Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, circa August 1829–circa January 1830

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The Book of Mormon—— An account written by the hand of Mormon upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi wherefore it is an abridgment of the record of the People of Nephi & also of the Lamanites written to the Lamanites which are a remnant of the house of Israel & also to Jew & Gentile written by way of commandment & also by the spirit of Prophesy & of revelation written & sealed up & hid up unto the Lord that they might not be destroid to come forth by the gift & power of God unto the interpretation thereof sealed by the hand of Moroni & hiid hid up unto the Lord to come forth in due time by the way of Gentile the interpretation thereof by the gift of God an abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also which as <is> a record of the People of Jared which were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the People when they were building a tower to get to heaven which is to shew unto the remnant of the house of Israel how great things the Lord hath done for their fathers & that they may know the covenants of the Lord that they are not cast off forever & also to the convinceing of the Jew & Gentile that Jesus is the Christ the Eternal God manifesting himself unto all Nations & now if there be fault it be the mistake of men wherefore condemn not the things of God that ye may be found spotless at the Judgment seat of Christ
—— By Joseph Smith Juniour Author & proprietor
 
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Be it remembered that on the eleventh day of June in the fifty third year of the independance of the A.D 1829 Joseph Smith Junior of the sai said Destrict hath deposited in this office the title of a Book the right whereof he claims a author in the words following to wit
Tthe Book of Mormon. . &.C.—— By Joseph Smith Junor Author & propri <propriet[or]>
Cherk of the Destrict cort for the Northren District of [p. [i]]
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Preface
Preface
To the Reader——
As mang fals reports have been Sirculated respecting this <the following> work & also many unlawful measures taken by evil desineing persons to destroy me & also the work I would inform you that I translated by the gift & power of God & caused to be written one hundred & sixteen pages the which I took from the Book of Lehi which was an account abridged from the plates of Lehi by the hand of Mormon which said account some person or persons have stolen & kept from me notwithstanding my utmost exersion to recover it again & being commanded of the Lord that I should not translate the same over again for Satan had put it into their hearts to tempt the Lord their God by altering the words that they did read conterary from that which I translated & caused to be written & if I should bring forth the same words again or in other words if I should translate the same over again they would publish that which they had stolen & Satan would stir up the hearts of this generation that they might not receive this work but behold the Lord said unto me I will not suffer that Satan shall accomplish his evil design in this thing therefore thou shalt translate from the plates of Nephi untill yeu ye come to that which ye have translated which ye have retained & behold ye shall publish it as the record of Nephi & thus I will confound those who have altered my words I will not suffer that they shall destroy my work yea I will shew unto them that my wisdom is greater then the cunning of the Devil wherefore to be obediant unto the commands commandments of God I have through his grace & mercy accomplished that which he hath commanded me respecting this thing
I would also inform you that the plates of which hath been spoken was found in the township of Ontario County New Yorkk
The Author [p. [iii]]
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First Nephi, Chapter 1 [1 Nephi 1–5]
The Book of Nephi his reign & ministry. An account of Lehi & his Wife Sariah & his four Sons being called beginning at the eldest Laman Lemuel Sam & Nephi— the Lord warns Lehi to depart out of the land of Jerusalem because he prophesieth unto the people cocerning their iniquity— & they seek to destroy his life— he taketh three days journey un into the wilderness with his family— Nephi taketh his Brethren & returns to the land of Jerusalem after the record of the Jews— the account of their sufferings— they take the Daughters of Ishmael to wife— they take their families & depart into the wilderness— their sufferings & afflictions in the wilderness— the cours of their travels— they come to the large waters— Nephis Brethren rebelleth against him he confoundeth them & buildeth a ship— they call the place Bountiful— they cross the large waters into the promised land .&C. this is according to the account of Nephi or in other words I Nephi wrote this record— I Nephi haveing been bor born of goodly parents therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father & haveing seen many afflictions in the cours of my days nevertheless haveing been highly favored of the Lord in all my days yea haveing had a great knowledg of the goodness & the mysteries of God therefore I make a record of my procedings in my days yea I make a record in the language of my father which consists of the learning of the Jews & the language of the Egyptians & I know that the record which I make to be true & I make it with mine own [ha]nd & I make it according to my knowledge for it came to pass in the commencement of the <first year of the> reign of Zedekiah King of Judah my father Lehi haveing dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days & in that same year there came many prophits prophesying unto the people that they must repent of or that <the> great City Jerusalem must be destroid wherefore it came <to> pass that my father Lehi as he went forth prayed unto the Lord yea even with all his heart in behalf of his People & it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord there came a pillar of fire & dwelt upon a rock before him & he saw & heard much & because of the things which he saw & heard he did quake & tremble excedingly & it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem & he cast himself upon his bed being overcome with the spirit & [th]e things which he had seen & being thus overcome with the spirit he was [carried away i]n a vision [even] t[hat] he [sa]w the Heavens op[en] & h[e] tho[u][ght he saw God sitting upon his throne surrounded with numberless] [p. 1] concorses of angels in the attitude of singing & praiseing their God & [it] came to pass that he saw one desending out of the midst of Heaven & he beheld that his luster was above that of the Sun at noonday & he also saw twelve others follouing him & their brightness did excede that of the Stars in the firmament & they came down & went forth upon the face of the earth & th[e] first came & stood before my father & gave unto him a Book & bade <bade> him that he should <read it> & it came to pass that as he read he was filled with the spirit of the Lord & he read saying wo wo unto Jerusalem for I have seen thine abominations yea & many things did my father read concerning Jerusalem that it shoul be destroid & the inhabitants thereof many should perish by the sword & many should be carried away captive into Babylon & it came to pass that when my father had read & saw many great & marvelous things he did exclaim many things unto the Lord such as great & marvelous are thy works O Lord God Almighty thy throne is high in the Heavens & thy power & goodness <& mercy> is over all the in habitants of the earth & because thou art merciful thou wilt not Suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish & after this manner was the language of my father in the praising of his God for his soul did rejoice & his whole heart was filled because of the things which he had seen yea which the Lor[d] had shewn unto him & now I Nephi do not make a full account of the things which my father hath written for he hath written many things which he hath saw in visions & in dreams & he also hath written may things which he prophesyed & spake unto his children which I shall not make a full account but I shall make an account of my procedings in my days behold I make an abridgment of the record of my father upon plates which I have made with m[ine] own hands wherefore after that I have abridged the record of my father of my father then will I make an account of mine own life therefore I would that ye should know that after the Lord had shewn so many <marvelous> things unto my father Lehi yea concerning the destruction of Jerusalem behold he went forth among the people & began to prophesy & to declare unto them concerning the things which he had both seen & heard & it came to pass that the Jews did mock him because of the things which he testified of them for he truly testified of their wickedness & their abominations & he testified that the things which he saw & heard & also the things which he read in the Book manifested plainly of the comeing of a Messiah & also the redemption of the world & when the Jews heard these things they were angery with him yea even as with the prophets of Old whom they had cast out & st[oned] [& s]l[a]i[n] & they also sought hi[s lif]e th[a]t they [mi]ght take it [away but] [behold I Nephi will shew unto you that the tender mercies of the lord] [p. 2]
concorses of angels in the attitude of singing & praiseing their God & [it] came to pass that he saw one desending out of the midst of Heaven & he beheld that his luster was above that of the Sun at noonday & he also saw twelve others follouing him & their brightness did excede that of the Stars in the firmament & they came down & went forth upon the face of the earth & th[e] first came & stood before my father & gave unto him a Book & bade <bade> him that he should <read it> & it came to pass that as he read he was filled with the spirit of the Lord & he read saying wo wo unto Jerusalem for I have seen thine abominations yea & many things did my father read concerning Jerusalem that it shoul be destroid & the inhabitants thereof many should perish by the sword & many should be carried away captive into Babylon & it came to pass that when my father had read & saw many great & marvelous things he did exclaim many things unto the Lord such as great & marvelous are thy works O Lord God Almighty thy throne is high in the Heavens & thy power & goodness <& mercy> is over all the in habitants of the earth & because thou art merciful thou wilt not Suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish & after this manner was the language of my father in the praising of his God for his soul did rejoice & his whole heart was filled because of the things which he had seen yea which the Lor[d] had shewn unto him & now I Nephi do not make a full account of the things which my father hath written for he hath written many things which he hath saw in visions & in dreams & he also hath written may things which he prophesyed & spake unto his children which I shall not make a full account but I shall make an account of my procedings in my days behold I make an abridgment of the record of my father upon plates which I have made with m[ine] own hands wherefore after that I have abridged the record of my father of my father then will I make an account of mine own life therefore I would that ye should know that after the Lord had shewn so many <marvelous> things unto my father Lehi yea concerning the destruction of Jerusalem behold he went forth among the people & began to prophesy & to declare unto them concerning the things which he had both seen & heard & it came to pass that the Jews did mock him because of the things which he testified of them for he truly testified of their wickedness & their abominations & he testified that the things which he saw & heard & also the things which he read in the Book manifested plainly of the comeing of a Messiah & also the redemption of the world & when the Jews heard these things they were angery with him yea even as with the prophets of Old whom they had cast out & st[oned] [& s]l[a]i[n] & they also sought hi[s lif]e th[a]t they [mi]ght take it [away but] [behold I Nephi will shew unto you that the tender mercies of the lord] [p. 2] is over all them whom he hath chosen because of their faith to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance for behold it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father yea even in a dream & sayeth unto him blessed art thou Lehi because of the things which thou hast done & because thou hast been faithful & declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee behold they seek to take away thy life & it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father even in a dream that he should take his family & depart into the wilderness & it came to pass that he was obediant unto the word of the Lord wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him & it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness & he left his house & the land of his inheritance & his gold & his silver & his precious things & took nothing with him save it were his family & provisions & tents & he departed into the wilderness & he came down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea & he traveled in the wilderness in the borders which was nearer the Red Sea & he did travel in the wilderness with his family which consisted of my Mother Sariah & my elder Brethren which were Laman Lemuel & Sam & it came to pass that when he had traveled three days in the wilderness he pitched his tent in a vally beside a river of water & it came to pass & that he built an altar of stones & he made an offering unto the Lord & gave thanks unto the Lord our God & it came to pass that he called the name of the River Laman & it empted into the red Sea & the vally was in the borders near the mouth thereof & when my father saw that the waters of the river empted into the fountain of the red Sea he spake unto Laman Saying O that thou mightest be like unto this river continually runing into the fountain of all righteousness & he also spake unto Lemuel O that thou mightest be like unto this <vally> firm & steadfast & immoveable in keeping the commandments of the Lord now this he spake because of the stiffneckedness of Laman & Lemuel for behold they did murmur in many things against their father because that he was a visionary <man> & that he had lead them out of the land of Jerusalem to leave the land of their inheritance & their gold & their silver & their precious things & to perish in the wilderness & this they said he had done because of the foolish immagionations of his heart & this <thus> Laman & Lemuel being the eldest did murmur against their father & they did murmur because they knew knew not the dealings of that God who had created them neither did they believe that Jerusalem that great City could be destroid according to the words of the prophets & they were like unto the Jews which were at Jerusalem which sought to take away the life of my father & it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the vally of Lemuel with power being filled [p. 3]
is over all them whom he hath chosen because of their faith to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance for behold it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father yea even in a dream & sayeth unto him blessed art thou Lehi because of the things which thou hast done & because thou hast been faithful & declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee behold they seek to take away thy life & it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father even in a dream that he should take his family & depart into the wilderness & it came to pass that he was obediant unto the word of the Lord wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him & it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness & he left his house & the land of his inheritance & his gold & his silver & his precious things & took nothing with him save it were his family & provisions & tents & he departed into the wilderness & he came down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea & he traveled in the wilderness in the borders which was nearer the Red Sea & he did travel in the wilderness with his family which consisted of my Mother Sariah & my elder Brethren which were Laman Lemuel & Sam & it came to pass that when he had traveled three days in the wilderness he pitched his tent in a vally beside a river of water & it came to pass & that he built an altar of stones & he made an offering unto the Lord & gave thanks unto the Lord our God & it came to pass that he called the name of the River Laman & it empted into the red Sea & the vally was in the borders near the mouth thereof & when my father saw that the waters of the river empted into the fountain of the red Sea he spake unto Laman Saying O that thou mightest be like unto this river continually runing into the fountain of all righteousness & he also spake unto Lemuel O that thou mightest be like unto this <vally> firm & steadfast & immoveable in keeping the commandments of the Lord now this he spake because of the stiffneckedness of Laman & Lemuel for behold they did murmur in many things against their father because that he was a visionary <man> & that he had lead them out of the land of Jerusalem to leave the land of their inheritance & their gold & their silver & their precious things & to perish in the wilderness & this they said he had done because of the foolish immagionations of his heart & this <thus> Laman & Lemuel being the eldest did murmur against their father & they did murmur because they knew knew not the dealings of that God who had created them neither did they believe that Jerusalem that great City could be destroid according to the words of the prophets & they were like unto the Jews which were at Jerusalem which sought to take away the life of my father & it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the vally of Lemuel with power being filled [p. 3] with the spirit untill their frames did shake before him & he did confound them that they derst not utter against him wherefore they did do as he commanded them & my father dwelt in a tent & it came to pass that I Nephi being exceding young nevertheless being large in statture & also haveing great desires to know of the mysteries of God wherefore I did cry unto the Lord & behold he did visit me & did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father wherefore I did not rebell against him like unto my Brothers & I spake unto Sam makeing known unto him the things which <t>he Lord had manifested unto me by his holy spirit & it came to pass that he believed in my words but behold Laman & Lemuel would not hearken unto my words & being grieved because of the hardness of their hearts I cried unto the Lord for them & it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me saying blessed art thou Nephi because because of thy faith for thou hast sought me diligently with lowliness of heart & in as much as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper & shall be lead to a land of promise yea even a land which I have prepared for you yea a land which is choice above of all other lands & in asmuch as thy Brethren shall rebell against thee they shall be cut off from the presance of the Lord & in as much as thou shalt keep my commandments thou shalt be made a ruler & a teacher over thy Brethren for behold in that day that they shall rebell against me I will curse them even with a sore curse & they shall have no power over thy seed except they shall rebell against me also & if it so be that they rebell against me they shall be a scorge unto thy seed to stir them up in the ways of rememberance & it came to pass that I Nephi returned from speaking with the Lord to the tent of my father & it came to pass that he spake unto me saying behold I have dreamed a dream in the which the Lord hath commanded me that thou & thy Brethren shall return to Jerusalem for behold Laban hath the record of the Jews & also a genealogy of my forefathers & they are engraven upon plates of Brass wherefore the Lord hath commanded me that thou & thy Brothers should go unto the house of Laban & seek the records & bring them down hither into the wilderness & now behold thy Brothers murmur saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them but behold I have not required it of them but it is a commandment of the Lord therefore go my Son & thou shalt be favoured of the Lord because thou hast not murmured & it came to pass that I Nephi said unto my father I will go & do the things which the Lord hath commanded [p. 4]
with the spirit untill their frames did shake before him & he did confound them that they derst not utter against him wherefore they did do as he commanded them & my father dwelt in a tent & it came to pass that I Nephi being exceding young nevertheless being large in statture & also haveing great desires to know of the mysteries of God wherefore I did cry unto the Lord & behold he did visit me & did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father wherefore I did not rebell against him like unto my Brothers & I spake unto Sam makeing known unto him the things which <t>he Lord had manifested unto me by his holy spirit & it came to pass that he believed in my words but behold Laman & Lemuel would not hearken unto my words & being grieved because of the hardness of their hearts I cried unto the Lord for them & it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me saying blessed art thou Nephi because because of thy faith for thou hast sought me diligently with lowliness of heart & in as much as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper & shall be lead to a land of promise yea even a land which I have prepared for you yea a land which is choice above of all other lands & in asmuch as thy Brethren shall rebell against thee they shall be cut off from the presance of the Lord & in as much as thou shalt keep my commandments thou shalt be made a ruler & a teacher over thy Brethren for behold in that day that they shall rebell against me I will curse them even with a sore curse & they shall have no power over thy seed except they shall rebell against me also & if it so be that they rebell against me they shall be a scorge unto thy seed to stir them up in the ways of rememberance & it came to pass that I Nephi returned from speaking with the Lord to the tent of my father & it came to pass that he spake unto me saying behold I have dreamed a dream in the which the Lord hath commanded me that thou & thy Brethren shall return to Jerusalem for behold Laban hath the record of the Jews & also a genealogy of my forefathers & they are engraven upon plates of Brass wherefore the Lord hath commanded me that thou & thy Brothers should go unto the house of Laban & seek the records & bring them down hither into the wilderness & now behold thy Brothers murmur saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them but behold I have not required it of them but it is a commandment of the Lord therefore go my Son & thou shalt be favoured of the Lord because thou hast not murmured & it came to pass that I Nephi said unto my father I will go & do the things which the Lord hath commanded [p. 4] for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them & it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he was exceding glad for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord & I Nephi & my Brethren took our journey in the wilderness with our tents to go up to the land of Jerusalem & it came to pass that when we had come up to the land of Jerusalem I & my Brethren did consult one with another & we cast lots which of us should go in unto the house of Laban & it came to pass that the lo[t] fell upon Laman & Laman went in unto the house of Laban & he talked with him as he sat in his house & he desired of Laban the records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass which contained the genealogy of my father & behold it came to pass that Laban was angery & thrust him out from his presance & he would not that he shold have the records wherefore he said unto hism behold thou art a robber & I will slay thee but Laman fled out of his presance & told the things which Laban had done unto us & we began to be exceding sorrowful & my Brethren were about to return unto my father in the wilderness but behold I said unto them that as the Lord liveth & as we live we will not go down unto our father in the wilderness untill we have accomplished the thing which the Lord hath commanded us wherefore let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord therefore let us go down to the land of our fathers inheritance for behold he left gold & silver & all manner of riches & all this he hath done because of the commandments of the Lord for he knowing that Jerusalem must be destroid because of the wickedness of the People for behold they have rejected the words of the prophets wherefore if my father should dwell in the land after that he had <hath> been commanded to flee out of the land behold he would also perish wherefore it must needs be that he flee out of the land & behold it is wisdom in God that we should obtain these records that we might preserve unto our children the language of our fathers & also that we may preserve unto them the words which have been spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets which have been delivered unto them by the spirit & power of God since the world began even down unto this presants time & it came to pass that after this manner of language did I persuade my Brethren that they might be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord God & it came to pass that we went down to the land of our inheritance & we did gather to gether our gold & our Silver & our precious things & after that we had gathered these things together we went up again unto the house of Laban & it came to pass that we went in unto Laban & desired him that he would give unto us the [p. 5]
for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them & it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he was exceding glad for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord & I Nephi & my Brethren took our journey in the wilderness with our tents to go up to the land of Jerusalem & it came to pass that when we had come up to the land of Jerusalem I & my Brethren did consult one with another & we cast lots which of us should go in unto the house of Laban & it came to pass that the lo[t] fell upon Laman & Laman went in unto the house of Laban & he talked with him as he sat in his house & he desired of Laban the records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass which contained the genealogy of my father & behold it came to pass that Laban was angery & thrust him out from his presance & he would not that he shold have the records wherefore he said unto hism behold thou art a robber & I will slay thee but Laman fled out of his presance & told the things which Laban had done unto us & we began to be exceding sorrowful & my Brethren were about to return unto my father in the wilderness but behold I said unto them that as the Lord liveth & as we live we will not go down unto our father in the wilderness untill we have accomplished the thing which the Lord hath commanded us wherefore let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord therefore let us go down to the land of our fathers inheritance for behold he left gold & silver & all manner of riches & all this he hath done because of the commandments of the Lord for he knowing that Jerusalem must be destroid because of the wickedness of the People for behold they have rejected the words of the prophets wherefore if my father should dwell in the land after that he had <hath> been commanded to flee out of the land behold he would also perish wherefore it must needs be that he flee out of the land & behold it is wisdom in God that we should obtain these records that we might preserve unto our children the language of our fathers & also that we may preserve unto them the words which have been spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets which have been delivered unto them by the spirit & power of God since the world began even down unto this presants time & it came to pass that after this manner of language did I persuade my Brethren that they might be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord God & it came to pass that we went down to the land of our inheritance & we did gather to gether our gold & our Silver & our precious things & after that we had gathered these things together we went up again unto the house of Laban & it came to pass that we went in unto Laban & desired him that he would give unto us the [p. 5] records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass for which we would give unto him our gold & our silver & all our precious things & it came to pass that when Laban saw our property that it was exceding great he did lust after it insomuch that he thrust us out & sent his servants to slay us that he might obtain our property & it came to pass that we did flee before the servants of Laban & we were obliged to leave behind our property & it fell into the hands of Laban & it came to pass that we fled into the wilderness & the servants of Laban did not overtake us & we hid ourselves in the cavity of a rock & it came to pass that Laman was angery with me & also with my father & also was Le[mu]el for he hearkened unto the words of Laman wherefore Laman & Lemuel did speak many hard things <words> unto us their younger Brethre<Brothres> & they did smite us even with a rod & it came to <pass> as they smote us with a rod behold an angel of the Lord came & stood before them & he spake unto them saying why do ye smite your younger Brothers with a rod know ye not that the Lord hath chosen him to be a ruler over you & this because of your iniquities behold thou shalt go up to Jerusalem again & the Lord will deliver Laban into your hands & after that the angel had spake unto us he departed & after that the angel had departed Laman & Lemuel again began to murmur saying how is it possible that the Lord will deliver Laban uo into our hands behold he is a mighty man & he can command fifty yea even he can slay fifty then why not us & it came to pass that I spake unto my Brethren saying let us go up again unto Jerusalem & let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord for behold he is mightyer then all the earth then why not mightyer then Laban & his fifty yea or even <then> his tens of thousands therefore let us go up let us be strong like unto Moses for he truly spake unto the waters of the Red Sea & they divided hither & thither & our fathers came through out of captivity on dry ground & the armies of phara did follow & were drowned in the waters of the Red Sea now behold ye know that this is true & ye also know that an angel hath spoken unto you wherefore can ye doubt let us go up the Lord is able to deliver us even as our fathers & to destroy Laban even as the Egytians now when I had spoken these words they was yet wroth & did still continue to murmur nevertheless they did follow me up untill we came without the walls of Jerusalem & it was by night & I caused that they should hide themselves without the walls & after that they had hid themselves I Nephi crept in into the city & went forth towards the house of Laban & I was hid lead by the spirit not knowing beforehand the things which I should do nevertheless I went forth & as I came near unto the house of Laban I beh [p. 6]
records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass for which we would give unto him our gold & our silver & all our precious things & it came to pass that when Laban saw our property that it was exceding great he did lust after it insomuch that he thrust us out & sent his servants to slay us that he might obtain our property & it came to pass that we did flee before the servants of Laban & we were obliged to leave behind our property & it fell into the hands of Laban & it came to pass that we fled into the wilderness & the servants of Laban did not overtake us & we hid ourselves in the cavity of a rock & it came to pass that Laman was angery with me & also with my father & also was Le[mu]el for he hearkened unto the words of Laman wherefore Laman & Lemuel did speak many hard things <words> unto us their younger Brethre<Brothres> & they did smite us even with a rod & it came to <pass> as they smote us with a rod behold an angel of the Lord came & stood before them & he spake unto them saying why do ye smite your younger Brothers with a rod know ye not that the Lord hath chosen him to be a ruler over you & this because of your iniquities behold thou shalt go up to Jerusalem again & the Lord will deliver Laban into your hands & after that the angel had spake unto us he departed & after that the angel had departed Laman & Lemuel again began to murmur saying how is it possible that the Lord will deliver Laban uo into our hands behold he is a mighty man & he can command fifty yea even he can slay fifty then why not us & it came to pass that I spake unto my Brethren saying let us go up again unto Jerusalem & let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord for behold he is mightyer then all the earth then why not mightyer then Laban & his fifty yea or even <then> his tens of thousands therefore let us go up let us be strong like unto Moses for he truly spake unto the waters of the Red Sea & they divided hither & thither & our fathers came through out of captivity on dry ground & the armies of phara did follow & were drowned in the waters of the Red Sea now behold ye know that this is true & ye also know that an angel hath spoken unto you wherefore can ye doubt let us go up the Lord is able to deliver us even as our fathers & to destroy Laban even as the Egytians now when I had spoken these words they was yet wroth & did still continue to murmur nevertheless they did follow me up untill we came without the walls of Jerusalem & it was by night & I caused that they should hide themselves without the walls & after that they had hid themselves I Nephi crept in into the city & went forth towards the house of Laban & I was hid lead by the spirit not knowing beforehand the things which I should do nevertheless I went forth & as I came near unto the house of Laban I beh [p. 6]eld & a man & he had fallen to the earth before me for he was drunken with wine & when I came to him I found that it was Laban & I beheld his sword & I drew it forth from the sheath thereof & the hilt thereof was of pure gold & the workmanship thereof was exceding fine & I saw that the blade thereof was of the most precious steel & it came to pass that I was constrained by the spirit that I should kill Laban but I said in my heart never at any time have I shed the blood of man & I shrunk & would that I might not slay him & the spirit saith unto me again behold the Lord hath delivered him into thy hands yea & I also knew that he had sought to take away mine own life yea & he would not hearken unto the commandments of the Lord & he also had taken away our property & it came to pass that the spirit said unto me again slay slay him for the Lord hath delivered him into thy hands behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes it is better that one man should perish then that a Nation should dwindle & perish in unbelief & now when I Nephi had heard these words I remembered the words of the Lord which he spake unto me in the wilderness saying that in as much as thy seed shall keep my commandments they shall prosper in the land of promise yea & I also thought that they could not keep the commandments of the Lord according to the law of Moses save they should have the law & I also knew that the law was engraven upon the plates of Brass & again I knew that the Lord had delivered Laban into my hands for this cause that I might obtain the records according to his commands commandments therefore I did obey the voice of the spirit & took Laban by the hair of the head & I smote off his head with his own sword & after that I had smote off his head with his own sword I took the garments of Laban & put them upon mine own boddy yea even every whit & I did gird on his armour about my loins & after that I had done this I went in forth unto the treasuary of Laban & as I went forth towards the treasuary of Laban behold I saw the servant of Laban which had the keys of the treasuary & I commanded him in the voice of Laban that he should go with me into the treasuay & he supposeing me to be his master Laban for he beheld the garments & also the sword girted about my loins & he spake unto me concerning the elders of the Jews he knowing that his master Laban had been out by night among them & I spake unto him as if it had been Laban & I also spake unto him that I should carry the engraveings which were upon the plates of Brass to my elder Brethren which were without the walls & I also bade him that he should follow me & he supposing that I spake of the Brethren of the Church & that I was truly that Laban whom I had slew wherefore he did follow me & he spake unto me many times concerning the elders of the Jews as I went forth unto my Brethren which were without the walls [p. 7]
eld & a man & he had fallen to the earth before me for he was drunken with wine & when I came to him I found that it was Laban & I beheld his sword & I drew it forth from the sheath thereof & the hilt thereof was of pure gold & the workmanship thereof was exceding fine & I saw that the blade thereof was of the most precious steel & it came to pass that I was constrained by the spirit that I should kill Laban but I said in my heart never at any time have I shed the blood of man & I shrunk & would that I might not slay him & the spirit saith unto me again behold the Lord hath delivered him into thy hands yea & I also knew that he had sought to take away mine own life yea & he would not hearken unto the commandments of the Lord & he also had taken away our property & it came to pass that the spirit said unto me again slay slay him for the Lord hath delivered him into thy hands behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes it is better that one man should perish then that a Nation should dwindle & perish in unbelief & now when I Nephi had heard these words I remembered the words of the Lord which he spake unto me in the wilderness saying that in as much as thy seed shall keep my commandments they shall prosper in the land of promise yea & I also thought that they could not keep the commandments of the Lord according to the law of Moses save they should have the law & I also knew that the law was engraven upon the plates of Brass & again I knew that the Lord had delivered Laban into my hands for this cause that I might obtain the records according to his commands commandments therefore I did obey the voice of the spirit & took Laban by the hair of the head & I smote off his head with his own sword & after that I had smote off his head with his own sword I took the garments of Laban & put them upon mine own boddy yea even every whit & I did gird on his armour about my loins & after that I had done this I went in forth unto the treasuary of Laban & as I went forth towards the treasuary of Laban behold I saw the servant of Laban which had the keys of the treasuary & I commanded him in the voice of Laban that he should go with me into the treasuay & he supposeing me to be his master Laban for he beheld the garments & also the sword girted about my loins & he spake unto me concerning the elders of the Jews he knowing that his master Laban had been out by night among them & I spake unto him as if it had been Laban & I also spake unto him that I should carry the engraveings which were upon the plates of Brass to my elder Brethren which were without the walls & I also bade him that he should follow me & he supposing that I spake of the Brethren of the Church & that I was truly that Laban whom I had slew wherefore he did follow me & he spake unto me many times concerning the elders of the Jews as I went forth unto my Brethren which were without the walls [p. 7] & it came to pass that when Laman saw me he was excedingly frightened & also Lemuel & Sam & they fled from before my presance for they supposed it was Laban & that he had slain me & had sought to take away their lives also & it came to pass that I called after them & they did hear me wherefore they did cease to flee from my presance & it came to pass that when the servant of Laban Beheld my Brethren he began to tremble & was about to flee from before me & return to the city of Jerusalem & now I Nephi being a man of large <in> stature & also haveing received much strength of the Lord therefore I did seize upon the Servant of Laban & held him that he should not flee & it came to pass that I spake with him that if he would hearken unto my words as the Lord liveth & as I live even so that if he would hearken unto our words we would spare his life & I spake unto him even with an oath that he need not fear that he should be a free man like unto us if he would go down in the wilderness with us & I also spake unto him saying surely the Lord hath commanded us to do this thing & shall we not be diligent in heark keeping the commandments of the Lord therefore if thou wilt go down into the wilderness to my father thou shalt have place with us & it came to pass that Zoram did take courage at the words which I spake now Zoram was the name of the Servant & he promised that he would go down into the wilderness unto my <our> father & he also made an oath unto us that he would tarry with us from that time forth now we were desireous that he should tarry with us for this cause that the Jews might not know concerning our flight unto into the wilderness lest they should persue us & destroy us & it came to pass that when Zoram had made an oath unto us our fears did cease concerning him & it came to pass that we took the plates of Brass & the servant of Laban & departed into the wilderness & journied unto the tent of our father & it came to pass that after we had came down into the wilderness unto our father behold he was filled with joy & also my Bother Mother Sariah was exceding glad for she truly had mourned because of us for she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness & she also had complained against my father telling him that he was a visionary man saying behold thou hast lead us forth from the land of our inheritance & my sons are no more & we perish in the wilderness & after this manner of language had my Mother complained against my father & it had came to pass that my father spake unto her saying I know that I am a visionary man for if I had not seen the things of God in a vision I should not have known the goodness of God but had tarried at Jerusalem & had perished with my Brethren but Behold I have obtained a land of promise inthewhich things I do rejoice yea & I know that the Lord will deliver my Sons out of the hands of Laban & bring o them down again unto us in the wilderness & after this manner of language did my father Lehi [p. 8]
& it came to pass that when Laman saw me he was excedingly frightened & also Lemuel & Sam & they fled from before my presance for they supposed it was Laban & that he had slain me & had sought to take away their lives also & it came to pass that I called after them & they did hear me wherefore they did cease to flee from my presance & it came to pass that when the servant of Laban Beheld my Brethren he began to tremble & was about to flee from before me & return to the city of Jerusalem & now I Nephi being a man of large <in> stature & also haveing received much strength of the Lord therefore I did seize upon the Servant of Laban & held him that he should not flee & it came to pass that I spake with him that if he would hearken unto my words as the Lord liveth & as I live even so that if he would hearken unto our words we would spare his life & I spake unto him even with an oath that he need not fear that he should be a free man like unto us if he would go down in the wilderness with us & I also spake unto him saying surely the Lord hath commanded us to do this thing & shall we not be diligent in heark keeping the commandments of the Lord therefore if thou wilt go down into the wilderness to my father thou shalt have place with us & it came to pass that Zoram did take courage at the words which I spake now Zoram was the name of the Servant & he promised that he would go down into the wilderness unto my <our> father & he also made an oath unto us that he would tarry with us from that time forth now we were desireous that he should tarry with us for this cause that the Jews might not know concerning our flight unto into the wilderness lest they should persue us & destroy us & it came to pass that when Zoram had made an oath unto us our fears did cease concerning him & it came to pass that we took the plates of Brass & the servant of Laban & departed into the wilderness & journied unto the tent of our father & it came to pass that after we had came down into the wilderness unto our father behold he was filled with joy & also my Bother Mother Sariah was exceding glad for she truly had mourned because of us for she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness & she also had complained against my father telling him that he was a visionary man saying behold thou hast lead us forth from the land of our inheritance & my sons are no more & we perish in the wilderness & after this manner of language had my Mother complained against my father & it had came to pass that my father spake unto her saying I know that I am a visionary man for if I had not seen the things of God in a vision I should not have known the goodness of God but had tarried at Jerusalem & had perished with my Brethren but Behold I have obtained a land of promise inthewhich things I do rejoice yea & I know that the Lord will deliver my Sons out of the hands of Laban & bring o them down again unto us in the wilderness & after this manner of language did my father Lehi [p. 8] comfort my Mother Mother Sariah concening us while we journied in the wilderness up to the land of Jerusalem to obtain the record of the Jews & when we had returned to the tent of my father behold their joy was full & my Mother was comforted & she spake saying now I know of a surety that the Lord hath commanded my husband to flee unto into the wilderness yea & I also know of a surety that the Lord hath protected my sons & delivered them out of the hands of Laban & gave them power whereby they could accomplish the thing which the Lord hath commanded them & after this manner of la[ng]uage did she speak & it came to pass that they did rejoice excedingly & did offer sacrifice & burnt offerings unto the Lord & they gave thanks unto the God of Israel & after <that> they had given thanks unto the God of Israel my father Lehi took the records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass & he did search them from the beginning & he beheld that they did contain the five Books of Moses which gave an acco[u]nt of the creation of the world & also of Adam & Eve which was our first parents & also a record of the Jews from the beginning even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah King of Judah & also the prophesies of the holy prophets from the beginning even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah & also many prophesies which have been spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah & it came to pass that my father Lehi also found upon the plates of Brass a genealogy of his fathers wherefore he knew that he was a decendant of Joseph yea even that Joseph which was the Son of Jacob which was sold into Egypt & which was preserved by the hand of the Lord that he might preserve his father Jacob & all his household from perishing with famine & they were also lead out of captivity & out of the land of Egypt by that same God who had preserved them & thus my father Lehi did discover the genealogy of his fathers & Laban also was a decendant of Joseph wherefore he & his fathers had kept the records & now when my father saw all these things he was filled with the spirit & began to prophesy concerning his seed that these plates of Brass should go forth unto all Nations Kindreds tongues & people which were of his seed wherefore he said that these plates of Brass should never perish neither should they be dimed any more by time & he prophesied many things concerning his seed & it came to pass that thus far I & my father had kept the commandments wherewith the Lord had commanded us & we had obtained the record which the Lord had commanded us us & searched them & found that they were desireable yea even of great worth unto us insomuch that we could preserve the commandments of the Lord unto our Children wherefore it was wisdom in the Lord that we should carry them with us as we journied in the wilderness towards the land of promise.——
comfort my Mother Mother Sariah concening us while we journied in the wilderness up to the land of Jerusalem to obtain the record of the Jews & when we had returned to the tent of my father behold their joy was full & my Mother was comforted & she spake saying now I know of a surety that the Lord hath commanded my husband to flee unto into the wilderness yea & I also know of a surety that the Lord hath protected my sons & delivered them out of the hands of Laban & gave them power whereby they could accomplish the thing which the Lord hath commanded them & after this manner of la[ng]uage did she speak & it came to pass that they did rejoice excedingly & did offer sacrifice & burnt offerings unto the Lord & they gave thanks unto the God of Israel & after <that> they had given thanks unto the God of Israel my father Lehi took the records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass & he did search them from the beginning & he beheld that they did contain the five Books of Moses which gave an acco[u]nt of the creation of the world & also of Adam & Eve which was our first parents & also a record of the Jews from the beginning even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah King of Judah & also the prophesies of the holy prophets from the beginning even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah & also many prophesies which have been spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah & it came to pass that my father Lehi also found upon the plates of Brass a genealogy of his fathers wherefore he knew that he was a decendant of Joseph yea even that Joseph which was the Son of Jacob which was sold into Egypt & which was preserved by the hand of the Lord that he might preserve his father Jacob & all his household from perishing with famine & they were also lead out of captivity & out of the land of Egypt by that same God who had preserved them & thus my father Lehi did discover the genealogy of his fathers & Laban also was a decendant of Joseph wherefore he & his fathers had kept the records & now when my father saw all these things he was filled with the spirit & began to prophesy concerning his seed that these plates of Brass should go forth unto all Nations Kindreds tongues & people which were of his seed wherefore he said that these plates of Brass should never perish neither should they be dimed any more by time & he prophesied many things concerning his seed & it came to pass that thus far I & my father had kept the commandments wherewith the Lord had commanded us & we had obtained the record which the Lord had commanded us us & searched them & found that they were desireable yea even of great worth unto us insomuch that we could preserve the commandments of the Lord unto our Children wherefore it was wisdom in the Lord that we should carry them with us as we journied in the wilderness towards the land of promise.——
First Nephi, Chapter 2 [1 Nephi 6–9]
Chapter 2.d.
