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] 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] 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]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] 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] 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] 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.
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] 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] 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] 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] 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]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
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] 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
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] 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] 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] 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] 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] 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] 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] 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
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] 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——
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] 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] & 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] 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] 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] 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] & 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] 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] 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] 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] rejoice & behold how great the covenants of the Lord & how great his condesentions unto the Children of men & because of his greatness & his grace & mercy he hath promised unto us that our Seed shall not utterly be destroid according to the flesh but that he would preserve them & in future Generations they shall become a righteous branch unto the house of Israel & now my Brethren I would speak unto you more but on the morrow I will declare unto you the remainder of my words Amen——
Second Nephi, Chapter 7 [2 Nephi 10]
Chapter [blank]—— And now I Jacob speak unto you again my beloved Brethren concerning this righteous branch of which I have spoken for behold the promises which we have obtained are promises unto us according to the flesh wherefore as it hath been shewn unto me that many of our children shall perish in the flesh because of unbelief nevertheless God will be merciful unto many & our Children shall be restored that they may come to that which will give them the true knowledge of their redeemer wherefore as I said unto you it must needs be expediant that Christ for in the last night the Angel spake unto me that this should be his name tht he should come among the Jews among they which are the more wicked part of the world & they shall crucify him for it behoveth our God & there is none other Nation on earth that would crucify their God for should the mighty miracles be wrought among other Nations they would repent & know that he be their God but because of Priests crafts & iniquities they at Jerusalem will stiffen their necks against him that he be crucified wherefore because of their iniquities destructions famines pestilences & bloodsheds shall come upon them & they which shall not be destroid shall be scattered among all Nations but behold thus sath the Lord God when the day cometh that they shall believe in me that I am Christ then have I covenanted with their fathers that they shall be restored in the flesh upon the earth unto the lands of their inheritance & it shall come to pass that they shall be gathered in from their long despersion from the Isles of the Sea & from the four parts of the earth & the Nations of the Gentiles shall be great in the eyes of me saith God in carying them forth to the lands of their inheritance <​yea​> the Kings of the Gentiles shall be nursing fathers unto them & their Queens shall become nursing Mothers wherefore the promises of the Lord is great unto the Gentiles for he hath spoken it & who can despute but behold this land saith God shall be a land of thine inheritance & the Gentiles shall be blessed upon the land & this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles & there shall be no King<​s​> upon the land which shall raise up unto the Gentiles & I will fortify this land against all other Nations & he that fighteth against Zion shall perish saith God for he that raiseth up a king against me shall perish for I the Lord the king of Heaven will be their king & I will be a light unto them forever that hear my words wherefore for [p. 66] this cause that my covenants may be fulfiled which I have made unto the children of men that I will do unto them while they are in the flesh I must needs destroy the secret works of darkness & of murders & of abominations wherefore he that fighteth against Zion both Jew & Gentile both bond & free both male & feemale shall perish for they are they which are the whore of all the earth for they which are not for me are against me saith our <​Our​> God for I will fulfil my promises which I have made unto the children of men that I will do unto them while they are in the flesh wherefore my beloved brethren thus saith our God I will afflict thy seed by the hand of the Gentiles nevertheless I will soften the hearts of the Gentiles that they shall be like unto a father to them wherefore the Gentiles shall be blessed & numbered among the House of Israel wherefore I will consecrate this land unto thy seed & they which shall be numbered among thy seed forever for the land of their inheritance for it is a choice land saith God unto me above oll <​all​> other lands wherefore I will have all men that dwell thereon that they shall worship me saith God & now my beloved Brethren seeing that our merciful God hath given us so great knowledge concerning these things let us remember him & lay aside our sins & not hang down our heads for we are not cast off nevertheless we have <​been​> driven out of the land of our inheritance but we have been lead to a better land for the Lord hath made the Sea our path & we are upon an Isle of the Sea but great is the promises of the Lord unto they which are upon the Isles of the Sea wherefore as it sayeth Isles there must needs be more then this & they are inhabited also by our Brethren for behold the Lord God hath lead away from time to time from the house of Israel according to his will & pleasure & now behold the Lord remembereth all they which are <​have been​> broken off wherefore he remembereth us also therefore cheer up your hearts & remember that ye are free to act for yourselves to chose this way of everlasting death or the way of Eternal life wherefore my beloved Brethren reconcile yourselves to the will of God & not to the will of the Devil & the flesh & remember that after ye are reconciled unto God that it is only in & through the grace of God that ye are saved wherefore my God raise you from death by the power of the resurrection & also from everlasting death by the power of the atonement that ye may be received into the Eternal Kingdom of God that ye may praise him through grace divine Amen.——
Second Nephi, Chapter 8 [2 Nephi 11–15]
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And now Jacob spake many more things to my people at that time nevertheless only these things have I caused to be written for the things which I have written sufficeth me & now I Nephi write more of the words of Isaiah for my Soul delighteth in his words for I will liken his words unto my People & I will send them forth unto all my Children for he verily saw my redeemer [p. 67] even as I have seen him & my Brother Jacob also hath seen him as I have seen him wherefore I will send their words forth unto my children to prove unto them that my words are true wherefore by the words of three God hath said I will establish my word nevertheless God sendeth more witnesses & he proveth all his words behold my soul delighteth in proveing unto my People the truth of the comeing of Christ for for this end hath the law of Moses been given & all things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world unto man are the typefying of him & also my soul delighteth in the covenants of the Lord which he hath made to our fathers yea my soul delighteth in his grace & his Justice & power & mercy in the great & eternal plan of deliverance from death & my soul delighteth in proveing unto my People that save christ should come all men must perish for if there be no Christ there be no God & if there be no God we are not for there could have been no Creation but there is a God & he is Christ & he cometh in the fullness of his own time & now I write some of the words of Isaiah that whoso of my People which shall see these words may lift up their hearts & rejoice for all men now these are the words & ye may liken them unto you & unto all men the word that Isaiah the Son of Amoz <​Amoz Amoz​> saw concerning Judah & Jerusalem & it shall come to pass in the last days when the mountain of the Lords house shall be established in the top of the mountains & shall be exhalted above the to hills & all Nations shall flow unto it & many People shall go & say come ye & let us go up to the mountain of the Lord to the house of the God of Jacob & he will teach us of his ways & we will walk in his paths for out of Zion shall go forth the law & the word of the Lord from Jerusalem & he shall Judge among the Nations & shall rebuke many People & they shall beat their swords into plow shares & their spears into pruneing hooks Nation shall not lift up sword against Nation neither shall they learn war any more O house of Jacob come ye & let us walk in the light of the Lord yea come for ye have all gone astray every one to his wicked ways therefore O Lord thou hast forsaken thy People the house of Jacob because they be replenished from the east & hearken unto soothsayers like the Philistines & they please themselves in the children of strangers their land also is full of silver & Gold neither is there any end of their treasures their land is also full of horses neither is there any end of their Charriots their land also is full of Idols they worship the work of their own hands that which their own fingers have made & the mean men boweth down & the great man humbleth himself not therefore forgive him not O ye wicked Ones enter into the rock & hide thee in the dust for the fear of the Lord & the glory of his magesty shall smite thee & it shall come to pass that the lofty looks of man shall be humbled & the haughtiness of men shall [p. 68] be bowed down & the Lord alone shall be exhalted in that day for <​the​> day of the Lord of hosts soon cometh upon all Nations yea upon every one yea upon the proud & lofty & upon every one which is lifted up & he shall be brought low yea & the day of the Lord shall come upon all the ceders of Lebanon for they are high & lifted up & upon all the oaks of Bashan & upon all the high mountains & upon all the hills & upon all the Nations which are lifted up & upon every People & upon every high tower & upon every fenced wall & upon all the ships of the Sea & upon all the Ships of Tarshish & upon all the pleasant pictures & the loftiness of man shall be bowed down & the haughtiness of men shall be made low & the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day & the Idols he shall utterly abolish & they shall go into the holes of the rocks & into the caves of the earth for the fear of the Lord shall come upon them & the glory of his magesty shall smite them when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth in that day a man shall cast his Idols of Silver & his Idols of Gold which he hath made for himself to worship to the moles & to the Bats to go into the clefts of the rocks & into the tops of the raged rocks for the fear of the Lord shall come upon them & the magesty of his glory shall smite them when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostrils for wherein is he to be accounted of for behold the Lord the Lord of hosts doth take away from Jerusalem & from Judah the stay & the staff the whole staff of bread & the whole stay of water & th <​the​> mighty man & the man of war the Judge & the Prophet & the prudent & the ancient the captain of fifty & the honourable man & the Counsellor & the cunning atificer & the eloquent Orator & I will give Children unto them to be their princes & babes shall rule over them & the People shall be oppressed every one by another & every one by his neighbor the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient & the base against the honourable when a man shall take hold of his Brother of the house of his father & shall say thou hast cloathing be thou our ruler & let not this ruin come under thy hand in that day shall he swear saying I will not be a healer for in my house is there is neither bread nor cloathing make me not a ruler of the People for Jerusalem is ruined & Judah is fallen because their tongues & their doings have been against the Lord to provoke the eyes of his glory the shew of their countenance doth witness against them & doth declare their Sin to be even as Sodom & they cannot hide it wo unto their Souls for they have rewarded evil unto themselves say unto the righteous that it is well with them for they shall eat the fruit of their doings wo unto the wicked for they shall perish for the reward of their hands shall be upon them & my People Children are their oppressors & women rule over them O my People they wh◊◊h lead thee cause thee to err & destroy the way of thy paths the Lord standeth up to plead & standeth to Judge the People the Lord will enter into Judgment [p. 69] with the ancients of his People & the princes thereof for ye have eaten up the vineyard & the Spoil of the poor in your houses what mean ye ye beat my People to pieces & grind the faces of the Poor saith the Lord God of hosts moreover the Lord saith because the daughters of Zion are haughty & walk with streached forth necks & wanton eyes walking & minceing as they go & makeing a tinkling with their feet therefore the <​Lord​> will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daugters of Zion & the Lord will discover their Secret parts in that day the Lord will take away the bravery of tinkling ornaments & cauls & round tires like the moon the chains & the bracelets & the mufflers the bonnets & the ornaments of the legs & the headbands & the tables tablets & the earrings the rings & nose jewels the changeable suits of apparrel & the mantles & the wimples & the crisping pins the glasses & the fine linnen & hoods & the vails & it shall all come to pass in stead of sweet smell there shall be stink & instead of a girdle a rent & instead of wellset hair baldness & instead of a stomacher a girding of sack cloth burning instead of beauty thy men shall fall by the sword & thy mighty in the war & her gates shall lament & mourn & she shall be desolate & shall sit upon the ground & in that day seven women shall take hold of one man saying we will eat our own bread & wear our own apparrel only let us be called by thy name to take away our reproach in that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful & glorious the fruit of the earth & excellent & comely to them that are escaped of Israel & it shall come to pass them that are left in Zion & remam <​remaineth​> in Jerusalem shall be called holy every one that is written among the liveing in Jerusalem when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion & shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of Judgment & by the spirit of burning & the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion & upon her assemblies a cloud of <​&​> smoke by day & the shineing of a flameing fire by night for upon all the glory of Zion shall be a defence & there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat & for a place of reffuge & a covet from storm & from rain & then will I sing to my <​well​> beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard my well beloved hath a vineyard in a verry fruitful hill & he fenced it & gathered out the stones thereof & planted it with the choicest vine & built a tower in the midst of it & also made a winepress therein & he looked that it should bring forth grapes & it brought forth wild grapes & now O inhabitants of Jerusalem & men of Judah Judge I pray you betwixt me & my vineyard what could have been done more to my vineyard that I have not done in it wherefore when I looked that it should bring forth grapes it brought forth wild grapes & now go to I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard I will take away the hedge thereof & it shall be eaten up & I will break down the wall thereof & [p. 70] it shall be troden down & I will lay it waste it shall not be pruned nor digged but there shall Come up briers & thorns I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it for the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the House of Israel & the men of Judah his pleasant plant & he looked for Judgment & behold oppression for righteousness & <​but but​> behold a cry wo unto them that join house to house till there can be no place that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth in mine <​ears​> saith the Lord of hosts of a truth many houses shall be desolate & great & fair cities without inhabitant yea ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath & the seed of a homer shall yield an ephah wo unto them that rise up early in the morning that they may follow strong drink that continue untill night & wine inflame them & the harp & the viol the tabret & pipe & wine are in their feasts but they regard not the work of the Lord neither consider the opperation of his hand<​s​> therefore my People are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge & their honourable men are famished & their multitude dried up with thirst therefore hell hath enlarged herself & opened her mouth without measure & their glory & their multitude & their pomp & he that rejoiceth shall decend into it & the mean man shall be brought down & the mighty man shall be humbled & the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled but the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in Judgment & God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness then shall the Lambs feed after their manner & the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat wo unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity & Sin as it wee <​were​> with a cart rope that say let him make speed hasten his work that we may see it & let the counsel of the holy one of Israel draw nigh & come that we may know it wo unto them that call evil good & good evil that put darkness for light & light for darkness that put bitter for sweet & sweet for bitter wo unto the wise in their own eyes & prudent in their own sight wo unto the mighty to drink wine & men of strength to mingle strong drink which justify the wicked for reward & take away the righteousness of the righteous from him therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble & the flame consumeth the caff their root shall be rottenness & their blossom shall go up as dust because they have cast away the law of the Lord & de <​of​> hosts & despised the word of the holy one of Israel therefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against his People & he hath streached forth his hand against them & hath smitten them & the hills did tremble & their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets for all this his anger is not turned away but his hand streached out still & he will lift up an ensign to the Nations from far & will hiss unto them from the end of the earth & behold they shall come with speed swiftly none shall be weary nor stumble among them none shall slumber nor sleep neither shall they [p. 71] the girdle of their loins be loosed nor the latchet of their shoes be broken whose arrows shall be sharp & all their bows bent & their horses hoofs shall be counted like flint & their wheels like a whirlwind their roaring like a lion they shall roar like young lions yea they shall roar & lay hold of the prey & shall carry away safe & none shall deliver & in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the Sea & if they look unto the land behold darkness & sorrow & the light is darkened in the heavens thereof——
