Definitions surrounding insertion point of 'Mormon' in New Testament lexicon: 'Foolish, as salt without savor;' in the Old Testament: 'To be trodden under feet.'

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bullet "Mormon," Inserted Alphabetically in the Greek N.T.

Now we will take the word "Mormon" and transliterate it into the Greek letters Mwrmon and insert it alphabetically in the New Testament lexicon and consider the words that come before and after it in the the lexicon, again quoting from Zodhiates

3470 mwmoV momos Blame, fault, blemish, disgrace. Deriv. amomos (299), without spot. Syn. (156), ground for punishment, accusation; (3900), a tresspass; (265), a sin; (3847), transgression. Ant. (273), blameless; (3742), sacredness; (41), the state of holiness.

The ultimate objective of the Mormon church, as expressed in the very last page of the Book of Mormon is to be "sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot." (Moroni 10:33.)

3471 mwraino moraino (from moros (3474), foolish) To make dull, not acute, to cause something to lose its taste or the purpose for which it exists, e.g., salt not being able to make things salty. Used of the mind meaning to make foolish or to show to be foolish.

The scripture comes to mind: "And it shall come to pass that there shall be a great work in the land, even among the Gentiles, for their folly and their abominations shall be made manifest in the eyes of all people." (D&C 35:7.)

3472 mwria moria (from moros (3474), foolish) Folly, foolishness, absurdity.

Remember that "foolish" is the meaning of word 801 in the New Testament lexicon mentioned above.

>> Mwrmon Mormon [alphabetical insertion point]

3473 mwrologia morologia (from moros (3474), foolish, and lego (3004), to speak) Foolish talking. It is that type of speech which betrays a person as foolish. Ant. (5542), pleasant speech; eulogia (2129), blessing, speaking well of.

The current administration's thrust is to bring the Church "out of obscurity." Great pride is taken in how well Mormons are coming to be thought of in the world. According to the teachings of Jesus, acceptance by the world is foolishness before God.

3474 mwroV moros Silly, stupid, foolish, from which the English word "moron" is derived. It is a more serious reproach than raka, which scorns a man by calling him stupid, whereas moros scorns him concerning his heart and character. In Matt. 5:13 and Luke 14:34, it refers to salt that has lost its flavor, become tasteless. Syn. (878), foolish, a fool; (453), senseless, one lacking understanding; (801), without discernment.

3475 MwseuV Moseus Moses.

Moses wished "that all were prophets," but the people wanted a man to stand between them and God, bringing the first provocation in the wilderness. Today, again missing the aim of forming a nation of kings and priests, the Mormons boast of having a modern prophet to stand between them and God to guide them, when what they have actually wrought is the second provocation. What Moses was to the Jews of old, culminating with the crucifixion of Jesus, as foretold in their law, Joseph Smith is to the Mormons, culminating with their current rejection of the work of the Father among them, as predicted in Mormon scripture and soon to be fulfilled in full.

Thus ends the M section of the lexicon.

 

bullet "Mormon," Inserted Alphabetically in the Hebrew O.T.

Now let's take the word "Mormon" and transliterate it into the Hebrew spelling, 0/9/, and insert it alphabetically in the Old Testament lexicon and consider the words that come before and after it in the the lexicon, quoting from Gesenius

4819 ;-,9/ Merchandise, a market.

I think of Mystery Babylon" that ...making the merchants of the earth (among which are numbered a good many high-placed Mormons) rich with the abundance her delicacies." (Rev. 18:3) Speaking of the end of the M section, "Mystery" is the last English word in the M section of Biblical words. See word study on the words surrounding "Utah" in English: usurp, usury, Utah....  The Jews were not the only ones having problems with money changers.

4820, 4821 %/9/ Fraud, deceit; feigned, false, craft, guile, subtlety, treachery.

The following prophecies come to mind when thinking of this definition in the context of the people of God.

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"Say ye not, A confederacy, to all to whom this people shall say, A confederacy." (Isa.8:12.) 

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"For this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, that they shall believe a lie; because they delighted not in the truth." (Isa. 66:4; II Thes. 2:11.) 

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"There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst of her." (Ezk. 22:25.) 

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"...Saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace" (Jer. 6:14; 8:11). 

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"The priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment." (Isaiah 28:7.)

4822 ;&/9/ Elevation; heights.

At least three things come to mind here.  (1) The exalted shall be made low. (2) Another word that means "elevation, height" in Hebrew is #7863, which is just before #7865 0&!*:, "Sion," which might also loosely be pronounced, "Zion," which is the Mormon's favorite name to call their Utah homeland. (3) Mormons often quote the scripture: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it." (Isaiah 2:2.)

>> 0/9/ Mormon [insertion point, alphabetically]

4823 2/9/ A treading down, something to be trodden with the feet.

There we have it.  The words around "Mormon" in Greek mean, "as salt that has lost its savor;" and the word after "Mormon" in Hebrew means "something to be trodden with the feet;" hence bringing to mind the scriptures that say that if the people of God are not a light to the world and the savor of men they are henceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under feet.  (Matthew 5:13; Luke 14:34,35; III Nephi 12:13; 16:15; Doctrine & Covenants 101:39,40; 103:10.)

 

bullet "Father," and "treading" in the Greek N.T.

The word for "father" in Greek is pater. (3962, p. 494 in Thayer's.) The word immediately before it, pateo, means "to trample, crush with the feet; to tread under foot, trample on."

In the context of "Mormons and 801," this brings to mind a couple of scriptures. First is Matthew 21 in which Jesus tells the parable about the lord of the vineyard who returns to destroy the foolish husbandmen who killed his son. Jesus then makes the statement,

"The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." (Matt. 21:42-44.)

The second scripture that comes to mind is III Nephi 20:19, which is talking about when the Gentiles sin against the gospel (e.g. III Ne. 16:10):

"For I will make my people with whom the Father hath covenanted, yea, I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass. And thou shalt beat in pieces many people; and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth. And behold, I am he who doeth it."

 


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