And now I Nephi do not give the genealogy of my father<s> in this part of [p. 9] my record neither at any time shall I give it after upon these plates which I am writing for it is given in the record which has been kept by my father wherefore I do not write it in this work for it sufficeth me to say that we are a decendant <of Joseph> & it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give to give a full account of all the things of my father for they cannot be written upon these plates for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God for the fullness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham & the God of Isaac & the God of Jaco[b] & be saved wherefore the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write b[u]t the things which are pleasing unto God & unto them which are not of the world wherefore I shall give commandment unto my seed that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men & now I would that ye might know that after my father Lehi had madean end of prophesying concerning his seed it came to pass that the Lord spake un unto him again saying that it was not mete for him Lehi that he should take his family into the wilderness alone but that his Sons should take daughters to wife that they might raise up seed unto the Lord in the land of promise & it came to pass that the Lord commanded him that I Nephi & my Brethren should again return unto into the land of Jerusalem & bring down Ishmael & his family into the wilderness & it came to pass that I Nephi did again with my Brethren go forth into the wilderness to go up to Jerusalem & it came to pass that we went up unto the house of Ishmael & we did gain favor in the sight of Ishmael insomuch that we did speak unto him the words of the Lord & it came to pass that the Lord did soften the heart of Ishmael & also his household insomuch that they took their journey with us down into the wilderness to the tent of our father & it came to pass that as we journied in the wilderness behold Laman & Lemuel & two of the daughters of Ishmael & the two Sons of Ishmael & their families did rebell against us yea against I Nephi & Sam & their father Ishmael & his sons wife & his three Sons other daughters & it came to pass in the which rebellion they were desireous to return unto the land of Jerusalem & now I Nephi being grieved for the hardness of their hearts therefore I spake unto them saying yea even unto Laman & <unto> Lemuel behold thou art mine elder Brethren & how is it that ye are so hard in your hearts & so blind in your minds that ye have need that I your younger Brother should speak unto you yea & set an example for you how is it that ye have not hearkened unto the word of the Lord how is it that ye have forgotten that ye have seen an angel of the Lord yea & how is it that ye have forgot how great things the Lord hath done for us in delivering us out of the [p. 10]
my record neither at any time shall I give it after upon these plates which I am writing for it is given in the record which has been kept by my father wherefore I do not write it in this work for it sufficeth me to say that we are a decendant <of Joseph> & it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give to give a full account of all the things of my father for they cannot be written upon these plates for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God for the fullness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham & the God of Isaac & the God of Jaco[b] & be saved wherefore the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write b[u]t the things which are pleasing unto God & unto them which are not of the world wherefore I shall give commandment unto my seed that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men & now I would that ye might know that after my father Lehi had madean end of prophesying concerning his seed it came to pass that the Lord spake un unto him again saying that it was not mete for him Lehi that he should take his family into the wilderness alone but that his Sons should take daughters to wife that they might raise up seed unto the Lord in the land of promise & it came to pass that the Lord commanded him that I Nephi & my Brethren should again return unto into the land of Jerusalem & bring down Ishmael & his family into the wilderness & it came to pass that I Nephi did again with my Brethren go forth into the wilderness to go up to Jerusalem & it came to pass that we went up unto the house of Ishmael & we did gain favor in the sight of Ishmael insomuch that we did speak unto him the words of the Lord & it came to pass that the Lord did soften the heart of Ishmael & also his household insomuch that they took their journey with us down into the wilderness to the tent of our father & it came to pass that as we journied in the wilderness behold Laman & Lemuel & two of the daughters of Ishmael & the two Sons of Ishmael & their families did rebell against us yea against I Nephi & Sam & their father Ishmael & his sons wife & his three Sons other daughters & it came to pass in the which rebellion they were desireous to return unto the land of Jerusalem & now I Nephi being grieved for the hardness of their hearts therefore I spake unto them saying yea even unto Laman & <unto> Lemuel behold thou art mine elder Brethren & how is it that ye are so hard in your hearts & so blind in your minds that ye have need that I your younger Brother should speak unto you yea & set an example for you how is it that ye have not hearkened unto the word of the Lord how is it that ye have forgotten that ye have seen an angel of the Lord yea & how is it that ye have forgot how great things the Lord hath done for us in delivering us out of the [p. 10] hands of Laban & also that we should obtain the record yea & how is it that ye have forgotten that the Lord is able to do all things according to his will for the children of men if it so be that they exercise faith in him wherefore let us be faithful in him & if it so be that we are faithful in him we shall obtain the land of promise & ye shall know at some future period that the word of the Lord shall be fulfilled concerning the destruction of Jerusalem for all things which the Lord hath spoken concerning the destruction of Jerusalem must be fulfilled for behold the <spirit <of> the> Lord ceaseth soon to strive with them for behold they have rejected the prophets & Jeremiah have they cast into prison & they have sought to take away the life of my father insomuch that they have driven him out of the land now behold I say unto you that if ye will return unto Jerusalem ye shall also perish with them & now if ye have choice go up to the land & remember the words which I speak unto you that if ye go ye will also perish for thus the spirit of the Lord constraineth me that I should speak & it came to pass that when I Nephi had spoken these words unto my Brethren they were angery with me & it came to pass that they did lay their hands upon me for behold they were exceding wroth & they did bind me with cords for they sought to take away my life that they might leave me in the wilderness to be devoured by wild beasts but it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord saying O Lord according to my faith which is in thee wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my Brethren yea even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound & it came to pass that when I had said these words behold the bands were loosed from off my hands & feet & I stood before my Brethren & I spake unto them again & it came to pass & I stood before m) that they were angery with me again & sought to lay hands upon me but behold one of the daughters of Ishmael yea & also her Mother & one of the Sons of Ishmael did plead with my Brethren insomuch that they did soften their hearts & they did cease striveing to take away my life & it came to pass that they were sorrowful because of their wickedness insomuch that they did bow down before me & did plead with me that I would forgive them of the thing that they had done against me & it came to pass that I did frankly forgive them all that they had done & I did exhort them that they would pray unto the Lord their God for forgiveness & it came to pass that they did so & after that they had done praying unto the Lord we did again travel on our journey toward the tent of our father & it came to pass that we did come down unto the tent of our father & after that I & my Brethren & all the house of Ishmael had come down unto the tent of my father they did give thanks unto the Lord their God & they did offer sacrifice & burnt offerings unto him & it came to pass that we had gathered together all manner [p. 11]
hands of Laban & also that we should obtain the record yea & how is it that ye have forgotten that the Lord is able to do all things according to his will for the children of men if it so be that they exercise faith in him wherefore let us be faithful in him & if it so be that we are faithful in him we shall obtain the land of promise & ye shall know at some future period that the word of the Lord shall be fulfilled concerning the destruction of Jerusalem for all things which the Lord hath spoken concerning the destruction of Jerusalem must be fulfilled for behold the <spirit <of> the> Lord ceaseth soon to strive with them for behold they have rejected the prophets & Jeremiah have they cast into prison & they have sought to take away the life of my father insomuch that they have driven him out of the land now behold I say unto you that if ye will return unto Jerusalem ye shall also perish with them & now if ye have choice go up to the land & remember the words which I speak unto you that if ye go ye will also perish for thus the spirit of the Lord constraineth me that I should speak & it came to pass that when I Nephi had spoken these words unto my Brethren they were angery with me & it came to pass that they did lay their hands upon me for behold they were exceding wroth & they did bind me with cords for they sought to take away my life that they might leave me in the wilderness to be devoured by wild beasts but it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord saying O Lord according to my faith which is in thee wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my Brethren yea even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound & it came to pass that when I had said these words behold the bands were loosed from off my hands & feet & I stood before my Brethren & I spake unto them again & it came to pass & I stood before m) that they were angery with me again & sought to lay hands upon me but behold one of the daughters of Ishmael yea & also her Mother & one of the Sons of Ishmael did plead with my Brethren insomuch that they did soften their hearts & they did cease striveing to take away my life & it came to pass that they were sorrowful because of their wickedness insomuch that they did bow down before me & did plead with me that I would forgive them of the thing that they had done against me & it came to pass that I did frankly forgive them all that they had done & I did exhort them that they would pray unto the Lord their God for forgiveness & it came to pass that they did so & after that they had done praying unto the Lord we did again travel on our journey toward the tent of our father & it came to pass that we did come down unto the tent of our father & after that I & my Brethren & all the house of Ishmael had come down unto the tent of my father they did give thanks unto the Lord their God & they did offer sacrifice & burnt offerings unto him & it came to pass that we had gathered together all manner [p. 11] of seeds of every kind both of grain of every kind & also of the seeds of fruits of every kind & it came to pass that while my father tarried in the wilderness he spake unto us saying behold I have dreamed a dream or in other words I have seen a vision & behold because of the thing which I have seen I have reason to rejoice in the Lord because of Nephi & also of Sam for I have reason to suppose that they & also many of their seed will be saved but behold Laman & Lemuel I fear excedingly because of you for behold me <me>thought I saw a dark & dreary wilderness & it came to pass that I saw a man & he was drest <dressed> in a white robe & he came & stood before me & it came to pass that he spake unto me & said bade me follow him & it came to pass that as I followed him & after I had followed him I beheld myself that I was in a dark & dreary waste & after that I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness I began to pray unto the Lord that he would have mercy on me according to the multitude of his tender mercies & it came to pass that after I had prayed unto the Lord behold beheld a large & spacious field & it came to pass that I beheld a tree whose fruit was desireable to make one happy & it came to pass that I did go forth & partook of the fruit thereof & I beheld that it was most sweet above all that I ever had before tasted yea & I beheld that the fruit thereof was white to excede all the whiteness that I had ever seen & as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceding great joy wherefore I began to be desireous that my family should partake of it also for I knew that it was desireous above all other fruit & as I cast my eyes round about that perhaps I might discover my family also & I beheld a river of water & it ran along & it was near the tree of which I was partakeing the fruit & I looked to behold from whence it came & I saw the head thereof a little way off & at the head thereof I beheld your Mother Sariah & Sam & Nephi & they stood as if they knew not whither they should go & it came to pass that I beckened unto them & I also did say unto them with a loud voice that they should come unto me & partake of the fruit which was desireable above all other fruit & it came to pass that they did come unto me & partake of the fruit <also> & it came to pass that I was desireous that Laman & Lemuel should come & partake of the fruit also wherefore I cast mine eyes towards the head of the river that perhaps I might see them & it came to pass that I saw them but they would not come unto me & I beheld a rod of iron & it extended along the bank of the river & lead to the tree by which I stood & I also beheld a strait & narrow path which came along by the rod of iron even to the tree by which I stood & it also lead by the head of the fountain unto a large & spacious field as if it had [p. 12]
of seeds of every kind both of grain of every kind & also of the seeds of fruits of every kind & it came to pass that while my father tarried in the wilderness he spake unto us saying behold I have dreamed a dream or in other words I have seen a vision & behold because of the thing which I have seen I have reason to rejoice in the Lord because of Nephi & also of Sam for I have reason to suppose that they & also many of their seed will be saved but behold Laman & Lemuel I fear excedingly because of you for behold me <me>thought I saw a dark & dreary wilderness & it came to pass that I saw a man & he was drest <dressed> in a white robe & he came & stood before me & it came to pass that he spake unto me & said bade me follow him & it came to pass that as I followed him & after I had followed him I beheld myself that I was in a dark & dreary waste & after that I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness I began to pray unto the Lord that he would have mercy on me according to the multitude of his tender mercies & it came to pass that after I had prayed unto the Lord behold beheld a large & spacious field & it came to pass that I beheld a tree whose fruit was desireable to make one happy & it came to pass that I did go forth & partook of the fruit thereof & I beheld that it was most sweet above all that I ever had before tasted yea & I beheld that the fruit thereof was white to excede all the whiteness that I had ever seen & as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceding great joy wherefore I began to be desireous that my family should partake of it also for I knew that it was desireous above all other fruit & as I cast my eyes round about that perhaps I might discover my family also & I beheld a river of water & it ran along & it was near the tree of which I was partakeing the fruit & I looked to behold from whence it came & I saw the head thereof a little way off & at the head thereof I beheld your Mother Sariah & Sam & Nephi & they stood as if they knew not whither they should go & it came to pass that I beckened unto them & I also did say unto them with a loud voice that they should come unto me & partake of the fruit which was desireable above all other fruit & it came to pass that they did come unto me & partake of the fruit <also> & it came to pass that I was desireous that Laman & Lemuel should come & partake of the fruit also wherefore I cast mine eyes towards the head of the river that perhaps I might see them & it came to pass that I saw them but they would not come unto me & I beheld a rod of iron & it extended along the bank of the river & lead to the tree by which I stood & I also beheld a strait & narrow path which came along by the rod of iron even to the tree by which I stood & it also lead by the head of the fountain unto a large & spacious field as if it had [p. 12] been a world & I saw numberless concourses of People many of whom were pressing forward that they might obtain the path which lead unto the tree by which I stood & it came to pass that they did come forth & commence in the path which lead to the tree & it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness yea even an exceding great mist of darkness insomuch that they which had commenced in the path did loose <lose> their way that they wandered off & were lost & it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward & they came forth & caught hold of the end of the rod of iron & they did press forward through the mist<s> of darkness clinging to the rod of iron even untill they did come forth & partake <partook> of the fruit of the tree & after that they had partook of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed & I also cast my eyes round about & behold on the other side of the river of water a great & spacious building & it stood as it were in the air high above the earth & it was filled with People both old & young both male & feemale & their manner of dress was exceding fine & they were in the attitude <of> mocking & pointing their fingers towards those which had came at & were partakeing of the fruit & after that they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed because of those that were a scoffing at them & they fell away into forbidden paths & were lost & <now> I Nephi do not speak all the words of my father but be to be short in writing behold he saw other multitude<s> pressing forward & they came & cought hold of the end of the rod of iron & they did press their way forward continually holding fast to the rod of iron untill they came forth & fell down & partook of the fruit of the tree & he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great & spacious building & it came to pass that many were drowned in the debths of the fountain & many were lost from his view wandering in strange roads & great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building & after that they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me & those that were partakeing of the fruit also but we beheld <headed> heeded them not these are the words of my father for <as> many as heeded them had fallen away & Laman & Lemuel partook not of the fruit saith my father & it came to pass that after my father had spoken all the words of his dream or vision which were many he said unto us because of these things which he saw in a vision he excedingly feared <for Laman & Lemuel yea he <feared>> lest they should be cast off from the presance of the Lord & he did exhort them then with all the feeling of a tender parent that they would hearken to his words in that perhaps the Lord would be merciful to them & not cast them off yea my father did preach unto them & after that he had preached unto them & also prophesied unto them of many things he bade them to keep the commandments of the Lord & he did cease speaking unto them & all these things did my father see & hear & speak as he dwelt in a tent in the vally of Lemuel & also a great many more things which cannot be written upon these plates & now as I have spoken concerning these plates behold they are not the plates upon which I make a [p. 13]
been a world & I saw numberless concourses of People many of whom were pressing forward that they might obtain the path which lead unto the tree by which I stood & it came to pass that they did come forth & commence in the path which lead to the tree & it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness yea even an exceding great mist of darkness insomuch that they which had commenced in the path did loose <lose> their way that they wandered off & were lost & it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward & they came forth & caught hold of the end of the rod of iron & they did press forward through the mist<s> of darkness clinging to the rod of iron even untill they did come forth & partake <partook> of the fruit of the tree & after that they had partook of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed & I also cast my eyes round about & behold on the other side of the river of water a great & spacious building & it stood as it were in the air high above the earth & it was filled with People both old & young both male & feemale & their manner of dress was exceding fine & they were in the attitude <of> mocking & pointing their fingers towards those which had came at & were partakeing of the fruit & after that they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed because of those that were a scoffing at them & they fell away into forbidden paths & were lost & <now> I Nephi do not speak all the words of my father but be to be short in writing behold he saw other multitude<s> pressing forward & they came & cought hold of the end of the rod of iron & they did press their way forward continually holding fast to the rod of iron untill they came forth & fell down & partook of the fruit of the tree & he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great & spacious building & it came to pass that many were drowned in the debths of the fountain & many were lost from his view wandering in strange roads & great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building & after that they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me & those that were partakeing of the fruit also but we beheld <headed> heeded them not these are the words of my father for <as> many as heeded them had fallen away & Laman & Lemuel partook not of the fruit saith my father & it came to pass that after my father had spoken all the words of his dream or vision which were many he said unto us because of these things which he saw in a vision he excedingly feared <for Laman & Lemuel yea he <feared>> lest they should be cast off from the presance of the Lord & he did exhort them then with all the feeling of a tender parent that they would hearken to his words in that perhaps the Lord would be merciful to them & not cast them off yea my father did preach unto them & after that he had preached unto them & also prophesied unto them of many things he bade them to keep the commandments of the Lord & he did cease speaking unto them & all these things did my father see & hear & speak as he dwelt in a tent in the vally of Lemuel & also a great many more things which cannot be written upon these plates & now as I have spoken concerning these plates behold they are not the plates upon which I make a [p. 13] full account of the history of my people for the plates upon which I make a full account of my People I have given the name of Nephi wherefore they are called the plates of Nephi after mine own name & these plates also are called the plates of Nephi nevertheless I have received a commandment of the Lord that I should make these plates for the special purpose that there should be an account engraven of the ministry of my People & upon the other Plates should be engraven an account of the reign of the Kings & the wars & contentions of my People wherefore these Plates are for the more part of the ministry & the other Plates are for the more part of the reign of the Kings & the wars & contentions of my People wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates for a wise purpose in him which purpose I know not but the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning wherefore he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men for behold he hath all power unto the fulfiling of all his words & thus it is Amen.
full account of the history of my people for the plates upon which I make a full account of my People I have given the name of Nephi wherefore they are called the plates of Nephi after mine own name & these plates also are called the plates of Nephi nevertheless I have received a commandment of the Lord that I should make these plates for the special purpose that there should be an account engraven of the ministry of my People & upon the other Plates should be engraven an account of the reign of the Kings & the wars & contentions of my People wherefore these Plates are for the more part of the ministry & the other Plates are for the more part of the reign of the Kings & the wars & contentions of my People wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates for a wise purpose in him which purpose I know not but the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning wherefore he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men for behold he hath all power unto the fulfiling of all his words & thus it is Amen.