Second Nephi, Chapter 9 [2 Nephi 16–22]
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In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the <​also​> the Lord sitting upon a throne high & lifted up & his train filled the temple above it stood the Seraphims each one had Six wings with twain he covered his face & with twain he covered his feet & with twain he did fly & one cried unto another & said holy holy holy is the Lord of hosts the whole earth is full of his glory & the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried & the house was filled with smoke then said I wo me for I a man of unclean lips & I dwell in the mids of a People of unclean lips for mine eyes have seen the King the Lord of hosts then flew one of the seraphims unto me haveing a live coal in his hand which he had taken with the tongs from off the alter & he laid upon my mouth & said lo this hath touched thy lips & thine iniquity is taken away & thy Sin purged & <​also​> I heard the voice of the Lord saying whom shall I send & who will go for us then I said here I send me & he said go & tell this People hear ye indeed but they understand not & see ye indeed but they perseived not make the heart of this People fat & make their ears heavy & shut their eyes lest they see with their eyes & hear with their ears & understand with their heart & convert & be healed then said I Lord how long & he said untill the Cities be wasted without inhabetent & the houses without man & the land be utterly desolate & the Lord have removed men far away for there shall be a great forsakeing in the midst of the Land but yet in it there shall be a tenth & they shall return & shal be eaten as a teil-tree & as an oak whose substance is in them when the <​they​> cast their leaves so the holy Seed shall be the substance thereof & it Came to pass in the days of Ahaz the Son of Jotham the Son of Uzziah King of Judah & Rezin King of Syria & Pekah the Son of Remaliah King of Israel went up towards Jerusalem to war against it but could not prevail <​against​> it & it was told the house of David Saying Syria is confederate with Ephraim & his heart was moved & the heart of his People as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind then said the Lord unto Isaiah go forth now to meet Ahaz thou & Shear-Jashub thy Son at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fullers field & say unto him take heed & be quiet fear not neither be feint-hearted for the two tails of these smokeing firebrands for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria [p. 72] & of the Son of Remeliah because Syria Ephraim & the Son of Remeliah because have taken evil counsel against thee saying let us go up against Judah & vex it & let & us make a breach therein for us & set a King in the midst of it yea the Son of Tabeal thus saith the Lord God it shall not stand neither shall it come to pass for the head of Syria is Damascus & the head of Damascus Rezin & within three score & five years shall Ephraim be broken that it be not a People & the head of Ephraim is Samaria & the head of Samaria is Remeliahs Son if ye will not believe surely ye shall not be established moreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God ask either in the debths of or in the hights above but Ahaz said I will not ask neither will I tempt the Lord & he said hear ye now O house of David is it a small thing for you to weary men but will ye weary my God also therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign Behold a virgin shall conceive & shall bear a Son & shall call his name Immanuel butter & honey shall he eat that he may knoy to refuse the evil & to chose the good for before the child shall know to refuse the evil & chose the good the land that thou abhorest shall be forsaken of both her Kings the Lord shall bring upon thee & upon thy Children People & upon thy fathers house days that have not come from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah the King of Assyria & it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of Egypt & for the bee that is in the land of Assyria & they shall come & shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys & in the holes of the rocks & upon all thorns & upon all bushes in the same day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired by them beyond the river by the King of Assyria the head & the hair of the feet & it shall also consume the beard & it shall come to pass that in that day a man shall nourish a young cow & two Sheep & it shall come to pass for the abundance of milk they shall give he shall eat butter for butter & honey shall every one eat that is left in the land & it shall come to pass in that day every place shall be where there were a thousand vines that a thousand silverlings which shall be for briars & thorns with arrows & with bows shall men come thither because all the land shall become briars & thorns & all hills that shall be diged with the mattock there shall not come thither the fear of briars & thorns but it shall be for the sending forth of Oxen & the tred treading of lesser Cattle Moreover the Lord said unto me take thee a great roll & write in it with a mans pen concerning <​Ma​>her-shalal-hash-baz & I took unto me faithful witnesses to record Uriah the Priest & Zechariah the Son of Jerare Jerebechiah & I went unto the Prophetess & she conceived & bear a Son then said the Lord to me call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz for behold the child shall not have knowledge to cry my father & my Mother before the riches of Damascus & the & the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the King of Assyria the Lord [p. 73] spake also unto me again saying for as much as this People refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly along & rejoice in Razin & Remeliahs Son now therefore behold the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the River strong & many even the King of Assyria & all his glory & he shall come up over all his channels & go over all his banks & he shall pass through Judah he shall overflow & go ever he shall reach even to the neck & the streaching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land O Immanuel associate yourselves O ye People & ye shall be broken in pieces & give ear all ye of far countries gird yourselves & ye shall be broken in pieces gird yourselves & ye shall be broken in pieces take counsel together & it shall come to nought speak the word & it shall not stand for God is with us for the Lord spake thus to me with A strong hand & insructed me that I should not walk in the way of this People saying say ye not a confederacy to all to whom this People shall say a confederacy neither fear ye their fear nor be afraid sanctify the Lord of hosts himself & let him be your fear & let him be your dread & he shall be for a Sanctuary but for a stone of stumbleing & for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel for a gin & a snoare <​snare​> to the inhabitants of Jerusalem & many among them shall stumble & fall & be broken & be snared & be taken bind up the testimony Seal the land <​law​> among my Desipels & I will wait upon the Lord that hideth his face from the house of Jacob & I will look for him behold I & the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs & for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts which dwelleth in mount Zion & when they shall say unto you seek unto them that have familiar spirits & unto wizards that peep & mutter should not a People seek unto their God for the liveing to hear from the dead to the law & to the testimony & if they speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in them & they shall pass through it hardly bestead & hungry & it shall come to pass that when they shall be hungry they shall fret themselves & curse their King & their God & look upward & they shall look unto the earth & behold trouble & darkness dimness of anguish & shall be driven to darkness nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulon & the land of Naphtali & afterward did more grieveiously afflict by the way of the red Sea beyond Jordon in Gallilee of the Nations the People that walked in darkness have seen a great light they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death upon them hath the light shined thou hast multiplied the Nation & increased the joy they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest & as when men rejoice when they divide the spoil for thou hast broken the yoke of his burden & the staff of his shoulder the rod of his oppressor for every Battle of the warrior with confused nois & garments rolled in blood but this shall be with burning & fuel of fire for unto us a child is born unto us a Son is given & the goverment shall be upon his shoulder & his name shall be <​called​> wonderful [p. 74] Counsellor the mighty God the everlasting Father the Prince of peace of the increase of goverment & peace there is no end upon the throne of David & upon his Kingdom to order it & to establish it with Judgment & with Justice from henceforth even forever the Zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this the Lord sent his word unto Jacob & it hath lighted upon Israel & all the People shall know even Ephraim & the inhabitants of Samaria that say in the pride & the stoutness of heart the bricks are fallen down but we will build with hewn stones the Sycamores are cut down but we will change them into Ceders therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him & join his enemies together the Syrians before & the Philistines behind & they shall devour Israel with open mouth for all this his anger is not turned away but his hand streached out still for the People turneth not unto him that smiteth them neither do they the Lord of hosts therefore will the Lord cut off from Israel head & tail branch & rush in one day the ancient he is the head & the Prophet that teacheth lies he is the tail for the leaders of this People cause them to err & they that are lead of them are destroid therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men neither shall have mercy on their fatherless & widows for every one of them is a hypocrite & an evil doer & every mouth speaketh folly for all this his anger is not turned away but his hand streached out still for wickedness burneth as the fire it shall devour the briars & thorns & shall kindle in the thickets <​of the​> forests & they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke through the wrath of the Lord of hosts is the land darkened & the People shall be as the fuel of the fire no man shall spare his Brother & he shall snatch on the right hand & be hungry & he shall eat on the left hand & they shall not be satisfied they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm Mannassah Ephraim & Ephraim Mannassah they together shall be against Judah for all this his anger is not turned away but his hand streached out still wo unto them that decree unrighteous decrees & that write grieveeousness which they have prescribed to turn aside the needy from Judgment & to take away the right from the poor of my People that widows may be their prey & that they may rob the fatherless & what will ye do in the day of visitation & in the desolation which shall come from far to whom will ye flee for help & where will ye leave your glory without me they shall bow down under the prisoners & they shall fall under the slain for all this his anger is not turned away but his hand streached out still O Assyrian the rod of mine anger & the◊◊ staff in their hand is their indignation I will send him against a hypocritical Nation & against the People of my wrath will I give him a Charge to take the spoil & to take the prey & to tread them down like the mire of the streets howbeit he meaneth not so neither doth his heart think so but in his heart it is to destroy & cut off nations not a few for he saith are not my princes altogether kings is not Calno as Carchemish is not Hamath as Arpad is not [p. 75] Samaria as Damascus as my hand hath founded the Kingdoms of the Idols & whose graven images them of Jerusalem & of Samaria shall I not as I have done unto Samaria & her Idols so do to Jerusalem & to her Idols wherefore it shall come to pass that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion & upon Jerusalem I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the King of Assyria & the glory of his high looks for he saith by the strength of my hand & by my wisdom I have done these things for I am prudent & I have moved the borders of the People & have robed their treasures & I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man & my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the People & as one gathereth eggs that are left have I gathered all the earth & there was none that moved the wing or opened the mouth or peeped shall the Axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up or as if the staff should lift up itself as if it were no wood therefore shall the Lord the Lord of hosts send among his fat ones leanness & under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire & the light of Israel shall be for a fire & his holy one for a flame & shall burn & shall devour his thorns & his briars in one day & shall consume the glory of his forest & of his fruitful field both Soul & body & they shall be as when a standard bearer feinteth & the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few that a child may write them & it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel & such as are escaped of the house of Jacob shall no more again stay upon him that smote them but shall stay upon the Lord the holy one of Israel in truth the remnant shall return yea even the remnant of Jacob unto the mighty God for though thy People Israel be as the sand of the Sea yet <​yet​> a remnant of them shall return the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness for the Lord God of hosts shall make a consumption even determined in all the land therefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts O my People that dwellest in Zion be not afraid of the Assyrian he shall smite thee with a rod & shall lift up his staff against thee after the manner of Egypt for yet a verry little while & the indigntion shall cease & mine anger in their destruction & the Lord of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Mideon at the rock of Oreb & as his rod was upon the Sea so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt & it shall come to pas in that day that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder & his yoke from off thy neck & the yoke shall be destroid because of the anointing he is come to Aiath he is passed to Migron at Mishmash he hath laid up his Carriages they are gone over the passage they have taken up their lodging at Geba Ramath is afraid Gibeah of Saul is fled lift up the voice O daughter of Gallim cause it to be heard unto Laish O poor Anathoth Madmenah is removed the inhabitants of Gebim [p. 76] gather themselves to flee as yet shall he remain at Nob that day he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion the hill of Jerusalem behold the Lord the Lord of hosts shall lop the bough with terror & the high ons of terror <​stature​> shall be hewn down & the haughty shall be hunbled & he shall cut down the thickets of the forests with iron & Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one & there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse & a branch shall grow out of his roots & the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him the spirit of wisdom & understanding the spirit of Counsel & might the spirit of knowledge & of the fear of the Lord & he shall not make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord & he shall not Judge after the sight of his eyes neither reprove after the hearing of his ears but with righteousness shall he Judge the poor & reprove with equity for the meek of the earth & he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth & with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked & righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins & faithfulness the girdle of his reigns the wolf also shall dwell with the Lamb & the Leopard shall lie down with the kid & the calf & the young lion & the fatling together & a little child shall lead them & the Cow & the bear shall feed their young ones shall lie down together & the lion shall eat straw like the Ox & the sucking Child shall play on the hole of the asp & the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrices den they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the Sea & in that day there shall be a root of Jesse which shall stand for an ensign of the People to it shall the Gentiles seek & his rest shall be glorious & it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set his hand again the Second time to recover the remnant of his People which shall be left from Assyria & from Egypt & from Pathros & from Cush & from Elam & from Shinar & from Hamath & from the Islands of the Sea & he shall set up an ensign for the Nations & shall assemble the out casts of Israel & gathered together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth the envy of Ephraim also shall depart & the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off Ephraim shall not envy Judah & Judah shall not vex Ephraim but they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines towards the west they shall spoil them of the east together they shall lay their hand upon Edom & Moab & the Children of Ammon shall obey them & the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian Sea & with his mighty wind he shall shake his hand over the river & shall smite it in the seven streams & make men go over dry shod & there shall be a highway for the remnant of his People which shall be left from Assyria like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt & in that day thou shalt say O Lord I will praise thee though thou wast angery with me thine anger is turned away & thou comfortedst me behold God is my Salvation I trust & not be afraid for the Lord Jehovah is my strength & my song he also is become my salvation therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation [p. 77] & in that day shall ye say praise the Lord call upon his name declare his doings among the People make mention that his name is exalted sing unto the Lord for he hath done excellent things this is known in all the earth cry out & shout thou inhabitant of Zion for great is the holy one of Israel in the midst of thee——
Second Nephi, Chapter 10 [2 Nephi 23–24]
