Journey through the Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 10 (Gathered under his Wings)

These verses have always stood out to me for the Savior’s three part repetition of his promise that he will gather us like chickens under his wings.

4 O ye people of these great cities which have fallen, who are descendants of Jacob, yea, who are of the house of Israel, how oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and have nourished you.

5 And again, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, who have fallen; yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, ye that dwell at Jerusalem, as ye that have fallen; yea, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not.
6 O ye house of Israel whom I have spared, how oft will I gather you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if ye will repent and return unto me with full purpose of heart.
This triple repetition of both past, present, and future willingness to gather is an eternal promise. The tri part repetition implies an enduring bond. God is telling us that no matter where we are or how we have fallen he will always be ready and able to gather us up and bless us.

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