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Edited by Nathan Richardson


Contents
Introduction xxvii

The small plates of Nephi


The first book of Nephi 1

The second book of Nephi 67

The book of Jacob 163

The book of Enos 189

The book of Jarom 193

The book of Omni 197

Mormons abridgement
The words of Mormon 203

The book of Mosiah 207

The book of Alma 293

The book of Helaman 503

Third Nephi 557

Fourth Nephi 633

The book of Mormon 639

Moronis additions
The book of Ether 663

The book of Moroni 709


Contents
Introduction xxvii

The small plates of Nephi

The first book of Nephi 1

The record of Lehi 2

Lehis vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
The valley of Lemuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
The brass plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Attempt 1: Asking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Attempt 2: Buying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Attempt 3: Taking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Return . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
The plates of brass
Ishmael . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
The tree of life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Wilderness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Tree and water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Rod and mist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

The account of Nephi 20

Lehis prophecies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
The Messiah
Gathering Israel

Nephis prophecies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
The vision of the tree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
The Jews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Tree: Birth
Rod: Ministry
Building: Crucifixion and persecution
The seed of Lehi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Mist: Darkness before Christs coming
Filthy water: Dwindling in unbelief
The Gentiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Great and abominable church
Gentiles smite the seed of Lehi
The book of the Lamb: Blindness and stumbling
The hidden book
A work of life or captivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Two churches
Fighting against the Lamb of God
Closing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Explaining the vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Branches of Israel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Objects in the vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Bearing the truth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Journeyings in the wilderness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39


Shazer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
The broken bow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Nahom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Eastward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Bountiful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Command to build a ship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Nephis brethren complain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Nephi confounds them . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Ancient Israels deliverance
Wicked unto ripeness
Outcomes
Finishing the ship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
On the sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
The promised land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
The large plates of Nephi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Prophecies of the God of Israel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Nephi teaches his brethren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Reading Isaiah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Explaining Isaiah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Isaiah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
From Nephis vision
Other prophets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
The second book of Nephi 67

The words of Lehi 68

To Nephis older brethren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68


Prophecy of the promised land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Call to repent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Defense of Nephi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
To Zoram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
To Jacob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
The ends of the law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Opposition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
The fall of man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
To Joseph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Joseph the seers prophecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
To Lamans children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
To Lemuels children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
To the sons of Ishmael . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
To Sam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Journeyings in the wilderness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82


Nephi departs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
The people of Nephi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
The Lamanites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
The small plates of Nephi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

The words of Jacob 89

Isaiahs dual prophecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89


Israels sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
The servants obedience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Call to repent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Two deaths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Afflicted by two deaths
Salvation from two deaths
1. Spiritual fulfillment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Two deaths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
No deliverance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Deliverance from death and hell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Deliverance from the devil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Call to repent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Woes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Come unto God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Transition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
2. Temporal fulfillment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
__Captivity and return__
Crucifixion and scattering
Gathering to a choice land
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

The words of Isaiah 107

Isaiah passages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109


Judah and Jerusalem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Israels crimes and punishments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
The daughters of Zion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
The vineyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Woes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Isaiahs call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Isaiahs family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
King Ahaz receives a sign
Isaiahs son
Light and dark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Hand of anger stretched out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Assyria prospers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Assyria suffers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Israel gathered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Burdens of the nations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
The burden of Babylon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
The king of Babylon
The burden of Palestina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Prophecy of Nephi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Nephi prophesies in plainness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
The Jews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
The seed of Lehi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
The Gentiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Gentiles smite the seed of Lehi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Churches and priestcraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Blindness and staggering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
The sealed book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
The effects of the book
A great division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Corrupted churches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
The kingdom of the devil
Fighting against the word of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Believers gathered, wicked destroyed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156

The words of Nephi 158

The doctrine of Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158


The Holy Ghost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

The book of Jacob 163

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
The Nephite kings

Preaching in the temple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165


The words of Jacob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Pride and riches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Chastity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
The Lamanites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Jacobs prophecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171


Prophecy and plainness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
The olive trees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
First visit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Observations
Plans
Actions
Second visit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Observations
Plans
Actions
Third visit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Observations
Plans
Actions
Fourth Visit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Observations
Plans
Actions
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Prophecy of gathering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Call to repent

Addendum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Sherem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Closing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186

The book of Enos 189


Enos prays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Enos preaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Closing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

The book of Jarom 193


Nephites and Lamanites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Closing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194

The book of Omni 197

Omni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Amaron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Chemish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Abinadom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Amaleki . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Mosiah1 departs to Zarahemla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Benjamin and the Lamanites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Zeniffs colony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

The words of Mormon 203


Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
King Benjamin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204

The book of Mosiah 207

Zarahemla 208

King Benjamin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208


Benjamins sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Conferring the kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
Proclamation to gather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
The words of Benjamin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Obeying the king . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Obeying the evil spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
The angels message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
The people: Remission of sins
Retaining a remission of sins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
The people: Willing to covenant
The name of Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Consecrating the new king . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
King Mosiah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
The lost colony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Ammon meets Limhi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Covenant at the temple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
The Jaredite record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227

The record of Zeniff 230

King Zeniff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230


King Laman I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
King Laman II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
King Noah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Noahs wickedness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
The Lamanites attack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
Abinadis ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
Arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
The words of Abinadi at his trial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Publishing peace__ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
The law of Moses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Prophecies of the Messiah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
1. God himself shall come down
2. He shall bring to pass the resurrection
The judgment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
Closing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
Death . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
Almas ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253
Alma baptizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253
The church of Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254
Departure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Bondage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
King Limhi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Lamanite daughters taken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Rebellion and defeat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
Ammon_ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263
The Jaredite record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Desires for baptism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Deliverance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265

Account of Alma 267

Helam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
Bondage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Amulon teaches the Lamanites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270
Amulon persecutes Almas people . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271
Deliverance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272

The new Nephite nation 273

Uniting the people . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273


Mosiah reads records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
Alma establishes the church of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274
Resolving divisions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Alma blots out sinners names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Mosiah forbids persecution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
Alma and Mosiahs sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
Mosiahs sons preach to the Lamanites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
Changing the government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Records and interpreters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Mosiah discusses kings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Risks of appointing a king . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Righteous kings
Wicked kings
Judges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Closing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
Appointing judges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
Closing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
The book of Alma 293

The record of Alma 294

Contentions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
Nehors apostasy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
Priestcraft and persecution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296
The church stands fast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296
Amlicis rebellion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
Amlici takes up arms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 298
Joined by Lamanites
The mark of the curse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301
Lamanite invasion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302
Effects on the church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
Affliction and baptisms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
Riches and pride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304
Alma delivers up the judgement seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305

The words of Alma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306


Zarahemla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
The words of Alma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
Your fathers deliverance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
The judgment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
Conditions of repentance_ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 308
Testifying__authority__knowledge . . . . . . . . . . . . 310
The Spirit of prophecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310
Wolves and sheep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311
Closing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312
Outcomes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312
Gideon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
The words of Alma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
Joy over the righteous
The Redeemer cometh
Walking blameless
Closing
Outcomes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
Melek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Ammonihah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Initial rejection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
The words of Alma and Amulek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319
Alma: Repent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319
Nephite accountability
Repent
Amulek: Second witness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323
The lawyers questioning
Answering Zeezroms questions
Resurrection and judgment
Alma: Prepare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329
Second death
Entering God's rest through the second commandments
Repent now_
Outcomes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336
The righteous killed
The prophets imprisoned
Sidom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339
Outcomes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341
Ammonihah destroyed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341
Establishment of the church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 342

The sons of Mosiah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344


Journeyings of Mosiahs sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345
Ammons journeys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346
Preserving the kings flocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346
The servants report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 348
Ammon teaches Lamoni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349
Doctrines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 351
Conversions in Ishmael . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352
Journey to Middoni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356
Lamonis father . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356
Freeing Ammons brethren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 358
Aarons journeys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
Jerusalem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
Ani-anti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Middoni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Further journeys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Nephi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361
Ammon returns to Ishmael . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361
Doctrines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 362
Conversions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363
The kings proclamation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364
City to city . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 366
The Anti-Nephi-Lehies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367
Council of defense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 368
King Anti-Nephi-Lehis words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 368
Taking up our swords
Burying our swords
Covenant with God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370
Conversions through war . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370
Taking vengeace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371
Righteous Lamanites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372
Inheriting Jershon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 377
Lamanites attack Jershon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379
Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 380
The Zoramites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 384
Korihor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 384
Ammon in Jershon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385
Giddonah in Gideon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385
Alma in Zarahemla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 387
Outcomes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 389
The Zoramites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 389
Zoramite prayers
Almas prayer
The poor Zoramites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 393
Alma: Faith and perfect knowledge . . . . . . . . . . . . 393
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How to worship
Worship anywhere
Worship the Son
Amulek: The infinite atonement . . . . . . . . . . . . . 399
Review
The great and last sacrifice
Works of repentance
Subject to the devil
Conclusion: Patience
Outcomes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 403
The commandments of Alma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 405
To Helaman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 405
Almas conversion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 405
Inheriting sacred things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 408
The records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 408
The interpreters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410
The Liahona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 412
To Shiblon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 413
To Corianton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 414
Coriantons crimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 414
The first resurrection_ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415
Declaring glad tidings
All will rise
Between death and resurrection
Definition of resurrection
Timing of the resurrection
Restoration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 418
The fall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 420
Justice and the fall
Mercy and the atonement
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 422
Preaching the word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 423
War between Nephites and Lamanites . . . . . . . . . . . . . 424
Attacking Jershon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 425
Attacking Manti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 426
Moroni prepares . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 426
The battle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 427

The record of Helaman 433

Almas final words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 433


Prophecy
Blessings
Departure

Amalickiahs rebellion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 436


Dissenting from the Nephites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 436
Amalickiah gathers lower judges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 437
Moroni gathers Christians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 437
Amalickiahites flee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 439
Joining the Lamanites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 441
Betraying Lehonti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 441
Betraying the king . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 443
Inciting the Lamanites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 444
Moroni prepares the Nephites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 445
First invasion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 447
Ammonihah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 447
Noah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 448
Reactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450
Fortifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450
Dissensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 453
Morianton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 453
King-men . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 455
Altering the law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 455
Refusing to take up arms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 456

War by the east sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 458


Amalickiah takes many cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 458
Ammoron maintains the cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 460
Regaining Mulek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 461
Prisoners labor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 464
Cities by the west sea taken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 464
People of Ammon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 465
Exchanging prisoners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 467
Regaining Gid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 469
Prisoners labor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 471
War by the west sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 473
Joining the army of Antipus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 474
Regaining Antiparah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 476
Striplings in battle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 476
Aftermath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478
Regaining Cumeni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 479
Prisoner rebellion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 480
Regaining Manti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 482
Difficult circumstances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 482
Stratagem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 483
Closing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 485
Victory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 488
Requesting aid from Zarahemla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 489
Moroni writes to Pahoran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 489
Fears and suspicions
Plans
Pahoran answers Moroni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 493
Recent events
Plans
Closing
Regaining every city . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 495
Regaining Zarahemla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 495
Regaining Nephihah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 496
Regaining Lehi, other cities, and Moroni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 498
Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 499
Outcomes
The record of Shiblon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500
Hagoth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500
Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 501

The book of Helaman 503

Wars and dissensions 504

Origin of the Gadiantons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504


Appointing a chief judge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504
Moronihah repels Lamanites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505
Gadiantons flee Helaman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507
Pride and weakness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 509
Inheriting the land northward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 509
Peace and prosperity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 511
Nephi reigns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512
Lamanites capture half the land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 513
Reasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 514
Nephi and Lehi preach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 515
To Nephites beginning in Bountiful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 516
To Lamanites in Zarahemla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517
To Lamanites in Nephi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517
Lamanite converts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 519
Preaching in the land northward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 520
Ripening for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 521
Universal prosperity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 521
Gadiantons band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 522
Secret combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 523
Gadiantons in the government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 524

Prophecies 526

Nephis prophecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 526


Nephi prays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 526
Nephi preaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 527
Coming woes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 527
Audience response . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 529
Prophets who testified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530
The chief judges death . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 531
Nephis trial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 532
Nephis revelation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 534

The work of destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 537


Wars, famine, and repentance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 537
Gadiantons in the wilderness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 539
Samuels prophecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 543
Repent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 543
The angels message
Samuels words
Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 547
Sign of his coming
Sign of his death
Accountability
Reponses to Samuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 552
Responses to signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 552

Third Nephi 557


Sign of coming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 557

Great and terrible _destruction 560

Gadianton robbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 560


Wickedness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 561
Gadianton war . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 561
Giddianhi intimidates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 562
Lachoneus prepares . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 564
Giddianhi attacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 566
Zemnarihah besieges and retreats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 567

Lehites perish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 572


Prosperity and inequality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 572
Prophets and chief judge murdered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 573
Tribal divisions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 574
Nephis ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 576
Wicked destroyed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 577
Destruction and darkness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 577
Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 579
Destruction for the wicked
Redemption for the more righteous
I will gather you

Jesus Christs ministry 584

The first day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 584


The Lord appears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 584
Sayings of Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 586
The doctrine of Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 586
Sermon at the temple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 587
Promises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 587
The law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 589
Murder and anger
Adultery and lust
Divorce
Oaths
Eye for eye
Loving your enemies
Hypocrites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 592
Two masters
To the disciples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 593
To the multitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 594
The way to life
Conclusion
Law of Moses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 595
The gathering of Israel, part 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 596
The Fathers commandment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 596
Prophecy of the latter day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 597
Micah sees the gentiles trodden
Isaiah sees Israel gathered
Acts of Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 599
Healings and blessings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600
Sacrament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 601
To the disciples
To the multitude
To the disciples
Departure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 604
The second day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 605
Receiving the Holy Ghost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 605
Acts of Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 606
Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 606
Sacrament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 608
Sayings of Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 608
The gathering of Israel, part 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 608
The Fathers commandment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 608
Prophecy of the latter day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609
Micah sees the gentiles trodden
Christ fulfills the Abrahamic covenant
Isaiah sees Israel gathered
The sign of gathering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612
The gentiles choice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 614
Micah sees the gentiles trodden and cut off
Isaiah sees the gentiles assist in gathering Israel
Closing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 618
The fulfillment of Samuels prophecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 618
Malachis words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 619
Expounding all scripture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 622
The third day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 623
The disciples ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 625
The name of the Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 625
The gospel of Christ
Judged from books___
The three disciples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 628
Receive the Lords sayings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 631

Fourth Nephi 633

The children of Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 633


First generation of disciples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 634
Divisions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 635
Great division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 636
Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 637

The book of Mormon 639

Writings of Mormon 640

War in Zarahemla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 641


Wickedness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 641
Retreat to the land northward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 642
Driven out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 642
Robbery and sorrow in Joshua . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 642
Records in Jashon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 643
Victory in Shem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 644
Treaty in the land northward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 645
Mormon refuses command in Desolation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 645
Fleeing and regaining Desolation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 647
Fleeing and regaining Desolation and Teancum . . . . . . . . . . . 648
Swept off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 648
Mormon resumes command in Jordan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 649
Destruction at Cumorah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651
Words for the remnant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 653

Writings of Moroni 655

Historical summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 655


Receiving this record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 656
__The last days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 657
__Admonitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 658
To believers in Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 658
To unbelievers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 659
To deniers of gifts and miracles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 662

The book of Ether 663


Genealogy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 663
The brother of Jared . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 665
The great tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 665
Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 666
Moriancumers vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 668
Building barges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 668
The Lord touches the stones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 669
The Lord shows all things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 671
Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 675
Ocean crossing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 676
Promised land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 676
Kings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 678
Righteous kings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 678
Orihah . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 678
Kib . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 678
Shule . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 679
Divided country
Prophets
Omer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 680
Jared rebels and returns
Akish and Jareds daughter
Omer preserved and restored
Emer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 685
Coriantum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 685
Curse of famine and serpents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 686
Com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 686
Heth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 686
Shez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 687
Riplakish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 687
Morianton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 688
Kim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 688
Levi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 688
Corom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 689
Kish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 689
Lib . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 689
Captivity and prophecies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 690
Hearthom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 690
Heth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 690
Aaron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 690
Amnigaddah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 690
Coriantum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 690
Com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 690
Shiblom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 691
Seth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 691
Ahah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 691
Ethem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692
Moron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692
Coriantor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692
Ether . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 694
Prophecies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 694
Cast out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 699
Rebels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 700
Shared . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 700
Gilead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 701
Lib . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 701
Shiz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 702
Swept off in wrath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 702
Offering the kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703
Final battle at Ogath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 704
Ethers witness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 706
The book of Moroni 709

Church practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 710


Giving the Holy Ghost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 710
Ordaining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 710
Administering the flesh and blood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 711
Baptizing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 711
Church meetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 712

Sayings of Mormon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 713


Faith, hope, and charity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 713
Ye may judge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 713
The way to judge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 714
Faith
Hope
Charity
Baptizing little children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 717
Alive in Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 718
__Little children__
__They without law__
Closing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 720
War counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 720
Laboring with the hardened
Sufferings and depravity
Moronis task

Exhortation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 723
To the Lamanites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 723
The gifts of God
To the ends of the earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 725
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Introduction

T he Book of Mormon is a book of scripture containing the writings of


prophets of God. Just as the Bible is a record of Gods interactions with
ancient peoples in the Old World, the Book of Mormon is a record of Gods
interactions with ancient peoples in the New World. It contains many vital
doctrines and revealed principles that are important for Gods children in
todays world.

[more explanations]

As with other books of scripture, people who read the Book of Mor-
mon sincerely and prayerfully will come to know of its truth and applica-
bility to their lives. It is an important testimony of the divine mission of
Jesus Christ, his gracious plan to grant us eternal life, and the saving role of
his Church and his prophets in the latter days.

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Using the StructuredEdition

T he purpose of the Structured Edition of the scriptures is to portray


the inherent textual organization of the various books in the standard
works of the Church. Through various typographical features, the intent
has been to visually reinforce and highlight the original authors outline
and structure. Hopefully this enables readers, especially new-comers, to
quickly orient themselves and more readily glean insights and spiritual
principles when reading the scriptures.
The scriptural text itself has not been altered; it is identical to the
standard authorized text published by the Church. Changes have only been
made through adjusting the layout or the non-scriptural text such as head-
ings or verse numbers. Several features have been used to illustrate the
scriptures organization, which are explained below (for a brief summary,
see Figure 1: Features of the Structured Edition).

Conventional chapters and verses


The original authors of the scriptures did not use chapter or verse
numbers; they were added laterin many cases, centuries later. They can
be very useful in locating specific passages, so they have been included
here. The text itself is set in paragraphs, ignoring verse breaks, but the
verse numbers are superscripted inline with the rest of the text (e.g., 16).
The chapter numbers have been placed in the margins. The running footers
at the bottom of the page contain references to quickly locate passages or
see what verses are found on each page.

Footnotes
Footnotes were generally limited to instances where the writer seems
to expect the reader to know or recall something mentioned elsewhere in
the text. Examples include prophecies or promises and their fulfillments;
commandments and cases where they are obeyed or disobeyed; the source
of a quote, reference, or allusion; previous events which the writer explictly
refers to; etc. For a key to the abbreviations used throughout the footnotes,
see Figure 2: Abbreviations and Textual Conventions.

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Poetry
Various scripture editions use differing (and in some ways admit-
tedly subjective) criteria for when a passage should be considered poetry,
and thus set in poetic lines. In the Structured Edition, generally speaking,
passages were set as poetry when there was clear, extended parallelism or
rhetorical structure, and when doing so contributed to, and did not detract
from, making the larger literary structure evident (e.g., the chiastic ele-
ment of D&C 76:8998).

Heading divisions
Multiple levels of headings have been added to help readers keep
track of the context of each passage. The various heading levels illustrate
major and minor divisions in the structure of a book, which can be seen
perhaps most clearly in the table of contents. The highest levels of headings
are also referenced at the top of each page, much like the title of a chapter
in a novel. In the Doctrine and Covenants, each section or declaration has
been given a title based on its content.

Colored dialogue
Whenever a person speaks or quotes someone else, the scriptural text
is colored. This can help readers know at a glance whether a spoken pas-
sage will last for two sentences or two pages. It also helps, when looking
up a specific verse, to remind the reader of the contextwho is speaking,
and to whom. In cases where multiple speakers are interacting (such as
one prophet quoting another, or the Lord conversing with several people),
multiple colors are used. Apart from cases where exceptions are necessary
in order to portray a complex spoken exchange, the colors are generally
used in the following ways:
Divine beings (God the Father, Jesus Christ, or angels) are indicated
with bluetext. A divine being quoting another diving being is indi-
cated with purple text (e.g., Jesus Christ quoting the Father).
Prophets (or other kinds of representatives or servants of God) are
indicated with greentext. A prophet quoting another prophet is indi-
cated with purple text (e.g., Peter quoting Moses).
Miscellaneous speakers are indicated with red text. A miscellaneous
speaker quoting another miscellaneous speaker is indicated with
purple text (e.g., __).

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Figure 1: Features of the Structured Edition

Running headers repeat the title of the


current segment of the book, orienting
you in the same way the headers of a
novel repeat the chapter titles

Timelines portray The doctrine and covenants 9 Part 2: Ohio


how much time
elapsed between rev- Timeline: Sections 4156
elations 1831 1832
FebruaryJune 1831

38 41 45 49 52 57 63 65 71
39 42a 46 50 53 58 64 66 72
40 42b 51 54 59 67
43 47 55 60 68
44 48 56 61 69
Multiple levelsof 62 70

headings portraythe
books i ntrinsic struc- way before me. 10Wherefore, come ye unto it, and with him that cometh
I will reason as with men in days of old, and I will show unto you my
ture strongreasoning.

Prophecies of the day of the Lord


11
Wherefore, hearken ye together and let me show unto you even my
wisdomthe wisdom of him whom ye say is the God of Enoch, and his
brethren, 12Who were separated from the earth, and were received unto
Colored dialogue myself aa city reserved until a day of righteousness shall comea day
shows when some- which was sought for by all holy men, and they found it not because of
wickedness and abominations; 13And confessed they were strangers and
one is speaking, how pilgrims on the earth; 14But obtained a promise that they should find it and
long the speech lasts, see it in their flesh. 15Wherefore, hearken and I will reason with you, and I
will speak unto you and prophesy, as unto men in days of old.
and whether the
Signs of his coming
speaker is the Lord, 16
And I will show it plainly as I showed it unto my disciples
Matt. 24:144
JSM 1:148

aprophet,etc. as I stood before them in the flesh, and spake unto them,b saying:
As ye have asked of me concerning the signs of my coming, in the
day when I shall come in my glory in the clouds of heaven, to fulfil
the promises that I have made unto your fathers, 17For as ye have
looked upon the long absence of your spirits from your bodies to
be a bondage, I will show unto you how the day of redemption shall
Limited footnotes a12 Gen. __; Moses __. The Moses passages had been received as part of the Joseph
highlight connections Smith Translation ___ months earlier.
b16 Matt. 2425 (Mark __; Luke __). The Saviors words in D&C 45:1846 parallel
such as prophecies the text of Matt. 24:133 (and JSM 1:__), with changes in wording and order.
c17 This question is addressed at verse 46.
and their fulfillments
or sources of quotes 84 Doctrine and Covenants 45:1017

Parallel passages are indicated by


colored bars, so you can see when
a lengthy passage is repeatedelse-
where in the scriptures

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Verse numbers are placed in super-


script in-line with the text, so they can
still be used to locate a passage but they
dont interrupt the flow of reading

The redemption of Zion


Paragraph breaks
occur at natural
and if he do not this, I, the Lord, will avenge thee of thine enemy an hun-
dred-fold; 46And upon his children, and upon his childrens children of all points, grouping
them that hate me, unto the third and fourth generation. related ideas
47
But if the children shall repent, or the childrens children, and
turn to the Lord their God, with all their hearts and with all their might,
mind, and strength, and restore four-fold for all their trespasses wherewith
they have trespassed, or wherewith their fathers have trespassed, or their
fathers fathers, then thine indignation shall be turned away; 48And ven-
geance shall no more come upon them, saith the Lord thy God, and their Chronology markers
trespasses shall never be brought any more as a testimony
D&C 100 allow you to read the
before the Lord against them. Amen.
scriptures in chrono-
John Murdock
29 August 1832 9 Hiram, Ohio
1
Behold, thus saith the Lord unto my servant John
99 logical order rather
than sequential order
D&C 83
Murdockthou art called to go into the eastern countries
from house to house, from village to village, and from city to city, to pro-
claim mine everlasting gospela unto the inhabitants thereof, in the midst
of persecution and wickedness. 2And who receiveth you receiveth me; and Section numbers are
you shall have power to declare my word in the demonstration of my Holy
Spirit. 3And who receiveth you as a little child, receiveth my kingdom; and enlarged and accom-
blessed are they, for they shall obtain mercy. 4And whoso rejecteth you
shall be rejected of my Father and his house; and you shall cleanse your
panied by a unique
feet in the secret places by the way for a testimony against them.b 5And section title, as well as
behold, and lo, I come quickly to judgment, to convince all of their ungodly
deeds which they have committed against me, as it is written of me in the
the date and place of
volume of the book.c reception
6
And now, verily I say unto you, that it is not expedient that you
should go until your children are provided for, and sent up kindly unto the
bishop of Zion.d 7And after a few years, if thou desirest of me, thou mayest
go up also unto the goodly land, to possess thine inheritance; 8Otherwise
thou shalt continue proclaiming my gospel until thou be
taken. Amen.
D&C 84 Digressions from the
main narrative are set
a1
b4
Previously commanded to serve a mission a year earlier at D&C 52:810.
Commanded at D&C ___.
in shaded boxes, such
c5 Written at ___???. as topical interludes or
d6 __ was called to be the bishop of Zion __ earlier at D&C __.
chronological inser-
205
Doctrine and Covenants 98:4699:8 tions

Modern chapter and verse


ranges are included in the foot-
ers to allow quick reference and
continuity with other editions

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This scheme is only generally applicable, though, and there are plenty
of exceptions (e.g., when two miscellaneous people are speaking to each
other). The main purpose of using different colors is to show when the
speaker changes; the color key above should never be taken as a doctrinal
interpretation.

Shaded boxes
Occasionally the writer of a scriptural book will pause their message
in order to explain an idea or recount an earlier event. These digressions
have been placed in shaded boxes to help readers see how long they last
and, once the digression comes to an end, quickly review what was hap-
pening before the digression began.

Topical digressions (explanations) are red. These are often used to help
make sense of long, complex sentences that temporarily deviate from the
original thought (e.g., D&C 84:532).

Chronological digressions (flashbacks or flashforwards) are yellow. These


boxes are used to show when a section or passage comes out of chronologi-
cal order (e.g., D&C 1; 102:3032).

Nested digressions of the same type (e.g., a flashback within a flashback)


are white (e.g., D&C 68:1621).

Chronology markers
When the section numbers were assigned to the individual revela-
tions printed in the Doctrine and Covenants, because of incomplete his-
torical records and other reasons, some of the sections were numbered
out of their chronological order. Likewise, several sections overlap in both
time and content with the historical narrative found in Joseph SmithHis-
tory. If readers desire to read the standard works in chronological order,
they can follow the chronology markers which are placed to the right of
the text whenever an alternate sequence is possible. There are three kinds
ofmarkers:
To. Indicating a jumping off point to follow the narrative into
another passage. For example, at the end of chronological digres-
sions such as D&C 99 (leading to section 84).

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From. Indicating a landing point that comes from some other pas-
sage. For example, at the beginning of chronological digressions such
as D&C 99 (coming from section 83).
Interlude. Indicating a point of both departure and return, for
momentarily leaving the current narrative in order to follow a
detour and then come back. For example, at the end of D&C 83
(leading to section 99, which then returns to the same point from
which it left).
A chronology markersinsertion point is at the beginning or ending of the
paragraph it is attachedto.
In the Doctrine and Covenants, the chronology markers are used in
conjunction with Joseph SmithHistory and the Articles of Faith to allow
people to read the three books together in chronological order. The proper
sequence is summarized in the diagram found in Appendix 2: Chronologi-
cal Reading Map.

Parallel passage bars


Sometimes two separate passages have strong similarities, in
some cases being nearly identical. When two passages are longenough
and have sufficient similarities to each other, they are considered
parallel passages, and a vertical bar is placed at the far right of the
text with references to the other passage (e.g., D&C 45:1646). These
parallel passage bars are also used for lengthy quotations (e.g., 2 Ne.
1224). Different colors are used for the bars mainly to distinguish
one from the other. In the footnotes, references to a set of parallel
passages are separated by a slash (e.g., Matt. 4:111 / Luke 4:113).

Timelines
Near the beginning of each major division (like chapters in a novel)
is a timeline depicting when the various revelations were received. Most of
the section numbers are grey, but the red section numbers are those sec-
tions found in that timelines chapter, or time period. Sections whose exact
day is uncertain are italicized, and those whose exact month is uncertain
are light red. Blue section numbers are those sections which were received
in that same time frame, but whose numbering places them in other parts
of the volume (sections 1, 74, 99, the second half of 107, 133, 134, and 137).
These highly unchronological section numbers are also colored blue in
the table of contents.

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Figure 2: Abbreviations and textual conventions


Old Testament New Testament Book of Mormon
Gen. Genesis Matt. Matthew 1 Ne. 1 Nephi
Ex. Exodus Mark Mark 2 Ne. 2 Nephi
Lev. Leviticus Luke Luke Jacob Jacob
Num. Numbers John John Enos Enos
Deut. Deuteronomy Acts Acts of the Jarom Jarom
Josh. Joshua Apostles Omni Omni
Judg. Judges Rom. Romans WofM Words of
Ruth Ruth 1 Cor. 1 Corinthians Mormon
1 Sam. 1 Samuel 2 Cor. 2 Corinthians Mosiah Mosiah
2 Sam. 2 Samuel Gal. Galatians Alma Alma
1 Kgs. 1 Kings Eph. Ephesians Hel. Helaman
2 Kgs. 2 Kings Philip. Philippians 3 Ne. 3 Nephi
1 Chr. 1 Chronicles Col. Colossians 4 Ne. 4 Nephi
2 Chr. 2 Chronicles 1 Thes. 1 Thessalonians Morm. Mormon
Ezra Ezra 2 Thes. 2 Thessalonians Ether Ether
Neh. Nehemiah 1 Tim. 1 Timothy Moro. Moroni
Esth. Esther 2 Tim. 2 Timothy
Job Job Titus Titus Doctrine and Covenants
Ps. Psalms Philem. Philemon D&C Doctrine and
Prov. Proverbs Heb. Hebrews Covenants
Eccl. Ecclesiastes James James OD Official
1 Pet. 1 Peter Declaration
Song. Song of Solomon
Isa. Isaiah 2 Pet. 2 Peter Pearl of Great Price
Jer. Jeremiah 1 Jn. 1 John
Moses Moses
Lam. Lamentations 2 Jn. 2 John
Abr. Abraham
Ezek. Ezekiel 3 Jn. 3 John
JSM JosephSmith
Dan. Daniel Jude Jude Matthew
Hosea Hosea Rev. Revelation JSH JosephSmith
Joel Joel History
Amos Amos AofF The Articles of
Obad. Obadiah Faith
Jonah Jonah
Micah Micah
Nahum Nahum JST Joseph Smith
Hab. Habakkuk Translation
Zeph. Zephaniah e.g. for example
Hag. Haggai i.e. in other words;
Zech. Zechariah that is
Mal. Malachi c.f. compare

Some references contain an apostrophe; the apostrophe indicates that the preceding
number is the last verse in its chapter, or the last chapter in its book. For example, the refer-
ence Ps. 23:46 means Psalm 23, from verse 4 to the end of the psalm. Likewise, you can
tell from the reference Mark 1116 that the book of Mark has a total of 16 chapters.
References separated by a slash are parallel passages (e.g., Matt. 4:111 / Luke4:113).

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Conclusion
When applying all these features, in some cases there were two or
more possible ways of interpreting the text. For example, some passages do
not lend themselves easily to being subdivided by headings; in some cases
it is unclear when a speaker has stopped talking or a topical digressions has
ended; some shorter passages could be considered parallels but have not
been marked as such, and the minimum length requirement is admittedly
a bit subjective. All of these features were applied in an attempt to discern
and portray the original authors intent in a way that is clear to readers,
but errors are surely present. Ultimately, such features cannot replace a
detailed study of the scriptural text itself.
As stated, the goal of this edition is to let the authorss textual orga-
nization speak for itself (or, to draw attention to that organization through
typographical features), while avoiding interpreting the text as much as pos-
sible. Of course, as soon as an editor begins drawing boundaries between
passages and naming them, a degree of interpretation begins, however
small. However, since the chapter and verse breaks of traditional editions
also implicitly involve some interpretation as well, the features of this edi-
tion do not introduce interpretation where none existed before. Rather,
they offer an alternative framework to the one that already existed. Both
frameworks are best used when treated as a window to the text itself, which
is more important than the formatting surrounding it. In other words, just
as readers sometimes need to ignore traditional chapter and verse breaks
in order to gain an insight about the text, they may occasionally need to do
the same with the features of the StructuredEdition.
Someone else combing through the text to put in their own para-
graph breaks and headings might choose different divisions and different
phrasing. Such discrepancies are not problems, but rather fascinating start-
ing points from which to launch a vibrant discussion about the scriptures.
My hope is that this exercise of organizing the scriptural text be used as
a conversation-starter about the Lords words, to get people speaking of
them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way,
when thou liest down, and when thou risest up (Deut. 11:19).

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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,


and also of the LamanitesWritten to the Lamanites, who are a rem-
nant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and GentileWritten by way
of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation
Written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be
destroyedTo come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpre-
tation thereof
Sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come
forth in due time by way of the GentileThe interpretation thereof by the
giftofGod.
An abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also, which is a record
of the people of Jared, who 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 show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great
things the Lord hath done for their fathers;
and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not
cast off forever
And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the
Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations
And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, con-
demn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judg-
ment-seatof Christ.

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I
1 Nephi
The first book of Nephi
His reign and ministry
An account of Lehi and his wife Sariah and his four sons, being called, (begin-
ning at the eldest) Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. The Lord warns Lehi to
depart out of the land of Jerusalem, because he prophesieth unto the people
concerning their iniquity and they seek to destroy his life. He taketh three
days journey into the wilderness with his family. Nephi taketh his brethren
and returneth 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 and depart into the wilderness. Their sufferings and afflic-
tions in the wilderness. The course of their travels. They come to the large
waters. Nephis brethren rebel against him. He confoundeth them, and build-
eth a ship. They call the name of the place Bountiful. They cross the large
waters into the promised land, and so forth. This is according to the account
of Nephi; or in other words, I, Nephi, wrote this record.

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Section

The record of Lehi 1:17


After I have abridged the record
of my father then will I make an
account of mine own life.
19:1
I did engraven the record of my
father.

I
1 , Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught
somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflic-
tions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored
of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the good-
ness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings
in my days. 2Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which con-
sists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians. 3And I
know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own
hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.
Account
2 Kgs. 25:___
Lehis vision ...
For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the
4

reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father, Lehi, having dwelt at Jeru-
salem in all his days); and in that same year there came many prophets, More information
prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city Jeru- Prophets who were preaching at
about this time include:
salem must be destroyed. 5Wherefore it came to pass that my father, Lehi, Jeremiah
as he went forth prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all his heart, in behalf Urijah (Jer. 26:2023)
of his people. 6And it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord, there came Habbakuk?
Nahum?
a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him; and he saw and heard

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much; and because of the things which he saw and heard he did quake and
tremble exceedingly.
7
And it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem;
and he cast himself upon his bed, being overcome with the Spirit and the
things which he had seen. 8And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he
was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he
thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless
concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God. 9And
it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and
he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day. 10And he
also saw twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that
of the stars in the firmament. 11And they came down and went forth upon
the face of the earth; and the first came and stood before my father, and
gave unto him a book, and bade him that he should read. Fulfilled
12
And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the Spirit of 2 Kgs. _:_
the Lord. 13And he read, saying: Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem, for I have seen ..
thine abominations! Yea, and many things did my father read concerning
Jerusalemthat it should be destroyed, and the inhabitants thereof; many
should perish by the sword, and many should be carried away captive into
Babylon.
14
And it came to pass that when my father had read and seen many
great and marvelous things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord;
such as:
Similar phrasing
Great and marvelous are thy works, Rev. 15:3
O Lord God Almighty! 1
I saw another sign in heaven, great
Thy throne and marvellous, seven angels having
the seven last plagues; ... 3saying,
is high in the heavens, Great and marvellous are thy works,
and thy power, and goodness, and mercy Lord God Almighty; just and true
are over all the inhabitants of the earth; are thy ways, thou King of saints.
and, because thou art merciful,
thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee
that they shall perish!
And after this manner was the language of my father in the praising of
15

his God;
for his soul did rejoice,
and his whole heart was filled,
because of the things which he had seen,
yea, which the Lord had shown unto him.

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And now I, Nephi, do not make a full account of the things which
16

my father hath written, for he hath written many things which he saw in
visions and in dreams; and he also hath written many things which he
prophesied and spake unto his children, of which I shall not make a full
account. 17But I shall make an account of my proceedings in my days.
Behold, I make an abridgment of the record of my father, upon plates Structure
which I have made with mine own hands; wherefore, after I have abridged Record of my father 1 Ne. 19
Account of my life 1 Ne. 1022
the record 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
18

shown so many marvelous things unto my father, Lehi, yea, concerning


the destruction of Jerusalem, behold he went forth among the people, and
began to prophesy and to declare unto them concerning the things which
he had both seen and heard. 19And 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 and their abominations; and he testified that the things More information
which he saw and heard, and also the things which he read in the book, Examples of their sins from _____
(maybe Jeremiah, etc.)
manifested plainly of the coming of a Messiah, and also the redemption of
the world. 20And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with
him; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and
stoned, and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away.
But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of
the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to
2 make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance. 1For behold, it
came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and
said unto him:
Blessed art thou Lehi,
because of the things which thou hast done;
and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people
the things which I commanded thee,
behold, they seek to take away thy life.
2
And it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father, even in a dream,
that he should take his family and depart into thewilderness.

The valley of Lemuel


And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord,
3

wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him. 4And it came to pass that
he departed into the wilderness. And he left his house, and the land of his

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inheritance, and his gold, and his silver, and his precious things, and took Commanded
nothing with him, save it were his family, and provisions, and tents, and Lev. 3
departed into the wilderness. 5And he came down by the borders near 1
If his oblation be a sacrifice of peace
the shore of the Red Sea; and he traveled in the wilderness in the borders offering, if he offer it of the herd;
whether it be a male or female, he
which are nearer the Red Sea; and he did travel in the wilderness with his shall offer it without blemish before
family, which consisted of my mother, Sariah, and my elder brothers, who the Lord. 2And he shall lay his hand
were Laman, Lemuel, and Sam. upon the head of his offering, and
6
And it came to pass that when he had traveled three days in the wil- kill it at the door of the tabernacle
of the congregation: and Aarons
derness, he pitched his tent in a valley by the side of a river of water. 7And it sons the priests shall sprinkle the
came to pass that he built an altar of stones, and made an offering unto the blood upon the altar round about.
Lord, and gave thanks unto the Lord our God. 8And it came to pass that he 3
And he shall offer of the sacrifice of
called the name of the river, Laman, and it emptied into the Red Sea; and the peace offering an offering made
by fire unto the Lord; the fat that
the valley was in the borders near the mouth thereof. covereth the inwards, and all the fat
9
And when my father saw that the waters of the river emptied into the that is upon the inwards, 4And the
fountain of the Red Sea, he spake unto Laman, saying: two kidneys, and the fat that is on
them, which is by the flanks, and the
O that thou mightest be like unto this river, caul above the liver, with the kidneys,
continually running into the fountain of all righteousness! it shall he take away. 5And Aarons
sons shall burn it on the altar upon
And he also spake unto Lemuel:
10
the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the
wood that is on the fire: it is an offer-
O that thou mightest be like unto this valley,
ing made by fire, of a sweet savour
firm and steadfast, and immovable unto the Lord....
in keeping the commandments oftheLord! 7
If he offer a lamb for his offering,
then ... 9he shall offer ... the fat
11
Now this he spake because of the stiffneckedness of Laman and thereof, and the whole rump, it shall
Lemuel; for behold they did murmur in many things against their father, he take off hard by the backbone. ...
because he was a visionary man, and had led them out of the land of Jeru- 12
His offering [can also] be a goat.
salem, to leave the land of their inheritance, and their gold, and their silver, Lev. 7:1115
and their precious things, to perish in the wilderness. And this they said
12
If he offer it for a thanksgiving,
then he shall offer with [it] unleav-
he had done because of the foolish imaginations of his heart. 12And thus ened cakes mingled with oil, and
Laman and Lemuel, being the eldest, did murmur against their father. And unleavened wafers anointed with oil,
they did murmur because they knew not the dealings of that God who and cakes mingled with oil, of fine
flour, fried. 13Besides the cakes, he
had created them. 13Neither did they believe that Jerusalem, that great city,
shall offer for his offering leavened
could be destroyed according to the words of the prophets. And they were bread. ... 14And of it he shall offer
like unto the Jews who were at Jerusalem, who sought to take away the life one out of the whole oblation for an
of my father. heave offering unto the Lord, and it
shall be the priests that sprinkleth
14
And it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the val- the blood of the peace offerings.
ley of Lemuel, with power, being filled with the Spirit, until their frames
Lev. 19:56
did shake before him. And he did confound them, that they durst not utter 5
If ye offer a sacrifice of peace offer-
against him; wherefore, they did as he commanded them. 15And my father ings unto the Lord, ye shall offer it at
dwelt in a tent. your own will. 6It shall be eaten the
same day ye offer it, and on the mor-
row: and if ought remain until the
third day, it shall be burnt in the fire.

5
Alluded to
Many passages ___
Helaman 4:155:3 ___
___
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, never-
16

theless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the
mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did
visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had Fulfilled
been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto 2 Ne. 5:__
my brothers. 17And I spake unto Sam, making known unto him the things
which the Lord had manifested unto me by his Holy Spirit. And it came to
pass that he believed in my words. 18But, behold, Laman and Lemuel would
not hearken unto my words; and being grieved because of the hardness of
their hearts I cried unto the Lord for them.
19
And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Fulfilled
2 Ne. 5:__
Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of thy faith,
for thou hast sought me diligently, with lowliness of heart.
20
And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments,
ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise;
yea, even a land which I have prepared for you;
yea, a land which is choice above all other lands. Fulfilled
21
And inasmuch as thy brethren shall rebel against thee, 2 Ne. 5:__
they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.
22
And inasmuch as thou shalt keep my commandments,
thou shalt be made a ruler and a teacher over thy brethren.
23
For behold, in that day that they shall rebel against me,
I will curse them even with a sore curse,
and they shall have no power over thy seed
except they shall rebel against me also.
24
And if it so be that they rebel against me, Fulfilled
they shall be a scourge unto thy seed, Fulfilled many places, but look up
to stir them up in the ways of remembrance. the ones that use this phrasing,
such as scourge.

The brass plates


3 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, returned from speaking with the
1

Lord, to the tent of my father. 2And it came to pass that he spake unto me,
saying: Behold I have dreamed a dream, in the which the Lord hath com-
manded me that thou and thy brethren shall return to Jerusalem. 3For
behold, Laban hath the record of the Jews and also a genealogy of my fore- Biographical
fathers, and they are engraven upon plates of brass. 4Wherefore, the Lord 5:16
Laban also was a descendant of
Joseph, wherefore he and his fathers
had kept therecords.

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hath commanded me that thou and thy brothers should go unto the house
of Laban, and seek the records, and bring them down hither into the wil-
derness. 5And 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. 6Therefore go, my son, and thou shalt
be favored of the Lord, because thou hast not murmured.
7
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and
do the things which the Lord hath commanded, 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. 8And it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he
was exceedingly glad, for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord.
9
And I, Nephi, and my brethren took our journey in the wilderness,
with our tents, to go up to the land of Jerusalem. 10And it came to pass that
when we had gone up to the land of Jerusalem, I and my brethren did con-
sult one with another.

Attempt 1: Asking
11
And we cast lotswho of us should go in unto the house of Laban.
And it came to pass that the lot fell upon Laman; and Laman went in unto
the house of Laban, and he talked with him as he sat in his house. 12And he
desired of Laban the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass,
which contained the genealogy of my father.
13
And behold, it came to pass that Laban was angry, and thrust him
out from his presence; and he would not that he should have the records.
Wherefore, he said unto him: Behold thou art a robber, and I will slay thee.
14
But Laman fled out of his presence, and told the things which Laban had
done, unto us.