First Nephi, Chapter 3 [1 Nephi 10–14]
Chapt [blank]—— And now I Nephi procede to give an account upon these plates of my procedings & my reign & ministry wherefore to procede with mine account I must speak somewhat of the things of my father & also of my Brethren for behold it came to pass that after my father had made an end of speaking the words of his dream & also of exhorting them to all diligence he spake unto them concerning the Jews how that after they were destroied yea even that great City Jerusalem & that many were carried away captive into Babylon that according to the own due time of the Lord they should return again yea even be brought back out of Captivity & after they are brought back out of Captivity to posess again the land of their inheritance yea even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem a Prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews yea even a Messiah or in other words a saviour of the world & he also spake concerning the Prophets how great a number had testified of these things concerning this Messiah of which he had spoken or this Redeemer of the world wherefore all mankind was in a lost & in a fallen state & ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer & he spake also concerning a Prophet which should come before the Messiah to prepare the way of the Lord yea even he should go forth & cry in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the Lord & make his paths strait for there standeth one among you whom ye know not & he is mightyer then I whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to unloose & much spake my father concerning this thing & my father saith that he should Baptise in Bethebara beyond Jordan & he also spake that he should Baptise with water yea even that he should Baptise the Messiah with water & after that he had Baptised the Messiah with water he should behold & bear record that he had Baptised the Lamb of God which should take away the sin<s> of the world & it came to pass that after my father had spoken these words these words he spake unto my Brethren concerning the Gospel which should be preached among the Jews & also concerning the dwindleing of [p. 14] the Jews in unbelief & after that they had Slain the Messiah which should come & after that he had been slain he should rise from the dead <dead> & should make himself manifest by the Holy Ghost unto the Gentiles yea even my father spake much concerning the Gentiles & also concerning the House of Israel that they should be compared like unto an Olive tree whose branches should be broken off & should be scattered upon all the face of the earth wherefore he said it must needs be that we should be lead with one accord into the <land of> promised land unto the fulfiling of the word of the Lord that we should be scattered upon all the face of the earth & after that the House of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered togethered again or in fine that after the Gentiles had received the fullness of the Gospel the natural branches of the Olive tree or the remnants of the house of Israel should be grafted in or come to the Knowledge of the true Messiah their Lord & their Redeemer & after this manner of language did my father Prophesy & speak unto my Brethren & also many more things which I do not write in this Book for I have written as many of them as are <were> expediant for me in mine other Book & all these things of which I have spoken was done as my father dwelt in a tent in the vally of Lemuel & it came to pass that after I Nephi haveing heard all the word<s> of my father concerning the things which he saw in a vision & also the things which he spake by the Power of the Holy Ghost which power he received by faith on the the Son of God & the Son of God was the Messiah which should come & it came to pass that I Nephi was desireous also that I might see & hear & know of these things by the power of the holy Ghost which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the Children of men for he is the same yesterday today & forever & the way is prepared from the foundation of the world if it So be that they repent & come unto him for he that diligently seeketh shall find & the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto him <them> by the power of the holy Ghost as well in this time as in times of old & as well in times of old as in times to come wherefore the Course of the Lord is one eternal round therefore remember O man for all thy doings thou shalt be brought into Judgment wherefore if ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation then ye are found unclean before the Judgment seat of God & no unclean thing can dwell with God wherefore ye must be cast off forever & the holy Ghost giveth authority that I should speak these things & deny them not for it came to pass that after I had desired to know the things that my father had seen & believeing that the Lord was able to mak<e> [p. 15]
the Jews in unbelief & after that they had Slain the Messiah which should come & after that he had been slain he should rise from the dead <dead> & should make himself manifest by the Holy Ghost unto the Gentiles yea even my father spake much concerning the Gentiles & also concerning the House of Israel that they should be compared like unto an Olive tree whose branches should be broken off & should be scattered upon all the face of the earth wherefore he said it must needs be that we should be lead with one accord into the <land of> promised land unto the fulfiling of the word of the Lord that we should be scattered upon all the face of the earth & after that the House of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered togethered again or in fine that after the Gentiles had received the fullness of the Gospel the natural branches of the Olive tree or the remnants of the house of Israel should be grafted in or come to the Knowledge of the true Messiah their Lord & their Redeemer & after this manner of language did my father Prophesy & speak unto my Brethren & also many more things which I do not write in this Book for I have written as many of them as are <were> expediant for me in mine other Book & all these things of which I have spoken was done as my father dwelt in a tent in the vally of Lemuel & it came to pass that after I Nephi haveing heard all the word<s> of my father concerning the things which he saw in a vision & also the things which he spake by the Power of the Holy Ghost which power he received by faith on the the Son of God & the Son of God was the Messiah which should come & it came to pass that I Nephi was desireous also that I might see & hear & know of these things by the power of the holy Ghost which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the Children of men for he is the same yesterday today & forever & the way is prepared from the foundation of the world if it So be that they repent & come unto him for he that diligently seeketh shall find & the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto him <them> by the power of the holy Ghost as well in this time as in times of old & as well in times of old as in times to come wherefore the Course of the Lord is one eternal round therefore remember O man for all thy doings thou shalt be brought into Judgment wherefore if ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation then ye are found unclean before the Judgment seat of God & no unclean thing can dwell with God wherefore ye must be cast off forever & the holy Ghost giveth authority that I should speak these things & deny them not for it came to pass that after I had desired to know the things that my father had seen & believeing that the Lord was able to mak<e> [p. 15] them known unto me wherefore as I sat pondering in mine heart I was Caught away in the spirit of the Lord yea into an exceding high mountain which I never had before seen & upon which I never had before sat my foot & the spirit saith unto me behold what desirest thou & I saith I desire to behold the things which my father saw & the spirit saith unto me believest thou that thy father saw the tree of which he hath spoken & I said yea thou knowest that I believe all the words of my father & when I had spoken <spake> these words the spirit cried with a loud voice saying Hosanna to the Lord the most high God for he is God over all the earth yea even above all & blessed art thou Nephi because thou believest in the Son of the most high God wherefore thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired & behold & behold this thing shall be given unto thee for a sign that after thou hast beheld the tree which bore the fruit which thy father tasted thou shalt also behold a man decending out of Heaven & him shall ye witness & after that ye have witnessed him ye shall bear record that it is the Son of God & it came to pass that the spirit saith unto me look & I looked & beheld a tree & it was like unto the tree which my father had seen & the beauty thereof was far beyond yea exceding of all beauty & the whiteness thereof did excede the whiteness of the driven snow & it came to pass that after <that> I had seen the tree I said unto the spirit I behold thou hast shewn unto me the tree which is precious above all & he saith unto me what desirest thou & I said unto him to know the interpretation thereof for I spake unto him as a man speaketh for I beheld that he was in the form of a man yet nevertheless I knew that it was the spirit of the Lord & he spake unto me as a man speaketh unto <with> another & it came to pass that he said unto me look & I looked as if to look upon him & I saw him not for he had gone from before my presance & it came to pass that I looked & beheld the great City Jerusalem & also other Cities & I beheld the City of Nazareth & in the City of Nazareth I beheld a virgin & she was exceding fair & white & it came to pass that I saw the heavens open & an Angel came down & stood before me & he saith unto me Nephi what beholdest thou & I saith unto him a virgin most beautiful & fair above all other virgins & he saith unto me knowest thou the condecention of God & I said unto him I know that he loveth his Children nevertheless I do not know the meaning of all things & he said unto me behold the virgin which thou seest is the Mother of God after the manner of the flesh & it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the spirit & after that she had been Carried away in the spir [p. 16]
them known unto me wherefore as I sat pondering in mine heart I was Caught away in the spirit of the Lord yea into an exceding high mountain which I never had before seen & upon which I never had before sat my foot & the spirit saith unto me behold what desirest thou & I saith I desire to behold the things which my father saw & the spirit saith unto me believest thou that thy father saw the tree of which he hath spoken & I said yea thou knowest that I believe all the words of my father & when I had spoken <spake> these words the spirit cried with a loud voice saying Hosanna to the Lord the most high God for he is God over all the earth yea even above all & blessed art thou Nephi because thou believest in the Son of the most high God wherefore thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired & behold & behold this thing shall be given unto thee for a sign that after thou hast beheld the tree which bore the fruit which thy father tasted thou shalt also behold a man decending out of Heaven & him shall ye witness & after that ye have witnessed him ye shall bear record that it is the Son of God & it came to pass that the spirit saith unto me look & I looked & beheld a tree & it was like unto the tree which my father had seen & the beauty thereof was far beyond yea exceding of all beauty & the whiteness thereof did excede the whiteness of the driven snow & it came to pass that after <that> I had seen the tree I said unto the spirit I behold thou hast shewn unto me the tree which is precious above all & he saith unto me what desirest thou & I said unto him to know the interpretation thereof for I spake unto him as a man speaketh for I beheld that he was in the form of a man yet nevertheless I knew that it was the spirit of the Lord & he spake unto me as a man speaketh unto <with> another & it came to pass that he said unto me look & I looked as if to look upon him & I saw him not for he had gone from before my presance & it came to pass that I looked & beheld the great City Jerusalem & also other Cities & I beheld the City of Nazareth & in the City of Nazareth I beheld a virgin & she was exceding fair & white & it came to pass that I saw the heavens open & an Angel came down & stood before me & he saith unto me Nephi what beholdest thou & I saith unto him a virgin most beautiful & fair above all other virgins & he saith unto me knowest thou the condecention of God & I said unto him I know that he loveth his Children nevertheless I do not know the meaning of all things & he said unto me behold the virgin which thou seest is the Mother of God after the manner of the flesh & it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the spirit & after that she had been Carried away in the spir [p. 16] spirit for the space of a time the Angel spake unto me saying look & I looked & beheld the virgin again bearing a Child in her arms & the Angel said unto me behold the Lamb of God yea even the eternal God Father knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw & I answered him saying yea it is the love of God which shedeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men wherefore it is the most desireable above all things & he spake unto me saying yea & the most joyous to the soul & after that he had said these words he said unto me look & I looked & I beheld the Son of God agoing forth among the Children of men & <&> I saw many fall down at his feet & worship him & it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of Iron which my father had seen was the word of God which lead to the fountain of liveing waters or to the tree of life which waters are a representation of the love of God & I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God & the Angel said unto me aga[i]n look & behold the condsention of God & I looked & beheld the redeemer of the world of which my father had spoken & I also beheld the Prophet which should prepare the way before him & the Lamb of God went forth & was Baptised of him & after that he was Baptised I beheld the Heavens open & the holy Ghost come down out of heaven & abode upon him in the form of a dove & I beheld that he went forth ministering unto the People in power & great glory & the multitudes were gathered together to hear him & I beheld that they cast him out from among them & I also beheld twelve others following him & it came to pass that they were carried away in the spirit from before my face that I saw them not & it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again saying look & I looked & I beheld the heavens open again & I saw angels decending upon the Children of men & they did minister unto them & he spake unto me again saying look & I looked & I beheld the Lamb of God going forth among the children of men & I beheld multitudes of People which were sick & which were afflicted of all manner of deseases & with Devils & unclean spirits & the Angel spake & shewed all these things unto me & they were healed by the Power of the Lamb of God & the Devils & the unclean spirits were cast out & it came to pass that the Angel spake unto me again saying look & I looked & beheld the Lamb of God that he was taken by the People yea the everlasting God was Judged of the world & I saw & bear record & I Nephi saw that he was lifted up upon the Cross & slain for the Sins of the world & after that he was slain I saw the multitudes of the earth that they were gathered together to fight against the Apostles of the [p. 17]
spirit for the space of a time the Angel spake unto me saying look & I looked & beheld the virgin again bearing a Child in her arms & the Angel said unto me behold the Lamb of God yea even the eternal God Father knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw & I answered him saying yea it is the love of God which shedeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men wherefore it is the most desireable above all things & he spake unto me saying yea & the most joyous to the soul & after that he had said these words he said unto me look & I looked & I beheld the Son of God agoing forth among the Children of men & <&> I saw many fall down at his feet & worship him & it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of Iron which my father had seen was the word of God which lead to the fountain of liveing waters or to the tree of life which waters are a representation of the love of God & I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God & the Angel said unto me aga[i]n look & behold the condsention of God & I looked & beheld the redeemer of the world of which my father had spoken & I also beheld the Prophet which should prepare the way before him & the Lamb of God went forth & was Baptised of him & after that he was Baptised I beheld the Heavens open & the holy Ghost come down out of heaven & abode upon him in the form of a dove & I beheld that he went forth ministering unto the People in power & great glory & the multitudes were gathered together to hear him & I beheld that they cast him out from among them & I also beheld twelve others following him & it came to pass that they were carried away in the spirit from before my face that I saw them not & it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again saying look & I looked & I beheld the heavens open again & I saw angels decending upon the Children of men & they did minister unto them & he spake unto me again saying look & I looked & I beheld the Lamb of God going forth among the children of men & I beheld multitudes of People which were sick & which were afflicted of all manner of deseases & with Devils & unclean spirits & the Angel spake & shewed all these things unto me & they were healed by the Power of the Lamb of God & the Devils & the unclean spirits were cast out & it came to pass that the Angel spake unto me again saying look & I looked & beheld the Lamb of God that he was taken by the People yea the everlasting God was Judged of the world & I saw & bear record & I Nephi saw that he was lifted up upon the Cross & slain for the Sins of the world & after that he was slain I saw the multitudes of the earth that they were gathered together to fight against the Apostles of the [p. 17] Lamb for thus were the twelve called by the angel of the Lord & the multitude of the earth was gathered together & I beheld that they were in a large & a spacious building like unto the building which my father saw & the Angel of the Lord spake unto me again saying behold the world & the wisdom thereof yea behold the House of Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve Apostles of the Lamb & it came to pass that I saw & bear record that the great & spacious building was the pride of the world & it fell & the fall thereof was exceding great & the Angel of the Lord spake unto me again saying thus shall be the destruction of all Nations Kindreds Tongues & People that shall fight against the twelve Apostles of the Lamb & it came to pass that the Angel said unto me look & behold thy seed & also the seed of thy brethren & I looked & beheld the band the land of promise & I beheld multitudes of People yea even as it were in number as many as the sand of the Sea & it came to pass that I beheld multitudes gathered togethered to Battle <one> against the other & I beheld wars & rumors of wars & great slaughters with the sword among my People & it came to pass that I beheld many generations pass away after the manner of wars & contentions in the land & I beheld many Cities yea even that I did not number them & it came to pass that I saw a mist of darkness on the face of the land of promise & I saw lightnings & I heard thunderings & earthquakes & all manner of tumultuous noises & I saw the earth & the rocks that they rent & I saw mountains tumbling into pecies & I saw the plains of the earth that they were broken up & I saw many Cities that they were sunk & I saw many that they were burned with fire & I saw many that they did tumble to the earth because of the quakeing thereof & it came to pass that after I saw these things I saw the vapor of darkness that it passed from off the face of the earth & behold I saw multitudes which had fallen because of the great & terrible Judgments of the Lord & I saw the Heavens open & the Lamb of God decending out of Heaven & he came down & shewed himself unto them & I also saw & bear record that the Holy Ghost fell upon twelve others & they were ordained of God & chosen & the Angel spake unto me saying behold the twelve Desiples of the Lamb which are chosen to minister unto thy seed & he saith unto me thou remembereth the twelve Apostles of the Lamb behold they are they which shall Judge the twelve tribes of Israel wherefore the twelve ministers of thy seed shall be Judged of them for ye are of the house of Israel & these twelve ministers which thou beholdest shall [p. 18]
Lamb for thus were the twelve called by the angel of the Lord & the multitude of the earth was gathered together & I beheld that they were in a large & a spacious building like unto the building which my father saw & the Angel of the Lord spake unto me again saying behold the world & the wisdom thereof yea behold the House of Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve Apostles of the Lamb & it came to pass that I saw & bear record that the great & spacious building was the pride of the world & it fell & the fall thereof was exceding great & the Angel of the Lord spake unto me again saying thus shall be the destruction of all Nations Kindreds Tongues & People that shall fight against the twelve Apostles of the Lamb & it came to pass that the Angel said unto me look & behold thy seed & also the seed of thy brethren & I looked & beheld the band the land of promise & I beheld multitudes of People yea even as it were in number as many as the sand of the Sea & it came to pass that I beheld multitudes gathered togethered to Battle <one> against the other & I beheld wars & rumors of wars & great slaughters with the sword among my People & it came to pass that I beheld many generations pass away after the manner of wars & contentions in the land & I beheld many Cities yea even that I did not number them & it came to pass that I saw a mist of darkness on the face of the land of promise & I saw lightnings & I heard thunderings & earthquakes & all manner of tumultuous noises & I saw the earth & the rocks that they rent & I saw mountains tumbling into pecies & I saw the plains of the earth that they were broken up & I saw many Cities that they were sunk & I saw many that they were burned with fire & I saw many that they did tumble to the earth because of the quakeing thereof & it came to pass that after I saw these things I saw the vapor of darkness that it passed from off the face of the earth & behold I saw multitudes which had fallen because of the great & terrible Judgments of the Lord & I saw the Heavens open & the Lamb of God decending out of Heaven & he came down & shewed himself unto them & I also saw & bear record that the Holy Ghost fell upon twelve others & they were ordained of God & chosen & the Angel spake unto me saying behold the twelve Desiples of the Lamb which are chosen to minister unto thy seed & he saith unto me thou remembereth the twelve Apostles of the Lamb behold they are they which shall Judge the twelve tribes of Israel wherefore the twelve ministers of thy seed shall be Judged of them for ye are of the house of Israel & these twelve ministers which thou beholdest shall [p. 18] Judge thy seed & behold they are righteous forever for because of their faith in the Lamb of God their garments are made white in his blood & the Angel saith unto me look & I looked & beheld their <three> garments <generations> did pass away in righteousness & their garments were white like even like unto the Lamb of God & the Angel said unto me these are made white in the blood of the Lamb because of their faith in him & I Nephi also saw many of the fourth Generation which did pass away in righteousness & it came to pass that I saw the multitudes of the earth gathered together & the Angel said unto me behold thy seed & also the seed of thy Brethren & it came to pass that I looked & beheld the People of my seed gathered together in multitudes against the seed of my Brethren & they were gathered together to battle & the Angel spake unto me saying behold the fountain of filthy water which thy father saw yea even the river <of> which he spake & the debths thereof are the debths of hell & the mists of darkness are the temptations of the Devil which blindeth the eyes & hardeneth the hearts of the children of men & leadeth them away into broad roa roads that they may perish & are lost & the large & spacious building which thy father saw is vain imagionations & the pride of the Children of men & a great & a terrible gulf divideth them yea even the word of the Justice of the Eternal God & Jesus Christ which is the Lamb of God of whom the Holy Ghost beareth record from the beginning of the world untill this time & from this time hence forth & forever & while the Angel spoke these words I beheld & saw that the seed of my Brethren did contend against my seed according to the word of the Angel & because of the pride of my seed & the temptations of the Devil I beheld that the seed of my Brethren did overpower the People of my seed & it came to pass that I beheld & saw the People of the seed of my Brethren that they had overcome my seed & they went forth in multitudes upon the face of the land & I saw them gathered together in multitudes & I saw wars & rumours of wars among them & in wars & rumors of wars I saw many Generations pass away & the Angel said unto me behold these shall dwindle in unbelief & it came to pass that I beheld that after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark & loathsome & a filthy People full of idleness & all manner of abominations & it came to pass that the angel spake unto me saying look & I looked & beheld may <many> Nations & Kingdoms & the Angel saith unto me what beholdest thou & I said I behold many Nations & Kingdoms & he saith unto me these are the Nations & Kingdoms of the Gentiles & it came to pass that I saw among the Nations of the Gentiles the foundation of a great church & the Angel said unto me behold the foundation of a church which is most abominable above all other churches which slayeth the Saints of God yea & tortereth them & bindeth them down & [p. 19]
Judge thy seed & behold they are righteous forever for because of their faith in the Lamb of God their garments are made white in his blood & the Angel saith unto me look & I looked & beheld their <three> garments <generations> did pass away in righteousness & their garments were white like even like unto the Lamb of God & the Angel said unto me these are made white in the blood of the Lamb because of their faith in him & I Nephi also saw many of the fourth Generation which did pass away in righteousness & it came to pass that I saw the multitudes of the earth gathered together & the Angel said unto me behold thy seed & also the seed of thy Brethren & it came to pass that I looked & beheld the People of my seed gathered together in multitudes against the seed of my Brethren & they were gathered together to battle & the Angel spake unto me saying behold the fountain of filthy water which thy father saw yea even the river <of> which he spake & the debths thereof are the debths of hell & the mists of darkness are the temptations of the Devil which blindeth the eyes & hardeneth the hearts of the children of men & leadeth them away into broad roa roads that they may perish & are lost & the large & spacious building which thy father saw is vain imagionations & the pride of the Children of men & a great & a terrible gulf divideth them yea even the word of the Justice of the Eternal God & Jesus Christ which is the Lamb of God of whom the Holy Ghost beareth record from the beginning of the world untill this time & from this time hence forth & forever & while the Angel spoke these words I beheld & saw that the seed of my Brethren did contend against my seed according to the word of the Angel & because of the pride of my seed & the temptations of the Devil I beheld that the seed of my Brethren did overpower the People of my seed & it came to pass that I beheld & saw the People of the seed of my Brethren that they had overcome my seed & they went forth in multitudes upon the face of the land & I saw them gathered together in multitudes & I saw wars & rumours of wars among them & in wars & rumors of wars I saw many Generations pass away & the Angel said unto me behold these shall dwindle in unbelief & it came to pass that I beheld that after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark & loathsome & a filthy People full of idleness & all manner of abominations & it came to pass that the angel spake unto me saying look & I looked & beheld may <many> Nations & Kingdoms & the Angel saith unto me what beholdest thou & I said I behold many Nations & Kingdoms & he saith unto me these are the Nations & Kingdoms of the Gentiles & it came to pass that I saw among the Nations of the Gentiles the foundation of a great church & the Angel said unto me behold the foundation of a church which is most abominable above all other churches which slayeth the Saints of God yea & tortereth them & bindeth them down & [p. 19] yoketh them with a yoke of iron & bringeth them down into captivity & it came to pass that I beheld this great & abominable <Church> & I saw the Devil that he was the founder of it & I also saw gold & silver & silks & scarlots & fine twined linnen & all manner of precious cloathing & I saw many Harlots & the Angel spake unto me saying behold the gold & the silver & the silks & the scarlots & the fine twined linnen & the precious cloathing & the Harlots are the desires of this great & abominable Church & also for the pride <praise> of the world do they destroy the saints of God & bring them down into captivity & it came to pass that I looked & beheld many waters & they divided the Gentiles from the seed of my Brethren & it came to pass that the Angel saith unto me behold the wrath of God is upon the seed of thy Brethren & I looked & beheld a man among the Gentiles which was seperated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters & I beheld the spirit of God that it came down & & wrought upon the man & he went forth upon the wat many waters even unto the seed of my Brethren which were in the promised land & it came to pass that I beheld the spirit of God that it wrought upon other Gentiles & they went forth out of captivity upon the many waters & it came to pass that I beheld many multitudes of the Gentiles upon the land of promise & I beheld & I beheld the wrath of God that it was upon the seed of my Brethren & they were scattered before the Gentiles & they were smitten & I beheld the spirit of the Lord that it was upon the Gentiles that they did prosper & obtain the land for their inheritance & I beheld that they were white & exceding fair & beautiful like unto my People before that they were slain & it came to pass that I Nephi beheld that the Gentiles which had gone forth <out> of captivity did humble themselves before the Lord & the power of the Lord was with them & I beheld that their Mother Gentiles was with them gathered together upon the waters & upon the land also to battle against them & I beheld that the power of God was with them & also that the wrath of God was upon all them that were gathered together against them to battle & I Nephi beheld that the Gentiles which had gone out of captivity were delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other Nations & it came to pass that I Nephi beheld that they did prosper in the Land & I beheld a Book & it was carred forth among them & the Angel saith unto me knowest thou the meaning of the Book & I saith unto him I know not & he sayeth unto me <behold> it procedideth out of the <the> mouth of a Jew & I Nephi beheld it & he saith unto me the Book which thou beholdest is a record of the Jews which contains the Covenants of the Lord which he hath made unto the House of Israel & it also containeth many of the Prophesies of the Holy Prophets & it is a record like unto the engraveings which are upon the plates of Brass save there are not so many nevertheless they contain the [p. 20]
yoketh them with a yoke of iron & bringeth them down into captivity & it came to pass that I beheld this great & abominable <Church> & I saw the Devil that he was the founder of it & I also saw gold & silver & silks & scarlots & fine twined linnen & all manner of precious cloathing & I saw many Harlots & the Angel spake unto me saying behold the gold & the silver & the silks & the scarlots & the fine twined linnen & the precious cloathing & the Harlots are the desires of this great & abominable Church & also for the pride <praise> of the world do they destroy the saints of God & bring them down into captivity & it came to pass that I looked & beheld many waters & they divided the Gentiles from the seed of my Brethren & it came to pass that the Angel saith unto me behold the wrath of God is upon the seed of thy Brethren & I looked & beheld a man among the Gentiles which was seperated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters & I beheld the spirit of God that it came down & & wrought upon the man & he went forth upon the wat many waters even unto the seed of my Brethren which were in the promised land & it came to pass that I beheld the spirit of God that it wrought upon other Gentiles & they went forth out of captivity upon the many waters & it came to pass that I beheld many multitudes of the Gentiles upon the land of promise & I beheld & I beheld the wrath of God that it was upon the seed of my Brethren & they were scattered before the Gentiles & they were smitten & I beheld the spirit of the Lord that it was upon the Gentiles that they did prosper & obtain the land for their inheritance & I beheld that they were white & exceding fair & beautiful like unto my People before that they were slain & it came to pass that I Nephi beheld that the Gentiles which had gone forth <out> of captivity did humble themselves before the Lord & the power of the Lord was with them & I beheld that their Mother Gentiles was with them gathered together upon the waters & upon the land also to battle against them & I beheld that the power of God was with them & also that the wrath of God was upon all them that were gathered together against them to battle & I Nephi beheld that the Gentiles which had gone out of captivity were delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other Nations & it came to pass that I Nephi beheld that they did prosper in the Land & I beheld a Book & it was carred forth among them & the Angel saith unto me knowest thou the meaning of the Book & I saith unto him I know not & he sayeth unto me <behold> it procedideth out of the <the> mouth of a Jew & I Nephi beheld it & he saith unto me the Book which thou beholdest is a record of the Jews which contains the Covenants of the Lord which he hath made unto the House of Israel & it also containeth many of the Prophesies of the Holy Prophets & it is a record like unto the engraveings which are upon the plates of Brass save there are not so many nevertheless they contain the [p. 20] Covenants of the Lord which he hath made unto the House of Israel wherefore they are of great worth unto the Gentiles & the Angel of the Lord said unto me thou hast beheld that the Book proceded forth from the mouth of a Jew & when it proceded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the planeness of the Gospel of the Lord of whom the twelve Apostles bear record & they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God wherefore these things go forth from the Jews in purity unto the Gentiles according to the truth which is in God & after that they go forth by the hand of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb from the Jews unto the Gentiles behold after this thou seest the foundation of a great & abominable Church which is the most abominable above all other Churches for behold they have taken away from the Gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain & most precious & also many Covenants of the Lord have they taken away & all this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord that they might blind the eyes & hearden the hearts of the children of men wherefore thou seest that after the Book hath gone forth through the hands of the great & abominable Church that there are many plain & precious things taken away from the Book which is the Book of the Lamb of God & after that these plane & precious things were taken away it goeth forth unto all the Nations of the Gentiles & after it goeth forth unto all the Nations of the Gentiles yea even across the many waters which thou hast seen with the Gentiles which have gone forth out of captivity & thou seest because of the many plain & precious things which have been taken out of the Book which were plain unto the <understanding of the> children of men according to the planeness which is in <the> Lamb of God & because of these things which are taken away out of the Gospel of the Lamb & an exceding great many do stumble yea insomuch that Satan hath great power over them nevertheless thou beholdest that the Gentiles which have gone forth out of captivity & have been lifted up by the power of God above all other Nations upon the face of the Land which is choice above all other lands which is the land which the Lord God hath covenanted with thy father that his seed should have for the Land of their inheritance wherefore thou seest that the Lord God will not suffer that the Gentiles will utterly destroy the mixture of thy seed which is among thy Brethren neither will he suffer that the Gentiles shall destroy the seed of thy Brethren neither will the Lord God suffer that the Gentiles shall forever remain in that awful <state of> state of woundedness which thou beholdest that they are in because of the plain & most precious parts of the Gospel of the Lamb which hath been kept back by that abominable Church whose formation thou hast seen wherefore saith the Lamb of God I will be merciful unto the Gentiles [p. 21]
Covenants of the Lord which he hath made unto the House of Israel wherefore they are of great worth unto the Gentiles & the Angel of the Lord said unto me thou hast beheld that the Book proceded forth from the mouth of a Jew & when it proceded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the planeness of the Gospel of the Lord of whom the twelve Apostles bear record & they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God wherefore these things go forth from the Jews in purity unto the Gentiles according to the truth which is in God & after that they go forth by the hand of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb from the Jews unto the Gentiles behold after this thou seest the foundation of a great & abominable Church which is the most abominable above all other Churches for behold they have taken away from the Gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain & most precious & also many Covenants of the Lord have they taken away & all this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord that they might blind the eyes & hearden the hearts of the children of men wherefore thou seest that after the Book hath gone forth through the hands of the great & abominable Church that there are many plain & precious things taken away from the Book which is the Book of the Lamb of God & after that these plane & precious things were taken away it goeth forth unto all the Nations of the Gentiles & after it goeth forth unto all the Nations of the Gentiles yea even across the many waters which thou hast seen with the Gentiles which have gone forth out of captivity & thou seest because of the many plain & precious things which have been taken out of the Book which were plain unto the <understanding of the> children of men according to the planeness which is in <the> Lamb of God & because of these things which are taken away out of the Gospel of the Lamb & an exceding great many do stumble yea insomuch that Satan hath great power over them nevertheless thou beholdest that the Gentiles which have gone forth out of captivity & have been lifted up by the power of God above all other Nations upon the face of the Land which is choice above all other lands which is the land which the Lord God hath covenanted with thy father that his seed should have for the Land of their inheritance wherefore thou seest that the Lord God will not suffer that the Gentiles will utterly destroy the mixture of thy seed which is among thy Brethren neither will he suffer that the Gentiles shall destroy the seed of thy Brethren neither will the Lord God suffer that the Gentiles shall forever remain in that awful <state of> state of woundedness which thou beholdest that they are in because of the plain & most precious parts of the Gospel of the Lamb which hath been kept back by that abominable Church whose formation thou hast seen wherefore saith the Lamb of God I will be merciful unto the Gentiles [p. 21] unto the visiting of the remnant of the House of Israel in great Judgment & it came to pass that the Angel of the Lord spake unto me saying behold saith the Lamb of God after that I have visited the remnant of the House of Israel & this remnant of which I speak is the seed of thy father wherefore after that I have visited them in Judgment & smitten them by the hand of the Gentiles & after that the Gentiles do stumble excedingly because of the most plain & precious parts of the Gospel of the Lamb which hath been kept back by that abominable Church which is the Mother of Harlots saith the Lamb wherefore I will be merciful unto the Gentiles in that day saith the Lamb insomuch that I will bring forth unto them in mine own power much of my Gospel which shall be plain & precious saith the Lamb for behold saith the Lamb I will manifest myself unto thy seed that they shall write many things which I shall minister unto them which shall be plain & precious & after that thy seed shall be destroid & dwindle in unbelief & also the seed of thy Brethren behold these things shall be hid up to come forth unto the Gentiles by the gift & power of the Lamb & in them shall be written my Gospel saith the Lamb & my Rock & my Salvation & blessed are they which shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day for they shall have the gift & the power of the Holy Ghost & if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day & shall be saved in the everlasting Kingdom of the Lamb yea whoso shall publish peace that shall publish tidings of great joy how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be & it came to pass that I beheld the remnant of the seed of my Brethren & also the Book of the Lamb of God which had proced<ed> forth from the mouth of the Jew & I beheld that it came forth from the Genteles unto the remnant of the seed of my Brethren & after it had come forth unto them I beheld other Books which Came forth by the power of the Lamb un from the Gentiles unto them unto the Convinceing of the gentiles & the remnant of the seed of my Brethren & also to the Jews which were scattered upon all the face of the earth that the records of the prophets & of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb are true & the Angel spake unto me saying these last records which thou hast seen among the Gentiles shall establish the truth of the first which is of the twelve Apostles of <the> Lamb & shall make known the plain & precious things which have been taken away from them & shall make known unto all Kindreds Tongues & People that the Lamb of God is the eternal Father & the saviour of the world & that all men must Come unto him or they cannot be saved & they must come accoding to the words which shall be established by the mouth of the Lamb & the words of the [p. 22]
