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Book of MorMon
Another Testament of
Jesus Christ

Published by
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
First English edition published in
Palmyra, New York, USA, in 1830

© 1981, 2013 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
All rights reserved
Printed in the United States of America 9/2013

English approval: 11/12
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 Lamanites—Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the
house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile—Written by way of command-
ment, 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 destroyed—To
come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof—
Sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in
due time by way of the Gentile—The interpretation thereof by the gift
of God.
 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, condemn not the things
of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ.

Tr a ns l at e d b y Jo s e p h Sm i t h , J u n .

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  vii
Testimony of Three Witnesses . . . . . . . . . viii
Testimony of Eight Witnesses . . . . . . . . . viii
Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith . . . . . . . ix
Brief Explanation . . . . . . . . . . . . . xii
Illustrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii
1 Nephi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2 Nephi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Jacob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Enos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Jarom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Omni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Words of Mormon . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Mosiah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Alma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Helaman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 368
3 Nephi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 406
4 Nephi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 465
Mormon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 469
Ether . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 487
Moroni. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518
Pronunciation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . 533

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 Jarom Jarom
Josh. Joshua Rom. Romans Omni Omni
Judg. Judges 1 Cor. 1 Corinthians W of M Words of Mormon
Ruth Ruth 2 Cor. 2 Corinthians Mosiah Mosiah
1 Sam. 1 Samuel Gal. Galatians Alma Alma
2 Sam. 2 Samuel Eph. Ephesians Hel. Helaman
1 Kgs. 1 Kings Philip. Philippians 3 Ne. 3 Nephi
2 Kgs. 2 Kings Col. Colossians 4 Ne. 4 Nephi
1 Chr. 1 Chronicles 1 Thes. 1 Thessalonians Morm. Mormon
2 Chr. 2 Chronicles 2 Thes. 2 Thessalonians Ether Ether
Ezra Ezra 1 Tim. 1 Timothy Moro. Moroni
Neh. Nehemiah 2 Tim. 2 Timothy
Esth. Esther Titus Titus Doctrine and Covenants
Job Job Philem. Philemon D&C Doctrine and
Ps. Psalms Heb. Hebrews Covenants
Prov. Proverbs James James OD Official
Eccl. Ecclesiastes 1 Pet. 1 Peter Declaration
Song Song of Solomon 2 Pet. 2 Peter
Isa. Isaiah 1 Jn. 1 John Pearl of Great Price
Jer. Jeremiah 2 Jn. 2 John
Lam. Lamentations 3 Jn. 3 John Moses Moses
Ezek. Ezekiel Jude Jude Abr. Abraham
Dan. Daniel Rev. Revelation JS—M Joseph Smith—
Hosea Hosea Matthew
Joel Joel JS—H Joseph Smith—
Amos Amos History
Obad. Obadiah A of F Articles of Faith
Jonah Jonah
Micah Micah
Nahum Nahum
Hab. Habakkuk
Zeph. Zephaniah
Hag. Haggai
Zech. Zechariah
Mal. Malachi

Other Abbreviations and Explanations
jst Joseph Smith Translation
tg Topical Guide
bd Bible Dictionary
heb An alternate translation from the Hebrew
gr An alternate translation from the Greek
ie An explanation of idioms and difficult wording
or Alternate words that clarify the meaning of an archaic expression

T he Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the
Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with ancient inhabitants of the
Americas and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel.
The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of
prophecy and revelation. Their words, written on gold plates, were
quoted and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon. The
record gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Je-
rusalem in 600 b.c. and afterward separated into two nations, known
as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier when
the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. This group is
known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed ex-
cept the Lamanites, and they are among the ancestors of the American
The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal
ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after His res-
urrection. It puts forth the doctrines of the gospel, outlines the plan of
salvation, and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and
eternal salvation in the life to come.
After Mormon completed his writings, he delivered the account to his
son Moroni, who added a few words of his own and hid up the plates in
the Hill Cumorah. On September 21, 1823, the same Moroni, then a glo-
rified, resurrected being, appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and in-
structed him relative to the ancient record and its destined translation
into the English language.
In due course the plates were delivered to Joseph Smith, who translated
them by the gift and power of God. The record is now published in many
languages as a new and additional witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of
the living God and that all who will come unto Him and obey the laws
and ordinances of His gospel may be saved.
Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I told the breth-
ren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth,
and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by
abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”
In addition to Joseph Smith, the Lord provided for eleven others to see
the gold plates for themselves and to be special witnesses of the truth and
divinity of the Book of Mormon. Their written testimonies are included
herewith as “The Testimony of Three Witnesses” and “The Testimony of
Eight Witnesses.”
We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder
in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal
Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this
course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by
the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.)
Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come
to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world,
that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom
once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming
of the Messiah.
The Testimony of Three Witnesses