Chapter [blank]—— The burden of Babylon which Isaiah the Son of Amoz did see lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain exalt the voice unto them shake the hand that they may go in to the gates of the nobles I have commanded my sanctified ones I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger is not upon them that rejoice in my highness the noise of the multitude in the mountains like as of a a great People a tumultuous noise of the Nations Kingdoms of Nations gathered together the Lord of hosts mustereth the hosts of the Battle they come from a far country from the end of heaven yea the Lord & the weapons of his indignation to destroy the whole land howl ye for the day of the Lord is at hand it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty therefore shall all hands be feint every mans heart shall melt & they shall be afraid pangs & sorrows shall take hold of them they shall be amaised one at another their faces shall be as flames behold the day of the Lord cometh cruel both with wrath & fierce anger to lay the land desolate & he shall destroy the Sinners therof out of it for the Stars of heaven & the constelations thereof shall not give their light the Sun shall be darkened in his going forth & the Moon shall not cause her light to shine & I will punish the world for evil & the wicked for their iniquity I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease & will lay down the haughtiness of the terrible I will make a man more precious then fine gold even a man then the golden wedge of Ophir therefore I will shake the heavens & the earth shall remove out of her place in the wrath of the Lord of hosts & in the day of his fierce anger & it shall be as the chaste roe & as a Sheep that no man taketh up they shall every man turn to his own People & flee every one into his own land every every one that is proud shall be thrust through yea & every one that is joined to the wicked shall fall by the sword their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes their houses shall be spoiled & their wives ravished behold I will stir up the Medes against them which shall not regard silver & gold nor they shall not delight in it their bows shall also dash the young men to pieces & they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb their eyes shall not spare children & Babylon the glory of Kingdoms the beauty of the Chaldees excellency shall be as when God overthrew Sodom & Gomorrah it shall never be inhabited neither shall it be dwelt in from Generation to Generation neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there neither shall the Shepherds make their fold their but wild beasts of the desert shall lie there & their houses shall be full of doleful creatures & owls shall dwell there & Satyres shall dance there & the wild beasts of the Islands shall cry in their desolate houses & Dragons in their pleasant palaces & her time is near to come & her day shall not be prolonged for I will destroy her speedily yea for I will be merciful unto my People [p. 78] but the wicked shall perish for the Lord will have mercy on Jacob & will yet chose Israel & set them in their own land & the strangers shall be joined to with them & they shall cleave to the house of Jacob & the People shall take them & bring them to their place yea from far unto the ends of the earth & they shall return to their lands of promise & the house of Israel shall possess them & the land of the Lord shall be for Servants & handmaids & they shall take them captives unto whom they were captives & they shall rule over their oppressors & it shall come to pass that in that day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrows & from thy fear & from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve & it shall come to pass in that day that thou shalt take up this poberb <​proverb​> against the King of Babylon & say how hath the oppressor ceased the golden City ceased the Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked the Sceptres of the rulers he who smote the People in wrath with a continual stroke he that ruled the nationss in anger is persecuted & none hindereth the whole earth is at rest & is quiet they break forth into singing yea the fir trees rejoice at thee & also the Ceders of Lebanon saying since thou art laid down no feller is come up against us hell from beneath is moed for thee to meet thee at thy coming it stireth up the dead for thee even all the chief ones of the earth it hath raised up from their thrones all the Kings of the nations all they shall speak & say unto thee art thou also become weak as we are <​art​> thou become like unto us thy pomp is brought down to the grave the noise of thy viols is not heard the worm is spread under thee & the worms cover thee how art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer Son of the Morning art thou cut down to the ground which did weaken the Nations for thou hast said in thy heart I will ascend into heaven I will exalt my throne above the Stars of God I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north I will ascend above the heights of the clouds I will be like the most high yet thou shalt be brought down to hell to the sides of the pit they that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee & shall consider thee & shall say is this the man that made the earth to tremble that did shake Kingdoms & made the world as a wilderness & destroid the cities thereof & opened not the house of his prisoners all the Kings of the nations yea all of them lie in glory every one of them in his own house but thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch & the remnant of those that are slain thrust through with a sword that go down to the stones of the pit as a carcase troden under feet thou shalt not be joined with them in buriel because thou hast destroid thy land & slain thy People the seed of evil doers shall never be renouned prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquities of their fathers that they do not rise nor possess the land nor fill the face of the world with Cities for I will raise up against them saith the Lord of hosts & cut off from Babylon the name & remnant & Son & Nephew saith the Lord I will also make it a possession for the bitern & pools of water & I will sweep it with the bosom of destruction saith the Lord of hosts the Lord of hosts hath sworn saying surely as [p. 79] I have thought so shall it come to pass & as I have purposed so shall it stand that I will bring the Assyrian in my <​land​> land & upon my mountains tread him under foot then shall his yoke depart from off them & his burden depart from off their shoulders this is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth & this is the hand that is streached out upon all nations for the Lord of hosts hath purposed & who shall disannul & his hand streached out & who shall turn it back in the year that King Ahaz died was this burden rejoice not thou whole Palestina because the rod of him that smote thee is broken for out of the Serpants root shall come forth a cockatrice & his fruit shall be a fere fiery flying Serpant & the first born of the poor <​poor​> shall feed & the needy shall lie down in safety & I will kill thy <​root​> root with famine & he shall slay thy remnant howl O gate cry O city thou whole Palestina art desolved for there shall come from the north a smoke & none shall be alone in his appointed times what shall then answer the messengers of the nations that the Lord hath founded Zion & the poor of his People shall trust in it——
Second Nephi, Chapter 11 [2 Nephi 25–27]
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Now I Nephi do speak somewhat concerning the words which I have written which have been spoken by the mouth of Isaiah for behold Isaiah spake many things which were hard for many of my People to understand for they know not concerning the manner of Prophesying among the Jews for I Nephi have not taught them many things concerning the manner of the Jews for their works were works of darkness & their doings were doings of abomination wherefore I write unto my People unto all they that shall receive hereafter these things which I write that they may know the Judgments of God that they come upon all nations according to the word which he hath spoken wherefore hearken O my People which are of the house of Israel & give ear to my words for because that the words of Isaiah are not plane unto you nevertheless they are plane unto all they that are filled with the spirit of Prophesy but I give unto you a prophesy according to the spirit which is in me wherefore I shall prophesy according to the planeness which hath been with me from the time that I came out from Jerusalem with my father for behold my Soul delighteth in planeness unto my people that they may learn yea & my soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah for I came out from Jerusalem & mine eyes hath beheld the things of the Jews & I know that the Jews do understand the things of the Prophets & there is none other People that understand the things of the Prophets <​which were​> spoken unto the Jews like unto them save it be that they are taught after the manner of the things of the Jews but behold I Nephi have not taught my Children after the manner of the Jews but behold I of myself have dwelt at Jerusalem wherefore I know concerning the regions round about & I have made mention unto my children concerning the Judgments of God which hath come to pass among the Jews unto my children according to all that which Isaiah hath spoken & I do not write them but behold I procede with mine own prophesy according to my planeness in the which I know that no man can err nevertheless in the days that the prophesies of Isaiah shall be fulfiled men shall know [p. 80] of a surety at the times when they shall come to pass wherefore they are of worth unto the Children of men & he that supposeth that they are not unto them will I speak particularly & confine the words unto mine own People for I know that they shall be of great worth unto them in the last days for in that day shall they understand them wherefore for their good have I written them & as one generation hath been destroid among the Jews because of iniquity even so have they been destroid from generation to generation according to their iniquities & never hath any of them been destroid save it were fore-told them by the Prophets of the Lord wherefore it hath been told them concerning the destruction which should come upon them immediately after my father left Jerusalem nevertheless they hardened their hearts & <​&​> according to my prophesy they have been destroid save it be those which are carried away Captive into Babylon & now this I speak because of the spirit which is in me & notwithstanding that they have been carried away they shall return again & possess the land of Jerusalem wherefore they shall be restored again to the lands of their inheritance but behold they shall have wars & rumors of wars & when the day cometh that the only begotten of the father yea even the Father of heaven & of earth shall manifest himself unto them in the flesh behold they will reject him because of Priestscrafts <​their iniquities​> & the hardness of their hearts & the stiffness of their necks behold they will crucify him & after that he is laid in a Sepulcher for the space of three days he shall rise from the dead with healing in his wings & all they t◊◊◊ shall believe on his name shall be saved in the Kingdom of God wherefore my soul delighteth to prophesy concerning him for I have seen his day & my heart doth magnify his holy name & behold it shall come to pass that after the Messiah hath risen from the dead & hath manifested himself unto his People unto as many as will believe on his name behold Jerusalem shall be destroid again for wo unto them that fight against God & the people of his church wherefore the Jews shall be scattered among all Nations yea & also Babylon shall be destroid wherefore the Jews shall be scattered by other Nations & after that they have been scattered & the Lord God hath scourged them by other Nations for the space of many generations yea even down from Generation to generation untill they shall be persuaded to believe in christ the Son of God & the atonement which is infinate forall mankind & when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ & worshep the father in his <​name​> with pure hearts & clean hands & look not forward any more for another Messiah & then at that time the day will come that it must needs be expediant that they should believe these their things <​&​> the Lord the <​will​> set his <​hand​> again the second time to restore his People from their lost & fallen state wherefore he will procede to do a marvelous work & a wonder among the children of men wherefore he shall bring forth his words unto them which words shall Judge them at the last day for they shall be given them for the purpose of convinceing them of the true Messiah who was rejected by them & unto the convinceing of them that they need not look forward any more for a Messiah to come for [p. 81] there should not any come save it should be a fals Messiah which should deceive the People for there is save one Messiah spoken of by the People <​Prophets​> Prophets & that Messiah is he which should be rejected of the Jews for according to the words of the Prophets the Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem & according to the words of the Prophets & also the word of the Angel of God his name should be Jesus christ the Son of God & now my Brethren I have spoken plane that ye cannot err & as the Lord God lieveth that brought Israel up out of the land of Egypt & gave unto Moses power that he should heal the Nations that after <​that​> they had been bitten by the poisonous Serpants if they would cast their eyes unto the Serpant which he did raise up before them & also give him power that he should smite the rock & the water should come forth yea behold I say unto you that as these things are true & as the Lord God liveth there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ of which I have spoken whereby man can be saved wherefore for this cause hath the Lord God promised unto me that these things which I write shall be kept & preserved & handed down unto my seed from Generation to Generation that the promise may be fulfiled unto Joseph that his seed should never perish as long as the earth should stand wherefore these things shall go from generation to generation as long as the earth shall stand & they shall go according to the will & pleasure of God & the nations which shall possess them shall be judged of them according to the words which are written for we labour diligently to write to <​persuade​> our children & also our Brethren to believe in Christ & to be reconciled to God for we know that it is by grace that we are saved after all that we can do & notwithstanding we believe in Christ we keep the law of Moses & look forward with stedfastness unto Christ untill the Law shall be fulfiled for for this end was the law given wherefore the law hath become dead unto us & we are made alive in Christ because of our faith yet we keep the law because of the Commandments & we talk of Christ we rejoice in Christ we preach of Christ we prophesy of Christ & we write according to our Prophesies that our children my know to what sorce to they may look for a remission of their sins wherefore we speak concerning the law that our children may know the deadness of the law & they by knowing the deadness of the law may look forward unto that life which is in Christ & know for what end the law was given & after that the law is fulfiled in Christ that they need not harden their hearts against him when the law had ought to be done away & now behold my People ye are a stiffnecked People wherefore I have spoken plane unto you that ye cannot misunderstand & the words which I have spoken shall as a testimony against you for they are sufficient to teach any man the right way for the right way is to believe in Christ & deny him not for by denying him ye also deny the Prophets & the law [p. 82] & now behold I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ & deny him not & Christ is the holy one of Israel wherefore ye must bow down before him & woship him with all your might mind & strength & your whole soul & if ye do this ye shall in no wise be cast out & in asmuch as it shall be expediant ye must keep the performances & ordinances of God untill the law shall be fulfiled which was given unto Moses & after that Christ shall have risen from the dead he shall shew himself unto you my children & my beloved Brethren & the words which he shall speak unto you shall be the law which ye shall do for behold I say unto you that I have beheld that many Generations shall pass away & there shall be great wars & contentions among my People & after that the Messiah shall come there shall be signs given unto my People of his bearth & also of his death & resurrection & great & terrible shall that day be unto the wicked for they shall perish & they perish because they cast out the Prophets & the Saints & stone them & slay them wherefore the cry of the blood of the Saints shall ascend up to God from the ground against them wherefore all they that are proud & that do wickedly the day that cometh shall burn them up saith the Lord of hosts for they shall be as stubble & they that kill the prophets & the Saints the debths of the earth shall swallow them up saith the Lord of hosts & mountains shall cover them & whirlwinds shall carry them away & buildings shall fall upon them & crush them to pieces & grind them to powder & they shall be visited with thunderings & lightnings & earthquakes & all manner of destructions for the fire of the anger of the Lord shall be kindled against them & they shall be as stubble & the day that cometh shall consume them saith the Lord of hosts O the pain & the anguish of my soul for the loss of the slain of my People for I Nephi hath seen it <​& it​> well nigh consumeth me before the presance of the Lord but I must cry unto my God thy ways are just but behold the righteous that hearken unto the words of the Prophets & destroy them not but look forward unto Christ with steadfastness for the signs which are given notwithstanding all persecutions behold they are they which shall not perish but the Son of righteousness shall appear unto them & he shall heal <​heal​> them & they shall have peace with him untill three generations shall have passed away & many of the fourth Generation shall have passed away in righteousness & when these things <​shall​> have passed away a speedy destruction cometh unto my People for notwithstanding the pains of my soul I have seen it wherefore I know that it shall come to pass & they sell themselves for nought for for the reward of their pride & their foolishness they shall reap destruction for because they yienldeth unto the Devil & chose works of darkness rather then light therefore they must go down to hell for the spirit of the Lord will not always strive with man & when the spirit ceaseth to strive with man then cometh speedy destruction & this grieveth my Soul & as I spake concerning the convinceing of the Jews that Jesus is the verry Christ it must needs be that [p. 83] the Gentiles be convinced also that Jesus is the Christ the Eternal God & that he manifesteth himself unto all they that believe in him by the power of the Holy Gohost yea unto every Nation Kindred Tongue & People working mighty miracles signs & wonders among the children of men according to their faith but behold I prophesy unto ye you concerning the last days concerning the days when the Lord God shall bring these things forth unto the children of men after that my seed & the seed of my Brethren <​shall​> have dwindled in unbelief & shall have been smitten by the Gentiles yea after that the Lord God shall have camped against them round about & shall have laid siege against them with a mount & raised forts against them & after that they shall have been brought down low in the dust even that they are not yet the words of the righteous shall be written & the prayers of the faithful shall be heard & all they which have dwindled in unbelief shall not be forgotten for they which shall be destroid shall speak unto them out of the ground & their speach shall be low out of the dust & their voice shall be as one that hath a familiar spirit for the Lord God will give unto him power that he may whisper concerning them even as it were