unto the visiting of the remnant of the House of Israel in great Judgment & it came to pass that the Angel of the Lord spake unto me saying behold saith the Lamb of God after that I have visited the remnant of the House of Israel & this remnant of which I speak is the seed of thy father wherefore after that I have visited them in Judgment & smitten them by the hand of the Gentiles & after that the Gentiles do stumble excedingly because of the most plain & precious parts of the Gospel of the Lamb which hath been kept back by that abominable Church which is the Mother of Harlots saith the Lamb wherefore I will be merciful unto the Gentiles in that day saith the Lamb insomuch that I will bring forth unto them in mine own power much of my Gospel which shall be plain & precious saith the Lamb for behold saith the Lamb I will manifest myself unto thy seed that they shall write many things which I shall minister unto them which shall be plain & precious & after that thy seed shall be destroid & dwindle in unbelief & also the seed of thy Brethren behold these things shall be hid up to come forth unto the Gentiles by the gift & power of the Lamb & in them shall be written my Gospel saith the Lamb & my Rock & my Salvation & blessed are they which shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day for they shall have the gift & the power of the Holy Ghost & if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day & shall be saved in the everlasting Kingdom of the Lamb yea whoso shall publish peace that shall publish tidings of great joy how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be & it came to pass that I beheld the remnant of the seed of my Brethren & also the Book of the Lamb of God which had proced<ed> forth from the mouth of the Jew & I beheld that it came forth from the Genteles unto the remnant of the seed of my Brethren & after it had come forth unto them I beheld other Books which Came forth by the power of the Lamb un from the Gentiles unto them unto the Convinceing of the gentiles & the remnant of the seed of my Brethren & also to the Jews which were scattered upon all the face of the earth that the records of the prophets & of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb are true & the Angel spake unto me saying these last records which thou hast seen among the Gentiles shall establish the truth of the first which is of the twelve Apostles of <the> Lamb & shall make known the plain & precious things which have been taken away from them & shall make known unto all Kindreds Tongues & People that the Lamb of God is the eternal Father & the saviour of the world & that all men must Come unto him or they cannot be saved & they must come accoding to the words which shall be established by the mouth of the Lamb & the words of the [p. 22] Lamb shall be made known in the records of thy seed as well as in the records of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb wherefore they both shall be established in one for there is one God & one Shepherd over all the earth & the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all Nations both unto the Jews & also unto the Gentiles & after that he hath manifested himself unto the Jews & also unto the Gentiles then he shall manifest himself unto the Gentiles & also unto the Jews & the last shall be first & the first shall be last & it shall come to pass that if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word & also in Power in verry deed unto the takeing away of their stumbleing Blocks if it so be that they hearden not their hearts against the Lamb & if it so be that they hearden their hearts against the Lamb of God they shall be numbered among the seed of thy father yea they shall be numbered among the House of Israel & they shall be a blest People upon the promised land forever they shall <be> no more brought down into captivity & the House of Israel shall no more be confounded & that great pit which hath been diged for them by that great & abominable Church which was founded by the Devil & his Children that he might lead away the Souls of men down to Hell yea that great pit which hath been diged for the destruction of men shall be filled by those who diged it unto their utter destruction saith the Lamb of God not the destruction of the Soul save it be the casting of it into that Hell which hath no end for behold this is according to the captivity of the Devil & also according to the Justice of God upon all those who will work wickedness & abomination before him & it came to pass that the Angel spake unto me Nephi saying thou hast beheld that if the Gentiles repent it shall be well with them & thou also knowest concerning the covenants of the Lord unto the House of Israel & thou also hast heard that whoso repenteth not must perish therefore wo be unto the Gentiles if it so be that they hearden their hearts against the Lamb of God for the time cometh saith the Lamb of God that I will work a great & a marvelous work among the children of men a work which shall be everlasting either on the one hand or on the other either to the convinceing of them unto peace & life eternal or unto the deliverance of them to the heardness of their hearts & the blindness of their minds unto their being brought down into captivity & also unto destruction both temporally & spiritually according to the captivity of the Devil of which I have spoken & it came to pass that when the Angel had spoken these words he saith unto me remem [p. 23]
Lamb shall be made known in the records of thy seed as well as in the records of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb wherefore they both shall be established in one for there is one God & one Shepherd over all the earth & the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all Nations both unto the Jews & also unto the Gentiles & after that he hath manifested himself unto the Jews & also unto the Gentiles then he shall manifest himself unto the Gentiles & also unto the Jews & the last shall be first & the first shall be last & it shall come to pass that if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word & also in Power in verry deed unto the takeing away of their stumbleing Blocks if it so be that they hearden not their hearts against the Lamb & if it so be that they hearden their hearts against the Lamb of God they shall be numbered among the seed of thy father yea they shall be numbered among the House of Israel & they shall be a blest People upon the promised land forever they shall <be> no more brought down into captivity & the House of Israel shall no more be confounded & that great pit which hath been diged for them by that great & abominable Church which was founded by the Devil & his Children that he might lead away the Souls of men down to Hell yea that great pit which hath been diged for the destruction of men shall be filled by those who diged it unto their utter destruction saith the Lamb of God not the destruction of the Soul save it be the casting of it into that Hell which hath no end for behold this is according to the captivity of the Devil & also according to the Justice of God upon all those who will work wickedness & abomination before him & it came to pass that the Angel spake unto me Nephi saying thou hast beheld that if the Gentiles repent it shall be well with them & thou also knowest concerning the covenants of the Lord unto the House of Israel & thou also hast heard that whoso repenteth not must perish therefore wo be unto the Gentiles if it so be that they hearden their hearts against the Lamb of God for the time cometh saith the Lamb of God that I will work a great & a marvelous work among the children of men a work which shall be everlasting either on the one hand or on the other either to the convinceing of them unto peace & life eternal or unto the deliverance of them to the heardness of their hearts & the blindness of their minds unto their being brought down into captivity & also unto destruction both temporally & spiritually according to the captivity of the Devil of which I have spoken & it came to pass that when the Angel had spoken these words he saith unto me remem [p. 23]ber thou the covenants of the Father unto the House of Israel I saith unto him yea & it came to pass that he sayeth unto me look & behold that great & abominable Church which is the Mother of abominations whose founder is the Devil & he saith unto me behold there is save it be two churches the one is the church of the Lamb of God & the other is the Church of the Devil wherefore whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great Church which is the Mother of abominations & she is the whoar of all the earth & it came to pass that I looked & beheld the whore of all the earth & she sat upon many waters & she had dominion over all the earth among all Nations Kindreds Tongues & People & it came to pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God & its numbers were few because of the wickedness & abominations of the whore which sat upon many waters nevertheless I beheld that the church of the Lamb which were the Saints of God were also upon all the face of the earth & their dominion upon the face of the earth were small because of the wickedness of the great whore which I saw & it came to pass that I behed beheld that the great mother of abominations did gather together in multitudes upon the face of all the earth among all the Nations of the Gentiles to fight against the Lamb of God & it came to pass that I Nephi beheld the power of the Lamb of the God that it decended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb & upon the covenant people of the Lord which were scattered upon all the face of the earth & they were armed with righteousness & with the power of God in great glory & it came to pass that I beheld that the wrath of God was poured out upon the great & abominable church insomuch that there were wars & rumors of wars among all the Nations & Kindreds of the earth & as there began to be wars & rumors of wars among all the Nations which belonged to the mother off abominations the Angel spake unto me saying behold the wrath of God is upon the Mother of Harlots & behold thou seest all these things & when the day cometh that the wrath of God is poured out upon the Mother of Harlots which is the great & abominable church of all the earth whose founder is the Devil then at that day the work of the Father shall commence in prepareing the way for the fulfiling of his covenants which he hath made to his People which are of the House of Israel & it came to pass that the Angel spake unto me saying look & I looked & beheld a man & he was dressed dressed in a white robe & the Angel said unto me behold one of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb behold he shall see & write the remainder of [p. 24]
ber thou the covenants of the Father unto the House of Israel I saith unto him yea & it came to pass that he sayeth unto me look & behold that great & abominable Church which is the Mother of abominations whose founder is the Devil & he saith unto me behold there is save it be two churches the one is the church of the Lamb of God & the other is the Church of the Devil wherefore whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great Church which is the Mother of abominations & she is the whoar of all the earth & it came to pass that I looked & beheld the whore of all the earth & she sat upon many waters & she had dominion over all the earth among all Nations Kindreds Tongues & People & it came to pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God & its numbers were few because of the wickedness & abominations of the whore which sat upon many waters nevertheless I beheld that the church of the Lamb which were the Saints of God were also upon all the face of the earth & their dominion upon the face of the earth were small because of the wickedness of the great whore which I saw & it came to pass that I behed beheld that the great mother of abominations did gather together in multitudes upon the face of all the earth among all the Nations of the Gentiles to fight against the Lamb of God & it came to pass that I Nephi beheld the power of the Lamb of the God that it decended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb & upon the covenant people of the Lord which were scattered upon all the face of the earth & they were armed with righteousness & with the power of God in great glory & it came to pass that I beheld that the wrath of God was poured out upon the great & abominable church insomuch that there were wars & rumors of wars among all the Nations & Kindreds of the earth & as there began to be wars & rumors of wars among all the Nations which belonged to the mother off abominations the Angel spake unto me saying behold the wrath of God is upon the Mother of Harlots & behold thou seest all these things & when the day cometh that the wrath of God is poured out upon the Mother of Harlots which is the great & abominable church of all the earth whose founder is the Devil then at that day the work of the Father shall commence in prepareing the way for the fulfiling of his covenants which he hath made to his People which are of the House of Israel & it came to pass that the Angel spake unto me saying look & I looked & beheld a man & he was dressed dressed in a white robe & the Angel said unto me behold one of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb behold he shall see & write the remainder of [p. 24] these things yea & also many things which have been & he shall also write concerning the end of the world wherefore the things which he shall write are just & true & behold they are written in the Book which thou beheld proceding out of the mouth of the Jew & at the time they proceded out of the mouth of the Jew or at the time the Book proceded out of the mouth of the Jew the things which were written were plain & pure & most precious & easy to the understanding of all men & behold the things which this Apostle of the Lamb shall write are many things which thou hast seen & behold th behold the remainder shalt thou see but the things which thou shalt see hereafter thou shalt not write for the Lord God hath ordained the Apostle of the Lamb of God that he should write them & also others which have been to them hath he shown all things & they have written them & they are sealed up to come forth in their purity according to the truth which is in the Lamb in the own due time of the Lord unto the House of Israel & I Nephi heard & bear record that the name of the Apostle of the Lamb was John according to the word of the Angel & behold I Nephi am forbidden that I should write the remainder of the things which I saw & heard wherefore the things which I have written sufficeth me & I have not written but a small part of the things which I saw & <I> bear record that I saw the things which my father Saw & the Angel of the Lord did make them known unto me & now I make an end of speaking concerning the things which I saw while I was carried away in the Spirit & if all the things which I saw are not true written the things which I have written are true & thus it is Amen
these things yea & also many things which have been & he shall also write concerning the end of the world wherefore the things which he shall write are just & true & behold they are written in the Book which thou beheld proceding out of the mouth of the Jew & at the time they proceded out of the mouth of the Jew or at the time the Book proceded out of the mouth of the Jew the things which were written were plain & pure & most precious & easy to the understanding of all men & behold the things which this Apostle of the Lamb shall write are many things which thou hast seen & behold th behold the remainder shalt thou see but the things which thou shalt see hereafter thou shalt not write for the Lord God hath ordained the Apostle of the Lamb of God that he should write them & also others which have been to them hath he shown all things & they have written them & they are sealed up to come forth in their purity according to the truth which is in the Lamb in the own due time of the Lord unto the House of Israel & I Nephi heard & bear record that the name of the Apostle of the Lamb was John according to the word of the Angel & behold I Nephi am forbidden that I should write the remainder of the things which I saw & heard wherefore the things which I have written sufficeth me & I have not written but a small part of the things which I saw & <I> bear record that I saw the things which my father Saw & the Angel of the Lord did make them known unto me & now I make an end of speaking concerning the things which I saw while I was carried away in the Spirit & if all the things which I saw are not true written the things which I have written are true & thus it is Amen
First Nephi, Chapter 4 [1 Nephi 15]
Chapter I
And it came to pass that after I Nephi had been carreid away in the spirit & seen all these things I returned to the tent of my father & it came to pass that I beheld my Brethren & they were disputeing one with another concerning the things which my father had spoken unto them for he truly spake many great things unto them which was hard to be understood save a man should enqure of the Lord & they being hard in their hearts therefore they did not look unto the Lord as they had ought & now I Nephi was grieved because of the hardness of their hearts & also because of the things which I had seen & knew they must unavoidably come to pass because of the great wickedness of the children of men & it came to pass that I was overcome because of my afflictions for I considered that mine afflictions were great above all because of the destructions of my People for I had beheld their fall fall [p. 25] & it came to pass that after I had received strength I spake unto my Brethren desireing to know of them the cause of their disputeations & they said behold we cannot understand the words of <which> our father hath spoken concerning the natural branches of the Olive tree & also concerning the Gentiles & I said unto them have ye enquired of the Lord & they said unto me we have not for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us behold I said unto them how is it that ye do not keep the Commandments of the Lord how is it that ye will perish because of the hardness of your hearts do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said if ye will not harden your hearts & ask me in faith believeing that ye shall receive with diligence in keeping my commandments surely these things shall be made known unto you behold I say unto you that the House of Israel was compared unto an Olive tree by the spirit of the Lord which was in our fathers & behold & are we not broken off from the House of Israel & are we not a branch of the House of Israel & now the thing which our father meaneth concerning the grafting in of the natural branches through the fullness of the Gentile<s> is that in the latter day<s> when our seed shall have dwindled in unbelief yea for the space of many years & many Generations after that the Messiah hath manifested himself in body unto the Children of men then shall the fullness of the Gospel of the Messiah come unto the Gentiles & from the Gentiles unto the remnant of our seed & at that day shall the remnant of our seed know that they are of the House of Israel & that they are the covenant People of the <Lord> & then shall they know & come to the knowledge of their forefathers & also to the knowledge of the Gospel of their redeemer which was ministered unto their fathers by him wherefore they shall come to the knowledge of their redeemer & the verry points of his doctrine that they may know how to come unto him & be saved & then at that day will they not rejoice & give praise unto their everlasting God their Rock & their Salvation yea at that day will they not receive strength & nourishment from the true vine yea will they not come unto the true fold of God behold I say unto you yea they shall be remembered again among the House of Israel they shall be gathered grafted in being a natural branch of the Olive tree into the true Olive tree & this is what our father meaneth & he meaneth that it will not come to pass untill after that they are scattered by the Gentiles & he meaneth that it shall come by way of the Gentiles that the Lord may shew his power unto the Gentiles [p. 26]
& it came to pass that after I had received strength I spake unto my Brethren desireing to know of them the cause of their disputeations & they said behold we cannot understand the words of <which> our father hath spoken concerning the natural branches of the Olive tree & also concerning the Gentiles & I said unto them have ye enquired of the Lord & they said unto me we have not for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us behold I said unto them how is it that ye do not keep the Commandments of the Lord how is it that ye will perish because of the hardness of your hearts do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said if ye will not harden your hearts & ask me in faith believeing that ye shall receive with diligence in keeping my commandments surely these things shall be made known unto you behold I say unto you that the House of Israel was compared unto an Olive tree by the spirit of the Lord which was in our fathers & behold & are we not broken off from the House of Israel & are we not a branch of the House of Israel & now the thing which our father meaneth concerning the grafting in of the natural branches through the fullness of the Gentile<s> is that in the latter day<s> when our seed shall have dwindled in unbelief yea for the space of many years & many Generations after that the Messiah hath manifested himself in body unto the Children of men then shall the fullness of the Gospel of the Messiah come unto the Gentiles & from the Gentiles unto the remnant of our seed & at that day shall the remnant of our seed know that they are of the House of Israel & that they are the covenant People of the <Lord> & then shall they know & come to the knowledge of their forefathers & also to the knowledge of the Gospel of their redeemer which was ministered unto their fathers by him wherefore they shall come to the knowledge of their redeemer & the verry points of his doctrine that they may know how to come unto him & be saved & then at that day will they not rejoice & give praise unto their everlasting God their Rock & their Salvation yea at that day will they not receive strength & nourishment from the true vine yea will they not come unto the true fold of God behold I say unto you yea they shall be remembered again among the House of Israel they shall be gathered grafted in being a natural branch of the Olive tree into the true Olive tree & this is what our father meaneth & he meaneth that it will not come to pass untill after that they are scattered by the Gentiles & he meaneth that it shall come by way of the Gentiles that the Lord may shew his power unto the Gentiles [p. 26] for the verry reason <cause> that he shall be rejected of the Jews or of the House of Israel wherefore our father hath not spoken of our seed alone but also of all the House of Israel pointing to the covenant which should be fulfilled in the latter days which covenant the Lord made to our father Abraham saying in thy seed shall all the Kindreds of the earth be blessed & it came to pass that I Nephi spake much unto them concerning these things yea I spake unto them concerning the restoreng <restoration> of the Jews in the latter days & I did rehears unto them the words of Isaiah which spake concerning the restoration of the Jews or of the House of Israel & after that they were restored they should nomore be confounded neither should they be scattered again & it came to pass that I did speak many words unto my Brethren that they were passified & did humble themselves before the Lord & it came to pass that they did speak unto me again saying what meaneth the thing which of our father saw in a dream what meaneth the tree which he saw & I said unto them it was a representation of the tree of life & they said unto me what meaneth the rod of iron which our father saw that lead to the tree & I said unto them that it was the word of God & whoso would hearken unto the word of God & would hold fast unto it they would never perish neither could the temptations & the firey darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness to lead them away to destruction wherefore I Nephi did exhort them to give heed unto the word of the Lord yea I did exhort them with all the energes of my soul & with all the faculty which I posessed that they would give heed to the word of God & remember to keep his commandments allwaysin all things & they said unto me what meaneth the river of water which our father saw & I said unto them that the water which my father saw was filthiness & so much was his mind swallowed up in other things that he beheld not the filthiness of the water & I said unto them that it was an awful gulf which sepparateth the wicked from the tree of life & also from the Saints of God & I said unto them that it was a representation of that awful Hell which the Angel said unto me was prepared for the wicked & I said unto them that our father also saw that the Justice of God did also divide the wicked from the righteous & the brightness thereof was like unto the brightness of a flameing fire which ascendeth up unto God forever & ever & hath no end & they said unto me doth this thing mean the torment of the body in the days of probation or doth it mean the final state of the Soul after the death of the temporal baby or doth it speak of the things which are temporal & it came to pass that I said unto them that [p. 27]
for the verry reason <cause> that he shall be rejected of the Jews or of the House of Israel wherefore our father hath not spoken of our seed alone but also of all the House of Israel pointing to the covenant which should be fulfilled in the latter days which covenant the Lord made to our father Abraham saying in thy seed shall all the Kindreds of the earth be blessed & it came to pass that I Nephi spake much unto them concerning these things yea I spake unto them concerning the restoreng <restoration> of the Jews in the latter days & I did rehears unto them the words of Isaiah which spake concerning the restoration of the Jews or of the House of Israel & after that they were restored they should nomore be confounded neither should they be scattered again & it came to pass that I did speak many words unto my Brethren that they were passified & did humble themselves before the Lord & it came to pass that they did speak unto me again saying what meaneth the thing which of our father saw in a dream what meaneth the tree which he saw & I said unto them it was a representation of the tree of life & they said unto me what meaneth the rod of iron which our father saw that lead to the tree & I said unto them that it was the word of God & whoso would hearken unto the word of God & would hold fast unto it they would never perish neither could the temptations & the firey darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness to lead them away to destruction wherefore I Nephi did exhort them to give heed unto the word of the Lord yea I did exhort them with all the energes of my soul & with all the faculty which I posessed that they would give heed to the word of God & remember to keep his commandments allwaysin all things & they said unto me what meaneth the river of water which our father saw & I said unto them that the water which my father saw was filthiness & so much was his mind swallowed up in other things that he beheld not the filthiness of the water & I said unto them that it was an awful gulf which sepparateth the wicked from the tree of life & also from the Saints of God & I said unto them that it was a representation of that awful Hell which the Angel said unto me was prepared for the wicked & I said unto them that our father also saw that the Justice of God did also divide the wicked from the righteous & the brightness thereof was like unto the brightness of a flameing fire which ascendeth up unto God forever & ever & hath no end & they said unto me doth this thing mean the torment of the body in the days of probation or doth it mean the final state of the Soul after the death of the temporal baby or doth it speak of the things which are temporal & it came to pass that I said unto them that [p. 27] it was a representation of things both temporal & spiritual for the day should come that they must be Judged of their works yea even the works which were done by the temporal body in their days of probation wherefore if they should die in their wickedness they must be cast off also as to the things which are spiritual which are pertaining to righteousness wherefore they must be brought to stand before God to be Judged of their work & if their works have been filthiness they must needs be filthy & if they be filthy it must needs be that they cannot dwell in the Kingdom of God if so the Kingdom of God must be filthy also but behold I say unto you the Kingdom of God is not filthy & there cannot any unclean thing enter into the Kingdom of God wherefore there must needs be a place of filthiness prepared for that which is filthy & there is a place prepared yea even that awful Hell of which I have <spoken> & the Devil is the preparator of it wherefore the final state of the Souls ofmen is to dwell in the Kingdom of God or to be cast out because of that Justice of which I have spoken wherefore the wicked are rejected from the righteous & also from that tree of life whose fruit is most precious & most desireable above all other fruits yea & it is the greatest of all the gifts of God & thus I spake unto my Brethren Amen
it was a representation of things both temporal & spiritual for the day should come that they must be Judged of their works yea even the works which were done by the temporal body in their days of probation wherefore if they should die in their wickedness they must be cast off also as to the things which are spiritual which are pertaining to righteousness wherefore they must be brought to stand before God to be Judged of their work & if their works have been filthiness they must needs be filthy & if they be filthy it must needs be that they cannot dwell in the Kingdom of God if so the Kingdom of God must be filthy also but behold I say unto you the Kingdom of God is not filthy & there cannot any unclean thing enter into the Kingdom of God wherefore there must needs be a place of filthiness prepared for that which is filthy & there is a place prepared yea even that awful Hell of which I have <spoken> & the Devil is the preparator of it wherefore the final state of the Souls ofmen is to dwell in the Kingdom of God or to be cast out because of that Justice of which I have spoken wherefore the wicked are rejected from the righteous & also from that tree of life whose fruit is most precious & most desireable above all other fruits yea & it is the greatest of all the gifts of God & thus I spake unto my Brethren Amen
First Nephi, Chapter 5 [1 Nephi 16–19:21]
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And now it came to pass that after I Nephi had made an end of speaking to my Brethren behold they said unto me thou hast declared unto us hard things more then that which were are able to bear & it came to pass that I said unto them that I knew that I had spoken hard things against the wicked according to the truth & the righteous have I justified & testified that they should be lifted up at the last day wherefore the guilty taketh the truth to be hard for it cutteth them to the verry centre & now my Brethren if ye were righteous & were willing to hearken to the truth & give heed unto to it that ye might walk uprightly before God then ye would not murmur because of the truth & say thou speakest hard things against us & it came to pass that I Nephi did exhort my Brethren with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord & it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord insomuch that I had joy & great hopes of them that they would walk in the paths of righteousness now all these things were said & done as my father dwelt in a tent in the vally which he called Lemuel & it came to pass that I Nephi took one of the Daughters of Ishmael to wife & also my Brethren took of the daughters of Ishmael to wife & also Zoram took the [p. 28] elder daughter of Ishmael to wife & thus my father had fulfilledall the commandments of the Lord which had been given unto him & also I Nephi had been blessed of the Lord excedingly & it came to pass that the voice of the Lord spake unto my father by night & commanded him that on the morrow he should take his journy into the wilderness & it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning & went forth to the tent door & to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship & it was of fine Brass & within the Ball was two spindles & the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness & it came to pass that we did gather together whatsoever things we should carry into the wilderness & all the remainder of our provisions which the Lord had given unto us & we did take seed of every kind that we might carry into the wilderness & it came to pass that we did take our tents & departed in to the wilderness across the river Laman & it came to pass that we traveled for the space of four days nearly a South Southeast direction & we did pitch our tents again & we did call the name of the place Shazer & it came to pass that we did take our bows & our arrows & go forth into the wilderness to slay food for our families & after that we had slain food for our families we did return again to our families in the wilderness to the place of Shazer & we did go forth again in the wilderness following the same direction keeping in the most fertile parts of the wilderness which was in the borders near the Red Sea & it came to pass that we did travel for the space of many days slaying food by the way with our bows & our arrows & our stones & our slings & we did follow the directions of the ball which lead us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness & after that we had traveled for the space of many days we did pitch our tents for the space of a time that we might again rest ourselves & obtain food for our families & it came to pass that as I Nephi went forth to slay food behold I did break my bow which was made of fine steel & after that I did break my bow behold my Brethren were angery with me because of the loss of my bow for we did obtain no food & it came to pass that we did return without food to our families & being much fateagued because of their journying they did suffer much for the want of food & it came to pass that Laman & Lemuel & the Sons of Ishmael did begin to murmur excedingly because of their sufferings & afflictions in the wilderness & also my father began to murmur against the Lord his God yea & they were all excding sorrowful even that they did murmur against the Lord now it came to pass that I Nephi haveing been afflicted [p. 29]
elder daughter of Ishmael to wife & thus my father had fulfilledall the commandments of the Lord which had been given unto him & also I Nephi had been blessed of the Lord excedingly & it came to pass that the voice of the Lord spake unto my father by night & commanded him that on the morrow he should take his journy into the wilderness & it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning & went forth to the tent door & to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship & it was of fine Brass & within the Ball was two spindles & the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness & it came to pass that we did gather together whatsoever things we should carry into the wilderness & all the remainder of our provisions which the Lord had given unto us & we did take seed of every kind that we might carry into the wilderness & it came to pass that we did take our tents & departed in to the wilderness across the river Laman & it came to pass that we traveled for the space of four days nearly a South Southeast direction & we did pitch our tents again & we did call the name of the place Shazer & it came to pass that we did take our bows & our arrows & go forth into the wilderness to slay food for our families & after that we had slain food for our families we did return again to our families in the wilderness to the place of Shazer & we did go forth again in the wilderness following the same direction keeping in the most fertile parts of the wilderness which was in the borders near the Red Sea & it came to pass that we did travel for the space of many days slaying food by the way with our bows & our arrows & our stones & our slings & we did follow the directions of the ball which lead us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness & after that we had traveled for the space of many days we did pitch our tents for the space of a time that we might again rest ourselves & obtain food for our families & it came to pass that as I Nephi went forth to slay food behold I did break my bow which was made of fine steel & after that I did break my bow behold my Brethren were angery with me because of the loss of my bow for we did obtain no food & it came to pass that we did return without food to our families & being much fateagued because of their journying they did suffer much for the want of food & it came to pass that Laman & Lemuel & the Sons of Ishmael did begin to murmur excedingly because of their sufferings & afflictions in the wilderness & also my father began to murmur against the Lord his God yea & they were all excding sorrowful even that they did murmur against the Lord now it came to pass that I Nephi haveing been afflicted [p. 29] with my Brethren because of the loss of my bow & their bows haveing lost their springs it began to be exceding difficult yea insomuch that we could obtain no food & it came to pass that I Nephi did speak much unto my Brethren because that they had hard hardoned their hearts against even unto complaing against the Lord their God & it came to pass that I Nephi did make out of wood a bow & out of a strait stick an arrow wherefore I did arm miself with a bow & an arrow with a sling & with stones & I said unto my father whither shall I go to obtain food & it came to pass that he did enquire of the Lord for they had humbled themselves because of my word for I did say many things in unto them in the energy of my Soul & it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto my father & he was truly chastened because of his murmuring against the Lord insomuch that he was brought down into the debths of sorrow & it came to pass that the voice of the Lord said unto him look upon the Ball & behold the things which are written & it came to pass that when my father saw <beheld> the things which were written upon the Ball he did fear & tremble excedingly & also my Brethren & the Sons of Ishmael & our wives & it came to pass that I Nephi beheld that the pointers which were in the Ball that they did work according to the faith & diligence & heed which we did give unto them & there was also written upon them a new writing which was plain to be read which did give us understanding concerning the ways of the Lord & it was written & changed from time to time according to the faith & diligence which we gave unto it & thus we see that the Lord by small means <the Lord> Can bring about great things & it came to pass that I Nephi did go forth up into the top of the mountain according to the directions which was given upon the Ball & it came to pass that I did slay wild beasts insomuch that I did obtain food for our families & it came to pass that I did return to our tents bearing the beasts which I had slain & now when they beheld that I had obtained food how great was their joy & it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord & did give thanks unto him & it came to pass that we did again take our journy traveling nearly the same course as in the beginning & after that we had traveled for the space of many days we did pitch our tents again that we might tarry for the space of a time & it came to pass that Ishmael died & was buried in the place which was called Nahom & it came to pass that the Daughters of Ishmael did mourn excedingly because of the loss of their father & because of their afflictions in the wilderness & they did murmur against my father because that he had brought them out of the land of Jerusalem saying our father is dead yea & we have wandered much in the wilderness & we have suffered much afflictions [p. 30]
with my Brethren because of the loss of my bow & their bows haveing lost their springs it began to be exceding difficult yea insomuch that we could obtain no food & it came to pass that I Nephi did speak much unto my Brethren because that they had hard hardoned their hearts against even unto complaing against the Lord their God & it came to pass that I Nephi did make out of wood a bow & out of a strait stick an arrow wherefore I did arm miself with a bow & an arrow with a sling & with stones & I said unto my father whither shall I go to obtain food & it came to pass that he did enquire of the Lord for they had humbled themselves because of my word for I did say many things in unto them in the energy of my Soul & it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto my father & he was truly chastened because of his murmuring against the Lord insomuch that he was brought down into the debths of sorrow & it came to pass that the voice of the Lord said unto him look upon the Ball & behold the things which are written & it came to pass that when my father saw <beheld> the things which were written upon the Ball he did fear & tremble excedingly & also my Brethren & the Sons of Ishmael & our wives & it came to pass that I Nephi beheld that the pointers which were in the Ball that they did work according to the faith & diligence & heed which we did give unto them & there was also written upon them a new writing which was plain to be read which did give us understanding concerning the ways of the Lord & it was written & changed from time to time according to the faith & diligence which we gave unto it & thus we see that the Lord by small means <the Lord> Can bring about great things & it came to pass that I Nephi did go forth up into the top of the mountain according to the directions which was given upon the Ball & it came to pass that I did slay wild beasts insomuch that I did obtain food for our families & it came to pass that I did return to our tents bearing the beasts which I had slain & now when they beheld that I had obtained food how great was their joy & it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord & did give thanks unto him & it came to pass that we did again take our journy traveling nearly the same course as in the beginning & after that we had traveled for the space of many days we did pitch our tents again that we might tarry for the space of a time & it came to pass that Ishmael died & was buried in the place which was called Nahom & it came to pass that the Daughters of Ishmael did mourn excedingly because of the loss of their father & because of their afflictions in the wilderness & they did murmur against my father because that he had brought them out of the land of Jerusalem saying our father is dead yea & we have wandered much in the wilderness & we have suffered much afflictions [p. 30] hunger thirst & fateague & after all these sufferings we must perish in the wilderness with hungar & thus they did murmur against my father & also against me & they were desireous to return again to Jerusalem & Laman saith unto Lemuel & also unto the Sons of Ishmael behold let us slay our father & also our Brother Nephi who hath taken it upon him to be our ruler & our teacher who are his elder Brethren now he saith that the Lord hath talked with him & also that Angels hath ministered unto him but behold we know that he lieth unto us & he telleth us these things & he worketh many things by his cunning arts that he may deceive our eyes thinking perhaps that he may lead us away into some strange wilderness & after that he hath lead us away he hath thought to make himself a King & a ruler over us that he may do with us according to his will & pleasure & after this manner did my Brother Laman stir up their hearts to anger & it came to pass that the Lord was with us yea even the voice of the Lord came & did speak many words unto them & did chasten them excedingly & after that they were chastened by the voice of the Lord they did turn away their anger & did repent of their Sins insomuch that the Lord did bless us again with food that we did not perish & it came to pass that we did again take our journy in the wilderness & we did travel nearly eastward from that time forth & we did travel & wade through much afflictions in the wilderness & our women bare children in the wilderness & so great was the blessings of the Lord upon us that while we did live upon raw meat in the wilderness our women did give plenty of suck for their children & were strong yea even like unto the men & they began to bear their journyings without murmurings & thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfiled & if it so be that the Children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them <them &> strengthen them & provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he hath Commanded them wherefore he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness & we did sojourn for the space of many years yea even eight years in the wilderness & we did come to the land which we called Bountiful because of its much fruit & also wild honey & all these things were prepared of the Lord that we might not perish & we beheld the Sea which we called Irreantum which being interpreted is many waters & it came to pass that we did pitch our tents by the Sea Shore & notwithstanding we had suffered many afflictions & much difficulty yea even somuch that we cannot write them all we was excedingly rejoiced when we came to the Sea shore & we called the [p. 31]