B e it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom
   this work shall come: That we, through the grace of God the Father,
and our Lord Jesus Christ, have seen the plates which contain this record,
which is a record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites, their
brethren, and also of the people of Jared, who came from the tower of
which hath been spoken. And we also know that they have been trans-
lated by the gift and power of God, for his voice hath declared it unto us;
wherefore we know of a surety that the work is true. And we also testify
that we have seen the engravings which are upon the plates; and they
have been shown unto us by the power of God, and not of man. And we
declare with words of soberness, that an angel of God came down from
heaven, and he brought and laid before our eyes, that we beheld and
saw the plates, and the engravings thereon; and we know that it is by the
grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, that we beheld and
bear record that these things are true. And it is marvelous in our eyes.
Nevertheless, the voice of the Lord commanded us that we should bear
record of it; wherefore, to be obedient unto the commandments of God,
we bear testimony of these things. And we know that if we are faithful in
Christ, we shall rid our garments of the blood of all men, and be found
spotless before the judgment-seat of Christ, and shall dwell with him
eternally in the heavens. And the honor be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen.
Oliver Cowdery
David Whitmer
Martin Harris

The Testimony of Eight Witnesses

B e it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom
   this work shall come: That Joseph Smith, Jun., the translator of this
work, has shown unto us the plates of which hath been spoken, which
have the appearance of gold; and as many of the leaves as the said Smith
has translated we did handle with our hands; and we also saw the en-
gravings thereon, all of which has the appearance of ancient work, and
of curious workmanship. And this we bear record with words of sober-
ness, that the said Smith has shown unto us, for we have seen and hefted,
and know of a surety that the said Smith has got the plates of which we
have spoken. And we give our names unto the world, to witness unto the
world that which we have seen. And we lie not, God bearing witness of it.
Christian Whitmer Hiram Page
Jacob Whitmer Joseph Smith, Sen.
Peter Whitmer, Jun. Hyrum Smith
John Whitmer Samuel H. Smith
The Testimony of the
Prophet Joseph Smith

T he Prophet Joseph Smith’s own words about the coming forth of the
Book of Mormon are:
“On the evening of the . . . twenty-first of September [1823] . . . I betook
myself to prayer and supplication to Almighty God. . . .
“While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light
appearing in my room, which continued to increase until the room was
lighter than at noonday, when immediately a personage appeared at my
bedside, standing in the air, for his feet did not touch the floor.
“He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness. It was a whiteness
beyond anything earthly I had ever seen; nor do I believe that any earthly
thing could be made to appear so exceedingly white and brilliant. His
hands were naked, and his arms also, a little above the wrist; so, also, were
his feet naked, as were his legs, a little above the ankles. His head and
neck were also bare. I could discover that he had no other clothing on but
this robe, as it was open, so that I could see into his bosom.
“Not only was his robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was
glorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like lightning.
The room was exceedingly light, but not so very bright as immediately
around his person. When I first looked upon him, I was afraid; but the
fear soon left me.
“He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent
from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God
had a work for me to do; and that my name should be had for good and
evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both
good and evil spoken of among all people.
“He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an
account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from
whence they sprang. He also said that the fulness of the everlasting Gospel
was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants;
“Also, that there were two stones in silver bows—and these stones, fas-
tened to a breastplate, constituted what is called the Urim and Thum-
mim—deposited with the plates; and the possession and use of these
stones were what constituted ‘seers’ in ancient or former times; and that
God had prepared them for the purpose of translating the book. . . .
“Again, he told me, that when I got those plates of which he had spo-
ken—for the time that they should be obtained was not yet fulfilled—I
should not show them to any person; neither the breastplate with the
Urim and Thummim; only to those to whom I should be commanded to
show them; if I did I should be destroyed. While he was conversing with
me about the plates, the vision was opened to my mind that I could see
the place where the plates were deposited, and that so clearly and dis-
tinctly that I knew the place again when I visited it.
“After this communication, I saw the light in the room begin to gather
immediately around the person of him who had been speaking to me, and
it continued to do so until the room was again left dark, except just around
him; when, instantly I saw, as it were, a conduit open right up into
heaven, and he ascended till he entirely disappeared, and the room was
left as it had been before this heavenly light had made its appearance.
“I lay musing on the singularity of the scene, and marveling greatly at
what had been told to me by this extraordinary messenger; when, in the
Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith x