out of the ground & their speach shall whisper out of the dust for thus saith the Lord God they shall write the things which shall be done among them & they shall be written & sealed up in a Book & they that have dwindled in unbelief shall not have them for they seek to destroy the things of God wherefore as they which have been destroid have been destroid speedily & the multitudes of their terrible ones shall be as chaff that paseth away yea thus saith the Lord God it shall be at an instant suddenly & it shall come to pass that they which have dwindled in unbelief shall be smitten by the hand of the Gentiles & the Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes & have stumbled because of the greatness of their stumbleing block that they have built up many churches nevertheless they put down the power & the miracles of God & preach up unto themselves their own wisdom & their own learning that they may get gain & grind upon the face of the poor & there are many churches built up which causeth envyings & strifes & malice & there are also secret <​secret​> combinations even as in times of old according to the combinations of the Devil for his he is the founder of all these things yea the founder of murder & works of darkness yea & he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord untill he bindeth them with his strong cords forever for behold my beloved my <​Brethren​> I say unto you that the Lord God worketh not in darkness he doeth not any thing save it be for the benefit of the world for he loveth the world even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him wherefore he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his Salvation behold doth he cry unto any saying depart from me behold I say unto you nay but he sayeth come unto me all ye ends of the earth buy milk & honey without money & without price behold hath he commanded any that they should depart out of the Synagoges or out of the houses of worship behold I say unto you nay nay hath he com [p. 84]manded any that they should not partake of his Salvation Behold I say unto you nay but he hath given it free for all men & he hath commanded his People that they should persuade all men unto repentance behold hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness behold I say unto you nay but all men are privileged the one like unto the other & none are forbidden he commandeth that there shall be no priestscrafts for behold priestscrafts are that men preach & set themselves up for a light unto the world that they may get gain & praise of men <​the​> world but they seek not the wellfare of Zion behold the Lord hath forbidden this thing wherefore the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have charity which charity is love & except they should have charity they were nothing wherefore if they should have charity they would not suffer the labourer in Zion to perish but the labourer in Zion shall labour for Zion for if they labour for money they shall perish & again the Lord God hath commanded that men should not murder that they should not lie that they should not steal that they should not take the name of the Lord their God in vain that they should not envy that they should not have malice that they should not contend one with another that they should not commit whoardoms & that they should not do none of these things for whoso doeth them shall perish for none of these iniquities come of the Lord for he doeth that which is good among the children of men & he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men & he enviteth them all to come unto him & partake of his goodness & he denieth none that come unto him black & white bond & free male & feemale & he remembereth the heathen & all are alike unto God both Jew & Gentile but behold in the last days or in the days of the Gentiles yea behold all the nations of the Gentiles & also the Jews both they which shall come upon this land & they which shall come <​be​> upon other lands yea even upon all the lands of the earth behold they will be drunken with iniquity & all manner of abominations & when that day shall come they shall be visited with the Lord of hosts with thunder & with earthquake & with a great noise & with storm & tempest & with the flame of devouring fire & all the Nations that fight against Zion & that distress her shall be as a dream of a night vision yea it shall be unto them even as unto a hungry man which dreameth & behold he eateth but he awaketh & his soul is empty or like unto a thirsty man which dreameth & behold he drinketh but he awaketh & behold he is faint & his Soul hath appetite yea even so shall the multitude of all the Nations be that fight against mount Zion for behold all ye that do iniquity stay yourselves & wonder for ye shall cry out & cry yea ye shall be drunken but not with wine ye shall stagger but not with strong <​drink​> for behold the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep for behold ye have closed your eyes & ye have rejected the Prophets & your rulers [p. 85] & the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity & it Shall come to pass that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you <​you​> the words of a Book & shall be the words of them which have slumbered & behold the Book shall be sealed & in the Book shall be a revelation from God from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof wherefore because of the things which are sealed up the things which are Sealed shall not be delivered in the day of the wickedness & abominations of the People wherefore the Book shall be kept from them but the Book shall be delivered unto a man & he shall deliver the words of the Book which are the words of they which have slumbered in the dust & he shall deliver these words unto another but the words which are Sealed he shall not deliver neither shall he deliver the Book for the Book shall be sealed by the power of God & the revelation & which was Sealed shall be kept in the Booth Book untill the own due time of the Lord that they may come forth for behold they reveal all things from the foundation of the world <​un​>to the end thereof & the day cometh that the words of the Book which were Sealed shall be read upon the house tops & they shall be read by the power of Christ & all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever hath been among the children of men & which ever will be even unto the end of the earth wherefore at that day when the Book shall be delivered unto the man of whom I have spoken the Book shall be hid from the eyes of the world that eyes of none shall behold it save it be that three witnesses shall behold it by the power of God besides him to whom the Book shall be delivered & they shall testify to the truth of the Book & the things therein & there is none other which shall view it save it be a few according to the will of God to bear testimony of his word unto the children of men for the Lord God hath said that the words of the faithful should speak as if it were from the dead wherefore the Lord God will procede to bring forth the words of the Book & in the mouth of as many witnesses as seemeth him good will he establish his word & wo be unto him that rejecteth the word of God but behold it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall say unto him to whom he shall deliver the Book take these words which are not Sealed & deliver them to another that he may shew them unto the learned saying read this I pray thee & the learned will say bring hither the Book & I will read them & now because of the glory of the world & to get gain will they say this & not for the glory of God & the man shall say I cannot bring the Book for it is Sealed then shall the learned say I cannot read it wherefore it shall come to pass that the Lord God will deliver again the Book & the words thereof to him that is not learned & the man that is not learned shall say I am not learned then shall the Lord God say unto him the learned shall not read them for they have rejected them & I am able to do mine own work wherefore thou shalt read the words which I shall give unto thee touch not the things which are <​are​> Sea sealed for I will bring them forth in mine own due time for I will shew [p. 86] unto the children of men that I am able to do mine own work Wherefore when thou hast read the words which I have commanded thee & obtained the witnesses which I have promised unto thee then shalt thou Seal up the Book & hade <​hide​> it up unto me that I may preserve the words which the thou hast not read untill I shall see fit in mine own wisdom to reveal all things unto the children of men for behold I am God & I am a God of miracles & I will shew unto the world that I am the same yesterday today & forever & I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith & again it shall come to pass that the Lord shall say unto him that shall read the words that shall be delivered him for asmuch as this People draw near unto me with their mouth & with them their lips do honour me but have removed their heart far from me & their fear towards me is taught by the precept of men therefore I will procede to do a marvelous work among this People yea a marvelous work & a wonder for the wisdom of their wise & learned shall perish & the understanding of their prudent shall be hid but wo unto them that seek deep to hide their Counsel from the Lord & their works are in the dark & they say who seeth us & who knoweth us & they also say surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potters clay but behold I will shew unto them saith the Lord of hosts that I know all their works for shall the work say of him that made it he made me not or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it he had no understanding but behold saith the Lord of Hosts I will shew unto the children of men that it is not yet a verry little while & Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field & the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest & in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the Book & the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity & out of darkness & the meek also shall increase & their joy shall be in the Lord & the poor among men shall rejoice in the holy one of Israel for assuredly as the Lord liveth they shall see that the terrible one is brought to nought & the scorner is consumed & all that watch for iniquity are cut off & they that make a man an offender for a word & lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate & turn aside the just for a thing of nought therefore thus saith the Lord who redeemed Abraham concerning <​the house of​> Jacob Jacob shall not now beashamed neither shall his face <​now​> wax pale but when he seeth his children the work of my hands in the midst of him they shall Sanctify my name & sanctify the holy one of Israel <​Jacob​> & shall fear the God of Israel they also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding & they that murmured shall learn doctrine——
Second Nephi, Chapter 12 [2 Nephi 28–30]
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And now behold my Brethren I have spoken unto you according as the spirit hath constrained me wherefore I know that they must surely come to pass & the things which shall be written out of the Book shall be of great unto the children of men & especially unto our seed which are a remnant of the house of Israel for it shall come [p. 87] to pass in that day that the churches which are built up & not unto the Lord when the one shall say unto the other behold I <​I​> am the Lords & the other shall say I <​I​> am the Lords & thus shall every one say that hath built up churches & not unto the Lord & they shall contend one with another & their priests shall contend one with another & they shall teach with their learning & deny the Holy Ghost which giveth utterance & they deny the power of God the holy one of Israel & they say unto the People hearken unto us & hear ye our precept for behold there is no God today for the Lord & the Redeemer hath done his work & he hath given his power unto men behold hearken ye unto my precept if they shall say there is a miricle wrought by the hand of the Lord believe it not for this day he is not a God of miricles he hath done his work yea & there shall be many which shall say eat drink & be merry for tomorrow we die & it shall be well with us & there shall also be many which shall say eat drink & be merry nevertheless fear God he will justify in committing a little Sin yea lie a little take the advantage of one because of his words dig a pit for thy neighbor there is no harm <​in doing these things​> & do all these things for tomorrow we die & if it so be that we are guilty God will beat us with a few stripes & at last we shall be saved in the Kingdom of God yea & there shall be many which shall teach after this manner fals & vain & foolish doctrine<​s​> & shall be puffed up in their hearts & shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord & their works shall be in the dark & <​the​> blood of the Saints shall cry from the ground against them yea they have all gone out of the way they have become corrupted because of pride & because of fals teachers & fals doctrines their churches have become corrupted & their churches are lifted up because of pride they are puffed up they rob the poor because of their fine sanctuaries they rob the poor because of their fine cloathing & they persecute the meek & the poor in heart because in their pride they are puffed up they wear stiff necks & high heads & yea & because of pride & wickedness & abominations & whoredoms they have all gone astray save it be a few which are the humble followers of christ nevertheless they are lead that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men O the wise & the learned & the rich that are puffed up in the pride of their hearts & all they that preach falsdoctrine<​s​> & all they that commit whoredoms & pervert the right way of the Lord wo wo wo be unto them saith the Lord God Almighty for they shall be thrust down to hell wo unto them that turn aside the just for a thing of nought & revile against that which is good & say that it is of no worth for the day shall come that the Lord God will speedily visit the inhabitants of the earth & in that day that they are fully ripe in iniquity they shall perish but behold if the inhabitants of the earth shall repent of their wickedness & abominations they shall not be destroid saith the Lord of hosts but behold that great & abominable church the whore of all the earth must tumble to the earth & great must be the fall for the Kingdom of the Devil must shake & they which belong to it must needs be stired up unto repentance [p. 88] or the Devil will grasp them with his everlasting chanes & they be stired up to anger & perish for behold at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men & stir them up to anger against that which is good & others will he pacify & tell lull them away into carnal security that they will say all is well in Zion yea Zion prospereth all is well & thus the Devil cheateth their Souls & leadeth them away carefully down to hell & behold others he flatereth <​away​> & telleth them there is no hell & he sayeth unto them I am no Devil for there is none & thus he whispereth in their ears untill he grasps them with his awful chanes from whence there is no deliverance yea they are grasped with death & hell & death & hell & the Devil & all that have been siezed therewith must stand before the throne of God & be Judged according to their works from whence they must go into the place pepared for them even a lake of fire & brimstone which is endless torment therefore wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion wo be unto him that cryeth all is well yea wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men & denyeth the power of God & the gift of the Holy Ghost yea wo be unto him that sayeth we have received & we need no more & in fine wo unto all they that tremble & are angery because of the truth of God for behold he that is built upon the rock receiveth it with with gladness & he that is built upon a sandy foundation trembleth lest he shall fall wo be unto him that shall say we have received the word of God & we need no more of the word of God for we have enough for behold thus saith the Lord God I will give unto the children of men line upon line & precept upon precept here a little & their a little & blessed are they that hearken unto my precepts & lend an ear unto my counsel for they shall learn wisdom for unto him that receiveth I will give more & them that shall say we have enough from them shall be taken away even that which they have cursed is he that puteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm or shall hearken unto the precpts of men save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost wo be unto the Gentiles saith the Lord God of hosts for notwithstanding I shall lengthen our out mine arm unto them from day to day they will deny me nevertheless I will be merciful unto them saith the Lord God if they will repent & come unto me for mine arm is lengthened out all the day long saith the Lord God of hosts but behold there shall be many at that day when I shall procede to do a marvelous work among them that I may remember my covenants which I have made unto the children of men that I may set my hand again the second time to recover my people which are of the House of Israel & also that I may remember the promises which I have made unto thee Nephi & also unto thy father that I would remember ye your Seed & that the words of your seed should procede forth out of my mouth unto your seed & my words shall hiss forth unto the ends of the earth for a standard unto my People which are of the house of Israel & because my words shall hiss forth many of the Gentiles shall say a Bible a Bible we have got a Bible & there cannot be any more Bible [p. 89] but thus saith the Lord God O fools they shall have a Bible & it shall procede forth from the Jews mine ancient covenant People & what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them yea what do the Gentiles mean do they remember the travels & the labours & the pains of the Jews & their diligence unto me in bringing forth Salvation unto the Gentiles O ye Gentiles have ye remembered the Jews mine ancient covenant People nay but ye have cursed them & have hated them & have not sought to recover them but behold I will return all these things upon your own heads for I the Lord hath not forgoten my People thou fool that shall say a Bible we have got a Bible & we need no more Bible have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews know ye not that there are more Nations then one Know ye not that I the Lord your God have created all men & that I remember they which are upon the Isles of the Sea & that I rule in the Heavens above & in the earth beneath & I bring forth my word unto the children of men yea even upon all the Nations of the earth wherefore murmur ye because that ye shall receive more of my word know ye not that the testimony of two Nations is a testi witness unto you that I am God that I remember one Nation like unto another wherefore I speak the same words unto one Nation like unto another & when the two Nations shall run together the testimony of the two Nations shall run together also & I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the Same yesterday today & forever & that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure & because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another for my work is not yet finished neither shall it be until the end of man neither from that time henceforth & forever wherefore because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words neither need ye <​ye​> suppose that I have not caused more to be written for I command all men both in the east & in the west & in the North & in the South & in the Islands