hunger thirst & fateague & after all these sufferings we must perish in the wilderness with hungar & thus they did murmur against my father & also against me & they were desireous to return again to Jerusalem & Laman saith unto Lemuel & also unto the Sons of Ishmael behold let us slay our father & also our Brother Nephi who hath taken it upon him to be our ruler & our teacher who are his elder Brethren now he saith that the Lord hath talked with him & also that Angels hath ministered unto him but behold we know that he lieth unto us & he telleth us these things & he worketh many things by his cunning arts that he may deceive our eyes thinking perhaps that he may lead us away into some strange wilderness & after that he hath lead us away he hath thought to make himself a King & a ruler over us that he may do with us according to his will & pleasure & after this manner did my Brother Laman stir up their hearts to anger & it came to pass that the Lord was with us yea even the voice of the Lord came & did speak many words unto them & did chasten them excedingly & after that they were chastened by the voice of the Lord they did turn away their anger & did repent of their Sins insomuch that the Lord did bless us again with food that we did not perish & it came to pass that we did again take our journy in the wilderness & we did travel nearly eastward from that time forth & we did travel & wade through much afflictions in the wilderness & our women bare children in the wilderness & so great was the blessings of the Lord upon us that while we did live upon raw meat in the wilderness our women did give plenty of suck for their children & were strong yea even like unto the men & they began to bear their journyings without murmurings & thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfiled & if it so be that the Children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them <them &> strengthen them & provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he hath Commanded them wherefore he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness & we did sojourn for the space of many years yea even eight years in the wilderness & we did come to the land which we called Bountiful because of its much fruit & also wild honey & all these things were prepared of the Lord that we might not perish & we beheld the Sea which we called Irreantum which being interpreted is many waters & it came to pass that we did pitch our tents by the Sea Shore & notwithstanding we had suffered many afflictions & much difficulty yea even somuch that we cannot write them all we was excedingly rejoiced when we came to the Sea shore & we called the [p. 31] place Bountiful because of its much fruit & it came to pass that after I Nephi had been in the land Bountiful for the space of many days the voice of the Lord came unto me saying arese & get thee into the mountain & it came to pass that I arose & went up into the mountain & cried unto the Lord & it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me saying thou shalt construct a ship after themanner which I shall shew thee that I may carry thy People arcross these waters & I sayeth Lord whither shall I go that I may find oar to moulton that I may make tools to construct the Ship after the manner which thou has shewn unto me & it came to pass that the Lord told me whither I should go to find oar that I might make tools & it came to pass that I Nephi did make Bellowses wherewith to blow the fire of the skins of Beasts & after that I had made Bellowses that I might have where with to blow the fire I did smite two stones together that I might make fire for the Lord had not hitherto suffered that we should make much fire as we journyed in the wilderness for he sayeth I will make that thy food shall become sweet that ye cook it not & I will also be you<r> light in the wilderness & I will prepare y the way before you if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments wherefore in as much as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be lead towards the promesed land & ye shall know that it is by me that ye are lead yea & the Lord said also that after ye have ariven to the promised land ye shall know that I the Lord am God & that I the Lord did deliver you from destruction yea that I did bring you out of the Land of Jerusalem wherefore I Nephi did strive to keep the commandments of the Lord & I did exhort my Brethren to faithfulness & diligence & it came to pass that I did make tools of the oar which I did moulton out of the rock & whenmy Brethren saw that I was about to build a ship they began to murmur against me saying our Brother is a fool for he thinketh that he can build a ship yea & he also thinketh that he can cross these great waters & thus my Brethren did complain against me & were desireous that they might not labour for they did not believe that I could build a ship neither would they believe that I were instructed of the Lord & now it came to pass that I Nephi was exceding sorrowful because of the hardness of their hearts & now when they saw that I began to be sorrowful they were glad in their hearts insomuch that they did rejoice over me saying we knew that ye could not construct a ship for we knew that ye were lacking in Judgment wherefore thou canst not accomplish so great a work & thou art like unto our father lead away by the foolish imagionations of his heart yea he hath lead us out of the land of Jeru [p. 32]
place Bountiful because of its much fruit & it came to pass that after I Nephi had been in the land Bountiful for the space of many days the voice of the Lord came unto me saying arese & get thee into the mountain & it came to pass that I arose & went up into the mountain & cried unto the Lord & it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me saying thou shalt construct a ship after themanner which I shall shew thee that I may carry thy People arcross these waters & I sayeth Lord whither shall I go that I may find oar to moulton that I may make tools to construct the Ship after the manner which thou has shewn unto me & it came to pass that the Lord told me whither I should go to find oar that I might make tools & it came to pass that I Nephi did make Bellowses wherewith to blow the fire of the skins of Beasts & after that I had made Bellowses that I might have where with to blow the fire I did smite two stones together that I might make fire for the Lord had not hitherto suffered that we should make much fire as we journyed in the wilderness for he sayeth I will make that thy food shall become sweet that ye cook it not & I will also be you<r> light in the wilderness & I will prepare y the way before you if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments wherefore in as much as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be lead towards the promesed land & ye shall know that it is by me that ye are lead yea & the Lord said also that after ye have ariven to the promised land ye shall know that I the Lord am God & that I the Lord did deliver you from destruction yea that I did bring you out of the Land of Jerusalem wherefore I Nephi did strive to keep the commandments of the Lord & I did exhort my Brethren to faithfulness & diligence & it came to pass that I did make tools of the oar which I did moulton out of the rock & whenmy Brethren saw that I was about to build a ship they began to murmur against me saying our Brother is a fool for he thinketh that he can build a ship yea & he also thinketh that he can cross these great waters & thus my Brethren did complain against me & were desireous that they might not labour for they did not believe that I could build a ship neither would they believe that I were instructed of the Lord & now it came to pass that I Nephi was exceding sorrowful because of the hardness of their hearts & now when they saw that I began to be sorrowful they were glad in their hearts insomuch that they did rejoice over me saying we knew that ye could not construct a ship for we knew that ye were lacking in Judgment wherefore thou canst not accomplish so great a work & thou art like unto our father lead away by the foolish imagionations of his heart yea he hath lead us out of the land of Jeru [p. 32]salem & we have wandered in the wilderness for these many years & our women have toiled being big with child & they have bourn children in the wilderness & suffered all things save it were death & it would have been better that they had died before they came out of Jerusalem then to have suffered these afflictions behold these many years we have suffered in the wilderness which time we might have enjoid our possessions & the land of our inheritance yea & we might have been happy & we know that the People which were in the land of Jerusalem were a righteous People for they keep the statutes & the Judgments of the Lord & all his commandments according to the law of Moses wherefore we know that they are a righteous People & our father hath Judged & them & hath lead us away because we would hearken to unto his words yea & our Brother is like unto him & after this manner of Language did my Brethren murmur & complain against us & it came to pass that I Nephi spak unto them saying do ye believe that our fathers which were the Children of Israel would have been lead away out of the hands of the Egytians if they had not hearkened unto the words of the Lord yea do ye suppose that they would have been lead out of Bondage if the Lord had not commanded Moses that he should lead them out of Bondage now ye know that the Children of Isael were in Bondage & ye know that they were laiden with tasks which were grieveous to be bourn wherefore ye know that it must needs be a good thing for them that they should be brought out of Bondage now ye know that Moses was commanded of the Lord to do that great work & ye know that by his word the waters of the red Sea was divided hither & thither & they passed through on dry ground but ye know that the Egytians were drowned in the red Sea which were the armies of Pharaoh & ye also know that they were fed with manna in the wilderness yea & ye also know that Moses by his word according to the power of God which was in him smote the Rock & there came forth water that the Children of Israel might quench their thirst & notwithstanding they being lead they Lord their God their redeemer going before them leading them by day & giveing light unto them by night & doing all things for them which was expediant for man to receive they heardoned their hearts & blind<ed> their minds & reviled against Moses & against the true & liveing God & it came to pass that according to his word he did destroy them & according to his word he did lead them & according to his word he did to <do> all things for them & there was not anything done save it were by his word & after they had crossed the river Jordan he did make them mighty unto the driveing out the children of the land [p. 33]
salem & we have wandered in the wilderness for these many years & our women have toiled being big with child & they have bourn children in the wilderness & suffered all things save it were death & it would have been better that they had died before they came out of Jerusalem then to have suffered these afflictions behold these many years we have suffered in the wilderness which time we might have enjoid our possessions & the land of our inheritance yea & we might have been happy & we know that the People which were in the land of Jerusalem were a righteous People for they keep the statutes & the Judgments of the Lord & all his commandments according to the law of Moses wherefore we know that they are a righteous People & our father hath Judged & them & hath lead us away because we would hearken to unto his words yea & our Brother is like unto him & after this manner of Language did my Brethren murmur & complain against us & it came to pass that I Nephi spak unto them saying do ye believe that our fathers which were the Children of Israel would have been lead away out of the hands of the Egytians if they had not hearkened unto the words of the Lord yea do ye suppose that they would have been lead out of Bondage if the Lord had not commanded Moses that he should lead them out of Bondage now ye know that the Children of Isael were in Bondage & ye know that they were laiden with tasks which were grieveous to be bourn wherefore ye know that it must needs be a good thing for them that they should be brought out of Bondage now ye know that Moses was commanded of the Lord to do that great work & ye know that by his word the waters of the red Sea was divided hither & thither & they passed through on dry ground but ye know that the Egytians were drowned in the red Sea which were the armies of Pharaoh & ye also know that they were fed with manna in the wilderness yea & ye also know that Moses by his word according to the power of God which was in him smote the Rock & there came forth water that the Children of Israel might quench their thirst & notwithstanding they being lead they Lord their God their redeemer going before them leading them by day & giveing light unto them by night & doing all things for them which was expediant for man to receive they heardoned their hearts & blind<ed> their minds & reviled against Moses & against the true & liveing God & it came to pass that according to his word he did destroy them & according to his word he did lead them & according to his word he did to <do> all things for them & there was not anything done save it were by his word & after they had crossed the river Jordan he did make them mighty unto the driveing out the children of the land [p. 33] yea unto the scattering them to destruction & now do ye suppose that the children of this land which were in the land of promise which were driven <driven> out by our fathers do ye suppose that they were righteous behold I say unto you nay do ye suppose that our fathers would have been more choice then they if they had been righteous I say unto you nay behold the Lord esteemeth all flesh in one he that is righteous is favoured of God but behold this People had rejected every word of God & they were ripe in iniquity & the fullness of the wrath of God was upon them & the Lord did curse the land against them & bless it unto our fathers yea he did curse it against them unto their destruction & he did bless <it> unto our fathers unto their obtaining power over it behold the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited & he hath created his children that they should possess it & he raiseth up a righteous Nation & destroyeth the Nations of the wicked & he leadeth away the righteous into precious lands & the wicked he destroyeth & curseth the land unto them for their sakes he ruleth high in the Heavens for it is his throne & this earth is his footstool & he loveth them which will have him to be their God behold he loved our fath fathers & he covenanted with them yea even Abraham Isaac & Jacob & he remembered the covenants which he had made wherefore he did bring them out of the land of Egypt & he did straiten them in the wilderness with his rod for they hardoned their hearts even as ye have & the lord straitened them because of their iniquity he sent firey flying Serpants among them & after they were bitten he prepared a way that they might be healed & the labour which they had to perform were to look & because of the simpleness of the way or the easeiness of it there were many which perished & they did heardon their hearts from time to time & they did revile against Moses & also against God nevertheless ye know that they were lead forth by his matchless power into the land of promise & now after all these things the time has come that they have become wicked yea nearly unto ripeness & I know not but they are at this day about to be destroid for I know that the day must surely come that they must be destroid save a few only which shall be lead away into captivity wherefore the Lord commanded my father that he should depart into the wilderness & the Jews also sought to take away his life yea & ye also have sought to take away his life wherefore ye are murderers in your hearts & ye are like unto they ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God ye have seen an Angel & he spake unto you yea ye have heard his voice from time to time & he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice but ye were past feeling that ye could [p. 34]
yea unto the scattering them to destruction & now do ye suppose that the children of this land which were in the land of promise which were driven <driven> out by our fathers do ye suppose that they were righteous behold I say unto you nay do ye suppose that our fathers would have been more choice then they if they had been righteous I say unto you nay behold the Lord esteemeth all flesh in one he that is righteous is favoured of God but behold this People had rejected every word of God & they were ripe in iniquity & the fullness of the wrath of God was upon them & the Lord did curse the land against them & bless it unto our fathers yea he did curse it against them unto their destruction & he did bless <it> unto our fathers unto their obtaining power over it behold the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited & he hath created his children that they should possess it & he raiseth up a righteous Nation & destroyeth the Nations of the wicked & he leadeth away the righteous into precious lands & the wicked he destroyeth & curseth the land unto them for their sakes he ruleth high in the Heavens for it is his throne & this earth is his footstool & he loveth them which will have him to be their God behold he loved our fath fathers & he covenanted with them yea even Abraham Isaac & Jacob & he remembered the covenants which he had made wherefore he did bring them out of the land of Egypt & he did straiten them in the wilderness with his rod for they hardoned their hearts even as ye have & the lord straitened them because of their iniquity he sent firey flying Serpants among them & after they were bitten he prepared a way that they might be healed & the labour which they had to perform were to look & because of the simpleness of the way or the easeiness of it there were many which perished & they did heardon their hearts from time to time & they did revile against Moses & also against God nevertheless ye know that they were lead forth by his matchless power into the land of promise & now after all these things the time has come that they have become wicked yea nearly unto ripeness & I know not but they are at this day about to be destroid for I know that the day must surely come that they must be destroid save a few only which shall be lead away into captivity wherefore the Lord commanded my father that he should depart into the wilderness & the Jews also sought to take away his life yea & ye also have sought to take away his life wherefore ye are murderers in your hearts & ye are like unto they ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God ye have seen an Angel & he spake unto you yea ye have heard his voice from time to time & he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice but ye were past feeling that ye could [p. 34] not feel his words wherefore he hath spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder & ye also know that by the power of his Almygty word he can cause the <earth> that it shall pass away yea & ye know that by his word he can cause that rough places be made smooth & smooth places shall be broken up O then why is it that ye can be so hard in your hearts behold my Soul is rent with anguish because of you & my heart is pained I fear lest ye shall be cast off forever behold I am full of the spirit of God insomuch as if my frame had no strength & now it came to pass that when I had spoken these words they were angery with me & were desireous to throw me into the debths of the Sea & as they came forth to lay their hands upon me I spake unto them saying in the name of the Almighty God I command you that ye touch me not for I am filled with the power of God even unto the consumeing of my flesh & whoso shall lay their hands upon me shall wither even as a dried weed & he shall beas nought before the power of God for God shall smite him & it came to pass that I Nephi sayeth unto them that they should murmur no more against their father neither should they withhold their labour from me for God had commanded me that I should build a ship & I sayeth unto them if God had commanded me to do all things I could do it if he should command me that I should say unto this water be thou earth it should be earth & if I should say it it would be done & now if the Lord hath such great power & hath wrought so many miricles among the children of men how is it that he cannot instruct me that I should build a ship & it came to pass that I Nephi said many things unto my Brethren insomuch that they were confounded & could not contend against me neither dearst they lay their hands upon me nor touch me with their fingers even for the space of many days now they dearst not do this least they should wither fefore me so powerful was the spirit of God & thus it had wrought upon them & it came to pass that the Lord said unto me streach forth thine hand again unto thy Brethren & they shall not wither before thee but I will shock them saith the Lord & this will I do that they may know that I am the Lord their God & it came to pass that I streached forth my hand unto my Brethren & they did not wither before me but the Lord did shake them even according to the word which he has <had> spoken & now they said we know of a surety that the Lord is with thee for we know that it is the power of the Lord that hath shaken us & they fell down before me & were about to worship me but I would not suffer them say saying I am thy Brother [p. 35]
not feel his words wherefore he hath spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder & ye also know that by the power of his Almygty word he can cause the <earth> that it shall pass away yea & ye know that by his word he can cause that rough places be made smooth & smooth places shall be broken up O then why is it that ye can be so hard in your hearts behold my Soul is rent with anguish because of you & my heart is pained I fear lest ye shall be cast off forever behold I am full of the spirit of God insomuch as if my frame had no strength & now it came to pass that when I had spoken these words they were angery with me & were desireous to throw me into the debths of the Sea & as they came forth to lay their hands upon me I spake unto them saying in the name of the Almighty God I command you that ye touch me not for I am filled with the power of God even unto the consumeing of my flesh & whoso shall lay their hands upon me shall wither even as a dried weed & he shall beas nought before the power of God for God shall smite him & it came to pass that I Nephi sayeth unto them that they should murmur no more against their father neither should they withhold their labour from me for God had commanded me that I should build a ship & I sayeth unto them if God had commanded me to do all things I could do it if he should command me that I should say unto this water be thou earth it should be earth & if I should say it it would be done & now if the Lord hath such great power & hath wrought so many miricles among the children of men how is it that he cannot instruct me that I should build a ship & it came to pass that I Nephi said many things unto my Brethren insomuch that they were confounded & could not contend against me neither dearst they lay their hands upon me nor touch me with their fingers even for the space of many days now they dearst not do this least they should wither fefore me so powerful was the spirit of God & thus it had wrought upon them & it came to pass that the Lord said unto me streach forth thine hand again unto thy Brethren & they shall not wither before thee but I will shock them saith the Lord & this will I do that they may know that I am the Lord their God & it came to pass that I streached forth my hand unto my Brethren & they did not wither before me but the Lord did shake them even according to the word which he has <had> spoken & now they said we know of a surety that the Lord is with thee for we know that it is the power of the Lord that hath shaken us & they fell down before me & were about to worship me but I would not suffer them say saying I am thy Brother [p. 35] yea even thy younger Brother wherefore worship the Lord thy God & honour thy father & thy Mother that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee & it came to pass that they did worship the Lord & did go forth with me & we did work timbers of curious workmanship & the Lord did shew me from time to time after what manner I should work the timbers of the ship now I Nephi did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men neither did build the Ship after the manner of man but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shewn unto me wherefore it was not after the manner of men & I Nephi did go into the mount oft & I did pray oft unto the Lord wherefore the Lord shewed unto me great things & it came to pass t◊◊◊ after I had finished the ship according to the word of the Lord my Brethren beheld that it was good & that the workmanship thereof was exceding fine wherefore they did humble themselves again before the Lord & it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto my father that we should arise & go down into the ship & it came to pass that on the morrow after that we had prepared all things much fruits & meat from the wilderness & honey in abundance & provisions according to that which the Lord had commanded us we did go down into the Ship with all our loading & our seeds & whatsoever thing we had brought with us every one according to his age wherefore we did all go down into the Ship with our wives & our Children & now my father had begat two Sons in the wilderness the eldest was called Jacob & the younger Joseph & it came to pass that after we had all gone down in <into> the Ship & had taken with us our provisions & things which had been commanded us we did put forth into the Sea & were driven forth before the wind towards the promised land & after that we had been driven forth before the wind for the space of many days behold my Brethren & the Sons of Ishmael & also their wives began to make themselves merry insomuch that they began to dance & to sing & to speak with much rudeness yea even to that they did forget by what power they had been brought thither yea they were lifted up unto exceding rudeness & I Nephi began to fear excedingly least the Lord should be angery with us & smite us because of our iniquity that we should be swallowed up in the debths of the Sea wherefore I Nephi began to speak to them with much soberness but behold they were angery with me saying we will not that our younger Brother shall be a ruler over us & it came to pass that Laman & Lemuel did take me & bind me with Cords & they did tread <treat> me with much hashness nevertheless the Lord did suffer it that he might shew forth his power unto the fulfiling of his word which he hath spoken— [p. 36]
yea even thy younger Brother wherefore worship the Lord thy God & honour thy father & thy Mother that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee & it came to pass that they did worship the Lord & did go forth with me & we did work timbers of curious workmanship & the Lord did shew me from time to time after what manner I should work the timbers of the ship now I Nephi did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men neither did build the Ship after the manner of man but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shewn unto me wherefore it was not after the manner of men & I Nephi did go into the mount oft & I did pray oft unto the Lord wherefore the Lord shewed unto me great things & it came to pass t◊◊◊ after I had finished the ship according to the word of the Lord my Brethren beheld that it was good & that the workmanship thereof was exceding fine wherefore they did humble themselves again before the Lord & it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto my father that we should arise & go down into the ship & it came to pass that on the morrow after that we had prepared all things much fruits & meat from the wilderness & honey in abundance & provisions according to that which the Lord had commanded us we did go down into the Ship with all our loading & our seeds & whatsoever thing we had brought with us every one according to his age wherefore we did all go down into the Ship with our wives & our Children & now my father had begat two Sons in the wilderness the eldest was called Jacob & the younger Joseph & it came to pass that after we had all gone down in <into> the Ship & had taken with us our provisions & things which had been commanded us we did put forth into the Sea & were driven forth before the wind towards the promised land & after that we had been driven forth before the wind for the space of many days behold my Brethren & the Sons of Ishmael & also their wives began to make themselves merry insomuch that they began to dance & to sing & to speak with much rudeness yea even to that they did forget by what power they had been brought thither yea they were lifted up unto exceding rudeness & I Nephi began to fear excedingly least the Lord should be angery with us & smite us because of our iniquity that we should be swallowed up in the debths of the Sea wherefore I Nephi began to speak to them with much soberness but behold they were angery with me saying we will not that our younger Brother shall be a ruler over us & it came to pass that Laman & Lemuel did take me & bind me with Cords & they did tread <treat> me with much hashness nevertheless the Lord did suffer it that he might shew forth his power unto the fulfiling of his word which he hath spoken— [p. 36] concerning the wicked & it came to pass that after they had bound me insomuch that I could not move the Compass which had been prepared of the Lord did cease to work wherefore they knew not whither they should stear the Ship insomuch that there arose a great storm yea a great & terrible tempest & we were driven back upon the waters for the Space of three days & they began to be frightened excedingly least they should be drowned in the Sea nevertheless they did loose me not & on the fourth day which we had been driven back the tempest began to be exceding sore & it Came to pass that we were about to be swallowed up in the debths of the Sea & after that we had been driven back upon the waters for the space of four days my Brethren began to see that the Judgments of God was upon them & that they t perish save that they should repent of their iniquities wherefore they came unto me & loosed the bands which was upon my rists & behold they had much swolen excedingly & also mine ancles were much swolen & great was the Soreness thereof nevertheless I did look unto my God & I did praise him all the day long & I did not murmur against the Lord because of mine afflictions now my father Lehi had said many things unto them & also unto the Sons of Ishmael but behold they did breath out much threatnings against any one that should speak for me & my parents being stricken in years & haveing suffered much grief because of their Children they were brought down yea even upon their sick beds because of their grief & much sorrow & the iniquity of my Brethren they were brought near even to be carried out of this time to meet their God yea their gray hairs were about be to be brought down to lye low in the dust yea even they were near to be cast into a waterry grave & Jacob & Joseph also being young haveing need of much nourishment were grieved because of the afflictions of their Mother & also my wife with her tears & prayers & also my children did not soften their hearts of my Brethren that they would loose me & there was nothing save it were the power of God which threattened them with destruction could soften their hearts wherefore when they saw that they were about to be swallowed up in the debths of the Sea they repented of the thing which they had done insomuch that they loosed me & it came to pass that after they had loosed me behold I took the compass & it did work whither I desired it & it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord & after that I had prayed the winds did cease & the storm did cease & there was a great calm & it came to pass that I Nephi did guide the Ship that we sailed again towards the promised land & it came to pass that after [p. 37]
concerning the wicked & it came to pass that after they had bound me insomuch that I could not move the Compass which had been prepared of the Lord did cease to work wherefore they knew not whither they should stear the Ship insomuch that there arose a great storm yea a great & terrible tempest & we were driven back upon the waters for the Space of three days & they began to be frightened excedingly least they should be drowned in the Sea nevertheless they did loose me not & on the fourth day which we had been driven back the tempest began to be exceding sore & it Came to pass that we were about to be swallowed up in the debths of the Sea & after that we had been driven back upon the waters for the space of four days my Brethren began to see that the Judgments of God was upon them & that they t perish save that they should repent of their iniquities wherefore they came unto me & loosed the bands which was upon my rists & behold they had much swolen excedingly & also mine ancles were much swolen & great was the Soreness thereof nevertheless I did look unto my God & I did praise him all the day long & I did not murmur against the Lord because of mine afflictions now my father Lehi had said many things unto them & also unto the Sons of Ishmael but behold they did breath out much threatnings against any one that should speak for me & my parents being stricken in years & haveing suffered much grief because of their Children they were brought down yea even upon their sick beds because of their grief & much sorrow & the iniquity of my Brethren they were brought near even to be carried out of this time to meet their God yea their gray hairs were about be to be brought down to lye low in the dust yea even they were near to be cast into a waterry grave & Jacob & Joseph also being young haveing need of much nourishment were grieved because of the afflictions of their Mother & also my wife with her tears & prayers & also my children did not soften their hearts of my Brethren that they would loose me & there was nothing save it were the power of God which threattened them with destruction could soften their hearts wherefore when they saw that they were about to be swallowed up in the debths of the Sea they repented of the thing which they had done insomuch that they loosed me & it came to pass that after they had loosed me behold I took the compass & it did work whither I desired it & it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord & after that I had prayed the winds did cease & the storm did cease & there was a great calm & it came to pass that I Nephi did guide the Ship that we sailed again towards the promised land & it came to pass that after [p. 37] we had sailed for the space of many days we did arive to the promised land & we went forth upon the land & did pitch our tents & we did call it the promised land & it came to pass that we did begin to till the ground <earth> & we began to plant seeds yea we did put all our seeds into the earth which we hah had brought from the land of Jerusalem & it came to pass that they did grow excedingly wherefore we were blessed in abundance & it came to pass that we did find upon the land of promise as we journied in the wilderness that there were was beasts in the forests of every kind both the cow & the Ox & the Ass & the Horse & the goat & the wild goat & all manner of wild animels which were for the use of men & we did find all manner of ore both of gold & of Silver & of Copper & it came to pass that the Lord commanded me wherefore I did make plates of ore that I might engraven upon them the record of my People & upon the plates which I made I did engraven the record of my father & also our journyings in the wilderness & the Prophesies of my father & also many of mine own Prophesies have I engraven upon them & I knew not at that time when I made them that I should be commanded of the Lord to make these plates wherefore the record of my father & the genealogy of his forefathers & the more part of all our procedings in the wilderness are engraven upon those plates of which I have spoken wherefore the things which transpired before that I made these Plates are of a truth more particularly made mention upon the first plates & after that I made these plates by way of Commandment I Nephi received a commandment that the ministry & the prophesies the more plain & precious parts of them should be written upon them <these> plates & that the things which were written should be kept for the instruction of my People which should possess the land & also for other wise purposes which purposes are known unto the Lord wherefore I Nephi did make a record upon the other plates which gives an account or which gives a greater account of the wars & contentions & distructions of my People & this have I done & commanded my People that they should do after that I was gone & that these plates should be handed down from one generation to an other or from one Prophet to another untill further commandments of the Lord & an account of my making these plates shall be given hereafter & then behold I procede according to that which I have spoken & this I do that the more sacred things may be kept for the knowledge of my People nevertheless I do not write any thing upon plates save it be that I think to [p. 38]
we had sailed for the space of many days we did arive to the promised land & we went forth upon the land & did pitch our tents & we did call it the promised land & it came to pass that we did begin to till the ground <earth> & we began to plant seeds yea we did put all our seeds into the earth which we hah had brought from the land of Jerusalem & it came to pass that they did grow excedingly wherefore we were blessed in abundance & it came to pass that we did find upon the land of promise as we journied in the wilderness that there were was beasts in the forests of every kind both the cow & the Ox & the Ass & the Horse & the goat & the wild goat & all manner of wild animels which were for the use of men & we did find all manner of ore both of gold & of Silver & of Copper & it came to pass that the Lord commanded me wherefore I did make plates of ore that I might engraven upon them the record of my People & upon the plates which I made I did engraven the record of my father & also our journyings in the wilderness & the Prophesies of my father & also many of mine own Prophesies have I engraven upon them & I knew not at that time when I made them that I should be commanded of the Lord to make these plates wherefore the record of my father & the genealogy of his forefathers & the more part of all our procedings in the wilderness are engraven upon those plates of which I have spoken wherefore the things which transpired before that I made these Plates are of a truth more particularly made mention upon the first plates & after that I made these plates by way of Commandment I Nephi received a commandment that the ministry & the prophesies the more plain & precious parts of them should be written upon them <these> plates & that the things which were written should be kept for the instruction of my People which should possess the land & also for other wise purposes which purposes are known unto the Lord wherefore I Nephi did make a record upon the other plates which gives an account or which gives a greater account of the wars & contentions & distructions of my People & this have I done & commanded my People that they should do after that I was gone & that these plates should be handed down from one generation to an other or from one Prophet to another untill further commandments of the Lord & an account of my making these plates shall be given hereafter & then behold I procede according to that which I have spoken & this I do that the more sacred things may be kept for the knowledge of my People nevertheless I do not write any thing upon plates save it be that I think to [p. 38] it be sacred & now if I do err even did they err of Old not that I would excuse myself because of other men but because of the weakness which is in me according to the flesh I would excuse myself for the things which some men esteem to be of great worth both to the body & soul others set at nought & trample under their feet yea even the verry God of Israel do men trample under their feet I saay <say> trample under their feet be but I would speak in other words they do set him at nought & hearken not to the voice of his Councils & behold he cometh according to the words of the Angel in Six hundred years from the time my father left Jerusalem & the world because of their iniquity shall Judge him to be a thing of nought wherefore they scourge him & he suffereth it & they smite him & he suffereth it yea they spit upon him & he suffereth it because of his loveing kindness & his long suffering towards the children of men & the God of our fathers which were lead out of Egypt out of bondage & also were preserved in the wilderness by him yea the God of Abraham & of Isaac & the God of Jacob yieldeth himself according to the words of the Angel as a man into the hands of wicked men to be bifted <lifted> up according to the words of Zenock & to be crucified according to the words of Neum & to be buried in a Sepulchar & according to the words of Zenos which he spake concerning the three days of darkness which should be a sign given of his death unto them who should inhabit the Isles of the Sea more especially given unto them which are of the house of Israel for thus spake the Prophet the Lord God surely shall visit all the house of Israel it at that day some with his voice because of <their> righteousness unto their great joy & Salvation & others with the thunderings & the lightnings of his power by tempest by fire & by smoke & vapour of darkness & by the opening of the earth & by mountains which shall be carried up & all these things must surely come saith the Prophet Zenos & the Rocks of the earth must rend & because of the groanings of the earth many of the Kings of the Isles of the Sea shall be wrought upon by the spirit of God to exclaim the God of Nature suffers & as for they which are at Jerusalem saith the Prophet shall be scourged by all People saith the Prophet because they Crucify the God of Israel & turned their hearts aside rejecting signs & wonders & power & glory of the God of Israel & because they turned their hearts aside saith the Prophet & have dispised the Holy one of Israel they shall wander in the flesh & perish & become a hiss & a by word & be hated among [p. 39]