midst of my meditation, I suddenly discovered that my room was again
beginning to get lighted, and in an instant, as it were, the same heavenly
messenger was again by my bedside.
“He commenced, and again related the very same things which he had
done at his first visit, without the least variation; which having done,
he informed me of great judgments which were coming upon the earth,
with great desolations by famine, sword, and pestilence; and that these
grievous judgments would come on the earth in this generation. Having
related these things, he again ascended as he had done before.
“By this time, so deep were the impressions made on my mind, that
sleep had fled from my eyes, and I lay overwhelmed in astonishment at
what I had both seen and heard. But what was my surprise when again
I beheld the same messenger at my bedside, and heard him rehearse or
repeat over again to me the same things as before; and added a caution
to me, telling me that Satan would try to tempt me (in consequence of
the indigent circumstances of my father’s family), to get the plates for
the purpose of getting rich. This he forbade me, saying that I must have
no other object in view in getting the plates but to glorify God, and must
not be influenced by any other motive than that of building his kingdom;
otherwise I could not get them.
“After this third visit, he again ascended into heaven as before, and
I was again left to ponder on the strangeness of what I had just experi-
enced; when almost immediately after the heavenly messenger had as-
cended from me for the third time, the cock crowed, and I found that day
was approaching, so that our interviews must have occupied the whole
of that night.
“I shortly after arose from my bed, and, as usual, went to the necessary
labors of the day; but, in attempting to work as at other times, I found
my strength so exhausted as to render me entirely unable. My father, who
was laboring along with me, discovered something to be wrong with me,
and told me to go home. I started with the intention of going to the house;
but, in attempting to cross the fence out of the field where we were, my
strength entirely failed me, and I fell helpless on the ground, and for a
time was quite unconscious of anything.
“The first thing that I can recollect was a voice speaking unto me, call-
ing me by name. I looked up, and beheld the same messenger standing
over my head, surrounded by light as before. He then again related unto
me all that he had related to me the previous night, and commanded me
to go to my father and tell him of the vision and commandments which
I had received.
“I obeyed; I returned to my father in the field, and rehearsed the whole
matter to him. He replied to me that it was of God, and told me to go and
do as commanded by the messenger. I left the field, and went to the place
where the messenger had told me the plates were deposited; and owing
to the distinctness of the vision which I had had concerning it, I knew
the place the instant that I arrived there.
“Convenient to the village of Manchester, Ontario county, New York,
stands a hill of considerable size, and the most elevated of any in the
neighborhood. On the west side of this hill, not far from the top, under
a stone of considerable size, lay the plates, deposited in a stone box. This
stone was thick and rounding in the middle on the upper side, and thin-
ner towards the edges, so that the middle part of it was visible above the
ground, but the edge all around was covered with earth.
“Having removed the earth, I obtained a lever, which I got fixed under
the edge of the stone, and with a little exertion raised it up. I looked in,
and there indeed did I behold the plates, the Urim and Thummim, and
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the breastplate, as stated by the messenger. The box in which they lay
was formed by laying stones together in some kind of cement. In the bot-
tom of the box were laid two stones crossways of the box, and on these
stones lay the plates and the other things with them.
“I made an attempt to take them out, but was forbidden by the messen-
ger, and was again informed that the time for bringing them forth had
not yet arrived, neither would it, until four years from that time; but he
told me that I should come to that place precisely in one year from that
time, and that he would there meet with me, and that I should continue
to do so until the time should come for obtaining the plates.
“Accordingly, as I had been commanded, I went at the end of each year,
and at each time I found the same messenger there, and received instruc-
tion and intelligence from him at each of our interviews, respecting what
the Lord was going to do, and how and in what manner his kingdom was
to be conducted in the last days. . . .
“At length the time arrived for obtaining the plates, the Urim and
Thummim, and the breastplate. On the twenty-second day of Septem-
ber, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven, having gone as usual
at the end of another year to the place where they were deposited, the
same heavenly messenger delivered them up to me with this charge: that
I should be responsible for them; that if I should let them go carelessly,
or through any neglect of mine, I should be cut off; but that if I would
use all my endeavors to preserve them, until he, the messenger, should
call for them, they should be protected.
“I soon found out the reason why I had received such strict charges to
keep them safe, and why it was that the messenger had said that when I
had done what was required at my hand, he would call for them. For no
sooner was it known that I had them, than the most strenuous exertions
were used to get them from me. Every stratagem that could be invented
was resorted to for that purpose. The persecution became more bitter
and severe than before, and multitudes were on the alert continually to
get them from me if possible. But by the wisdom of God, they remained
safe in my hands, until I had accomplished by them what was required
at my hand. When, according to arrangements, the messenger called for
them, I delivered them up to him; and he has them in his charge until
this day, being the second day of May, one thousand eight hundred and
For a more complete account, see Joseph Smith—History in the Pearl
of Great Price.
The ancient record thus brought forth from the earth as the voice of a
people speaking from the dust, and translated into modern speech by the
gift and power of God as attested by Divine affirmation, was first pub-
lished to the world in the year 1830 as The Book of Mormon.
A Brief Explanation about
the book of Mormon

