(v. 19-20): It seems strange that the proud persecute the humble. But the proud are acutely and naggingly aware of the distance between who they are and who they purport to be and they become convinced they can narrow the gap by continually reinforcing the difference between their supposed selves and the people they make out the humble around them to be.
The people of God, on the other hand, freely share with all around them their most precious possesions. Their attitude of abundance informs them there is always enough and to share.
In this way, those of the Church (in their hearts) are like men at a fountain doling out water by the quart while the belittled cling to their teacups chanting “this is mine.”
Vs. 22 will soon point out that an attitude of abundance resides in both those within the Church and without and that not all abundant souls belong to the body of Christ. Still, the Atonement–in its infinity–provides special access to abundance; indeed, only through it is the ultimately abundant universe accessible.
There is beauty in the equality and adundance of the people of Nephi in the first years of the reign of the judges. They shared not only their material goods but the things of God, as well.
It occurs to me that abundance is, to some extent, a comparative term: it refers not to an objective measure of goods but to what we have in relation to what we want. Hence, a poor man who wants for nothing lives in abundance while a rich man who lusts for more lives in scarcity. The abundance of Zion, then, lies not necessarily in its material wealth–though that, too, may be present– but in the largesse of the hearts of the Christians who are Zion’s inhabitants.