Attempt 2: Buying
And we began to be exceedingly sorrowful, and my brethren were
about to return unto my father in the wilderness. 15But behold I said unto
them that: As the Lord liveth, and as we live, we will not go down unto
our father in the wilderness until we have accomplished the thing which
the Lord hath commanded us. 16Wherefore, 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 and silver, and all manner
ofriches.

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And all this he hath done because of the commandments of the Lord. Fulfilled
17
For he knew that Jerusalem must be destroyed, because of the wickedness Enos 1:1
of the people. 18For behold, they have rejected the words of the prophets. 1
I, Enos, knowing my father that he
Wherefore, if my father should dwell in the land after he hath been com- was a just manfor he taught me in
his language, and also in the nurture
manded to flee out of the land, behold, he would also perish. Wherefore, it and admonition of the Lordand
must needs be that he flee out oftheland. blessed be the name of my God for
19
And behold, it is wisdom in God that we should obtain these records, it 2And I will tell you of the wrestle
that we may preserve unto our children the language of our fathers; 20And which I had before God, before I
received a remission of my sins.
also that we may preserve unto them the words which have been spoken by
Mosiah 1:28
the mouth of all the holy prophets, which have been delivered unto them 1
King Benjamin ... 2had three sons
by the Spirit and power of God, since the world began, even down unto this .... And he caused that they should
present time. 21And it came to pass that after this manner of language did be taught in all the language of his
I persuade my brethren, that they might be faithful in keeping the com- fathers, that thereby they might
become men of understanding; and
mandments of God. that they might know concerning the
22
And it came to pass that we went down to the land of our inheri- prophecies which had been spoken
tance, and we did gather together our gold, and our silver, and our pre- by the mouths of their fathers, which
were delivered them by the hand of
ciousthings.
the Lord 3... , saying: ... Were it not
23
And after we had gathered these things together, we went up again for these plates, which contain these
unto the house of Laban. 24And it came to pass that we went in unto records and these commandments,
Laban, and desired him that he would give unto us the records which were we must have suffered in ignorance.
engraven upon the plates of brass, for which we would give unto him our Mosiah 9:1
gold, and our silver, and all our precious things. 25And it came to pass that
1
I, Zeniff, having been taught in
all the language of the Nephites,
when Laban saw our property, and that it was exceedingly great, he did lust and having had a knowledge of the
after it, insomuch that he thrust us out, and sent his servants to slay us, that land of Nephi, or of the land of our
he might obtain our property. 26And it came to pass that we did flee before fathers first inheritance, and having
been sent as a spy among the Lama-
the servants of Laban, and we were obliged to leave behind our property, nites ... that our army might come
and it fell into the hands of Laban. upon them and destroy thembut
27
And it came to pass that we fled into the wilderness, and the servants when I saw that which was good
of Laban did not overtake us, and we hid ourselves in the cavity of a rock. among them I was desirous that they
should not be destroyed.
28
And it came to pass that Laman was angry with me, and also with my
Mosiah 24:4
father; and also was Lemuel, for he hearkened unto the words of Laman. 1
The king of the Lamanites ...
Wherefore Laman and Lemuel did speak many hard words unto us, their 4
appointed teachers of the brethren
younger brothers, and they did smite us even with a rod. of Amulon in every land which was
29
And it came to pass as they smote us with a rod, behold, an angel possessed by his people; and thus the
language of Nephi began to be taught
of the Lord came and stood before them, and he spake unto them, say- among all the people of the Lama-
ing: Why do ye smite your younger brother with a rod? Know ye not that nites. 5... Nevertheless they knew
the Lord hath chosen him to be a ruler over you, and this because of your not God; neither did the brethren of
Amulon teach them anything con-
iniquities? Behold ye shall go up to Jerusalem again, and the Lord will
cerning the Lord their God, neither
deliver Laban into your hands. 30And after the angel had spoken unto us, the law of Moses.
he departed.
Also prophesied
1 Ne. 2:_
1 Ne. _:_
Fulfilled
2 Ne. 5:__

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31
And after the angel had departed, Laman and Lemuel again began to
murmur, saying: How is it possible that the Lord will deliver Laban into our
hands? Behold, he is a mighty man, and he can command fifty, yea, even he
can slay fifty; then why not us?
4 1
And it came to pass that I spake unto my brethren, saying:
Let us go up again unto Jerusalem,
and let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord;
for behold he is mightier than all the earth,
then why not mightier than Laban and his fifty,
yea, or even than his tens of thousands?
2
Therefore let us go up;
let us be strong like unto Moses; Account
for he truly spake unto the waters of the Red Sea Ex. 12:__
and they divided hither and thither,
and our fathers came through,
out of captivity, on dry ground,
and the armies of Pharaoh did follow
and were drowned in the waters of the Red Sea.
3
Now behold ye know that this is true;
and 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,
and to destroy Laban, even as the Egyptians.

Attempt 3: Taking
4
Now when I had spoken these words, they were yet wroth, and did
still continue to murmur; nevertheless they did follow me up until we came
without the walls of Jerusalem. 5And it was by night; and I caused that they
should hide themselves withoutthewalls.
And after they had hid themselves, I, Nephi, crept into the city and
went forth towards the house of Laban. 6And I was led by the Spirit, not
knowing beforehand the things which I should do. 7Nevertheless I went
forth, and as I came near unto the house of Laban I beheld a man, and
he had fallen to the earth before me, for he was drunken with wine. 8And
when I came to him I found that it was Laban. 9And I beheld his sword,
and I drew it forth from the sheath thereof; and the hilt thereof was of pure

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gold, and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine, and I saw that the
blade thereof was of the most precious steel.
10
And 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. And I shrunk and would that I might not slay him.
11
And the Spirit said unto me again: Behold the Lord hath delivered
him into thy hands. Yea, and I also knew that he had sought to take away
mine own life; yea, and he would not hearken unto the commandments of Common source?
Caiaphas, in the gospels, unwit-
the Lord; and he also had taken away ourproperty.
tingly prophesying as high priest.
12
And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me again: Slay him,
for the Lord hath delivered him into thy hands; 13Behold the Lord slayeth
the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man
should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.
14
And now, when I, Nephi, had heard these words, I remembered the
Promised
words of the Lord which he spake unto me in the wilderness, saying that:
2:20
Inasmuch as thy seed shall keep my commandments, they shall prosper Inasmuch as ye shall keep my com-
in the land of promise. 15Yea, and I also thought that they could not keep mandments, ye shall prosper, and
the commandments of the Lord according to the law of Moses, save they shall be led to a land of promise; yea,
even a land which I have prepared
should have the law. 16And I also knew that the law was engraven upon the for you; yea, a land which is choice
plates of brass. 17And again, I knew that the Lord had delivered Laban into above all other lands.
my hands for this causethat I might obtain the records according to his
commandments.
18
Therefore I did obey the voice of the Spirit, and took Laban by the
hair of the head, and I smote off his head with his own sword. 19And after I
had smitten off his head with his own sword, I took the garments of Laban
and put them upon mine own body; yea, even every whit; and I did gird on
his armor about my loins. 20And after I had done this, I went forth unto the
treasuryofLaban.
And as I went forth towards the treasury of Laban, behold, I saw the
servant of Laban who had the keys of the treasury. And I commanded him
in the voice of Laban, that he should go with me into the treasury. 21And
he supposed me to be his master, Laban, for he beheld the garments and
also the sword girded about my loins. 22And he spake unto me concerning
the elders of the Jews, he knowing that his master, Laban, had been out by
night among them. 23And I spake unto him as if it had been Laban. 24And
I also spake unto him that I should carry the engravings, which were upon
the plates of brass, to my elder brethren, who were without the walls. 25And
I also bade him that he should follow me.

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26
And he, supposing that I spake of the brethren of the church, and
that I was truly that Laban whom I had slain, wherefore he did follow me.
27
And he spake unto me many times concerning the elders of the Jews, as I
went forth unto my brethren, who were without the walls.
28
And it came to pass that when Laman saw me he was exceedingly
frightened, and also Lemuel and Sam. And they fled from before my pres-
ence; for they supposed it was Laban, and that he had slain me and had
sought to take away their lives also. 29And it came to pass that I called
after them, and they did hear me; wherefore they did cease to flee from
mypresence.
30
And it came to pass that when the servant of Laban beheld my
brethren he began to tremble, and was about to flee from before me and
return to the city of Jerusalem. 31And now I, Nephi, being a man large in
stature, and also having received much strength of the Lord, therefore I did
seize upon the servant of Laban, and held him, that he should not flee.
32
And it came to pass that I spake with him, that if he would hearken
unto my words, as the Lord liveth, and as I live, even so that if he would
hearken unto our words, we would spare his life. 33And 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. 34And I also spake
unto him, saying: Surely the Lord hath commanded us to do this thing;
and shall we not be diligent in keeping the commandments of the Lord?
Therefore, if thou wilt go down into the wilderness to my father thou shalt
have place with us.
35
And it came to pass that Zoram did take courage at the words which
I spake. Now Zoram was the name of the servant; and he promised that he
would go down into the wilderness unto our father. Yea, and he also made
an oath unto us that he would tarry with us from that time forth. 36Now
we were desirous that he should tarry with us for this cause, that the Jews
might not know concerning our flight into the wilderness, lest they should
pursue us and destroy us. 37And it came to pass that when Zoram had made
an oath unto us, our fears did cease concerning him.

Return
38
And it came to pass that we took the plates of brass and the servant
of Laban, and departed into the wilderness, and journeyed unto the tent of
5 our father. 1And it came to pass that after we had come down into the wil-
derness unto our father, behold, he was filled with joy,

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and also my mother, Sariah, was exceedingly glad, for she truly had Commanded
mourned because of us. 2For she had supposed that we had perished in See note at 2:7
the wilderness; and she also had complained against my father, telling him
that he was a visionary man; saying: Behold thou hast led us forth from More information
the land of our inheritance, and my sons are no more, and we perish in the Books of Genesis
wilderness. 3And after this manner of language had my mother complained Moses Exodus
Leviticus
against my father.
Numbers
4
And it had come to pass that my father spake unto her, saying: I Deuteronomy
know that I am a visionary man; for if I had not seen the things of God Record of Joshua
in a vision I should not have known the goodness of God, but had tar- the Jews Judges
ried at Jerusalem, and had perished with my brethren. 5But behold, I have Ruth
Samuel
obtained a land of promise, in the which things I do rejoice; yea, and I
Kings
know that the Lord will deliver my sons out of the hands of Laban, and Chronicles?
bring them down again unto us in the wilderness. 6And after this manner Ezra
of language did my father, Lehi, comfort my mother, Sariah, concerning us, Nehemiah
Esther
while we journeyed in the wilderness up to the land of Jerusalem, to obtain
Prophecies Isaiah
the record of the Jews.
Jeremiah
7
And when we had returned to the tent of my father, behold their Lamentations
joy was full, and my mother was comforted. 8And she spake, saying: Now Ezekiel
I know of a surety that the Lord hath commanded my husband to flee into Daniel
Zenos?
the wilderness; yea, and I also know of a surety that the Lord hath pro- Zenock?
tected my sons, and delivered them out of the hands of Laban, and given Neum?
them power whereby they could accomplish the thing which the Lord hath Hosea
commanded them. And after this manner of language did she speak. 9And Joel
Amos
it came to pass that they did rejoice exceedingly, and did offer sacrifice and Obadiah
burnt offerings unto the Lord; and they gave thanks unto the God of Israel. Jonah
Micah
The plates of brass Nahum
10
And after they had given thanks unto the God of Israel, my father, Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Lehi, took the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, and Haggai
he did search them from the beginning. 11And he beheld that they did con- Zechariah
tain the five books of Moses, which gave an account of the creation of the Malachi
Wisdom? Job?
world, and also of Adam and Eve, who were our first parents; 12And also a
Psalms?
record of the Jews from the beginning, even down to the commencement Proverbs?
of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah; 13And also the prophecies of the Ecclesiastes?
holy prophets, from the beginning, even down to the commencement of Song of Solomon?
the reign of Zedekiah; and also many prophecies which have been spoken
by the mouth of Jeremiah. More information
13:23Angel to Nephi
The book that thou beholdest ...
contains the covenants of the Lord
... unto the house of Israel; and it
also containeth many of the prophe-
cies of the holy prophets; and it is
a record like unto the engravings
which are upon the plates of brass,
save there are not so many.

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14
And it came to pass that my father, Lehi, also found upon the Also prophesied?
plates of brass a genealogy of his fathers; wherefore he knew that he was 13:20__
a descendant of Joseph; yea, even that Joseph who was the son of Jacob, 20
I beheld a book, and it was carried
who was sold into Egypt, and who was preserved by the hand of the Lord, forth among them [the Gentiles]. ...
23
The book ... is a record like
that he might preserve his father, Jacob, and all his household from perish- unto the engravings which are upon
ing with famine. 15And they were also led out of captivity and out of the the plates of brass, save there are not
land of Egypt, by that same God who had preserved them. 16And thus my so many; nevertheless, they contain
father, Lehi, did discover the genealogy of his fathers. And Laban also was the covenants of the Lord, which he
hath made unto the house of Israel;
a descendant of Joseph, wherefore he and his fathers had kepttherecords. wherefore, they are of great worth
17
And now when my father saw all these things, he was filled with unto the Gentiles.
the Spirit, and began to prophesy concerning his seed 18That these plates Fulfilled
of brass should go forth unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people _:_?
who were of his seed. 19Wherefore, he said that these plates of brass should
never perish; neither should they be dimmed any more by time. And he
prophesied many things concerning his seed. Fulfilled
20
And it came to pass that thus far I and my father had kept the _:_
commandments wherewith the Lord had commanded us. 21And we had
obtained the records which the Lord had commanded us, and searched Promised
them and found that they were desirable; yea, even of great worth unto us, 2:20
insomuch that we could preserve the commandments of the Lord unto our Inasmuch as ye shall keep my com-
children. 22Wherefore, it was wisdom in the Lord that we should carry them mandments, ye ... shall be led to
a land of promise; yea, even a land
with us, as we journeyed in the wilderness towards the land of p romise.
which I have prepared for you; yea, a
land which is choice above all other
6 II The plates of Nephi lands.
1
And now I, Nephi, do not give the genealogy of my fathers in this
Also mentioned
part of 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. 2For it suf-
ficeth me to say that we are descendants of Joseph. 3And it mattereth not
to me that I am particular 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. 4For the
fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God Also promised
of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved. Title pageMormon or Moroni
.
5
Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write,
_:_
but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not .
of the world. 6Wherefore, 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.
Obeyed
Jacob? ___
.
Enos? ___
.
Jarom? ___
.

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7 Ishmael
1
And now I would that ye might know, that after my father, Lehi, had
made an end of prophesying concerning his seed, it came to pass that the
Lord spake unto him again, saying that it was not meet 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. 2And it came to pass that the Lord commanded him that
I, Nephi, and my brethren, should again return unto the land of Jerusalem,
and bring down Ishmael and his family into the wilderness.
3
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did again, with my brethren, go
forth into the wilderness to go up to Jerusalem. 4And it came to pass that
Event
we went up unto the house of Ishmael, and we did gain favor in the sight of
3:2930
Ishmael, insomuch that we did speak unto him the words of the Lord. 5And As they smote us with a rod, behold,
it came to pass that the Lord did soften the heart of Ishmael, and also his an angel of the Lord came and stood
household, insomuch that they took their journey with us down into the before them, and he spake unto
wilderness to the tent of our father. them.
6
And it came to pass that as we journeyed in the wilderness, behold 3:2627
26
We did flee before the servants of
Laman and Lemuel, and two of the daughters of Ishmael, and the two sons Laban, and we were obliged to leave
of Ishmael and their families, did rebel against us; yea, against me, Nephi, behind our property, and it fell into
and Sam, and their father, Ishmael, and his wife, and his three other daugh- the hands of Laban. 27And ... we fled
ters. 7And it came to pass in the which rebellion, they were desirous to into the wilderness, and the servants
of Laban did not overtake us, and we
return unto the land ofJerusalem. hid ourselves.
8
And now I, Nephi, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts,
therefore I spake unto them, saying, yea, even unto Laman and unto Lem- Promised
uel: Behold ye are mine elder brethren, and how is it that ye are so hard 2:20
in your hearts, and so blind in your minds, that ye have need that I, your Inasmuch as ye shall keep my com-
mandments, ye ... shall be led to
younger brother, should speak unto you, yea, and set an example for you? a land of promise; yea, even a land
9
How is it that ye have not hearkened unto the word of the Lord? which I have prepared for you; yea, a
10
How is it that ye have forgotten that ye have seen an angel of the land which is choice above all other
lands.
Lord? 11Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten what great things the Lord
hath done for us, in delivering us out of the hands of Laban, and also that
we should obtain the record? 12Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten Fulfilled
2_:__?
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 to him. 13And if it so be that we are faith- 2 Ne. 1?:_
.
ful to him, we shall obtain the land of promise; and ye shall know at some
future period that the word of the Lord shall be fulfilled concerning the

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destruction of Jerusalem; for all things which the Lord hath spoken con- Event
cerning the destruction of Jerusalem must be fulfilled. 14For behold, the Jer. 37:1538:6
Spirit of the Lord ceaseth soon to strive with them; for behold, they have 37:6
Then came the word of the Lord
rejected the prophets, and Jeremiah have they cast into prison. And they unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
... 8The Chaldeans shall ... fight
have sought to take away the life of my father, insomuch that they have
against this city, and take it, and burn
driven him out of the land. it with fire. ...
15
Now behold, I say unto you that if ye will return unto Jerusalem ye 15
Wherefore the princes were
shall also perish with them. And now, if ye have choice, go up to the land, wroth with Jeremiah, ... and put him
in prison ... 16into the cabins, and
and remember the words which I speak unto you, that if ye go ye will also Jeremiah had remained there many
perish; for thus the Spirit of the Lord constraineth me that I should speak. days. ...
16
And it came to pass that when I, Nephi, had spoken these words 38:1
Then [some leaders] heard
unto my brethren, they were angry with me. And it came to pass that they ... Jeremiah ... saying, 2... He that
remaineth in this city shall die ... :
did lay their hands upon me, for behold, they were exceedingly wroth, and but he that goeth forth to the Chal-
they did bind me with cords, for they sought to take away my life, that they deans shall live. ...
might leave me in the wilderness to be devoured by wild beasts. 4
Therefore the princes said unto
the king, ... Let this man be put to
17
But it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord, saying: O Lord,
death: for thus he weakeneth the
according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands hands of the men of war that remain
of my brethren; yea, even give me strength that I may burst these bands in this city, and the hands of all the
with which I am bound. 18And it came to pass that when I had said these people, in speaking such words unto
them: for this man seeketh not the
words, behold, the bands were loosed from off my hands and feet, and I welfare of this people, but the hurt.
stood before my brethren, and I spake unto them again. 5
Then Zedekiah the king said,
19
And it came to pass that they were angry with me again, and sought Behold, he is in your hand: for the
to lay hands upon me; but behold, one of the daughters of Ishmael, yea, and king is not he that can do any thing
against you.
also her mother, and one of the sons of Ishmael, did plead with my breth- 6
Then took they Jeremiah, and
ren, insomuch that they did soften their hearts; and they did cease striving cast him into the dungeon ... that
to take away my life. was in the court of the prison: and
they let down Jeremiah with cords.
20
And it came to pass that they were sorrowful, because of their wick-
And in the dungeon there was no
edness, insomuch that they did bow down before me, and did plead with water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in
me that I would forgive them of the thing that they had done against me. the mire. ...
21
And it came to pass that I did frankly forgive them all that they had
10
Then the king commanded
Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying,
done, and I did exhort them that they would pray unto the Lord their God ... Take up Jeremiah the prophet out
for forgiveness. And it came to pass that they did so. And after they had of the dungeon, before he die. ... 28So
done praying unto the Lord we did again travel on our journey towards the Jeremiah abode in the court of the
tent of our father. prison until the day that Jerusalem
was taken: and he was there when
22
And it came to pass that we did come down unto the tent of our Jerusalem was taken.
father. And after I and my brethren and all the house of Ishmael had come
down unto the tent of my father, they did give thanks unto the Lord their
Commanded
8 God; and they did offer sacrifice and burnt offerings unto him. 1And it
See note at 2:7

15
Contents
Wilderness 14
Helaman 4:155:3 Tree 15
Rod 15
came to pass that we had gathered together all manner of seeds of every Building 16
Conclusion 17
kind, both of grain of every kind, and also of the seeds of fruit of everykind.
Explanation
8:16, 18Lehi
The tree of life 14
Sam, and Nephi. ... 16did come
unto me and partake of the fruit. ...
2
And it came to pass that while my father tarried in the wilderness he 17
Laman and Lemuel ... 18would not
spake unto us, saying: Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, come unto me and partake of the
I have seen a vision. 3And behold, because of the thing which I have seen, fruit.
I have reason to rejoice in the Lord because of Nephi and also of Sam; for I
Interpreted: Tree
have reason to suppose that they, and also many of their seed, will be saved.
11:2123, 25
4
But behold, Laman and Lemuel, I fear exceedingly because of you; 21
The angel said unto me: Behold
the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son
Wilderness of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou
the meaning of the tree which thy
for behold, methought I saw in my dream, a dark and dreary wilder- fathersaw?
ness. 5And it came to pass that I saw a man, and he was dressed in a white 22
And I answered him, saying:
robe; and he came and stood before me. 6And it came to pass that he spake Yea, it is the love of God, which
sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts
unto me, and bade me follow him.
of the children of men; wherefore, it
7
And it came to pass that as I followed him I beheld myself that I was is the most desirable above all things.
in a dark and dreary waste. 8And after I had traveled for the space of many 23
And he spake unto me, saying:
hours in darkness, I began to pray unto the Lord that he would have mercy Yea, and the most joyous to the
soul....
on me, according to the multitude of his tender mercies. 25
And I also beheld that the tree
of life was a representation of the
Tree and water love of God.
9
And it came to pass after I had prayed unto the Lord I beheld a large
Interpreted: River
and spacious field. 10And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit
12:16, 18
was desirable to make one happy. 11And it came to pass that I did go forth 16
The fountain of filthy water ... ,
and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above even the river ... and the depths
all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was thereof are the depths of hell. ...
white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen. 12And as I partook
18
And a great and a terrible gulf
divideth them [the children of men];
of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; yea, even the word of the justice of
wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it the Eternal God, and the Messiah.
also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit. 13And as I cast my 15:2730
eyes round about, that perhaps I might discover my family also, I beheld 27
The water which my father saw was
filthiness; and so much was his mind
a river of water; and it ran along, and it was near the tree of which I was
swallowed up in other things that he
partaking the fruit. 14And I looked to behold from whence it came; and I beheld not the filthiness of the water.
saw the head thereof a littlewayoff; 28
... It was an awful gulf, which
and at the head thereof I beheld your mother Sariah, and Sam, and separated the wicked from the tree of
life, and also from the saints of God.
Nephi; and they stood as if they knew not whither they should go. 15And it 29
... It was a representation of that
awful hell, which ... was prepared
for the wicked. 30... The justice of
God did also divide the wicked from
the righteous; and the brightness
thereof was like unto the brightness
of a flaming fire.

Interpreted: Living fountain


11:25
I beheld that ... the fountain of liv-
ing waters ... [is] a representation of
16 the love of God.
Apparently Lehi didnt see the clean
fountain.
Helaman 4:155:3

came to pass that I beckoned unto them; and I also did say unto them with Interpreted
a loud voice that they should come unto me, and partake of the fruit, which 11:25
was desirable above all other fruit. 16And it came to pass that they did come I beheld that the rod of iron, which
unto me and partake of the fruit also. my father had seen, was the word
of God, which led to the fountain of
17
And it came to pass that I was desirous that Laman and Lemuel living waters, or to the tree of life;
should come and partake of the fruit also; wherefore, I cast mine eyes which ... are a representation of the
towards the head of the river, that perhaps I might see them. 18And it came love of God.
to pass that I saw them, but they would not come unto me and partake
Interpreted
ofthefruit.
12:17
The mists of darkness are the tempta-
Rod and mist tions of the devil, which blindeth the
19
And I beheld a rod of iron, and it extended along the bank of the eyes, and hardeneth the hearts of the
children of men, and leadeth them
river, and led to the tree by which I stood. 20And I also beheld a strait and away into broad roads, that they per-
narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree by ish and are lost.
which I stood; and it also led by the head of the fountain, unto a large and
spacious field, as if it had beenaworld. Interpreted
21
And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were 15:25
I did exhort them ... that they
pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree
would give heed to the word of God
by which I stood. 22And it came to pass that they did come forth, and com- and remember to keep his com-
mence in the path which led to the tree. 23And it came to pass that there mandments always in allthings.
arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness,
insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, Summary
Action 1 Ne. 8
that they wandered off and were lost.
Commenced :22
24
And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they Caught hold :24, 30
came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press Clinging, continually :24, 30
forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even
Interpreted
until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree.
11:3536
35
The multitude of the earth was
Building gathered together ... in a large and
25
And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast spacious building. ...
And the angel of the Lord spake
their eyes about as if they were ashamed. 26And I also cast my eyes round
... : Behold the world and the wis-
about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spa- dom thereof; yea, behold the house
cious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth. 27And of Israel hath gathered together to
it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and fight against the twelve apostles of
the Lamb.
their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude 36
... The great and spacious
of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and building was the pride of the world;
were partaking of the fruit. and it fell, and the fall thereof was
exceedingly great.
12:18
The large and spacious building ...
is vain imaginations and the pride of
the children of men.

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28
And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because
of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths
and were lost.
29
And now I, Nephi, do not speak all the words of my father. 30But, to
be short in writing, behold, he saw other multitudes pressing forward; and
they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press
their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they
came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree.
31
And he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that
great and spacious building. 32And it came to pass that many were drowned
in the depths of the fountain; and many were lost from his view, wander-
ing in strange roads. 33And great was the multitude that did enter into that Reference
strange building. And after they did enter into that building they did point 1:16
the finger of scorn at me and those that were partaking of the fruit also; but I, Nephi, do not make a full account
of the things which my father hath
we heededthemnot. written, for he hath written many
34
These are the words of my father: For as many as heeded them, things ... of which I shall not make a
had fallen away. 35And Laman and Lemuel partook not of the fruit, said full account.
myfather. 6:3
It mattereth not to me that I am
Conclusion particular to give a full account of
all the things of my father, for they
36
And it came to pass after my father had spoken all the words of his cannot be written upon these plates,
dream or vision, which were many, he said unto us, because of these things for I desire the room that I may write
which he saw in a vision, he exceedingly feared for Laman and Lemuel; yea, of the things of God.

he feared lest they should be cast off from the presence of the Lord. 37And
he did exhort them then with all the feeling of a tender parent, that they Event
would hearken to his words, that perhaps the Lord would be merciful to 18:2519:4
them, and not cast them off; yea, my father did preach unto them. 38And
25
We did find upon the land of
promise ... all manner of ore. ...
after he had preached unto them, and also prophesied unto them of many 1
And ... the Lord commanded me,
things, he bade them to keep the commandments of the Lord; and he did wherefore I did make plates of ore
cease speaking unto them. that I might engraven upon them ...
9 1
And all these things did my father see, and hear, and speak, as he the record of my father, and also our
journeyings in the wilderness, and
dwelt in a tent, in the valley of Lemuel, and also a great many more things, the prophecies of my father; and also
which cannot be written upon these plates. many of mine own prophecies. ... 2I
knew not at the time when I made
The plates of Nephi them that I should be commanded of
the Lord to make these plates; where-
And now, as I have spoken concerning these plates, behold they
2
fore, ... the things which transpired
are not the plates upon which I make a full account of the history of my before I made these plates are, of a
people; for the plates upon which I make a full account of my people I truth, more particularly made men-
tion upon the first plates.

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have given the name of Nephi; wherefore, they are called the plates of Commanded, Obeyed
Nephi, after mine own name; 2 Ne. 5:2832
7
We did ... journey in the wilder-
and these plates also are called the plates of Nephi. 3Nevertheless,
ness ... 8And [did] call the name of
I have received a commandment of the Lord that I should make these the place Nephi. ... 28Thirty years
plates, for the special purpose that there should be an account engraven had passed away from the time we
of the ministry of my people. 4Upon the other plates should be engraven left Jerusalem. ... 30And ... the
Lord God said unto me: Make other
an account of the reign of the kings, and the wars and contentions of my plates; and thou shalt engraven many
people; wherefore these plates are for the more part of the ministry; and things upon them which are good in
the other plates are for the more part of the reign of the kings and the my sight, for the profit of thy people.
wars and contentions of my people.
31
Wherefore, I ... made these plates
... 32[and] engraved that which is
5
Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates pleasing unto God.
for a wise purpose in him, which purpose I know not. 6But the Lord 19:3
knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way 3
I, Nephi, received a commandment
to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he that the ministry and the prophecies,
hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words. And thus it is. Amen. the more plain and precious parts of
them, should be written upon these
[small] plates ... for the instruction
of my people, who should possess
the land, and also for other wise
purposes, which purposes are known
unto the Lord.

Also prophesied
1 Ne. 19:3
3
I, Nephi, received a commandment that the ministry and the prophecies, the more
plain and precious parts of them, should be written upon these [small] plates; and that
the things which were written should be kept for the instruction of my people, who
should possess the land, and also for other wise purposes, which purposes are known
unto the Lord.
W of M 1:7
6
I shall take these [small] plates, which contain these prophesyings and revelations, and
put them with the remainder of my record. ... 7And I do this for a wise purpose; for
thus it whispereth me, according to the workings of the Spirit of the Lord which is in
me.
Fulfilled
D&C 10:3845
40
Because the account which is engraven upon the [small] plates of Nephi is more
particular concerning the things which, in my wisdom, I would bring to the knowledge
of the people ... 42you shall publish it as the record of Nephi; and thus I will confound
those who have altered my words. 43I will not suffer that they shall destroy my work;
yea, I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil....
45
There are many things engraven upon the plates of Nephi which do throw greater
views upon my gospel; therefore, it is wisdom in me that you should translate this first
part of the engravings of Nephi, and send forth in this work.
D&C 5:9
9
I have reserved those things which I have entrusted unto you, my servant Joseph, for
a wise purpose in me, and it shall be made known unto future generations; 10But this
generation shall have my word through you.

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Section
10 III
The account of Nephi 1:17
After I have abridged the record
of my father then will I make an
account of mine own life.

1
And now I, Nephi, proceed to give an account upon these plates of
my proceedings, and my reign and ministry; wherefore, to proceed with
Question
mine account, I must speak somewhat of the things of my father, and also
Where does he speak of his breth-
of my brethren. ren? Maybe exhorting them to all
diligence (10:2). Maybe chapters
1922.
Section
Lehis prophecies 19:1
I did engraven ... the prophecies of
2
For behold, it came to pass after my father had made an end of
my father.
speaking the words of his dream, and also of exhorting them to all dili-
gence, he spake unto them concerning the Jews 3That after they should
Fulfilled
be destroyed, even that great city Jerusalem, and many be carried away
Destroyed 2 Kgs. 25:110
captive into Babylon, according to the own due time of the Lord, they Captive 2 Kgs. 25:1121
should return again, yea, even be brought back out of captivity; and after Return Ezra _:_
they should be brought back out of captivity they should possess again the
land of theirinheritance.

The Messiah Fulfilled


4
Yea, even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jeru- Matt. 12
salem, a prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jewseven a Luke 12
Messiah, or, in other words, a Savior of the world. 5And he also spake

20
Fulfilled Fulfilled
John 1:1934 (Matt. 3; Mark 1; Luke Acts 10:1
Helaman 4:155:3 3) 25
And as Pe
19
John [the baptist] ... 23said, I am lius met him
concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified of these things, the voice of one crying in the wilder- ... 38God an
ness, Make straight the way of the with the Ho
concerning this Messiah, of whom he had spoken, or this Redeemer of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. ... commande
world. 6Wherefore, all mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state, and ever 26
John answered them, say- people. ...
would be save they should rely on thisRedeemer. ing, I baptize with water: but there 44
While
standeth one among you, whom ye words, the H
7
And he spake also concerning a prophet who should come before
know not; 27He it is, who coming them which
the Messiah, to prepare the way of the Lord 8Yea, even he should go after me is preferred before me, they of the
forth and cry in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make whose shoes latchet I am not worthy believed we
his paths straight; for there standeth one among you whom ye know not; to unloose. 28These things were done came with P
in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where Gentiles als
and he is mightier than I, whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to unloose. John was baptizing. of the Holy
And much spake my father concerning this thing. 9And my father said he 29
The next day John seeth Jesus 11:2
When
should baptize in Bethabara, beyond Jordan; and he also said he should coming unto him, and saith, Behold to Jerusalem
baptize with water; even that he should baptize the Messiah with water. the Lamb of God, which taketh away rehearsed th
the sin of the world.... 34And I saw, began to sp
10
And after he had baptized the Messiah with water, he should behold and and bare record that this is the Son on them, as
bear record that he had baptized the Lamb of God, who should take away of God. 16
Then rem
the sins of theworld. Lord, how t
11
And it came to pass after my father had spoken these words he spake Allusion? baptized wi
Jacob 5Zenos baptized wi
unto my brethren concerning the gospel which should be preached among God gave th
5:3
Thus saith the Lord, I will liken
the Jews, and also concerning the dwindling of the Jews in unbelief. And thee, O house of Israel, like unto a unto us, wh
after they had slain the Messiah, who should come, and after he had been tame olive-tree. Jesus Christ
18
When
slain he should rise from the dead, and should make himself manifest, by
they held th
the Holy Ghost, unto the Gentiles. Prophesied God, saying
??? in 1 Nephi, I think the Gentiles
Gathering Israel Some prophecy that Israel would life.
12
Yea, even my father spake much concerning the Gentiles, and also be scattered upon all the face of
concerning the house of Israel, that they should be compared like unto an the earth.
olive-tree, whose branches should be broken off and should be scattered
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upon all the face of the earth. 13Wherefore, he said it must needs be that we
15:17Nephi to his brothers
should be led with one accord into the land of promise, unto the fulfilling Our father ... meaneth that it will
of the word of the Lord, that we should be scattered upon all the face of the not come to pass until after they are
earth. 14And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be scattered by the Gentiles; and ... it
shall come by way of the Gentiles,
gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the ful-
that the Lord may show his power
ness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive-tree, or the remnants unto the Gentiles, for the very cause
of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the that he shall be rejected of the Jews,
true Messiah, their Lord and theirRedeemer. or of the house of Israel.
15
And after this manner of language did my father prophesy and
speak unto my brethren, and also many more things which I do not write Record
in this book; for I have written as many of them as were expedient for me ???

in mine other book. 16And all these things, of which I have spoken, were I figure I should put some kind of
reference here ... but what?
done as my father dwelt in a tent, in the valley of Lemuel.
Interpreted Interpreted
15:1316Nephi to his brothers 15:12, 18Nephi to his brothers
13
The thing which our father meaneth concerning the grafting in of the natural Are we not broken off from the house of
branches through the fulness of the Gentiles, is, that in the latter days, when our Israel, and are we not a branch of the house
seed shall have dwindled in unbelief, ... then shall the fulness of the gospel of the of Israel? ... 18Our father hath not spoken
Messiah come unto the Gentiles, and from the Gentiles unto the remnant of our of our seed alone, but also of all the house of
seed 14And at that day shall the remnant of our seed know that they are of the Israel, pointing to the covenant which should
house of Israel, and that they are the covenant people of the Lord; and then shall be fulfilled in the latter days; which covenant
they know and come to the knowledge of their forefathers, and also to the knowl- the Lord made to our father Abraham, saying:
edge of the gospel of their Redeemer, which was ministered unto their fathers by In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth
him; wherefore, they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer and the very be blessed.
points of his doctrine, that they may know how to come unto him and be saved.
21
... 16They shall be remembered again among the house of Israel; they shall be
grafted in, being a natural branch of the olive-tree, into the true olive-tree.
Helaman 4:155:3

Section
Nephis prophecies 19:1
Many of mine own prophecies have
I engraven.

17
And it came to pass after I, Nephi, having heard all the words of my Revealed
10:10Lehi
father, concerning the things which he saw in a vision, and also the things He had baptized the Messiah; ... he
which he spake by the power of the Holy Ghost, which power he received had baptized the Lamb of God.
by faith on the Son of Godand the Son of God was the Messiah who 11:21angel
should comeI, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even
know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of the Son of the Eternal Father!
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, to-day, and forever; and the way
18 Common source?
is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be Heb. 13:8
7
Remember them which have the
that they repent and come unto him. 19For he that diligently seeketh rule over you, who have spoken unto
shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the you the word of God: whose faith
power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and follow, considering the end of their
as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the conversation. 8Jesus Christ the same
yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Lord is one eternalround.
20
Therefore remember, O man, for all thy doings thou shalt be
brought into judgment. 21Wherefore, if ye have sought to do wick-
edly in the days of your probation, then ye are found unclean before

22
Source?
Moses 6:57
Helaman 4:155:3 55
The Lord spake unto Adam, ...
57
Teach it unto your children, that all
men, everywhere, must repent, ...
the judgment-seat of God; and no unclean thing can dwell with God; for no unclean thing can ... dwell in
wherefore, ye must be cast off forever. 22And the Holy Ghost giveth his presence; for ... Man of Holiness
is his name, and the name of his
authority that I should speak these things, and deny them not.
Only Begotten is the Son of Man.

Contents
11 The vision of the tree Opening 20
1
For it came to pass after I had desired to know the things that my House of Israel 20
Tree: Birth 21
father had seen, and believing that the Lord was able to make them known Rod: Ministry 21
unto me, as I sat pondering in mine heart I was caught away in the Spirit of Building: Crucifixion 22
the Lord, yea, into an exceedingly high mountain, which I never had before Seed of Lehi 23
Mist: Christs coming 23
seen, and upon which I never had before set my foot.
Filthy water: Dwindling 24
2
And the Spirit said unto me: Behold, what desirest thou? Gentile nations 25
3
And I said: I desire to behold the things which my fathersaw. Great church 25
4
And the Spirit said unto me: Believest thou that thy father saw the Upon the promised land 26
Record of the Jews 26
tree of which he hath spoken? Record of Lehis seed 28
5
And I said: Yea, thou knowest that I believe all the words of my father. Two churches 29
6
And when I had spoken these words, the Spirit cried with a loud Closing 31
voice, saying: Hosanna to the Lord, the most high God; for he is God over
all the earth, yea, even above all. And blessed art thou, Nephi, because thou Fulfilled???
believest in the Son of the most high God; wherefore, thou shalt behold 11:14 OR 11:20 OR 12:6
the things which thou hast desired. 7And behold this thing shall be given Is Nephis new angel guide the
Son of God? Or is this just saying
unto thee for a sign, that after thou hast beheld the tree which bore the fruit
that the newborn baby came from
which thy father tasted, thou shalt also behold a man descending out of heaven and is the Son of God?
heaven, and him shall ye witness; and after ye have witnessed him ye shall
bear record that it is the Son of God. Parallel account
Rev. 2:7; 22:2, 14John the be-
loved
The Jews 2:7
To him that overcometh will I give
8
And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me: Look! to eat of the tree of life, which is in
the midst of the paradise of God. ...
And I looked and beheld a tree; and it was like unto the tree which my 21:2
I John saw the holy city, new
father had seen; and the beauty thereof was far beyond, yea, exceeding of Jerusalem, coming down from God
all beauty; and the whiteness thereof did exceed the whiteness of the driven out of heaven. ... 22:1He [an angel]
snow. 9And it came to pass after I had seen the tree, I said unto the Spirit: shewed me a pure river of water of
life ... proceeding out of the throne
Ibehold thou hast shown unto me the tree which is precious above all. of God. ... 22:2In the midst of the
10
And he said unto me: What desirest thou? street of it, and on either side of the
11
And I said unto him: To know the interpretation thereoffor I river, was there the tree of life, which
bare twelve manner of fruits, and
spake unto him as a man speaketh; for I beheld that he was in the form of
yielded her fruit every month: and
a man; yet nevertheless, I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord; and he the leaves of the tree were for the
spake unto me as a man speaketh with another. healing of the nations. ... 22:14Blessed
are they that do his commandments,
that they may have right to the tree
of life, and may enter in through the
gates into the city.

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More information?
12
And it came to pass that he said unto me: Look! And I looked as
11:7
if to look upon him, and I saw him not; for he had gone from before my After thou hast beheld the tree
presence. which bore the fruit which thy father
tasted, thou shalt also behold a man
Tree: Birth descending out of heaven, and him
13
And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great city of Jeru- shall ye witness; and after ye have
witnessed him ye shall bear record
salem, and also other cities. And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the that it is the Son of God.
city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white. Does this refer to the angel or to
14
And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an angel the newborn child?
came down and stood before me; and he said unto me: Nephi, what
beholdestthou? Fulfilled
15
And I said unto him: A virgin, most beautiful and fair above all Luke 1:2638
26
The angel Gabriel was sent from
other virgins. God unto a city of Galilee, named
16
And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension ofGod? Nazareth, 27To a virgin ... [named]
17
And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; neverthe- Mary. ... 30And the angel said unto
less, I do not know the meaning of all things. her, ... 31Thou shalt conceive in thy
womb, and bring forth a son, and
18
And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the shalt call his name JESUS. 32He shall
mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh. 19And it came to be great, and shall be called the Son
pass that I beheld that she was carried away in theSpirit; of the Highest. ...
34
Then said Mary unto the angel,
and after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a
How shall this be, seeing I know not
time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! a man?
20
And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her 35
And the angel answered and
arms. said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall
come upon thee, and the power of
21
And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the the Highest shall overshadow thee:
Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy therefore also that holy thing which
father saw? shall be born of thee shall be called
22
And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which shed- the Son of God.
deth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the
Fulfilled
most desirable above all things.
Luke 2:120
23
And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul. 4
Joseph also went up ... [to] Beth
lehem; ... 5To be taxed with Mary his
Rod: Ministry espoused wife, being great with child.
24
And after he had said these words, he said unto me: Look! 6
And so it was, that, while they
were there, the days were accom-
And I looked, and I beheld the Son of God going forth among the
plished that she should be delivered.
children of men; and I saw many fall down at his feet and worship him. 7
And she brought forth her firstborn
25
And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father son, and wrapped him in swaddling
had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, clothes, and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room for them
or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; in the inn.

24
Helaman 4:155:3

and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of
God.
26
And the angel said unto me again: Look and behold the condescen- Fulfilled
sion of God! Luke 3:122 (+John 1:2934)
27
And I looked and beheld the Redeemer of the world, of whom my 2
John the son of Zacharias ... [came]
father had spoken; and I also beheld the prophet who should prepare the
3
preaching the baptism of repentance
for the remission of sins; 4As ... one
way before him. And the Lamb of God went forth and was baptized of him; crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye
and after he was baptized, I beheld the heavens open, and the Holy Ghost the way of the Lord. ...
come down out of heaven and abide upon him in the form of a dove. 28And 21
Jesus also being baptized, and
I beheld that he went forth ministering unto the people, in power and great praying, the heaven was opened,
22
And the Holy Ghost descended
glory; and the multitudes were gathered together to hear him; and I beheld in a bodily shape like a dove upon
that they cast him out from among them. 29And I also beheld twelve others him, and a voice came from heaven,
following him. And it came to pass that they were carried away in the Spirit which said, Thou art my beloved
Son; in thee I am well pleased.
from before my face, and I sawthemnot.
30
And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying:Look!
And I looked, and I beheld the heavens open again, and I saw angels Fulfilled
descending upon the children of men; and they did minister unto them. Ministry ____
31
And he spake unto me again, saying: Look! Multitudes ____
Cast out ____
And I looked, and I beheld the Lamb of God going forth among
Twelve apostles ____
the children of men. And I beheld multitudes of people who were sick,
and who were afflicted with all manner of diseases, and with devils and
unclean spirits; and the angel spake and showed all these things unto me.
Fulfilled
And they were healed by the power of the Lamb of God; and the devils and Mount of transfiguration? Comfort
the unclean spirits were cast out. in Gethsemane?
.
Building: Crucifixion and persecution
32
And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying:Look!
And I looked and beheld the Lamb of God, that he was taken by the
people; yea, the Son of the everlasting God was judged of the world; and Fulfilled
I saw and bear record. 33And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the healed
cross and slain for the sins of the world. 34And after he was slain I saw the cast out
multitudes of the earth, that they were gathered together to fight against
the apostles of the Lamb; for thus were the twelve called by the angel of
the Lord. 35And the multitude of the earth was gathered together; and I
beheld that they were in a large and spacious building, like unto the build- Fulfilled
ing which my father saw. Judged ____
Slain on the cross ____
And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: Behold the
world and the wisdom thereof; yea, behold the house of Israel hath gath-
Fulfilled
ered together to fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb. Acts _:_

25
Helaman 4:155:3

And it came to pass that I saw and bear record, that the great and
36

spacious building was the pride of the world; and it fell, and the fall thereof
was exceedingly great.
And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: Thus shall be
the destruction of all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, that shall fight
against the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

12 The seed of Lehi


1
And it came to pass that the angel said unto me: Look, and behold
thy seed, and also the seed of thy brethren.
And I looked and beheld the land of promise; and I beheld multi-
tudes of people, yea, even as it were in number as many as the sand of the
sea. 2And it came to pass that I beheld multitudes gathered together to Fulfilled
battle, one against the other; and I beheld wars, and rumors of wars, and _:_
.
great slaughters with the sword among my people. 3And it came to pass
that I beheld many generations pass away, after the manner of wars and
contentions intheland; and I beheld many cities, yea, even that I did not
numberthem.