T he Book of Mormon is a sacred record of peoples in ancient America and
was engraved upon metal plates. Sources from which this record was
compiled include the following:
1. The Plates of Nephi, which were of two kinds: the small plates and the
large plates. The former were more particularly devoted to spiritual
matters and the ministry and teachings of the prophets, while the lat-
ter were occupied mostly by a secular history of the peoples concerned
(1 Nephi 9:2–4). From the time of Mosiah, however, the large plates also
included items of major spiritual importance.
2. The Plates of Mormon, which consist of an abridgment by Mormon from
the large plates of Nephi, with many commentaries. These plates also
contained a continuation of the history by Mormon and additions by his
son Moroni.
3. The Plates of Ether, which present a history of the Jaredites. This record
was abridged by Moroni, who inserted comments of his own and incorpo-
rated the record with the general history under the title “Book of Ether.”
4. The Plates of Brass brought by the people of Lehi from Jerusalem in
600 b.c. These contained “the five books of Moses, . . . and also a record of
the Jews from the beginning, . . . down to the commencement of the reign
of Zedekiah, king of Judah; and also the prophecies of the holy prophets”
(1 Nephi 5:11–13). Many quotations from these plates, citing Isaiah and
other biblical and nonbiblical prophets, appear in the Book of Mormon.
The Book of Mormon comprises fifteen main parts or divisions, known,
with one exception, as books, usually designated by the name of their princi-
pal author. The first portion (the first six books, ending with Omni) is a trans-
lation from the small plates of Nephi. Between the books of Omni and Mosiah
is an insert called the Words of Mormon. This insert connects the record
engraved on the small plates with Mormon’s abridgment of the large plates.
The longest portion, from Mosiah through Mormon chapter 7, is a trans-
lation of Mormon’s abridgment of the large plates of Nephi. The concluding
portion, from Mormon chapter 8 to the end of the volume, was engraved
by Mormon’s son Moroni, who, after finishing the record of his father’s life,
made an abridgment of the Jaredite record (as the book of Ether) and later
added the parts known as the book of Moroni.
In or about the year a.d. 421, Moroni, the last of the Nephite prophet-
historians, sealed the sacred record and hid it up unto the Lord, to be brought
forth in the latter days, as predicted by the voice of God through His ancient
prophets. In a.d. 1823, this same Moroni, then a resurrected personage, visited
the Prophet Joseph Smith and subsequently delivered the engraved plates
to him.
About this edition: The original title page, immediately preceding the contents
page, is taken from the plates and is part of the sacred text. Introductions in
a non-italic typeface, such as in 1 Nephi and immediately preceding Mosiah
chapter 9, are also part of the sacred text. Introductions in italics, such as in
chapter headings, are not original to the text but are study helps included for
convenience in reading.
Some minor errors in the text have been perpetuated in past editions of
the Book of Mormon. This edition contains corrections that seem appropriate
to bring the material into conformity with prepublication manuscripts and
early editions edited by the Prophet Joseph Smith.
I l l u s t r a ti o n s
The Lord Jesus Christ
Painting by Heinrich Hofmann
The Prophet Joseph Smith
Painting by Alvin Gittins
See “The Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” pages xx–xx
See “The Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” pages ix–xi
Lehi discovers the Liahona
Painting by Arnold Friberg
See 1 Nephi 16, pages 00–00
See 1 Nephi 16, pages 33–36
Lehi and his people arrive in the promised land
Painting by Arnold Friberg
See 1 Nephi 18, pages 00–00
See 1 Nephi 18, pages 41–43
Alma baptizes in the Waters of Mormon
Painting by Arnold Friberg
See Mosiah 18, pages 00–00
See Mosiah 18, pages 180–83
Samuel the Lamanite prophesies
Painting by Arnold Friberg
See Helaman 16, pages 00–00
See Helaman 16, pages 404–6
Jesus Christ visits the Americas
Painting by John Scott
See 3 Nephi 11, pages 00–00
See 3 Nephi 11, pages 427–30
Moroni buries the Nephite record
Painting by Tom Lovell
See Mormon 8, pages 00–00
See Mormon 8, pages 481–84
The First Book of Nephi
His Reign and Ministry

An account of Lehi and his wife Sariah, and his four sons, being called, (be-
ginning 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 afflictions in the
wilderness. The course of their travels. They come to the large waters. Nephi’s
brethren rebel against him. He confoundeth them, and buildeth 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.