it be sacred & now if I do err even did they err of Old not that I would excuse myself because of other men but because of the weakness which is in me according to the flesh I would excuse myself for the things which some men esteem to be of great worth both to the body & soul others set at nought & trample under their feet yea even the verry God of Israel do men trample under their feet I saay <say> trample under their feet be but I would speak in other words they do set him at nought & hearken not to the voice of his Councils & behold he cometh according to the words of the Angel in Six hundred years from the time my father left Jerusalem & the world because of their iniquity shall Judge him to be a thing of nought wherefore they scourge him & he suffereth it & they smite him & he suffereth it yea they spit upon him & he suffereth it because of his loveing kindness & his long suffering towards the children of men & the God of our fathers which were lead out of Egypt out of bondage & also were preserved in the wilderness by him yea the God of Abraham & of Isaac & the God of Jacob yieldeth himself according to the words of the Angel as a man into the hands of wicked men to be bifted <lifted> up according to the words of Zenock & to be crucified according to the words of Neum & to be buried in a Sepulchar & according to the words of Zenos which he spake concerning the three days of darkness which should be a sign given of his death unto them who should inhabit the Isles of the Sea more especially given unto them which are of the house of Israel for thus spake the Prophet the Lord God surely shall visit all the house of Israel it at that day some with his voice because of <their> righteousness unto their great joy & Salvation & others with the thunderings & the lightnings of his power by tempest by fire & by smoke & vapour of darkness & by the opening of the earth & by mountains which shall be carried up & all these things must surely come saith the Prophet Zenos & the Rocks of the earth must rend & because of the groanings of the earth many of the Kings of the Isles of the Sea shall be wrought upon by the spirit of God to exclaim the God of Nature suffers & as for they which are at Jerusalem saith the Prophet shall be scourged by all People saith the Prophet because they Crucify the God of Israel & turned their hearts aside rejecting signs & wonders & power & glory of the God of Israel & because they turned their hearts aside saith the Prophet & have dispised the Holy one of Israel they shall wander in the flesh & perish & become a hiss & a by word & be hated among [p. 39] all Nations nevertheless when that day cometh saith the Prophet that they no more turn aside their hearts against the Holy one of Israel then will he remember the covenants which he made to their fathers yea then will he remember the Isles of the Sea yea & all the People which are of the house of Israel will I gather in saith the Lord according to the words of the Prophets Zenos from the four quarters of the eath <earth> yea & all the earth shall see the salvation of the Lord saith the Prophet every Nation Kindred Tongue & People shall be blessed & I Nephi have written these things unto my People that perhaps I might perswade them that they would remember the Lord their Redeemer wherefore I speak unto all the house of Israel if it so be that they should obtain these things for behold I have worked workings in the spirit which doth weary me even that all my joints are weak for they which are at Jerusalem for had not the Lord been merciful to shew unto me concerning them even as he had Prophets of old for he surely did shew unto Prophets of old all things concerning them & also he did shew unto many concerning us wherefore it must needs be that we know concerning them for they are written upon the plates of Brass——
all Nations nevertheless when that day cometh saith the Prophet that they no more turn aside their hearts against the Holy one of Israel then will he remember the covenants which he made to their fathers yea then will he remember the Isles of the Sea yea & all the People which are of the house of Israel will I gather in saith the Lord according to the words of the Prophets Zenos from the four quarters of the eath <earth> yea & all the earth shall see the salvation of the Lord saith the Prophet every Nation Kindred Tongue & People shall be blessed & I Nephi have written these things unto my People that perhaps I might perswade them that they would remember the Lord their Redeemer wherefore I speak unto all the house of Israel if it so be that they should obtain these things for behold I have worked workings in the spirit which doth weary me even that all my joints are weak for they which are at Jerusalem for had not the Lord been merciful to shew unto me concerning them even as he had Prophets of old for he surely did shew unto Prophets of old all things concerning them & also he did shew unto many concerning us wherefore it must needs be that we know concerning them for they are written upon the plates of Brass——
First Nephi, Chapter 6 [1 Nephi 19:22–21:26]
Chapter [blank] Now it came to pass that I Nephi did teach these <my> things unto my <Brethren these> things & it came to pass that I did read many things to them which were engraven upon the plates of Brass that they might know concerning the doings of the Lord in other lands among People of old & I did read many things unto them which were in the Book of Moses but that I might more fully perswade them to believe in the Lord their redeemer wherefore I did read unto them that which was written by the Prophet Isaiah for I did liken all Scriptures unto us that it might be for our profit & learning wherefore I spake unto them saying hear ye the words of the Prophet ye which are a remnant of the House of Israel a branch which have been broken off hear ye the words of the Prophet which was <written> unto all the house of Israel & liken it unto yourselves that ye may have hope as well as your Brethren from whom ye have been broken off for after this manner hath the Prophet written hearken & hear this O house of Israel <Jacob> which are called by the name of Israel & are come forth out of the waters of Judah which swear by the name of the Lord & make mention of the God of Israel yet they swear not in truth nor in righteousness nevertheless they call themselves of the holy city but they do not stay themselves upon the God of Israel which is the Lord of hosts yea the Lord of hoasts is his name beho [p. 40]ld I have declared the former things from the beginning & they went forth out of my mouth & I shewed them I did shew them suddenly & I did it because I knew that thou art obstinate & thy neck was an iron sinew & thy <thy> brow brass & I have even from the beginning declared to thee before it came to pass I shewed them thee & I shewed them for fear least thou shouldst say mine Idol hath done them & my graven image & my moulton image hath commanded them thou hast seen & heard all this & will ye not declare them & that I have shewed thee new things from this time even hiden things & thou didst not know them they are created now & not from the beginning even before the day when thou heardest them not they were declared unto thee least thou shouldst say behold I knew them yea & thou heardest not yea thou knewest not yea from that time thine ear was not opened for I knew that thou wouldst deal verry treacherously & wast called a transgressor from thy womb nevertheless for thy <my name> name sake will I defer mine anger & for my praise will I refrain from thee that I cut thee not off for behold I have refined thee I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction for mine own sake yea for mine own sake will I do this for I will not suffer my name to be polluted & I will not give my glory unto another hearken unto me O Jacob & Israel my called for I am he & I am the first & I am also the last mine hand hath also laid the foundations of the earth & my right hand hath spaned the heavens & I called unto them & they stand up together all ye assemble yourselves & hear which among them hath declared these things unto them the Lord hath loved him yea & he will fulfil hiss word which he hath declared by them & he will do his pleasure on Babylon & his arm shall come upon the Chaldeans also saith the Lord I the Lord yea I have spoken yea I have called him to declare I have brought him & he shall make his way prosperous come ye near unto me I have not spoken in secret from the beginning from the time that it was declared have I spoken & the Lord God & his spirit hath sent me & thus saith the Lord thy redeemer the holy one of Israel I have sent him the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit which leadeth thee by the way thou shouldst go hath done it O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments then had thy peace been as a river & thy righteousness as the waves of the Sea thy seed also had been as the sand the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof his name should not have been cut off nor destroid from before me go ye forth of Babylon flee ye from the Chaldeans with a voice of singing [p. 41]
ld I have declared the former things from the beginning & they went forth out of my mouth & I shewed them I did shew them suddenly & I did it because I knew that thou art obstinate & thy neck was an iron sinew & thy <thy> brow brass & I have even from the beginning declared to thee before it came to pass I shewed them thee & I shewed them for fear least thou shouldst say mine Idol hath done them & my graven image & my moulton image hath commanded them thou hast seen & heard all this & will ye not declare them & that I have shewed thee new things from this time even hiden things & thou didst not know them they are created now & not from the beginning even before the day when thou heardest them not they were declared unto thee least thou shouldst say behold I knew them yea & thou heardest not yea thou knewest not yea from that time thine ear was not opened for I knew that thou wouldst deal verry treacherously & wast called a transgressor from thy womb nevertheless for thy <my name> name sake will I defer mine anger & for my praise will I refrain from thee that I cut thee not off for behold I have refined thee I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction for mine own sake yea for mine own sake will I do this for I will not suffer my name to be polluted & I will not give my glory unto another hearken unto me O Jacob & Israel my called for I am he & I am the first & I am also the last mine hand hath also laid the foundations of the earth & my right hand hath spaned the heavens & I called unto them & they stand up together all ye assemble yourselves & hear which among them hath declared these things unto them the Lord hath loved him yea & he will fulfil hiss word which he hath declared by them & he will do his pleasure on Babylon & his arm shall come upon the Chaldeans also saith the Lord I the Lord yea I have spoken yea I have called him to declare I have brought him & he shall make his way prosperous come ye near unto me I have not spoken in secret from the beginning from the time that it was declared have I spoken & the Lord God & his spirit hath sent me & thus saith the Lord thy redeemer the holy one of Israel I have sent him the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit which leadeth thee by the way thou shouldst go hath done it O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments then had thy peace been as a river & thy righteousness as the waves of the Sea thy seed also had been as the sand the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof his name should not have been cut off nor destroid from before me go ye forth of Babylon flee ye from the Chaldeans with a voice of singing [p. 41] declare ye tell this utter to the end of the earth say ye the Lord hath redeemed his servant Jacob & they thirsted not he lead them through the deserts he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them he cleaved the rock also & the waters gushed out & notwithstanding he hath done all this & greater also there is no peace saith the Lord unto the wicked & again hearken O ye house of Israel all ye that are broken off & are driven out because of the Pastors <wickedness> of the pastors of my People yea all ye that are broken off that are scattered abroad which are of my People O house of Israel listen O Isles unto me & hearken ye People from far the Lord hath called me from the womb from the bowels of my Mother hath he made mention of my name & he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me & made me a polished shaft in his quiver hath he hid me & said unto me thou art my servant O Israel in whom I will be glorified then I said I have laboured in vain I have spent my strength for nought & in vain surely my Judgment is with the Lord & my work with my God & & now saith the Lord that formed me from the womb <womb> that I should be his servant to bring Jacob again to him thou Israel be not gathered yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord & my God shall be my strength & he said it is a light thing that thou shoulds be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob & to restore the preserved of Israel I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles that thou myest by <be> my salvation unto the ends of the earth thus saith the Lord the redeemer of Israel his holy one to him whom man despiseth to him whom the Nations abhoreth to servant of rulers Kings shall see & arise princes also shall worship because of the Lord that is faithful thus saith the Lord in an exceptable time have I heard thee O Isles of the Sea & in a day of salvation have I helped thee & I will preserve thee & give thee my servant for a covenant for a <of> the People to establish the earth to cause to inherit the desolate heritages that thou mayest say to the prisoners go forth to them that sit in darkness shew yourselves they shall feed in the ways & their pastures shall be in all high places they shall not hunger nor thirst neither shall the heat nor the Sun smite them for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them even by the springs of waters shall he guide them & I will make all my mountains away & my high ways shall be exhalted & then O house of Israel behold these shall come from far & lo these from the North & from the west & these from the land of Sinim sing O Heavens & be joyful O earth for the feet of them which are in the east shall be established & break forth into singing O mountains for they shall [p. 42]
declare ye tell this utter to the end of the earth say ye the Lord hath redeemed his servant Jacob & they thirsted not he lead them through the deserts he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them he cleaved the rock also & the waters gushed out & notwithstanding he hath done all this & greater also there is no peace saith the Lord unto the wicked & again hearken O ye house of Israel all ye that are broken off & are driven out because of the Pastors <wickedness> of the pastors of my People yea all ye that are broken off that are scattered abroad which are of my People O house of Israel listen O Isles unto me & hearken ye People from far the Lord hath called me from the womb from the bowels of my Mother hath he made mention of my name & he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me & made me a polished shaft in his quiver hath he hid me & said unto me thou art my servant O Israel in whom I will be glorified then I said I have laboured in vain I have spent my strength for nought & in vain surely my Judgment is with the Lord & my work with my God & & now saith the Lord that formed me from the womb <womb> that I should be his servant to bring Jacob again to him thou Israel be not gathered yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord & my God shall be my strength & he said it is a light thing that thou shoulds be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob & to restore the preserved of Israel I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles that thou myest by <be> my salvation unto the ends of the earth thus saith the Lord the redeemer of Israel his holy one to him whom man despiseth to him whom the Nations abhoreth to servant of rulers Kings shall see & arise princes also shall worship because of the Lord that is faithful thus saith the Lord in an exceptable time have I heard thee O Isles of the Sea & in a day of salvation have I helped thee & I will preserve thee & give thee my servant for a covenant for a <of> the People to establish the earth to cause to inherit the desolate heritages that thou mayest say to the prisoners go forth to them that sit in darkness shew yourselves they shall feed in the ways & their pastures shall be in all high places they shall not hunger nor thirst neither shall the heat nor the Sun smite them for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them even by the springs of waters shall he guide them & I will make all my mountains away & my high ways shall be exhalted & then O house of Israel behold these shall come from far & lo these from the North & from the west & these from the land of Sinim sing O Heavens & be joyful O earth for the feet of them which are in the east shall be established & break forth into singing O mountains for they shall [p. 42] be smitten no more for the Lord hath comforted his People & will have mercy upon his afflicted but behold Zion hath said the Lord hath forsaken me & my Lord hath forgotton me but he will shew that he hath not for can a woman forget he<r> sucking child that she should not have compassion on the Son of her womb yea they may forget yet will I not forget thee O house of Israel behold I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands thy walls are continually before me thy children shall make haste against thy destroyers & they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee lift up thine eyes round about & behold all these gather themselves together & they shall come to thee & as I live saith the Lord thou shalt surely cloth thee with them all as with an ornament & bind them on even as a bride for thy waste & thy desolate places & the land of thy destruction shall even now be to narrow by reason of the inhabitants & they that swallowed thee up shall be far away the Children which thou shalt have after thou hast lost the other shall again in thine ears say the place is to strait for me give place to me that I may dwell then shalt thou say in thine heart who hath begotten me these seeing I have lost my children & am desolate a captive & removeing to & fro & who hath brought up these behold I was left alone these where have they been thus saith the Lord God behold I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles & set up my standard to the People & they shall bring thy Sons in their arms & thy daughters <shall be carried> upon their shoulders & kings shall be thy nursing fathers & their Queens thy nursing mothers they shall bown down to thee with their face towards the earth & lick up the dust of thy feet & thou shalt know that I am the Lord for they shall not be be ashamed that wait for me for shall the prey be taken from the mighty or the lawful captive delivered but thus saith the Lord even the captive of the mighty shall be taken away & the prey of the terrible shall be delivered for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee & I will save thy children & I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine & all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy saviour & thy redeemer the mighty one of Jacob
be smitten no more for the Lord hath comforted his People & will have mercy upon his afflicted but behold Zion hath said the Lord hath forsaken me & my Lord hath forgotton me but he will shew that he hath not for can a woman forget he<r> sucking child that she should not have compassion on the Son of her womb yea they may forget yet will I not forget thee O house of Israel behold I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands thy walls are continually before me thy children shall make haste against thy destroyers & they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee lift up thine eyes round about & behold all these gather themselves together & they shall come to thee & as I live saith the Lord thou shalt surely cloth thee with them all as with an ornament & bind them on even as a bride for thy waste & thy desolate places & the land of thy destruction shall even now be to narrow by reason of the inhabitants & they that swallowed thee up shall be far away the Children which thou shalt have after thou hast lost the other shall again in thine ears say the place is to strait for me give place to me that I may dwell then shalt thou say in thine heart who hath begotten me these seeing I have lost my children & am desolate a captive & removeing to & fro & who hath brought up these behold I was left alone these where have they been thus saith the Lord God behold I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles & set up my standard to the People & they shall bring thy Sons in their arms & thy daughters <shall be carried> upon their shoulders & kings shall be thy nursing fathers & their Queens thy nursing mothers they shall bown down to thee with their face towards the earth & lick up the dust of thy feet & thou shalt know that I am the Lord for they shall not be be ashamed that wait for me for shall the prey be taken from the mighty or the lawful captive delivered but thus saith the Lord even the captive of the mighty shall be taken away & the prey of the terrible shall be delivered for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee & I will save thy children & I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine & all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy saviour & thy redeemer the mighty one of Jacob
First Nephi, Chapter 7 [1 Nephi 22]
Chapter [blank] And now it came to pass that after I Nephi after that I had read these things which were engraven upon the plates of Brass my Brethren came unto me & said unto me what mean these things which ye have read behold are they to be understood according to things which are spiritual which shall come to pass according to the spirit & not the flesh [p. 43] & I Nephi sayeth unto them behold they were made manifest unto the prophet by the voice of the spirit for by the spirit are all things made known unto the Prophets which shall come upon the children of men according to the flesh wherefore the things of which I have read are things pertaining to things both temporal & spiritual for it appears that the house of Israel sooner of or later will be scattered upon all the face of the earth & also among all Nations & before there are many which are <already> lost from the knowledge of they which are at Jerusalem yea the more part of all the tribes have been lead away & they are scattered to & fro upon the isles of the Sea & whether they are none of us knoweth save that we know that they have been lead away & since that they have been lead away these things have been prophesied concerning them & also concerning all they which shall hereafter be scattered & be confounded because of the holy one of Israel for against him will they hearden their hearts wherefore they shall be scattered among all Nations & shall be hated by all men nevertheless after that they have been nursed by the Gentiles & the Lord hath lifted up his hand upon the Gentiles & set them up for a standard & their children shall be carried in their arms & their daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders behold these things of which are spoken are temporal for thus is the covenants of the Lord with our fathers & it meaneth us in the days to come & also all our Brethren which are of the house of Israel & it meaneth that the time that the time cometh that after all the house of Irael have been scattered & confounded that the Lord God will raise up a mighty Nation among the Gentiles yea even upon the face of this land & by them shall our seed be scattered & after that our seed is scattered the Lord God will procede to do a marvelous work among the Gentiles which shall be of great worth unto our seed wherefore it is likened unto the being nourished by the Gentiles & being carried on <in> their arms & upon their shoulders & it shall also be of worth unto the Gentiles & not only unto the Gentiles but unto all the house of Israel unto the makeing known of the covenants of the father of heaven unto Abraham saying in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed & I would my Brethren that ye should know that all the kindreds of the earth cannot be blessed unless he shall make bear his arm in the eyes of the Nations wherefore the Lord God will procede to make bear his arm in the eyes of all the Nations in bringing about his covenants & his Gospel unto them <they> which <are> of the house of Israel wherefore he will bring them again out of captivity & they shall be gathered together to the lands of their inheritance & they shall be brought out of obscurity & out of darkness & they shall [p. 44]
& I Nephi sayeth unto them behold they were made manifest unto the prophet by the voice of the spirit for by the spirit are all things made known unto the Prophets which shall come upon the children of men according to the flesh wherefore the things of which I have read are things pertaining to things both temporal & spiritual for it appears that the house of Israel sooner of or later will be scattered upon all the face of the earth & also among all Nations & before there are many which are <already> lost from the knowledge of they which are at Jerusalem yea the more part of all the tribes have been lead away & they are scattered to & fro upon the isles of the Sea & whether they are none of us knoweth save that we know that they have been lead away & since that they have been lead away these things have been prophesied concerning them & also concerning all they which shall hereafter be scattered & be confounded because of the holy one of Israel for against him will they hearden their hearts wherefore they shall be scattered among all Nations & shall be hated by all men nevertheless after that they have been nursed by the Gentiles & the Lord hath lifted up his hand upon the Gentiles & set them up for a standard & their children shall be carried in their arms & their daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders behold these things of which are spoken are temporal for thus is the covenants of the Lord with our fathers & it meaneth us in the days to come & also all our Brethren which are of the house of Israel & it meaneth that the time that the time cometh that after all the house of Irael have been scattered & confounded that the Lord God will raise up a mighty Nation among the Gentiles yea even upon the face of this land & by them shall our seed be scattered & after that our seed is scattered the Lord God will procede to do a marvelous work among the Gentiles which shall be of great worth unto our seed wherefore it is likened unto the being nourished by the Gentiles & being carried on <in> their arms & upon their shoulders & it shall also be of worth unto the Gentiles & not only unto the Gentiles but unto all the house of Israel unto the makeing known of the covenants of the father of heaven unto Abraham saying in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed & I would my Brethren that ye should know that all the kindreds of the earth cannot be blessed unless he shall make bear his arm in the eyes of the Nations wherefore the Lord God will procede to make bear his arm in the eyes of all the Nations in bringing about his covenants & his Gospel unto them <they> which <are> of the house of Israel wherefore he will bring them again out of captivity & they shall be gathered together to the lands of their inheritance & they shall be brought out of obscurity & out of darkness & they shall [p. 44] know that the Lord is their Saviour & their redeemer the mighty one of Israel & the blood of that great & abominable church which is the whore of all the earth shall turn upon their own heads for they shall war among themselves & the sword of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads & they shall be drunken with their own blood & every Nation which shall war against thee O house of Israel shall be turned one against another & they shall fall into the pit which they diged to ensnare the People of the Lord & all which fight against Zion shall be destroid & that great whore which hath perverted the right ways of the Lord yea that great & abominable Church shall tumble to the dust & great shall be the fall of it for behold saith the prophet that the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have no more power over the hearts of the Children of men for the day soon cometh that all the proud & they which do wickedly shall be as stubble & the day cometh that they must be burned for the time soon cometh that the fulness of the wrath of God shall be poured out upon <all> the Children of men for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous wherefore he will prerserve the righteous by his power even if it so be that the fullness of his wrath must come & the righteous be preserved even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire wherefore the righteous need not fear for thus saith the Prophet the<y> shall be saved even if it so be as by fire behold my Brethren I say unto you that these things must shortly come yea even blood & fire & vapour of smoke must come & it must needs be upon the face of this land <earth> & it cometh unto men according to the flesh if it so be that they will hearden their hearts against the holy one of Israel for behold the righteous shall not perish for the time surely must come that all they which fight against Zion shall be cut off & the Lord will surely prepare a way for his People unto the fulfiling of the words of Moses which he spake saying a prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you like unto me him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you & it shall come to pass that all they which will not hear that prophet shall be Cut off from among the People & now I Nephi declare unto you that this Prophet of whom Moses spake was the holy one of Israel wherefore he shall execute justice <Judgment> in righteousness & the righteous need not fear for it is they which shall not be confounded but it is the kingdom of the Devil which shall be built up among the Children of men which kingdom is established among them which are in the flesh for the time speedily shall come that all Churches which are built up to get gain & [p. 45]
know that the Lord is their Saviour & their redeemer the mighty one of Israel & the blood of that great & abominable church which is the whore of all the earth shall turn upon their own heads for they shall war among themselves & the sword of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads & they shall be drunken with their own blood & every Nation which shall war against thee O house of Israel shall be turned one against another & they shall fall into the pit which they diged to ensnare the People of the Lord & all which fight against Zion shall be destroid & that great whore which hath perverted the right ways of the Lord yea that great & abominable Church shall tumble to the dust & great shall be the fall of it for behold saith the prophet that the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have no more power over the hearts of the Children of men for the day soon cometh that all the proud & they which do wickedly shall be as stubble & the day cometh that they must be burned for the time soon cometh that the fulness of the wrath of God shall be poured out upon <all> the Children of men for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous wherefore he will prerserve the righteous by his power even if it so be that the fullness of his wrath must come & the righteous be preserved even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire wherefore the righteous need not fear for thus saith the Prophet the<y> shall be saved even if it so be as by fire behold my Brethren I say unto you that these things must shortly come yea even blood & fire & vapour of smoke must come & it must needs be upon the face of this land <earth> & it cometh unto men according to the flesh if it so be that they will hearden their hearts against the holy one of Israel for behold the righteous shall not perish for the time surely must come that all they which fight against Zion shall be cut off & the Lord will surely prepare a way for his People unto the fulfiling of the words of Moses which he spake saying a prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you like unto me him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you & it shall come to pass that all they which will not hear that prophet shall be Cut off from among the People & now I Nephi declare unto you that this Prophet of whom Moses spake was the holy one of Israel wherefore he shall execute justice <Judgment> in righteousness & the righteous need not fear for it is they which shall not be confounded but it is the kingdom of the Devil which shall be built up among the Children of men which kingdom is established among them which are in the flesh for the time speedily shall come that all Churches which are built up to get gain & [p. 45] all they which are built up to get power over the flesh & they which are built up to become popular in the eyes of the world & they which seek the lusts of the flesh & the things of the world & to do all manner of iniquity yea in fine all they which belong to the Kingdom of the Devil it is they which ned fear & tremble & quake it is they which must be brought low in the dust it is they which must be consumed as stuble & this is according to the words of the Prophet & the time cometh speadily that the righteous must be lead up as calves of the stall & the holy one of Israel must reign & in dominion & might & Power & great glory & he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth & he numbereth his sheep & they know him & there shall be one fold & one Shepherd & he shall feed his Sheep & in him they shall find pasture & because of the righteousness of his People Satan hath no power wherefore he cannot be loosed for the space of many years for he hath no power over the hearts of the People for they dwell in righteousness & the holy one of Israel reigneth & now behold I Nephi say unto you that all these things must come according to the flesh beut but behold all Nations Kindreds Tongues & People shall dwell safely in the holy one of Israel if it so be that they will repent & now I Nephi make an end for I dearst not speak further as ye<t> <yet> concerning these things wherefore my Brethren I would that ye should consider that the things which have been witten upon the plates of Brass are true & they testify that a man must be obediant to the commandments of God wherefore ye need not suppose that I & my father are the only ones which have testified & also taught them wherefore if ye shall be obediant to the commandments & endure to the end ye shall be saved at the last day & thus it is Amen——
all they which are built up to get power over the flesh & they which are built up to become popular in the eyes of the world & they which seek the lusts of the flesh & the things of the world & to do all manner of iniquity yea in fine all they which belong to the Kingdom of the Devil it is they which ned fear & tremble & quake it is they which must be brought low in the dust it is they which must be consumed as stuble & this is according to the words of the Prophet & the time cometh speadily that the righteous must be lead up as calves of the stall & the holy one of Israel must reign & in dominion & might & Power & great glory & he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth & he numbereth his sheep & they know him & there shall be one fold & one Shepherd & he shall feed his Sheep & in him they shall find pasture & because of the righteousness of his People Satan hath no power wherefore he cannot be loosed for the space of many years for he hath no power over the hearts of the People for they dwell in righteousness & the holy one of Israel reigneth & now behold I Nephi say unto you that all these things must come according to the flesh beut but behold all Nations Kindreds Tongues & People shall dwell safely in the holy one of Israel if it so be that they will repent & now I Nephi make an end for I dearst not speak further as ye<t> <yet> concerning these things wherefore my Brethren I would that ye should consider that the things which have been witten upon the plates of Brass are true & they testify that a man must be obediant to the commandments of God wherefore ye need not suppose that I & my father are the only ones which have testified & also taught them wherefore if ye shall be obediant to the commandments & endure to the end ye shall be saved at the last day & thus it is Amen——
Second Nephi, Chapter 1 [2 Nephi 1–2]
The <second> Book of Nephi Chapter .1.st
An account of the death of Lehi— Nephis Brethren rebelleth against him— the Lord warns Nephi to tepart <depart> into the wilderness .&C. his journyings in the wilderness .&C.— And now it came to pass that after <after I> Nephi had made an end of teaching my Brethren our father Lehi d also spake many things unto them how great things the Lord had done for them in bringing them out of the land of Jerusalem & he spake unto them concerning their rebellions upon the waters & the mercies of God in spareing their lives that they were not swallowed up in the Sea & he also spake unto them concerning the land of promise which they had obtained how merciful the Lord had been in warning us that we should flee out of the land of Jerusalem for behold saith he I have seen a vision inthewhich I know that Jerusalem is destroid & had we remained [p. 46] in Jerusalem we should also have perished but said he notwithstanding our afflictions we have obtained a land of promise & a land which is choice above all other lands a land which the Lord God hath covenanted with me should be a land for the inheritance of my seed yea the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me & to my children forever & also all they which should be lead out of other countries by the hand of the Lord wherefore I Lehi Prophesy according to the workings of the spirit which is in me that there shall be none come into this land save they should be brought by the hand of the Lord wherefore this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring & if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given it shall be a land of liberty unto them wherefore they shall never be brought down into captivity if so it shall be because of iniquity for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever & behold it is wisdom that this land should be kept as yet from the knowledge of other Nations for behold many Nations would overrun the land that there would be no place for an inheritance wherefore I Lehi have obtained a promise that inasmuch as they which the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments they shall prosper upon the face of this land & they shall be kept from all other Nations that they may possess this land unto themselves & if it so be that they shall keep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land & there shall be none to molest them nor to take away the land of their inheritance & they shall dwell safely forever but behold when the time cometh that they shall dwindle in unbelief after that they have received so great blessings from the hand of the Lord haveing a knowledge of the creation of the earth & all men knowing the great & marvelous works of the Lord from the creation of the world haveing power given them to do all things by faith haveing all the commandments from the beginning & haveing been brought by his infinite goodness into this precious land of promise behold I say if the day shall come that they will reject the holy one of Israel the true Messiah their redeemer & their God behold the Judgments of him that is just shall rest upon them yea he will bring other Nations unto them & he will give unto them power & he will take away from them the lands of their inheritance <possessions> & he will cause them to be scattered & smitten yea as one generation paseth to another there shall be bloodsheds & great visitations [p. 47]
in Jerusalem we should also have perished but said he notwithstanding our afflictions we have obtained a land of promise & a land which is choice above all other lands a land which the Lord God hath covenanted with me should be a land for the inheritance of my seed yea the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me & to my children forever & also all they which should be lead out of other countries by the hand of the Lord wherefore I Lehi Prophesy according to the workings of the spirit which is in me that there shall be none come into this land save they should be brought by the hand of the Lord wherefore this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring & if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given it shall be a land of liberty unto them wherefore they shall never be brought down into captivity if so it shall be because of iniquity for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever & behold it is wisdom that this land should be kept as yet from the knowledge of other Nations for behold many Nations would overrun the land that there would be no place for an inheritance wherefore I Lehi have obtained a promise that inasmuch as they which the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments they shall prosper upon the face of this land & they shall be kept from all other Nations that they may possess this land unto themselves & if it so be that they shall keep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land & there shall be none to molest them nor to take away the land of their inheritance & they shall dwell safely forever but behold when the time cometh that they shall dwindle in unbelief after that they have received so great blessings from the hand of the Lord haveing a knowledge of the creation of the earth & all men knowing the great & marvelous works of the Lord from the creation of the world haveing power given them to do all things by faith haveing all the commandments from the beginning & haveing been brought by his infinite goodness into this precious land of promise behold I say if the day shall come that they will reject the holy one of Israel the true Messiah their redeemer & their God behold the Judgments of him that is just shall rest upon them yea he will bring other Nations unto them & he will give unto them power & he will take away from them the lands of their inheritance <possessions> & he will cause them to be scattered & smitten yea as one generation paseth to another there shall be bloodsheds & great visitations [p. 47] among them wherefore my Sons I would that ye would remember yea I would that ye would hearken unto my words O that ye would awake awake from a deep sleep yea even from the Sleep of hell & shake off the awful chanes by which ye are bound which are the chanes which bind the Children of men that they are carried away captive down to the eternal gulf of miseary & wo awake & arise from the dust & hear the words of a trembleing parent whose limbs ye must soon lay down in the cold & silent grave from whence no traveller can return a few more days & I go the way of all the earth but behold the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell I have beheld his glory & I am encercled about eternally in the arms of his love & I desire that ye should remember to observe the statutes & the Judgments of the Lord behold this hath been the anxiety of my soul from the beginning my heart hath been weighed down with sorrow from time to time for I have feared least for the hardness of your hearts least the Lord your God should come out in the fulness of his wrath against <upon you> that ye be cut off & destroid forever or that a cursing should come upon you for the space of many generations & ye are visited by sword & by famine & are hated & are lead according to the will & captivity of the Devil O my Sons that these things might not come upon you but that ye might be a choice & a favoured People of the Lord but behold his will be done for his ways are righteousness forever & he hath said that inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land but inas much as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off frommy presance & now that my soul might have joy in you & that my heart might leave this world with gladness because of you that I might not be brought down with grief & sorrow to the grave arise from the dust my sons & be men & be determined in one mind & in one heart united in all things that ye may not come down into captivity that ye may not be cursed with a sore cursing & also that ye may not incur the displeasure of a just God upon you unto the destruction yea the eternal destruction of both soul & body awake my Sons put on the armour of righteousness shake off the chanes with which ye are bound & come forth out of obscurity & arise from the dust rebell no more against your Brother whose vews have been glorious & who hath kept the commandments from the time we left Jerusalem & who hath been an instrument in the hands of God in bringing us forth into the land of promise [p. 48]