Mist: Darkness before Christs coming


4
And it came to pass that I saw a mist of darkness on the face of the
land of promise; and I saw lightnings, and I heard thunderings, and earth- Fulfilled
quakes, and all manner of tumultuous noises; and I saw the earth and the 3 Ne 8:_10:_
.
rocks, that they rent; and I saw mountains tumbling into pieces; and I saw
the plains of the earth, that they were broken up; and I saw many cities that
they were sunk; and I saw many that they were burned with fire; and I saw
many that did tumble to the earth, because of the quaking thereof.
5
And it came to pass after I saw these things, I saw the vapor of dark-
ness, that it passed from off the face of the earth; and behold, I saw mul- Fulfilled
titudes who had not fallen because of the great and terrible judgments of 3 Ne 11:__:_
.
the Lord.
6
And I saw the heavens open, and the Lamb of God descending out
of heaven; and he came down and showed himself unto them. 7And I also
saw and bear record that the Holy Ghost fell upon twelve others; and they
were ordained of God, and chosen.
8
And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the Twelve Disciples of
the Lamb, who are chosen to minister unto thy seed. 9And he said unto me:
Thou rememberest the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb? Behold they are they
who shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel; wherefore, the twelve ministers

26
Fulfilled
3 Ne. 27:19, 27
Helaman 4:155:3 4
The Lord said unto ... 1the disciples of Jesus
... 19Nothing entereth into his rest save it be
of thy seed shall be judged of them; for ye are of the house of Israel. 10And those who have washed their garments in my
blood, because of their faith, and the repen-
these twelve ministers whom thou beholdest shall judge thy seed. And, tance of all their sins, and their faithfulness
behold, they are righteous forever; for because of their faith in the Lamb of unto the end.
God their garments are made white in his blood. 24
Write the works of this people, which shall
be, ... 25For behold, out of the books which ...
11
And the angel said unto me: Look!
shall be written, shall this people be judged,
And I looked, and beheld three generations pass away in righteous- for by them shall their works be known unto
ness; and their garments were white even like unto the Lamb of God. men. ... 27And know ye that ye shall be judges
And the angel said unto me: These are made white in the blood of the of this people, according to the judgment
which I shall give unto you, which shall be just.
Lamb, because of their faith in him. 12And I, Nephi, also saw many of the Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be?
fourth generation who passed away inrighteousness. Verily I say unto you, even as I am.

Filthy water: Dwindling in unbelief Also prophesied


13
And it came to pass that I saw the multitudes of the earth gathered 2 Ne. 26:9
together.
9
The Son of righteousness shall appear unto
them ... , and they shall have peace with him,
14
And the angel said unto me: Behold thy seed, and also the seed of until three generations shall have passed away,
thy brethren. and many of the fourth generation shall have
15
And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the people of my seed passed away in righteousness.
gathered together in multitudes against the seed of my brethren; and they Alma 45:12Alma2 to Helaman1
were gathered together tobattle.
10
The Nephites, ... in four hundred years
from the time that Jesus Christ shall manifest
16
And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the fountain of filthy himself unto them, shall dwindle in unbelief.
water which thy father saw; yea, even the river of which he spake; and the ... 12From that day, even the fourth generation
depths thereof are the depths of hell. 17And the mists of darkness are the shall not all pass away before this great iniquity
temptations of the devil, which blindeth the eyes, and hardeneth the hearts shall come.
of the children of men, and leadeth them away into broad roads, that they Hel. 13:10Samuel
8
Thus saith the Lord: Because of the hardness
perish and are lost. 18And the large and spacious building, which thy father of the hearts of the people of the Nephites, ...
saw, is vain imaginations and the pride of the children of men. And a great 10
there shall be those of the fourth generation
and a terrible gulf divideth them; yea, even the word of the justice of the who shall live, of your enemies, to behold your
Eternal God, and the Messiah who is the Lamb of God, of whom the Holy utter destruction; and this shall surely come
except ye repent, saith the Lord; and those of
Ghost beareth record, from the beginning of the world until this time, and the fourth generation shall visit your destruc-
from this time henceforth andforever. tion.
19
And while the angel spake these words, I beheld and saw that the 3 Ne. 27:32
seed of my brethren did contend against my seed, according to the word of 31
Them who are now alive of this generation;
the angel; and because of the pride of my seed, and the temptations of the and none of them are lost. ... 32It sorroweth
me because of the fourth generation from this
devil, I beheld that the seed of my brethren did overpower the people of generation, for they are led away captive by
my seed. 20And it came to pass that I beheld, and saw the people of the seed him even as was the son of perdition; for they
of my brethren that they had overcome my seed; and they went forth in will sell me for silver and for gold. ... And in
that day will I visit them, even in turning their
multitudes upon the face of the land. 21And I saw them gathered together
works upon their own heads.
in multitudes; and I saw wars and rumors of wars among them; and in wars
and rumors of wars I saw many generations pass away. Fulfilled
4 Ne. 1:_???
Fulfilled It records the first two generations were righ-
Morm. 6:15 teous, but doesnt explicitly say three.
Even all my people, save it were those twenty and four who were with me,
and also a few who had escaped into the south countries, and a few who Fulfilled
had deserted over unto the Lamanites, had fallen. Morm. 7:8
Morm. 7:29 The Lamanites are at war one with another; and the
2
After the ... battle at Cumorah, behold, the Nephites who had escaped whole face of this land is one continual round of murder
into the country southward were hunted by the Lamanites, until they were and bloodshed; and no one knoweth the end of the war.
all destroyed. 3And my father also was killed by them, and I even remain Moro. 1:12
alone. ... 1
I make not myself known to the Lamanites lest they
7
The Lamanites have hunted my people, the Nephites, down from city 27
should destroy me. 2For behold, their wars are exceed-
to city and from place to place, even until they are no more. ... 9There are ingly fierce among themselves.
none save it be the Lamanites and robbers that do exist upon the face of
the land.
Helaman 4:155:3

22
And the angel said unto me: Behold these shall dwindle in unbelief. Interpreted
23
And it came to pass that I beheld, after they had dwindled in unbe- 14:10
lief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness That great church, which is the
and all manner of abominations. mother of abominations; ... is the
whore of all the earth.
13 The Gentiles 2 Ne. 10:16Jacob
He that fighteth against Zion, both
1
And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying:Look! Jew and Gentile, both bond and
And I looked and beheld many nations and kingdoms. free, both male and female, shall
perish; for they are they who are the
2
And the angel said unto me: What beholdest thou? whore of all the earth; for they who
And I said: I behold many nations and kingdoms. are not for me are against me.
3
And he said unto me: These are the nations and kingdoms of the
Gentiles. Parallel account
Rev. 17John the beloved
Great and abominable church 3
I saw a woman ... 4arrayed in
4
And it came to pass that I saw among the nations of the Gentiles the purple and scarlet colour, and decked
with gold and precious stones and
formation of a great church. pearls, having a golden cup in her
5
And the angel said unto me: Behold the formation of a church which hand full of abominations and filthi-
is most abominable above all other churches, which slayeth the saints of ness of her fornication: 5And upon
God, yea, and tortureth them and bindeth them down, and yoketh them her forehead was a name written,
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
with a yoke of iron, and bringeth them down into c aptivity. THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND
6
And it came to pass that I beheld this great and abominable church; ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
and I saw the devil that he was the founder of it. 7And I also saw gold, and 6
And I saw the woman drunken with
the blood of the saints, and with the
silver, and silks, and scarlets, and fine-twined linen, and all manner of pre- blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
cious clothing; and I saw many harlots.
Rev. 18:1117, 24
8
And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the gold, and the sil- 12
The merchandise of gold, and silver,
ver, and the silks, and the scarlets, and the fine-twined linen, and the pre- and precious stones, and of pearls,
cious clothing, and the harlots, are the desires of this great and abominable and fine linen, and purple, and silk,
and scarlet, ... 13and souls of men.
church. 9And also for the praise of the world do they destroy the saints of
... 15The merchants of these things
God, and bring them down into captivity. [shall say] ... 16Alas, alas, that great
city, that was clothed in fine linen,
Gentiles smite the seed of Lehi and purple, and scarlet, and decked
10
And it came to pass that I looked and beheld many waters; and they with gold, and precious stones, and
pearls! 18:17For in one hour so great
divided the Gentiles from the seed of my brethren.
riches is come to nought. ...
11
And it came to pass that the angel said unto me: Behold the wrath of 24
In her was found the blood of
God is upon the seed of thy brethren. prophets, and of saints, and of all
12
And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was sepa- that were slain upon the earth.
rated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Rev.13:10
He that leadeth into captivity shall go
Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went into captivity: he that killeth with the
forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were sword must be killed with the sword.
Here is the patience and the faith of
the saints.

28
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in the promised land. 13And it came to pass that I beheld the Spirit of God, Promised
that it wrought upon other Gentiles; and they went forth out of captivity, 2:20
upon the many waters. 14And it came to pass that I beheld many multitudes .
of the Gentiles upon the land of promise; and I beheld the wrath of God,
that it was upon the seed of my brethren; and they were scattered before
the Gentiles and were smitten.
15
And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles,
and they did prosper and obtain the land for their inheritance; and I beheld
Also prophesied?
that they were white, and exceedingly fair and beautiful, like unto my peo- 5:1719Lehi
ple before they were slain. 16And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that 18
These plates of brass should go
the Gentiles who had gone forth out of captivity did humble themselves forth unto all nations, kindreds,
before the Lord; and the power of the Lord was with them. tongues, and people who were of his
seed. 19Wherefore, he said that these
17
And I beheld that their mother Gentiles were gathered together plates of brass should never perish;
upon the waters, and upon the land also, to battle against them. 18And I neither should they be dimmed any
beheld that the power of God was with them, and also that the wrath of more by time.
God was upon all those that were gathered together against them to battle.
19
And I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles that had gone out of captivity were
delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations. 20And
it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that they did prosper in the land;
Also prophesied?
The book of the Lamb: Blindness and stumbling Ezekiel 37:1520
19
I will take the stick of Joseph,
and I beheld a book, and it was carried forth among them. which is in the hand of Ephraim, ...
21
And the angel said unto me: Knowest thou the meaning of the book? and will put them ... with the stick
22
And I said unto him: I know not. of Judah, and make them one stick,
and they shall be one in mine hand.
23
And he said: Behold it proceedeth out of the mouth of aJew.
And I, Nephi, beheld it;
and he said unto me: The book that thou beholdest is a record of the
Jews, which contains the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto
the house of Israel; and it also containeth many of the prophecies of the More information
holy prophets; and it is a record like unto the engravings which are upon 5:1016
the plates of brass, save there are not so many; nevertheless, they contain 10
The plates of brass ... 11did
the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; contain the five books of Moses, ...
12
And also a record of the Jews ...
wherefore, they are of great worth unto the Gentiles. 13
And also the prophecies of the
24
And the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the holy prophets, ... 14And ... a gene-
book proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew; and when it proceeded alogy of his [Lehis] fathers.
forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the fulness of the gospel of
the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; and they bear record
according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God. 25Wherefore, these
things go forth from the Jews in purity unto the Gentiles, according to the
truth which is in God.

29
Helaman 4:155:3

26
And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the
Lamb, from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that
great and abominable church, which is most abominable above all other
churches; for behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb
many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants
of the Lord have they taken away. 27And all this have they done that they
might pervert the right ways of the Lord, that they might blind the eyes and
harden the hearts of the children of men. 28Wherefore, thou seest that after
the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable
church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away from the
book, which is the book of the Lamb of God.
29
And after these plain and precious things were taken away it goeth
forth unto all the nations of the Gentiles; and 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
seestbecause of the many plain and precious things which have been
taken out of the book, which were plain unto the understanding of the
children of men, according to the plainness which is in the Lamb of God
because of these things which are taken away out of the gospel of the Lamb,
an exceedingly great many do stumble, yea, insomuch that Satan hath great
power over them.
30
Nevertheless, thou beholdest that the Gentiles who have gone forth
out of captivity, and 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 that 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 are among thy brethren. 31Neither will he
suffer that the Gentiles shall destroy the seed of thy brethren. 32Neither will
the Lord God suffer that the Gentiles shall forever remain in that awful
state of blindness, which thou beholdest they are in, because of the plain
and most precious parts of the gospel of the Lamb which have been kept
back by that abominable church, whose formation thou hast seen.
33
Wherefore saith the Lamb of God: I will be merciful unto the
Gentiles, unto the visiting of the remnant of the house of Israel in great
judgment.

The hidden book


And it came to pass that the angel of the Lord spake unto me, say-
34

ing: Behold, saith the Lamb of God, after I have visited the remnant of

30
shall establish again among them my Zion.
Fulfilled?
Helaman 4:155:3 D&C 6:6; 11:6; 12:6
Keep my commandments, and seek to bring
the house of Israeland this remnant of whom I speak is the seed of thy forth and establish the cause of Zion.
fatherwherefore, after I have visited them in judgment, and smitten them D&C 14:6
by the hand of the Gentiles, and after the Gentiles do stumble exceedingly, Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion.
Keep my commandments in all things.
because of the most plain and precious parts of the gospel of the Lamb
which have been kept back by that abominable church, which is the mother Source
of harlots, saith the LambI will be merciful unto the Gentiles in that day, Isa. 52:78
insomuch that I will bring forth unto them, in mine own power, much of
7
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him
my gospel, which shall be plain and precious, saith theLamb. that bringeth good tidings,
35
For, behold, saith the Lamb: I will manifest myself unto thy seed, that publisheth peace;
that they shall write many things which I shall minister unto them, which that bringeth good tidings of good,
shall be plain and precious; and after thy seed shall be destroyed, and dwin- that publisheth salvation;
that saith unto Zion,
dle in unbelief, and also the seed of thy brethren, behold, these things shall Thy God reigneth!
be hid up, to come forth unto the Gentiles, by the gift and power of the 8
Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice;
Lamb. 36And in them shall be written my gospel, saith the Lamb, and my
13:
with the voice together shall they sing:
for they shall see eye to eye,
rock and my salvation. 37And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth
when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
13:

my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy
Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day,
Also prophesied?
and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall
5:1719Lehi
publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains 17
My father ... began to prophesy ... 18That
shall they be. these plates of brass should go forth unto all
38
And it came to pass that I beheld the remnant of the seed of my nations, kindreds, tongues, and people who
were of his seed. 19Wherefore, he said that these
brethren, and also the book of the Lamb of God, which had proceeded plates of brass should never perish; neither
forth from the mouth of the Jew, that it came forth from the Gentiles unto should they be dimmed any more by time.
the remnant of the seed of my brethren.
39
And after it had come forth unto them I beheld other books, which Also prophesied?
came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto _:_
.
the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren,
and also the Jews who were scattered upon all the face of the earth, that
the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are true.
40
And the angel spake unto me, saying: These last records, which Also mentioned
thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, We do not use the Bible to convince
people of the Book of Mormon;
which are of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, and shall make known the
we use the Book of Mormon to
plain and precious things which have been taken away from them; and convince people of the Bible.
shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of Morm? Moro? _:_
God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and that .
all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved. 41And they must
come according to the words which shall be established by the mouth of
Fulfilled?
the Lamb; and the words of the Lamb shall be made known in the records 3 Ne. 9:2022Jesus Christ
of thy seed, as well as in the records of the twelve apostles of the Lamb; 20
Whoso cometh unto me with a bro-
ken heart and a contrite spirit, him
will I baptize with fire and with the
Holy Ghost. ... 21I have come unto
the world to bring redemption unto
the world, to save the world from sin.
22
Therefore, whoso repenteth and
cometh unto me as a little child, him
will I receive, for of such is the king-
dom of God. Behold, for such I have
laid down my life, and have taken it
up again; therefore repent, and come
unto me ye ends of the earth, and 31 be
saved.
Helaman 4:155:3

wherefore they both shall be established in one; for there is one God and Common source?
one Shepherd over alltheearth. Matt. 20:16
42
And the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all nations, 1
The kingdom of heaven is like unto
both unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles; and after he has manifested a ... householder, which went out
early ... to hire labourers. ...
himself unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles, then he shall manifest 16
So the last shall be first, and the
himself unto the Gentiles and also unto the Jews, and the last shall be first, first last: for many be called, but few
14 and the first shall be last. 1And it shall come to pass, that if the Gentiles chosen.
shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest him-
self unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the taking Parallel account
away of their stumbling blocks 2And harden not their hearts against the Rev. 20:3
13:4
The dragon ... gave power unto
Lamb of God, they shall be numbered among the seed of thy father; yea, the beast. ... 17:8The beast that thou
they shall be numbered among the house of Israel; and they shall be a sawest ... shall ascend out of the bot-
blessed people upon the promised land forever; they shall be no more tomless pit, and go into perdition. ...
20:1
I saw an angel come down
brought down into captivity; and the house of Israel shall no more
from heaven, having the key of the
beconfounded. bottomless pit and a great chain in
3
And that great pit, which hath been digged for them by that great his hand. 2And he laid hold on the
and abominable church, which was founded by the devil and his children, dragon, that old serpent, which is the
Devil, and Satan, and bound him a
that he might lead away the souls of men down to hellyea, that great pit thousand years, 3And cast him into
which hath been digged for the destruction of men shall be filled by those the bottomless pit, and shut him
who digged it, unto their utter destruction, saith the Lamb of God; not the up, and set a seal upon him, that he
destruction of the soul, save it be the casting of it into that hell which hath should deceive the nations no more,
till the thousand years should be
no end. 4For behold, this is according to the captivity of the devil, and also
14:

fulfilled: and after that he must be


according to the justice of God, upon all those who will work wickedness loosed a little season.
and abomination before him.

A work of life or captivity Allusion?


5
And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, Nephi, saying: Isa. 29:14
I will proceed to do a marvellous
Thou hast beheld that if the Gentiles repent it shall be well with them; and
work among this people, even a
thou also knowest concerning the covenants of the Lord unto the house marvellous work and a wonder.
of Israel; and thou also hast heard that whoso repenteth not must perish.
6
Therefore, wo be unto the Gentiles if it so be that they harden their hearts Explained
against the Lamb of God. 7For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, 2 Ne. 25:1718
17
The Lord will set his hand again
that I will work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men;
the second time to restore his
a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other people from their lost and fallen
either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or unto the state. Wherefore, he will proceed
deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of to do a marvelous work and a
wonder among the children of men.
their minds unto their being brought down into captivity, and also into 18
Wherefore, he shall bring forth
his words unto them ... for the
purpose of convincing them of the
true Messiah.

32
Helaman 4:155:3

destruction, both temporally and spiritually, according to the captivity of


the devil, of which Ihavespoken.

Two churches
Reference
8
And it came to pass that when the angel had spoken these words,
14:4
he said unto me: Rememberest thou the covenants of the Father unto the
house of Israel?
I said unto him, Yea.
9
And it came to pass that he said unto me: Look, and behold that
great and abominable church, which is the mother of abominations, whose
founder is the devil. 10And he said unto me: Behold there are save two
churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and 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; and she is the whore of all the earth.
11
And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the whore of all the
earth, and she sat upon many waters; and she had dominion over all the
earth, among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people. 12And it came to
pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God, and its numbers were
few, because of the wickedness and abominations of the whore who sat
upon many waters; nevertheless, I beheld that the church of the Lamb, who
were the saints of God, were also upon all the face of the earth; and their
dominions upon the face of the earth were small, because of the wicked-
ness of the great whore whom I saw.

Fighting against the Lamb of God


13
And it came to pass that I beheld that the great mother of abomina-
tions did gather together multitudes upon the face of all the earth, among
all the nations of the Gentiles, to fight against the Lamb of God. 14And it
came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it
descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the cov-
enant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth;
and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in
great glory.
15
And it came to pass that I beheld that the wrath of God was poured
out upon that great and abominable church, insomuch that there were wars
and rumors of wars among all the nations and kindreds of the earth. 16And
as there began to be wars and rumors of wars among all the nations which
belonged to the mother of abominations, the angel spake unto me, saying:

Interpreted Parallel account


2 Ne. 10:16Jacob Rev. 17, 19John the beloved
He that fighteth against Zion, both 17:1
One of the seven angels [said]
Jew and Gentile, both bond and unto me, ... I will shew unto thee
free, both male and female, shall the judgment of the great whore
perish; for they are they who are the that sitteth upon many waters. ... 33
whore of all the earth; for they who 19:1
A great voice of much people
are not for me are against me. in heaven [said] ... 2He hath judged
the great whore, which did corrupt
the earth with her fornication,
Helaman 4:155:3

Behold, the wrath of God is upon the mother of harlots; and behold, thou
seest all these things 17And when the day cometh that the wrath of God
is poured out upon the mother of harlots, which is the great and abomi-
nable church of all the earth, whose founder is the devil, then, at that day,
gn the work of the Father shall commence, in preparing the way for the ful-
at
filling of his covenants, which he hath made to his people who are of the Fulfilled
y
the houseofIsrael. Revelation
l. 1:9
I John, ... was in the isle that is
all Closing called Patmos. ... 10I was in the
all Spirit on the Lords day, and heard
18
And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying:Look! behind me a great voice, ... 11Saying,
19
And I looked and beheld a man, and he was dressed in a whiterobe. ... What thou seest, write in a book.

n
20
And the angel said unto me: Behold one of the twelve apostles of the
d Lamb. 21Behold, he shall see and write the remainder of these things; yea,
. and also many things which have been. 22And he shall also write concern- Event
ing the end of the world. 23Wherefore, the things which he shall write are 13:2023
just and true; and behold they are written in the book which thou beheld
20
I beheld a book, and it was carried
my forth among them [the Gentiles]. ...
proceeding out of the mouth of the Jew; and at the time they proceeded 23
And he said: Behold it pro-
ath out of the mouth of the Jew, or, at the time the book proceeded out of the ceedeth out of the mouth of aJew.
mouth of the Jew, the things which were written were plain and pure, and ... [It] is a record of the Jews, which
contains the covenants of the Lord.
most precious and easy to the understanding of all men.
24
And behold, the things which this apostle of the Lamb shall write
Question
are many things which thou hast seen; and behold, the remainder shalt At what point in the book of
thou see. 25But the things which thou shalt see hereafter thou shalt not Revelation does this break occur?
e
write; for the Lord God hath ordained the apostle of the Lamb of God that It appears to be when Gods wrath
e he should write them. 26And also others who have been, to them hath he begins to come upon the great
and abominable church (14:17),
shown all things, and they have written them; and they are sealed up to because that is where the angel
come forth in their purity, according to the truth which is in the Lamb, stops Nephis vision. So where in
in the own due time of the Lord, unto the house of Israel. 27And I, Nephi, Revelation is that point?
heard and bear record, that the name of the apostle of the Lamb was John,
according to the word of the angel. Events
k 28
And behold, I, Nephi, am forbidden that I should write the remain- Ether 3:2526
he 25
The Lord ... showed unto the
d der of the things which I saw and heard; wherefore the things which I have brother of Jared all the inhabitants
written sufficeth me; and I have written but a small part of the things which of the earth which had been, and
I saw. 29And I bear record that I saw the things which my father saw, and also all that would be ... , even unto
the ends of the earth. 26For he had
the angel of the Lord did make them known unto me. 30And now I make
said ... that if he would believe in
an end of speaking concerning the things which I saw while I was carried him that he could show unto him
away in the spirit; and if all the things which I saw are not written, the all thingsit should be shown unto
things which I have written are true. And thus it is. Amen. him; therefore the Lord could not
the
withhold anything from him, for he
ey
knew that the Lord could show him
all things.
Moses 1:8
7
Now I show it unto thee. 8... And
Moses beheld the world and the ends
thereof, and all the children of men
which are, and which were created.

Also prophesied
Ether 3:275:6
34
3:27
The Lord said unto him: Write
these things and seal them up; and
I will show them in mine own due
time unto the children of men. ...
4:6
They shall not go forth unto the
Helaman 4:155:3

15 IV Explaining the vision


1
And it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had been carried away in the
spirit, and seen all these things, I returned to the tent of my father. 2And it
came to pass that I beheld my brethren, and they were disputing one with Event Event
another concerning the things which my father had spoken unto them. 12:1923 8:238
3
For he truly spake many great things unto them, which were hard to be Because of the pride of my seed, and 36
My fathe
understood, save a man should inquire of the Lord; and they being hard in the temptations of the devil, I beheld Laman and
that the seed of my brethren did exhort them
their hearts, therefore they did not look unto the Lord as they ought.
overpower the people of my seed. of a tender
4
And now I, Nephi, was grieved because of the hardness of their did preach
hearts, and also, because of the things which I had seen, and knew they Event he had pre
must unavoidably come to pass because of the great wickedness of the chil- 10:1214 also proph
12
My father spake much concerning things, he
dren of men. 5And it came to pass that I was overcome because of my afflic- commandm
the Gentiles, and also concerning
tions, for I considered that mine afflictions were great above all, because of the house of Israel, that they should 10:216
the destruction of my people, for I had beheld their fall. 6And it came to be compared like unto an olive-tree, 2
After my f
pass that after I had received strength I spake unto my brethren, desiring whose branches should be broken of speaking
off and should be scattered upon all and also of
to know of them the cause of their disputations.
the face of the earth. 13Wherefore, he diligence, h
7
And they said: Behold, we cannot understand the words which our said it must needs be that we should cerning th
father hath spoken concerning the natural branches of the olive-tree, and be led with one accord into the land should be .
also concerning the Gentiles. of promise, unto the fulfilling of the into Babylo
word of the Lord, that we should again.
8
And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord? be scattered upon all the face of the
9
And they said unto me: We have not; for the Lord maketh no such earth. 14And after the house of Israel
thing known unto us. should be scattered they should be
10
Behold, I said unto them: How is it that ye do not keep the com- gathered together again; or, in fine,
after the Gentiles had received the
mandments of the Lord? How is it that ye will perish, because of the hard- fulness of the Gospel, the natural
ness of your hearts? 11Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath branches of the olive-tree, or the
said?If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that remnants of the house of Israel,
should be grafted in, or come to the
ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these
knowledge of the true Messiah, their
things shall be made known unto you. Lord and their Redeemer.

Branches of Israel Source


10:12, 14
12
Behold, I say unto you, that the house of Israel was compared unto 12
My father spake much concerning
an olive-tree, by the Spirit of the Lord which was in our father; and behold the Gentiles, and also concerning
the house of Israel, that they should
are we not broken off from the house of Israel, and are we not a branch of
be compared like unto an olive-tree,
the house of Israel? whose branches should be broken off
13
And now, the thing which our father meaneth concerning the graft- and should be scattered upon all the
ing in of the natural branches through the fulness of the Gentiles, is, that face of the earth. ...
Source
14
After the house of Israel should
in the latter days, when our seed shall have dwindled in unbelief, yea, for ___???___
be scattered they should be gathered
.together again; or, in fine, after the
Gentiles had received the fulness 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 and their
Redeemer.

35
forth ... from the Genti
them, unto the convinci
Gentiles and the remnan
Helaman 4:155:3
of my brethren, and also
that the records of the p
the space of many years, and many generations after the Messiah shall be of the twelve apostles of
Source? (several)
manifested in body unto the children of men, then shall the fulness of the are true.
Deut. 32:15
gospel of the Messiah come unto the Gentiles, and from the Gentiles unto Was this the new idea t
Jeshurun [Israel] ... forsook God
the remnant of our seed 14And at that day shall the remnant of our seed which made him, and lightly added to Lehis prophe
said the Lehites would
esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
know that they are of the house of Israel, and that they are the covenant gospel, then would rele
people of the Lord; and then shall they know and come to the knowl- Ps. 62 the Gentiles received it
6
He only is my rock
edge of their forefathers, and also to the knowledge of the gospel of their specifies that the Lehite
and my salvation: learn it from the Gentile
Redeemer, which was ministered unto their fathers by him; wherefore, he is my defence; Lehi does not specify (a
they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer and the very points I shall not be moved. in Nephis account at 10
of his doctrine, that they may know how to come unto him and be saved.
7
In God is my salvation
and my glory:
15
And then at that day will they not rejoice and give praise unto their the rock of my strength,
everlasting God, their rock and their salvation? Yea, at that day, will they and my refuge, is in God.
not receive the strength and nourishment from the true vine? Yea, will they
not come unto the true fold of God? 16Behold, I say unto you, Yea; they Common source?
John 15:18Jesus Christ
shall be remembered again among the house of Israel; they shall be grafted 1
I am the true vine, ... 5ye are the
in, being a natural branch of the olive-tree, into the true olive-tree. branches: He that abideth in me, and
17
And this is what our father meaneth; and he meaneth that it will not I in him, the same bringeth forth
come to pass until after they are scattered by the Gentiles; and he meaneth much fruit: for without me ye can do
nothing.
that it shall come by way of the Gentiles, that the Lord may show his power
unto the Gentiles, for the very cause that he shall be rejected of the Jews, or
of the house of Israel. 18Wherefore, our father hath not spoken of our seed
alone, but also of all the house of Israel, pointing to the covenant which Source???
should be fulfilled in the latter days; which covenant the Lord made to Isa. 54:4
our father Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth Fear not;
for thou shalt not be ashamed:
beblessed. neither be thou confounded;
19
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, spake much unto them concern- for thou shalt not be put to
ing these things; yea, I spake unto them concerning the restoration of the shame:
Jews in the latter days. 20And I did rehearse unto them the words of Isaiah, for thou shalt forget
the shame of thy youth,
who spake concerning the restoration of the Jews, or of the house of Israel; and shalt not remember
and after they were restored they should no more be confounded, neither the reproach of thy widowhood
should they be scattered again. And it came to pass that I did speak many any more.
words unto my brethren, that they were pacified and did humble them-
selves before the Lord.

Objects in the vision Event


8:1012Lehi
21
And it came to pass that they did speak unto me again, saying: 10
I beheld a tree, whose fruit was
What meaneth this thing which our father saw in a dream? What meaneth desirable to make one happy. 11... It
the tree which he saw? was most sweet, above all that I ever
before tasted. Yea, and ... white, to
exceed all the whiteness that I had
ever seen. 8:12And as I partook ... it
filled my soul with exceedingly great
joy; ... It was desirable above all
other fruit.
Promised
Gen. 22:18
In thy seed shall all the nations of the
earth be blessed; because thou hast
obeyed my voice.
Abr.362:11
In thee (that is, in thy Priesthood) and
in thy seed (that is, thy Priesthood),
for I give unto thee a promise that this
right shall continue in thee, and in
iles unto life also in the midst of the garden,
ing of the and the tree of knowledge. ...
nt of the seed
22
Lest he ... take also of the tree of
Helaman 4:155:3 life, and eat, and live for ever: ...
o the Jews ...
prophets and
24
He placed at the east of the garden
f the Lamb
22
And I said unto them: It was a representation of the tree of life. of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming
23
And they said unto me: What meaneth the rod of iron which our sword which turned every way, to
keep the way of the tree of life.
that Nephi father saw, that led to the tree?
ecy? Lehi 24
And I said unto them that it was the word of God; and whoso
forget the Common source?
earn it after would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they Eph. 6:16Paul
t. Nephi would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the 13
Take unto you the whole armour of
es would adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruc- God, ... 16taking the shield of faith,
es, which wherewith ye shall be able to quench
tion. 25Wherefore, I, Nephi, did exhort them to give heed unto the word of all the fiery darts of the wicked.
at least, not
0:1214). the Lord; yea, I did exhort them with all the energies of my soul, and with
Event
all the faculty which I possessed, that they would give heed to the word of Event 8:1924
God and remember to keep his commandments always in allthings. 8:1314, 26, 31Lehi 19
I behel
26
And they said unto me: What meaneth the river of water which our I beheld a river of water; and it ran extende
father saw? along, and it was near the tree. ... and led
8:14
And I looked to behold from 8:20
And I
27
And I said unto them that the water which my father saw was filth- whence it came; and I saw the head row path
iness; and so much was his mind swallowed up in other things that he thereof a littlewayoff; and at the rod of ir
beheld not the filthiness of the water. 28And I said unto them that it was an head thereof I beheld your mother I stood;
awful gulf, which separated the wicked from the tree of life, and also from Sariah, and Sam, and Nephi; ... the foun
17
[and] Laman and Lemuel. ... cious fie
the saints of God. 29And I said unto them that it was a representation of 26
On the other side of the river of ... 24Oth
that awful hell, which the angel said unto me was prepared for the wicked. water [stood] a great and spacious caught h
30
And I said unto them that our father also saw that the justice of God did building. ... 31And ... multitudes of iron;
also divide the wicked from the righteous; and the brightness thereof was [were] feeling their way towards through
that great and spacious building. ing to th
like unto the brightness of a flaming fire, which ascendeth up unto God 32
And ... many were drowned in the did ... p
forever and ever, and hath no end. depths of the fountain.
31
And 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 Compare
after the death of the temporal body, or doth it speak of the things which 22:13
1
After I, Nephi, had read these things
are temporal? [Isaiah 4849] ... , my brethren
32
And it came to pass that I said unto them that it was a representa- [asked] me: ... Are they to be under-
tion of things both temporal and spiritual; for the day should come that stood according to things which are
they must be judged of their works, yea, even the works which were done spiritual, which shall come to pass
according to the spirit and not the
by the temporal body in their days of probation. 33Wherefore, if they flesh?
should die in their wickedness they must be cast off also, as to the things 2
And I, Nephi, said ... By the
which are spiritual, which are pertaining to righteousness; wherefore, they Spirit are all things made known
unto the prophets, which shall come
must be brought to stand before God, to be judged of their works; and if
upon the children of men according
their works have been filthiness they must needs be filthy; and if they be to the flesh. 3Wherefore, the things
filthy it must needs be that they cannot dwell in the kingdom of God; if so, of which I have read are things
the kingdom of God must be filthy also. 34But behold, I say unto you, the pertaining to things both temporal
and spiritual.

Explained
14:7
I will work a great and a marvelous
work ... which shall be everlast-
ing, ... either to the convincing of
them [the Gentiles] unto peace and
life eternal, or ... unto their being
brought down into captivity, and
also into destruction, both tempo-
rally and spiritually, according to
the captivity of the devil.
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kingdom of God is not filthy, and 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. 35And there is a place prepared, yea, even that awful hell
of which I have spoken, and the devil is the preparator of it; wherefore Common source?
the final state of the souls of men is to dwell in the kingdom of God, or to D&C 6:13
be cast out because of that justice of which I have spoken. 36Wherefore, If thou wilt do good, yea, and hold
the wicked are rejected from the righteous, and also from that tree of life, out faithful to the end, thou shalt be
saved in the kingdom of God, which
whose fruit is most precious and most desirable above all other fruits; yea, is the greatest of all the gifts of God;
and it is the greatest of all the gifts of God. And thus I spake unto my for there is no gift greater than the
brethren.Amen. gift of salvation.
D&C 14:7
16 V Bearing the truth If you keep my commandments and
endure to the end you shall have
1
And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had made an end of eternal life, which gift is the greatest
speaking to my brethren, behold they said unto me: Thou hast declared of all the gifts of God.
unto us hard things, more than we are able to bear. Source
2
And it came to pass that I said unto them that I knew that I had spo- 13:37The Lamb
ken hard things against the wicked, according to the truth; and the righ- Blessed are they who shall seek to
teous have I justified, and testified that they should be lifted up at the last bring forth my Zion at that day, for
they shall have the gift and the power
day; wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them
of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure
to the very center. 3And now my brethren, if ye were righteous and were unto the end they shall be lifted up at
willing to hearken to the truth, and give heed unto it, that ye might walk the last day, and shall be saved in the
uprightly before God, then ye would not murmur because of the truth, everlasting kingdom of the Lamb.
and say: Thou speakest hard things against us. 4And it came to pass that I,
Allusion?
Nephi, did exhort my brethren, with all diligence, to keep the command- Ps. 23:3
ments of the Lord. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me
5
And it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord; in the paths of righteousness for his
insomuch that I had joy and great hopes of them, that they would walk in names sake.

the paths of righteousness. 6Now, all these things were said and done as my Prov. 2:20
That thou mayest walk in the way of
father dwelt in a tent in the valley which he called Lemuel. good men, and keep the paths of the
righteous.
Prov. 8:20
I lead in the way of righteousness, in
the midst of the paths of judgment:

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Section
19:1
I did engraven ... our journeyings in
the wilderness.

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Journeyings in the wilderness 17:1213


12
The Lord had not hitherto suffered
that we should make much fire, as
we journeyed in the wilderness;
for he said: I will make thy food
become sweet, that ye cook it not;
13
And I will also be your light in the
wilderness; and I will prepare the
way before you, if it so be that ye
shall keep my commandments.
7
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, took one of the daughters of Ish-
mael to wife; and also, my brethren took of the daughters of Ishmael to More information
wife; and also Zoram took the eldest daughter of Ishmael to wife. 8And Alma 37:3846Alma son of Alma
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I have somewhat to say concern-
thus my father had fulfilled all the commandments of the Lord which
ing the thing which our fathers call
had been given unto him. And also, I, Nephi, had been blessed of the Lord a ball, or directoror our fathers
exceedingly. called it Liahona, which is, being
9
And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord spake unto my father interpreted, a compass; and the Lord
prepared it. 39And behold, there can-
by night, and commanded him that on the morrow he should take his jour- not any man work after the manner
ney into the wilderness. 10And it came to pass that as my father arose in of so curious a workmanship. And
the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he behold, it was prepared to show
beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was unto our fathers the course which
they should travel in the wilderness.
of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed 40
And it did work for them accord-
the way whither we should go into the wilderness. ing to their faith in God; therefore,
11
And it came to pass that we did gather together whatsoever things if they had faith to believe that God
could cause that those spindles
we should carry into the wilderness, and all the remainder of our provi-
should point the way they should go,
sions which the Lord had given unto us; and we did take seed of every kind behold, it was done. ...
that we might carry into the wilderness. 12And it came to pass that we did 41
Nevertheless, because those
take our tents and depart into the wilderness, across the river Laman. miracles were worked by small
means it did show unto them mar-
velous works. They were slothful,
and forgot to exercise their faith and
diligence and then those marvel-
ous works ceased, and they did not
progress in their journey; 42Therefore,
they tarried in the wilderness, or
did not travel a direct course, and
were afflicted with hunger and thirst,
because of their transgressions. 43As
our fathers were slothful to give
Further events heed to this compass ... they did not
Mosiah 1:1617 prosper.
15
King Benjamin ... 16gave him
[Mosiah] charge concerning ... 39
the ball or director, which led our
fathers through the wilderness,
which was prepared by the hand of
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Shazer
13
And it came to pass that we traveled for the space of four days,
nearly a south-southeast direction, and we did pitch our tents again; and
we did call the name of the place Shazer. 14And it came to pass that we did
take our bows and our arrows, and go forth into the wilderness to slay food
for our families; and after we had slain food for our families we did return
again to our families in the wilderness, to the place of Shazer.

The broken bow


And we did go forth again in the wilderness, following the same
direction, keeping in the most fertile parts of the wilderness, which were
in the borders near the Red Sea. 15And it came to pass that we did travel
for the space of many days, slaying food by the way, with our bows and our
arrows and our stones and our slings. 16And we did follow the directions of
the ball, which led us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness.
17
And after 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 and
obtain food for our families. 18And it came to pass that as I, Nephi, went
forth to slay food, behold, I did break my bow, which was made of finesteel;
and after I did break my bow, behold, my brethren were angry with
me because of the loss of my bow, for we did obtain no food. 19And it came
to pass that we did return without food to our families, and being much
fatigued, because of their journeying, they did suffer much for the want of
food. 20And it came to pass that Laman and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael
did begin to murmur exceedingly, because of their sufferings and afflic-
tions in the wilderness; and also my father began to murmur against the
Lord his God; yea, and they were all exceedingly sorrowful, even that they
did murmur against the Lord.
21
Now it came to pass that I, Nephi, having been afflicted with my
brethren because of the loss of my bow, and their bows having lost their
springs, it began to be exceedingly difficult, yea, insomuch that we could
obtain no food. 22And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did speak much unto
my brethren, because they had hardened their hearts again, even unto com-
plaining against the Lord their God. 23And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did
make out of wood a bow, and out of a straight stick, an arrow; wherefore, I

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did arm myself with a bow and an arrow, with a sling and with stones. And
I said unto my father: Whither shall I go to obtainfood?
24
And it came to pass that he did inquire of the Lord, for they had
humbled themselves because of my words; for I did say many things unto
them in the energy of my soul. 25And it came to pass that the voice of the
Lord came unto my father; and he was truly chastened because of his mur-
muring against the Lord, insomuch that he was brought down into the
depths of sorrow.
26
And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord said unto him: Look
upon the ball, and behold the things which are written.
27
And it came to pass that when my father beheld the things which
were written upon the ball, he did fear and tremble exceedingly, and also
my brethren and the sons of Ishmael and our wives.
28
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in
the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed
which we did give unto them. 29And 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; and it was written and changed from time
to time, according to the faith and diligence which we gave unto it. And
thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things.
30
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did go forth up into the top of
the mountain, according to the directions which were given upon the ball.
31
And it came to pass that I did slay wild beasts, insomuch that I did obtain
food for our families. 32And it came to pass that I did return to our tents,
bearing the beasts which I had slain; and now when they beheld that I had
obtained food, how great was their joy! And it came to pass that they did
humble themselves before the Lord, and did give thanks unto him.

Nahom
33
And it came to pass that we did again take our journey, traveling
nearly the same course as in the beginning; and after 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. 34And it came to pass that Ishmael died, and was buried
in the place which wascalledNahom.
35
And it came to pass that the daughters of Ishmael did mourn
exceedingly, because of the loss of their father, and because of their afflic-
tions in the wilderness; and they did murmur against my father, because he

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had brought them out of the land of Jerusalem, saying: Our father is dead;
yea, and we have wandered much in the wilderness, and we have suffered
much affliction, hunger, thirst, and fatigue; and after all these sufferings we
must perish in the wilderness with hunger. 36And thus they did murmur
against my father, and also against me; and they were desirous to return
again toJerusalem.
37
And Laman said unto Lemuel and also unto the sons of Ishmael: Event
Behold, let us slay our father, and also our brother Nephi, who has taken _:_
it upon him to be our ruler and our teacher, who are his elder brethren.
38
Now, he says that the Lord has talked with him, and also that angels have
ministered unto him. But behold, we know that he lies unto us; and he tells
us these things, and 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; and after he has led us away, he has thought to
make himself a king and a ruler over us, that he may do with us according More information
to his will and pleasure. And after this manner did my brother Laman stir 3:29
27
The servants of Laban did not
up their hearts to anger. overtake us, and we hid ourselves. ...
39
And it came to pass that the Lord was with us, yea, even the voice 28
Laman and Lemuel did speak many
of the Lord came and did speak many words unto them, and did chasten hard words unto us, their younger
them exceedingly; and after they were chastened by the voice of the Lord brothers. ... 29As they smote us with
a rod, behold, an angel of the Lord
they did turn away their anger, and did repent of their sins, insomuch that came and stood before them, and he
the Lord did bless us again with food, that we did not perish. spake unto them, saying: Why do ye
smite your younger brother with a
rod? Know ye not that the Lord hath
17 Eastward chosen him to be a ruler over you,
and this because of your iniquities?
1
And it came to pass that we did again take our journey in the wil- Behold ye shall go up to Jerusalem
again, and the Lord will deliver
derness; and we did travel nearly eastward from that time forth. And we Laban into your hands. 3:30And after
did travel and wade through much affliction in the wilderness; and our the angel had spoken unto us, he
women did bear children in the wilderness. 2And so great were the bless- departed.
ings of the Lord upon us, that while we did live upon raw meat in the wil-
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derness, our women did give plenty of suck for their children, and were
17:45
strong, yea, even like unto the men; and they began to bear their journey- Ye have heard his voice from time
ings withoutmurmurings. to time; and he hath spoken unto
3
And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. you in a still small voice, but ye were
past feeling, that ye could not feel
And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God his words; wherefore, he has spoken
he doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby unto you like unto the voice of
they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them; where- thunder, which did cause the earth to
fore, he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness. shake as if it were to divide asunder.