Chapter 1 2 Yea, I make a record in the a lan-
guage of my father, which consists
Nephi begins the record of his people— of the learning of the Jews and the
Lehi sees in vision a pillar of fire and language of the Egyptians.
reads from a book of prophecy—He 3 And I know that the record which
praises God, foretells the coming of the I make is a true; and I make it with
Messiah, and prophesies the destruction mine own hand; and I make it ac-
of Jerusalem—He is persecuted by the cording to my knowledge.
Jews. About 600 b.c. 4 For it came to pass in the com-

I , Nephi, having been a born
of b goodly c parents, therefore I
was d taught somewhat in all the
learning of my father; and having
seen many e afflictions in the course
mencement of the a first year of the
reign of b Zedekiah, king of Judah,
(my father, Lehi, having dwelt at
Jerusalem in all his days); and in
that same year there came many
of my days, nevertheless, having d 
prophets, prophesying unto the
been highly favored of the Lord in all people that they must e repent, or
my days; yea, having had a great the great city f Jerusalem must be
knowledge of the goodness and destroyed.
the mysteries of God, therefore I 5 Wherefore it came to pass that
make a f record of my proceedings my father, Lehi, as he went forth
in my days. prayed unto the Lord, yea, even
1 1 a tg Birthright. Scriptures, Writing of. c 1 Chr. 9:3;
b Prov. 22:1. 2 a Mosiah 1:4; 2 Chr. 15:9;
c Mosiah 1:2 (2–3); Morm. 9:32 (32–33). Alma 7:10.
D&C 68:25 (25, 28). 3 a 1 Ne. 14:30; d 2 Kgs. 17:13 (13–15);
tg Honoring Father and 2 Ne. 25:20; 2 Chr. 36:15 (15–16);
Mother. Mosiah 1:6; Jer. 7:25; 26:20.
d Enos 1:1. Alma 3:12; tg Prophets, Mission of.
tg Education; Ether 5:3 (1–3). e tg Repent.
Family, Children, 4 a 1 Ne. 2:4; f Jer. 26:18 (17–19);
Responsibilities toward; Mosiah 6:4. 2 Ne. 1:4;
Family, Love within. b 2 Kgs. 24:18; Hel. 8:20.
e tg Affliction; 2 Chr. 36:10; tg Israel, Bondage of,
Blessing; Jer. 37:1; 44:30; 49:34; in Other Lands;
God, Gifts of. 52:3 (3–5); Jerusalem.
f tg Record Keeping; Omni 1:15.
1 Nephi 1  : 6 –16 2

with all his a heart, in behalf of his read, he was filled with the a Spirit
people. of the Lord.
6 And it came to pass as he prayed 13 And he read, saying: Wo, wo,
unto the Lord, there came a a pillar unto Jerusalem, for I have seen
of fire and dwelt upon a rock before thine a abominations! Yea, and many
him; and he saw and heard much; things did my father read concern-
and because of the things which he ing b Jerusalem—that it should be
saw and heard he did b quake and destroyed, and the inhabitants
tremble exceedingly. thereof; many should perish by the
7 And it came to pass that he re- sword, and many should be c carried
turned to his own house at Jeru- away captive into Babylon.
salem; and he cast himself upon 14 And it came to pass that when
his bed, being a overcome with the my father had read and seen many
Spirit and the things which he had great and marvelous things, he did
seen. exclaim many things unto the Lord;
8 And being thus overcome with such as: Great and marvelous are
the Spirit, he was carried away thy works, O Lord God Almighty!
in a a vision, even that he saw the Thy throne is high in the heavens,
heavens open, and he thought he and thy a power, and goodness, and
saw God sitting upon his throne, mercy are over all the inhabitants
surrounded with numberless con- of the earth; and, because thou art
courses of angels in the attitude merciful, thou wilt not suffer those
of singing and praising their God. who b come unto thee that they shall
9 And it came to pass that he saw perish!
One descending out of the midst 15 And after this manner was
of heaven, and he beheld that his the language of my father in the
luster was above that of the sun praising of his God; for his soul did
at noon-day. rejoice, and his whole heart was
10 And he also saw a twelve others filled, because of the things which
following him, and their brightness he had seen, yea, which the Lord
did exceed that of the stars in the had shown unto him.
firmament. 16 And now I, Nephi, do not make
11 And they came down and went a full account of the things which
forth upon the face of the earth; and my father hath written, for he hath
the first came and a stood before my written many things which he saw
father, and gave unto him a b book, in a visions and in b dreams; and
and bade him that he should read. he also hath written many things
12 And it came to pass that as he which he c prophesied and spake
5 a Jer. 29:13; Alma 36:22; Jer. 13:27.
James 5:16; Hel. 5:48 (45–49); b 2 Kgs. 23:27; 24:2;
2 Ne. 4:24 (23–25). D&C 137:1. Jer. 13:14;
6 a Ex. 13:21; c tg God, Manifesta- Ezek. 15:6 (6–8);
Hel. 5:24 (24, 43); tions of; 1 Ne. 2:13; 3:17.
D&C 29:12; God, Privilege of Seeing. c 2 Kgs. 20:17 (17–18);
JS—H 1:16, 30. 9 a JS—H 1:17 (16–17), Jer. 52:15 (3–15);
b Isa. 6:5 (1–5). 30 (30–32). 2 Ne. 25:10;
7 a Dan. 8:27 (26–27); 10 a tg Apostles. Omni 1:15.
10:8 (8–12); 11 a 1 Sam. 3:10; tg Babylon.
1 Ne. 17:47; D&C 110:2 (2–3). 14 a tg God, Power of.
Alma 27:17; b Ezek. 2:9 (9–10); b 2 Ne. 26:25 (24–28);
Moses 1:10 (9–10). Rev. 10:9 (2–11). Alma 5:34 (33–36);
8 a 1 Ne. 3:18 (17–18); 5:4. 12 a Gen. 41:38; 3 Ne. 9:14 (13–14).
tg Vision. Mosiah 27:24; 16 a Ezek. 1:1;
b Ezek. 1:1; Alma 18:16. JS—H 1:24 (21–25).
Acts 7:56 (55–56); 13 a 2 Kgs. 24:19; b 1 Ne. 8:2 (2–38).
1 Ne. 11:14; 2 Chr. 36:14; c 1 Ne. 7:1.
3 1 Nephi 1  : 17–2  : 4