of the Sea that they shall write the words which I speak unto them for out of the Book<​s​> which shall be written I will Judge the world every man according to their works according to that which is written for behold I shall speak unto the Jews & they shall write it & I shall also speak unto the Nephites & they shall write it & I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel which I have lead away & they shall write it & I shall also speak unto all the Nations of the earth & they shall write it & it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites & the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews & the Nephites & the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel & the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites & the Jews & it shall come to pass that my People which are of the house of Israel shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions & my word also shall be gathered in one & I will show unto them that fight against my word & against my People which are of the house of Israel that I am God & that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever [p. 90] & now behold my beloved Brethren I would speak unto you for I Nephi would not suffer that ye should suppose that ye are more righteous then the Gentiles shall be for except ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall all likewise perish & because of the words which have been spoken ye need not suppose that the Gentiles are utterly destroid for behold I say unto you as many of the Gentiles will repent are the covenant People of the Lord & as many of the Jews as will not repent shall be cut <​cast​> off for the Lord covenanteth with none save it be with them that repent <​&​> & believe in his Son which is the holy one of Israel <​&​> now I would prophesy somewhat more concerning the Jews & the Gentiles for after the Book of which I have spoken shall come forth & be written unto the Gentiles & Sealed up again unto the Lord there shall be many which shall believe the words which are written & they shall carry them forth unto the remnant of our Seed & then shall the remnant of our seed know concerning us how that we came out from Jerusalem & that they are a decendant of the Jews & the Gospel of Jesus christ shall be declared among them wherefore they shall be restored unto the knowledge of their fathers & also <​to​> the knowelge of Jesus christ which was had among their fathers & then shall they rejoice for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God & their Scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes & many Generations shall not pass away among them save they shall be a white & a delightsome People & it shall come to pass that the Jews which are Scattered also shall begin to believe in Christ & they shall begin to gather in upon the face of the land & as many as shall believe in Christ shall also become a delightsome People & it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall commence his work among all Nations Kindrids Tongues & People to bring about the restoration of his People upon the earth & with righteousness shall the Lord God Judge the poor & reprove with equity for the meek of the earth & he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth & with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked for the time speedily cometh that the Lord God shall cause a great division among the People & the wicked will he destroy & he will spare his People yea even if it so be that he must destroy the wicked by fire & righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins & faithfulness the girdle of his reins & then shall the wolf dwell with the Lamb & the Leopard shall lie down with the kid & the calf & the young lion & the fatling together & a little child shall lead them & the cow & the bear shall feed their young ones shall lie down together & the Lion shall eat straw like the Ox & the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp & the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice<​s​> den they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the Sea wherefore the things of all Nations shall be made known yea all things shall be made known unto the children of men there is nothing which is secret save it shall be revealed there is no works of darkness save it shall be made— [p. 91] manifest in the light & there is nothing which is sealed upon earth save it shall be loosed wherefore all things which have been revealed unto the children of men shall at that day be revealed & Satan shall have power over the heart<​s​> of the children of men no more for a long time & now my beloved Brethren I must make an end of my sayings
Second Nephi, Chapter 13 [2 Nephi 31]
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And now I Nephi make an end of my prophesying unto you my beloved Brethren & I cannot write but a few things which I know must surely come to pass neither can I write but a few of the words of my Brother Jacob wherefore the things which I have written sufficeth me save it be a few words which I must speak concerning the doctrine of Christ wherefore I shall speak unto you plainly according to the plainness of my prophesying for my Soul delighteth in plainness for after this manner doth the Lord God work among the children of men for the Lord God giveth light unto the understanding for he speaketh unto men according to their language unto their understanding wherefore I would that ye should remember that I have spoken unto you concerning that Prophet which the Lord shewed unto me that should Baptise the Lamb of God which should take away the Sin of the world & now if the Lamb of of God he being holy should have need to be Baptised by water to fulfil all righteousness O then how much more need have we being unholy to be Baptised yea even by water & now I would ask of you my believed beloved Brethren wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil all righteousness in being Baptised by water know ye not that he was holy but not withstanding he being holy he showeth unto the children of men that according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father & witnesseth unto the Father that he would be obediant unto <​him​> the Father in keeping his commandments wherefore after that he was Baptised with water the Holy Ghost decended upon him in the form of a dove & again it sheweth unto the children of men the straitness of the path & the narrowness of the gate by which they should enter he <​he​> haveing set the example before them & he sayeth unto the children of men follow thou me wherefore mybeloved Brethren can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father & the Father sayeth repent ye repent ye & be Baptised in the name of my beloved Son & also the woice of the Son came to <​unto​> me saying he that is Baptised in my name to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost like unto me wherefore follow me & do the things which ye have seen me do wherefore my beloved Brethren I know that if ye shall follow the Son with full purpose of heart acting no hypocrasy & no deception before God but with real intent repenting of your Sins witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ by Baptism yea by followein <​following​> your Lord & Saviour down into the water according to his word behold then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost <​yea then cometh the Baptism of fire & of the holy Ghost​> & then can ye speak with the tongue of Angels & shout praises unto the holy one of Israel but behold my beloved Brethren [p. 92] thus came the woice of the Son unto me saying after that ye have repented of your sins & witnessed unto the Father that ye are willing to keep my commandments by the Baptism of water & have received the Baptism of fire & of the Holy Ghost & can speak with a new tonge yea even with the tongue of Angels & after this should deny me it would have been better for you that ye had not known me & I heard a voice from the Father saying yea the words of my beloved are true & faithful he that endureth to the end the same shall be saved & now my beloved Brethren I know by this that unless a man shall endure to the end in following the example of the Son of the liveing God he cannot be saved wherefore do the things which I have told you that I have seen that your Lord & your Redeemer should do for for this cause have they been shewn unto me that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter for the gate by which ye should enter is repentance & Baptism by water & then cometh a remission of your sins by fire & by the holy Ghost & then are ye in this strait & narrow path which leads to Eternal life yea ye have entered in by the gate ye have done according to the commandments of the Father & the Son & ye have received the holy Ghost which witness of the Father & the Son unto the fulfiling of the promise which he hath made that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive & now my beloved Brethren after that ye have got into this strait & narrow path I would ask if all is done behold I say unto you nay for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him relying wholely upon the merrits of him who is able mighty to save wherefore ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ haveing a perfect brightness of hope & a love of God & of all men wherefore if ye shall press forward feasting upon the word of Christ & endure to the end behold thus saith the Father ye shall have eternal life & now behold my beloved Brethren this is the way & there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the Kingdom of God & now behold this is the doctrine of Christ & the only & true doctrine doctrine of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Ghost which is one <​one​> God without end Amen
Second Nephi, Chapter 14 [2 Nephi 32]
Chapter [blank]—— And now behold my beloved Brethren I suppose that ye ponder somewhat in your minds somewhat <​hearts​> concerning that which ye should do after that ye have entered in by the way but behold why do ye ponder these things in your hearts do ye not remember that I said unto you that after tht ye have received the Holy Ghost ye could speak with the tongue of Angels & now how could ye speak with the tongue of Angels save it were by the Holy Ghost Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost wherefore they speak the words of Christ wherefore I said unto you feast upon the words of Christ for behold the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do wherefore now after that I have spoken these words if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not neither do ye knock wherefore ye are not brought into the light but must perish in the dark for behold again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way & receive the Holy Ghost it will shew unto you all things what ye should do behold [p. 93] this is the doctrine of Christ & there will be no more doctrine given untill after that he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh & when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do <​do​> & now I Nephi cannot say more the spirit stoppeth mine utterance & I am left to mourn because of the unbelief & the wickedness & the ignorance & the stiffneckedness of men for they will not search knowledge nor understanding great knowledge when it is given unto them in planeness even as plane as word can be & now my beloved Brethren I perseive that ye ponder still in your hearts & it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing for if ye would hearken unto the spirit which teacheth a man to pray ye would know that ye must pray for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray but teacheth him that he must not pray but behold I say unto you that ye must pray always & not feint that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee that thy performance may be for the well fare of thy soul
Second Nephi, Chapter 15 [2 Nephi 33]
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And now I Nephi cannot write all the things which were taught among my People neither am I mighty in writing like unto speaking for when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men but behold there are many that harden their hearts against the holy spirit that it hath no place in them wherefore they cast many things away which are written & esteem them as things of nought but I Nephi have written what I have written & I esteem it as of great worth & especially unto my People for I pray for them continually <​for them​> by day & mine eyes water my pillow by night because of them & I cry unto my God in faith & I know that he will hear my cry & I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my People & the things which I have written in weakness will he make strong unto them for it persuadeth them to do good it maketh known unto them of their Fathers & it speaketh of Jesus & persuadeth men to believe in him & to endure to the end which is life eternal & it speaketh harsh against sin according to the planeness of the truth wherefore no man will be angery at the words which I have written save he shall be of the spirit of the Devil I glory in planeness I glory in th truth I glory in my Jesus for he hath redeemed my soul from hell I have charity for my People & great faith in christ that I shall meet many souls spotless at his Judgmentseat I have charity for the Jew I say Jew because I mean them from whence I came I also have charity for the Gentiles but behold for none of these I cannot hope except they shall be reconciled unto Christ & enter into the narrow gate & walk in the strait path which leads to life & continue in the path untill the end of the day of probation & now my beloved Brethren & also Jew & all ye ends of the earth hearken unto these words & believe in Christ & if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ & if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words for [p. 94] they are the words of Christ & he hath given them unto me & they teach all men that they should do good & if they are not the words of Christ Judge ye for Christ will shew unto you with power & great glory that they are his words at the last day & you & I shall stand face to face before his bar & ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these things notwithstanding my weakness & I pray the Father in the name of Christ that many of us if not all may be saved in his Kingdom at that great & last day & now my beloved Brethren all they which are of the house of Israel & all ye ends of the earth I speak unto you as the voice of one crying from the dust farewell untill that great day shall come & you that will not partake of the goodness of God & respect the words of the Jews & also my words & the words which shall procede forth out of the mouth of the Lamb of God behold I bid you an everlasting farewell for these words shall condemn you at the last day for what I Seal on earth shall be brought against you at the Judgment bar for thus hath the Lord commanded me & I must obey Amen.
Jacob, Chapter 1 [Jacob 1]
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The Brother of Nephi the words of his preaching unto his Brethren— He confoundeth a man who seeketh to overthrow the doctrine of Christ— A few words concerning the history of the People of Nephi— for behold it came to pass that fifty & five years had passed away from the time Lehi left Jerusalem wherefore Nephi gave me Jacob a commandment concerning these things plates upon which these things are engraven & he gave me Jacob a commandment that I should write upon these plates a few of the things which I considered to be most precious that I should not touch save it were lightly concerning the history of this People which are called the People of Nephi for he said that the history of his People should be engraven upon his other Plates & that I should preserve these Plates & hand them down unto my seed from generation to generation & if there were preaching which was Sacred or revelation which was great or prophesying that I should engraven the heads of them upon these plates & touch upon them as much as it were possible for Christs sake & for the sake of our People for because of faith & great anxiety it truly had been made manifest unto us concerning our People what things should happen unto them & we also had many revelations & the spirit of much prophesy wherefore we knew of Christ & his Kingdom which should come wherefore we laboured diligently among our People that we might persuade them to come unto Christ & partake of the goodness of God that they might enter into his rest lest by any means he should swear in his wrath they should not enter in as in the days of <​provication​> in the days of temptation while the children of Israel were in the wilderness wherefore we would to God that we could persuade all men not to rebell against God to provoke him to anger but that all men would believe in christ & view his death & sufferings <​his​> cross & bear the shame of the world wherefore I Jacob take it upon me to fulfil the commandment of my Brother Nephi now Nephi began to be old & he saw that he must soon die wherefore he anointed a man [p. 95] to be a King & a ruler over his People now according to the reigns of the Kings the People haveing loved Nephi excedingly he haveing been a great protector for them haveing wealed the sword of Laban in their defence & haveing laboured in all his days for their wellfare wherefore the People were desireous to retain in rememberance his name & whoso should Reign in his stead were calld by the People second Nephi & third Nephi .&C. according to the Reigns of the Kings & thus they were called by the People let them be of whatsoever name they would & it came to pass that Nephi died now the People which were not Lamanites were Nephites nevertheless they were called Nephites Jacobites Josephites Zoramites Lamanites Lemuelites & Ishmaelites but I Jacob shall not hereafter distinguish them by these names but I shall call them Lamanites they that seek to destroy the People of Nephi & they which are friendly to Nephi I shall call Nephites or the People of Nephi according to the reigns of the Kings & now it came to pass that the People of Nephi under the reign of the second king began to grow hard in their hearts & indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices such as like unto David of Old desireing many wives & concubines & also Solomon his Son yea & they also began to search much gold & Silver & began to be lifted up somewhat in pride wherefore I Jacob gave unto them these words as I taught them in the temple haveing firstly obtained mine errond from the Lord for I Jacob & my Brother Joseph had been consecrated priests & teachers of this People <​by​> the hand of Nephi & we did magnify our office unto the Lord takeing upon us the responcibility answering the sins of the People upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence wherefore by labouring with our mights their blood might not come upon our garments otherwise their blood would come upon our garments & we would not be found spotless at the last day
Jacob, Chapter 2 [Jacob 2–3]