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4
And we did sojourn for the space of many years, yea, even eight years in
thewilderness.

Bountiful
And we did come to the land which we called Bountiful, because of
5

its much fruit and also wild honey; and all these things were prepared of
the Lord that we might not perish. And we beheld the sea, which we called
Irreantum, which, being interpreted, is many waters. 6And it came to pass
that we did pitch our tents by the seashore; and notwithstanding we had
suffered many afflictions and much difficulty, yea, even so much that we
cannot write them all, we were exceedingly rejoiced when we came to the
seashore; and we called the place Bountiful, because of its muchfruit.

Command to build a ship


And it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had been in the land of Boun-
7

tiful for the space of many days, the voice of the Lord came unto me, say-
ing: Arise, and get thee into the mountain.
And it came to pass that I arose and went up into the mountain, and Promised
cried unto the Lord. 2:20
19
Nephi, ... 20inasmuch as ye shall
8
And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Thou shalt keep my commandments, ye shall
construct a ship, after the manner which I shall show thee, that I may carry prosper, and shall be led to a land
thy people across these waters. of promise; yea, even a land which I
have prepared for you.
9
And I said: Lord, whither shall I go that I may find ore to molten, that
I may make tools to construct the ship after the manner which thou hast
Fulfilled
shown unto me?
_:_? 2 Ne. 1?
10
And it came to pass that the Lord told me whither I should go to
find ore, that I might make tools. 11And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did
make a bellows wherewith to blow the fire, of the skins of beasts; and after
I had made a bellows, that I might have wherewith to blow the fire, I did
smite two stones together that I might make fire.
Fulfilled?
For the Lord had not hitherto suffered that we should make
12
17:55
much fire, as we journeyed in the wilderness; for he said: I will make thy 53
I will shock them, saith the Lord,
food become sweet, that ye cook it not; 13And I will also be your light in ... that they may know that I am
the Lord their God. ... 54I stretched
the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye
forth my hand unto my brethren. ...
shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my 55
And now, they said: We know of a
commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall surety that the Lord is with thee, for
know that it is by me that ye are led. we know that it is the power of the
Lord that has shaken us. And they
14
Yea, and the Lord said also that: After ye have arrived in the fell down before me, and were about
promised land, ye shall know that I, the Lord, am God; and that I, the toworshipme.
Lord, did deliver you from destruction; yea, that I did bring you out of
the land of Jerusalem.
15
Wherefore, I, Nephi, did strive to keep the commandments of the
Lord, and I did exhort my brethren to faithfulness and diligence.

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And it came to pass that I did make tools of the ore which I did
16

molten out of therock.

Nephis brethren complain


17
And when my 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, and he also thinketh that he can cross these
great waters. 18And thus my brethren did complain against me, and were
desirous that they might not labor, for they did not believe that I could
build a ship; neither would they believe that I was instructed of the Lord.
19
And now it came to pass that I, Nephi, was exceedingly sorrowful
because of the hardness of their hearts;
and 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 judg-
ment; wherefore, thou canst not accomplish so great a work. 20And thou
art like unto our father, led away by the foolish imaginations of his heart;
yea, he hath led us out of the land of Jerusalem, and we have wandered in
the wilderness for these many years; and our women have toiled, being big
with child; and they have borne children in the wilderness and suffered all
things, save it were death;
and it would have been better that they had died before they came
out of Jerusalem than to have suffered these afflictions. 21Behold, these
many years we have suffered in the wilderness, which time we might have
enjoyed our possessions and the land of our inheritance; yea, and we might
have been happy. 22And we know that the people who were in the land
of Jerusalem were a righteous people; for they kept the statutes and judg-
ments of the Lord, and all his commandments, according to the law of
Moses; wherefore, we know that they are a righteous people; and our father
hath judged them, and hath led us away because we would hearken unto
his words; yea, and our brother is like unto him. And after this manner of
language did my brethren murmur and complain against us.

Contents
Nephi confounds them
Ancient Israels deliverance 44
Wicked unto ripeness 45
Ancient Israels deliverance Outcomes 47
23
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, spake unto them, saying: Do ye
believe that our fathers, who were the children of Israel, would have been
led away out of the hands of the Egyptians if they had not hearkened unto

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the words of the Lord? 24Yea, do ye suppose that they would have been led
out of bondage, if the Lord had not commanded Moses that he should lead
them out of bondage?
25Now ye know that the children of Israel were in bondage; Events
and ye know that they were laden with tasks, which were grievous to Bondage Ex. 1:_
Grievous tasks Ex. 1:_
be borne; Moses commanded Ex. _
wherefore, ye know that it must needs be a good thing for them, that Red Sea divided Ex. 12:_
they should be brought out of bondage. Egyptians drowned Ex. 12:_
26Now ye know that Moses was commanded of the Lord to do that great Fed with manna Ex. _
Water from the rock Ex. _
work;
and ye know that by his word the waters of the Red Sea were divided
hither and thither, and they passed through on dryground.
27But ye know that the Egyptians were drowned in the Red Sea, who
were the armies of Pharaoh.
28And ye also know that they were fed with manna in the w ilderness.
Yea, and ye also know that Moses, by his word according to the power
29

of God which was in him, smote the rock, and there came forth water,
that the children of Israel might quench theirthirst.
30
And notwithstanding they being led, the Lord their God, their
Redeemer, going before them, leading them by day and giving light unto
them by night, and doing all things for them which were expedient for man
to receive, they hardened their hearts and blinded their minds, and reviled Events
against Moses and against the true and living God. 31And it came to pass Reviled Moses Ex. _:_
that according to his word he did destroy them; and according to his word Destroyed Ex.; Num.
Crossed Jordan Josh. 2:_
he did lead them; and according to his word he did do all things for them; Driving out Josh __
and there was not any thing done save it were by his word. 32And after they
had crossed the river Jordan he did make them mighty unto the driving
out of the children of the land, yea, unto the scattering them to destruction.

Wicked unto ripeness


33
And now, do ye suppose that the children of this land, who were in
the land of promise, who were driven out by our fathers, do ye suppose that
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they were righteous? Behold, I say unto you, Nay. 34Do ye suppose that our
Gen. _ Not yet ripe
fathers would have been more choice than they if they had been righteous?
Ex? their abominations
I say unto you, Nay.
35
Behold, the Lord esteemeth all flesh in one; he that is righteous is
favored of God. But behold, this people had rejected every word of God,
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and they were ripe in iniquity; and the fulness of the wrath of God was Use this verse in the Torah to show
upon them; why they merited being driven out.
This people had rejected every word
of God.

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and the Lord did curse the land against them,


and bless it unto our fathers;
yea, he did curse it against them unto their destruction,
and he did bless it unto our fathers unto their obtaining power over it.
36
Behold, the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited;
and he hath created his children that they should possess it.
37
And he raiseth up a righteous nation,
and destroyeth the nations of the wicked.
38
And he leadeth away the righteous into precious lands,
and the wicked he destroyeth,
and curseth the land unto them for their sakes.
39
He ruleth high in the heavens, for it is his throne,
and this earth is his footstool.
40
And he loveth those who will have him to be their God.
Behold, he loved our fathers,
and he covenanted with them, Events
yea, even Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Abraham __
Isaac __
and he remembered the covenants which he had made; Jacob __
wherefore, he did bring them out of the land of Egypt.
41
And he did straiten them in the wilderness with his rod; for they
hardened their hearts, even as ye have; and the Lord straitened them
because of their iniquity. He sent fiery flying serpents among them; and Event
after they were bitten he prepared a way that they might be healed; and the Num. __
labor which they had to perform was to look; and because of the simple-
ness of the way, or the easiness of it, there were many who perished. 42And
they did harden their hearts from time to time, and they did revile against
Moses, and also against God; nevertheless, ye know that they were led
forth by his matchless power into the land of promise.
43
And now, after all these things, the time has come that they have
become wicked, yea, nearly unto ripeness; and I know not but they are at
this day about to be destroyed; for I know that the day must surely come
that they must be destroyed, save a few only, who shall be led away into
captivity. 44Wherefore, the Lord commanded my father that he should
depart into the wilderness; and the Jews also sought to take away his life;
yea, and ye also have sought to take away his life; wherefore, ye are Event
murderers in your hearts and ye are like unto them. 45Ye are swift to do 3:29
iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an angel, 27
The servants of Laban did not
and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and overtake us, and we hid ourselves. ...
28
Laman and Lemuel did speak many
hard words unto us, their younger
brothers. ... 29As they smote us with
a rod, behold, an angel of the Lord
came and stood before them.

Event
16:39
37
Laman said unto Lemuel and also
unto the sons of Ishmael: Behold,
let us slay our father, and also our
brother Nephi. ... 39The voice of
46
the Lord came and did speak many
words unto them, and did chasten
them exceedingly; and after they
were chastened by the voice of the
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he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that
ye could not feel his words; wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto
the voice of thunder, which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to
divide asunder. 46And ye also know that by the power of his almighty word
he can cause the earth that it shall pass away; yea, and ye know that by his
word he can cause the rough places to be made smooth, and smooth places Source
shall be broken up. Isa. 40:35
O, then, why is it, that ye can be so hard in your hearts? 47Behold, my
3
The voice of him that crieth in the
wilderness, Prepare ye the way of
soul is rent with anguish because of you, and my heart is pained; I fear lest the Lord, make straight in the desert
ye shall be cast off forever. Behold, I am full of the Spirit of God, insomuch a highway for our God. 4Every
that my frame has no strength. valley shall be exalted, and every
mountain and hill shall be made
Outcomes low: and the crooked shall be made
straight, and the rough places plain:
48
And now it came to pass that when I had spoken these words they 5
And the glory of the Lord shall be
were angry with me, and were desirous to throw me into the depths of revealed, and all flesh shall see it
thesea; together: for the mouth of the Lord
hath spokenit.
and 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 consuming
of my flesh; and whoso shall lay his hands upon me shall wither even as
a dried reed; and he shall be as naught before the power of God, for God
shall smite him.
49
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto them that they should
murmur no more against their father; neither should they withhold their
labor from me, for God had commanded me that I should build a ship.
50
And I said unto them: If God had commanded me to do all things I could
do them. If he should command me that I should say unto this water, be
thou earth, it should be earth; and if I should say it, it would be done. 51And
now, if the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so many miracles
among the children of men, how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I
should build a ship?
52
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said many things unto my breth-
ren, insomuch that they were confounded and could not contend against
me; neither durst they lay their hands upon me nor touch me with their
fingers, even for the space of many days. Now they durst not do this lest
they should wither before me, so powerful was the Spirit of God; and thus
it had wrought uponthem.
53
And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: Stretch forth thine
hand again unto thy brethren, and they shall not wither before thee, but I

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will shock them, saith the Lord, and this will I do, that they may know that Promised?
I am the Lord their God. 17:14
The Lord said also that: After ye have
54
And it came to pass that I stretched forth my hand unto my breth- arrived in the promised land, ye shall
ren, and they did not wither before me; but the Lord did shake them, even know that I, the Lord, am God; and
according to the word which he had spoken. that I, the Lord, did deliver you from
55
And now, they said: We know of a surety that the Lord is with thee, destruction; yea, that I did bring you
out of the land of Jerusalem.
for we know that it is the power of the Lord that has shaken us. And they
fell down before me, and were about toworshipme, Source
but I would not suffer them, saying: I am thy brother, yea, even thy Ex. 20:26, 12
younger brother; wherefore, worship the Lord thy God, and honor thy
2
I am the Lord thy God. ... 3Thou
shalt have no other gods before me.
father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the 4
Thou shalt not make unto thee
Lord thy God shall give thee. any graven image, or any likeness of
any thing ... that is in the earth. ...
18 Finishing the ship 5
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to
them, nor serve them. ...
1
And it came to pass that they did worship the Lord, and did go forth 12
Honour thy father and thy
with me; and we did work timbers of curious workmanship. And the Lord mother: that thy days may be long
upon the land which the Lord thy
did show me from time to time after what manner I should work the tim- God giveth thee.
bers of the ship. 2Now I, Nephi, did not work the timbers after the manner
which was learned by men, neither did I build the ship after the manner of
men; but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shown unto
me; wherefore, it was not after the manner of men.
3
And I, Nephi, did go into the mount oft, and I did pray oft unto the
Lord; wherefore the Lord showed unto me great things. 4And it came to
pass that after I had finished the ship, according to the word of the Lord,
my brethren beheld that it was good, and that the workmanship thereof
was exceedingly fine; wherefore, they did humble themselves again
beforetheLord.
5
And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto my father,
that we should arise and go down into the ship. 6And it came to pass that
on the morrow, after we had prepared all things, much fruits and meat
from the wilderness, and honey in abundance, and provisions according
to that which the Lord had commanded us, we did go down into the ship, Recounted
with all our loading and our seeds, and whatsoever thing we had brought 2 Ne. 3:1, 4Lehi to Joseph
Joseph, my last-born. Thou wast
with us, every one according to his age; wherefore, we did all go down into born in the wilderness of mine
the ship, with our wives and our children. 7And now, my father had begat afflictions; yea, in the days of my
two sons in the wilderness; the elder was called Jacob and the younger greatest sorrow did thy mother bear
Joseph. thee. ... 4Thou hast beheld in thy
youth his [thy Redeemers] glory.

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Promised
On the sea 15:2636?
27
I said unto them [my brethren]
8
And it came to pass after we had all gone down into the ship, and had
that the water which my father saw
taken with us our provisions and things which had been commanded us, was filthiness; and ... 28was an awful
we did put forth into the sea and were driven forth before the wind towards gulf, which separated the wicked
the promised land. 9And after we had been driven forth before the wind from the tree of life, and also from
the saints of God. 29And ... that it
for the space of many days, behold, my brethren and the sons of Ishmael was a representation of that awful
and also their wives began to make themselves merry, insomuch that they hell ... prepared for the wicked.
began to dance, and to sing, and to speak with much rudeness, yea, even 30
And ... that the justice of God
that they did forget by what power they had been brought thither; yea, they did also divide the wicked from the
righteous; and the brightness thereof
were lifted up unto exceeding rudeness. was like unto the brightness of a
10
And I, Nephi, began to fear exceedingly lest the Lord should be flaming fire, which ascendeth up
angry with us, and smite us because of our iniquity, that we should be swal- unto God. ...
32
They must be judged of their
lowed up in the depths of the sea; wherefore, I, Nephi, began to speak to
works [done] ... in their days of
them with much soberness; probation. 33Wherefore, if they
but behold they were angry with me, saying: We will not that our should die in their wickedness they
younger brother shall be a ruler over us. 11And it came to pass that Laman must be cast off also, as to the things
which are spiritual. ... They must be
and Lemuel did take me and bind me with cords, and they did treat me brought to stand before God, ... and
with much harshness; nevertheless, the Lord did suffer it that he might if their works have been filthiness ...
show forth his power, unto the fulfilling of his word which he had spoken they cannot dwell in the kingdom of
concerning the wicked. God; if so, the kingdom of God must
be filthy also. 34But ... there cannot
12
And it came to pass that after they had bound me insomuch that I any unclean thing enter into the
could not move, the compass, which had been prepared of the Lord, did kingdom of God;
cease to work. 13Wherefore, they knew not whither they should steer the wherefore there must needs be
a place of filthiness prepared for
ship, insomuch that there arose a great storm, yea, a great and terrible tem-
that which is filthy. 35... Even that
pest, and we were driven back upon the waters for the space of three days; awful hell of which I have spoken,
and they began to be frightened exceedingly lest they should be drowned and the devil is the preparator of it;
in the sea; nevertheless they did not loose me. 14And on the fourth day, wherefore the final state of the souls
of men is to dwell in the kingdom
which we had been driven back, the tempest began to be exceedingly of God, or to be cast out because of
sore. 15And it came to pass that we were about to be swallowed up in the that justice of which I have spoken.
depthsofthesea. 36
Wherefore, the wicked are rejected
And after we had been driven back upon the waters for the space of from the righteous, and also from
that tree of life, whose fruit is most
four days, my brethren began to see that the judgments of God were upon precious ... , and it is the greatest of
them, and that they must perish save that they should repent of their iniq- all the gifts of God.
uities; wherefore, they came unto me, and loosed the bands which were
upon my wrists, and behold they had swollen exceedingly; and also mine Contrast
ankles were much swollen, and great was the soreness thereof. 16Neverthe- 7:18
2
The Lord commanded him that I,
Nephi, and my brethren, should ...
bring down Ishmael and his family
into the wilderness. ...
16
My brethren ... were angry
with me ... , and they did bind me
with cords, ... that they might leave
me ... to be devoured by wild beasts.
17
But ... I prayed unto the Lord, ...
18
[and] the bands were loosed from
off my hands and feet.

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less, I did look unto my God, and I did praise him all the day long; and I did
not murmur against the Lord because of mine afflictions.

Now my father, Lehi, had said many things unto them, and also
17

unto the sons of Ishmael; but, behold, they did breathe out much threat-
enings against anyone that should speak for me; and my parents being
stricken in years, and having suffered much grief because of their chil-
dren, they were brought down, yea, even upon their sick-beds. 18Because
Recounted
of their grief and much sorrow, and the iniquity of my brethren, they
2 Ne. 2:12Lehi to Jacob
were brought near even to be carried out of this time to meet their God; In thy childhood thou hast suf-
yea, their grey hairs were about to be brought down to lie low in the dust; fered afflictions and much sorrow,
yea, even they were near to be cast with sorrow into a watery grave. because of the rudeness of thy
brethren. 2Nevertheless, ... thou
19
And Jacob and Joseph also, being young, having need of much
knowest the greatness of God; and
nourishment, were grieved because of the afflictions of their mother; he shall consecrate thine afflictions
and also my wife with her tears and prayers, and also my children, did for thy gain.
not soften the hearts of my brethren that they would loose me.
20
And there was nothing save it were the power of God, which Concurrent event
threatened them with destruction, could soften their hearts; wherefore, At most three years after Lehi
arrived in the promised land, Jeru-
when they saw that they were about to be swallowed up in the depths of
salem was conquered and the king-
the sea they repented of the thing which they had done, insomuch that dom of Judah was taken captive.
they loosed me. 118
1:4
In the commencement of the
21
And it came to pass after they had loosed me, behold, I took the first year of the reign of Zedekiah,
compass, and it did work whither I desired it. And it came to pass that I king of Judah, ... there came many
prophets. ... 2:2The Lord com-
prayed unto the Lord; and after I had prayed the winds did cease, and the manded my father [to] depart into
storm did cease, and there was a great calm. 22And it came to pass that I, thewilderness. ... 17:4We did sojourn
Nephi, did guide the ship, that we sailed again towards the promised land. for ... eight years in the wilderness.
... 17:7I, Nephi, had been in the land
23
And it came to pass that after we had sailed for the space of many days we
of Bountiful for the space of many
did arrive at the promised land; days. ... 18:23After we had sailed for
the space of many days we did arrive
at the promised land.
The promised land 2 Kgs. 25:121
2
[In] the eleventh year of king
and we went forth upon the land, and did pitch our tents; and we did Zedekiah, ... 10The army of the
call it the promised land. 24And it came to pass that we did begin to till the Chaldees ... brake down the walls of
earth, and we began to plant seeds; yea, we did put all our seeds into the Jerusalem. ... 21The king of Babylon
smote them. ... So Judah was carried
earth, which we had brought from the land of Jerusalem. And it came to away out of their land.
pass that they did grow exceedingly; wherefore, we were blessed in abun-
dance. 25And it came to pass that we did find upon the land of promise,

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as we journeyed in the wilderness, that there were beasts in the forests of


every kind, both the cow and the ox, and the ass and the horse, and the
goat and the wild goat, and all manner of wild animals, which were for the
use of men. And we did find all manner of ore, both of gold, and of silver,
and of copper.

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Heading source
10:1
I, Nephi, proceed to give an account
upon these plates of my proceedings,
and my reign and ministry.
19:3
I, Nephi, received a commandment
that the ministry and the prophecies,
the more plain and precious parts of
them, should be written upon these
plates.

19
Ministry Structure
Record of my father
1 Ne. chapters
19
Journey in the wilderness 1618
Prophecies of my father 10
Mine own prophecies 1115

Also mentioned
6:13
1
I, Nephi, do not give the geneal-
The large plates of Nephi ogy of my fathers in this part of my
record; neither at any time shall I
1
And it came to pass that the Lord commanded me, where-
give it after upon these plates which
fore I did make plates of ore that I might engraven upon them I am writing; for it is given in the
the record of my people. And upon the plates which I made I did record which has been kept by my
engraven the record of my father, and also our journeyings in the father. ... 2For it sufficeth me to say
that we are descendants of Joseph.
wilderness, and the prophecies of my father; and also many of 3
And it mattereth not to me that I am
mine own prophecies have I engraven upon them. 2And I knew particular to give a full account of all
not at the time when I made them that I should be commanded of the things of my father, for they can-
the Lord to make these plates; wherefore, the record of my father, not be written upon these plates.

and the genealogy of his fathers, and the more part of all our pro-
ceedings in the wilderness are engraven upon those first plates
of which I have spoken; wherefore, the things which transpired
before I made these plates are, of a truth, more particularly made
mention upon the first plates.
3
And after I had made these plates by way of command-
ment, I, Nephi, received a commandment that the ministry and
the prophecies, the more plain and precious parts of them, should
be written upon these plates; and that the things which were writ-
ten should be kept for the instruction of my people, who should

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Omni 1:25 Also proph
23
I, Amaleki, ... 25began to be old; 9:26
and, having no seed, and know- 3
I have receiv
Helaman 4:155:3 ing king Benjamin to be a just man the Lord tha
before the Lord, wherefore, I shall [small] plate
possess the land, and also for other wise purposes, which purposes are deliver up these plates unto him. that there sh
known unto the Lord. Benjamin apparently ceased re- engraven of
cording on the small plates. Did he people. ...
4
Wherefore, I, Nephi, did make a record upon the other plates, which 5
The Lord
receive a commandment that it was
gives an account, or which gives a greater account of the wars and con- no longer necessary? to make thes
tentions and destructions of my people. And this have I done, and com- pose in him,
manded my people what they should do after I was gone; and that these not. 6But the
from the beg
plates should be handed down from one generation to another, or from Account given prepareth a w
one prophet to another, until further commandments of the Lord. 5And 2 Ne. 5:2834 works amon
28
Thirty years had passed away from for behold, h
an account of my making these plates shall be given hereafter; and then,
the time we left Jerusalem. ... 30The the fulfilling
behold, I proceed according to that which I have spoken; and this I do Lord God said unto me: Make other
that the more sacred things may be kept for the knowledge of my people. W of M 1:7
plates; and thou shalt engraven many 6
I shall take
6
Nevertheless, I do not write anything upon plates save it be that I think things upon them which are good in
which conta
my sight, for the profit of thy people.
itbesacred. 31
Wherefore, I, Nephi, ... went
and revelatio
the remaind
and made these plates upon which
I do this for
Prophecies of the God of Israel I have engraven ... 32that which is
it whispereth
pleasing unto God.
And now, if I do err, even did they err of old; not that I would excuse workings of
which is in m
myself because of other men, but because of the weakness which is in me, Section written
according to the flesh, I would excuse myself. 7For the things which some 2 Ne. 633? Fulfilled
men esteem to be of great worth, both to the body and soul, others set at D&C 10:384
He appears to be referring to when 40
Because th
naught and trample under their feet. Yea, even the very God of Israel do he writes Jacobs words (2 Ne.
engraven up
610), Isaiahs words (2 Ne. 1130),
men trample under their feet; I say, trample under their feet but I would Nephi is mo
and his own words (2 Ne. 3133).
speak in other wordsthey set him at naught, and hearken not to the voice the things w
ofhiscounsels. would bring
people ... 42
8
And behold he cometh, according to the words of the angel, in six the record of
hundred years from the time my father left Jerusalem. 9And the world, confound th
Common phrasing
because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore words. 43I wi
Matt. 7:6Jesus Christ shall destroy
they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth Give not that which is holy unto show unto th
it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kind- the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls is greater tha
ness and his long-suffering towards the children of men. 10And the God before swine, lest they trample them
Prophesied devil....
under their feet, and turn again and
1 Ne. 10:4Lehi 45
There a
of our fathers, who were led out of Egypt, out of bondage, and also were rend you. [told] my brethren ...
1
My father upon the pla
preserved in the wilderness by him, yea, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, 4
six hundred years from the time throw greate
and the God of Jacob, that my father left Jerusalem, a therefore, it
yieldeth himself, according to the words of the angel, as a man, into the prophet would the Lord God raise should trans
up among the Jewseven a Mes- engravings o
hands of wicked men,
siah, or, in other words, a Savior of in this work.
to be lifted up, according to the words of Zenock, the world.
D&C 5:9
and to be crucified, according to the words of Neum, 9
I have reser
Fulfilled
and to be buried in a sepulchre, according to the words of Zenos, which have entrust
3 Ne. 8:1923
he spake concerning the three days of darkness, which should be a sign 19
When the [destruction] did cease
Joseph, for a
it shall be m
Commandment spoken of ... , there was darkness upon the
generations;
9:34 face of the land. 23... for the space
shall have m
I have received a commandment of of three days.
the Lord that ... there should be an
account engraven of the ministry of
my people.
19:3
The ministry and the prophecies,
the more plain and precious parts of
them, should be written upon these
plates.
53
Fulfilled
3 Ne. 9:122
Helaman 4:155:3 1
There was a voice heard among all
the inhabitants of the earth, upon
given of his death unto those who should inhabit the isles of the sea, all the face of this land, crying: ...
13
O all ye that are spared because ye
more especially given unto those who are of the house of Israel.
were more righteous than they, will
11
For thus spake the prophet: The Lord God surely shall visit all the ye not now return unto me?
house of Israel at that day, some with his voice, because of their righteous-
ness, unto their great joy and salvation, and others with the thunderings Fulfilled
and the lightnings of his power, by tempest, by fire, and by smoke, and 3 Ne. 8:519
5
In the thirty and fourth year, in the
vapor of darkness, and by the opening of the earth, and by mountains
first month, on the fourth day of the
which shall be carried up. 12And all these things must surely come, saith month, ... 11there was a great and
the prophet Zenos. And the rocks of the earth must rend; and because of terrible destruction ... 19[which]
the groanings of the earth, many of the kings of the isles of the sea shall be did last for about the space of three
hours.
wrought upon by the Spirit of God, to exclaim: The God of nature suffers.
13
And as for those who are at Jerusalem, saith the prophet, they shall Source?
be scourged by all people, because they crucify the God of Israel, and Deut. 28:37Moses
turn their hearts aside, rejecting signs and wonders, and the power and 15
If thou wilt not hearken unto
glory of the God of Israel. 14And because they turn their hearts aside, saith the voice of the Lord thy God, ...
37
thou shalt become an astonish-
the prophet, and have despised the Holy One of Israel, they shall wander
ment, a proverb, and a byword,
in the flesh, and perish, and become a hiss and a byword, and be hated among all nations whither the Lord
amongallnations. shall lead thee.
15
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
Also prophesied
remember the covenants which he made to their fathers. 16Yea, then will he
I believe this condition is also
remember the isles of the sea; yea, and all the people who are of the house listed somewhere in a prophecy in
of Israel, will I gather in, saith the Lord, according to the words of the 3 Nephi. Find it.
prophet Zenos, from the four quarters of the earth. 17Yea, and all the earth Prophesied
shall see the salvation of the Lord, saith the prophet; every nation, kindred, 12:__?

tongue and people shall be blessed.


18
And I, Nephi, have written these things unto my people, that per-
haps I might persuade them that they would remember the Lord their Event
Redeemer. 19Wherefore, I speak unto all the house of Israel, if it so be that 10:17; 11:1
10:17
After I, Nephi, having heard all
they should obtain these things. 20For behold, I have workings in the spirit,
the words of my father, concerning
which doth weary me even that all my joints are weak, for those who are the things which he saw in a vision,
at Jerusalem; for had not the Lord been merciful, to show unto me con- ... I, Nephi, was desirous also that
cerning them, even as he had prophets of old, I should have perished also. I might see, and hear, and know of
these things. ...
21
And he surely did show unto the prophets of old all things concerning 11:1
After I had desired to know
them; and also he did show unto many concerning us; wherefore, it must the things that my father had seen,
needs be that we know concerning them for they are written upon the ... as I sat pondering in mine heart
plates ofbrass. I was caught away in the Spirit of
the Lord.
18:3?
I, Nephi, did go into the mount oft,
and I did pray oft unto the Lord;
wherefore the Lord showed unto me
great things.

Event
JST Gen. 50:_
2 Ne. 1:_

Nephi needed to know about


54 them which are written upon
the plates of brassmeaning
things concerning them who are
at Jerusalem or things concern-
ing us [Lehites]?
Helaman 4:155:3

VI Nephi teaches his brethren


22
Now it came to pass that I, Nephi, did teach my brethren these
things; and 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. 23And I did read
many things unto them which were written in the books of Moses; but that
I might more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer 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 profitandlearning.

Reading Isaiah Source


10:12
24
Wherefore I spake unto them, saying: Hear ye the words of the My father spake much ... concern-
prophet, ye who are a remnant of the house of Israel, a branch who have ing the house of Israel, that they
been broken off; hear ye the words of the prophet, which were written unto should be compared like unto an
olive-tree, whose branches should
all the house of Israel, and liken them unto yourselves, that ye may have
be broken off and should be scat-
hope as well as your brethren from whom ye have been broken off; for after tered upon all the face of the earth.
this manner has the prophetwritten.
Isaiah 48
20 1
Hearken and hear this, O house of Jacob, 1
Hear ye this, O house of Jacob,
who are called by the name of Israel, which are called by the name of Israel,
and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah,
or out of the waters of baptism,
who swear by the name of the Lord, which swear by the name of the Lord,
and make mention of the God of Israel, and make mention of the God of Israel,
yet they swear not in truth nor in righteousness. but not in truth, nor in righteousness.
2
Nevertheless, they call themselves 2
For they call themselves
of the holy city, of the holy city,
but they do not stay themselves and stay themselves
upon the God of Israel, upon the God of Israel;
who is the Lord of Hosts;
yea, the Lord of Hosts is his name. The Lord of hosts is his name.
3
Behold, I have declared the former things 3
I have declared the former things
from the beginning; from the beginning;
and they went forth out of my mouth, and they went forth out of my mouth,
and I showed them. and I shewed them;
I did show them suddenly. I did them suddenly,
and they came to pass.

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Isaiah 48
4
And I did it because I knew that thou art obstinate, 4
Because I knew that thou art obstinate,
and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;
5
And I have even from the beginning declared to thee; 5
I have even from the beginning declared it to thee;
before it came to pass I showed them thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee:
and I showed them for fear lest thou shouldst say lest thou shouldest say,
Mine idol hath done them, Mine idol hath done them,
and my graven image, and my molten image and my graven image, and my molten image,
hath commanded them. hath commanded them.
6
Thou hast seen and heard all this; 6
Thou hast heard, see all this;
and will ye not declare them? and will not ye declare it?
And that I have showed thee new things from this time, I have shewed thee new things from this time,
even hidden things, and thou didst not know even hidden things, and thou didst not know
them. them.
7
They are created now, 7
They are created now,
and not from the beginning, and not from the beginning;
even before the day when thou heardest them not even before the day when thou heardest them not;
they were declared unto thee,
lest thou shouldst sayBehold I knew them. lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.
8
Yea, and thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; 8
Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not;
yea, from that time thine ear was not opened; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened:
for I knew that thou wouldst deal very treacherously, for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously,
and wast called a transgressor from the womb. and wast called a transgressor from the womb.
9
Nevertheless, for my names sake 9
For my names sake
will I defer mine anger, will I defer mine anger,
and for my praise and for my praise
will I refrain from thee, will I refrain for thee,
that I cut thee not off. that I cut thee not off.
10
For, behold, I have refined thee, 10
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver;
I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
11
For mine own sake, 11
For mine own sake,
yea, for mine own sake will I do this, even for mine own sake, will I do it:
for I will not suffer my name to be polluted, for how should my name be polluted?
and I will not give my glory unto another. and I will not give my glory unto another.
12
Hearken unto me, O Jacob, and Israel my called, 12
Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called;
for I am he; I am the first, and I am also the last. I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
13
Mine hand hath also laid the foundation of the earth, 13
Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth,
and my right hand hath spanned the heavens. and my right hand hath spanned the heavens:
I call unto them and they stand up together. when I call unto them, they stand up together.

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Isaiah 48
14
All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear;
14

who among them which among them


hath declared these things unto them? hath declared these things?
The Lord hath loved him; The Lord hath loved him:
yea, and he will fulfil his word
which he hath declared by them;
and he will do his pleasure on Babylon, he will do his pleasure on Babylon,
and his arm shall come upon the Chaldeans. and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.
15
Also, saith the Lord; I the Lord,
yea, I have spoken; 15
I, even I, have spoken;
yea, I have called him to declare, I have brought him, yea, I have called him: I have brought him,
and he shall make his way prosperous. and he shall make his way prosperous.
16
Come ye near unto me; 16
Come ye near unto me, hear ye this;
I have not spoken in secret; from the beginning, I have not spoken in secret from the beginning;
from the time that it was declared have I spoken; from the time that it was, there am I:
and the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me. and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me.
17
And thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, 17
Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel; the Holy One of Israel;
I have sent him, the Lord thy God I am the Lord thy God
who teacheth thee to profit, which teacheth thee to profit,
who leadeth thee by the way which leadeth thee by the way
thou shouldst go, hath done it. that thou shouldest go.
18
O that thou hadst hearkened to my command- O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments!
18

ments then had thy peace been as a river,


then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.
19
Thy seed also had been Thy seed also had been
19

as the sand; as the sand,


the offspring of thy bowels and the offspring of thy bowels
like the gravel thereof; like the gravel thereof;
his name should not have been cut off his name should not have been cut off
nor destroyed from before me. nor destroyed from before me.
20
Go ye forth of Babylon, 20
Go ye forth of Babylon,
flee ye from the Chaldeans, flee ye from the Chaldeans,
with a voice of singing declare ye, with a voice of singing declare ye,
tell this, utter to the end of the earth; tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth;
say ye: The Lord hath redeemed his servant Jacob. say ye, The Lord hath redeemed his servant Jacob.
21
And they thirsted not; 21
And they thirsted not
he led them through the deserts; when he led them through the deserts:

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he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them; he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them:
he clave the rock also and the waters gushed out. he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.
22
And notwithstanding he hath done all this,
and greater also,
there is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked. 22
There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.

21 1
And again: Hearken, O ye house of Israel, all ye that are broken off Explanation
and are driven out because of the wickedness of the pastors of my people; 22:34
3
The house of Israel, sooner or later, will be scattered
yea, all ye that are broken off, that are scattered abroad, who are of my
upon all the face of the earth, and also among all natio
people, O house of Israel. ... 4The more part of all the tribes have been led away;
Isaiah 49 and they are scattered to and fro upon the isles of the s
Listen, O isles, unto me, Listen, O isles, unto me;
1

and hearken ye people from far; and hearken, ye people, from far;
the Lord hath called me The Lord hath called me
from the womb; from the womb;
from the bowels of my mother from the bowels of my mother
hath he made mention of my name. hath he made mention of my name.
2
And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; 2
And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword;
in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me,
and made me a polished shaft; and made me a polished shaft;
in his quiver hath he hid me; in his quiver hath he hid me;
3
And said unto me: Thou art my servant, O Israel, 3
And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel,
in whom I will be glorified. in whom I will be glorified.
4
Then I said, I have labored in vain, 4
Then I said, I have laboured in vain,
I have spent my strength for naught and in vain; I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain:
surely my judgment is with the Lord, yet surely my judgment is with the Lord,
and my work with my God. and my work with my God.
5
And now, saith the Lord 5
And now, saith the Lord
that formed me from the womb that formed me from the womb
that I should be his servant, to be his servant,
to bring Jacob again to him to bring Jacob again to him,
though Israel be not gathered, Though Israel be not gathered,
yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord,
and my God shall be my strength. and my God shall be my strength.

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6
And he said: It is a light thing 6
And he said, It is a light thing
that thou shouldst be my servant that thou shouldest be my servant
Explained
to raise up the tribes of Jacob, to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
22:89
and to restore the preserved of Israel. and to restore the preserved of Israel: 8
A marvelou
I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, of worth unt
that thou mayest be my salvation that thou mayest be my salvation the making k
unto the ends of the earth. unto the end of the earth. of the Father
ham, saying:
7
Thus saith the Lord, 7
Thus saith the Lord, kindreds of t
ons. the Redeemer of Israel, his Holy One, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One,
; to him whom man despiseth, to him whom man despiseth,
sea. to him whom the nations abhorreth, to him whom the nation abhorreth,
to servant of rulers: to a servant of rulers,
Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, Explained
because of the Lord that is faithful. because of the Lord that is faithful, 22:17
and the Holy One of Israel,
15
The time com
shall have no
and he shall choose thee. hearts of the c
8
Thus saith the Lord: 8
Thus saith the Lord, 16
For [God] w
In an acceptable time have I heard thee, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, wicked shall d
O isles of the sea, 17
Wherefore, h
and in a day of salvation have I helped thee; and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: righteous by h
be that the ful
and I will preserve thee, and I will preserve thee,
come, and the
and give thee my servant and give thee even unto the
for a covenant of the people, for a covenant of the people, enemies by fir
to establish the earth, to establish the earth,
to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; Explained
9
That thou mayest say to the prisoners: Go forth; 9
That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; 22:1112
to them that sit in darkness: Show yourselves. to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. 11
The house o
They shall feed in the ways, They shall feed in the ways, brought out o
darkness; and
and their pastures shall be in all high places. and their pastures shall be in all high places.
the Lord is th
10
They shall not hunger nor thirst, 10
They shall not hunger nor thirst; Redeemer, th
neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them:
for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, Allusion?
even by the springs of water shall he guide them. even by the springs of water shall he guide them. JST Gen. 50:
11
And I will make all my mountains a way, 11
And I will make all my mountains a way, A branch sh
and my highways shall be exalted. and my highways shall be exalted. ... the Mess
out of darkn
And then, O house of Israel,
12
hidden dark
behold, these shall come from far; Behold, these shall come from far:
12 ity unto free
and lo, these from the north and from the west; and, lo, these from the north and from the west;
and these from the land of Sinim. and these from the land of Sinim.

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13
Sing, O heavens; Sing, O heavens;
13

and be joyful, O earth; and be joyful, O earth;


for the feet of those who are in the east
shall be established;
and break forth into singing, O mountains; and break forth into singing, O mountains:
for they shall be smitten no more;
for the Lord hath comforted his people, for the Lord hath comforted his people,
and will have mercy upon his afflicted. and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
14
But, behold, Zion hath said: But Zion said,
14

The Lord hath forsaken me, The Lord hath forsaken me,
and my Lord hath forgotten me and my Lord hath forgotten me.
but he will show that he hath not.
15
For can a woman forget her sucking child, 15
Can a woman forget her sucking child,
that she should not have compassion that she should not have compassion
on the son of her womb? on the son of her womb?
Yea, they may forget, yea, they may forget,
yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel. yet will I not forget thee.
16
Behold, I have graven thee 16
Behold, I have graven thee
upon the palms of my hands; upon the palms of my hands;
thy walls are continually before me. thy walls are continually before me.
17
Thy children 17
Thy children
shall make haste against thy destroyers; shall make haste; thy destroyers
and they that made thee waste and they that made thee waste
shall go forth of thee. shall go forth of thee.
18
Lift up thine eyes round about and behold; 18
Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold:
all these gather themselves together, all these gather themselves together,
and they shall come to thee. and come to thee.
And as I live, saith the Lord, As I live, saith the Lord,
thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all,
as with an ornament, as with an ornament,
and bind them on and bind them on thee,
even as a bride. as a bride doeth.
19
For thy waste and thy desolate places, 19
For thy waste and thy desolate places,
and the land of thy destruction, and the land of thy destruction,
shall even now be too narrow shall even now be too narrow
by reason of the inhabitants; by reason of the inhabitants,
and they that swallowed thee up and they that swallowed thee up
shall be far away. shall be far away.

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20
The children whom thou shalt have, 20
The children which thou shalt have,
after thou hast lost the first, after thou hast lost the other,
shall again in thine ears say: shall say again in thine ears,
The place is too strait for me; The place is too strait for me:
give place to me that I may dwell. give place to me that I may dwell.
21
Then shalt thou say in thine heart: 21
Then shalt thou say in thine heart,
Who hath begotten me these, Who hath begotten me these,
seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate,
a captive, and removing to and fro? a captive, and removing to and fro?
And who hath brought up these? and who hath brought up these?
Behold, I was left alone; Behold, I was left alone;
these, where have they been? these, where had they been?
22
Thus saith the Lord God: 22
Thus saith the Lord God,
Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, Explanation
and set up my standard to the people; and set up my standard to the people: 22:8
and they shall bring thy sons and they shall bring thy sons After our seed is scattere
in their arms, in their arms, God will proceed to do a
and thy daughters shall be carried and thy daughters shall be carried work among the Gentile
upon their shoulders. upon their shoulders. shall be of great worth u
wherefore, it is likened u
23
And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, 23
And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, being nourished by the G
and their queens thy nursing mothers; and their queens thy nursing mothers: being carried in their ar
they shall bow down to thee they shall bow down to thee their shoulders.
with their face towards the earth, with their face toward the earth,
and lick up the dust of thy feet; and lick up the dust of thy feet;
and thou shalt know that I am the Lord; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord:
Explanatio
for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
22:712
24
For shall the prey be taken from the mighty, 24
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, 7
The Lord Go
or the lawful captives delivered? or the lawful captive delivered? nation amon
even upon th
25
But thus saith the Lord, 25
But thus saith the Lord,
by them shal
even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, ... 12Wherefo
and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: again out of c
for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, be gathered t
and I will save thy children. and I will save thy children. their inherita

Allusion?
JST Gen. 50:25Joseph the seer
A branch shall be broken off, and
... the Messiah ... shall bring them
out of darkness into light; out of
hidden darkness, and out of captiv-
ity unto freedom.

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Isaiah 49
26
And I will feed them that oppress thee And I will feed them that oppress thee
26

with their own flesh; with their own flesh;


they shall be drunken and they shall be drunken
with their own blood as with sweet wine; with their own blood, as with sweet wine:
and all flesh shall know that I, the Lord, and all flesh shall know that I the Lord
am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer,
the Mighty One of Jacob. the mighty One of Jacob.

Contents
22 VII Explaining Isaiah
Isaiah 56
1
And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had read these things Other prophets 57
which were engraven upon the plates of brass, my brethren came unto me Conclusion 59
and said unto me: What meaneth these things which ye have read? Behold,
Answered
are they to be understood according to things which are spiritual, which 22:27
nto me: shall come to pass according to the spirit and not the flesh? 27
All these things must come
water] 2
And I, Nephi, said unto them: Behold they were manifest unto the according to the flesh. 28But, behold,
dy in the prophet by the voice of the Spirit; for by the Spirit are all things made known all nations, kindreds, tongues, and
mean people shall dwell safely in the Holy
r the
unto the prophets, which shall come upon the children of men according One of Israel if it so be that they will
... to the flesh. 3Wherefore, the things of which I have read are things pertain- repent.
m that it ing to things both temporal and spiritual;
gs both Source
Isaiah 21:1, 8 (Isa. 49:1)
1
Hearken, O ye house of Israel,
for it appears that the house of Israel, sooner or later, will be scattered all ye ... that are scattered abroad,
upon all the face of the earth, and also among all nations. 4And behold, ... O house of Israel.
there are many who are already lost from the knowledge of those who are Listen, O isles, unto me,
the king and hearken ye people from far....
carried at Jerusalem. Yea, the more part of all the tribes have been led away; and 8
Thus saith the Lord:
placed they are scattered to and fro upon the isles of the sea; and whither they are In an acceptable time have I heard
Medes. none of us knoweth, save that we know that they have been led away. 5And thee, O isles of the sea.
the
since they have been led away, these things have been prophesied concern-
Lord Source
ht. ... ing them, and also concerning all those who shall hereafter be scattered
21:2223 (Isa. 49:2223)
eir own and be confounded, because of the Holy One of Israel; for against him 22
Thus saith the Lord God:
. will they harden their hearts; wherefore, they shall be scattered among all Behold, I will lift up mine hand
nations and shall be hated of all men. to the Gentiles,
g and set up my standard
6
Nevertheless, after they shall be nursed by the Gentiles, and the Lord
the to the people;
walls of has lifted up his hand upon the Gentiles and set them up for a standard, and they shall bring thy sons
Babylon and their children have been carried in their arms, and their daughters in their arms,
as carried have been carried upon their shoulders, and thy daughters shall be carried
upon their shoulders.
23
And kings shall be
thy nursing fathers,
and their queens
thy nursing mothers.