unto his children, of which I shall those whom he hath chosen, be-
not make a full account. cause of their faith, to make them
17 But I shall make an account of mighty even unto the power of
my proceedings in my days. Behold, d 
I make an a abridgment of the record
of my b father, upon c plates which I Chapter 2
have made with mine own hands;
wherefore, after I have abridged Lehi takes his family into the wilder-
ness by the Red Sea—They leave their
the record of my d father then will I property—Lehi offers a sacrifice to the
make an account of mine own life. Lord and teaches his sons to keep the
18 Therefore, I would that ye commandments—Laman and Lemuel
should know, that after the Lord had murmur against their father—Nephi is
shown so many marvelous things obedient and prays in faith; the Lord
unto my father, Lehi, yea, concern- speaks to him, and he is chosen to rule
ing the a destruction of Jerusalem, over his brethren. About 600 b.c.
behold he went forth among the
people, and began to b prophesy For behold, it came to pass that
and to declare unto them concern- the Lord spake unto my father, yea,
ing the things which he had both even in a dream, and said unto him:
seen and heard. Blessed art thou Lehi, because of
19 And it came to pass that the the things which thou hast done;
Jews did b mock him because of the and because thou hast been faithful
things which he testified of them; and declared unto this people the
for he truly testified of their c wick- things which I commanded thee,
edness and their abominations; and behold, they seek to a take away
he testified that the things which he thy b life.
saw and heard, and also the things 2 And it came to pass that the Lord
which he read in the book, mani- a 
commanded my father, even in a
fested plainly of the coming of a dream, that he should c take his fam-
Messiah, and also the redemption ily and depart into the wilderness.
of the world. 3 And it came to pass that he was
20 And when the Jews heard these obedient unto the word of the Lord,

things they were angry with him; wherefore he did as the Lord com-
yea, even as with the prophets of manded him.
old, whom they had a cast out, and 4 And it came to pass that he de-
stoned, and slain; and they also parted into the wilderness. And
sought his life, that they might he left his house, and the land of
take it away. But behold, I, Nephi, his inheritance, and his gold, and
will show unto you that the tender his silver, and his precious things,
mercies of the Lord are over all and took nothing with him, save it
17 a 1 Ne. 9:2 (2–5); Ezek. 5:6; b 1 Ne. 7:14.
Enos 1:13 (13, 15–18). 1 Ne. 2:13; 7:14. 2 a 1 Ne. 3:16; 4:34;
tg Scriptures, c 1 Ne. 17:22. 5:8; 17:44;
Writing of. d tg Jesus Christ, Mosiah 7:20;
b 1 Ne. 6:1 (1–3); Prophecies about. Alma 9:9.
8:29 (29–30); 19:1 (1–6). 20 a Jer. 13:11; tg Called of God.
c 1 Ne. 10:15. Hel. 13:24 (24–28). b tg Dream.
d 2 Ne. 4:14; 5:33 (29–33); b Jer. 11:19; c Gen. 12:1; 19:12;
D&C 10:42. 1 Ne. 2:2 (1–4). 1 Ne. 1:20 (18–20);
18 a 2 Ne. 25:9; tg Prophets, 2 Ne. 10:20;
D&C 5:20. Rejection of. Ether 1:42;
b tg Prophets, Mission of; c Gen. 32:10; Abr. 2:3.
Prophets, Rejection of. Alma 34:38; tg Protection, Divine.
19 a tg Apostasy of Israel. D&C 46:15. 3 a tg Commitment.
b 2 Chr. 36:16; d tg Deliver.
Jer. 25:4 (1–4); 2 1 a tg Persecution.
1 Nephi 2  : 5–16 4