among them wherefore my Sons I would that ye would remember yea I would that ye would hearken unto my words O that ye would awake awake from a deep sleep yea even from the Sleep of hell & shake off the awful chanes by which ye are bound which are the chanes which bind the Children of men that they are carried away captive down to the eternal gulf of miseary & wo awake & arise from the dust & hear the words of a trembleing parent whose limbs ye must soon lay down in the cold & silent grave from whence no traveller can return a few more days & I go the way of all the earth but behold the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell I have beheld his glory & I am encercled about eternally in the arms of his love & I desire that ye should remember to observe the statutes & the Judgments of the Lord behold this hath been the anxiety of my soul from the beginning my heart hath been weighed down with sorrow from time to time for I have feared least for the hardness of your hearts least the Lord your God should come out in the fulness of his wrath against <upon you> that ye be cut off & destroid forever or that a cursing should come upon you for the space of many generations & ye are visited by sword & by famine & are hated & are lead according to the will & captivity of the Devil O my Sons that these things might not come upon you but that ye might be a choice & a favoured People of the Lord but behold his will be done for his ways are righteousness forever & he hath said that inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land but inas much as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off frommy presance & now that my soul might have joy in you & that my heart might leave this world with gladness because of you that I might not be brought down with grief & sorrow to the grave arise from the dust my sons & be men & be determined in one mind & in one heart united in all things that ye may not come down into captivity that ye may not be cursed with a sore cursing & also that ye may not incur the displeasure of a just God upon you unto the destruction yea the eternal destruction of both soul & body awake my Sons put on the armour of righteousness shake off the chanes with which ye are bound & come forth out of obscurity & arise from the dust rebell no more against your Brother whose vews have been glorious & who hath kept the commandments from the time we left Jerusalem & who hath been an instrument in the hands of God in bringing us forth into the land of promise [p. 48] for were it not for him we must have perished with hunger in the wilderness nevertheless ye sought to take away his life yea & he hath suffered much sorrow because of you & I excedingly fear & tremble because of you least he shall suffer again for behold ye have accused him that he sought power & authority over you but I know that he hath not sought for power nor authority over you but he hath sought the glory of God & your own eternal wellfare & ye have murmured because he hath been plain unto you ye say that he hath used sharpness ye say that he hath been angery with you but behold his sharpness was the sharpness of the power of the word of God which was in him & that which ye call anger was the truth according to that which is in God which he could not con strain manifesting boldly concerning your iniquities & it must needs be that the power of God must be with him even unto his commanding you that ye must obey but behold it was not him but it was the spirit of the Lord which was in him which opened his mouth to utterance that he could not shut it & now my Son Laman & also Lemuel & Sam & also my Sons which are the Sons of Ishmael behold if ye will hearken unto the voice of Nephi ye shall not perish & if ye will hearken unto him I leave unto you a blessing yea even my first blessing but if ye will not hearken unto him I take away my first blessing yea even my blessing & it shall rest upon him & now Zoram I speak unto you behold thou art the servant of Laban nevertheless thou hast been brought out of the land of <the land of> Jerusalem & I know that thou art a true friend unto my Son Nephi forever wherefore because thou hast been faithful thy seed shall be blessed with his seed that they dwell in prosperity long upon the face of this land & nothing save it shall be iniquity among them shall harm or disturb their prosperity upon the face of this land forever wherefore if ye shall keep the commandments of the Lord the Lord hath covenanted <consecrated> this land for the security of thy Seed with the seed of my Son & now Jacob I speak unto you thou art my first born in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness & behold in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions & much sorrow because of the rudeness of thy Brethren nevertheless Jacob my first born in the wilderness thou knowest the greatness of God & he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain wherefore thy soul shall be blessed & thou shalt dwell safely with thy Brother Nephi & thy days shall be spent in the service of thy God wherefore I know that thou art redeemed because of the righteousness of thy redeemer for thou hast beheld that in the fullness of time he cometh to bring salvation unto men & thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory wherefore thou art blessed even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh for the spirit is the same yestarday to day & forever [p. 49]
for were it not for him we must have perished with hunger in the wilderness nevertheless ye sought to take away his life yea & he hath suffered much sorrow because of you & I excedingly fear & tremble because of you least he shall suffer again for behold ye have accused him that he sought power & authority over you but I know that he hath not sought for power nor authority over you but he hath sought the glory of God & your own eternal wellfare & ye have murmured because he hath been plain unto you ye say that he hath used sharpness ye say that he hath been angery with you but behold his sharpness was the sharpness of the power of the word of God which was in him & that which ye call anger was the truth according to that which is in God which he could not con strain manifesting boldly concerning your iniquities & it must needs be that the power of God must be with him even unto his commanding you that ye must obey but behold it was not him but it was the spirit of the Lord which was in him which opened his mouth to utterance that he could not shut it & now my Son Laman & also Lemuel & Sam & also my Sons which are the Sons of Ishmael behold if ye will hearken unto the voice of Nephi ye shall not perish & if ye will hearken unto him I leave unto you a blessing yea even my first blessing but if ye will not hearken unto him I take away my first blessing yea even my blessing & it shall rest upon him & now Zoram I speak unto you behold thou art the servant of Laban nevertheless thou hast been brought out of the land of <the land of> Jerusalem & I know that thou art a true friend unto my Son Nephi forever wherefore because thou hast been faithful thy seed shall be blessed with his seed that they dwell in prosperity long upon the face of this land & nothing save it shall be iniquity among them shall harm or disturb their prosperity upon the face of this land forever wherefore if ye shall keep the commandments of the Lord the Lord hath covenanted <consecrated> this land for the security of thy Seed with the seed of my Son & now Jacob I speak unto you thou art my first born in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness & behold in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions & much sorrow because of the rudeness of thy Brethren nevertheless Jacob my first born in the wilderness thou knowest the greatness of God & he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain wherefore thy soul shall be blessed & thou shalt dwell safely with thy Brother Nephi & thy days shall be spent in the service of thy God wherefore I know that thou art redeemed because of the righteousness of thy redeemer for thou hast beheld that in the fullness of time he cometh to bring salvation unto men & thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory wherefore thou art blessed even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh for the spirit is the same yestarday to day & forever [p. 49] & the way is prepared from the fall of man & salvation is free & men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil & the law is given unto men & by the law no flesh is justified or by the law men are cut off yea by the temporal law they were cut off & also by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good & because <become> miserable forever wherefore redemption cometh in & through the holy Messiah for he is full of grace & truth behold he offereth himself a sacrifice for Sin to answer the ends of the law unto all those which have a broken heart & a contrite spirit & unto none else can the ends of the law be answered wherefore how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitents of the earth that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presance of God save it be through the merits & mercy & grace of the holy Messiah which layeth down his life according to the flesh & taketh it again by the power of the spirit that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead being the first that should rise wherefore he is the first fruits unto God inas much as he shall make intersession for all the children of men & they that believe in him shall be saved & because of the intersession for all. all men cometh unto God <whe>refore they stand in the presance of him to be judged of him according to the truth & holiness which is in him wherefore the ends of the law which the holy one hath given unto the inflicting of the punishment which is affixed which punishment that is affixed is in opposition to that of the happiness which is affixed to answer the ends of the atonement for it must needs be that there is an opposition in all things if not so my first born in the wilderness righteousness could not be brought to pass neither wickedness neither holiness nor miseary neither good nor bad wherefore all things must needs be <a compound> accomplished <in> one wherefore if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead haveing no life neither death nor corruption nor incorruption happiness nor miseary neither sense nor insensibility wherefore it must needs have been created for a thing of nought wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation wherefore this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God & his eternal purposses & also the power & the mercy & the justice of God & if ye shall say there is no law ye shall also say there is no sin & if ye shall say there is no Sin ye shall also say there is no righteousness & if there be no righteousness there be no happiness & if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor miseary & if these things are not there is no God & if there is no God we are not neither the earth for there could have been no creation of things neither to act nor to be acted upon [p. 50]
& the way is prepared from the fall of man & salvation is free & men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil & the law is given unto men & by the law no flesh is justified or by the law men are cut off yea by the temporal law they were cut off & also by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good & because <become> miserable forever wherefore redemption cometh in & through the holy Messiah for he is full of grace & truth behold he offereth himself a sacrifice for Sin to answer the ends of the law unto all those which have a broken heart & a contrite spirit & unto none else can the ends of the law be answered wherefore how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitents of the earth that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presance of God save it be through the merits & mercy & grace of the holy Messiah which layeth down his life according to the flesh & taketh it again by the power of the spirit that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead being the first that should rise wherefore he is the first fruits unto God inas much as he shall make intersession for all the children of men & they that believe in him shall be saved & because of the intersession for all. all men cometh unto God <whe>refore they stand in the presance of him to be judged of him according to the truth & holiness which is in him wherefore the ends of the law which the holy one hath given unto the inflicting of the punishment which is affixed which punishment that is affixed is in opposition to that of the happiness which is affixed to answer the ends of the atonement for it must needs be that there is an opposition in all things if not so my first born in the wilderness righteousness could not be brought to pass neither wickedness neither holiness nor miseary neither good nor bad wherefore all things must needs be <a compound> accomplished <in> one wherefore if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead haveing no life neither death nor corruption nor incorruption happiness nor miseary neither sense nor insensibility wherefore it must needs have been created for a thing of nought wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation wherefore this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God & his eternal purposses & also the power & the mercy & the justice of God & if ye shall say there is no law ye shall also say there is no sin & if ye shall say there is no Sin ye shall also say there is no righteousness & if there be no righteousness there be no happiness & if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor miseary & if these things are not there is no God & if there is no God we are not neither the earth for there could have been no creation of things neither to act nor to be acted upon [p. 50] wherefore all things must have vanished away & now my Son I speak unto you these things for your profit & learning for there is a God & he hath created all things both the heavens & the earth & all things that in them is both things to act & things to be acted upon & to bring about his eternal purposses in the end of man after that he had created our first parents & the beasts of the field & the fowls of the air & in fine all things which are created it must needs be that there was an opposition even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life the one being sweet & the other bitter wherefore the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself wherefore man could not act for himself save it should be that he were entised by the one or the other & I Lehi according to the things which I have read must needs suppose that an Angel of God according to that which is written had fallen from heaven wherefore he became a devil haveing sought that which was evil before God & because that he had fallen from heaven & had became miserable forever & he sought also the miseary of all mankind wherefore he sayeth unto eve yea even that old serpant which is the Devil which is the father of all lies wherefore he sayeth partake of the forbidden fruit & ye shall not die but ye shall be as God knowing good & evil & after that Adam & Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit they were driven out from the garden of Eden to till the Earth & they have brought forth children yea even the family of all the earth & the days of the children of me<n> were prolonged according to the will of God that they might repent while in the flesh wherefore their state became a State of probation & their time was lengthened according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men for he gave commandment that all men must repent for he shewed unto all men that they were lost because of the transgression of their parents & now behold if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen but he would have remained in the Garden of Eden & all things which were created must have remained in the same state which they were after that they were created & they must have remained forever & had no end & they would have had no children wherefore they would have remained in a state of innosence haveing no joy for they knew no miseary doing no good for they knew no Sin but behold all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things Adam fell that men might be & men are that they might have joy & the Messiah cometh in the fullness of time that he might redeem the children of men from the fall & because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become frao <free> forever knowing good from evil to act for themselves & not to be acted upon save it be by the punishment of the Law at the great & last day according to <the> commandments which God hath given wherefore men are free according <to> the flesh & all things are given them which is expediant unto man & they are free to chose liberty & [p. 51]
wherefore all things must have vanished away & now my Son I speak unto you these things for your profit & learning for there is a God & he hath created all things both the heavens & the earth & all things that in them is both things to act & things to be acted upon & to bring about his eternal purposses in the end of man after that he had created our first parents & the beasts of the field & the fowls of the air & in fine all things which are created it must needs be that there was an opposition even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life the one being sweet & the other bitter wherefore the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself wherefore man could not act for himself save it should be that he were entised by the one or the other & I Lehi according to the things which I have read must needs suppose that an Angel of God according to that which is written had fallen from heaven wherefore he became a devil haveing sought that which was evil before God & because that he had fallen from heaven & had became miserable forever & he sought also the miseary of all mankind wherefore he sayeth unto eve yea even that old serpant which is the Devil which is the father of all lies wherefore he sayeth partake of the forbidden fruit & ye shall not die but ye shall be as God knowing good & evil & after that Adam & Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit they were driven out from the garden of Eden to till the Earth & they have brought forth children yea even the family of all the earth & the days of the children of me<n> were prolonged according to the will of God that they might repent while in the flesh wherefore their state became a State of probation & their time was lengthened according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men for he gave commandment that all men must repent for he shewed unto all men that they were lost because of the transgression of their parents & now behold if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen but he would have remained in the Garden of Eden & all things which were created must have remained in the same state which they were after that they were created & they must have remained forever & had no end & they would have had no children wherefore they would have remained in a state of innosence haveing no joy for they knew no miseary doing no good for they knew no Sin but behold all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things Adam fell that men might be & men are that they might have joy & the Messiah cometh in the fullness of time that he might redeem the children of men from the fall & because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become frao <free> forever knowing good from evil to act for themselves & not to be acted upon save it be by the punishment of the Law at the great & last day according to <the> commandments which God hath given wherefore men are free according <to> the flesh & all things are given them which is expediant unto man & they are free to chose liberty & [p. 51] eternal life through the great mediator of all men or to chose captivity & death according to the captivity & power of the Devil for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself & now my Sons I would that ye should look to the great mediator & hearken unto his great Commandments & be faithful unto his words & chose eternal life according to the will of his holy spirit & not chose eternal death according to the will of the flesh & <the> evil which is therein which giveth the spirit of the Devil power to captiveate to bring you down to hell that he may reign over you in his own Kingdom I have spoken these few words unto you all my Sons in the last days of my probation & I have chosen the good part according to the words of the Prophet & I have none other object save it be the everlasting wellfare of your Souls Amen.——
eternal life through the great mediator of all men or to chose captivity & death according to the captivity & power of the Devil for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself & now my Sons I would that ye should look to the great mediator & hearken unto his great Commandments & be faithful unto his words & chose eternal life according to the will of his holy spirit & not chose eternal death according to the will of the flesh & <the> evil which is therein which giveth the spirit of the Devil power to captiveate to bring you down to hell that he may reign over you in his own Kingdom I have spoken these few words unto you all my Sons in the last days of my probation & I have chosen the good part according to the words of the Prophet & I have none other object save it be the everlasting wellfare of your Souls Amen.——
Second Nephi, Chapter 2 [2 Nephi 3]
Chapter [blank] And now I speak unto you Joseph my last born thou wast born in the wilderness of mine afflictions yea in the days of my greatest sorrow did thy Mother bear thee & may the Lord consecrate also unto thee this land which is a most precious land for thine inheritance & the inheritance of thy seed with thy Brethren for thy security forever if it so be that ye shall keep the Commandments of the holy one of Israel & now Joseph my last born whom I have brought out of the wilderness of mine afflictions may the Lord bless thee forever for thy seed shall not utterly be destroid for behold thou art the fruit of my loins & I am a decendant of Joseph which was carried captive into Egypt & great was the covenants of the Lord which he made unto Joseph wherefore Joseph truly saw our day & he obtained a promise of the Lord that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel not the Messiah but a branch which was to be broken off nevertheless to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days in the spirit of power unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light yea out of hidden darkness & out of captivity unto freedom for Joseph truly testified saying a seer shall the Lord my God raise up which shall be a choice Seer unto the fruit of my loins yea Josep truly said thus saith the Lord unto me a choice Seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins <& he> shall be esteemed highly among the fruit of thy loins & unto him will I give commandment that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins his Brethren which shall be of great worth unto them even to the bringing of them to the knowlege of the covenants which I have made with thy fathers & I will give unto him a commandment that he shall do none other work save the work which I shall command him & I will make him great in mine eyes for he shall do my work & he shall be great like unto Moses whom I have said I would raise up unto you to deliver my People O house of Israel & Moses will I raise up to deliver thy People out of the land of Egypt but a Seer will I [p. 52] raise up out of the fruit of thy loins & unto him will I give power to bring forth my word unto the seed of thy loins & not to the bringing forth my word only saith the Lord but to the convinceing them of my word which shall have already gone forth among them wherefore the fruit of my loins shall write & the fruit of the loins of Judah shall write & that which shall be written by the fruit of thy loins & also that which shall be written by the fruit of the loins of Judah shall grow together unto the confounded confounding of fals doctrines & laying down of contensions & establishing peace among the fruit of thy loins & bringing them to the knowledge of their fathers in the latter days & also to the knowledge of my covenants saith the Lord & out of weakness he shall be made strong in that day when my work shall commence among all my People unto the restoreing thee O House of Israel saith the Lord & thus prophesied Josep saying behold that Seer will the Lord bless & they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded for this promise of which I have obtained of the Lord of the fruit of thy loins shall be fulfilled behold I am sure of the fulfiling of this promise & his name shall be called after me & it shall be after the name of his father & he shall be like unto me for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand by the power of the Lord shall bring my People unto Salvation yea thus Prophesied Josep I am sure of this thing even as I am sure of the promise of Moses for the Lord hath said unto me I will preserve thy seed forever & the Lord hath said I will raise up a Moses & I will give power unto him in a rod & I will <give> Judgment unto him in writing yet I will not loose his tongue that he shall speak much for I will not make him mighty in <in> speaking but I will write unto him my law by the finger of mine own hand & I will make one a spoaksman for him & the Lord said unto me also I will raise up unto the fruit of thy loins & I will make one <for> him a spokesman & I behold I will give unto him that he shall write the writing of the fruit of thy loins unto the fruit of thy loins & the spoaksman of thy loins shall declare it & the words which he shall write shall be the words which is expediant in my wisdom should go forth unto the fruit of thy loins & it shall be as if the fruit of thy loins had cried unto them from the dust for I know their faith & they shall cry from the dust yea even repentance unto their Brethren even that after many generations have gone by them & it shall come to pass that their cry shall go even according to the simpleness of their words because of their faith their words shall procede forth out of my mouth unto their Brethren which are the fruit of thy loins & the weakness of their words will I make strong in their faith unto the remembering of my covenant which I made unto thy fathers & now behold my Son Joseph after this manner did my father of old Prophesy wherefore because of this covenant thou art blessed for thy seed shall not be destroid [p. 53]
raise up out of the fruit of thy loins & unto him will I give power to bring forth my word unto the seed of thy loins & not to the bringing forth my word only saith the Lord but to the convinceing them of my word which shall have already gone forth among them wherefore the fruit of my loins shall write & the fruit of the loins of Judah shall write & that which shall be written by the fruit of thy loins & also that which shall be written by the fruit of the loins of Judah shall grow together unto the confounded confounding of fals doctrines & laying down of contensions & establishing peace among the fruit of thy loins & bringing them to the knowledge of their fathers in the latter days & also to the knowledge of my covenants saith the Lord & out of weakness he shall be made strong in that day when my work shall commence among all my People unto the restoreing thee O House of Israel saith the Lord & thus prophesied Josep saying behold that Seer will the Lord bless & they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded for this promise of which I have obtained of the Lord of the fruit of thy loins shall be fulfilled behold I am sure of the fulfiling of this promise & his name shall be called after me & it shall be after the name of his father & he shall be like unto me for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand by the power of the Lord shall bring my People unto Salvation yea thus Prophesied Josep I am sure of this thing even as I am sure of the promise of Moses for the Lord hath said unto me I will preserve thy seed forever & the Lord hath said I will raise up a Moses & I will give power unto him in a rod & I will <give> Judgment unto him in writing yet I will not loose his tongue that he shall speak much for I will not make him mighty in <in> speaking but I will write unto him my law by the finger of mine own hand & I will make one a spoaksman for him & the Lord said unto me also I will raise up unto the fruit of thy loins & I will make one <for> him a spokesman & I behold I will give unto him that he shall write the writing of the fruit of thy loins unto the fruit of thy loins & the spoaksman of thy loins shall declare it & the words which he shall write shall be the words which is expediant in my wisdom should go forth unto the fruit of thy loins & it shall be as if the fruit of thy loins had cried unto them from the dust for I know their faith & they shall cry from the dust yea even repentance unto their Brethren even that after many generations have gone by them & it shall come to pass that their cry shall go even according to the simpleness of their words because of their faith their words shall procede forth out of my mouth unto their Brethren which are the fruit of thy loins & the weakness of their words will I make strong in their faith unto the remembering of my covenant which I made unto thy fathers & now behold my Son Joseph after this manner did my father of old Prophesy wherefore because of this covenant thou art blessed for thy seed shall not be destroid [p. 53] for they shall hearken unto the words of the Book & there shall raise up one mighty among them which shall do much good both in word & in deed being an instrument in the hands of God with exceding faith to work mighty wonders & do that thing which is great in the sight of God unto the bringing to pass much restoration unto the house of Israel & unto the seed of thy Brethren & now blessed art thou Joseph behold thou art little wherefore hearken unto the words of thy Brother Nephi & it shall be done unto thee even according to the words which I have spoken remember the words of thy dieing father Amen——
for they shall hearken unto the words of the Book & there shall raise up one mighty among them which shall do much good both in word & in deed being an instrument in the hands of God with exceding faith to work mighty wonders & do that thing which is great in the sight of God unto the bringing to pass much restoration unto the house of Israel & unto the seed of thy Brethren & now blessed art thou Joseph behold thou art little wherefore hearken unto the words of thy Brother Nephi & it shall be done unto thee even according to the words which I have spoken remember the words of thy dieing father Amen——
Second Nephi, Chapter 3 [2 Nephi 4]
Chapter [blank]—— And now I Nephi speak concerning the prophesies of my fa <which> my father hath spoken concerning Joseph who was carried into Egypt for behold he truly prophesied concerning all his Seed & the prophesies which he wrote these there are not many greater & he prophesied concerning us & our future generations & they are written upon the plates of Brass wherefore after my father had made an end of speaking concerning the prophesies of Joseph he called the children of Laman his Sons & his daughters & sayeth unto them behold my Sons & my daughters which are the Sone & the daughters of my first born I would that ye should give ear unto my words for the Lord God hath said that inasmuch as ye shall keep my Commandments ye shall prosper in the land & in as much as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from my presance but behold my Sons & my Daughters I cannot go down to my grave save I should leave a blessing upon you for behold I know that if ye are brought up in the right way that ye should go ye will not depart from it wherefore if ye are cursed behold I leave my blessing upon you that the Cursing may be taken from you & be answered upon the heads of your parents wherefore because of my blessing the Lord God will not suffer that ye shall perish wherefore he will be merciful unto you & unto your seed forever & it came to pass that after my father had made an end of speaking to the Sons & Daughters of Laman he caused that the Sons & daughters of Lemuel be to be brought before him & he spake unto them saying behold the <my> Sons & the <my> Daughters which are the Sons & the Daughters of my Second Son behold I leave unto you the Same blessing which I left unto the Sons & Daughters of Laman wherefore thou shalt not utterly be destroid but in the end thy seed shall be blessed & it came to pass that <when> my father <had> made an end of speaking in unto them Behold it came to pass that he spake unto the Sons of Ishmael yea & even all his household & after that he had made an end of speaking unto them he spake unto Sam saying blessed art thou & thy Seed for thou shalt inherit the land land like unto thy Brother Nephi & thy seed shall be numbered with his seed & thou shalt be even like unto thy Brother & thy seed [p. 54] like unto his seed & thou shalt be blessed in all thy days & it came to pass that after Lehi had spake unto all his household according to the feelings of his heart & the spirit of the Lord which was in him he waxed old & it came to pass that he died & was buried & it came to pass that not many days after his Death Laman & Lemuel & the Sons of Ishmael were angery with me becaus of the admonitions of the Lord for I Nephi was constrained to speak unto them according to the word for I had spake many things unto them & also my father before his death many of which sayings are written upon mine other plates for a more history part are written upon mine other plates & upon these I write the things of my Soul & many of the Scriptures which are engraven upon the plates of Brass for my Soul deliteth in the Scriptures & my heart pondereth <them> & writeth them for the learning & the profit of my children behold my Soul deliteth in the things of the Lord & my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen & heard nevertheless notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord in shewing me his great & marvelous works my heart exclaimeth O wretched man that I am yea my heart sorroweth because of mine flesh my Soul grieveth because of mine iniquity I am encompassed about because of the temptations & the Sins which doth so easily beset me & when I desire to rejoice my heart groaneth because of my Sins nevertheless I know in whom I have trusted my God hath been my support he hath lead me through mine afflictions in the wilderness & he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep he hath filled me with his love even unto the Consumeing of my flesh he hath confounded mine enemies unto the causeing of them to quake before me behold he hath heard my cry by day & he hath given me knowledge by visions in the night time & by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him yea my voice have I sent upon high & Angels came down & ministered unto me & upon the wings of his spirit hath my body been carried away upon exceding high Mountains & mine eyes hath beheld great things yea even to great for man therefore I was bidden that I should not write them O then if I have seen so great things if the Lord in his condesension unto me <the> children of men hath visited me in so much mercy why should my heart weep & my Soul linger in the vally of sorrow & my flesh waste away & my strength slacken because of mine afflictions & why should I yield be to sin because of my flesh yea why should I give way to temptations that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace & afflict my soul why am I angery because of mine enemy awake my soul no longer droop in Sin rejoice O my heart & give place [p. 55]
like unto his seed & thou shalt be blessed in all thy days & it came to pass that after Lehi had spake unto all his household according to the feelings of his heart & the spirit of the Lord which was in him he waxed old & it came to pass that he died & was buried & it came to pass that not many days after his Death Laman & Lemuel & the Sons of Ishmael were angery with me becaus of the admonitions of the Lord for I Nephi was constrained to speak unto them according to the word for I had spake many things unto them & also my father before his death many of which sayings are written upon mine other plates for a more history part are written upon mine other plates & upon these I write the things of my Soul & many of the Scriptures which are engraven upon the plates of Brass for my Soul deliteth in the Scriptures & my heart pondereth <them> & writeth them for the learning & the profit of my children behold my Soul deliteth in the things of the Lord & my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen & heard nevertheless notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord in shewing me his great & marvelous works my heart exclaimeth O wretched man that I am yea my heart sorroweth because of mine flesh my Soul grieveth because of mine iniquity I am encompassed about because of the temptations & the Sins which doth so easily beset me & when I desire to rejoice my heart groaneth because of my Sins nevertheless I know in whom I have trusted my God hath been my support he hath lead me through mine afflictions in the wilderness & he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep he hath filled me with his love even unto the Consumeing of my flesh he hath confounded mine enemies unto the causeing of them to quake before me behold he hath heard my cry by day & he hath given me knowledge by visions in the night time & by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him yea my voice have I sent upon high & Angels came down & ministered unto me & upon the wings of his spirit hath my body been carried away upon exceding high Mountains & mine eyes hath beheld great things yea even to great for man therefore I was bidden that I should not write them O then if I have seen so great things if the Lord in his condesension unto me <the> children of men hath visited me in so much mercy why should my heart weep & my Soul linger in the vally of sorrow & my flesh waste away & my strength slacken because of mine afflictions & why should I yield be to sin because of my flesh yea why should I give way to temptations that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace & afflict my soul why am I angery because of mine enemy awake my soul no longer droop in Sin rejoice O my heart & give place [p. 55] no more for the enemy of my Soul do not anger again because of mine enimies do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions rejoice O my heart & cry unto the Lord & say O Lord I will praise thee forever yea my Soul will rejoice in thee my God & the rock of my Salvation O Lord wilt thou redeem my Soul wilt thou deliver me out of the hands of mine enemies wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of Sin may the gates of hell be shut continually before me because that my heart is broken & my spirit is contrite O Lord wilt thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me that I may walk in the path of the low vally that I may be strict in the plane road O Lord wilt thou ensercle me around in the robe of thy righteousness O Lord wilt thou make a way for mine escape before mine enemies wilt thou make my path strait before me wilt thou not place a stumbleing block in my way but that thou wouldst clear my way before me & hedge not up my way but the ways of mine enemy O Lord I have trusted in thee & I will trust in thee forever I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh for I know that cursed is he that puteth his trust in the arm of flesh yea cursed is he that puteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm yea I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh yea my God will give me if I ask not amiss therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee I will cry unto thee my God the rock of my righteousness behold my woice shall forever ascend up unto thee my Rock & mine everlasting God Amen——
no more for the enemy of my Soul do not anger again because of mine enimies do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions rejoice O my heart & cry unto the Lord & say O Lord I will praise thee forever yea my Soul will rejoice in thee my God & the rock of my Salvation O Lord wilt thou redeem my Soul wilt thou deliver me out of the hands of mine enemies wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of Sin may the gates of hell be shut continually before me because that my heart is broken & my spirit is contrite O Lord wilt thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me that I may walk in the path of the low vally that I may be strict in the plane road O Lord wilt thou ensercle me around in the robe of thy righteousness O Lord wilt thou make a way for mine escape before mine enemies wilt thou make my path strait before me wilt thou not place a stumbleing block in my way but that thou wouldst clear my way before me & hedge not up my way but the ways of mine enemy O Lord I have trusted in thee & I will trust in thee forever I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh for I know that cursed is he that puteth his trust in the arm of flesh yea cursed is he that puteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm yea I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh yea my God will give me if I ask not amiss therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee I will cry unto thee my God the rock of my righteousness behold my woice shall forever ascend up unto thee my Rock & mine everlasting God Amen——
Second Nephi, Chapter 4 [2 Nephi 5]
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—— Behold it came to pass that I Nephi did cry much unto the Lord my God because of the anger of my Brethren but behold their anger did increase against me insomuch that they did seek to take away my life yea they did murmur against me saying our younger Brother thinketh to rule over us & we have had much trial because of him wherefore now let us slay him that we may not be afflicted more because of his words for behold we will not that he shall be our ruler for it belongeth unto us which are the elder Brethren to rule over this People now I do not write upon these plates all the words which they murmured against me but it sufficeth me to say that they did seek to take away my life & it came to pass that the Lord did warn me that I Nephi should depart from them & flee into the wilderness & all they which would go with me wherefore it came to pass that I Nephi did take my family & also Zoram & his family & Sam mine elder Brother & his family & Jacob & Josep mine <my> younger Brethren & also my sisters & all theye which would go with me & all theye which would go with me were theye which would go <believed> in the warnings & the revelations of God wherefore they did hearken unto my words & we did take our tents & [p. 56] whatsoever things were possible for us & did journy in the wilderness for the space of many days & after that we had journied for the space of many days we did pitch our tents & my People would that we should call the name of the place Nephi wherefore we did call it Nephi & all they which were with me did take it upon them to call themselves the People of Nephi & we did observe to keep the Judgments & the statutes & the commandments of the Lord in all things according to the law of Moses & the Lord was with us & we did prosper excedingly for we did sow seed & we did reap again in abundance & we began to raise flocks & heards & animels of every kind & I Nephi had also brought the records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass & also the Ball or compass which was prepared for my father by the hand of the Lord according to that whch <which> is written & it came to pass that we began to prosper excedingly & to multiply in the land & I Nephi did take the sword <sword> of Laban & after the manner of it did make many swords least by any means the People which were now called Lamanites should come upon us & destroy us for I knew their hatred towards me & my children & they which were called my people & I did teach my People that they should build buildings & that they should work in all manner of wood & of Iron & of Copper & of Brass & of Steel & of Gold & of Silver & of Precious Ores which were in great abundance & I Nephi did build a Temple & I did construct it after the manner of the Temple of Solomon save it were not build built of so many precious things for they were not to be found upon the land wherefore it could not be built like unto Solomons Temple but the manner of the construction was like unto the Temple of Solomon & the workmanship thereof was exceding fine & it came to pass that I Nephi did cause my People that they should be industrious & that they should labour with their hands & it came to pass that they would that I should be their King but I Nephi was desireous that they should have no King nevertheless I did do for them according to that which was in my power & behold the words of the Lord had been fulfiled unto my Brethren which he spake concerning them that I should be their ruler & their teacher wherefore I had been their ruler & their teacher according to the commandments of the Lord untill the time that they sought to take away my life wherefore the word of the Lord was fulfiled which he spake unto me saying that in as much as they will not hearken unto thy words they shall be cut off from the presance of the Lord & behold they were cut off from his presance & he had caused the cursing to come upon <them> yea even a sore curseing because of their iniquity for behold they had heardened their hearts against him that they had become like unto a flint wherefore as they were white & exceding fair & delightsome that they might not be enticeing unto my People therefore the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them [p. 57]