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Source
behold these things of which are spoken are temporal; for thus are the
21:2425 (Isa. 49:2425)
covenants of the Lord with our fathers; and it meaneth us in the days to 24
For shall the prey
come, and also all our brethren who are of the house of Israel. 7And it 22:

be taken from the mighty? . . .


meaneth that the time cometh that 25
But thus saith the Lord,
even the captives of the mighty
shall be taken away.
after all the house of Israel have been scattered and confounded, that the
Lord God will raise up a mighty nation among the Gentiles, yea, even upon Source
the face of this land; and by them shall our seed be scattered. 8And after our 21:6 (Isa. 49:6)
I will also give thee for a light to the
seed is scattered the Lord God will proceed to do a marvelous work among Gentiles, that thou mayest be my
the Gentiles, which shall be of great worth unto our seed; wherefore, it is salvation unto the ends of the earth.
likened unto their being nourished by the Gentiles and being carried in
Source
their arms and upon their shoulders.
Isa. 52:10
9
And it shall also be of worth unto the Gentiles; and not only unto The Lord hath made bare his holy arm
the Gentiles but unto all the house of Israel, unto the making known of the in the eyes of all the nations;
covenants of the Father of heaven unto Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall and all the ends of the earth
shall see the salvation of our God.
all the kindreds of the earth beblessed.
10
And I would, my brethren, that ye should know that all the kin- Source
dreds of the earth cannot be blessed unless he shall make bare his arm in 21:2425 (Isa. 49:2425)
the eyes of the nations. 11Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to make 24
Shall ... the lawful captives [be] delivered? 25But thus
bare his arm in the eyes of all the nations, in bringing about his covenants saith the Lord, even the captives of the mighty shall be
taken away.
and his gospel unto those who are of the house of Israel. 12Wherefore, he
will bring them again out of captivity, and they shall be gathered together Source
to the lands of their inheritance; and they shall be brought out of obscurity 21:9 (Isa. 49:9)
and out of darkness; and they shall know that the Lord is their Savior and Say to the prisoners: Go forth; to them that sit in dark-
their Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel. ness: Show yourselves.

From Nephis vision Source


14:910Nephis vision
And the blood of that great and abominable church, which is the
13
14:9
Look, and behold that great and abominable church
whore of all the earth, shall turn upon their own heads; for they shall war ... 10She is the whore of all the earth.
among themselves, and the sword of their own hands shall fall upon their
own heads, and they shall be drunken with their own blood. 14And every Source
21:26 (Isa. 49:26)
nation which shall war against thee, O house of Israel, shall be turned one They shall be drunken with their own blood as with
against another, and they shall fall into the pit which they digged to ensnare sweet wine.
the people of the Lord. And all that fight against Zion shall be destroyed,
and that great whore, who hath perverted the right ways of the Lord, yea, Source
14:3Nephis vision
that great and abominable church, shall tumble to the dust and great shall
That great pit which hath been digged for the destructi
be the fallofit. of men shall be filled by those who digged it.

Source
Isa. 29:8
He is faint, ... so shall the multitude of all the nations
that fight against Mount Zion.
Source
11:36Nephis vision
11:36
The great and spacious building ... fell, and the fall
thereof was exceedingly great.
Alluded to
3 Ne. 14:2427
26
A foolish man, who built his house upon the sand 63
27
And the rain descended ... upon that house; and it fell,
and great was the fall of it.
Helaman 4:155:3
Common source?
Other prophets Mal. 4:1
For, behold, the day cometh,
15
For behold, saith the prophet, that shall burn as an oven;
the time cometh speedily and all the proud,
that Satan shall have no more power yea, and all that do wickedly,
shall be stubble:
over the hearts of the children of men; and the day that cometh
for the day soon cometh shall burn them up.
that all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble;
e and the day cometh
whom
that they must be burned.
o.
For the time soon cometh that the fulness of the wrath of God shall
16
22:
Source
be poured out upon all the children of men; for he will not suffer that the 21:68 (Isa. 49:68)
And he said: It is a light thing
wicked shall destroy the righteous. 17Wherefore, he will preserve the righ- that thou shouldst be my servant
teous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come, to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies and to restore the preserved of
oss: Israel.
by fire. Wherefore, the righteous need not fear; for thus saith the prophet,
I will also give thee for a light to the
they shall be saved, even if it so be as by fire. Gentiles. ...
18
Behold, my brethren, I say unto you, that these things must shortly In an acceptable time
come; yea, even blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke must come; and it have I heard thee,
O isles of the sea, ...
th, must needs be upon the face of this earth; and it cometh unto men accord- and I will preserve thee,
ing to the flesh if it so be that they will harden their hearts against the Holy and give thee my servant
One of Israel. 19For behold, the righteous shall not perish; for the time for a covenant of the people,
surely must come that all they who fight against Zion shall be cut off. to establish the earth.
20
And the Lord will surely prepare a way for his people, unto the ful-
filling 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
Source
things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that
Deut. 18:15, 19Moses
all those who will not hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the 15
The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a
people. 21And now I, Nephi, declare unto you, that this prophet of whom Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy breth-
Moses spake was the Holy One of Israel; wherefore, he shall execute judg- ren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
... 19And it shall come to pass, that whoso-
ment in righteousness. 22And the righteous need not fear, for they are those
ever will not hearken unto my words which
who shall not beconfounded. he shall speak in my name, I will require it
But it is the kingdom of the devil, which shall be built up among the ofhim.
children of men, which kingdom is established among them which are in Quoted
the flesh 23For the time speedily shall come that all churches which are Acts 3:2223Peter
built up to get gain, and all those who are built up to get power over the 22
Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet
flesh, and those who are built up to become popular in the eyes of the shall the Lord your God raise up unto you
of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye
world, and those who seek the lusts of the flesh and the things of the world, hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto
and to do all manner of iniquity; yea, in fine, all those who belong to the you. 23And it shall come to pass, that every
soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be
destroyed from among the people.

Source?
Ex. 15:7
1
Then sang Moses and the children of Israel
... In the greatness of thine excellency thou
hast overthrown them that rose up against
thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which
consumed them as stubble.

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Who is Nephi quoting? Maybe
someone on the brass plates whom
kingdom of the devil are they who need fear, and tremble, and quake; they Malachi and Paul had access to.
are those who must be brought low in the dust; they are those who must
be consumed as stubble; and this is according to the words of the prophet. Common source?
24
And the time cometh speedily that the righteous must be led up as Mal. 4:23
calves of the stall, and the Holy One of Israel must reign in dominion, and You that fear my name ... shall go forth, and
grow up as calves of the stall. 3And ye shall
might, and power, and great glory. 25And he gathereth his children from
tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes
the four quarters of the earth; and he numbereth his sheep, and they know under the soles of your feet.
him; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd; and he shall feed his
sheep, and in him they shall find pasture. 26And because of the righteous-
ness of his people, Satan has 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, and the Holy One of Israel reigneth.
27
And now behold, I, Nephi, say unto you that all these things must
come according to the flesh. 28But, behold, all nations, kindreds, tongues,
and people shall dwell safely in the Holy One of Israel if it so be that they
will repent.

Conclusion
29
And now I, Nephi, make an end; for I durst not speak further as yet
concerning these things. 30Wherefore, my brethren, I would that ye should Common source?
consider that the things which have been written upon the plates of brass John 10:16
Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:
are true; and they testify that a man must be obedient to the command- them also I must bring, and they shall hear
ments of God. 31Wherefore, ye need not suppose that I and my father are my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one
the only ones that have testified, and also taught them. Wherefore, if ye shepherd.
shall be obedient to the commandments, and endure to the end, ye shall be
Asked
saved at the last day. And thus it is. Amen. 22:1
After I, Nephi, had read these things
... upon the plates of brass, my
brethren ... said unto me: ... [Are]
these things which ye have read
... to be understood according to
things which are spiritual, which
shall come to pass according to the
spirit and not the flesh?

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2 Nephi
The second book of Nephi

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The words of Lehi


An account of the death of Lehi. Nephis brethren rebel against him. The Lord
warns Nephi to depart into the wilderness. His journeyings in the wilderness,
and so forth.

Insight
Later generations of Lamanites would
have wanted to censor this chapter. To
them, this passage would have been a
political liability. Perhaps this is the very
target of their continual efforts to destroy
the Nephite records.

Event
1 Ne. 18:921
9
My brethren and the sons of
Ishmael and also their wives began
To Nephis older brethren ... to speak with much rudeness.

A
... 10They were angry with me ...
1
nd now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had made an end of 11
Laman and Lemuel did take me
teaching my brethren, our father, Lehi, also spake many things and bind me with cords, and they
unto them, and rehearsed unto them, how great things the Lord did treat me with much harshness.
had done for them in bringing them out of the land of Jerusalem. 1:2And he ... 13And we were driven back upon
the waters. ... 20When they saw that
spake unto them concerning their rebellions upon the waters, and the mer- they were about to be swallowed up
cies of God in sparing their lives, that they were not swallowed up in the in the depths of the sea they repented
sea. 1:3And he also spake unto them concerning the land of promise, which of the thing which they had done,
they had obtainedhow merciful the Lord had been in warning us that we
should flee out of the land ofJerusalem. Event
1:4
For, behold, said he, I have seen a vision, in which I know that Jeru- 1 Ne. 18:23
salem is destroyed; and had we remained in Jerusalem we should also have After we had sailed for the space
of many days we did arrive at the
perished. 1:5But, said he, notwithstanding our afflictions, we have obtained
a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands; a land which Event
the Lord God hath covenanted with me should be a land for the inheri- 1 Ne. 2:2; 16:9
2:2
The Lord commanded my father,
tance of my seed. Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me, and even in a dream, that he should
to my children forever, and also all those who should be led out of other take his family and depart into
countries by the hand of the Lord. thewilderness. ...
16:9
The voice of the Lord spake
unto my father by night, and com-
manded him that on the morrow
he should take his journey into the

Promised
1 Ne. _:_
.

Covenanted
1 Ne. _:_
68 .
Prophesied
1 Ne. 13:_?
.
Helaman 4:155:3

Prophecy of the promised land


1:6
Wherefore, I, Lehi, prophesy according to the workings of the Spirit
which is in me, that there shall none come into this land save they shall
be brought by the hand of the Lord. 1:7Wherefore, this land is consecrated
unto him whom he shall bring. And 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
blessedforever.
1:8
And behold, it is wisdom that this land should be kept as yet from
the knowledge of other nations; for behold, many nations would overrun
Also proph
the land, that there would be no place for an inheritance. 1:9Wherefore, I, 10:11
Lehi, have obtained a promise, that inasmuch as those whom the Lord God This land sha
shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they unto the Gen
shall prosper upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all no kings upo

other nations, that they may possess this land unto themselves. And if it so
be that they shall keep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the
face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them, nor to take away
the land of their inheritance; and they shall dwell safelyforever. Also prophesied
1:10
But behold, when the time cometh that they shall dwindle in unbe- 1 Ne. 12:_
.
lief, after they have received so great blessings from the hand of the Lord
having a knowledge of the creation of the earth, and all men, knowing the Fulfilled
great and marvelous works of the Lord from the creation of the world; Morm. _:_
.
having power given them to do all things by faith; having all the com-
Moro. _:_
mandments from the beginning, and having been brought by his infinite
.
goodness into this precious land of promisebehold, I say, if the day shall
come that they will reject the Holy One of Israel, the true Messiah, their
Redeemer and their God, behold, the judgments of him that is just shall
rest upon them. 1:11Yea, he will bring other nations unto them, and he will Also prophesied
give unto them power, and he will take away from them the lands of their 1 Ne. 13:_
possessions, and he will cause them to be scattered and smitten. 1:12Yea, .
as one generation passeth to another there shall be bloodsheds, and great
visitations among them;

Call to repent
wherefore, my sons, I would that ye would remember; yea, I would
that ye would hearken unto my words.

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Allusion
1 Ne. 12:_; 15:_
.
Helaman 4:155:3

1:13
O that ye would awake;
awake from a deep sleep, Allusion
yea, even from the sleep of hell, Isa. 52:12 (2 Ne. 8:2425)
and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound, 1
Awake, awake; put on thy strength,
which are the chains which bind the children of men, O Zion; ...
2
Shake thyself from the dust;
that they are carried away captive arise, and sit down,
down to the eternal gulf of misery and woe. O Jerusalem:
1:14
Awake! and arise from the dust, loose thyself
from the bands of thy neck.
and hear the words of a trembling parent,
whose limbs ye must soon lay down Source
in the cold and silent grave, Ex? Lev? Law of Moses
from whence no traveler can return; .
a few more days and I go the way of all the earth.
1:15
But behold, the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell;
I have beheld his glory, Source
and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love. _:_
.
And I desire that ye should remember to observe the statutes and
1:16

the judgments of the Lord; behold, this hath been the anxiety of my soul
from the beginning. 1:17My heart hath been weighed down with sorrow
from time to time, for I have feared, lest for the hardness of your hearts the
Lord your God should come out in the fulness of his wrath upon you, that
ye be cut off and destroyed forever; 1:18Or, that a cursing should come upon Source
Also prophesied
you for the space of many generations; and ye are visited by sword, and by 1 Ne. 2:2_
_:_
famine, and are hated, and are led according to the will and captivity of the .
devil. 1:19O my sons, that these things might not come upon you, but that Fulfilled
ye might be a choice and a favored people of the Lord. 5:_
.
But behold, his will be done; for his ways are righteousness forever.
1:20
And he hath said that:
Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments
ye shall prosper in the land;
but inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments Allusion?
ye shall be cut off from my presence. Isa. 51:19 (2 Ne. 8:_)
These two things are come unto thee;
And now that my soul might have joy in you,
1:21 who shall be sorry for thee?
desolation, and destruction,
and that my heart might leave this world with gladness because and the famine, and the sword:
ofyou, by whom shall I comfort thee?
that I might not be brought down with grief and sorrow to the grave,
Promised
1 Ne. 2:2021The Lord to Nephi
Inasmuch as ye shall keep my com-
mandments, ye shall prosper, and
shall be led to a land of promise; ...
21
And inasmuch as thy brethren shall
rebel against thee, they shall be cut

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arise from the dust, my sons, and be men,


and be determined in one mind and in one heart,
united in all things,
that ye may not come down into captivity;
1:22
That ye may not be cursed with a sore cursing;
and also, that ye may not incur the displeasure
of a just God upon you,
unto the destruction,
yea, the eternal destruction of both soul and body.
1:23
Awake, my sons; put on the armor of righteousness.
Shake off the chains with which ye are bound,
and come forth out of obscurity,
and arise from the dust.

Defense of Nephi
1:24
Rebel no more against your brother, whose views have been glo-
rious, and who hath kept the commandments from the time that we left
Jerusalem; and who hath been an instrument in the hands of God, in
bringing us forth into the land of promise; for were it not for him, we must
have perished with hunger in the wilderness; nevertheless, ye sought to
take away his life; yea, and he hath suffered much sorrow because of you.
1:25
And I exceedingly fear and tremble because of you, lest he shall
suffer again; for behold, ye have accused him that he sought power and
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, and your own
eternal welfare. 1:26And ye have murmured because he hath been plain unto
you. Ye say that he hath used sharpness; ye say that he hath been angry with
you;
but behold, his sharpness was the sharpness of the power of the word
of God, which was in him; and that which ye call anger was the truth,
according to that which is in God, which he could not restrain, manifesting
boldly concerning your iniquities. 1:27And 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 he, but it was the Spirit of the Lord which was
in him, which opened his mouth to utterance that he could not shut it.
1:28
And now my son, Laman, and also Lemuel and Sam, and also my
sons who are the sons of Ishmael, behold, if ye will hearken unto the voice
of Nephi ye shall not perish. And if ye will hearken unto him I leave unto
you a blessing, yea, even my first blessing. 1:29But if ye will not hearken unto

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true believers in Christ, and the
true worshipers of Christ ... were
Helaman 4:155:3 called Nephites, and Jacobites, and

him I take away my first blessing, yea, even my blessing, and it shall rest
Event
upon him.
1 Ne. 18:823
9
My brethren and the sons of Ish-
mael and also their wives ... began
To Zoram to ... speak with much rudeness,
yea, even that they did forget by
1:30
And now, Zoram, I speak unto you: what power they had been brought
Behold, thou art the servant of Laban; nevertheless, thou hast been thither; yea, they were lifted up
brought out of the land of Jerusalem, and I know that thou art a true friend unto exceeding rudeness. ... 19And
Jacob and Joseph also, being young,
unto my son, Nephi, forever. 1:31Wherefore, because thou hast been faithful having need of much nourishment,
thy seed shall be blessed with his seed, that they dwell in prosperity long were grieved because of the afflic-
upon the face of this land; and nothing, save it shall be iniquity among tions of their mother; and also my
them, shall harm or disturb their prosperity upon the face of this land for- wife with her tears and prayers, and
also my children, did not soften
ever. 1:32Wherefore, if ye shall keep the commandments of the Lord, the the hearts of my brethren that they
Lord hath consecrated this land for the security of thy seed with the seed
Fulfilled
ofmyson.
5:6
5
The Lord did warn me, that I,
Nephi, should ... flee into the
To Jacob wilderness, and all those who would
go with me. 6... I, Nephi, did take
2:1
And now, Jacob, I speak unto you: my family, and also Zoram and his
Thou art my first-born in the days of my tribulation in the wilder- family, and Sam, mine elder brother
ness. And behold, in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and much and his family, and Jacob and Joseph,
my younger brethren, and also my
sorrow, because of the rudeness of thy brethren. 2:2Nevertheless, Jacob, my sisters, and all those who would go
first-born in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he with me. And all those who would
shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain. 2:3Wherefore, thy soul shall be go with me were those who believed
in the warnings and the revelations
blessed, and thou shalt dwell safely with thy brother, Nephi; and thy days
of God; wherefore, they did hearken
shall be spent in the service of thy God.

The ends of the law Fulfilled


Common source?
Wherefore, I know that thou art redeemed, because of the righteous- 610
Heb. 13:8
.7
ness of thy Redeemer; for thou hast beheld that in the fulness of time he Remember them which have the
cometh to bring salvation unto men. 2:4And thou hast beheld in thy youth rule over you, who have spoken
unto you the word of God: whose
his glory; wherefore, thou art blessed even as they unto whom he shall faith follow, considering the end of
minister in the flesh; for the Spirit is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. their conversation. 8Jesus Christ the
And the way is prepared from the fall of man, and salvation is free. same yesterday, and to day, and for
ever.
2:5
And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. And
the law is given unto men. And by the law no flesh is justified; or, by the law 1 Ne. 10:17
17
After I, Nephi, having heard all the
men are cut off. words of my father, ... I, Nephi, was
Yea, by the temporal law they were cut off; desirous also that I might see, and
hear, and 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 chil-
dren of men. 18For he is the same

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and also, by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good, and
become miserable forever.
2:6
Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah;
for he is full of grace and truth. 2:7Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice
for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken
heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be
answered.
2:8
Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known
unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh
that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and
mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life accord-
ing to the flesh, and 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.
2:9
Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as
he shall make intercession for all the children of men;
and they that believe in him shall be saved.
2:10
And because of the intercession for all, all men come unto God; where-
fore, they stand in the presence of him, to be judged of him according to
the truth and holiness which is in him.

Opposition
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 2:11For it must needs be, that there is an opposi-
tion in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness,
righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness,
neither holiness nor misery,
neither good nor bad.
Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore,
if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life nei-
ther death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither
sense nor insensibility. 2:12Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a
thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end
of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of
God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the
justiceof God.

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And if ye shall say there is no law,


2:13

ye shall also say there is no sin.


If ye shall say there is no sin,
ye shall also say there is no righteousness.
And if there be no righteousness
there be no happiness.
And if there be no righteousness nor happiness
there be no punishment nor misery.
And if these things are not
there is no God.
And if there is no God Source
we are not, neither the earth; Gen. 2:79, 1920
7
The Lord God formed man of the
for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be dust of the ground. ... 9And out
acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away. of the ground made the Lord God
to grow ... the tree of life ... and
The fall of man the tree of knowledge of good and
evil....
And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit
2:14 19
And out of the ground the Lord
and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the God formed every beast of the field,
heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and every fowl of the air. ... 20And
Adam gave names to all cattle, and
and things to be acted upon. 2:15And to bring about his eternal purposes to the fowl of the air, and to every
in the end of man, after he had created our first parents, and the beasts of
the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created,
Source
it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit
Isa. 14:1215 (2 Ne. 24:1215)
in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter. 12
How art thou fallen from heaven,
2:16
Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. O Lucifer, son of the morning!
Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was how art thou cut down to the ground,
which didst weaken the nations!
enticed by the one or theother. 13
For thou hast said in thine heart,
2:17
And I, Lehi, according to the things which I have read, must I will ascend into heaven,
needs suppose that an angel of God, according to that which is written, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:
had fallen from heaven; wherefore, he became a devil, having sought that I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation,
in the sides of the north:
which was evil before God. 2:18And because he had fallen from heaven, and 14
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
had become miserable forever, he sought also the misery of all mankind. I will be like the most High.
Wherefore, he said unto Eve, yea, even that old serpent, who is the devil, 15
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell,
who is the father of all lies, wherefore he said:
Partake of the forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die, Source
but ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil. Gen. 3:44:2
4
And the serpent said unto the
And after Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit they
2:19
woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5For
were driven out of the garden of Eden, to till the earth. 2:20And they have God doth know that in the day ye
eat thereof, then your eyes shall be
opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil. ...
23
Therefore the Lord God sent
him forth from the garden of Eden,
to till the ground from whence he
was taken. 24So he drove out the
man. ...
4:1
She [Eve] conceived, and bare
Cain, ... 4:2And she again bare his

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brought forth children; yea, even the family of all the earth. 2:21And the
days of the children of men were prolonged, according to the will of God,
that they might repent while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a
state of probation, and their time was lengthened, according to the com-
mandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men. For he
gave commandment that all men must repent; for he showed unto all men
that they were lost, because of the transgression of their parents.
2:22
And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have
fallen,
but he would have remained in the garden of Eden.
And all things which were created must have remained
in the same state in which they were after they were created;
and they must have remained forever,
and had no end.
2:23
And they would have had no children;
wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence,
having no joy, for they knew no misery;
doing no good, for they knew no sin.
2:24
But behold, all things have been done
in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.
2:25
Adam fell that men might be;
and men are, that they might have joy.
2:26
And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time,
that he may redeem the children of men from the fall.
And because that they are redeemed from the fall
they have become free forever, knowing good from evil;
to act for themselves
and not to be acted upon,
save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day,
according to the commandments which God hath given.

Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh;


2:27

and all things are given them which are expedient unto man.
And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life,
through the great Mediator of all men,
or to choose captivity and death,
according to the captivity and power of the devil;
for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.

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Isa. 14:15 (2 Ne. 24:15)
Conclusion 12
How art thou fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning! ...
And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Media-
2:28
15
Yet thou shalt be brought down to
tor, and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his
words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit;
2:29
And not choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the
evil which is therein, which giveth the spirit of the devil power to captivate,
to bring you down to hell, that he may reign over you in his own kingdom. Common source?
2:30
I have spoken these few words unto you all, my sons, in the last Luke 10:4142
41
Jesus answered ... , Martha, Mar-
days of my probation; and I have chosen the good part, according to the tha, thou art careful and troubled
words of the prophet. And I have none other object save it be the everlast- about many things: 42But one thing is
ing welfare of your souls. Amen. needful: and Mary hath chosen that
good part, which shall not be taken

II To Joseph Also prophesiedExcursus?


_:_
And now I speak unto you, Joseph, my last-born.
3:1
Passages about Nephites surviving
Thou wast born in the wilderness of mine afflictions; yea, in the days
Fulfilled
of my greatest sorrow did thy mother bear thee. 3:2And may the Lord con-
_:_
, secrate also unto thee this land, which is a most precious land, for thine .
inheritance and the inheritance of thy seed with thy brethren, for thy secu-
would rity forever, if it so be that ye shall keep the commandments of the Holy
take
and One of Israel.
Event
... Gen. 37:28
ith me. Joseph the seers prophecy 23
When Joseph was come unto his
with
And now, Joseph, my last-born, whom I have brought out of the
3:3 brethren, that they stript Joseph out
n the of his coat, ... 24And they ... cast
of God; wilderness of mine afflictions, may the Lord bless thee forever, for thy seed
him into a pit, ... 28and they ... lifted
shall not utterly be destroyed. 3:4For behold, thou art the fruit of my loins; up Joseph out of the pit, and sold
and I am a descendant of Joseph who was carried captive into Egypt. And Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty
great were the covenants of the Lord which he made unto Joseph. 3:5Where- pieces of silver: and they brought
fore, Joseph truly saw our day.
JST Gen. 50
24
I go down to my grave with joy ...for the Lord hath
visited me,
And he obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the 24and I have obtained a promise of the Lord, that out
fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righ- of the fruit of my loins, the Lord God will raise up a
teous branch unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, righteous branch out of my loins; and unto thee, whom
my father Jacob hath named Israel, a prophet; (not the
Messiah who is called Shilo;)

ation
he coming Messiah a
.

David a righteous
ing shall reign and
ll execute judgment
e earth. 6In his days
aved, and Israel shall 76
d this is his name
l be called, THE
GHTEOUSNESS.
itful bough, even
by a well; whose
ver the wall. ... 26The
father have prevailed Helaman 4:155:3
most bound of the
: they shall be on
ph, ... him that was JST Gen. 50
and this prophet shall deliver my people out of Egypt
in the days of thy bondage.
but a branch which was to be broken off, nevertheless, 25
And it shall come to pass that they shall be scat-
to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that tered again; and a branch shall be broken off, and shall
the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in be carried into a far country; nevertheless they shall be
the latter days, in the spirit of power, unto the bringing remembered in the covenants of the Lord, when the
of them out of darkness unto lightyea, out of hidden Messiah cometh; for he shall be made manifest unto
darkness and out of captivity unto freedom. them in the latter days, in the Spirit of power; and shall
bring them out of darkness into light; out of hidden
darkness, and out of captivity unto freedom.
3:6
For Joseph truly testified, saying:
A seer shall the Lord my God raise up, who shall A seer shall the Lord my God raise up, who
50:26

be a choice seer unto the fruit of my loins. shall be a choice seer unto the fruit of my loins.
3:7
Yea, Joseph truly said:
Thus saith the Lord unto me: A choice seer will I Thus saith the Lord God of my fathers unto me, A
50:27

raise up out of the fruit of thy loins; and he shall be choice seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins,
esteemed highly among the fruit of thy loins. and he shall be esteemed highly among the fruit of thy
loins;
And unto him will I give commandment that he shall and unto him will I give commandment that he shall
do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren, which do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren.
shall be of great worth unto them, even to the bring- 50:28
And he shall bring them to the knowledge of the
ing of them to the knowledge of the covenants which I covenants which I have made with thy fathers;
have made with thy fathers.
3:8
And I will give unto him a commandment that he and he shall do whatsoever work I shall command him.
shall do none other work, save the work which I shall 50:29And I will make him great in mine eyes, for he shall
command him. And I will make him great in mine do mywork;
eyes; for he shall do mywork.
3:9
And he shall be great like unto Moses, whom and he shall be great like unto him who I have
I have said I would raise up unto you, to deliver my said I would raise up unto you, to deliver my people, O
people, O house of Israel. house of Israel, out of the land of Egypt;
3:10
And Moses will I raise up, to deliver thy people out for a seer will I raise up to deliver my people out of
of the land of Egypt. the land of Egypt; and he shall be called Moses. And
by this name he shall know that he is of thy house; for
he shall be nursed by the kings daughter, and shall be
calledherson.

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JST Gen. 50
But a seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy
3:11 50:30
And again, a seer will I raise up out of the fruit
loins; and unto him will I give power to bring forth of thy loins, and unto him will I give power to bring
my word unto the seed of thy loinsand not to the forth my word unto the seed of thy loins; and not to
bringing forth my word only, saith the Lord, but to the bringing forth of my word only, saith the Lord, but
the convincing them of my word, which shall have to the convincing them of my word, which shall have
already gone forth among them. already gone forth among them in the last days;
3:12
Wherefore, the fruit of thy loins shall write; and the 50:31
Wherefore the fruit of thy loins shall write, and the
fruit of the loins of Judah shall write; and that which fruit of the loins of Judah shall write; and that which
shall be written by the fruit of thy loins, and also shall be written by the fruit of thy loins, and also
that which shall be written by the fruit of the loins of that which shall be written by the fruit of the loins of
Judah, shall grow together, unto the confounding of Judah, shall grow together unto the confounding of
false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and false doctrines, and laying down of contentions, and
establishing peace among the fruit of thy loins, and establishing peace among the fruit of thy loins, and
bringing them to the knowledge of their fathers in the bringing them to a knowledge of their fathers in the
latter days, and also to the knowledge of my covenants, latter days; and also to the knowledge of my covenants,
saith the Lord. saith theLord.
3:13
And out of weakness he shall be made strong, in 50:32
And out of weakness shall he be made strong, in
that day when my work shall commence among all my that day when my work shall go forth among all my
people, unto the restoring thee, O house of Israel, saith people, which shall restore them, who are of the house
the Lord. of Israel, in the last days.

And thus prophesied Joseph, saying:


3:14

Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they 50:33
And that seer will I bless, and they that seek
that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise
promise, which I have obtained of the Lord, of the I give unto you; for I will remember you from genera-
fruit of my loins, shall be fulfilled. Behold, I am sure of tion to generation;
the fulfilling of this promise;
3:15
And his name shall be called after me; and it shall be and his name shall be called Joseph, and it shall be after
after the name of his father. And he shall be like unto the name of his father; and he shall be like unto you;
me; for the thing, which the Lord shall bring forth for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his
by his hand, by the power of the Lord shall bring my hand shall bring my people unto salvation.
people unto salvation.

Yea, thus prophesied Joseph:


3:16

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 50:34And the Lord sware unto Joseph that he would
forever. 3:17And the Lord hath said: preserve his seed forever, saying,

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JST Gen. 50 Fulfilled?


I will raise up a Moses; and I will give power unto him I will raise up Moses, and a rod shall be in his hand, D&C 100:911
in a rod; and he shall gather together my people, and he shall
9
You, my servant S
a spokesman unto
lead them as a flock, and he shall smite the waters of
even to be a spokes
the Red Sea with his rod. servant Joseph. 10A
and I will give judgment unto him in writing. 50:35
And he shall have judgment, and shall write the unto him power to
word of the Lord. testimony. 11And I
Yet I will not loose his tongue, that he shall speak And he shall not speak many words, power to be mighty
much, for I will not make him mighty in speaking. all scriptures, that t
spokesman unto hi
But I will write unto him my law, by the finger of mine for I will write unto him my law by the finger of mine a revelator unto the
own hand; and I will make a spokesman for him. own hand. And I will make a spokesman for him, and
D&C 124:103110
his name shall be called Aaron. 103
If my servant Sid
3:18
And the Lord said unto me also: I will raise up and be counselor u
unto the fruit of thy loins; and I will make for him a Joseph, let him aris
spokesman. and stand in the offi
And I, behold, I will give unto him that he shall write ... 104And if he wil
acceptable offering
the writing of the fruit of thy loins, unto the fruit of your God, will hea
ormon/Mo- thy loins; and the spokesman of thy loins shall declare
ed to Moroni be healed; and he s
fulfillment.
it. 3:19And the words which he shall write shall be the voice again on the
s character words which are expedient in my wisdom should go be a spokesman be
ed from forth unto the fruit of thy loins.
106
And in all his jou
muel? Lehi? lift up his voice as w
And it shall be as if the fruit of thy loins had cried
a trump, and warn
unto them from the dust; for I know their faith.
3:20
And they shall cry from the dust; yea, even repen-
tance unto their brethren, even after many generations 50:36And it shall be done unto thee in the last days also,
have gone by them. And it shall come to pass that even as I have sworn.
their cry shall go, even according to the simpleness of
their words. 3:21Because of their faith their words shall
proceed forth out of my mouth unto their brethren
who are the fruit of thy loins; and the weakness of
their words will I make strong in their faith, unto the
remembering of my covenant which I made unto thy
fathers.
And now, behold, my son Joseph, after this manner did my father
3:22

of old prophesy. 3:23Wherefore, because of this covenant thou art blessed;


for thy seed shall not be destroyed, for they shall hearken unto the words Also prophesied
of the book. 3:24And there shall rise up one mighty among them, who shall 1 Ne. _:_
do much good, both in word and in deed, being an instrument in the .
Fulfilled
3 Ne. _:_
hands of God, with exceeding faith, to work mighty wonders, and do that D&C _:_?
.
...Jacobites and Josephites ...

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thing which is great in the sight of God, unto the bringing to pass much
restoration unto the house of Israel, and unto the seed of thy brethren.

Conclusion
3:25
And now, blessed art thou, Joseph. Behold, thou art little; where- Obeyed
5:6
fore hearken unto the words of thy brother, Nephi, and it shall be done 5
The Lord did warn me, that I,
unto thee even according to the words which I have spoken. Remember the Nephi, should ... flee into the wil-
words of thy dying father. Amen. derness, and all those who would go
III 4:1
And now, I, Nephi, speak concerning the prophecies of which my with me. 6... I, Nephi, did take my
family, and also ... Jacob and Joseph,
father hath spoken, concerning Joseph, who was carried into Egypt. 4:2For my younger brethren. ... Wherefore,
behold, he truly prophesied concerning all his seed. And the prophecies
which he wrote, there are not many greater. And he prophesied concerning
Source
us, and our future generations; and they are written upon the plates ofbrass.
3:2
May the Lord consecrate also unto
thee this land, which is a most pre-
To Lamans children cious land, for thine inheritance and
the inheritance of thy seed with thy
4:3
Wherefore, after my father had made an end of speaking concern- brethren, for thy security forever,
ing the prophecies of Joseph, he called the children of Laman, his sons, and if it so be that ye shall keep the
his daughters, and said unto them: Behold, my sons, and my daughters, commandments of the Holy One
who are the sons and the daughters of my first-born, I would that ye should
give ear unto my words. 4:4For the Lord God hath said that: Promised
1 Ne. 2:2021 (2 Ne. 1:20)
Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments .
ye shall prosper in the land;
Fulfilled
and inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments 5:__
ye shall be cut off from my p
resence.
4:5
But behold, my sons and 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 way ye should go ye will not depart from it. Source
4:6
Wherefore, if ye are cursed, behold, I leave my blessing upon you, that Prov. 22:6
the cursing may be taken from you and be answered upon the heads of Train up a child in the way he should
go: and when he is old, he will not
your parents. 4:7Wherefore, because of my blessing the Lord God will not
suffer that ye shall perish; wherefore, he will be merciful unto you and unto
your seedforever.
Fulfilled
If ye are cursed => They were
To Lemuels children
Fulfilled
4:8
And it came to pass that after my father had made an end of speak- ___ _:_
ing to the sons and daughters of Laman, he caused the sons and daughters ...Passages saying the Lamanites
arent as accountable as the Nephites
because of the traditions of their

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of Lemuel to be brought before him. 4:9And he spake unto them, saying:


Behold, my sons and my daughters, who are the sons and the daughters
of my second son; behold I leave unto you the same blessing which I left
unto the sons and daughters of Laman; wherefore, thou shalt not utterly be Fulfilled
destroyed; but in the end thy seed shall be blessed. ___ _:_
...Passages about Lemuelites.

To the sons of Ishmael


And it came to pass that when my father had made an end of speak-
4:10

ing unto them, behold, he spake unto the sons of Ishmael, yea, and even all Fulfilled
5:6
his household. 5
The Lord did warn me, that I,
Nephi, should ... flee into the
wilderness, and all those who would
To Sam go with me. 6... I, Nephi, did take
my family, ... and Sam, mine elder
4:11
And after he had made an end of speaking unto them, he spake
unto Sam, saying: Blessed art thou, and thy seed; for thou shalt inherit the
Fulfilled
land like unto thy brother Nephi. And thy seed shall be numbered with his
___ _:_
seed; and thou shalt be even like unto thy brother, and thy seed like unto ...Passages implying Sams tribe was
his seed; and thou shalt be blessed in all thy days. counted inseparably with Nephis.

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Journeyings in the wilderness

4:12
And it came to pass after my father, Lehi, had spoken unto all his
household, according to the feelings of his heart and the Spirit of the Lord
which was in him, he waxed old. And it came to pass that he died, and
wasburied.
4:13
And it came to pass that not many days after his death, Laman and
Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael were angry with me because of the admo-
nitions of the Lord. 4:14For I, Nephi, was constrained to speak unto them,
according to his word; for I had spoken many things unto them, and also
my father, before hisdeath; many of which sayings are written upon mine
other plates;

for a more history part are written upon mine other plates. 4:15And Planned
upon these I write the things of my soul, and many of the scriptures _:_
which are engraven upon the plates of brass. .

Psalm of Nephi
For my soul delighteth in the scriptures,
and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them
for the learning and the profit of my children.

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Behold, my soul delighteth


4:16

in the things of the Lord;


and my heart pondereth continually
upon the things which I have seen and heard.
4:17
Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord,
in showing me his great and marvelous works, Common source?
my heart exclaimeth: Rom. 7:24Paul
22
I delight in the law of God after the
O wretched man that I am! inward man: 23But I see another law
Yea, my heart sorroweth in my members, ... the law of sin.
because of my flesh;
my soul grieveth
Common source?
because of mine iniquities. Heb. 12:1Paul
4:18
I am encompassed about, Let us lay aside every weight, and the
because of the temptations and the sins sin which doth so easily beset us, and
which do so easily beset me. let us run with patience the race that
4:19
And when I desire to rejoice,
my heart groaneth because of my sins; Source?
Isa. 49:5 (quoted in 1 Ne. 21:5)
nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted. Though Israel be not gathered,
4:20
My God hath been my support; yet shall I be glorious
in the eyes of the Lord,
he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness;
and my God
and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep. shall be my strength.
4:21
He hath filled me with his love,
even unto the consuming of my flesh.
Events
4:22
He hath confounded mine enemies, Afflictions in the 1 Ne. 16:1921;
unto the causing of them to quake before me. wilderness 17:1, 6
4:23
Behold, he hath heard my cry by day, Preserved upon 1 Ne. 18:922
and he hath given me knowledge by visions in the night-time. the waters
4:24
And by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him; Enemies quake 1 Ne. 17:5255?

yea, my voice have I sent up on high; Filled with love fruit of life?
and angels came down and ministered unto me. Enemies quake
4:25
And upon the wings of his Spirit Heard cry 1 Ne. 7:_
hath my body been carried away Night-time visions
upon exceedingly high mountains. Mighty prayer
And mine eyes have beheld great things, Angels ministered 1 Ne. 11:_
yea, even too great for man; Carried upon 1 Ne. 11:1
therefore I was bidden that I should not write them. mountains
Beheld great
things
Bidden to not write 1 Ne. 14:28

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4:26
O then, if I have seen so great things,
if the Lord in his condescension unto the children of men
hath visited men in so much mercy,
why should my heart weep
and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow,
and my flesh waste away, Common source?
and my strength slacken, Matt. 16:18Jesus Christ
because of mine afflictions? I say also unto thee, That thou art
4:27
And why should I yield to sin, Peter, and upon this rock I will build
my church; and the gates of hell shall
because of my flesh? Source
Yea, why should I give way to temptations, Jer. 17:5
that the evil one have place in my heart Source? 5
Thus saith the Lord;
to destroy my peace and afflict my soul? Ps. 34:18 Cursed be the man
17
The righteous cry, that trusteth in man,
Why am I angry
and the Lord heareth, and maketh flesh his ar
because of mine enemy? and delivereth them 6
For he shall be
out of all their troubles. like the heath in the de
4:28
Awake, my soul! 18
The Lord is nigh unto them 7Blessed is the man
No longer droop in sin. that are of a broken heart; that trusteth in the Lor
Rejoice, O my heart, and saveth such and whose hope the Lo
as be of a contrite spirit. 8For he shall be
and give place no more for the enemy of my soul. 19
Many are the afflictions
4:29
Do not anger again because of mine enemies. of the righteous:
Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions. but the Lord delivereth him
4:30
Rejoice, O my heart,
and cry unto the Lord, Source?
and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; Ps. 118:1920
yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, 19
Open to me
my God, and the rock of my salvation. the gates of righteousness:
I will go into them,
4:31
O Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul? and I will praise the Lord:
20
This gate of the Lord, into which
Wilt thou deliver me out of the hands of mine enemies?
Wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of sin?
4:32
May the gates of hell be shut continually before me, Source?
because that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite! Isa. 61:10
10
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
O Lord, wilt thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me, my soul shall be joyful in my God;
that I may walk in the path of the low valley, for he hath clothed me
that I may be strict in the plain road! with the garments of salvation,
he hath covered me
4:33
O Lord, wilt thou encircle me around
with the robe of righteousness, ...
in the robe of thy righteousness! as a bride adorneth herself
with her jewels.
11
For ... as the garden
causeth the things that are sown
init
to spring forth;
so the Lord God

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O Lord, wilt thou make a way


for mine escape before mine enemies!
Wilt thou make my path straight before me!
Source?
Wilt thou not place a stumbling block in my way Isa. 57:14
but that thou wouldst clear my way before me, 13
He that putteth his trust in me
and hedge not up my way, shall possess the land,
but the ways of mine enemy. and shall inherit my holy
mountain;
4:34
O Lord, I have trusted in thee,
14
And shall say,
Cast ye up, cast ye up,
and I will trust in thee forever. prepare the way,
I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; take up the stumblingblock
for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. out of the way of my people.
15
For thus saith the ... lofty One ...
Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man
I dwell in the high and holy place,
or maketh flesh his arm. with him also that is
rm. ... 4:35
Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. of a contrite and humble spirit,
Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; to revive the spirit
esert. ... of the humble,
therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee;
rd,
ord is. yea, I will cry unto thee,
Common source?
my God, the rock of my righteousness. James 1:5; 4:3
Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him
my rock and mine everlasting God. ask of God, that giveth to all men
Amen. liberally, and upbraideth not; and it
shall be given him. 1:6But let him ask
in faith, nothing wavering. ...
IV Behold, it came to pass that I, Nephi, did cry much unto the Lord my
5:1
4:2
Ye fight and war,
God, because of the anger of my brethren. 5:2But behold, their anger did yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
increase against me, insomuch that they did seek to take away my life. 5:3Yea, 4:3
Ye ask, and receive not,
they did murmur against me, saying: because ye ask amiss, that ye may

Our younger brother thinks to rule over us;


and 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 have him
to be our ruler;
for it belongs unto us, who are the elder brethren,
to rule over this people.
Now I do not write upon these plates all the words which they murmured
5:4

against me. But it sufficeth me to say, that they did seek to take away my life.

