Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Richard Rust, University of North Carolina, "my soul delighteth", Nephi


Richard Rust, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, whose research has been published by F.A.R.M.S. in the past, has noticed phraseology that is unique to individual Book of Mormon prophets. He writes to F.A.R.M.S. that the phrase "my soul delighteth" appears to be unique to Nephi. It is a beautiful expression, which Nephi uses ten times: for example, "my soul delighteth in the scriptures" (2 Nephi 4:15); "my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord" (2 Nephi 4:16); "my soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of Christ" (2 Nephi 11:4); and "my soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah" (2 Nephi 25:5). Nephi's brother Jacob is the only other prophet who uses "soul" and "delight" together at all: "let your soul delight in fatness" (2 Nephi 9:51).