whatsoever things were possible for us & did journy in the wilderness for the space of many days & after that we had journied for the space of many days we did pitch our tents & my People would that we should call the name of the place Nephi wherefore we did call it Nephi & all they which were with me did take it upon them to call themselves the People of Nephi & we did observe to keep the Judgments & the statutes & the commandments of the Lord in all things according to the law of Moses & the Lord was with us & we did prosper excedingly for we did sow seed & we did reap again in abundance & we began to raise flocks & heards & animels of every kind & I Nephi had also brought the records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass & also the Ball or compass which was prepared for my father by the hand of the Lord according to that whch <which> is written & it came to pass that we began to prosper excedingly & to multiply in the land & I Nephi did take the sword <sword> of Laban & after the manner of it did make many swords least by any means the People which were now called Lamanites should come upon us & destroy us for I knew their hatred towards me & my children & they which were called my people & I did teach my People that they should build buildings & that they should work in all manner of wood & of Iron & of Copper & of Brass & of Steel & of Gold & of Silver & of Precious Ores which were in great abundance & I Nephi did build a Temple & I did construct it after the manner of the Temple of Solomon save it were not build built of so many precious things for they were not to be found upon the land wherefore it could not be built like unto Solomons Temple but the manner of the construction was like unto the Temple of Solomon & the workmanship thereof was exceding fine & it came to pass that I Nephi did cause my People that they should be industrious & that they should labour with their hands & it came to pass that they would that I should be their King but I Nephi was desireous that they should have no King nevertheless I did do for them according to that which was in my power & behold the words of the Lord had been fulfiled unto my Brethren which he spake concerning them that I should be their ruler & their teacher wherefore I had been their ruler & their teacher according to the commandments of the Lord untill the time that they sought to take away my life wherefore the word of the Lord was fulfiled which he spake unto me saying that in as much as they will not hearken unto thy words they shall be cut off from the presance of the Lord & behold they were cut off from his presance & he had caused the cursing to come upon <them> yea even a sore curseing because of their iniquity for behold they had heardened their hearts against him that they had become like unto a flint wherefore as they were white & exceding fair & delightsome that they might not be enticeing unto my People therefore the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them [p. 57] & thus saith the Lord God I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy People save they shall repent of their iniquities & cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing & the Lord spake it & it was done & because of their cursing which was upon them they did become an idle People full of mischief & subtelty & did seek in the wilderness for beasts of pray & the Lord God said unto me they shall be a scorge unto thy seed to stir them up in rememberance of me & in as much as they will not remember me & hearken unto my words they shall scorge them even unto destruction & it came to pass that I Nephi did consecrate Jacob & Joseph that they should be priests & teachers over the Land of my People & it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness & thirty years had passed away from the time we left Jerusalem & I Nephi had cept the records upon my plates which I had made of my People thus far & it came to pass that the Lord God said unto me make other plates & thou shalt ingraven many things upon them which are good in my sight for the profit of thy People wherefore I Nephi to be obediant to the commandments of the Lord went & made these plates upon which I have engraven these things & I engravened that which is pleasing unto God & if my People be pleased with the things of God they be pleased with mine engraveings which are upon these plates & if my People desire to know the more particular part of the history of my People they must search mine other Plates & it sufficeth me to say that forty years had passed away & we had already had wars & contentions with our Brethren
& thus saith the Lord God I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy People save they shall repent of their iniquities & cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing & the Lord spake it & it was done & because of their cursing which was upon them they did become an idle People full of mischief & subtelty & did seek in the wilderness for beasts of pray & the Lord God said unto me they shall be a scorge unto thy seed to stir them up in rememberance of me & in as much as they will not remember me & hearken unto my words they shall scorge them even unto destruction & it came to pass that I Nephi did consecrate Jacob & Joseph that they should be priests & teachers over the Land of my People & it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness & thirty years had passed away from the time we left Jerusalem & I Nephi had cept the records upon my plates which I had made of my People thus far & it came to pass that the Lord God said unto me make other plates & thou shalt ingraven many things upon them which are good in my sight for the profit of thy People wherefore I Nephi to be obediant to the commandments of the Lord went & made these plates upon which I have engraven these things & I engravened that which is pleasing unto God & if my People be pleased with the things of God they be pleased with mine engraveings which are upon these plates & if my People desire to know the more particular part of the history of my People they must search mine other Plates & it sufficeth me to say that forty years had passed away & we had already had wars & contentions with our Brethren
Second Nephi, Chapter 5 [2 Nephi 6–8]
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The words of Jacob the Brother of Nephi which he spake unto the People of Nephi behold my beloved Brethren that I Jacob haveing been called of God & ordained after <the manner of> his holy order & haveing been consecrated by my Brother Nephi unto whom ye look as a King or a protector & on whom ye depend for safety behold ye know that I have spoken unto you exceding many things nevertheless I speak unto you again for I am desireous for the wellfare of your Souls yea mine anxiety is great for you & ye yourselves know that it ever has been for I have exhorted you with all diligence & I have taught you the words of my father & I have spoken unto you concerning all things which are written from the creation of the world & now behold I would speak unto you concerning things which are & which are to come wherefore I will read you the words of Isaiah & they are the words which my Brother hath desired me that I should speak unto you & I speak them unto you for your sakes that ye may learn & glorify the name of your God & now the words which I shall read are they which Isaiah spake concerning all the house of Israel wherefore they may be likened unto you for ye are of the house of Israel & there are many things which have been spoken by Isaiah which may be likened unto you because that ye are of the house of Israel & now [p. 58] these are the words thus saith the Lord God behold I will lift up mine hand unto the Gentiles & set up my standard to the People & they shall bring thy Sons in their arms & thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders & Kings shall be thy nursing fathers & their Queens thy nursing Mothers they shall bow down to thee with their faces towards the earth & lick up the dust of thy feet & thou shalt know that I am the Lord for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me & now I Jacob would speak somewhat concerning these things <words> for behold the Lord hath shewn me that they which were at Jerusalem from whence we came have been slain & carr[i]ed away captive nevertheless the Lord hath shewn unto me that they should return again & he also hath shewn unto me that the Lord God the holy one of Israel should manifest himself unto them in the flesh & after that he should manifest himself they should scorge him & crucify him according to the words of the Angel which spake it unto me & after that they have hardened their hearts & stiffened their necks against the holy one of Israel behold the Judgments of the holy one of Israel shall come upon them & the day cometh that they shall be smitten & afflicted wherefore after they are driven to & fro for thus saith the Angel many shall be afflicted in the flesh & shall not be suffered to perish because of the prayers of the faithful wherefore they shall be scattered & smitten & hated nevertheless the Lord will be merciful unto them that when they shall come to the knowledge of their redeemer they shall be gathered together again to the lands of their inheritance & blessed are the Gentiles they of whom the prophet hath written for behold if it so be that they shall repent & fight not against Zion & do not unite themselves to that great & abominable church they shall be saved for the Lord God will fulfil his covenants which he hath made unto his children & for this cause the Prophet hath written these things wherefore they that fight against Zion & the covenant People of the Lord shall lick up the dust of their feet & the People of the Lord shall not be ashamed for the People of the Lord are they which wait for him for they still wait for the comeing of the Messiah & behold according to the words of the Prophet the Messiah will set himself again <the second time> to recover them which <wherefore> he will manifest himself unto them in power & great glory unto the destruction of their enemies when that day cometh when they shall believe in him & none will he destroy that believeth in him & they that believe not in him shall be destroid both by fire & by tempest & by earthquakes & by bloodsheds & by pestilence & by famine & they shall know that the Lord is God the holy one of Israel for shall the pray be taken from the mighty or the lawful captive delivered but thus saith the Lord even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away & the pray of the terrible shall be delivered for the mighty God shall deliver his covenant People for thus saith the Lord I will contend [p. 59]
these are the words thus saith the Lord God behold I will lift up mine hand unto the Gentiles & set up my standard to the People & they shall bring thy Sons in their arms & thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders & Kings shall be thy nursing fathers & their Queens thy nursing Mothers they shall bow down to thee with their faces towards the earth & lick up the dust of thy feet & thou shalt know that I am the Lord for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me & now I Jacob would speak somewhat concerning these things <words> for behold the Lord hath shewn me that they which were at Jerusalem from whence we came have been slain & carr[i]ed away captive nevertheless the Lord hath shewn unto me that they should return again & he also hath shewn unto me that the Lord God the holy one of Israel should manifest himself unto them in the flesh & after that he should manifest himself they should scorge him & crucify him according to the words of the Angel which spake it unto me & after that they have hardened their hearts & stiffened their necks against the holy one of Israel behold the Judgments of the holy one of Israel shall come upon them & the day cometh that they shall be smitten & afflicted wherefore after they are driven to & fro for thus saith the Angel many shall be afflicted in the flesh & shall not be suffered to perish because of the prayers of the faithful wherefore they shall be scattered & smitten & hated nevertheless the Lord will be merciful unto them that when they shall come to the knowledge of their redeemer they shall be gathered together again to the lands of their inheritance & blessed are the Gentiles they of whom the prophet hath written for behold if it so be that they shall repent & fight not against Zion & do not unite themselves to that great & abominable church they shall be saved for the Lord God will fulfil his covenants which he hath made unto his children & for this cause the Prophet hath written these things wherefore they that fight against Zion & the covenant People of the Lord shall lick up the dust of their feet & the People of the Lord shall not be ashamed for the People of the Lord are they which wait for him for they still wait for the comeing of the Messiah & behold according to the words of the Prophet the Messiah will set himself again <the second time> to recover them which <wherefore> he will manifest himself unto them in power & great glory unto the destruction of their enemies when that day cometh when they shall believe in him & none will he destroy that believeth in him & they that believe not in him shall be destroid both by fire & by tempest & by earthquakes & by bloodsheds & by pestilence & by famine & they shall know that the Lord is God the holy one of Israel for shall the pray be taken from the mighty or the lawful captive delivered but thus saith the Lord even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away & the pray of the terrible shall be delivered for the mighty God shall deliver his covenant People for thus saith the Lord I will contend [p. 59] with them that contendeth with thee & I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh & they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine & all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour & thy redeemer the mighty one of Jacob yea for thus saith the Lord have I put thee away or have I cast thee off forever for thus saith the Lord where is the bill of your Mothers divorsement to whom have I put thee away or to which of my creditors have I sold you yea to whom have I sold you behold for your iniquities have you <ye> sold yourselves & for your transgressions is your Mother put away wherefore when I come there was no man when I called yea there was none to answer O House of Israel is my hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem or have I no power to deliver behold at my rebuke I dry up the Sea I make their rivers a wilderness & their fish to stink because the waters are dried up & they dieth because of thirst I cloath the heavens with blackness & I make sackcloth their covering the Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned that I should know how to speak a word in Season unto thee O house of Israel when he <ye are> weary he waketh morning by morning he waketh mine ear to hear as the learned the Lord God hath appointed mine ear & I was not rebellious neither turned away back I gave my back to the smiter & my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair I hid not my face from shame & spitting for the Lord God will help me therefore shall I not be confounded therefore have I set my face like a flint & I know that I shall not be ashamed & the Lord is near & he Justifieth me who will contend with me let him <us> stand together who is mine adversary let him come near <me> & I will smite him with the strength of my mouth for the Lord God will help me & all they which shall condemn me behold all they shall wax old as a garment & the moth shall eat them up who is among you that feareth the Lord that obeyeth the voice of his servant that walketh in darkness & hath no light behold all ye that kindleth fire that compass yourselves about with sparks walk in the light of your fire & in the sparks which ye have kindled this shall ye have of mine hand ye shall lye down in sorrow hearken to me ye that follow after righteousness look unto the rock from whence ye are hewn & to the hole of the pit from whence ye are diged look unto Abraham your father & unto Sarah she that bear you for I called him alone & blessed him for the Lord shall comfort Zion he will comfort all her waste places & he will make her wilderness like Eden Eden & her desert like the garden of the Lord Joy & gladness shall be found therein thanks giveing & the voice of melody hearken unto me my beloved <People &> give ear unto me O my Nation for a law shall procede from me & I will make my Judgment to rest for a light thing <of> the People my righteousness is near my salvation is gone forth & mine arm shall Judge the People the isles shall wait [p. 60]
with them that contendeth with thee & I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh & they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine & all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour & thy redeemer the mighty one of Jacob yea for thus saith the Lord have I put thee away or have I cast thee off forever for thus saith the Lord where is the bill of your Mothers divorsement to whom have I put thee away or to which of my creditors have I sold you yea to whom have I sold you behold for your iniquities have you <ye> sold yourselves & for your transgressions is your Mother put away wherefore when I come there was no man when I called yea there was none to answer O House of Israel is my hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem or have I no power to deliver behold at my rebuke I dry up the Sea I make their rivers a wilderness & their fish to stink because the waters are dried up & they dieth because of thirst I cloath the heavens with blackness & I make sackcloth their covering the Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned that I should know how to speak a word in Season unto thee O house of Israel when he <ye are> weary he waketh morning by morning he waketh mine ear to hear as the learned the Lord God hath appointed mine ear & I was not rebellious neither turned away back I gave my back to the smiter & my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair I hid not my face from shame & spitting for the Lord God will help me therefore shall I not be confounded therefore have I set my face like a flint & I know that I shall not be ashamed & the Lord is near & he Justifieth me who will contend with me let him <us> stand together who is mine adversary let him come near <me> & I will smite him with the strength of my mouth for the Lord God will help me & all they which shall condemn me behold all they shall wax old as a garment & the moth shall eat them up who is among you that feareth the Lord that obeyeth the voice of his servant that walketh in darkness & hath no light behold all ye that kindleth fire that compass yourselves about with sparks walk in the light of your fire & in the sparks which ye have kindled this shall ye have of mine hand ye shall lye down in sorrow hearken to me ye that follow after righteousness look unto the rock from whence ye are hewn & to the hole of the pit from whence ye are diged look unto Abraham your father & unto Sarah she that bear you for I called him alone & blessed him for the Lord shall comfort Zion he will comfort all her waste places & he will make her wilderness like Eden Eden & her desert like the garden of the Lord Joy & gladness shall be found therein thanks giveing & the voice of melody hearken unto me my beloved <People &> give ear unto me O my Nation for a law shall procede from me & I will make my Judgment to rest for a light thing <of> the People my righteousness is near my salvation is gone forth & mine arm shall Judge the People the isles shall wait [p. 60] upon me & on mine arm shall they trust lift up your eyes to the heavens & look upon the earth beneath for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke & the earth shall wax old like a garment & they that dwell therein shall die in like manner but my salvation shall be forever & my righteousness shall not be abolished hearken unto me ye that know righteousness the People in whose heart I have written my law fear ye not the reproach of men neither be ye afraid of their revileings for the moth shall eat <them up> like a garment & the worm shall eat them like wool but my righteousness shall be forever & my salvation from generation to generation Awake awake put on strength O arm of the Lord awake as in the ancient days art thou not it that hath cut Rahab & wounded the dragon art thou not it which hath dried the Sea the waters of the great deep that hath made the debths of the Sea away for the ransomed to pass over therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return & come with singing unto Zion & everlasting Joy & holiness shall be upon their heads & they shall obtain gladness & Joy sorrow & mourning shall flee away I am he yea I am he that comforteth you behold who art thou that thou shouldst be afraid of man which shall die & of the Son of man which shall be made like unto grass & forgetest the Lord thy maker that hath streached forth the heavens & laid the foundations of the earth & hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor as if he were ready to destroy & where is the fury of the oppressor the captive exile hasteneth that he may be delivered <loosed> <&> that he should <not> die in the pit nor that his bread should fail but I am the Lord thy God whose waves roared the Lord of hosts is my name & I have put my words in thy mouth & hath covered thee in the shadow of thy <mine> hand that I may plant the heavens & lay the foundations of the earth & say unto Zion behold thou art my People awake awake stand up O Jerusalem which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury thou hast drunk<en> the dregs of the cup of trembleing rung out & none to guide her among all the Sons she hath brought forth neither that taketh her by the hand of all the Sons she hath brought up these two Sons are come unto thee who shall be sorry for thee thy desolation & destruction & the famine & the sword & by whom shall I comfort thee thy Sons have fainted save these two they lie at the head of all the streets as a wild Bull in a net they are full of the fury of the Lord the rebuke of thy God therefore hear now this thou afflicted & drunken & not with wine thus saith thy Lord the Lord & thy God pleadeth the cause of thy <his> People behold I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembleing the dregs of the cup of my fury thou shalt no more drink it again but I will put it unto the hand of them that afflict thee which I said to thy Soul bow down that we may go over & thou hast laid thy body as the ground & as the street to them that went over awake awake put on thy strength [p. 61]
upon me & on mine arm shall they trust lift up your eyes to the heavens & look upon the earth beneath for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke & the earth shall wax old like a garment & they that dwell therein shall die in like manner but my salvation shall be forever & my righteousness shall not be abolished hearken unto me ye that know righteousness the People in whose heart I have written my law fear ye not the reproach of men neither be ye afraid of their revileings for the moth shall eat <them up> like a garment & the worm shall eat them like wool but my righteousness shall be forever & my salvation from generation to generation Awake awake put on strength O arm of the Lord awake as in the ancient days art thou not it that hath cut Rahab & wounded the dragon art thou not it which hath dried the Sea the waters of the great deep that hath made the debths of the Sea away for the ransomed to pass over therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return & come with singing unto Zion & everlasting Joy & holiness shall be upon their heads & they shall obtain gladness & Joy sorrow & mourning shall flee away I am he yea I am he that comforteth you behold who art thou that thou shouldst be afraid of man which shall die & of the Son of man which shall be made like unto grass & forgetest the Lord thy maker that hath streached forth the heavens & laid the foundations of the earth & hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor as if he were ready to destroy & where is the fury of the oppressor the captive exile hasteneth that he may be delivered <loosed> <&> that he should <not> die in the pit nor that his bread should fail but I am the Lord thy God whose waves roared the Lord of hosts is my name & I have put my words in thy mouth & hath covered thee in the shadow of thy <mine> hand that I may plant the heavens & lay the foundations of the earth & say unto Zion behold thou art my People awake awake stand up O Jerusalem which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury thou hast drunk<en> the dregs of the cup of trembleing rung out & none to guide her among all the Sons she hath brought forth neither that taketh her by the hand of all the Sons she hath brought up these two Sons are come unto thee who shall be sorry for thee thy desolation & destruction & the famine & the sword & by whom shall I comfort thee thy Sons have fainted save these two they lie at the head of all the streets as a wild Bull in a net they are full of the fury of the Lord the rebuke of thy God therefore hear now this thou afflicted & drunken & not with wine thus saith thy Lord the Lord & thy God pleadeth the cause of thy <his> People behold I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembleing the dregs of the cup of my fury thou shalt no more drink it again but I will put it unto the hand of them that afflict thee which I said to thy Soul bow down that we may go over & thou hast laid thy body as the ground & as the street to them that went over awake awake put on thy strength [p. 61] O Zion put on thy beautiful garments O Jerusalem the holy City for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised & the unclean shake thyself from the dust arise sit down O Jerusalem loose thyself from the bands of thy neck O captive daughter of Zion——
O Zion put on thy beautiful garments O Jerusalem the holy City for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised & the unclean shake thyself from the dust arise sit down O Jerusalem loose thyself from the bands of thy neck O captive daughter of Zion——
Second Nephi, Chapter 6 [2 Nephi 9]
Chapter [blank] And now my beloved Brethren I have read these things that ye might know concerning the covenants of the Lord that he hath covenanted with all the house of Israel that he hath spoken unto the Jews by the mouth of his holy Prophets even from the beginning down from Generation to Generation untill the time cometh that they shall be restored to the true church & fold of God when they shall be gathered home to the lands of their inheritance & shall & shall be established in all their lands of promise behold my beloved Brethren I speak unto you these things that ye may rejoice & lift up your heads forever because of the blessings which the Lord God shall bestow upon you<r> Children for I know that thou hast searched much many of you to know of things to come wherefore I know that ye know that our flesh must waste away & die nevertheless in our bodies we shall see God yea & I know that ye know that in the body he shall shew himself unto they at Jerusalem from whence we came for it is expediant that it should be among them for it behoveth the great Creator that he suffereth himself to become subject unto man in the flesh & die for all men that all men might become subject unto him for as death hath passed upon all men to fulfil the merciful plan of the great Creator there must needs be a power of resurrection & the resurrection must needs come unto man by reason of the fall & the fall came by reason of transgression & because man became fallen they were cut off from the presance of the Lord wherefore it must needs be an infinate atonement save it should be an infinate atonement this corruption could not put on incorruption wherefore the first Judgment whiich <which> came upon man must needs have remained to an endless duration & if so this flesh must have laid down to rot & to crumble to its Mother earth to rise no more O the wisdom of God his mercy & grace for behold if the flesh should rise no more our spirits must become subject to that Angel which fell from before the presance of the Lord Eternal God & became the Devil to rise no more & our spirits must have become like unto him & we become Devils Angels to a Devil to be shut out from the presance of our God & to remain with the father of lies in miseary like unto himself yea to that being who beguiled our first Parents who transfo[r]meth himself nigh unto an Angel of light & stireth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder & all manner of secret works of darkness O how great the goodness of our God who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster yea that monster death & hell which I call the death of the body & also the death of the spirit & because of the way of deliverance [p. 62] of our God the holy one of Israel this death of whcih I have spoken which is the temporal shall deliver up its dead which death is the grave & this death of which I have spoken which is the spiritual death shall deliver up its dead which spiritual death is hell wherefore death & hell must deliver up its dead & hell must deliver up its captive spirits & the grave must deliver up its captive bodies & the do bodies & the spirits of men will be restored one to the other & it is by the power of the <resurrection of the> holy one of Israel O how great the plan of our God for on the other hand the paradise of God must deliver up the spirits of the righteous & the grave deliver up the body of the righteous & the spirit & the body is restored to itself again & all men become incorruptable & immortal & they are lieveing souls haveing a perfect knowledg like unto us in the flesh save it be that our knowledge shall be perfect wherefore we shall have a perfect knowledg of all our guilt & our uncleanness & our nakedness & the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment & their righteousness being cloathed with purity yea even with the robe of righteousness & it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed from this first death unto life insomuch as they have become immortal they must appear before the Judgment seat of the holy one of Israel & then cometh the Judgment & then must they be Judged according to the holy Judgment of God & assuredly as the Lord lieveth for the Lord God hath spoken it & it is his Eternal word which cannot pass away that they which are righteous shall be righteous still & they which are filthy shall be filthy still wherefore they which are filthy are the Devil & his Angels & they shall go away unto into everlasting fire prepared for them & their torment is a lake of fire & brimstone whose flames ascendeth up forever & ever & hath no end O the greatness & the Justice of our God for he executeth all his words & they have gone forth out of his mouth & his law must be fulfiled but behold the righteous the Saints of the holy one of Israel they which have believed in the holy one of Israel they which have endured the crosses of the world & despised the shame of it they shall inherit the Kingdom of God which was prepared from them from the foundation of the world & their Joy shall be full forever O the greatness of the mercy of our God the holy one of Israel for he delivereth his Saints from that awful monster the Devil & death & hell & that lake of fire & brimstone which is endless torment O how great the holiness of our God for he knoweth all things & there is not any thing save he know it & he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice for behold he suffereth the pains of all men yea the pains of every liveing creture both men women & children which belong to the family of Adam & he suffereth this that the resurrection might pass upon all men that all might stand before him at the great & Judgment <day> & he commandeth all men [p. 63]
of our God the holy one of Israel this death of whcih I have spoken which is the temporal shall deliver up its dead which death is the grave & this death of which I have spoken which is the spiritual death shall deliver up its dead which spiritual death is hell wherefore death & hell must deliver up its dead & hell must deliver up its captive spirits & the grave must deliver up its captive bodies & the do bodies & the spirits of men will be restored one to the other & it is by the power of the <resurrection of the> holy one of Israel O how great the plan of our God for on the other hand the paradise of God must deliver up the spirits of the righteous & the grave deliver up the body of the righteous & the spirit & the body is restored to itself again & all men become incorruptable & immortal & they are lieveing souls haveing a perfect knowledg like unto us in the flesh save it be that our knowledge shall be perfect wherefore we shall have a perfect knowledg of all our guilt & our uncleanness & our nakedness & the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment & their righteousness being cloathed with purity yea even with the robe of righteousness & it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed from this first death unto life insomuch as they have become immortal they must appear before the Judgment seat of the holy one of Israel & then cometh the Judgment & then must they be Judged according to the holy Judgment of God & assuredly as the Lord lieveth for the Lord God hath spoken it & it is his Eternal word which cannot pass away that they which are righteous shall be righteous still & they which are filthy shall be filthy still wherefore they which are filthy are the Devil & his Angels & they shall go away unto into everlasting fire prepared for them & their torment is a lake of fire & brimstone whose flames ascendeth up forever & ever & hath no end O the greatness & the Justice of our God for he executeth all his words & they have gone forth out of his mouth & his law must be fulfiled but behold the righteous the Saints of the holy one of Israel they which have believed in the holy one of Israel they which have endured the crosses of the world & despised the shame of it they shall inherit the Kingdom of God which was prepared from them from the foundation of the world & their Joy shall be full forever O the greatness of the mercy of our God the holy one of Israel for he delivereth his Saints from that awful monster the Devil & death & hell & that lake of fire & brimstone which is endless torment O how great the holiness of our God for he knoweth all things & there is not any thing save he know it & he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice for behold he suffereth the pains of all men yea the pains of every liveing creture both men women & children which belong to the family of Adam & he suffereth this that the resurrection might pass upon all men that all might stand before him at the great & Judgment <day> & he commandeth all men [p. 63] that they must repent & be Baptised in his name haveing perfect faith in the holy one of Israel or they cannot be saved in the Kingdom of God & if they will not repent & believe in his name & be baptised in his name & endure to the end they must be damned for the Lord God the holy one of Israel hath spoken it wherefore he hath given a law & where there is no law given there is no punishment & where there is no punishment there is no condemnation & where there is no condemnation the mercies of the holy one of Israel hath claim upon them because of the atonement for they are delivered by the power of him for the atonement satesfieth the demands of his Justice upon all those who hath not the law given to them that they are delivered from that awful monster death & hell & the devil & the lake of fire & brimstone which is endless torment & they are restored to that God who gave them breath which is the holy one of Israel but wo unto him that hath the law given yea that hath all the commandments of God like unto us & that transgresseth them & that wasteth the days of his probation for awful is his State O that cunning plan of the evil one O the vainness & the frailties & the foolishness of men when they are learned they think they are wise & they hearken not unto the councils of God for they set it aside supposeing they know of themselves wherefore their wisdom is foolishness & it profiteth them not wherefore they shall perish but to be learned is good if it so be that they hearken unto the councils of God but wo unto the rich which are rich as to the things of the world for because that they are rich they despise the poor & they persecute the meek & their hearts are upon their treasures wherefore their treasure is their God & behold their treasure shall perish with them also & wo unto the deaf that will not hear for they shall perish wo unto the blind that will not see for they shall perish also wo unto the uncircumcised of heart for a Knowledge of their iniquities shall smite them at the last day wo unto the liar for he shall be thrust down to hell wo unto the murderer who deliberately killeth for he shall die wo unto them who commit whoredoms for they shall be thrust down to hell yea wo unto they that worship Idols for the Devil of all Devils deliteth in them & in fine wo unto all they that die in their Sins for they shall return to God & behold his face & remain in their Sins O my beloved Brethren remember the awfulness in transgressing against that holy God & also the awfulness of yielding to the enticeings of that cunning one remember to be carnally minded is death & to be spiritually minded is life Eternal O my beloved Brethren give ear to my words remember the greatness of the holy one of Israel do not say that I have spoken hard things against you for if ye do ye will revile against the truth for I have spoken the words of your maker I know that the words of truth are hard against all uncleanness but the righteous [p. 64]
that they must repent & be Baptised in his name haveing perfect faith in the holy one of Israel or they cannot be saved in the Kingdom of God & if they will not repent & believe in his name & be baptised in his name & endure to the end they must be damned for the Lord God the holy one of Israel hath spoken it wherefore he hath given a law & where there is no law given there is no punishment & where there is no punishment there is no condemnation & where there is no condemnation the mercies of the holy one of Israel hath claim upon them because of the atonement for they are delivered by the power of him for the atonement satesfieth the demands of his Justice upon all those who hath not the law given to them that they are delivered from that awful monster death & hell & the devil & the lake of fire & brimstone which is endless torment & they are restored to that God who gave them breath which is the holy one of Israel but wo unto him that hath the law given yea that hath all the commandments of God like unto us & that transgresseth them & that wasteth the days of his probation for awful is his State O that cunning plan of the evil one O the vainness & the frailties & the foolishness of men when they are learned they think they are wise & they hearken not unto the councils of God for they set it aside supposeing they know of themselves wherefore their wisdom is foolishness & it profiteth them not wherefore they shall perish but to be learned is good if it so be that they hearken unto the councils of God but wo unto the rich which are rich as to the things of the world for because that they are rich they despise the poor & they persecute the meek & their hearts are upon their treasures wherefore their treasure is their God & behold their treasure shall perish with them also & wo unto the deaf that will not hear for they shall perish wo unto the blind that will not see for they shall perish also wo unto the uncircumcised of heart for a Knowledge of their iniquities shall smite them at the last day wo unto the liar for he shall be thrust down to hell wo unto the murderer who deliberately killeth for he shall die wo unto them who commit whoredoms for they shall be thrust down to hell yea wo unto they that worship Idols for the Devil of all Devils deliteth in them & in fine wo unto all they that die in their Sins for they shall return to God & behold his face & remain in their Sins O my beloved Brethren remember the awfulness in transgressing against that holy God & also the awfulness of yielding to the enticeings of that cunning one remember to be carnally minded is death & to be spiritually minded is life Eternal O my beloved Brethren give ear to my words remember the greatness of the holy one of Israel do not say that I have spoken hard things against you for if ye do ye will revile against the truth for I have spoken the words of your maker I know that the words of truth are hard against all uncleanness but the righteous [p. 64] fear it not for they love the truth & are not shaken O then my beloved Brethren come unto the Lord the holy one of Israel <remember> that his paths are righteousness behold the way for man is narrow but it lieth in a strait course before him & the keeper of the gate is the holy one of Israel & he employeth no servant there & there is none other way save it be by the gate for he cannot be deceived for the Lord God is his name & whoso knocketh to him will he open & the wise & the learned & they that are rich which are puffed up because of their learning & their wisdom & their riches yea they are they whom he despiseth & save they shall cast these things away & consider themselves fools before God & come down in the debths of humility he will not open unto them but the things of the wise & the prudent shall be hid from them forever yea that happiness which is prepared for the Saints O my beloved Brethren remember my words behold I take off my garments & I shake them before you I pray <the> God of my Salvation that he view me with his all searching eye wherefore ye shall know at the last day when all men shall be Judged of their works that the God of Israel did witness that I shook your iniquities from my Soul & that I stand with brightness before him & am rid of your blood O my beloved Brethren turn away from your Sins shake off the chains of him that would bind you fast come unto that God who is the rock of your Salvation prepare your Souls for that glorious day when Justice shall be administered unto the righteous even the day of Judgment that ye may not shrink with awful fear that ye may not remember your awful guilt in perfectness & be constrained to exclaim holy holy are thy Judgments O Lord God Almighty but I know my guilt I transgressed thy law & my transgressions are mine & the Devil hath obtained me that I am a prey to his awful miseary but behold my Brethren is it expediant that I should awake you to an awful reality of these things would I harrow up your souls if your minds were pure would I be plain unto you according to the planeness of the truth if ye were freed from sin behold if ye were holy I would speak unto you of holiness but as ye are not holy & ye look upon me as a teacher it must needs be expediant that I teach you the consequences of sin behold my soul abhoreth Sin & my heart delighteth inn righteousness & I will praise the holy name of my God come my brethren every one that thirsteth come ye to the <waters> & he that hath no money come buy & eat ye<a> come buy wine & milk without money & without price wherefore do not spend money for that which is of no worth nor your labour for that which cannot satisfy hearken diligently unto me & remember the words which I have spoken & come unto the holy one of Israel & feast upon that which perisheth not neither can be corrupted & let your soul delight in fatness behold my beloved Brethren remember the words of your God pray unto him cotinually by day & give thanks unto his holy name by night let your hearts [p. 65]
fear it not for they love the truth & are not shaken O then my beloved Brethren come unto the Lord the holy one of Israel <remember> that his paths are righteousness behold the way for man is narrow but it lieth in a strait course before him & the keeper of the gate is the holy one of Israel & he employeth no servant there & there is none other way save it be by the gate for he cannot be deceived for the Lord God is his name & whoso knocketh to him will he open & the wise & the learned & they that are rich which are puffed up because of their learning & their wisdom & their riches yea they are they whom he despiseth & save they shall cast these things away & consider themselves fools before God & come down in the debths of humility he will not open unto them but the things of the wise & the prudent shall be hid from them forever yea that happiness which is prepared for the Saints O my beloved Brethren remember my words behold I take off my garments & I shake them before you I pray <the> God of my Salvation that he view me with his all searching eye wherefore ye shall know at the last day when all men shall be Judged of their works that the God of Israel did witness that I shook your iniquities from my Soul & that I stand with brightness before him & am rid of your blood O my beloved Brethren turn away from