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Prophesied/Commanded
Helaman 4:155:3 1:3132Lehi to Zoram
31
Because thou hast been faithful thy seed shall
be blessed with his seed, that they dwell in pros-
Nephi departs perity long upon the face of this land. ... 32The
Lord hath consecrated this land for the security
5:5
And it came to pass that the Lord did warn me, that I, Nephi, should of thy seed with the seed ofmyson.
depart from them and flee into the wilderness, and all those who would go
2:3Lehi to Jacob
with me. 5:6Wherefore, it came to pass that I, Nephi, did take my family, and Thy soul shall be blessed, and thou shalt dwell
also Zoram and his family, and Sam, mine elder brother and his family, and safely with thy brother, Nephi.
Jacob and Joseph, my younger brethren, and also my sisters, and all those 3:2, 25Lehi to Joseph
who would go with me. And all those who would go with me were those 2
May the Lord consecrate also unto thee this
land, which is a most precious land, for thine
who believed in the warnings and the revelations of God; wherefore, they
inheritance and the inheritance of thy seed with
did hearken unto my words. thy brethren, for thy security forever, if it so be
5:7
And we did take our tents and whatsoever things were possible for that ye shall keep the commandments. ...
25 Source
Thou art little; wherefore hearken unto the
us, and did journey in the wilderness for the space of many days. And after
words of thy brother, Nephi,Deut.
and it6:1shall
(andbemany
donemore)M
we had journeyed for the space of many days we did pitch our tents. 5:8And unto thee even according toThese are the
the words commandmen
which I
my people would that we should call the name of the place Nephi; where- have spoken. Remember thestatutes,
words ofand thythe judgments
dying
fore, we did call it Nephi. 5:9And all those who were with me did take upon father. the Lord your God comma
teach you, that ye might do
them to call themselves the people of Nephi. 4:11Lehi to Sam
the land whither ye go to po
Thou shalt inherit the land like unto thy brother
Nephi. And thy seed shall be2 numbered
Kgs. 6:1213To
with Solomon
12
If thou wilt walk in my sta
The people of Nephi his seed.
and execute my judgments,
all my commandments ... t
5:10
And we did observe to keep the judgments, and the statutes, and 13
I will dwell among the chi
the commandments of the Lord in all things, according to the law of
Moses. 5:11And the Lord was with us; and we did prosper exceedingly; for Prophesied
we did sow seed, and we did reap again in abundance. And we began to 1 Ne. 2:20The Lord to Nephi
raise flocks, and herds, and animals of every kind. Inasmuch as ye shall keep my com-
mandments, ye shall prosper, and
5:12
And I, Nephi, had also brought the records which were engraven
upon the plates of brass; and also the ball, or compass, which was prepared Source
for my father by the hand of the Lord, according to that which is writ- 1 Ne. 18:12
ten. 5:13And it came to pass that we began to prosper exceedingly, and to 18:12
After they had bound me ... , the
multiply in the land. 5:14And I, Nephi, did take the sword of Laban, and compass, which had been prepared
after the manner of it did make many swords, lest by any means the peo-
ple who were now called Lamanites should come upon us and destroy us;
for I knew their hatred towards me and my children and those who were Source
calledmypeople. Isa. 29:8
8
When an hungry man dreameth,
5:15
And I did teach my people to build buildings, and to work in all and, behold, he eateth;
manner of wood, and of iron, and of copper, and of brass, and of steel, and but he awaketh,
of gold, and of silver, and of precious ores, which were in great abundance. and his soul is empty: ...
so shall the multitude
5:16
And I, Nephi, did build a temple; and I did construct it after the man-
of all the nations be,
ner of the temple of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious that fight against mount Zion.
things; for they were not to be found upon the land, wherefore, it could not 1 Ne. 22:14
All that fight against Zion shall be
More information destroyed, and that great whore,
1 Kgs. 67 (2 Chron. 34) who hath perverted the right ways
6:2
The house which king Solomon built for the Lord, the length thereof was threescore of the Lord, yea, that great and
cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits. ... 4He abominable church, shall tumble
made windows of narrow lights....
18
And the cedar of the house within was carved with knops and open flowers: all was
cedar; there was no stone seen. ... 22And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he
had finished all the house. ...
32
The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of cheru-
bims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold, and spread gold
86
upon the cherubims, and upon the palm trees.
depend for safety.
Jacob 1:10
Helaman 4:155:3 The people ... loved Nephi exceed-
ingly, he having been a great protec-
be built like unto Solomons temple. But the manner of the construction tor for them, having wielded the
sword of Laban in their defence, and
was like unto the temple of Solomon; and the workmanship thereof was having labored in all his days for
exceedingly fine. 5:17And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did cause my people
to be industrious, and to labor with their hands. 5:18And it came to pass that
they would that I should be their king. But I, Nephi, was desirous that they Event
5:24
should have no king; nevertheless, I did for them according to that which 2
Their anger did increase ... that
was in my power. they did seek to take away my life.
3
... saying: Our younger brother
The Lamanites thinks to rule over us; ... We will
not have him to be our ruler; for it
5:19
And behold, the words of the Lord had been fulfilled unto my belongs unto us, who are the elder
brethren, which he spake concerning them, that I should be their ruler and
Moses their teacher. Wherefore, I had been their ruler and their teacher, accord-
nts, the Promised More inf
s, which
ing to the commandments of the Lord, until the time they sought to take 1 Ne. 2:21The Lord to Nephi Alma 3:14
anded to away my life. 5:20Wherefore, the word of the Lord was fulfilled which he 21
Inasmuch as thy brethren shall 14
Thus the
them in spake unto me, saying that: Inasmuch as they will not hearken unto thy rebel against thee, they shall be cut Nephi:
ossess it. off from the presence of the Lord. Behold
words they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord. And behold, they 22
And inasmuch as thou shalt keep they and th
were cut off fromhispresence. my commandments, thou shalt be time hence
atutes,
and keep
5:21
And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a made a ruler and a teacher over thy turn to me
sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their brethren. 23For behold, in that day 3:15
And
then ...
that they shall rebel against me, I brethren, t
ildren of hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as will curse them even with a sore 3:16
And
they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not curse, and they shall have no power thy seed.
be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to over thy seed except they shall rebel 3:17
And
against me also. 24And if it so be that
come upon them. 5:22And thus saith the Lord God: thy seed; a
they rebel against me, they shall be henceforth
I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, a scourge unto thy seed, to stir them and the
save they shall repent of their iniquities. up in the ways of remembrance.
5:23
And cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed; 1 Ne. 3:29To Laman and Lemuel
An angel of the Lord came ... , say-
for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing. ing: Why do ye smite your younger
And the Lord spake it, and it was done. brother with a rod? Know ye not
that the Lord hath chosen him to be
5:24
And because of their cursing which was upon them they did
a ruler over you, and this because of
become an idle people, full of mischief and subtlety, and did seek in the
wilderness for beasts of prey. 5:25And the Lord God said unto me: Fulfilled
They shall be a scourge unto thy seed, Times when the scourge succeeded in
to stir them up in remembrance of me; making the Nephites remember.

and inasmuch as they will not remember me, and hearken unto my
words,
they shall scourge them evenuntodestruction.
Fulfilled
Morm: _:_

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The small plates of Nephi


5:26
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did consecrate Jacob and Joseph,
that they should be priests and teachers over the land of my people. 5:27And
Time lapse
it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness. 5:28And thirty 22 years since Lehi arrived at Bountiful.
years had passed away from the time we leftJerusalem.
1 Ne. 17:4
5:29
And I, Nephi, had kept the records upon my plates, which I had 4
We did sojourn for the space of ...
made, of my people thus far. 5:30And it came to pass that the Lord God said eight years in the wilderness. 5And
unto me: we did come to the land which we
called Bountiful.
Make other plates;
and thou shalt engraven many things upon them Event
1 Ne. 19:12, 4
which are good in my sight, 1
The Lord commanded me, where-
for the profit of thy people. fore I did make plates of ore that
5:31
Wherefore, I, Nephi, to be obedient to the commandments of I might engraven upon them the
record of my people. And ... I did
the Lord, went and made these plates upon which I have engraven these engraven the record of my father,
things. 5:32And I engraved that which is pleasing unto God. And if my and also our journeyings in the
people are pleased with the things of God they will be pleased with mine wilderness, and the prophecies of my
father; and also many of mine own
engravings which are upontheseplates.
prophecies ... 2and the genealogy
5:33
And if my people desire to know the more particular part of the of his fathers. ... The things which
history of my people they must search mine other plates. 5:34And it sufficeth transpired before I made these
me to say that forty years had passed away, and we had already had wars [small] plates are, of a truth, more
particularly made mention upon the
and contentions with our brethren.

Account planned
1 Ne. 19:5
An account of my making these
plates shall be given hereafter.

Section names
1 Ne. 15:32
I said unto them [my brethren]
it was a representation of thing
both temporal and spiritual.

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Structure
V
The words of Jacob 11:23
2
I, Nephi, write more of the words
of Isaiah, ... for he verily saw my
The words of Jacob, the brother of Nephi, which he spake unto the people
6:1 Redeemer. ... 3My brother, Jacob,
also has seen him as I have seen
ofNephi:
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.
31:1
Neither can I write but a few of the

Behold, my beloved brethren, I, Jacob, having been called of God,


6:2

and ordained after the manner of his holy order, and having been conse-
crated by my brother Nephi, unto whom ye look as a king or a protector,
and on whom ye depend for safety,
behold ye know that I have spoken unto you exceedingly many things.
6:3
Nevertheless, I speak unto you again; for I am desirous for the welfare of
your souls. Yea, mine anxiety is great for you; and ye yourselves know that
it ever has been. For I have exhorted you with all diligence; and I have
taught you the words of my father; and I have spoken unto you concerning Event
all things which are written, from the creation of the world. 5:26
I, Nephi, did consecrate Jacob and
Joseph, that they should be priests
and teachers over the land of my
Isaiahs dual prophecy
And now, behold, I would speak unto you concerning things which
6:4
More information
are, and which are to come; wherefore, I will read you the words of Isaiah. 5:18
And they are the words which my brother has desired that I should speak 17
My people ... 18would that I should
unto you. And I speak unto you for your sakes, that ye may learn and glo- be their king. But I, Nephi, was
desirous that they should have no
rify the name of your God. 6:5And now, the words which I shall read are they
king; nevertheless, I did for them
which Isaiah spake concerning all the house of Israel; wherefore, they may

] that
gs

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be likened unto you, for ye are of the house of Israel. And there are many
things which have been spoken by Isaiah which may be likened unto you,
because ye are of the house of Israel. 6:6And now, these are the words:
Isaiah 49
Thus saith the Lord God: 49:22
Thus saith the Lord GOD,
Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles,
and set up my standard to the people; and set up my standard to the people:
and they shall bring thy sons and they shall bring thy sons
in their arms, in their arms,
him shall and thy daughters shall be carried and thy daughters shall be carried
e, and by upon their shoulders. upon their shoulders.
akes, and by 6:7
And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, 49:23
And kings shall be thy nursing fathers,
lence, and and their queens thy nursing mothers; and their queens thy nursing mothers:
they shall bow down to thee they shall bow down to thee
with their faces towards the earth, with their face toward the earth,
and lick up the dust of thy feet; and lick up the dust of thy feet;
nifest and thou shalt know that I am the Lord; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD:
wer and for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
ruction of
day cometh
6:8
And now I, Jacob, would speak somewhat concerning these words.
Promised
For behold, the Lord has shown me that those who were at Jerusalem, from 1 Ne. 7?:_
whence we came, have been slain and carried away captive. 6:9Nevertheless, . Fulfilled
the Lord has shown unto me that they should return again. Matt. 12; Luke 12
And he also has shown unto me that the Lord God, the Holy One of Event .
re they who
l wait for Israel, should manifest himself unto them in the flesh; and after he should 2 Kgs. 25:_ Common source?
manifest himself they should scourge him and crucify him, according to . 1 Tim. 3:16
the words of the angel who spake it unto me. 6:10And after they have hard- Great is the mystery of g
God was manifest in t
ened their hearts and stiffened their necks against the Holy One of Israel, justified in the Spirit,
behold, the judgments of the Holy One of Israel shall come upon them. seen of angels,
And the day cometh that they shall be smitten and afflicted. 6:11Where- Fulfilled
preached unto the Ge
believed on in the wor
fore, after they are driven to and fro, for thus saith the angel, many shall e.g., Matt. 2_:_ received up into glory
be afflicted in the flesh, and shall not be suffered to perish, because of the .
prayers of the faithful; they shall be scattered, and smitten, and hated; nev-
ertheless, the Lord will be merciful unto them, that when they shall come Also prophesied Source
to the knowledge of their Redeemer, they shall be gathered together again _:_ 1 Ne. 10:14
. 13
[Lehi] said ... 14the ho
to the lands of their inheritance. ... should be gathered t
Also prophesied
6:12
And blessed are the Gentiles, they of whom the prophet has writ- again; ... the natural br
_:_
ten; for behold, if it so be that they shall repent and fight not against Zion, .
of the olive-tree, or the r
and do not unite themselves to that great and abominable church, they of the house of Israel, sh
grafted in, or come to th
edge of the true Messiah
and their Redeemer.
1 Ne. 15:14Nephi to his
At that day shall the rem
our seed know that they
house of Israel ... ; whe
shall come to the knowl
Redeemer and the very
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shall be saved; for the Lord God will fulfil his covenants which he has made
unto his children;
and for this cause the prophet has written these things. 6:13Wherefore,
they that fight against Zion and the covenant people of the Lord shall lick
up the dust of their feet; and the people of the Lord shall not be ashamed.
For the people of the Lord are they who wait for him; for they still wait for
the coming of the Messiah.
6:14
And behold, according to the words of the prophet, the Messiah
will set himself again the second time to recover them; wherefore, he will Source
manifest himself unto them in power and great glory, unto the destruction Isa. 11:11
of their enemies, when that day cometh when they shall believe in him; In that day, .
and none will he destroy that believe in him. 6:15And they that believe not his hand aga
recover the r
in him shall be destroyed, both by fire, and by tempest, and by earthquakes, which shall b
and by bloodsheds, and by pestilence, and by famine. And they shall know and from Eg
that the Lord is God, the Holy One of Israel. 6:16For Shinar, ... a
the sea.
Isaiah 4951
shall the prey be taken from the mighty, 49:24
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty,
or the lawful captive delivered? or the lawful captive delivered?
6:17
But thus saith the Lord: 49:25
But thus saith the LORD,
Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,
and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered:
for the Mighty God shall deliver his covenant people. For thus saith theLord:
I will contend with them that contendeth with thee for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee,
and I will save thy children.
godliness: And I will feed them that oppress thee,
6:18 49:26
And I will feed them that oppress thee
the flesh, with their own flesh; with their own flesh;
and they shall be drunken and they shall be drunken
entiles, with their own blood with their own blood,
rld, as with sweet wine; as with sweet wine:
y. and all flesh shall know that I the Lord and all flesh shall know that I the LORD
am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer,
the Mighty One of Jacob. the mighty One of Jacob.

ouse of Israel Israels sin


together 7:1
Yea, for thus saith the Lord:
ranches
remnants Have I put thee away,
hould be or have I cast thee off forever?
he knowl-
h, their Lord

s brothers
mnant of
y are of the
erefore, they
ledge of their
points of his
know how

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Isaiah 4951
For thus saith the Lord: Thus saith the LORD,
50:1

Where is the bill of your mothers divorcement? Where is the bill of your mothers divorcement,
To whom have I put thee away, whom I have put away?
or to which of my creditors have I sold you? or which of my creditors is it
Yea, to whom have I sold you? to whom I have sold you?
Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves,
and for your transgressions is your mother put and for your transgressions is your mother put
away. away.
7:2
Wherefore, when I came, there was no man; 50:2
Wherefore, when I came, was there no man?
when I called, yea, there was none to answer. when I called, was there none to answer?

The servants obedience


O house of Israel,
is my hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem, Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem?
r God, or have I no power to deliver? or have I no power to deliver?
Behold, at my rebuke behold, at my rebuke
I dry up the sea, I dry up the sea,
I make their rivers a wilderness I make the rivers a wilderness:
and their fish to stink their fish stinketh,
because the waters are dried up, because there is no water,
and they die because of thirst. and dieth for thirst.
7:3
I clothe the heavens with blackness, 50:3
I clothe the heavens with blackness,
and I make sackcloth their covering. and I make sackcloth their covering.
7:4
The Lord God hath given me The Lord GOD hath given me
50:4

ur inheri- the tongue of the learned, the tongue of the learned,


nd, for that I should know how to speak that I should know how to speak
we are a word in season unto thee, a word in season to him that is weary:
O house of Israel.
When ye are weary he waketh morning by morning. he wakeneth morning by morning,
He waketh mine ear to hear as the learned. he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
7:5
The Lord God hath opened mine ear, 50:5
The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear,
and I was not rebellious, and I was not rebellious,
neither turned away back. neither turned away back.
7:6
I gave my back to the smiter, 50:6
I gave my back to the smiters,
and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair. and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair:
I hid not my face from shame and spitting. I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

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7:7
For the Lord God will help me, 50:7
For the Lord GOD will help me;
therefore shall I not be confounded. therefore shall I not be confounded:
Therefore have I set my face like a flint, therefore have I set my face like a flint,
and I know that I shall not be ashamed. and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
7:8
And the Lord is near, 50:8
He is near
and he justifieth me. that justifieth me;

Call to repent
Who will contend with me? who will contend with me?
Let us stand together. let us stand together:
Who is mine adversary? who is mine adversary?
Let him come near me, let him come near to me.
and I will smite him with the strength of my
mouth. Behold, the Lord GOD will help me;
50:9

7:9
For the Lord God will help me. who is he that shall condemn me?
And all they who shall condemn me, lo, they all shall wax old as a garment;
behold, all they shall wax old as a garment, the moth shall eat them up.
and the moth shall eat them up.
7:10
Who is among you that feareth the Lord, 50:10
Who is among you that feareth the LORD,
that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that obeyeth the voice of his servant,
that walketh in darkness and hath no light? that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?
let him trust in the name of the LORD,
and stay upon his God.
Behold all ye that kindle fire,
7:11 50:11
Behold, all ye that kindle a fire,
that compass yourselves about with sparks, that compass yourselves about with sparks:
walk in the light of your fire walk in the light of your fire,
and in the sparks which ye have kindled. and in the sparks that ye have kindled.
This shall ye have of mine hand This shall ye have of mine hand;
ye shall lie down in sorrow. ye shall lie down in sorrow.
Hearken unto me,
8:1
Hearken to me,
51:1

ye that follow after righteousness. ye that follow after righteousness,


ye that seek the LORD:
Look unto the rock from whence ye are hewn, look unto the rock whence ye are hewn,
and to the hole of the pit from whence ye are and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
digged.
8:2
Look unto Abraham, your father, Look unto Abraham your father,
51:2

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Isaiah 4951
for I called him alone, for I called him alone,
and blessed him. and blessed him,
and increased him.
For the Lord shall comfort Zion,
8:3
For the LORD shall comfort Zion:
51:3

he will comfort all her waste places; he will comfort all her waste places;
and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and he will make her wilderness like Eden,
and her desert like the garden of the Lord. and her desert like the garden of the LORD;
Joy and gladness shall be found therein, joy and gladness shall be found therein,
thanksgiving and the voice of melody. thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
8:4
Hearken unto me, my people; 1:4
Hearken unto me, my people;
and give ear unto me, O my nation; and give ear unto me, O my nation:
for a law shall proceed from me, for a law shall proceed from me,
and I will make my judgment to rest and I will make my judgment to rest
for a light for the people. for a light of the people.
8:5
My righteousness is near; 51:5
My righteousness is near;
my salvation is gone forth, my salvation is gone forth,
and mine arm shall judge the people. and mine arms shall judge the people;
The isles shall wait upon me, the isles shall wait upon me,
and on mine arm shall they trust. and on mine arm shall they trust.
8:6
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, 51:6
Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look upon the earth beneath; and look upon the earth beneath:
for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke,
and the earth shall wax old like a garment; and the earth shall wax old like a garment,
and they that dwell therein shall die in like and they that dwell therein shall die in like
manner. manner:
But my salvation shall be forever, but my salvation shall be for ever,
and my righteousness shall not be abolished. and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
8:7
Hearken unto me, 51:7
Hearken unto me,
ye that know righteousness, ye that know righteousness,
the people in whose heart I have written my law, the people in whose heart is my law;
fear ye not the reproach of men, fear ye not the reproach of men,
neither be ye afraid of their revilings. neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
8:8
For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, 51:8
For the moth shall eat them up like a garment,
and the worm shall eat them like wool. and the worm shall eat them like wool:
But my righteousness shall be forever, but my righteousness shall be for ever,
and my salvation from generation to generation. and my salvation from generation to generation.

Two deaths

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Interpreted
Isaiah 4951 9:10, 19, 26Jacob
10
God ... prepareth
Awake, awake! Put on strength, O arm of the Lord;
8:9 51:9
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; escape from the gra
awake as in the ancient days. awake, as in the ancient days, monster; yea, that m
in the generations of old. and hell, which I cal
Art thou not he that hath cut Rahab, Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, the body, and also th
spirit....
and wounded the dragon? and wounded the dragon? 19
He delivereth h
8:10
Art thou not he who hath dried the sea, 51:10
Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, that awful monster t
the waters of the great deep; the waters of the great deep; death, and hell, and
that hath made the depths of the sea that hath made the depths of the sea and brimstone, whic
a way for the ransomed to pass over? a way for the ransomed to pass over? torment....
8:11
Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, 51:11
Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return,
26
All those who h
... are delivered fro
and come with singing unto Zion; and come with singing unto Zion; monster, death and
and everlasting joy and holiness and everlasting joy devil, and the lake o
shall be upon their heads; shall be upon their head: stone, which is endl
and they shall obtain gladness and joy; they shall obtain gladness and joy; they are restored to
sorrow and mourning shall flee away. and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
8:12
I am he; yea, I am he that comforteth you. 51:12
I, even I, am he that comforteth you:
Spiritual meani
Behold, who art thou, who art thou,
9:11Jacob
that thou shouldst be afraid of man, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man 11
Because of the wa
who shall die, that shall die, the Holy One of I
and of the son of man, and of the son of man this death, of which
who shall be made like unto grass? which shall be made as grass; which is the temp
8:13
And forgettest the Lord thy maker, 51:13
And forgettest the LORD thy maker, shall deliver up its d
which death is th
that hath stretched forth the heavens, that hath stretched forth the heavens, 12
And this death of
and laid the foundations of the earth, and laid the foundations of the earth; which is the spiri
and hast feared continually every day, and hast feared continually every day shall deliver up its d
because of the fury of the oppressor, because of the fury of the oppressor, which spiritual d
as if he were ready to destroy? as if he were ready to destroy? Temporal mean
And where is the fury of the oppressor? and where is the fury of the oppressor? 10:20Jacob
8:14
The captive exile hasteneth, 51:14
The captive exile hasteneth We have been drive
that he may be loosed, that he may be loosed, tance; but we have b
and that he should not die in the pit, and that he should not die in the pit, the Lord has made
upon an isle of the s
nor that his bread should fail. nor that his bread should fail.
8:15
But I am the Lord thy God, 51:15
But I am the LORD thy God,
that divided the sea,
whose waves roared; whose waves roared:
the Lord of Hosts is my name. The LORD of hosts is his name.
8:16
And I have put my words in thy mouth, 51:16
And I have put my words in thy mouth,
and have covered thee in the shadow and I have covered thee in the shadow
of mine hand, of mine hand,

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that I may plant the heavens that I may plant the heavens,
and lay the foundations of the earth, and lay the foundations of the earth,
and say unto Zion: Behold, thou art my people. and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

Afflicted by two deaths


8:17
Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, 51:17
Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem,
which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD
the cup of his fury the cup of his fury;
thou hast drunken the dregs thou hast drunken the dregs
of the cup of trembling wrung out of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.
8:18
And none to guide her 51:18
There is none to guide her
among all the sons she hath brought forth; among all the sons whom she hath brought forth;
neither that taketh her by the hand, neither is there any that taketh her by the hand
of all the sons she hath brought up. of all the sons that she hath brought up.
8:19
These two sons are come unto thee, 51:19
These two things are come unto thee;
who shall be sorry for thee who shall be sorry for thee?
thy desolation and destruction, desolation, and destruction,
and the famine and the sword and the famine, and the sword:
and by whom shall I comfort thee? by whom shall I comfort thee?
8:20
Thy sons have fainted, 51:20
Thy sons have fainted,
save these two;
they lie at the head of all the streets; they lie at the head of all the streets,
as a wild bull in a net, as a wild bull in a net:
they are full of the fury of the Lord, they are full of the fury of the LORD,
men, the rebuke of thy God. the rebuke of thy God.
me fallen
presence Salvation from two deaths
8:21
Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, 51:21
Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted,
and drunken, and not with wine: and drunken, but not with wine:
8:22
Thus saith thy Lord, the Lord 51:22
Thus saith thy Lord the LORD,
and thy God pleadeth the cause of his people; and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people,
behold, I have taken out of thine hand Behold, I have taken out of thine hand
the cup of trembling, the cup of trembling,
the dregs of the cup of my fury; even the dregs of the cup of my fury;
thou shalt no more drink it again. thou shalt no more drink it again:

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But I will put it into the hand
8:23
But I will put it into the hand
51:23

of them that afflict thee; of them that afflict thee;


who have said to thy soul: which have said to thy soul,
Bow down, that we may go over Bow down, that we may go over:
and thou hast laid thy body as the ground and thou hast laid thy body as the ground,
and as the street to them that went over. and as the street, to them that went over.
8:24
Awake, awake, put on thy strength, 52:1
Awake, awake; put on thy strength,
O Zion; O Zion;
put on thy beautiful garments, put on thy beautiful garments,
O Jerusalem, the holy city; O Jerusalem, the holy city:
for henceforth there shall no more come into thee for henceforth there shall no more come into thee
the uncircumcised and the unclean. the uncircumcised and the unclean.
8:25
Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, 52:2
Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down,
O Jerusalem; O Jerusalem:
loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, loose thyself from the bands of thy neck,
O captive daughter of Zion. O captive daughter of Zion.
VI And now, my beloved brethren, I have read these things that ye
9:1

might know concerning the covenants of the Lord that he has covenanted
with all the house of Israel 9:2That he has spoken unto the Jews, by the
mouth of his holy prophets, even from the beginning down, from genera-
tion to generation, until the timecomes
1. that they shall be restored to the true church and fold of God; Spiritual interpretation
9:452
2. when they shall be gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and
shall be established in all their lands of promise.
Behold, my beloved brethren, I speak unto you these things that ye
9:3 Temporal interpretation
10:119
may rejoice, and lift up your heads forever, because of the blessings which
the Lord God shall bestow upon your children. 9:4For I know that ye have
searched much, many of you, to know of things to come;

Source
1. Spiritual fulfillment Job 19:26
25
For I know that my redeemer
liveth,
Two deaths and that he shall stand
at the latter day upon the earth:
wherefore I know that ye know that our flesh must waste away and 26
And though after my skin
die; nevertheless, in our bodies we shall see God. 9:5Yea, I know that ye worms destroy this body,
yet in my flesh
shall I see God:
27
Whom I shall see for myself,
and mine eyes shall behold,
and not another;
though my reins be consumed
within me.
Isa. 40
3
The voice of him
that crieth in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord ...
5
And the glory of the Lord
shall be revealed,
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know that in the body he shall show himself unto those at Jerusalem, from
whence we came; for it is expedient that it should be among them;
for it behooveth the great Creator that he suffereth himself to become
subject unto man in the flesh, and die for all men,
that all men might become subject unto him.
9:6
For as death hath passed upon all men, to fulfil the merciful plan of the
great Creator,
Source
there must needs be a power of resurrection,
2:17Lehi
and the resurrection must needs come unto man by reason of the fall; I, Lehi, according to the things
and the fall came by reason of transgression; which I have read, must needs sup-
and because man became fallen they were cut off from the presence of the pose that an angel of God, accord-
ing to that which is written, had
Lord. fallen from heaven; wherefore, he
9:7
Wherefore, it must needs be an infinite atonement
Prophesied
No deliverance Common
_:_?? source?
2 Cor. 11:14Paul
save it should be an infinite atonement this corruption could not put 13
Such are false apostles, deceitful
on incorruption. Wherefore, the first judgment which came upon man workers, transforming themselves
must needs have remained to an endless duration. And if so, this flesh must into the apostles of Christ. 14And
have laid down to rot and to crumble to its mother earth, to rise no more. no marvel; for Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of light.
9:8
O the wisdom of God, his mercy and grace! For behold, if the flesh 15
Therefore it is no great thing if his
on to should rise no more our spirits must become subject to that angel who ministers also be transformed as the
fell from before the presence of the Eternal God, and became the devil, to
rise no more. 9:9And our spirits must have become like unto him, and we Source
become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our Moses 5:31, 51
God, and to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself; yea, 31
Cain said: Truly I am Mahan,
to that being who beguiled our first parents, who transformeth himself the master of this great secret, that
I may murder and get gain. ...
nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men unto secret 51
From the days of Cain, there was a
combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness. secret combination, and their works
were in the dark, and they knew
Deliverance from death and hell
O how great the goodness of our God,
9:10

who prepareth a way for our escape Source


from the grasp of this awful monster; Isa. 51:9 (quoted in 8:9)
yea, that monster, death and hell, Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab,
which I call the death of the body,
and also the death of the spirit.

And because of the way of deliverance of our God,


9:11
Reference
the Holy One of Israel, Isa. 50:2, 51:10 (2 Ne. 7:2; 8:10)
50:2
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. ...
8:10
Art thou not he who hath dried
the sea,
the waters of the great deep;
that hath made the depths of the sea
a way for the ransomed to pass

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I thought the word hell actually meant
grave. Is Jacob using the same word
this death, of which I have spoken, which is the temporal, for both, in his original language? If
shall deliver up its dead; which death is the grave. not, is he using sheol for the word
9:12
And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, translated as grave or as hell?
shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell;
wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, Common source?
and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, Rev. 20:1213John the revelator
and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies,
12
I saw the dead ... stand before
God; ... 13and death and hell
and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; delivered up the dead which were in
and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel. them: and they were judged every
9:13
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,
and the grave deliver up the body of the righteous;
and the spirit and the body is restored to itself again,
and all men become incorruptible, and immortal,
and they are living souls,
having a perfect knowledge like unto us in the flesh,
save it be that our knowledge shall be perfect.
9:14
Wherefore, we shall have a perfect knowledge
of all our guilt, and our uncleanness,
and our nakedness;
Allusion
and the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge
Isa. 61:10
of their enjoyment, and their righteousness, 10
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
being clothed with purity, yea, even with the robe of righteousness. my soul shall be joyful in my God;
for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation,
And it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed from this
9:15
he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,
first death unto life, insomuch as they have become immortal, they must as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments,
appear before the judgment-seat of the Holy One of Israel; and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
11
For as the earth bringeth forth her bud,
Deliverance from the devil and as the garden causeth the things that are sown i
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
and then cometh the judgment, and then must they be judged accord- to spring forth before all the nations.
ing to the holy judgment of God. 9:16And assuredly, as the Lord liveth, for
the Lord God hath spoken it, and it is his eternal word, which cannot pass
away, that they who are righteous shall be righteous still, and they who are Common source?
filthy shall be filthy still; Rev. 22:1011John the revelator
wherefore, they who are filthy are the devil and his angels; and they
10
He saith unto me, Seal not the say-
ings of the prophecy of this book:
shall go away into everlasting fire, prepared for them; and their torment for the time is at hand. 11He that is
is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flame ascendeth up forever and unjust, let him be unjust still: and he
ever and has no end. 9:17O the greatness and the justice of our God! For he which is filthy, let him be filthy still:
and he that is righteous, let him be
righteous still: and he that is holy, let

Common source?
Rev. 19:20; 20:10, 1415; Rev. 21:8
20:10
The devil ... was cast into the
lake of fire and brimstone, where the
beast and the false prophet are. ...
14
And death and hell were cast into
the lake of fire. ... 15And whosoever
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executeth all his words, and they have gone forth out of his mouth, and his
law must be fulfilled.
9:18
But, behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they
who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the
crosses of the world, and despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the
kingdom of God, which was prepared for them from the foundation of the
world, and their joy shall be full forever. 9:19O the greatness of the mercy
of our God, the Holy One of Israel! For he delivereth his saints from that
awful monster the devil, and death, and hell, and that lake of fire and brim-
stone, which is endlesstorment.
9:20
O how great the holiness of our God! For he knoweth all things,
and there is not anything save he knows it. 9:21And 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 living creature, both
men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam. 9:22And he
suffereth this that the resurrection might pass upon all men, that all might
stand before him at the great and judgment day.
9:23
And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized
in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot
be saved in the kingdom of God. 9:24And if they will not repent and believe
in his name, and be baptized in his name, and endure to the end, they must
be damned; for the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has s pokenit.
9:25
Wherefore, he has given a law; and where there is no law given
there is no punishment; and where there is no punishment there is no con-
demnation; and where there is no condemnation the mercies of the Holy
One of Israel have claim upon them, because of the atonement; for they are
delivered by the power of him. 9:26For the atonement satisfieth the demands
of his justice upon all those who have not the law given to them, that they
are delivered from that awful monster, death and hell, and the devil, and the
lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment; and they are restored
to that God who gave them breath, which is the Holy One of Israel. 9:27But
wo unto him that has the law given, yea, that has all the commandments of
God, like unto us, and that transgresseth them, and that wasteth the days of
his probation, for awful is his state!

Call to repent
9:28
O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frail-
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wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside,
supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolish-
ness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish. 9:29But to be learned Sources
is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God. Isa. 5:21?Isaiahs six woes
5:21
Woe unto them that are wise in
Woes their own eyes, and prudent in their
own sight!
9:30
But wo unto the rich, who are rich as to the things of the world. Isa. 29:14
For because they are rich they despise the poor, 14
I will proceed to do a marvellous
and they persecute the meek, work
and their hearts are upon their treasures; among this people,
even a marvellous work and a
wherefore, their treasure is their god. wonder:
And behold, their treasure shall perish with them also. for the wisdom of their
9:31
And wo unto the deaf that will not hear; wise men shall perish,
and the understanding of their
for they shall perish. prudent men shall be hid.
9:32
Wo unto the blind that will not see;
for they shall perish also.
9:33
Wo unto the uncircumcised of heart,
for a knowledge of their iniquities shall smite them at the lastday.
9:34
Wo unto the liar,
for he shall be thrust down to hell.
9:35
Wo unto the murderer who deliberately killeth,
for he shall die.
9:36
Wo unto them who commit whoredoms,
for they shall be thrust down to hell.
9:37
Yea, wo unto those that worship idols,
for the devil of all devils delighteth in them.
9:38
And, in fine, wo unto all those who die in their sins;
for they shall return to God, and behold his face,
and remain in their sins.
O, my beloved brethren, remember the awfulness in transgressing
9:39

against that Holy God, and also the awfulness of yielding to the enticings
of that cunning one. Remember, to be carnally-minded is death, and to be
spiritually-minded is life eternal. 9:40O, 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

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truth are hard against all uncleanness; but the righteous fear them not, for
they love the truth and are not shaken.

Come unto God


9:41
O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One.
Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is nar-
row, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate
is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there
is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for
the Lord God is his name. 9:42And whoso knocketh, to him will he open;
and the wise, and the learned, and they that are rich, who are puffed up
because of their learning, and their wisdom, and their richesyea, they
are they whom he despiseth; and save they shall cast these things away,
and consider themselves fools before God, and come down in the depths
of humility, he will not open unto them. 9:43But the things of the wise and
the prudent shall be hid from them foreveryea, that happiness which is
prepared for thesaints.
9:44
O, my beloved brethren, remember my words. Behold, I take off
my garments, and I shake them before you; I pray the God of my salva-
tion 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, and that
I stand with brightness before him, and am rid of your blood. 9:45O, 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. 9:46Prepare 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, and be constrained to exclaim: Holy, holy are thy judgments, O
Lord God Almightybut I know my guilt; I transgressed thy law, and my
transgressions are mine; and the devil hath obtained me, that I am a prey
to his awful misery.
9:47
But behold, my brethren, is it expedient 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 plainness
of the truth if ye were freed from sin? 9:48Behold, if ye were holy I would
speak unto you of holiness; but as ye are not holy, and ye look upon me as a
teacher, it must needs be expedient that I teach you the consequences of sin.

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Behold, my soul abhorreth sin, and my heart delighteth in righteousness;


9:49

and I will praise the holy name of my God. 9:50Come, my brethren,


Isa. 55
every one that thirsteth, 1
Ho, every one that thirsteth,
come ye to the waters; come ye to the waters,
and he that hath no money, and he that hath no money;
come buy and eat; come ye, buy, and eat;
yea, come buy wine and milk yea, come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price. without money and without price.
9:51
Wherefore, do not spend money 2
Wherefore do ye spend money
for that which is of no worth, for that which is not bread?
nor your labor and your labour
for that which cannot satisfy. for that which satisfieth not?
Hearken diligently unto me, hearken diligently unto me,
and remember the words which I have spoken;
and come unto the Holy One of Israel,
and feast upon that which perisheth not, and eat ye that which is good,
neither can be corrupted,
and let your soul delight in fatness. and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray
9:52

unto him continually by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night.
Let your hearts rejoice.
Promised
Transition
And behold how great the covenants of the Lord, and how great
9:53

his condescensions unto the children of men; and because of his greatness,
and his grace and mercy, he has promised unto us that our seed shall not
utterly be destroyed, according to the flesh, but that he would preserve
them; and in future generations they shall become a righteous branch unto
the house of Israel. Event
9:53
9:54
And now, my brethren, I would speak unto you more; but on the Further details
The Lord ... has pro
morrow I will declare unto you the remainder of my words.Amen. 10:3Jacob [regarding] our seed
It must needs be expedient that would preserve them
Christfor in the last night the generations they sha
VII 2. Temporal fulfillment angel spake unto me that this should
be his nameshould come among
the Jews, among those who are the
And now I, Jacob, speak unto you again, my beloved brethren,
10:1 Promised
concerning this righteous branch of which I have spoken. 10:2For behold, JST Gen. 50:2425Joseph the seer
24
I have obtained a promise of the
Lord, that out of the fruit of my
loins, the Lord God will raise up a
righteous branch. ... A prophet ...
shall deliver my people out of Egypt
...
25
And ... they shall be scattered
again; and a branch shall be broken
off, and shall be carried into a far
country; nevertheless they shall be
remembered in the covenants of the
Lord, when the Messiah cometh;
for he shall be made manifest unto
them in the latter days, in the Spirit
of power; and shall bring them out
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the promises which we have obtained are promises unto us according


totheflesh;
__Captivity and return__
wherefore, as it has been shown unto me that many of our children
shall perish in the flesh because of unbelief, nevertheless, God will be mer-
ciful unto many; and our children shall be restored, that they may come to
that which will give them the true knowledge of their Redeemer.
Crucifixion and scattering
10:3
Wherefore, as I said unto you, it must needs be expedient that
Christfor in the last night the angel spake unto me that this should be
his nameshould come among the Jews, among those who are the more
wicked part of the world; and they shall crucify himfor thus it behooveth
our God, and there is none other nation on earth that would crucify their
God. 10:4For should the mighty miracles be wrought among other nations Source
they would repent, and know that he be their God. 10:5But because of priest- 1 Ne. 10:14
crafts and iniquities, they at Jerusalem will stiffen their necks against him, 13
[Lehi] said ... 14the house of Israel
... should be gathered together
that he be crucified.
again; ... the natural branches
10:6
Wherefore, because of their iniquities, destructions, famines, pes- of the olive-tree, or the remnants
tilences, and bloodshed shall come upon them; and they who shall not be of the house of Israel, should be
destroyed shall be scattered among all nations. grafted in, or come to the knowl-
edge of the true Messiah, their Lord
Gathering to a choice land and their Redeemer.
10:7
But behold, thus saith the Lord God: When the day cometh that 1 Ne. 15:14Nephi to his brothers
At that day shall the remnant of
they shall believe in me, that I am Christ, then have I covenanted with our seed know that they are of the
their fathers that they shall be restored in the flesh, upon the earth, unto house of Israel ... ; wherefore, they
the lands of their inheritance. 10:8And it shall come to pass that they shall shall come to the knowledge of their
Redeemer and the very points of his
be gathered in from their long dispersion, from the isles of the sea, and
doctrine, that they may know how
from the four parts of the earth; and the nations of the Gentiles shall be
Source
great in the eyes of me, saith God, in carrying them forth to the lands of Isa. 49:2223 (2 Ne. 6:67)
their inheritance. 10:9Yea, the kings of the Gentiles shall be nursing fathers 22
I will lift up mine hand
unto them, and their queens shall become nursing mothers; wherefore, the to the Gentiles,
promises of the Lord are great unto the Gentiles, for he hath spoken it, and and set up my standard
to the people:
who can dispute? and they shall bring thy sons
10:10
But behold, this land, said God, shall be a land of thine inheri- in their arms,
tance, and the Gentiles shall be blessed upon the land. 10:11And this land and thy daughters shall be carried
upon their shoulders.
shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon 23
And kings shall be
the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles. 10:12And I will fortify this thy nursing fathers,
and their queens
thy nursing mothers:
they shall bow down to thee
with their face toward the earth,
and lick up the dust of thy feet.

Also prophesied
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land against all other nations. 10:13And he that fighteth against Zion shall
perish, saith God. 10:14For he that raiseth up a king against me shall perish,
Source
for I, the Lord, the king of heaven, will be their king, and I will be a light
Isa. 29:8
unto them forever, that hear my words. 8
When an hungry man dreameth,
10:15
Wherefore, for this cause, that my covenants may be fulfilled and, behold, he eateth;
which I have made unto the children of men, that I will do unto them while but he awaketh,
and his soul is empty: ...
they are in the flesh, I must needs destroy the secret works of darkness, and
so shall the multitude
of murders, and of abominations. 10:16Wherefore, he that fighteth against of all the nations be,
Zion, both Jew and Gentile, both bond and free, both male and female, that fight against mount Zion.
shall perish; for they are they who are the whore of all the earth; for they 1 Ne. 22:1314
who are not for me are against me, saith our God. 10:17For I will fulfil my 13
The blood of that great and abomi-
nable church, which is the whore
promises which I have made unto the children of men, that I will do unto
of all the earth, shall turn upon
them while they are in the flesh their own heads; for they shall war
10:18
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, thus saith our God: I will afflict among themselves, and the sword
thy seed by the hand of the Gentiles; nevertheless, I will soften the hearts of their own hands shall fall upon
their own heads, and they shall
of the Gentiles, that they shall be like unto a father to them; wherefore, be drunken with their own blood.
the Gentiles shall be blessed and numbered among the house of Israel. 22:14
And every nation which shall
10:19
Wherefore, I will consecrate this land unto thy seed, and them who shall war against thee, O house of Israel,
be numbered among thy seed, forever, for the land of their inheritance; for shall be turned one against another,
and they shall fall into the pit which
it is a choice land, saith God unto me, above all other lands, wherefore I they digged to ensnare the people of
will have all men that dwell thereon that they shall worship me, saith God. the Lord. And all that fight against
10:20
And now, my beloved brethren, seeing that our merciful God has Zion shall be destroyed, and that
great whore, who hath perverted
given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him,
the right ways of the Lord, yea, that
and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off; great and abominable church, shall Promise
nevertheless, we have been driven out of the land of our inheritance; tumble to the dust and great shall be Isa. 11:11
but we have been led to a better land, for the Lord has made the sea our In that day
path, and we are upon an isle of the sea. 10:21But great are the promises of his hand a
Reference recover th
the Lord unto them who are upon the isles of the sea; which sha
Isa. 51:10 (2 Ne. 8:10)
wherefore as it says isles, there must needs be more than this, and Art thou not he who hath dried the sea, islands of
they are inhabited also by our brethren. 10:22For behold, the Lord God has the waters of the great deep; Isa. 24:15
led away from time to time from the house of Israel, according to his will that hath made the depths of the sea 41:5
a way for the ransomed to pass over? 42:4, 10, 1
and pleasure. And now behold, the Lord remembereth all them who have
49:1
been broken off, wherefore he remembereth us also. 51:5
60:9
66:19
Conclusion
Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to
10:23

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eternal life. 10:24Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the


will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember,
after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of
God that ye are saved. 10:25Wherefore, may God raise you
from death by the power of the resurrection, and 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.
VIII 11:1
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.

