of heart (2 Nephi 9:33/Jeremiah 9:26)
  56. Carnally minded is death (2 Nephi 9:39/Romans 8:6)
  57. Speak hard things (2 Nephi 9:40/Psalm 60:3)
  58. Path of righteousness (2 Nephi 9:41/Psalm 23:3)
  59. Fools before God (2 Nephi 9:42/1 Corinthians 3:18)
  60. The wise and the prudent (2 Nephi 9:43/1 Corinthians 1:19)
  61. Shake my garments to rid myself of you blood (2 Nephi 9:44/Acts 18:6)
  62. Stand with brightness (2 Nephi 9:44/Ezekiel 28:7,17)
  63. Rock of my salvation (2 Nephi 9:45/Psalm 62:2)
  64. Chains of hell (2 Nephi 9:45/2 Peter 2:4/Jude 1:6)
  65. Plainness of speech (2 Nephi 9:47/II Corinthians 3:12)
  66. Stone which builders rejected (Jacob 4:15-16/Psalm 118:22/Matthew 21:42)
  67. Vineyard of the Lord (Jacob 5:3/Isaiah 5:7/Matt 20:1)
  68. The house of Israel is an olive tree (Jacob 5:3/Romans 11:24/Jeremiah 11:16-17)
  69. Pruning, digging, nourishing (Jacob 5:4,64/Luke 13:8/Isaiah 5:6)
  70. Young and tender (Jacob 5:4,6/Ezekiel 17:22/1 Chronicles 22:1)
  71. Wild olive tree (Jacob 5:7,9/Romans 11:17,24)
  72. Not cumber the ground (Jacob 5:9/Luke 13:7)
  73. Corrupt trees bring evil fruit (Jacob 5:38-39/Matt 7:17,19)
  74. Let good and bad grow together (Jacob 5:65/Matt 13:30)
  75. Moses’ prophecy of Christ’s coming (1 Nephi 22:20/Acts 3:22-23)
  76. Cut to the heart (Mosiah 113:7/Acts 5:33)
  77. Scales fell from his eyes (2 Nephi 30:6/Acts 9:18)
  78. Now I know of a surety (1 Nephi 5:8/Acts 13:11)
  79. Who shall declare his generation? (Mosiah 14:7-8/Isaiah 53/Acts 8:32-33)
  80. The Lord’s wings (2 Nephi 4:25/Psalm 17:8)
  81. Run a race, win the prize (Mosiah 4:27/1 Corinthians 9:24)
  82. Bands of death (Alma 4:14/Psalm 73:4)
  83. The provocation (Alma 12:36/Hebrews 3:8/Psalm 78:40)
  84. Grind to powder (2 Nephi 26:5/Matthew 21:44)
  85. Trample under foot (1 Nephi 19:7/Matthew 7:6)
  86. Mysteries of God (Matthew 13:11/1 Nephi 1:1)
  87. Finger of God (2 Nephi 3:17/Luke 11:20)
  88. They would have repented if they saw your miracles (2 Nephi 10:3/Matthew 11:21)
  89. Two or three witnesses (2 Nephi 11:3/Matthew 18:16)
  90. Cleanse the inward vessel (Alma 60:23-24/Matthew 23:26-27/Luke 11:39)
  91. The heavens opened (1 Nephi 11:14,27,30/ Mark 1:10)
  92. Give half of my kingdom (Alma 20:23/Mark 6:23)
  93. Pondered in my heart (1 Nephi 11:1/Luke 2:19)
  94. If ye are brought up in the gospel ye will not depart from it (2 Nephi 4:5/Proverbs 22:6)
  95. Seal you his (Mosiah 5:15/II Corinthians 1:22)
  96. O wretched man that I am (2 Nephi 4:17/Romans 4:15)
  97. Vengeance is mine; I will repay (Mormon 3:15/Romans 12:19)
  98. Let things be done in order (Mosiah 4:27/1 Corinthians 14:40)
  99. Be steadfast and immovable (1 Nephi 2:10/1 Corinthians 15:58)
  100. The true vine (1 Nephi 15:15/John 15:1)
  101. Death swallowed in victory (Mosiah 16:8/Isaiah 25:8)
  102. Armor of righteousness (2 Nephi 1:23/Isaiah 59:17/Ephesians 6:14)
  103. The serpent beguiled (2 Nephi 9:9/Genesis 3:13)
  104. Blood cries from the ground (2 Nephi 28:10/Genesis 4:10)
  105. Greater than I can bear (1 Nephi 16:1/Genesis 4:13/1 Corinthians 3:2)
  106. Nimrod the mighty hunter (Ether 2:1/Genesis 10:8-9)
  107. Enter into his rest (Jacob 1:7/Hebrews 3:11)
  108. Hedge up the way (Mosiah 7:29/Hosea 2:6)
  109. Fiery indignation (Alma 40:14/Hebrews 10:27)
  110. Dregs of a bitter cup (Alma 40:26/Psalm 75:8)
  111. Great and terrible (1 Nephi 12:18/Deuteronomy 1:19)
  112. Who can stand before his armies? (Ether 14:18/Deuteronomy 9:2)
  113. Turn aside out of the way (1 Nephi 19:13-15/Deuteronomy 9:12)
  114. They seek my life, to take it away (1 Nephi 1:20/1 Kings 19:10)
  115. Break the rocks into pieces (Helaman 14:21/1 Kings 19:11)

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