—— Chapter [blank]—— The words of <​which​> Jacob the Brother of Nephi spake unto the People of Nephi after the death of Nephi— Now my beloved brethren I Jacob according to the responcibility which I am under to God to magnify mine Office with soberness & that I might rid my garments of your sins I come up into the temple this day that I might declare unto you the word of God & ye yourselves know that I have hitherto been diligent in the office of my calling but I this day am weighed down with much more desire & anxiety for the wellfare of your souls then I <​have​> hitherto been for behold as yet ye have been obediant unto the word of the Lord which I have given unto you but behold hearken ye unto me & know that by the help of the allpowerful creator of heaven & earth I can tell you concerning your thoughts how that ye are beginning to labour in Sin which sin appeareth verry abominable unto me yea & abominable unto God yea & it grieveth my soul & causeth me to shrink with shame before the presance of my maker that I must testify unto you concerning the wickedness of your hearts & also it grieveth me that I must use so much boldness of speach concerning you before your wives & your Children many of whose feelings are exceding tender & chaste & [p. 96] & delicate before God which thing is pleasing unto God & it supposeth me that they have come up hither to hear the pleasing word of God yea the word which healeth the wounded soul wherefore it burdeneth my soul that I should be constrained because of the strict commandment which I have received from God to admonish you according to your crimes to enlarge the wounds of those which are already wounded instead of consoleing & healing their wounds & those which have not been wounded instead of feasting upon the pleasing word of God have daggers placed to pierce their souls & wound their delicate minds but notwithstanding the greatness of the task I must do according to the strict commands of God & tell you concerning your wickedness & abominations in the presance of the pure in heart & the broken heart & under the glance of the pirceing eye of the Almighty God wherefore I must tell you the truth according to the planeness of the word of God for behold as I enquired of the Lord thus came the word unto me saying Jacob get thou up into the temple on the morrow & declare the words which I shall give thee unto this People & now behold my Brethren this is the word which I declare unto you that many of you have begun to search for Gold & for Silver & all manner of precious ores in the which this land which is a land of promise unto you & to your seed doth abound most plentifully & the hand of providence hath smiled upon you most pleasingly that ye have obtained many riches & because that some of you have obtained more abundantly then that of your Brethren ye are lifted up in the pride of your hearts & wear stiff necks & high heads because of the costliness of your apparrel & persecute your Brethren because that ye suppose that ye are better then they & now my Brethren do ye suppose that God justifieth you in this thing behold I say unto you nay but he condemneth you & if ye persist in these things his Judgments must speadily come unto you O that he would show you that he can pierce you & with one glance of his eye he can smite you to the dust O that he would rid you from this iniquity, & abomination & O that ye would listen unto the word of his commands & let not this pride of your hearts destroy your souls think of your Brethren like to yourselves & be familiar with all & free with your substance that they may be rich like unto you but before that ye seek for riches seek ye for the Kingdom of God & after that ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches if ye seek them & ye will seek <​seek​> them for the intent to do good to cloth the naked & to feed the hungry & to liberate the captive & administer relief to the sick & the afflicted & now my Brethren I have spoken unto you concerning pride & those of you which have afflicted your neighbor & persecuted him because that ye were proud in your hearts of the things which God hath given you what say ye of it do ye not suppose that such things are abominable unto him who created all things flesh & the one being is as precious in his sight as the other & all flesh is of the dust & for the self same end hath he created them that they [p. 97] should heep his commandments & glorify him forever & now I make an end of speaking unto you concerning this pride & were it not that I must speak unto you concerning a grosser crime my heart would rejoice excedingly because of you but the word of God burthens me because of your grosser crimes for behold thus saith the Lord this People begineth to wax in iniquity they understand not the Scriptures for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms because of the things which are written concerning David & Solomon his Son behold David & Solomon truly had many wives & conubines which thing was abominable before me saith the Lord wherefore thus saith the Lord I have lead this People forth out of the land of Jerusalem by the power of mine arm that I might raise up unto me a righteous branch from the fruit of the loins of Joseph wherefore I the Lord God will not suffer that this People shall do like unto them of Old wherefore my Brethren hear me & hearken to the word of the Lord for there shall not any more <​man​> among you have save it be one wife & concubines he shall have none for I the Lord God delighteth in the chastity of women & whoredoms is a-bomination before me thus saith the Lord of hosts wherefore this People shall keep my commandments saith the Lord of hosts or cursed be the land for their sakes for if I will saith the Lord of hosts raise up seed unto me I will command my People utherwise they shall hearken unto these things for behold I the Lord have seen the sorrow & heard the mourning of the daughters of my People in the land of Jerusalem yea & in all the lands of my People because of the wickedness & abominations of their husbands & I will not suffer saith the Lord of hosts that the cries of the fair daughters of this People which I have lead out of the land of Jerusalem shall come up unto me against the men of my People saith the Lord of hosts for they shall not lead away captive the daughters of my People because of their tenderness save I shall visit them with a sore curse even unto destruction for they shall not commit whoredoms like unto they of old saith the Lord of hosts & now behold my Brethren ye know that these commandments was given to our father Lehi wherefore ye have known them before & ye have come unto great condenmation for ye have done these things which ye ought not to have done behold ye have done greater iniquity then the Lamanites our Brethren ye have broken the hearts of your tender wives & lost the confidence of your Children because of your bad examples before them & the sobings of their hearts ascendeth up to God against you & because of the strictness of the word of God which cometh down against you many hearts died pierced with deep wounds but behold I Jacob would speak unto you that are pure in heart look unto God with firmness of mind & pray unto him with exceding faith & he will console you in your afflictions & he will plead your cause & send down Justice upon those who seek your destruction O all ye that are pure in heart lift up your heads & receive the pleasing word of God & feast upon his love for ye may if your minds are firm [p. 98] forever but wo wo unto you that are not pure in heart that are filthy this day before God for except ye shall repent the land is cursed for your sakes & the Lamanites which are not filthy like unto you nevertheless they are cursed with a sore cursing shall scorge you even unto destruction & the time speadily cometh that except ye repent they shall possess the land of your inheritance & the Lord God will lead away the righteous out from among you behold the Lamanites whom ye hate because of their filthyness & the cursings which hath come upon their skins are more righteous then you for they have not forgotten the commandments of the Lord which was given unto our father that they should have save it were one wife & concubines they should have none & there should not be whoredoms commited among them & now this commandment they observe to keep wherefore because of this observance in keeping this commandment the Lord God will not destroy them but will be merciful unto them & one day they shall become a blessed People behold their husbands love their wives & their wives love their husbands & their husbands & their wives love their Children & their unbelief & their hatred towards you is because of the iniquity of their fathers wherefore how much better are you then they in the sight of your great Creator O my Brethren I fear that unless ye shall repent of your Sins that their skins will be whiter then yous when ye shall be brought with them before the throne of God wherefore a Commandment I give unto you which is the word of God that ye revile no more against them because of the darkness of their skin neither shall ye revile against them because of their filthiness but ye shall remember your own filthiness & remember that their filthiness came because of their fathers wherefore ye shall remember your Children how that ye have grieved their hearts because of the example that ye have sot before them & also remember that ye may becau because of your filthiness bring your children unto destruction & their Sins be heaped upon your heads at the last day O my Brethren hearken unto my words arouse the faculties of your souls shake yourselves that ye may awake from the slumber of death & loose yourselves from the pains of hell that ye may not become Angels to the Devil to be cast into that lake of fire & brimstone which is the second death & now I Jacob spake many more things unto the People of Nephi warning them against fornication & liciviesness & every kind of sin telling them of the awful consequences of them & a hundredth part of the procedings of this People which now began to be numerous cannot be written upon these plates but many of their procedings are written upon the larger plates & their wars & <​their​> contentions & the reigns of their Kings these plates are called the plates of Jacob & they were made by the hand of Nephi & I make an end of speaking these words
Jacob, Chapter 3 [Jacob 4–5]
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—— Now behold it came to pass that I Jacob haveing ministered much unto my People in word & I cannot write but <​a​> little of my words because of the difficulty [p. 99] of engraveing our words upon plates & we know that the things which we write upon plates must remain but whatsoever things we write upon any thing save it be upon plates must perish & vanish away but we can write a few words upon plates which will give our children & also our beloved Brethren a small degree of knowledge concerning us or concerning their fathers now in this thing we do rejoice & we labour diligently to engraven these words upon plates hopeing that our beloved Brethren & our children will receive them with thankful hearts & look upon them that they may learn with joy & not with sorrow neither with contempt concerning their first parents for for this intent have we written these things that they may know that we knew of Christ & we had a hope of his glory many hundred years before his comeing & not only we ourselves had a hope of his glory but also all the holy Prophets which were before us behold they believed in Christ & worshiped the Father in his name & also we worship the Father in his name & for this intent we keep the law of Moses it pointing our souls to him & for this cause it is sanctified unto us for righteousness even as it was accounted unto Abraham in the wilderness to be obediant unto the commands of God in offering up his Son Isaac which was a similitude of God & his only begotten Son wherefore we search the Prophets & we have many revelations & the spirit of Prophesy & haveing all these witnesses we obtain a hope & our faith becometh unshaken insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus & the verry trees obey us or the mountains or the waves of the Sea nevertheless the Lord God sheweth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace & his great condesensions unto the children of men that we have power to do these things behold great & marvelous are the works of the Lord how unsearchible are the debths of the mysteries of him & it is impossible that man should find out all his ways & no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him wherefore Brethren despise not the revelations of God for behold by the power of his word man came upon the face of the earth which earth was created by the power of his word wherefore if God being able to speak & the world was & to speak & man was <​created​> O then why not able to command the earth or the workmanship of his hands upon the face of it according to his will & pleasure wherefore Brethren seek not to counsel the Lord but to take counsel from his hand for behold ye yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom & in Justice & in great mercy over all his works wherefore beloved be reconciled unto him through the atonement of Christ his only begotten Son that ye may obtain a resurrection according to the power of the resurrection which is in Christ & be presented as the first fruits of Christ unto God haveing faith & obtained a good hope of glory in him before he manifesteth himself in the flesh & now beloved marvel not that I tell you these things for why not speak of the atonement of Christ & attain to a perfect knowledge of him as to attain [p. 100] to the knowledge of a resurrection & the world to come behold my Brethren he that prophesieth let him prophesy to the understanding of men for the Spirit speaketh the truth & lieth not wherefore it speaketh of things as they really are & of things as they really will be wherefore these things are manifested unto us plainly for the salvation of our Souls but behold we are not witnesses alone in these things for God also spake them unto Prophets of old but behold the Jews were a stiffnecked People & they despised the words of plainness & killed the Prophets & sought for things that they could not understand wherefore because of their blindness which blindness came by looking beyond the mark they must needs fall for God hath taken away his plainness from them & delivered unto them many things which they cannot understand because they desired it & because they desired it God hath done it that they may stumble & now I Jacob am lead on by the spirit unto Prophesying for I persieve by the workings of the spirit which is in me that by the stumbleing of the Jews they will reject the stone upon which they might build & have safe foundation but behold according to the Scriptures this stone shall become the great & the last & the only sure foundation upon which the Jews can build & now my Beloved how is it possible that these after haveing rejected the sure foundation can ever build upon it that it may become the head of their corner behold my beloved Brethren I will unfold this mystery unto you if I do not by any means get shaken from my firmness in the spirit & stumble because of my over anxiety for you behold my Brethren do ye not remember to have read the words of the Prophet Zenos which spake unto the house of Israel saying hearken O ye house of Isael & hear the words of me a Prophet of the Lord for behold thus saith the Lord I will liken thee O house of Israel like unto a tame Olive tree which a man took & nourished in his vineyard & it grew & waxed old & began to decay & it came to pass that the master of the vineyard went forth & he saw that his Olive tree began to decay & he sayeth I will prune it & dig about it & nourish it that perhaps it may shoot forth young & tender branches & it perish not & it came to pass that <​that​> he pruned it & diged about it & nourished it according to his word & it came to pass that after many days it began to put forth somewhat a little young & tender branches but behold the main top thereof began to perish & it came to pass that the master of the vineyard saw it & he sayeth unto his Servant it grieveth me that I should loose this tree wherefore go & pluck the branches from a wild Olive tree & bring them hither unto me & we will pluck aft off those main branches which are beginning to wither away & we will cast them into the fire that they may be burned & behold saith the Lord of the vineyard I take take away many of these young & tender branches & I will graft them whithersoever I will & it mattereth not that if it so be that the root of this tree will perish I may preserve the fruit thereof unto myself wherefore I will take these young & tender branches & I will graft them [p. 101] whithersoever I will take thou the branches of the wild Olive tree & graft them in in the stead thereof & these which I have plucked off I will cast into the fire & burn them that they may not cumber the ground of my vineyard & it came to pass that the Servant of the Lord of the vineyard done according to the word of the Lord of the vineyard & grafted in the branches of the wild Olive tree & the Lord of the vineyard caused that it should be diged about & pruned & nourished saying unto his Servant it grieveth me that I should lose this tree wherefore that perhaps I might preserve the roots thereof that they perish not that I might preserve them unto myself I have done this thing wherefore go thy way watch the tree & nourish it according to my words & these will I place in the nithermost part of my vineyard whithersoever I will it mattereth not unto thee & I do it that I may preserve unto myself the natural branches of the tree & also that I may lay up fruit thereof against the Season unto myself for it grieveth me that I should lose this tree & the fruit thereof & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard went his way & hid the natural branches of the tame Olive tree in the nithermost parts of the vineyard some in one & some in another according to his will & pleasure & it came to pass that a long time passed away & the Lord of the vineyard sayeth unto his Servant come let us go down into the vineyard that we <​may​> labour in the vineyard & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard & also the servant went down into the vineyard to labour & it came to pass that the Servant sayeth unto his master behold look here behold the tree & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard looked & beheld the tree in the which the wild Olive branches had been grafted & it had sprang forth & began to bear fruit & he beheld that it was good & the fruit thereof was like unto the natural fruit & he sayeth unto the Servant behold the branches of the wild tree have <​hath​> taken hold of the moister of the root thereof that the root thereof hath brought forth much strength & because of the much strength of the root thereof the wild branches hath brought forth tame fruit now if we had not grafted in these branches the tree thereof would have perished & now behold I shall lay up much fruit which the tree thereof hath brought forth & the fruit thereof I shall lay up against the Season unto mine ownself & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sayeth unto the servant come let us go to the nithermost parts of the vineyard & behold if the natural branches of the tree hath not brought forth much fruit also that I may lay up of the fruit thereof against the Season unto mine ownself & it came to pass that they went forth whither the master <​of the vineyard​> had hid the natural branches of the tree & he sayeth unto the servant behold these & he beheld the first that it had brought forth much fruit & he behed also that it was good & he sayeth unto the servant take of the fruit thereof & lay it up against the Season that I may preserve it unto mine ownself for behold sayeth he this long time have I nourished it & it hath brought forth much <​fruit​> & it came to pass [p. 102] that the servant sayeth unto his master how comest thou hither to plant this tree or this branch of the tree for behold it was the poorest spot in all the land of thy vineyard & the Lord of the vineyard sayeth unto him counsel me not I knew that it was a poor spot of ground wherefore I said unto thee I have nourished it this long time & thou beholdest that it hath brought forth much fruit & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sayeth unto his servant look hither behold I have planted another branch <​of the tree​> also & thou knowest that this spot of