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The words of Isaiah

Purposes of quoting Isaiah 2


To prove that Nephis words are true 1
To prove the truth of the coming of Christ 1
[His words contain] the covenants of the Lord 1
which he hath made to our fathers
To prove that save Christ should come all men 1
must perish
That [readers] may lift up their hearts and 1
Source
rejoice for all men
Deut. 17:6Moses
At the mouth of two witnesses,
or three witnesses, shall he that is
worthy of death be put to death; but
11:2
And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul at the mouth of one witness he shall
delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I not be put to death.
will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, Deut 19:15Moses
even as I have seen him. 11:3And my brother, Jacob, also has seen him as I One witness shall not rise up against
a man for any iniquity, or for any
have seen him; wherefore, I will send their words forth unto my children to
sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the
prove unto them that my words are true. Wherefore, by the words of three, mouth of two witnesses, or at the
God hath said, I will establish my word. Nevertheless, God sendeth more mouth of three witnesses, shall the
witnesses, and he proveth allhiswords. matter be established.
11:4Behold, my soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of Matt. 18:16Jesus Christ
15
If thy brother shall trespass against
the coming of Christ; for, for this end hath the law of Moses been given;
thee, ... 16if he will not hear thee,
and all things which have been given of God from the beginning of the then take with thee one or two
world, unto man, are the typifying of him. more, that in the mouth of two or
three witnesses every word may be
11:5And also my soul delighteth in the covenants of the Lord which he
established.
hath made to our fathers;
2 Cor. 13:1Paul
yea, my soul delighteth in his grace, and in his justice, and power, and 12:20
I fear, lest, when I come, I
mercy in the great and eternal plan of deliverance from death. shall not find you such as I would.
... 13:1This is the third time I am
11:6And my soul delighteth in proving unto my people that save Christ
should come all men mustperish.

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For if there be no Christ there be no God; and if there be no God we are


11:7

not, for there could have been no creation. But there is a God, and he is
Source
Christ, and he cometh in the fulness of his owntime. 2 Ne. 2:13:14Lehi
11:8
And now I write some of the words of Isaiah, that whoso of my 13
If there be no righteousness nor
people shall see these words may lift up their hearts and rejoice for all men. happiness there be no punishment
Now these are the words, and ye may liken them unto you and untoallmen. nor misery. And if these things are
not there is no God. And 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; wherefore, all
things must have vanished away.
14
And now, my sons, I speak
unto you these things for your profit
and learning; for there is a God, and
he hath created all things, both the
heavens and the earth, and all things
that in them are, both things to act

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Isaiah passages

Judah and Jerusalem


The word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
12:1

12:2
And 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,
and shall be exalted above the hills,
and all nations shall flow unto it.
12:3
And many people shall go and say,
Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
and he will teach us of his ways,
and we will walk in his paths;
for out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
12:4
And he shall judge among the nations,
and shall rebuke many people:
and they shall beat their swords into plow-shares,
and their spears into pruning-hooks

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nation shall not lift up sword against nation,


neither shall they learn war any more.
12:5
O house of Jacob, come ye
and let us walk in the light of the Lord;

Israels crimes and punishments


yea, come, for ye have all gone astray,
every one to his wicked ways.
12:6
Therefore, O Lord, thou hast forsaken thy people,
the house of Jacob,
because they be replenished from the east,
and hearken unto soothsayers like the Philistines,
and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
12:7
Their land also is full of silver and gold,
neither is there any end of their treasures;
their land is also full of horses,
neither is there any end of their chariots.
12:8
Their land is also full of idols;
they worship the work of their own hands,
that which their own fingers have made.
12:9
And the mean man boweth not down,
and the great man humbleth himself not,
therefore, forgive him not.
12:10
O ye wicked ones, enter into the rock,
and hide thee in the dust,
for the fear of the Lord
and the glory of his majesty shall smite thee.
12:11
And it shall come to pass that the lofty looks of man
shall be humbled,
and the haughtiness of men
shall be bowed down,
and the Lord alone
shall be exalted in that day.
12:12
For the day of the Lord of Hosts
soon cometh upon all nations,
yea, upon every one;
yea, upon the proud and lofty,

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and upon every one who is lifted up,


and he shall be brought low.
12:13
Yea, and the day of the Lord
shall come upon all the cedars of Lebanon,
for they are high and lifted up;
and upon all the oaks of Bashan;
12:14
And upon all the high mountains,
and upon all the hills,
and upon all the nations which are lifted up,
and upon every people;
12:15
And upon every high tower,
and upon every fenced wall;
12:16
And upon all the ships of the sea,
and upon all the ships of Tarshish,
and upon all pleasant pictures.
12:17
And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down,
and the haughtiness of men shall be made low;
and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
12:18
And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
12:19
And they shall go into the holes of the rocks,
and into the caves of the earth,
for the fear of the Lord shall come upon them
and the glory of his majesty shall smite them,
when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
12:20
In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver,
and his idols of gold,
which he hath made for himself to worship,
to the moles and to the bats;
12:21
To go into the clefts of the rocks,
and into the tops of the ragged rocks,
for the fear of the Lord shall come upon them
and the majesty of his glory shall smite them,
when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
12:22
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,


13:1

doth take away from Jerusalem,


and from Judah,

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the stay and the staff,


the whole staff of bread,
and the whole stay of water
13:2
The mighty man, and the man of war,
the judge, and the prophet,
and the prudent, and the ancient;
13:3
The captain of fifty, and the honorable man,
and the counselor, and the cunning artificer,
and the eloquent orator.
13:4
And I will give children unto them to be their princes,
and babes shall rule over them.
13:5
And the people shall be oppressed,
every one by another,
and every one by his neighbor;
the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient,
and the base against the honorable.
13:6
When a man shall take hold of his brother
of the house of his father, and shall say:
Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler,
and let not this ruin come under thy hand
13:7
In that day shall he swear, saying:
I will not be a healer;
for in my house there is neither bread nor clothing;
make me not a ruler of the people.
13:8
For Jerusalem is ruined,
and Judah is fallen,
because their tongues and their doings
have been against the Lord,
to provoke the eyes of his glory.
13:9
The show of their countenance
doth witness against them,
and doth declare their sin
to be even as Sodom,
and they cannot hide it.
Wo unto their souls,
for they have rewarded evil unto themselves!
13:10
Say unto the righteous
that it is well with them;

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for they shall eat


the fruit of their doings.
13:11
Wo unto the wicked,
for they shall perish;
for the reward of their hands
shall be upon them!
13:12
And my people, children are their oppressors,
and women rule over them.
O my people, they who lead thee cause thee to err
and destroy the way of thy paths.
13:13
The Lord standeth up to plead,
and standeth to judge the people.
13:14
The Lord will enter into judgment
with the ancients of his people Explanation
and the princes thereof; 26:2021
20
The Gentiles ... preach up unto
for ye have eaten up the vineyard themselves their own wisdom and
and the spoil of the poor in your houses. their own learning, that they may
13:15
What mean ye? get gain and grind upon the face
of the poor. 21And there are many
Ye beat my people to pieces,
churches built up which cause
and grind the faces of the poor,
saith the Lord God of Hosts.

The daughters of Zion


Moreover, the Lord saith:
13:16

Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,


and walk with stretched-forth necks
and wanton eyes,
walking and mincing as they go,
and making a tinkling with their feet
13:17
Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab
the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion,
and the Lord will discover
their secret parts.
13:18
In that day the Lord will take away
the bravery of their tinkling ornaments,
and cauls, and round tires like the moon;
13:19
The chains and the bracelets,

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and the mufflers; 13:20The bonnets,


and the ornaments of the legs,
and the headbands, and the tablets,
and the ear-rings; 13:21The rings,
and nose jewels; 13:22The changeable suits of apparel,
and the mantles, and the wimples,
and the crisping-pins; 13:23The glasses,
and the fine linen, and hoods, and the veils.
13:24
And it shall come to pass,
instead of sweet smell there shall be stink;
and instead of a girdle, a rent;
and instead of well set hair, baldness;
and instead of a stomacher, a girding of sackcloth;
burning instead of beauty.
13:25
Thy men shall fall by the sword
and thy mighty in the war.
13:26
And her gates shall lament and mourn;
and she shall be desolate,
and shall sit upon the ground.
14:1
And in that day, seven women
shall take hold of one man, saying:
We will eat our own bread,
and wear our own apparel;
only let us be called by thy name
to take away our reproach.
14:2
In that day shall the branch of the Lord
be beautiful and glorious;
the fruit of the earth excellent and comely
to them that are escaped of Israel.
14:3
And it shall come to pass,
they that are left in Zion and remain in Jerusalem
shall be called holy,
every one that is written
among the living in Jerusalem
14:4
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and shall have purged


the blood of Jerusalem
from the midst thereof Explanation
by the spirit of judgment 30:38
4
The remnant of our seed ... 5shall
and by the spirit of burning. be restored ... to the knowledge of
14:5
And the Lord will create Jesus Christ, ... 6[and] they shall be
upon every dwelling-place of mount Zion, a pure and a delightsome people.
7
And ... the Jews ... shall begin
and upon her assemblies,
to believe in Christ; and they shall
a cloud and smoke by day begin to gather in ... ; and as many
and the shining of a flaming fire by night; as shall believe in Christ shall also
for upon all the glory of Zion become a delightsome people. 8And
... the Lord God shall commence
shall be a defence. his work among all nations, kin-
14:6
And there shall be a tabernacle dreds, tongues, and people, to bring
for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, about the restoration of his people
and for a place of refuge,
and a covert from storm and from rain.

The vineyard
15:1
And then will I sing to my well-beloved
a song of my beloved, touching his vineyard.
My well-beloved hath a vineyard
in a very fruitful hill.
15:2
And he fenced it,
and gathered out the stones thereof,
and planted it with the choicest vine,
and built a tower in the midst of it,
and also made a wine-press therein;
and he looked that it should bring forth grapes,
and it brought forth wild grapes.
15:3
And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and men of Judah,
judge, I pray you,
betwixt me and my vineyard.
15:4
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.

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15:5
And now go to;
I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard
I will take away the hedge thereof,
and it shall be eaten up;
and I will break down the wall thereof,
and it shall be trodden down;
15:6
And I will lay it waste;
it shall not be pruned nor digged;
but there shall come up briers and thorns;
I will also command the clouds
that they rain no rain upon it.
15:7
For the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts
is the house of Israel,
and the men of Judah
his pleasant plant;

Woes
and he looked for judgment,
and behold, oppression;
for righteousness,
but behold, a cry.
15:8
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!
15:9
In mine ears, said the Lord of Hosts,
of a truth many houses
shall be desolate,
and great and fair cities
without inhabitant.
15:10
Yea, ten acres of vineyard
shall yield one bath,
and the seed of a homer
shall yield an ephah.
15:11
Wo unto them that rise up early in the morning,
that they may follow strong drink,
that continue until night,
and wine inflame them!

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15:12
And the harp, and the viol,
the tabret, and pipe,
and wine are in their feasts;
but they regard not the work of the Lord,
neither consider the operation of his hands.
15:13
Therefore, my people are gone into captivity,
because they have no knowledge;
and their honorable men are famished,
and their multitude dried up with thirst.
15:14
Therefore, hell hath enlarged herself,
and opened her mouth without measure;
and their glory, and their multitude,
and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth,
shall descend into it.
15:15
And the mean man shall be brought down,
and the mighty man shall be humbled,
and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.
15:16
But the Lord of Hosts
shall be exalted in judgment,
and God that is holy
shall be sanctified in righteousness.
Explanation?
15:17
Then shall the lambs
26:22
feed after their manner, There are also secret combinations,
and the waste places of the fat ones even as in times of old, according
shall strangers eat. to the combinations of the devil, for
he is the founder of all these things;
15:18
Wo unto them that draw
yea, the founder of murder, and
iniquity with cords of vanity, works of darkness; yea, and he lead-
and sin as it were with a cart rope; eth them by the neck with a flaxen
15:19
That say: Let him make speed, hasten his work, cord, until he bindeth them with his
that we may see it;
and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come,
that we may know it.
15:20
Wo unto them that call evil good, and good evil, Explanation?
that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, 28:16
that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Wo unto them that turn aside the
just for a thing of naught and revile
15:21
Wo unto the wise in their own eyes against that which is good, and say
and prudent in their own sight!

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15:22
Wo unto the mighty to drink wine,
and men of strength to mingle strong drink; Explanation
26:26
15:23
Who justify the wicked for reward, 3
After the Messiah shall come there
and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! shall be signs given unto my people
15:24
Therefore, as the fire devoureth the stubble, ... of his death and resurrection;
and the flame consumeth the chaff, and great and terrible shall that day
be unto the wicked, for they shall
their root shall be rottenness, perish ... because they cast out the
and their blossoms shall go up as dust; prophets, and the saints, and stone
because they have cast away the law of the Lord of Hosts, them, and slay them....
and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
5
They that kill the prophets, and
the saints, the depths of the earth
15:25
Therefore, is the anger of the Lord shall swallow them up, saith the
kindled against his people, Lord of Hosts; and mountains shall
and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, cover them, and whirlwinds shall
carry them away, and buildings
and hath smitten them;
shall fall upon them and crush
and the hills did tremble, them to pieces and grind them to
and their carcasses were torn in the midst of the streets. powder. 6And they shall be visited
with thunderings, and lightnings,
For all this his anger is not turned away, and earthquakes, and all manner
but his hand is stretched out still. of destructions, for the fire of the
anger of the Lord shall be kindled
15:26
And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, againstthem, and they shall be as
stubble, and the day that cometh
and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth;
and behold, they shall come with speed swiftly;
none shall be weary nor stumble among them. Explanation
15:27
None shall slumber nor sleep; 29:2
neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, 2
The words of your seed [shall]
proceed forth out of my mouth unto
nor the latchet of their shoes be broken;
your seed; and my words shall hiss
15:28
Whose arrows shall be sharp, forth unto the ends of the earth, for
and all their bows bent, a standard unto my people, which
and their horses hoofs shall be counted like flint, are of the house of Israel; 3And
because my words shall hiss forth
and their wheels like a whirlwind, many of the Gentiles shall say: A
their roaring like a lion. Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible,
15:29
They shall roar like young lions; and there cannot be any more Bible.
yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey,
and shall carry away safe, and none shall deliver.
15:30
And in that day they shall roar against them
like the roaring of the sea;
and if they look unto the land, behold, darkness and sorrow,
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IX Isaiahs call
16:1
In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord sitting upon a
throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 16:2Above it stood
the seraphim; each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and
with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 16:3And one cried
unto another, and said: Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts; the whole
earth is full of his glory. 16:4And the posts of the door moved at the voice of
him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
16:5
Then said I: Wo is unto me! for I am undone; because I am a man of
unclean lips; and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for mine
eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.
16:6
Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his
hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar; 16:7And he laid it
upon my mouth, and said: Lo, this has touched thy lips; and thine iniquity
is taken away, and thy sin purged.
16:8
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send, and
who will go for us?
Then I said: Here am I; send me.
16:9
And he said: Go and tell this people
Hear ye indeed, but they understood not;
and see ye indeed, but they perceived not.
16:10
Make the heart of this people fat,
and make their ears heavy,
and shut their eyes
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and be converted and be healed.
16:11
Then said I: Lord, how long? And he said:
Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant,
and the houses without man,
and the land be utterly desolate;
16:12
And the Lord have removed men far away,
for there shall be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
16:13
But yet there shall be a tenth, and they shall return,
and shall be eaten, as a teil-tree, and as an oak
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so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.

Isaiahs family
King Ahaz receives a sign
17:1
And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son
of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin, king of Syria, and Pekah the son of
Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but
could not prevail against it. 17:2And it was told the house of David, saying:
Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart
of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.
17:3
Then said the Lord unto Isaiah: Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou
and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the
highway of the fullers field; 17:4And say unto him:
Take heed, and be quiet;
fear not, neither be faint-hearted
for the two tails of these smoking firebrands,
for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria,
and of the son of Remaliah.
17:5
Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah,
have taken evil counsel against thee, saying:
17:6
Let us go up against Judah and vex it,
and let us make a breach therein for us,
and set a king in the midst of it, yea, the son of Tabeal.
17:7
Thus saith the Lord God:
It shall not stand,
neither shall it come to pass.
17:8
For the head of Syria is Damascus,
and the head of Damascus, Rezin;
and within three score and five years
shall Ephraim be broken that it be not a people.
17:9
And the head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is Remaliahs son.
If ye will not believe
surely ye shall not be established.
17:10
Moreover, the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying: 17:11Ask thee a
sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depths, or in the heights above.
17:12
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17:13
And 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? 17:14Therefore, the Lord
himself shall give you a signBehold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall
bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 17:15Butter and honey shall
he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil and to choose the good. 17:16For
before the child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land
that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. 17:17The Lord shall
bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy fathers house, days
that have not come from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah, the
king of Assyria.
17:18
And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall hiss for the
fly that is in the uttermost part of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land
of Assyria. 17:19And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate
valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all
bushes. 17:20In 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, and the hair of
the feet; and it shall also consume the beard.
17:21
And it shall come to pass in that day, a man shall nourish a young
cow and two sheep; 17:22And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk
they shall give he shall eat butter; for butter and honey shall every one eat
that is left in the land. 17:23And it shall come to pass in that day, every place
shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, which
shall be for briers and thorns. 17:24With arrows and with bows shall men
come thither, because all the land shall become briers and thorns. 17:25And
all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither
the fear of briers and thorns; but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen,
and the treading of lesser cattle.
Isaiahs son
18:1
Moreover, the word of the Lord said unto me: Take thee a great roll,
and write in it with a mans pen, concerning Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 18:2And
I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah
the son of Jeberechiah.
18:3
And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived and bare
a son. Then said the Lord to me: Call his name, Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
18:4
For behold, the child shall not have knowledge to cry, My father, and my
mother, before the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be
taken away before the king of Assyria.
18:5
The Lord spake also unto me again, saying:

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18:6
Forasmuch as this people
refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly,
and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliahs son;
18:7
Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them
the waters of the river, strong and many,
even the king of Assyria and all his glory;
and he shall come up over all his channels,
and go over all his banks.
18:8
And he shall pass through Judah;
he shall overflow and go over,
he shall reach even to the neck;
and the stretching out of his wings
shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
18:9
Associate yourselves, O ye people,
and ye shall be broken in pieces;
and give ear all ye of far countries;
gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces;
gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.
18:10
Take counsel together,
and it shall come to naught;
speak the word,
and it shall not stand;
for God is with us.
For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed
18:11

me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:


18:12
Say ye not, A confederacy,
to all to whom this people shall say, A confederacy;
neither fear ye their fear,
nor be afraid.
18:13
Sanctify the Lord of Hosts himself,
and let him be your fear,
and let him be your dread.
18:14
And he shall be for a sanctuary;
but for a stone of stumbling, Explanation
and for a rock of offense 26:20
to both the houses of Israel, 20
The Gentiles are lifted up in
the pride of their eyes, and have
for a gin and a snare
stumbled, because of the greatness
to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. of their stumbling block, that they
have built up many churches; nev-
ertheless, they put down the power
and miracles of God, and preach up
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18:15
And many among them shall stumble and fall,
and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
18:16
Bind up the testimony,
seal the law among my disciples.
18:17
And I will wait upon the Lord,
that hideth his face from the house of Jacob,
and I will look for him.
Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for
18:18

signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of Hosts, which dwelleth in
Mount Zion.

Light and dark


And when they shall say unto you: Seek unto them that have famil-
18:19

iar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and muttershould not a people
seek unto their God for the living to hear from the dead? 18:20To the law and
to the testimony; and if they speak not according to this word, it is because
there is no light in them. 18:21And they shall pass through it hardly bestead
and hungry; and it shall come to pass that when they shall be hungry, they
shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
18:22
And they shall look unto the earth and behold trouble, and darkness,
dimness of anguish, and shall be driven to darkness.
19:1
Nevertheless, the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation,
when at first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun, and the land of Naph-
tali, and afterwards did more grievously afflict by the way of the Red Sea
beyond Jordan in Galilee of the nations.
19:2
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.
19:3
Thou hast multiplied the nation,
and increased the joy
they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest,
and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
19:4
For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden,
and the staff of his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor.

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19:5
For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise,
and garments rolled in blood;
but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
19:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder;
and his name shall be called,
Wonderful, Counselor,
The Mighty God,
The Everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
19:7
Of the increase of government and peace
there is no end,
upon the throne of David,
and upon his kingdom to order it,
and to establish it with judgment and with justice
from henceforth, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.

Hand of anger stretched out


19:8
The Lord sent his word unto Jacob
and it hath lighted upon Israel.
19:9
And all the people shall know,
even Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,
that say in the pride and stoutness of heart:
19:10
The bricks are fallen down,
but we will build with hewn stones;
the sycamores are cut down,
but we will change them into cedars.
19:11
Therefore the Lord shall
set up the adversaries of Rezin against him,
and join his enemies together;
19:12
The Syrians before and the Philistines behind;
and they shall devour Israel with open mouth.
For all this his anger is not turned away,
but his hand is stretched out still.
19:13
For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them,
neither do they seek the Lord of Hosts.

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19:14
Therefore will the Lord cut off from Israel head and tail,
branch and rush in one day.
19:15
The ancient, he is the head;
and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
19:16
For the leaders of this people cause them to err;
and they that are led of them are destroyed.
19:17
Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men,
neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows;
for every one of them is a hypocrite and an evildoer,
and every mouth speaketh folly.
For all this his anger is not turned away,
but his hand is stretched out still.
19:18
For wickedness burneth as the fire;
it shall devour the briers and thorns,
and shall kindle in the thickets of the forests,
and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.
19:19
Through the wrath of the Lord of Hosts
is the land darkened,
and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire;
no man shall spare his brother.
19:20
And he shall snatch on the right hand
and be hungry;
and he shall eat on the left hand
and they shall not be satisfied;
they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm
19:21
Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh;
they together shall be against Judah.
For all this his anger is not turned away,
but his hand is stretched out still.
20:1
Wo unto them that decree unrighteous decrees,
and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;
20:2
To turn away the needy from judgment,
and to take away the right from the poor of my people,
that widows may be their prey,
and that they may rob the fatherless!
20:3
And what will ye do in the day of visitation,
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to whom will ye flee for help?


and where will ye leave your glory?
20:4
Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners,
and they shall fall under the slain.
For all this his anger is not turned away,
but his hand is stretched out still.

Assyria prospers
20:5
O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger,
and the staff in their hand is their indignation.
20:6
I will send him against a hypocritical nation,
and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge
to take the spoil,
and to take the prey,
and to tread them down
like the mire of the streets.
20:7
Howbeit he meaneth not so,
neither doth his heart think so;
but in his heart it is to destroy
and cut off nations not a few.
20:8
For he saith: Are not my princes altogether kings?
20:9
Is not Calno as Carchemish?
Is not Hamath as Arpad? Fulfilled
Is not Samaria as Damascus? Isa. 36:1920
20:10
As my hand hath founded the kingdoms of the idols,
2
The king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh
from Lachish to Jerusalem unto
and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and king Hezekiah. ... 13Then Rab-
ofSamaria; shakeh stood, and cried ... 18Beware
20:11
Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying,
so do to Jerusalem and to her idols? The Lord will deliver us. Hath any
of the gods of the nations delivered
Wherefore it shall come to pass that when the Lord hath per-
20:12
his land out of the hand of the king
formed his whole work upon Mount Zion and upon Jerusalem, I will pun- of Assyria? 19Where are the gods of
Hamath and Arphad? where are the
ish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his gods of Sepharvaim? and have they
high looks. 20:13For he saith: delivered Samaria out of my hand?
20
Who are they among all the gods
By the strength of my hand and by my wisdom
of these lands, that have delivered
I have done these things; for I am prudent; their land out of my hand, that the
and I have moved the borders of the people, Lord should deliver Jerusalem out
and have robbed their treasures,

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and I have put down the inhabitants


like a valiant man;
20:14
And my hand hath found as a nest
the riches of the people;
and as one gathereth eggs that are left
have I gathered all the earth;
and there was none that moved the wing,
or opened the mouth, or peeped.
20:15
Shall the ax 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!

Assyria suffers
20:16
Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of Hosts,
send among his fat ones, leanness;
and under his glory he shall kindle a burning
like the burning of a fire.
20:17
And the light of Israel shall be for a fire,
and his Holy One for a flame,
and shall burn and shall devour his thorns
and his briers in one day;
20:18
And shall consume the glory of his forest,
and of his fruitful field, both soul and body;
and they shall be as when a standard-bearer fainteth.
20:19
And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few,
that a child may write them.
20:20
And it shall come to pass in that day,
that the remnant of Israel,
and 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.
20:21
The remnant shall return,
yea, even the remnant of Jacob,
unto the mighty God.

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For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea,


20:22

yet a remnant of them shall return;


the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
20:23
For the Lord God of Hosts shall make a consumption,
even determined in all the land.
20:24
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,
and shall lift up his staff against thee,
after the manner of Egypt.
20:25
For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease,
and mine anger in their destruction.
20:26
And the Lord of Hosts shall stir up a scourge for him
according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb;
and as his rod was upon the sea
so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
20:27
And it shall come to pass in that day
that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder,
and his yoke from off thy neck,
and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
20:28
He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron;
at Michmash he hath laid up his carriages.
20:29
They are gone over the passage;
they have taken up their lodging at Geba;
Ramath is afraid;
Gibeah of Saul is fled.
20:30
Lift up the voice, O daughter of Gallim;
cause it to be heard unto Laish, O poor Anathoth.
20:31
Madmenah is removed;
the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.
20:32
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.
20:33
Behold, the Lord, the Lord of Hosts
shall lop the bough with terror;

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and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down;


and the haughty shall be humbled.
20:34
And he shall cut down the thickets of the forests with iron,
and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

Israel gathered
21:1
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
21:2
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
21:3
And shall make him of quick understanding
in the fear of the Lord; Explanation
and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, 30:10
neither reprove after the hearing of his ears. The time speedily cometh that
21:4
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, the Lord God shall cause a great
division among the people, and the
and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth;
wicked will he destroy; and he will
and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, spare his people, yea, even if it so
and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. be that he must destroy the wicked
21:5
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins,
and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
21:6
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, Explanation
and the calf and the young lion and fatling together; 30:1618
16
The things of all nations shall be
and a little child shall lead them. made known; yea, all things shall
21:7
And the cow and the bear shall feed; be made known unto the children
their young ones shall lie down together; of men. 17There is nothing which
is secret save it shall be revealed;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
there is no work of darkness save
21:8
And the sucking child shall play it shall be made manifest in the
on the hole of the asp, light; and there is nothing which is
and the weaned child shall put his hand sealed upon the earth save it shall
be loosed. 18Wherefore, all things
on the cockatrices den. which have been revealed unto the
21:9
They shall not hurt nor destroy children of men shall at that day be
in all my holy mountain, revealed; and Satan shall have power
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, over the hearts of the children of
men no more, for alongtime.
as the waters cover the sea.

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And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand
21:10

for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek; and his rest shall
be glorious. 21:11And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set Explanation
his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people which 25:16
shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from After they have been scattered, ...
until they shall be persuaded to
Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the believe in Christ, the Son of God,
islands of thesea. ... and look not forward any more
for another Messiah, then, ... they
21:12
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations,
and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel,
and gather together the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.
21:13
The envy of Ephraim also shall depart,
and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off;
Ephraim shall not envy Judah,
and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
21:14
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 and Moab;
and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
21:15
And the Lord shall utterly destroy
the tongue of the Egyptian sea;
and with his mighty wind
he shall shake his hand over the river,
and shall smite it in the seven streams,
and make men go over dry shod.
21:16
And 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.

And in that day thou shalt say:


22:1

O Lord, I will praise thee;


though thou wast angry with me
thine anger is turned away,
and thou comfortedest me.

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22:2
Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and not be afraid;
for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song;
he also has become my salvation.
22:3
Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water
out of the wells of salvation.
22:4
And 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.
22:5
Sing unto the Lord;
for he hath done excellent things;
this is known in all the earth.
22:6
Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion;
for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

X Burdens of the nations


The burden of Babylon
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz didsee.
23:1

23:2
Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain,
exalt the voice unto them,
shake the hand,
that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
23:3
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.
23:4
The noise of the multitude in the mountains
like as of a great people,
a tumultuous noise
of the kingdoms of nations gathered together,
the Lord of Hosts mustereth the hosts of the battle.
23:5
They come from a far country, from the end of heaven,
yea, the Lord, and the weapons of his indignation,
to destroy the whole land.

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23:6
Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand;
it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
23:7
Therefore shall all hands be faint,
every mans heart shall melt;
23:8
And they shall be afraid;
pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them;
they shall be amazed one at another;
their faces shall be as flames.
23:9
Behold, the day of the Lord cometh,
cruel both with wrath and fierce anger,
to lay the land desolate;
and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
23:10
For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof
shall not give their light;
the sun shall be darkened in his going forth,
and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
23:11
And I will punish the world for evil,
and the wicked for their iniquity;
I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease,
and will lay down the haughtiness of the terrible.
23:12
I will make a man more precious than fine gold;
even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
23:13
Therefore, I will shake the heavens,
and the earth shall remove out of her place,
in the wrath of the Lord of Hosts,
and in the day of his fierce anger.
23:14
And it shall be as the chased roe,
and as a sheep that no man taketh up;
and they shall every man turn to his own people,
and flee every one into his own land.
23:15
Every one that is proud shall be thrust through;
yea, and every one that is joined to the wicked shall fall by the sword.
23:16
Their children also
shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
their houses shall be spoiled
and their wives ravished.

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23:17
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them,
which shall not regard silver and gold,
nor shall they delight in it.
23:18
Their bows shall also dash the young men to pieces;
and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb;
their eyes shall not spare children.
23:19
And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
the beauty of the Chaldees excellency,
shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
23:20
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 there.
23:21
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there;
and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures;
and owls shall dwell there,
and satyrs shall dance there.
23:22
And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses,
and dragons in their pleasant palaces;
and her time is near to come,
and her day shall not be prolonged.
For I will destroy her speedily;
yea, for I will be merciful unto my people,
but the wicked shall perish.
24:1
For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob,
and will yet choose Israel,
and set them in their own land;
and the strangers shall be joined with them,
and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
24:2
And the people shall take them
and bring them to their place;
yea, from far unto the ends of the earth;
and they shall return to their lands of promise.
And the house of Israel
shall possess them,
and the land of the Lord
shall be for servants and handmaids;

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and they shall take them captives


unto whom they were captives;
and they shall rule over
their oppressors.
The king of Babylon
And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall give thee
24:3

rest, from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein
thou wast made to serve. 24:4And it shall come to pass in that day, that thou
shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:
How hath the oppressor ceased,
the golden city ceased!
24:5
The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked,
the scepters of the rulers.
24:6
He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke,
he that ruled the nations in anger,
is persecuted,
and none hindereth.
24:7
The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet;
they break forth into singing.
24:8
Yea, the fir-trees rejoice at thee,
and also the cedars of Lebanon,
saying: Since thou art laid down
no feller is come up against us.
24:9
Hell from beneath is moved for thee
to meet thee at thy coming;
it stirreth 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.
24:10
All they shall speak and say unto thee:
Art thou also become weak as we?
Art thou become like unto us?
24:11
Thy pomp is brought down to the grave;
the noise of thy viols is not heard;
the worm is spread under thee,
and the worms cover thee.

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How art thou fallen from heaven,


24:12

O Lucifer, son of the morning!


Art thou cut down to the ground,
which did weaken the nations!
24:13
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;
24:14
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will be like the Most High.
24:15
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell,
to the sides of the pit.
24:16
They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee,
and shall consider thee, and shall say:
Is this the man that made the earth to tremble,
that did shake kingdoms?
24:17
And made the world as a wilderness,
and destroyed the cities thereof,
and opened not the house of his prisoners?
24:18
All the kings of the nations, yea, all of them, lie in glory,
every one of them in his own house.
24:19
But thou art cast out of thy grave
like an abominable branch,
and the remnant of those that are slain,
thrust through with a sword,
that go down to the stones of the pit;
as a carcass trodden under feet.
24:20
Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial,
because thou hast destroyed thy land
and slain thy people;
the seed of evil-doers shall never be renowned.
24:21
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.

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24:22
For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of Hosts,
and cut off from Babylon
the name, and remnant,
and son, and nephew, saith the Lord.
24:23
I will also make it a possession for the bittern,
and pools of water;
and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction,
saith the Lord of Hosts.
24:24
The Lord of Hosts hath sworn, saying:
Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass;
and as I have purposed, so shall it stand
24:25
That I will bring1 the Assyrian in my land,
and upon my mountains tread him under foot;
then shall his yoke depart from off them,
and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
24:26
This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth;
and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all nations.
24:27
For the Lord of Hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul?
And his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

The burden of Palestina


In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.
24:28

24:29
Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina,
because the rod of him that smote thee is broken;
for out of the serpents root shall come forth a cockatrice,
and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
24:30
And the first-born of the poor shall feed,
and the needy shall lie down in safety;
and I will kill thy root with famine,
and he shall slay thy remnant.
24:31
Howl, O gate; cry, O city;
thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved;
for there shall come from the north a smoke,
and none shall be alone in his appointed times.

1 Original/printers manuscript agrees with KJV that this is break


instead of bring.

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What shall then answer


24:32

the messengers of the nations?


That the Lord hath founded Zion,
and the poor of his people shall trust in it.

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XI
Prophecy of Nephi

Now I, Nephi, do speak somewhat concerning the words which I


25:1

have written, which have been spoken by the mouth ofIsaiah.

Nephi prophesies in plainness


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. 25:2For I, Nephi, have not taught them many
things concerning the manner of the Jews; for their works were works of
darkness, and their doings were doings of abominations. 25:3Wherefore, Source
Isa. 34:2? (Grant Hardy)
I write unto my people, unto all those 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.
25:4
Wherefore, hearken, O my people, which are of the house of Israel, Source
and give ear unto my words; for because the words of Isaiah are not plain Isa. 51:4; quoted at 2 Ne. 8:4
unto you, nevertheless they are plain unto all those that are filled with the
8:4
Hearken unto me, my people;
spirit of prophecy.
But I give unto you a prophecy, according to the spirit which is in me;
wherefore I shall prophesy according to the plainness which hath been
with me from the time that I came out from Jerusalem with my father; for

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behold, my soul delighteth in plainness unto my people, that they may


learn. 25:5Yea, and my soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah, for I came out
from Jerusalem, and mine eyes hath beheld the things of the Jews,
and I know that the Jews do understand the things of the prophets,
and there is none other people that understand the things which were spo-
ken unto the Jews like unto them, save it be that they are taught after the
manner of the things of the Jews. 25:6But 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;
and I have made mention unto my children concerning the judgments of
God, which hath come to pass among the Jews, unto my children, accord-
ing to all that which Isaiah hath spoken, and I do not writethem. Keys to understanding Isaiah 2 Ne
25:7
But behold, I proceed with mine own prophecy, according to my
1 know concerning the manner of prophesy- :1
plainness; in the which I know that no man can err; nevertheless, in the ing among the Jews;
days that the prophecies of Isaiah shall be fulfilled men shall know of a be taught after the manner of the things of :5
surety, at the times when they shall come to pass. 25:8Wherefore, they are of theJews
worth unto the children of men, and he that supposeth that they are not, 2 be filled with the spirit of prophecy :4
Re
unto them will I speak particularly, and confine the words unto mine own
3 come out from Jerusalem; behold the things :5
people; for I know that they shall be of great worth unto them in the last of the Jews;
days; for in that day shall they understand them; wherefore, for their good dwell at Jerusalem; know concerning the :6
have I written them. regions round about
4 be in the days that the prophecies of Isaiah :7
shall be fulfilled
The Jews
And as one generation hath been destroyed among the Jews
25:9

because of iniquity, even so have they been destroyed from generation


to generation according to their iniquities; and never hath any of them
been destroyed save it were foretold them by the prophets of the Lord. Fulfilled
25:10
Wherefore, it hath been told them concerning the destruction which 2 Ne. 1:4Lehi
I have seen a vision, in which I
should come upon them, immediately after my father left Jerusalem; nev- know that Jerusalem is destroyed;
ertheless, they hardened their hearts; and according to my prophecy they and had we remained in Jerusalem
have been destroyed, save it be those which are carried away captive into
Babylon. 25:11And now this I speak because of the spirit which is in me. Event
And notwithstanding they have been carried away they shall return 2 Kgs. ___:___
again, and possess the land of Jerusalem; wherefore, they shall be restored .
again to the land of their inheritance. 25:12But, behold, they shall have wars,
and rumors of wars;

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and when the day cometh that the Only Begotten of the Father, yea,
even the Father of heaven and of earth, shall manifest himself unto them
in the flesh, behold, they will reject him, because of their iniquities, and
the hardness of their hearts, and the stiffness of their necks. 25:13Behold, Common source?
they will crucify him; and after he is laid in a sepulchre for the space of Mal. 4:2
three days he shall rise from the dead, with healing in his wings; and all
1
The day cometh, that ... all that do
wickedly, shall be stubble: ... 2But
those who shall believe on his name shall be saved in the kingdom of God. unto you that fear my name shall
Wherefore, my soul delighteth to prophesy concerning him, for I have seen the Sun of righteousness arise with
Also prophesied
his day, and my heart doth magnify his holy name. healing in his wings; and ye shall go
Matt. 24:____
forth, and grow up as calves of the
25:14
And behold it shall come to pass that after the Messiah hath risen .
from the dead, and hath manifested himself unto his people, unto as many
as will believe on his name, behold, Jerusalem shall be destroyed again; Source
for wo unto them that fight against God and the people of his church. 21:11 (Isa. 11:11)
25:15
Wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered among all nations; yea, and 11
The Lord shall set his hand again
the second time to recover the rem-
also Babylon shall be destroyed; wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered by
nant of his people which shall be
othernations. left, from Assyria, and from Egypt,
25:16
And after they have been scattered, and the Lord God hath ... and from Shinar, ... and from
scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea,
even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded Source
to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite 27:26 (Isa. 29:14)
for all mankindand when that day shall come that they shall believe in Therefore, I will proceed to do
Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean a marvelous work among this
people, yea, a marvelous work and
hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that a wonder, for the wisdom of their
time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should wise and learned shall perish, and
believethese things. 25:17And the Lord will set his hand again the second the understanding of their prudent
time to restore his people from their lost and fallen state. Wherefore, he
will proceed to do a marvelous work and a wonder among the children of Also prophesied
men. 25:18Wherefore, he shall bring forth his words unto them, which words 1 Ne. 14:7
shall judge them at the last day, for they shall be given them for the purpose 6
Wo be unto the Gentiles if it so
be that they harden their hearts.
of convincing them of the true Messiah, who was rejected by them; and
... 7For the time cometh, saith the
unto the convincing of them that they need not look forward any more for Lamb of God, that I will work a
a Messiah to come, for there should not any come, save it should be a false great and a marvelous work among
Messiah which should deceive the people; for there is save one Messiah the children of men ... either to the
convincing of them unto peace and
spoken of by the prophets, and that Messiah is he who should be rejected life eternal, or unto the deliverance
oftheJews. of them to the hardness of their
25:19
For according to the words of the prophets, the Messiah cometh in Expounded
Prophesied
26:14___
six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and accord- 1But
Ne.behold,
10:4LehiI prophesy unto you
ing to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his concerning[told]
1
My father mydays;
the last brethren ...
concerning
name shall be Jesus Christ, the SonofGod. 4
Yea,days
the evenwhen
six hundred
the Lordyears
God from
shall
the time
bring thatthings
these my father
forthleft
untoJerusa-
the
lem, a prophet would the Lord God
raise up among the Jewseven a
Messiah, or, in other words, a Savior
of the world. 5And he also spake
concerning the prophets, how great
a number had testified of these

Prophesied
10:3Jacob
140 It must needs be expedient that
Christfor in the last night the
angel spake unto me that this should
be his nameshould come among
Helaman 4:155:3

The law of Moses


25:20
And now, my brethren, I have spoken plainly that ye cannot
err. And as the Lord God liveth that brought Israel up out of the land of
Egypt, and gave unto Moses power that he should heal the nations after
they had been bitten by the poisonous serpents, if they would cast their
eyes unto the serpent which he did raise up before them, and also gave
him power that he should smite the rock and the water should come
forth; yea, behold I say unto you, that as these things are true, and 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.
25:21
Wherefore, for this cause hath the Lord God promised unto me
that these things which I write shall be kept and preserved, and handed
down unto my seed, from generation to generation, that the promise Events
may be fulfilled unto Joseph, that his seed should never perish as long Num. 21:49
as the earth should stand. 25:22Wherefore, these things shall go from gen-
eration to generation as long as the earth shall stand; and they shall go
Promised
according to the will and pleasure of God; and the nations who shall
???
possess them shall be judged of them according to the words which .
arewritten.
25:23
For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and
also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God;
for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
Promised
25:24
And, notwithstanding we believe in Christ, we keep the law of Moses,
Gen. 50:34 JST (2 Ne. 3:16)
and look forward with steadfastness unto Christ, until the law shall be The Lord sware unto Joseph that he
fulfilled. 25:25For, for this end was the law given; wherefore the law hath would preserve his seed forever.
become dead unto us, and we are made alive in Christ because of our Or 2 Ne. 3:3, if this means Nephis
faith; yet we keep the law because of the c ommandments.
25:26
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ,
we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that
our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of
their sins. 25:27Wherefore, we speak concerning the law that our children
may know the deadness of the law; and they, by knowing the deadness
of the law, may look forward unto that life which is in Christ, and know
for what end the law was given. And after the law is fulfilled in Christ,
that they need not harden their hearts against him when the law ought
to be doneaway.

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25:28
And now behold, my people, ye are a stiffnecked people; where-
fore, I have spoken plainly unto you, that ye cannot misunderstand. And
the words which I have spoken shall stand as a testimony against you;
for they are sufficient to teach any man the right way; for the right way is Also prophesied
to believe in Christ and deny him not; for by denying him ye also deny 32:6
This is the doctrine of Christ, and there will
the prophets and the law. 25:29And now behold, I say unto you that the
be no more doctrine given until after he shall
right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And
Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and wor- ... the things which he shall say unto you
ship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; shall ye observe to do.
and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out. Also commanded
25:30
And, inasmuch as it shall be expedient, ye must keep the per- Alma 39:16
formances and ordinances of God until the law shall be fulfilled which Declare these glad tidings unto this people,
... that salvation might come unto them, that
was given unto Moses. 26:1And after Christ shall have risen from the dead they may prepare the minds of their children
he shall show himself unto you, my children, and my beloved brethren; to hear the word at the time of hiscoming.
and the words which he shall speak unto you shall be the law which ye Fulfilled
shall do. 3 Ne. ____

The seed of Lehi


Fulfilled
26:2
For behold, I say unto you that I have beheld that many genera-
3 Ne. 1:15, 1921
tions shall pass away, and there shall be great wars and contentions among
my people. 26:3And after the Messiah shall come there shall be signs given
unto my people of his birth, and also of his death and resurrection; and Allusion
great and terrible shall that day be unto the wicked, for they shall perish; Joel _:_
and they perish because they cast out the prophets, and the saints, and Also alluded to in 3 Ne. _:_
stone them, and slay them; wherefore the cry of the blood of the saints shall
ascend up to God from the ground againstthem.
26:4
Wherefore, all those who are proud, and that do wickedly, the day
that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, for they shall be as
Common source?
stubble. 26:5And they that kill the prophets, and the saints, the depths of the Allusion?
Mal. 4:1
earth shall swallow them up, saith the Lord of Hosts; and mountains shall Gen. 4:10
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn
cover them, and whirlwinds shall carry them away, and buildings shall fall
9
The Lord said unto Cain, ... 10What hast
as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that
thou done? the voice of thy brothers blood
upon them and crush them to pieces and grind them to powder. 26:6And do wickedly, shall be stubble: and11the day that
crieth unto me from the ground. And now
cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of
they shall be visited with thunderings, and lightnings, and earthquakes, art thou cursed from the earth, which hath
hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor
and all manner of destructions, for the fire of the anger of the Lord shall be opened her mouth to receive thy brothers
branch. 2But unto you that fear my name shall
kindled against them, and they shall be as stubble, and the day that cometh the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in
shall consume them, saith the Lord of Hosts. his wings;
Whom andquoting?
is Nephi ye shall Maybe
go forth, and grow up
some-
as calves
one on theofbrass
the stall.
plates And
3
whomyeMalachi
shall tread down
the access
had wicked.to.
1 Ne. 22:15
For the day soon cometh that all the proud
and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble;

Source
2 Ne. 15:2425 (Isa. 5:2425)
24
Therefore, as the fire devoureth the stubble,
and the flame consumeth the chaff, their root
shall be rottenness, ... because they have
142 cast away the law of the Lord of Hosts. ...
25
Therefore, is the anger of the Lord kindled
against his people, and he hath stretched forth
his hand against them, and hath smitten them;
and the hills did tremble, and their carcasses
Helaman 4:155:3

26:7
O the pain, and the anguish of my soul for the loss of the slain of
my people! For I, Nephi, have seen it, and it well nigh consumeth me before
the presence of the Lord; but I must cry unto my God: Thy ways are just.
26:8
But behold, the righteous that hearken unto the words of the proph-
ets, and destroy them not, but look forward unto Christ with steadfastness
for the signs which are given, notwithstanding all persecutionbehold,
they are they which shall not perish. 26:9But the Son of righteousness shall
appear unto them; and he shall heal them, and they shall have peace with
him, until three generations shall have passed away, and many of the fourth
generation shall have passed away in righteousness.
26:10
And when these things 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; and they sell them-
selves for naught; for, for the reward of their pride and their foolishness
they shall reap destruction; for because they yield unto the devil and choose
works of darkness rather than light, therefore they must go down to hell.
Fulfilled
26:11
For the Spirit of the Lord will not always strive with man. And when the
3 Ne. 17:510
Spirit ceaseth to strive with man then cometh speedy destruction, and this 5
Jesus ... 6said unto them: ... 7Have ye any
grieveth my soul. that are sick among you? ... Bring them
hither and I will heal them. ... 9All the multi-
tude ... did go forth with their sick and their
The Gentiles
26:12
And as I spake concerning the convincing of the Jews, that Jesus Fulfilled
is the very Christ, it must needs be that the Gentiles be convinced also that 4 Ne. ___???
Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God; 26:13And that he manifesteth himself .

unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost; yea,
unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, working mighty miracles,
Source
signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith. Isa. 52:23 (quoted in 2 Ne. 8; 3 Ne. 20)
2
Shake thyself from the dust;
Gentiles smite the seed of Lehi arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem:
loose thyself from the bands of thy neck,
But behold, I prophesy unto you concerning the last days; con-
26:14
O captive daughter of Zion.
cerning the days when the Lord God shall bring these things forth unto the 3
For thus saith the Lord,
children of men. 26:15After my seed and the seed of my brethren shall have Ye have sold yourselves for nought;

dwindled in unbelief, and shall have been smitten by the Gentiles; yea, after
the Lord God shall have
Account
25:1718
???
17
The Lord ... will proceed to do
a marvelous work and a won-
der among the children of men.
18
Wherefore, he shall bring forth his
words unto them, which words shall
judge them at the last day.

