The Psalm of Nephi in an Age of Anxiety and Division


The Psalm of Nephi in an Age of Anxiety and Division

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication









Terms of use

Items in the BMC Archive are made publicly available for non-commercial, private use. Inclusion within the BMC Archive does not imply endorsement. Items do not represent the official views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or of Book of Mormon Central.

Bibliographic Citation

Mason, Patrick Q. "The Psalm of Nephi in an Age of Anxiety and Division", Vol. 62. 2023:39–55.


This brief essay supplements the prior scholarship on the Psalm of Nephi by asking two questions: How have readers understood this passage over time? And how might the Psalm of Nephi be a particularly useful text today? To answer these questions, I provide a reception history of the text, documenting how these twenty verses have been received and interpreted by various readers since the Book of Mormon’s publication. I then interpret what the historical evidence suggests—that the Psalm of Nephi has become increasingly popular in recent decades after being virtually neglected for about a century. Finally, I will offer a distinctive reading that highlights the text’s current resonance and relevance in our contemporary age of anxiety and division.

Psalm of Nephi

© 2024 Scripture Central: A Non-Profit Organization. All rights reserved. Registered 501(c)(3). EIN: 20-5294264