ground was poorer then the first but behold the tree I have nourished it this long time & it hath brought forth much fruit therefore gather it & lay it up against the season that I may preserve it unto mine ownself & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sayeth again unto his servant look hither & behold another branch also which I have planted behold that I have nourished also & it hath brought forth fruit & he sayeth unto the servant look hither & behold the last behold this have I planted in a good spot of ground & I have nourished it this long time & only a part of the tree hath brought forth tame fruit & the other part of the tree hath brought forth wild fruit behold I have nourished this tree like unto the others & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sayeth unto the servant pluck off the branches that have not brought forth good fruit & cast them into the fire but behold the servant sayeth unto him let us prune it & dig about it & nourish it a little longer that perhaps it may bring forth good fruit unto thee that thou canst lay it up against the season & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard & the servant of the Lord of the vineyard did nourish all the fruit of the vineyard & it came to pass that a long time had passed away & the Lord of the vineyard sayeth unto his servant come let us go down in the vineyard that we may labour again in the vineyard for behold the time draweth near & the end soon cometh wherefore I must lay up fruit against the season unto mine ownself & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard & the servant went down into the vineyard & they came to the tree whose natural branches had been broken off & the wild branches had been grafted in & behold all sorts of fruit did cumber the tree & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard did taste of the fruit every sort according to its number & the Lord of the vineyard saith behold this long time have we nourished this tree & I have laid up unto myself against the season much fruit but behold this time it hath brought forth much fruit & there is none of it which is good & behold there are all kinds of bad fruit & it profiteth me nothing notwithstanding all our labour & now it grieveth me that I should lose this tree & the Lord of the vineyard sayeth unto the servant what shall we do unto the tree that I may preserve again good fruit thereof unto mine ownself & the servant sayeth unto his master behold because thou didst graft in the branches of the wild Olive tree they have nourished the roots that they are alive & they have not perished wherefore thou beholdest that they are yet good & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sayeth unto his serv [p. 103] servant the tree profiteth me nothing & the roots thereof profiteth me nothing so long as it shall bring forth evil fruit nevertheless I know that the roots are good & for mine own purpose I have preserved them & because of their much strength they have hitherto brought forth from the wild branches good fruit but behold the wild branches have grew & have overran the roots thereof & because that the wild branches have overcome the roots thereof it hath brought forth much evil fruit & because that it hath brought forth so much evil fruit thou beheldest that it begineth to perish & it will soon become ripened that it may be cast into the fire except we should do something for it to preserve it & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sayeth unto his servant let us go down into the nithermost parts of the vineyard & behold if the natural branches have also brought forth evil fruit & it came to pass that they went down into the nithermost parts of the vineyard & it came to pass that they beheld that the fruit of the natural branches had become corrupt also yea the first & the second & also the last & they had all become corrupt & the wild fruit of the last had overcome that part of the tree which brought forth good fruit even that the branch had withered away & died & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard wept & sayeth unto the servant what could I have done more for my vineyard behold I knew that all the fruit of the vineyard save it were these had become corrupted & now these which have once brought forth good fruit have also become corrupted & now all the trees of my vineyard are good for nothing save it be to be hewn down & cast into the fire & behold this last whose branch hath withered away I did plant in a good spot of ground yea even that which was choice unto me above all other parts of the land of my vineyard & thou beholdest that I also cut down that which cumbered this spot of ground that I might plant this tree inthestead thereof & thou beholdest that a part thereof brought forth good fruit & the part thereof brought forth wild fruit & because that I plucked not the branches thereof & cast them into the fire behold they have overcome the good branch that it hath withered away & now behold notwithstanding all the care which we have taken of my vineyard the trees thereof hath become corrupted that they bring forth no good fruit & these I have hope to preserve to have laid up fruit thereof against the season unto mine ownself but behold they have become like unto the wild Olive tree & they are of no worth but to be hewn down & cast into the fire & it grieveth me that I should lose them but what could I have done more in my vineyard have I slackened mine hand that I have not nourished it nay I have nourished it & I have diged it & I have pruned it & I have dunged it & I have streached forth mine hand allmost all the day long & the end draweth nigh & it grieveth me that I should hew down all the trees of my vineyard & cast them into the fire that they should be burned who is it that hath corrupted my vineyard & it came to pass that the servant sayeth [p. 104] unto his master is it not the loftiness of thy vineyard hath not the branches thereof overcame the roots which are good & because that the branches have overcame the roots thereof for behold they grew faster then the strength of the roots theref takeing strength unto themselves behold I say is not this the cause that the trees of thy vineyard hath become corrupted & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sayeth unto the servant let us go to & hew down the trees of the vineyard & cast them into the fire that they shall not cumber the ground of my vineyard for I have done all what could I have done more for my vineyard but behold the servant saith unto the Lord of the vineyard spare it a little longer & the Lord saith yea I will spare it a little longer for it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard wherefore let us take of the branches of these which I have planted in the nithermost parts of my vineyard & let us graft them into the tree from whence they came & let us pluck from the tree those branches whose fruit is most bitter & graft in the natural branches of the tree in the stead thereof & this will I do that the tree may not perish that perhaps I may preserve unto myself the roots thereof for mine own purpose & behold the roots of the natural branches of the tree which I planted whithersoever I would are yet alive wherefore that I may preserve them also for mine own purpose I will take of the branches of this tree & I will graft them in unto them yea I will graft in unto them the branches of their Mother tree that I may preserve the roots also unto mine ownself that when they shall be sufficiently strong that perhaps they may bring forth good fruit unto me & I <​may​> yet have glory in the fruit of my vineyard & it came to pass that they took from the natural tree which had become wild & grafted in unto the natural trees which also had become wild & they also took of the natural trees which had become wild & grafted into their Mother tree & the Lord of the vineyard sayeth unto the servant pluck not the wild branches from the trees save it be those that <​which​> are most bitter & in them ye shall graft according to that which I have said & we will nourish again the trees of the vineyard & we will trim up the branches thereof & we will pluck from the trees those branches which are ripened that must perish & cast them into the fire & this I do that perhaps the roots thereof may take strength because of their goodness & because of the change <​change​> of the branches that the good may overcome the evil & because that I have preserved the natural branches & the roots thereof & that I have grafted in the natural branches again into their Mother tree & have preserved the roots of their Mother tree that perhaps the trees of my vineyard may bring forth again good fruit & that I may have joy again in the fruit of my vineyard & perhaps that I may rejoice excedingly that I have preserved the roots & the branches of the first fruit wherefore go to & call servants that we may labour diligently with our mights in the vineyard that we may prepare the way that I may bring forth again the natural fruit which natural fruit is good & the most precious above all other fruit wherefore let us go to & labour with our mights [p. 105] this last time for behold the end draweth nigh & this is for the last time that I shall prune my vineyard graft in the branches begin at the last that they may be first & that the first may be last & dig about the trees both Old & young the first & the last & the last & the first that all may be nourished once again for the last time wherefore dig about them & prune them & dung them once more for the last time for the end draweth night & if it so be that these last grafts shall grow & bring forth the natural fruit then shall ye prepare the way for them that they may grow & as they begin to grow ye shall clear away the branches which bring forth bitter fruit according to the strength of the good & the sise thereof & ye shall not clear away the bad ther<​eof all at once lest the roots thereof should​> & the sise thereof & ye shall not clear away t be to strong for the graft & the graft thereof shall perish & I lose the trees of my vineyard for it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard wherefore ye shall clear away the bad according as the good shall grow that the root & the top may be equil in strength untill the good shall overcome the bad & the bad be hewn down & cast into the fire that they cumber not the ground of my vineyard & thus will I sweep away the bad out of my vineyard & the branches of the natural tree will I graft in again into the natural tree & the branches of the natural tree will I graft into the natural branches of the natural tree & thus will I bring them together again that they shall bring forth the natural fruit & they shall be one & they <​the​> the bad shall be cast away yea even out of all the land of my vineyard for behold only this once will I prune my vineyard & it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sent his servant & the servant went & did as the Lord had commanded him & brought other servants & they were few & the Lord of the vineyard saith unto him <​them​> go to & labour in the vineyard with your mights for behold this is the last time that I shall nourish my vineyard for the end is nigh at hand & the Season soon <​speedily​> cometh & if ye labour with your mights with me ye shall have joy in the fruit of which I shall lay up for <​unto​> myself against the time which will soon come & it came to pass that the servants did go to it & labour with their mights & the Lord of the vineyard laboured also with them & they did obey the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard in all things & there began to be the natural fruit again in the vineyard & the natural branches began to grow & thrive excedingly & the wild branches began to be plucked off & to be cast away & they did keep the root & the top thereof equil according to the strength thereof & thus they laboured with all diligence according to the commondments of the Lord of the vineyard even untill the bad had been cast away out of the vineyard & the Lord had preserved unto himself that the trees had become again the natural fruit & they became like unto one body & the fruit were equil & the Lord of the vineyard had preserved unto himself the natural fruit which was most precious unto him from the beginning & it came to pass that when the Lord of the vineyard saw that his fruit was good & that his vineyard was [p. 106] no more corrupt he calleth up his servants & sayeth unto them behold for this last time have we nourished my vineyard & thou beholdest that I have done according to my will & I have preserved the natural fruit that it is good even like as it was in the beginning & blessed art thou for because that <​that​> ye have been diligent in labouring with me in my vineyard & have kept my commandments & hath brought unto me again the natural fruit that my vineyard is no more corrupted & the bad is cast away behold ye shall have joy with me because of the fruit of my vineyard for behold for a long time <​will​> I lay up of the fruit of my vineyard unto mine ownself against the Season which speedily cometh & fro for the last time have I nourished my vineyard & pruned it & dug about it & dunged it wherefore I will lay up unto mine ownself of the fruit for a long time according to that which I have spoken & when the time cometh that evil fruit shall again come into my vineyard then will I cause the good & the bad to be gathered & the good will I preserve unto myself & the bad will I cast away into its own place & then cometh the Season & the end & my vineyard will I cause to be <​burned​> with fire——
Jacob, Chapter 4 [Jacob 6]
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And now my Brethren as I said unto you that I would prophesy behold this is my prophesy that the things which this Zenos spake concerning the house of Israel inthewhich he likened them unto a tame Olive tree must surely come to pass & in the day that he shall set his hand again the second time to recover his People is the day yea even the last time that the servants of the Lord shall go forth in his power to nourish & prune his vineyard & after that the end soon cometh & how blessed are they who have laboured diligently in his vineyard & how cursed are they which shall be cast out into their own place & the world shall be burned with fire & how me[r]ciful is our God unto us for he remembereth the house of Israel both roots & branches & he streaches forth his hands unto them all the day long & they are a stiffnecked & a gainsaying People but as many as will not hardon their hearts shall be saved in the Kingdom of God wherefore my beloved Brethren I beseach of you in words of soberness that ye would repent & come with full purpose of heart & cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you & while is arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day heardon not your hearts yea to day if ye will hear his voice hardon not your hearts for why will ye die for behold after that ye have been nourished by the good word of God all the day long will ye bring forth evil fruit that ye must be hewn down & cast into the fire behold will ye reject these words will ye reject the words of the Prophets & will ye reject all the words which have been spoken concerning Christ after tht so many have spoken concerning him & deny the good word of Christ & the Power of God & the gift of the Holy Ghost & quench the Holy spirit & make a mock of the great plan of redemption which hath been laid for you know ye not that if ye wi[ll] [p. 107] do these things that the power of the redemption & the resurrection which is in Christ will bring you to stand with shame & awful guilt before the bar of God & according to the power of Justice for Justice cannot be denied tht ye must go away into that lake of fire & brimstone whose flames are unquenchible & whose smoke ascendeth up forever & ever which lake of fire & brimstone is endless torment O then my beloved Brethren repent ye & enter ye in at the strait gate & continue in the way which is nrrow untill ye shall obtain eternal life O be wise what can I say more finely I bid you farewell untill I shall meet you before the pleasing bar of God which bar striketh the wicked with awful dread & fear—— Amen——
Jacob, Chapter 5 [Jacob 7]
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And now it came to pass that some years had passed away there came a man among the People of Nephi whose name was Sherem & it came to pass that he began to preach among the People & to declare unto them that there should be no Christ & he preached many things which were flattering unto the People & this he done that he might overthrew the doctrine of Christ & he laboured diligently that he might lead away the hearts of the People insomuch that he did lead away many hearts & he knowing that I Jacob had faith in Christ which should come wherefore he sought much opportunity that he might come unto me & he was learned that he had a perfect knowledge of the language of the People wherefore he could use much flatterry & much power of speach according to the power of the Devil & he had hope to shake me from the faith notwithstanding the many revelations & the many things which I had seen concerning these things for I truly had seen Angels & they had ministered unto me & also I had heard the voice of the Lord speaking unto me in verry word from time to time wherefore I could not be shaken & it came to pass that he came unto me & on this wise did he speak unto me saying Brother Jacob I have sought much opportunity that I might speak unto you for I have heard & also know that thou goest about much preaching that which ye call the Gospel or the doctrine of Christ & ye have lead away much of this People that they pervert the right way of God & keep not the law of Moses which is the right way & convert the law of Moses into the worship of a being which ye say shall come many hundred years hence & now behold I Sherem declare unto you that this is blasphemy for no man knoweth of such things for he cannot tell of things to come & after this manner did Sherem contend against me but behold the Lord God poured in his spirit into my soul insomuch that I did confound him in all his words & I sayeth unto him denyest thou the Christ which should come & he sayeth if there should be a Christ I would not deny him but I know that there is no Christ neither hath been nor never will be & I sayest sayeh unto him believest thou the Scriptures & he sayeth yea & I sayeth unto him then ye do not understand them for they truly testify of Christ behold I say unto you that none of [p. 108] the Prophets have written nor prophesied save they have spoken concerning this Christ & this is not all it hathbeen made manifest unto me for I have heard & seen & it also hath been made manifest unto me by the power of the Holy Ghost wherefore I know if there should be no atonement made all mankind must be lost & it came to pass that he sayeth unto me shew me a sign by this power of the Holy Ghost in the which ye know so much & I said wa <​what​> am I that I should tempt God to shew unto thee a sign in the things which thou knowest to be true yet thou wilt deny it because thou art of the Devil nevertheless not my will be done but if God shall smite thee let that be a sign unto thee that he hath power both in heaven & in earth & also that Christ shall come & thy will O Lord be done & not mine & it came to pass that when I Jacob had spoken these words the power of the Lord came upon him insomuch that he fell to the earth & it came to pass that he was nourished for the space of many days & it came to pass that he sayeth unto the People gather together on the morrow for I shall die wherefore I desire to speak unto the People before that I shall die & it came to pass that on the morrow that the multitude were gathered together & he speak plainly unto them & denied the things which he had taught them & confessed the Christ & the Power of the Holy Ghost & the ministering of Angels & he speak plainly unto them that he had been deceived by the power of the Devil & he spake of hell & of eternity & of eternal punishment & he sayeth I fear lest I have committed the unpardonable sin for I have lied unto God for I denyed the Christ & said that I believed the Scriptures & they truly testify of him & because that I have this <​thus​> lied unto God I greatly fear lest my case shall be awful but I confess unto God & it came to pass that when he had said these words he could say no more & he gave up the ghost & when the multitude had witnessed that he spake these things as he was about to give up the ghost they were astonished excedingly insomuch that the power of God came down upon them & they were overcome that they fell to the earth now this thing was pleasing unto me Jacob for I had requested it of my Father which was in heaven for he had heard my cry & answered my prayers & it came to pass that peace & the love of God was restored again among the People & they searched the Scriptures & hearkened no more to the words of this wicked man & it came to pass that many means were devised to reclaim & restore the Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth but it all were vain for they delighted in wars & bloodsheds & they had an eternal hatred against us their Brethren & they sought by the power of their arms to destroy us continually wherefore the People of Nephi did fortify against them with their arms & with all their might trusting in the God & the Rock of their Salvation wherefore they became as yet conquerers of their enemies & it came to pass that I Jacob began to be Old & the record of this People being kept on the other plates of Nephi [p. 109] wherefore I conclude this record declareing that I have written according to the best of my knowledge by saying that the time passed away with us & also our lives passed away like as it were unto us a dream we being a lonesome & a sollum People wanderers cast out fron Jerusalem born in tribulation in a wild wilderness & hated of our Brethren which caused wars & contensions wherefore we did mourn out our days & I Jacob saw that I must soon go down to my grave wherefore I said unto my Son Enos take these plates & I told him the things which my Brother Nephi had commanded me & he promised obediance unto the commands & I make an <​end​> of my writing upon these plates which writing hath been small & to the reader I bid farewell hopeing that many of my Brethren may read my words Brethren adieu——