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Isaiah 29
camped against them round about, 3
And I will camp against thee round about,
and shall have laid siege against them with a and will lay siege against thee with a mount,
mount, and I will raise forts against thee.
and raised forts against them; 4
And thou shalt be brought down,
and after they shall have been brought down
low in the dust, even that they are not,
yet the words of the righteous shall be written, and the prayers of the faith-
ful shall be heard, and all those who have dwindled in unbelief shall not be
forgotten. 26:16For those who shall be destroyed Allusion?
shall speak unto them out of the ground, and shalt speak out of the ground, 2 Ne. 3:1920to Joseph
and their speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, The words which he [Jo
and their voice shall be as one that hath a familiar and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar shall write shall ... go fo
the fruit of thy loins. An
spirit; spirit,
as if the fruit of thy loin
for the Lord God will give unto him power, that he may whisper concern- unto them from the dus
ing them, even as it were their faith. 20And they sh
the dust; yea, even repen
out of the ground; out of the ground, their brethren, even afte
and their speech shall whisper and thy speech shall whisper
out of the dust. out of the dust.
For thus saith the Lord God: They shall write the things which
26:17 Fulfilled
Morm. 9:30Moroni
shall be done among them, and they shall be written and sealed up in a
I speak unto you as though I spake
book, and those who have dwindled in unbelief shall not have them, for from the dead; for I know that ye
they seek to destroy the things of God. 26:18Wherefore, as those who have shall have my words.
been destroyed have been destroyed speedily;
5
Moreover the multitude of thy strangers
shall be like small dust,
and the multitude of their terrible ones and the multitude of the terrible ones
shall be as chaff that passeth away shall be as chaff that passeth away:
yea, thus saith the Lord God:
It shall be at an instant, suddenly yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.
And it shall come to pass, that those who have dwindled in unbelief shall
26:19
Source
be smitten by the hand of the Gentiles. 18:1415 (Isa. 8:1415)
14
And he shall be for a sanctuary;
Churches and priestcraft but for a stone of stumbling,
and for a rock of offense
And the Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes, and have
26:20
to both the houses of Israel. ...
stumbled, because of the greatness of their stumbling block, that they 15
And many among them
shall stumble
have built up many churches; nevertheless, they put down the power and
and fall, and be broken,

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miracles of God, and preach up unto themselves their own wisdom and
their own learning, that they may get gain and grind upon the face of the
poor. 26:21And there are many churches built up which cause envyings, and Source
strifes,andmalice. 13:15 (Isa. 3:15)
14
The Lord will enter into judg-
26:22
And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, ment ... for ye have eaten up the
according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these vineyard and the spoil of the poor
things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness; yea, and he in your houses.
15
What mean ye?
leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with
Ye beat my people to pieces,
his strong cords forever. and grind the faces of the poor,
26:23
For behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you that the Lord God
worketh not in darkness. 26:24He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit
Allusion?
of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life
Judg. 15:14
that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that When he [Samson] came unto Lehi,
they shall not partake of his salvation. the Philistines shouted against him:
26:25Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? and the Spirit of the Lord came
mightily upon him, and the cords
Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends that were upon his arms became as
of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price. flax that was burnt with fire, and his
26:26Behold, hath he commanded any that they should depart out of the
synagogues, or out of the houses of worship? Allusion?
Behold, I say unto you, Nay. 15:18 (Isa. 5:18)
Wo unto them that draw
26:27
Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his iniquity with cords of vanity,
salvation? and sin as it were with a cart rope.
Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and
he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to
repentance.
26:28Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake
of his goodness? Source
Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged the one like 9:50Jacob quoting Isa. 55:1
Come, my brethren,
unto the other, and none are forbidden. every one that thirsteth,
26:29
He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, come ye to the waters;
priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the and he that hath no money,
come buy and eat;
world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the yea, come buy wine and milk
welfare of Zion. 26:30Behold, the Lord hath forbidden this thing; wherefore,
the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have char-
ity, which charity is love. And except they should have charity they were
nothing. Wherefore, if they should have charity they would not suffer the

145
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laborer in Zion to perish. 26:31But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion;
for if they labor for money they shall perish.
26:32
And 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 whoredoms;
and that they should do none of these things; for whoso doeth them shall
perish. 26:33For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that
which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it
be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto
him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him,
black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the
heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.

Blindness and staggering


But, behold, in the last days, or in the days of the Gentilesyea,
27:1

behold all the nations of the Gentiles and also the Jews, both those who
shall come upon this land and those who shall be upon other lands, yea,
even upon all the lands of the earth, behold, they will be drunken with iniq-
uity and all manner of abominations 27:2And when that day shall come
Isaiah 29
they shall be visited of the Lord of Hosts, Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts
6

with thunder and with earthquake, with thunder, and with earthquake,
and with a great noise, and with storm, and great noise, with storm
and with tempest, and with the flame of devouring and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.
fire.
27:3
And all the nations 7
And the multitude of all the nations
that fight against Zion, that fight against Ariel,
even all that fight against her and her munition,
and that distress her, and that distress her,
shall be as a dream of a night vision; shall be as a dream of a night vision.

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Isaiah 29
yea, it shall be unto them, 8
It shall even be
even as unto a hungry man which dreameth, as when an hungry man dreameth,
and behold he eateth and, behold, he eateth;
but he awaketh and his soul is empty; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty:
or like unto a thirsty man which dreameth, or as when a thirsty man dreameth,
and behold he drinketh and, behold, he drinketh;
but he awaketh and behold he is faint, but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint,
and his soul hath appetite; and his soul hath appetite:
yea, even so shall the multitude of all the nations be so shall the multitude of all the nations be,
that fight against Mount Zion. that fight against mount Zion.
For behold, all ye that doeth iniquity,
27:4

stay yourselves and wonder, 9


Stay yourselves, and wonder;
for ye shall cry out, and cry; cry ye out, and cry:
yea, ye shall be drunken but not with wine, they are drunken, but not with wine;
ye shall stagger but not with strong drink. they stagger, but not with strong drink.
27:5
For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you 10
For the Lord hath poured out upon you
the spirit of deep sleep. the spirit of deep sleep,
For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and hath closed your eyes:
and ye have rejected the prophets; the prophets
and your rulers, and your rulers,
and the seers hath he covered the seers hath he covered.
because of your iniquity.

The sealed book


And it shall come to pass that the Lord God
27:6

shall bring forth unto you the words of a book, and 11And the vision of all
they shall be the words of them which have slum- is become unto you
bered. And behold the book shall be sealed; and
27:7 as the words of a book
in the book shall be a revelation from God, from that is sealed,
the beginning of the world to the ending thereof.
Wherefore, because of the things which are sealed up, the things which
27:8
Account
are sealed shall not be delivered in the day of the wickedness and abomina-
Ether 3:2526
tions of the people. Wherefore the book shall be kept from them. 25
The Lord ... showed unto the
27:9
But the book shall be delivered unto a man, and he shall deliver the brother of Jared all the inhabitants of
words of the book, which are the words of those who have slumbered in the the earth which had been, and also
all that would be; and he withheld
dust, and he shall deliver these words untoanother; them not from his sight, even unto
the ends of the earth. 26... For he
knew that the Lord could show him

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Also prophesied
Helaman 4:155:3 Ether 5:24Moroni to translator
2
Ye may be privileged that ye may
show the plates. ... 3And unto three
shall they be shown. ... 4And the
Three witnesses testimony of three ... shall stand as
27:10
But the words which are sealed he shall not deliver, neither a testimony against the world at the
last day.
shall he deliver the book. For the book shall be sealed by the power of
God, and the revelation which was sealed shall be kept in the book until Fulfilled
the own due time of the Lord, that they may come forth; for behold, they The testimony of three witnesses
We ... have seen the plates which
reveal all things from the foundation of the world unto the end thereof. contain this record. ... We know of
27:11
And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed
shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of
Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which Fulfilled
The testimony of eight witnesses
ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even
Joseph Smith ... has shown unto
unto the end of the earth. us the plates. ... And we give our
27:12
Wherefore, at that day when the book shall be delivered unto names unto the world, to witness
the man of whom I have spoken, the book shall be hid from the eyes of unto the world that which we have
the world, that the eyes of none shall behold it save it be that three wit-
nesses shall behold it, by the power of God, besides him to whom the Source
book shall be delivered; and they shall testify to the truth of the book and 26:16 (Isa. 29:4)
the things therein. 27:13And there is none other which shall view it, save 4
Thy voice shall be,
it be a few according to the will of God, to bear testimony of his word as of one that hath a familiar
spirit,
unto the children of men; for the Lord God hath said that the words of out of the ground,
the faithful should speak as if it were from the dead. 27:14Wherefore, the and thy speech shall whisper
Lord God will proceed to bring forth the words of the book; and in the out of the dust.
mouth of as many witnesses as seemeth him good will he establish his
word; and wo be unto him that rejecteth the word of God!

But behold, it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall say unto
27:15

him to whom he shall deliver the book:


Take these words which are not sealed and deliver 11 which men deliver
them to another, that he may show them unto the to one that is learned,
learned, saying: Read this, I pray thee. saying, Read this, I pray thee:

And the learned shall say: Bring hither the book, and I will read them.
27:16
And now, because of the glory of the world and to get gain will they say
this, and not for the glory of God.
27:17
And the man shall say: I cannot bring the book, and he saith, I cannot;
for it is sealed. 27:18Then shall the learned say: I can- for it is sealed:
not read it.
27:19
Wherefore it shall come to pass, that the Lord God

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will deliver again the book and the words thereof 12And the book is delivered
to him that is not learned; and the man that is not to him that is not learned,
learned shall say: I am not learned. saying, Read this, I pray thee:
and he saith, I am not learned.
Then shall the Lord God say unto him: The learned shall not read
27:20
Fulfilled
them, for they have rejected them, and I am able to do mine own work; JSH 1:6465Martin Harris
wherefore thou shalt read the words which I shall give unto thee. 27:21Touch 64
I ... presented the characters ...
not the things which are sealed, for I will bring them forth in mine own [to] Professor Anthon. ... 65[He said]
... that if I would bring the plates
due time; for I will show unto the children of men that I am able to do to him he would translate them. I
mine own work. 27:22Wherefore, when thou hast read the words which I informed him that part of the plates
have commanded thee, and obtained the witnesses which I have promised were sealed, and that I was forbid-
den to bring them. He replied, I
unto thee, then shalt thou seal up the book again, and hide it up unto me,
cannot read a sealed book.
Obeyed
that I may preserve the words which thou hast not read, until I shall see fit Also prophesied
JSH 1:60
in mine own wisdom to reveal all things unto the children of men. 27:23For Ether 4:67
When ... the messenger called for
behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the
6
They shall not go forth unto the
them, I delivered them up to him;
Gentiles until the day that they shall
world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not repent. ... Then will I manifest unto
among the children of men save it be according to their faith. them the things which the brother
of Jared saw.
The effects of the book
And again it shall come to pass that the Lord shall say unto him
27:24
Fulfilled
that shall read the words that shall be delivered him: JSH 1:19

Isaiah 29
13
Wherefore the Lord said,
27:25
Forasmuch as this people Forasmuch as this people
draw near unto me with their mouth, draw near me with their mouth,
and with their lips do honor me, and with their lips do honour me,
but have removed their hearts far from me, but have removed their heart far from me,
and their fear towards me and their fear toward me
is taught by the precepts of men is taught by the precept of men:
27:26
Therefore, I will proceed to do 14
Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do
a marvelous work among this people, a marvellous work among this people,
yea, a marvelous work and a wonder, even a marvellous work and a wonder:
for the wisdom of their wise and learned for the wisdom of their wise men
shall perish, shall perish,
and the understanding of their prudent and the understanding of their prudent men
shall be hid. shall be hid.

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Isaiah 29

And wo unto them


27:27 15
Woe unto them
that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord! that seek deep to hide their counsel from the
And their works are in the dark; Lord,
and they say: Who seeth us, and who knoweth us? and their works are in the dark,
and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
And they also say:
Surely, your turning of things upside down 16
Surely your turning of things upside down
shall be esteemed as the potters clay. shall be esteemed as the potters clay:
But behold, I will show unto them,
saith the Lord of Hosts,
that I know all their works.
For shall the work say of him that made it, for shall the work say of him that made it,
he made me not? He made me not?
Or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it,
he had no understanding? He had no understanding?
27:28
But behold, saith the Lord of Hosts:
I will show unto the children of men
that it is yet a very little while 17
Is it not yet a very little while,
and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field; and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest. and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
27:29
And in that day shall the deaf 18
And in that day shall the deaf
hear the words of the book, hear the words of the book,
and the eyes of the blind and the eyes of the blind
shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
27:30
And the meek also shall increase, 19
The meek also
and their joy shall be in the Lord, shall increase their joy in the Lord,
and the poor among men and the poor among men
shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
27:31
For assuredly as the Lord liveth they shall see
that the terrible one is brought to naught, 20
For the terrible one is brought to nought,
and the scorner is consumed, and the scorner is consumed,
and all that watch for iniquity are cut off; and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:
27:32
And they that make a man an offender for a word, 21
That make a man an offender for a word,
and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate,
and turn aside the just for a thing of naught. and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.

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Isaiah 29
27:33
Therefore, thus saith the Lord, 22
Therefore thus saith the Lord,
who redeemed Abraham, who redeemed Abraham,
concerning the house of Jacob: concerning the house of Jacob,
Jacob shall not now be ashamed, Jacob shall not now be ashamed,
neither shall his face now wax pale. neither shall his face now wax pale.
27:34
But when he seeth his children, 23
But when he seeth his children,
the work of my hands, in the midst of him, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him,
they shall sanctify my name, they shall sanctify my name,
and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob,
and shall fear the God of Israel. and shall fear the God of Israel.
27:35
They also that erred in spirit 24
They also that erred in spirit
shall come to understanding, shall come to understanding,
and they that murmured and they that murmured
shall learn doctrine. shall learn doctrine.
XII And now, behold, my brethren, I have spoken unto you, according as the
28:1

Spirit hath constrained me; wherefore, I know that they must surely
cometopass.

A great division
And the things which shall be written out of the book shall be of
28:2

great worth unto the children of men, and especially unto our seed, which
is a remnant of the house of Israel.
Source
Isa. 44:5
Corrupted churches 3
I will pour my spirit
For it shall come to pass in that day that the churches which are
28:3 upon thy seed, ...
4
And they shall spring up
built up, and not unto the Lord, when the one shall say unto the other: as among the grass. ...
Behold, I, I am the Lords; and the others shall say: I, I am the Lords; and 5
One shall say,
thus shall every one say that hath built up churches, and not unto the I am the Lords;
Lord 28:4And they shall contend one with another; and their priests shall and another shall call himself
by the name of Jacob.
contend one with another,
and they shall teach with their learning, and deny the Holy Ghost,
which giveth utterance. 28:5And they deny the power of God, the Holy One
of Israel; and they say unto the people: Hearken unto us, and hear ye our
precept; for behold there is no God today, for the Lord and the Redeemer
hath done his work, and he hath given his power unto men; 28:6Behold, hear-
ken ye unto my precept; if they shall say there is a miracle wrought by the

151
Isa. 22:13
12
The Lord God of hosts [did] call
Helaman 4:155:3 to weeping, and to mourning....
13
And behold joy and gladness,
slaying oxen, and killing sheep,
hand of the Lord, believe it not; for this day he is not a God of miracles; he eating flesh, and drinking wine:
hath done his work. let us eat and drink;
28:7
Yea, and there shall be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be for to morrow we shall die.
merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us.
14
... Surely this iniquity
shall not be purged from you
28:8
And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be till ye die,
merry; nevertheless, fear Godhe 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 this; and do all these things, for tomorrow Source
27:27 (Isa. 29:15)
we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes,
And wo unto them that seek deep
and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God. to hide their counsel from the
28:9
Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this man- Lord!
ner, false and vain and foolish doctrines, and shall be puffed up in their And their works
are in the dark;
hearts, and shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord; and their
works shall be in the dark. 28:10And the blood of the saints shall cry from
the ground against them. 28:11Yea, they have all gone out of the way; they Source
have become corrupted. 28:12Because of pride, and because of false teach- Isa. 53:6
ers, and false doctrine, their churches have become corrupted, and their
6
All we like sheep
have gone astray;
churches are lifted up; because of pride they are puffed up. 28:13They rob the we have turned every one
poor because of their fine sanctuaries; they rob the poor because of their to his own way;
fine clothing; and they persecute the meek and the poor in heart, because and the Lord hath laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
in their pride they are puffed up. 28:14They wear stiff necks and high heads; 7
... He is brought
yea, and because of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, and
whoredoms, they have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble
followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they Source
do err because they are taught by the precepts of men. 27:25 (Isa. 29:13)
This people ... have removed
28:15
O the wise, and the learned, and the rich, that are puffed up in the their hearts far from me,
pride of their hearts, and all those who preach false doctrines, and all those and their fear towards me
who commit whoredoms, and pervert the right way of the Lord, wo, wo, wo
Source
be unto them, saith the Lord God Almighty, for they shall be thrust down 9:34, 36Jacob
to hell! 28:16Wo unto them that turn aside the just for a thing of naught and 34
Wo unto the liar, for he shall be
revile against that which is good, and say that it is of no worth! For the day thrust down to hell. ...
shall come that the Lord God will speedily visit the inhabitants of the earth;
36
Wo unto them who commit
whoredoms, for they shall be thrust
and in that day that they are fully ripe in iniquity they shall perish.
28:17
But behold, if the inhabitants of the earth shall repent of their
wickedness and abominations they shall not be destroyed, saith the Lord
of Hosts.
Source
27:32 (Isa. 29:21)
31
and all that watch for iniquity
are cut off;
32
And they that make a man an
offender for a word,
and lay a snare for him
that reproveth in the gate,
and turn aside the just

Allusion
Isa. 5:20 (quoted in 2 Ne. 15:20)
20
Wo unto them that call evil good,
152 and good evil,
that put darkness for light,
and light for darkness,
that put bitter for sweet,
Helaman 4:155:3

The kingdom of the devil Allusion


28:18
But behold, that great and abominable church, the whore of all 1 Ne. 11:36
the earth, must tumble to the earth, and great must be the fall thereof. The great and spacious building was
the pride of the world; and it fell,
28:19
For the kingdom of the devil must shake, and they which belong to it and the fall thereof was exceedingly
must needs be stirred up unto repentance, or the devil will grasp them with great.
his everlasting chains, and they be stirred up to anger, and perish; 28:20For
behold, Allusion
at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir 2 Ne. 9:26Jacob
them up to anger against that which is good. 10
God ... prepareth a way for our
escape from the grasp of this awful
28:21And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, monster; yea, that monster, death
that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well and hell....
and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully 15
All men ... must appear before
down to hell. the judgment-seat of the Holy One
of Israel; and then cometh the judg-
28:22And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no ment, and then must they be judged
hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none according to the holy judgment of
God. 16And ... they who are filthy
and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his ... shall go away into everlasting
awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance. 28:23Yea, they are grasped fire, prepared for them; and their
with death, and hell; and death, and hell, and the devil, and all that have torment is as a lake of fire and
been seized therewith must stand before the throne of God, and be judged brimstone....
22
He suffereth this ... that all
according to their works, from whence they must go into the place pre- might stand before him at the great
pared for them, even a lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment. and judgment day....
26
All those who have not the law
28:24
Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion! ... are delivered from that awful
28:25
Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well! monster, death and hell, and the
28:26
Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, devil, and the lake of fire and brim-
and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost! stone, which is endless torment....
44
All men shall be judged of their
28:27
Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and we need nomore! works. ... 45Shake off the chains of
28:28
And in fine, wo unto all those who tremble, him that would bind you fast.
and are angry because of the truth of God!
Source
For behold, he that is built upon the rock receiveth it with gladness;
Isa. 28:10, 13
and he that is built upon a sandy foundation trembleth lest he shallfall. 9
Whom shall he teach knowl-
edge?... them that are weaned
Fighting against the word of God from the milk....
10
For precept must be upon precept,
Wo be unto him that shall say: We have received the word of God,
28:29
precept upon precept;
and we need no more of the word of God, for we haveenough! line upon line,
line upon line;
For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children
28:30
here a little,
of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and there a little: ...
12
They would not hear.
13
But the word of the Lord
was unto them
precept upon precept,
precept upon precept;
line upon line,
line upon line;
here a little,
and there a little;
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and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto
my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will
Source
give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall
Jer. 17:5
be taken away even that which they have. 28:31Cursed is he that putteth his Thus saith the Lord;
trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts Cursed be the man
of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of theHolyGhost. that trusteth in man,
and maketh flesh his arm,
28:32
Wo be unto the Gentiles, saith the Lord God of Hosts! For not- and whose heart departeth
withstanding I shall lengthen 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 and come unto me; for mine arm is length- Allusion
ened out all the day long, saith the Lord GodofHosts. Isa. 65:2
29:1
But behold, there shall be manyat that day when I shall proceed I have spread out my hands all the
day unto a rebellious people, which
to do a marvelous work among them, walketh in a way that was not good.
that I may remember my covenants which I have made unto the chil- Rom. 10:21Paul
dren of men, All day long I have stretched forth
that I may set my hand again the second time to recover my people, my hands unto a disobedient and
gainsaying people.
which are of the house of Israel;
29:2And also, that I may remember the promises which I have made unto
thee, Nephi, and also unto thy father, that I would remember your seed;
and that the words of your seed should proceed forth out of my mouth Source
15:26 (Isa. 5:26)
unto your seed; and my words shall hiss forth unto the ends of the
He will lift up an ensign to the nations
earth, for a standard unto my people, which are of the house of Israel; from far,
29:3
And because my words shall hiss forthmany of the Gentiles shall say: and will hiss unto them
from the end of the earth:
A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.
and, behold, they shall come
29:4
But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and with speed swiftly.
it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And
what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea,
what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors,
and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth
salvation unto the Gentiles? 29:5O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews,
mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have
hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return
all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten
mypeople.
29:6
Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need
no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews? 29:7Know
ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord
your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon

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the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth
beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even
upon all the nations of the earth?
29:8
Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my
word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto
you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Where-
fore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when
the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall
run together also. 29:9And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am
the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words
according to mine own pleasure. And 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 and forever. 29:10Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need
not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I
have not caused more to be written.
29:11
For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the
north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write
the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be
written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, accord-
ing to that which is written. 29:12For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and
they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall
write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel,
which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all
nations of the earth and they shall write it.
29:13
And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of
the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the
Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and
the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.
29:14
And 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; and my
word also shall be gathered in one. And I will show unto them that fight
against my word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that
I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember
hisseedforever.
30:1
And now behold, my beloved brethren, I would speak unto you;
for I, Nephi, would not suffer that ye should suppose that ye are more righ-
teous than the Gentiles shall be. For behold, except ye shall keep the com-
mandments of God ye shall all likewise perish; and because of the words

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which have been spoken ye need not suppose that the Gentiles are utterly
destroyed. 30:2For behold, I say unto you that as many of the Gentiles as will
repent are the covenant people of the Lord; and as many of the Jews as will
not repent shall be cast off; for the Lord covenanteth with none save it be
with them that repent and believe in his Son, who is the Holy One of Israel.

Believers gathered, wicked destroyed


And now, I would prophesy somewhat more concerning the Jews
30:3

and the Gentiles. For after the book of which I have spoken shall come
forth, and be written unto the Gentiles, and sealed up again unto the Lord,
there shall be many which shall believe the words which are written; and
they shall carry them forth unto the remnant of our seed.
30:4
And then shall the remnant of our seed know concerning us, how
that we came out from Jerusalem, and that they are descendants of the
Jews. 30:5And the gospel of Jesus Christ shall be declared among them;
wherefore, they shall be restored unto the knowledge of their fathers, and
also to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, which was had among their fathers.
30:6
And then shall they rejoice; for they shall know that it is a blessing unto
them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall
from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them,
save they shall be a pure and a delightsome people.
30:7
And it shall come to pass that the Jews which are scattered also
shall begin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the
face of the land; and as many as shall believe in Christ shall also become
a delightsome people. 30:8And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall
commence his work among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, to
bring about the restoration of his people upontheearth.
Isaiah 11
And with righteousness shall the Lord God judge
30:9 4
But with righteousness shall he judge
the poor, the poor,
and reprove with equity and reprove with equity
for the meek of the earth. for the meek of the earth:
And he shall smite the earth and he shall smite the earth
with the rod of his mouth; with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips and with the breath of his lips
shall he slay the wicked. shall he slay the wicked.

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For the time speedily cometh that the Lord God shall cause a great divi-
30:10

sion among the people, and the wicked will he destroy; and he will spare his
people, yea, even if it so be that he must destroy the wickedbyfire.
30:11
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, 5
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins,
and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
30:12
And then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb; 6
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling
together; together;
and a little child shall lead them. and a little child shall lead them.
30:13
And the cow and the bear shall feed; 7
And the cow and the bear shall feed;
their young ones shall lie down together; their young ones shall lie down together:
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
30:14
And the sucking child shall play 8
And the sucking child shall play
on the hole of the asp, on the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put his hand and the weaned child shall put his hand
on the cockatrices den. on the cockatrice den.
30:15
They shall not hurt nor destroy 9
They shall not hurt nor destroy
in all my holy mountain; in all my holy mountain:
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the
as the waters cover the sea. Lord,
as the waters cover the sea.
Wherefore, the things of all nations shall be made known; yea, all
30:16

things shall be made known unto the children of men. 30:17There is nothing
which is secret save it shall be revealed; there is no work of darkness save
it shall be made manifest in the light; and there is nothing which is sealed
upon the earth save it shall be loosed. 30:18Wherefore, all things which have
been revealed unto the children of men shall at that day be revealed; and
Satan shall have power over the hearts of the children of men no more, for
alongtime.
And now, my beloved brethren, I make an end of my sayings.

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Structure
XIII
The words of Nephi 11:23
2
I, Nephi, write more of the words
of Isaiah, ... for he verily saw my
Redeemer, even as I have seen
him. 3And my brother, Jacob, also
has 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,

Section name Chapters


Nephis prophesying 2530
Words of Jacob 610
The doctrine of Christ 3132

Spoken
1 Ne. 10:710
7
[My father] spake also concerning a
prophet who should come before the
31:1
And now I, Nephi, make an end of my prophesying unto you, my
Messiah, to prepare the way of the
beloved brethren. And I cannot write but a few things, which I know must Lord 8Yea, even he should go forth
surely come to pass; neither can I write but a few of the words of my brother and cry in the wilderness: Prepare ye
Jacob. 31:2Wherefore, the things which I have written sufficeth me, save it be the way of the Lord. ... And much
spake my father concerning this
a few words which I must speak concerning the doctrine of Christ; thing. 9And my father said he should
wherefore, I shall speak unto you plainly, according to the plainness of baptize in Bethabara, beyond Jordan;
my prophesying. 31:3For my soul delighteth in plainness; for after this man- and he also said he should baptize
ner doth the Lord God work among the children of men. For the Lord God with water; even that he should
baptize the Messiah with water. 10And
giveth light unto the understanding; for he speaketh unto men according after he had baptized the Messiah
to their language, unto their understanding. with water, he should behold and
bear record that he had baptized the
Lamb of God, who should take away
The doctrine of Christ the sins of theworld.
1 Ne. 11:27
Wherefore, I would that ye should remember that I have spoken
31:4
I looked and beheld the Redeemer
unto you concerning that prophet which the Lord showed unto me, that ...; and I also beheld the prophet
who should prepare the way before
should baptize the Lamb of God, which should take away the sins of the
him. And the Lamb of God went
world. 31:5And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need forth and was baptized of him; and
to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more after he was baptized, I beheld the
need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water! 31:6And heavens open, and the Holy Ghost
come down out of heaven and abide

Source?
Matt. 3:1415
14
John forbad him, saying, I have
need to be baptized of thee, and
comest thou to me? ...
15
Jesus ... said unto him, Suffer
it to be so now: for thus it becometh
us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he
suffered him.
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now, I would ask of you, my beloved brethren, wherein the Lamb of God
did fulfil all righteousness in being baptized by water? 31:7Know ye not that
he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the chil-
dren of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the
Father, and witnesseth unto the Father that he would be obedient unto him
in keeping his commandments.
31:8
Wherefore, after he was baptized with water the Holy Ghost
descended upon him in the form of a dove. 31:9And again, it showeth unto
the children of men the straitness of the path, and the narrowness of the
gate, by which they should enter, he having set the example before them.
31:10
And he said unto the children of men: Follow thou me. Wherefore,
my beloved brethren, can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep
the commandments of the Father?
31:11
And the Father said: Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the
name of my Beloved Son.
31:12
And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying: He that is
baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto
me; wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.
31:13
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the
Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and 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 baptismyea,
by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to
his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh
the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the
tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy OneofIsrael.
31:14
But, behold, my beloved brethren, thus came the voice of the Son
unto me, saying: After ye have repented of your sins, and witnessed unto
the Father that ye are willing to keep my commandments, by the baptism
of water, and have received the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost, and
can speak with a new tongue, yea, even with the tongue of angels, and
after this should deny me, it would have been better for you that ye had
notknownme.
31:15
And I heard a voice from the Father, saying: Yea, the words of
my Beloved are true and faithful. He that endureth to the end, the same
shallbesaved.
31:16
And 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 liv-
ing God, he cannot be saved. 31:17Wherefore, do the things which I have

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told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for
this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by
which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance
and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire
and by the Holy Ghost. 31:18And then are ye in this strait and 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 and the Son; and ye have
received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father and the Son, unto Promised
31:12
the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered in by
The voice of the Son came unto me,
the way ye should receive. saying: He that is baptized in my
31:19
And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait name, to him will the Father give the
and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for Holy Ghost, like unto me.
ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken
faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.
31:20
Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having
a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore,
if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to
the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
31:21
And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is
none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved
in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and
the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.

XIV The Holy Ghost


32:1
And now, behold, my beloved brethren, I suppose that ye ponder
somewhat in your hearts concerning that which ye should do after ye have
entered in by the way. But, behold, why do ye ponder these things in your
hearts? 32:2Do ye not remember that I said unto you that after ye had received Referent
the Holy Ghost ye could speak with the tongue of angels? And now, how could 31:13
ye speak with the tongue of angels save it were by the Holy Ghost? 32:3Angels If ye shall ... take upon you the
name of Christ, by baptism ... , then
speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea,
Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, then cometh the baptism of fire and
the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do. of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye
speak with the tongue of angels, and
32:4
Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye can-
not 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.
32:5
For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and

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receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do. Also prophesied
32:6
Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine 26:1
given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when After Christ shall have risen from
he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall the dead he shall show himself unto
you, ... and the words which he
say unto you shall ye observe to do.
shall speak unto you shall be the law
32:7
And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utter- which ye shall do.
ance, and I am left to mourn because of the unbelief, and the wickedness,
Also commanded
and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness of men; for they will not search Alma 39:16
knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in Declare these glad tidings unto this
plainness, even as plain as word can be. people, ... that salvation might
32:8
And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in come unto them, that they may
prepare the minds of their children
your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For to hear the word at the time of
if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray ye would hiscoming.
know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but Fulfilled
teacheth him that he must not pray. 32:9But behold, I say unto you that ye 3 Ne. ____
must pray always, and not faint; 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 perfor-
mance may be for the welfareofthysoul.

XV Conclusion
33:1
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. 33:2But 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
and esteem them as things of naught. 33:3But I, Nephi, have written what
I have written, and I esteem it as of great worth, and especially unto my
people.
For I pray continually for them by day, and mine eyes water my pillow
by night, because of them; and I cry unto my God in faith, and I know that
he will hear my cry. 33:4And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my
prayers for the gain of my people.
And the words which I have written in weakness will be made strong
unto them; for it persuadeth them to do good; it maketh known unto them
of their fathers; and it speaketh of Jesus, and persuadeth them to believe

161
Example
1 Ne. 5; 15; 17; _
Wicked take the truth to be hard
Helaman 4:155:3

in him, and to endure to the end, which is life eternal. 33:5And it speaketh
harshly against sin, according to the plainness of the truth; wherefore, no
man will be angry at the words which I have written save he shall be of the
spirit of the devil.
33:6
I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath Allusion
redeemed my soul from hell. 2 Ne. 3:1920to Joseph the seer
The words which he [Joseph Smith?]
33:7I have charity for my people, and great faith in Christ that I shall shall write shall ... go forth unto
meet many souls spotless at his judgment-seat. the fruit of thy loins. And it shall be
33:8I have charity for the JewI say Jew, because I mean them from as if the fruit of thy loins had cried
unto them from the dust; for I know
whence I came. their faith. 20And they shall cry from
33:9I also have charity for the Gentiles. the dust; yea, even repentance unto
their brethren, even after many
But behold, for none of these can I hope except they shall be reconciled unto
generations have gone by them.
Christ, and enter into the narrow gate, and walk in the strait path which leads
Isa. 29:4
to life, and continue in the path until the end of the day ofprobation. Thou shalt be brought down, and
33:10
And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of shalt speak out of the ground, and
the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe thy speech shall be low out of the
dust, and thy voice shall be, as of
not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will
one that hath a familiar spirit, out
believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given of the ground, and thy speech shall
them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good. 33:11And if whisper out of the dust.
they are not the words of Christ, judge yefor Christ will show unto you, Allusion
with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day; and you 1 Ne. 13:3541
and I shall stand face to face before his bar; and ye shall know that I have 35
Thy seed ... shall write many
been commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weak- things which ... shall be hid up, to
come forth unto the Gentiles. ...
ness. 33:12And I pray the Father in the name of Christ that many of us, if not 38
The book of the Lamb of God,
all, may be saved in his kingdom at that great and last day. which had proceeded forth from
33:13
And now, my beloved brethren, all those who are of the house the mouth of the Jew, ... came forth
of Israel, and all ye ends of the earth, I speak unto you as the voice of one from the Gentiles unto the remnant
of the seed of my brethren. 39...
crying from the dust: Farewell until that great day shall come. 33:14And you Other books ... came ... from the
that will not partake of the goodness of God, and respect the words of the Gentiles unto them [Lamanites],
Jews, and also my words, and the words which shall proceed forth out of unto the convincing of the Gentiles
the mouth of the Lamb of God, behold, I bid you an everlasting farewell, and the remnant of the seed of my
brethren, and also the Jews ... that
for these words shall condemn you at the last day. 33:15For what I seal on the records of the prophets and of
earth, shall be brought against you at the judgment bar; for thus hath the the twelve apostles of the Lamb are
Lord commanded me, and I mustobey.Amen. true.
40
And the angel spake unto me,
saying: These last records, which
thou hast seen among the Gentiles,
shall establish the truth of the first,
which are of the twelve apostles of
the Lamb, ... and shall make known
to all ... that the Lamb of God is
the Son of the Eternal Father, and
the Savior of the world; and that all
men must come unto him, or they
cannot be saved. 41And they must
come according to the words which
shall be established by the mouth
of the Lamb; and the words of the
Lamb shall be made known in the
records of thy seed, as well as in the
records of the twelve apostles of the
162 Lamb; wherefore they both shall be
established in one.
Source
Deut. 8:3
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The book of Jacob


Jacob
the brother of Nephi
The words of his preaching unto his brethren. He confoundeth a man who
seeketh to overthrow the doctrine of Christ.

Time lapse
At least 25 years since separating from
Laman.
2 Ne. 5:28
Introduction 26
I, Nephi, did consecrate Jacob
and Joseph, that they should be
A few words concerning the history of the people of Nephi. 1:1For priests and teachers over the land
behold, it came to pass that fifty and five years had passed away from the of my people. 28And thirty years
had passed away from the time we
time that Lehi left Jerusalem; wherefore, Nephi gave me, Jacob, a com- leftJerusalem.
mandment concerning the small plates, upon which these things are
At least 15 years since Nephi made the
engraven. 1:2And he gave me, Jacob, a commandment that I should write small plates.
upon these plates a few of the things which I considered to be most pre- 2 Ne 5:34
cious; that I should not touch, save it were lightly, concerning the history of 31
I, Nephi, ... went and made these
this people which are called the people of Nephi. 1:3For he said that the his- plates. ... 34Forty years had passed
away.
tory of his people should be engraven upon his other plates, and that I
should preserve these plates and hand them down unto my seed, from gen- Also commanded
eration to generation. 1:4And if there were preaching which was sacred, or 1 Ne. _:_
revelation which was great, or prophesying, that I should engraven the .
heads of them upon these plates, and touch upon them as much as it were 2 Ne. _:_
.
possible, for Christs sake, and for the sake of our people.
1:5
For because of faith and great anxiety, it truly had been made mani-
fest unto us concerning our people, what things should happen unto them.

Obeyed
7:27
I, Jacob, saw that I must soon go
down to my grave; wherefore, I said
unto my son Enos: Take these plates.
And I told him the things which my
brother Nephi had commanded me,
and he promised obedience unto the

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Events
1 Ne. 12:_
.
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And we also had many revelations, and the spirit of much prophecy;
1:6
Prophesied
wherefore, we knew of Christ and his kingdom, which should come. _:_
1:7
Wherefore we labored diligently among our people, that we might .
persuade them to come unto Christ, and partake of the goodness of God,
that they might enter into his rest, lest by any means he should swear in his
Prophesied
wrath they should not enter in, as in the provocation in the days of tempta- _:_
tion while the children of Israel were in the wilderness. 1:8Wherefore, we .
would to God that we could persuade all men not to rebel against God, to
provoke him to anger, but that all men would believe in Christ, and view
his death, and suffer his cross and bear the shame of the world; Allusions?
wherefore, I, Jacob, take it upon me to fulfil the commandment of my 2 Ne. 25:23; 26:28
25:23
We labor diligently to write, to
brother Nephi. persuade our children, and also our
brethren, to believe in Christ, and to
The Nephite kings be reconciled to God. ...
Now Nephi began to be old, and he saw that he must soon die;
1:9 26:28
Hath the Lord commanded
wherefore, he anointed a man to be a king and a ruler over his people now, any that they should not partake of
his goodness? Behold I say unto you,
according to the reigns of the kings. 1:10The people having loved Nephi
exceedingly, he having been a great protector for them, having wielded the
sword of Laban in their defence, and having labored in all his days for Allusion
their welfare 1:11Wherefore, the people were desirous to retain in remem- Ps. 95:711
7
To day if ye will hear his voice,
brance his name. And whoso should reign in his stead were called by the 8
Harden not your heart, as in the
people, second Nephi, third Nephi, and so forth, according to the reigns of provocation, and as in the day of
the kings; and thus they were called by the people, let them be of whatever temptation in the wilderness: 9When
name they would. 1:12And it came to pass that Nephi died. your fathers tempted me, proved me,
and saw my work.
1:13
Now the people which were not Lamanites were Nephites; never- 10
Forty years long was I grieved
theless, they were called Nephites, Jacobites, Josephites, Zoramites, Lama- with this generation, and said, It is
nites, Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites. 1:14But I, Jacob, shall not hereafter dis- a people that do err in their heart,
and they have not known my ways:
tinguish them by these names, but I shall call them Lamanites that seek to 11
Unto whom I sware in my wrath
destroy the people of Nephi, and those who are friendly to Nephi I shall that they should not enter into my
call Nephites, or the people of Nephi, according to the reigns of the kings.

Event
Num. 14:238
2
All the children of Israel murmured
against Moses and against Aaron
[saying] ... 3Wherefore hath the
Lord brought us unto this land, to
fall by the sword, that our wives and
our children should be a prey? were
it not better for us to return into
Egypt? ... 10All the congregation
bade stone them with stones. ...
11
The Lord said unto Moses, How
long will this people provoke me? ...
23
Surely they shall not see the land
which I sware unto their fathers, nei-
ther shall any of them that provoked
me see it:
31
Your little ones, which ye said
should be a prey, them will I bring in,
and they shall know the land which
ye have despised. 32But as for you,
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Preaching in the temple

Event
2 Sam.? _:_
.
1:15
And now it came to pass that the people of Nephi, under the
reign of the second king, began to grow hard in their hearts, and indulge
themselves somewhat in wicked practices, such as like unto David of old
desiring many wives and concubines, and also Solomon, his son. 1:16Yea,
and they also began to search much gold and silver, and began to be
Event
lifted up somewhat in pride. 1:17Wherefore I, Jacob, gave unto them these
1 Kgs.? _:_
words as I taught them in the temple, having first obtained mine errand .
fromtheLord.
1:18
For I, Jacob, and my brother Joseph had been consecrated priests
and teachers of this people, by the hand of Nephi. 1:19And we did mag-
nify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us the responsibility, answering
the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not teach them the Event
word of God with all diligence; wherefore, by laboring with our might 2 Ne. 5:26
their blood might not come upon our garments; otherwise their blood 7
We did ... journey in the wilder-
would come upon our garments, and we would not be found spotless at ness ... 8[and did] call the name of
the place Nephi. ... 26I, Nephi, did
thelastday. consecrate Jacob and Joseph, that
they should be priests and teachers
over the land of my people. ... 28And
thirty years had passed away from

Allusion?
_:_ (also in 2 Ne. 9)
.blood garments

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II The words of Jacob


The words which Jacob, the brother of Nephi, spake unto the people of
2:1

Nephi, after the death of Nephi:


Now, my beloved brethren, I, Jacob, according to the responsibility
2:2

which I am under to God, to magnify mine office with soberness, and 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. 2:3And 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 and anxiety for the welfare of your
souls than I have hitherto been. 2:4For behold, as yet, ye have been obedient
unto the word of the Lord, which I have given unto you.
2:5
But behold, hearken ye unto me, and know that by the help of the
all-powerful Creator of heaven and earth I can tell you concerning your
thoughts, how that ye are beginning to labor in sin, which sin appeareth
very abominable unto me, yea, and abominable unto God. 2:6Yea, it
grieveth my soul and causeth me to shrink with shame before the presence
of my Maker, that I must testify unto you concerning the wickedness of
yourhearts.
2:7
And also it grieveth me that I must use so much boldness of speech
concerning you, before your wives and your children, many of whose feel-
ings are exceedingly tender and chaste and delicate before God, which
thing is pleasing unto God; 2:8And it supposeth me that they have come up
hither to hear the pleasing word of God, yea, the word which healeth the
wounded soul. 2:9Wherefore, it burdeneth my soul that I should be con-
strained, because of the strict commandment which I have received from
God, to admonish you according to your crimes, to enlarge the wounds
of those who are already wounded,