Enos, Chapter 1 [Enos 1]
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Behold it came to pass that I Enos knowing my father that he was a just man for he taught me in his language & also in the nurture & admonition of the Lord & blessed be the name of my God for it & I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God before that I received a remission of my sins behold I went to hunt beasts in the forest & the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life & the joy of the saints & the words of my father sunk deep into my heart & my soul hungered & I kneeled down before my maker & I cried unto him in mighty prayer & supplication for mine own soul & all the day long did I cry unto him yea & when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens & there came a voice unto me saying Enos thy Sins are forgiven thee & thou shalt be blessed & I Enos knew that God could not lie wherefore my guilt was swept away & I sayeth Lord how is it done & he sayeth unto me because of thy faith in Christ whom thou hast not heard nor seen & many years passeth away before that he shall manifest himself in <​the​> flesh wherefore go to it thy faith hath made thee whole now it came to pass that when I had heard these words I began to feel a desire for the wellfare of my Brethren the Nephites wherefore I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them & while I was this thus struggleing in the spirit behold the voice of the Lord came into my mind again saying I will visit thy Brethren according to their diligence in keeping my commandments, I have given unto them this land & it is a holy land & I curse it not save it be for the cause of iniquity wherefore I will visit thy Brethren according as I have said & their transgressions will I bring down with sorrow upon their <​own​> heads & after that I Enos had heard these words my faith began to be unshaken in the Lord & I prayed unto him with many long struggleings for my Brethren the Lamanites & it came to pass that after I had prayed & laboured with all diligence the Lord said unto me I will grant unto thee according to thy desires because of thy faith & now behold this was the desire which I desired of him that if it should so be that my People the Nephites should fall into transgression & by any means be destro [p. 110]id & the Lamanites should not be destroid that the Lord God would preserve a record of my People the Nephites even if it so be by the power of his holy arm that it might be brought forth some future day unto the Lamanites that perhaps they might be brought unto salvation for at the presant our struggleings were vain in restoreing them to the true faith & they swore in their wrath that if it were possible they would destroy our records & us & also all the traditions of our fathers wherefore I knowing that the Lord God was able to preserve our records I cried unto him continually for he had said unto me whatsoever thing <​thing​> ye shall ask in faith believeing that ye shall receive in the name of Christ ye shall receive it & I had faith & I did cry unto God that he would preserve the records & he covenanted with me that he would bring them forth unto the Lamanites in his own due time & I Enos knew that it would be according to the covenant which he had made wherefore my Soul did rest & the Lord said unto me thy fathers have also required of me this thing & it shall be done unto them according to their faith for their faith was like unto thine & now it came to pass that I Enos went about among the People of Nephi prophesying of things to come & testifying of the things which I had heard & seen & I bear record that the People of Nephi did seek diligently to restore the Lamanites unto the true faith in God but our labours were vain their hatred was fixed & they were lead by their evil nature that they became wild & ferocious & a bloodthirsty People full of idolitry & filthiness feading upon beasts of pray dwelling in tents & wandering about in the wilderness with a short skin girted about their loins & their heads shaven & their skill was in the bow & the Simeter & the Axe & may of them did eat nothing save it was raw meat & they were continually seeking to destroy us & it came to pass that the People of Nephi did till the land & raise all manner of grain & of fruit & flocks of herds & flocks of all manner of cattle of every kind & goats & wild goats & also much horses & there were exceding many prophets among us & the People were a stiff necked People hard to understand & there was nothing save it was exceding harshness preaching & prophesying of wars & contentions & destructions & continually reminding them of death & of the duration of eternity & the Judgments & the power of God & all these things stiring them up continually to keep them in the fear of the Lord I say there was nothing short of these things & exceding great plainness of speach would keep them from going down speedily to destruction & after this manner do I write concerning them & I saw wars between the Nephites & the Lamanites in the course of my days & it came to pass that I began to be old & an handred & seventy & nine years had passed away from the time that our father Lehi left Jerusalem & as I saw that I must soon go down to my grave haveing been wrought upon by the power of God that I must preach & prophesy unto this People & declare the word according to the truth which is in christ & I have declared it in all my days & have rejoiced in it above that of the world & I soon go to the place of my rest which is with [p. 111] my redeemer for I know that in him I shall rest & I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality & shall stand before him then shall I see his face with pleasure & he will say unto me come unto me ye blessed there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father. Amen——
Jarom, Chapter 1 [Jarom 1]
The Book of Jarom Chapter first
Now Behold I Jarom write a few words according to the commandment of my father Enos that our genealogy may be kept & as these plates are small & as these things are written for the intent of the benefit of our Brethren the Lamanites wherefore it must needs be that I write a little but I shall not write the things of my prophesying nor of my revelations for what could I write more then my fathers have written for have not they revealed the plan of salvation I say unto you yea & this suffiseth me behold it is expediant that much should be done among this People because of the hardness of their hearts & the deafness of their ears & the blindness of their minds & the stiffness of their necks nevertheless God is exceding merciful unto them & hath not as yet swept them off from the face of the land & there are many among us which have many revelations for they are not all stiffnecked & as many as are not stiffnecked & have faith have communion with the Holy spirit which maketh manifest unto the children of men according to their faith & now behold two hundred years had passed away & the People of Nephi had waxed strong in the land they had observed to keep the law of Moses & the sabbath day Holy unto the Lord & they profaned not neither did they blaspheme & the laws of the land were exceding strict & they were scattered upon much of the face of the land & the Lamanites also & they were exceding more numerous then were they of the Nephites & the loved murder & would drink the blood of beasts & it came to pass that they came many times against us the Nephites to battle but our Kings & our leaders were mighty men in the faith of the Lord & they taught the People the ways of the Lord wherefore we withstood the Lamanites & swept them away out of our lands & began to fortify our cities or whatsoever place of our inheritance & we multiplied excedingly & spread upon the face of the land & became exceding rich in gold & in silver & in precious things & in fine workmanship of wood in buildings & in mashinery & also in iron & copper & brass & steel making all manner of tools of every kind to till the ground & weopons of war yea the sharp pointed arrow & the quiver & the dart & the Javlin & all preperation<​s​> for war & thus being prepared to meet the Lamanites they did not prosper against us but the word of the Lord was verrified which he spake unto our fathers saying that inas much as ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land & it came to pass that the Prophets of the Lord did threaten the People of Nephi according to the word of the Lord God that if they did not keep the commandments but should fall into transgression they should be destroid from off the face of the land wherefore the Prophets & the Priests & the teachers did labour diligently exhorting with all long suffering the People to diligence teaching the law of Moses [p. 112] & the intent for which it was given persuadeing them to look forward unto the messiah & believe in him to come as tho he already was & after this manner did they teach them & it came to pass that by so doing they kept them from being destroid upon the face of the land for they did prick their hearts with the word continually stiring them up unto repentance & it came to pass that two hundred & thirty & eight years had passed away after the manner of wars & contentions & dissensions for the space of much of the time & I Joram do not write more for the plates are small but behold my Brethren ye can go to the other plates of Nephi for behold upon them the record of our wars are engraven according to the writings of the Kings or that which they caused to be written & I deliver these plates into the hands of my Son Omni that they may be kept according <​to​> the commandments of my fathers The Book of Omni
Omni, Chapter 1 [Omni 1]
The Book of Omni Chapter first—— Behold it came to pass that I Omni being commanded by my father Jarom that I should write somewhat upon these plates to preserve our genealogy wherefore in my days I would that ye should know that I fought much with the sword to preserve my People the Nephites from falling into the hands of their enemies the Lamanites but behold I of myself am a wicked man & I have not kept the statutes & the commandments of the Lord as I ought to have hd done & it came to pass that two hundred & seventy & six years had passed away & we had many seasons of peace & we had many seasons of serious war & bloodshed yea & in fine two hundred & eighty & two years had passed away & I had kept these plates according to the commandments of my fathers & I confered them upon my Son Amaron & I make an end. And now I Amaron write the things whatsoever I write which are few in the Book of my father behold it came to pass that three hundred & twenty years had passed away & the more wicked part of the Nephites were destroid for the Lord would not suffer after he had lead them out of the land of Jerusalem & kept & preserved them from falling into the hands of their enemies yea he would not suffer that the words which he spake unto our fathers saying inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall not prosper in the land wherefore the Lord did visit them in great Judgment nevertheless he did spare the righteous that they should not perish but did deliver them out of the hands of their enemies & it came to pass that I did deliver the plates unto my Brother Chemish Now I Chemish write what few things I write in the same Book with my Brother for behold I saw the last which he wrote that he wrote it with his own hand & he wrote it in the day that he delivered them unto me & after this manner we keep the records for it is according to the commandments of our fathers & I make an end Behold I Abinadom I am the Son of Chemish behold it came to pass that I saw much war & contention between my People the Nephites & the Lamanites & I with mine own sword have taken the lives of many of the Lamanites in the defence of my Brethren & behold the record of this People is engraven upon plates which is had by the Kings accoding to the generations & I know [p. 113] of no revelation save that which has been written neither prophesy wherefore that which is sufficient is written & I make an end Behold I am Amaleki the Son of Abinadom behold I will speak unto you somewhat concerning Mosiah which was made King over the land of Zarahemla for behold he being warned of the Lord that he should flee out of the land of Nephi & as many as would harken unto the voice of the Lord should also depart out of the land with him into the wilderness & it came to pass that he did <​according​> as the Lord <​had​> commanded him & they departed out of the land into the wilderness as many as would hearken unto the voice of the Lord & they were lead by many preachings & prophesyings & they were admonished continually by the word of God & they were lead by the power of his arm through the wilderness untill they came down into the land which is called the land of Zarahemla & they discovered a People which was called a the People of Zarahemla now there was great rejoiceing among the People of Zarahemla & also Zarahemla did rejoice excedingly because tht the Lord had sent the People of Mosiah with the plates of Brass which contained the record of the Jews behold it came to pass that Mosiah discovered that the People of Zarahemla came out from Jerusalem at the time that Zedekiah King of Judah was carried away captive into Babylon & they journied in the wilderness & was brought by the hand of the Lord across the great waters into the land where Mosiah discovered them & they had dwelt there from that time forth & at the time that Mosiah discovered them they had became exceding numerous nevertheless they had had wars & serious contentions & had fallen by the sword from time to time & their language had become corrupted & they had brought no records with them & they denied the being of their Creator Mosiah nor the People of Mosiah could nt understand them but it came to pass that Mosiah caused that they should be taught in his language & it came to pass that after they were taught in the language of Mosiah Zarahemla gave a genealogy of his fathers according to his memory & they are written but not in these plates & it came to pass that the People of Zarahemla & of Mosiah did unite together & Mosiah was appointed to be their king & it came to pass in the days of Mosah there was a large stone brought unto him with engraveings on it & he did interpret the engravings by the gift & power of God & they gave an account of one Coriantumr & the slain of his People & Coriantumr was discovered by the People of Zarahemla & he dwelt with them for the space of nine Moons it as <​also​> spake a few words concerning his fathers & his first parents came out from the tower at the time the Lord confounded the language of the People & the severity of the Lord fell upon them according to his Judgments which is Just & their bones lay scattered in the land Northward behold I Ameleki was born in the days of Mosiah & I have lieved & Benjamin his Son reigneth in his stead & behold I have seen in the days of King Benjamin a serious [p. 114] war & much bloodshed between the Nephites & the Lamanites but behold the Nephites did obtain much advantage over them yea insomuch that King Benjamin did drive them out of the land of Zarahemla & it came to pass that I began to be old & haveing no seed & knoing King Benjamin to be a Just man before the Lord wherefore I shall deliver up these plates unto him exhorting all men to come unto God the Holy one of Israel & believe in prophesying & in revelations & in the ministering of Angels & in the gift of speaking with tongues & in the gift of interpreting languages & in all things which is good for there is nothing which is good save it comes from God the Lord & that which is evil cometh from the Devil & now my beloved Brethren I would that ye should come unto Christ which is the Holy one of Israel & partake of his salvation & the power of his redemption yea come unto him & offer your whole souls as an offering unto him & continue in fasting & proping & endure to the end & as the Lord liveth ye will be saved & now I would speak somewhat concerning a certain number which went up into the wilderness to return to the land of Nephi for there was a large number which were desireous to possess the land of their inheritance wherefore they went up into the wilderness & their leader being a strong & a mighty man & a stiffnecked man wherefore he caused a contension among them & they were all slain save fifty in the wilderness & they returned again to the land of Zarahemla & & it came to pass that they also took others to a considerable number & took their journey again into the wilderness & I Amaleki had a Brother which also went with them & I have not since known concerning them & I am about to lay down in my grave & these plates are full & I make an end of my speaking——
Words of Mormon, Chapter 1 [Words of Mormon 1]
The words of Mormon <​Chapter 2.d​> And now I Mormon being about to deliver up the record which I have been making into the hands of my Son Moroni behold I have witnessed allmost all the destruction of my People the Nephites & it is many hundred years after the comeing of Christ that I deliver these records into the hands of my Son & it supposeth me that he will witness the entire destruction of my People but may God grant that he may survive them that he may write somewhat concerning them & somewhat concerning C