were his family, and provisions, Lemuel; for behold they did b mur-
and tents, and a departed into the mur in many things against their
wilderness. c 
father, because he was a d visionary
5 And he came down by the bor- man, and had led them out of the
ders near the shore of the a Red Sea; land of Jerusalem, to leave the land
and he traveled in the wilderness of their inheritance, and their gold,
in the borders which are nearer the and their silver, and their precious
Red Sea; and he did travel in the things, to perish in the wilderness.
wilderness with his family, which And this they said he had done be-
consisted of my mother, Sariah, cause of the foolish imaginations
and my elder brothers, who were of his heart.
Laman, Lemuel, and Sam. 12 And thus Laman and Lemuel,
6 And it came to pass that when he being the eldest, did murmur against
had traveled three days in the wilder- their a father. And they did b murmur
ness, he pitched his tent in a a valley because they c knew not the deal-
by the side of a b river of water. ings of that God who had d created
7 And it came to pass that he built them.
an a altar of b stones, and made an 13 Neither did they a believe that
offering unto the Lord, and gave Jerusalem, that great city, could be
thanks unto the Lord our God. b 
destroyed according to the words
8 And it came to pass that he called of the prophets. And they were like
the name of the river, Laman, and unto the Jews who were at Jerusa-
it emptied into the Red Sea; and lem, who sought to take away the
the valley was in the borders near life of my father.
the mouth thereof. 14 And it came to pass that my
9 And when my father saw that father did speak unto them in the
the waters of the river emptied a 
valley of Lemuel, with b power,
into the a fountain of the Red Sea, being filled with the Spirit, until
he spake unto Laman, saying: O their frames did c shake before him.
that thou mightest be like unto this And he did confound them, that
river, continually running into the they durst not utter against him;
fountain of all righteousness! wherefore, they did as he com-
10 And he also spake unto Lem- manded them.
uel: O that thou mightest be like 15 And my father dwelt in a a tent.
unto this valley, a firm and b stead- 16 And it came to pass that I,
fast, and immovable in keeping the Nephi, being exceedingly young,
commandments of the Lord! nevertheless being large in stat-
11 Now this he spake because of ure, and also having great desires
the a stiffneckedness of Laman and to know of the a mysteries of God,
4 a 1 Ne. 10:4; 19:8. 10 a ie like Ezion-geber, the D&C 43:23.
5 a 1 Ne. 16:14; Hebrew roots of which tg Man, Physical
D&C 17:1. denote firmness and Creation of.
6 a 1 Ne. 9:1. strength, or might of 13 a Ezek. 5:6;
b Joel 1:20. a man. 1 Ne. 1:19 (18–20).
7 a Gen. 12:7 (7–8); 26:25; b tg Dependability. b Jer. 13:14;
Ex. 24:4; 11 a tg Stiffnecked. 1 Ne. 1:13 (4–13).
Abr. 2:17. b 1 Ne. 17:17. 14 a 1 Ne. 9:1; 16:6 (6, 12).
b Ex. 20:25; tg Murmuring. b tg Priesthood,
Deut. 27:5 (5–6); c Prov. 20:20. Power of.
Josh. 8:31 (30–31). d 1 Ne. 5:4 (2–4); 17:20. c 1 Ne. 17:45.
c tg Sacrifice. 12 a Lam. 4:16 (16–17). 15 a Gen. 12:8;
d tg Thanksgiving. b 1 Sam. 3:13; 26:17 (17, 25);
9 a ie fount, or source, like Mosiah 27:8 (7–37); 31:25 (25, 33);
the Gulf of Akaba, Moses 5:16. 1 Ne. 4:38; 10:16.
which empties into the c Moses 4:6. 16 a tg Mysteries of
Red Sea. d Deut. 32:6; Godliness.
5 1 Nephi 2  : 17–3  : 5

wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; thy seed except they shall c rebel
and behold he did b visit me, and against me also.
did c soften my heart that I did d be- 24 And if it so be that they rebel
lieve all the words which had been against me, they shall be a a scourge
spoken by my e father; wherefore, I unto thy seed, to b stir them up in
did not f rebel against him like unto the ways of remembrance.
my brothers.
17 And I spake unto Sam, making Chapter 3
known unto him the things which Lehi’s sons return to Jerusalem to ob-
the Lord had manifested unto me tain the plates of brass—Laban refuses
by his Holy Spirit. And it came to to give the plates up—Nephi exhorts
pass that he believed in my words. and encourages his brethren—Laban
18 But, behold, Laman and Lemuel steals their property and attempts to
would not hearken unto my words; slay them—Laman and Lemuel smite
and being a grieved because of the Nephi and Sam and are reproved by
hardness of their hearts I cried unto an angel. About 600–592 b.c.
the Lord for them.
19 And it came to pass that the And it came to pass that I, Nephi,
Lord spake unto me, saying: Blessed returned from a speaking with the
art thou, Nephi, because of thy Lord, to the tent of my father.
faith, for thou hast sought me 2 And it came to pass that he spake
diligently, with lowliness of heart. unto me, saying: Behold I have
20 And inasmuch as ye shall keep dreamed a a dream, in the which
my commandments, ye shall a pros- the Lord hath commanded me that
per, and shall be led to a b land of thou and thy brethren shall b return
promise; yea, even a land which I to Jerusalem.
have prepared for you; yea, a land 3 For behold, Laban hath the
which is choice above all other record of the Jews and also a a ge-
lands. nealogy of my forefathers, and
21 And inasmuch as thy brethren they are b engraven upon plates of
shall rebel against thee, they shall brass.
be a cut off from the presence of 4 Wherefore, the Lord hath com-
the Lord. manded me that thou and thy
22 And inasmuch as thou shalt brothers should go unto the house
keep my commandments, thou of Laban, and seek the records, and
shalt be made a a ruler and a teacher bring them down hither into the
over thy brethren. wilderness.
23 For behold, in that day that 5 And now, behold thy brothers
they shall a rebel against me, I will murmur, saying it is a hard thing
curse them even with a sore curse, which I have required of them; but
and they shall have no power over behold I have not required it of
16 b Ps. 8:4; 1 Ne. 4:14; 1 Ne. 12:22 (22–23);
1 Ne. 3:1; 19:11; Mosiah 1:7. D&C 41:1.
Alma 17:10; b Deut. 33:13 (13–16); tg Curse.
D&C 5:16. 1 Chr. 28:8 (7–8); c Josh. 22:16;
tg Guidance, Divine. 1 Ne. 5:5 (5, 22); 7:13; Mosiah 15:26.
c 1 Kgs. 18:37; Moses 7:17 (17–18). 24 a Josh. 23:13;
Alma 5:7. tg Promised Lands. Judg. 2:22 (22–23).
d 1 Ne. 11:5. 21 a Josh. 23:13; b 2 Ne. 5:25.
e tg Honoring Father and 2 Ne. 5:20 (20–24); 3 1 a 1 Ne. 2:16.
Mother. Alma 9:14 (13–15); 38:1. 2 a tg Dream.
f tg Family, Love within. 22 a Gen. 37:8 (8–11); b 1 Ne. 2:4 (1–5); 7:3.
18 a Alma 31:24; 1 Ne. 3:29. 3 a 1 Ne. 3:12; 5:14.
3 Ne. 7:16. tg Authority. b Jer. 17:1;
19 a 1 Ne. 7:12 (9–13); 15:11. 23 a Job 24:13. 1 Ne. 3:24 (12, 19–24).
20 a Josh. 1:7; b Deut. 11:28;
1 Nephi 3  : 6 –20 6

them, but it is a commandment of 14 But Laman fled out of his pres-
the Lord. ence, and told the things which La-
6 Therefore go, my son, and thou ban had done, unto us. And we began
shalt be favored of the Lord, because to be exceedingly sorrowful, and
thou hast a not b murmured. my brethren were about to return
7 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, unto my father in the wilderness.
said unto my father: I a will go and 15 But behold I said unto them
do the things which the Lord hath that: a As the Lord liveth, and as we
commanded, for I know that the live, we will not go down unto our
Lord giveth no b commandments father in the wilderness until we
unto the children of men, save he have b accomplished the thing which
shall c prepare a way for them that the Lord hath commanded us.
they may accomplish the thing 16 Wherefore, let us be faithful
which he commandeth them. in keeping the commandments of
8 And it came to pass that when the Lord; therefore let us go down
my father had heard these words he to the land of our father’s a inheri-
was exceedingly glad, for he knew tance, for behold he left gold and
that I had been blessed of the Lord. silver, and all manner of riches.
9 And I, Nephi, and my brethren And all this he hath done because
took our journey in the wilderness, of the b commandments of the Lord.
with our tents, to go up to the land 17 For he knew that Jerusalem
of Jerusalem. must be a destroyed, because of the
10 And it came to pass that when wickedness of the people.
we had gone up to the land of Je- 18 For behold, they have a rejected
rusalem, I and my brethren did the words of the prophets. Where-
consult one with another. fore, if my father should dwell in the
11 And we a cast lots—who of us land after he hath been b commanded
should go in unto the house of Laban. to flee out of the land, behold, he
And it came to pass that the lot fell would also perish. Wherefore, it
upon Laman; and Laman went in must needs be that he flee out of
unto the house of Laban, and he the land.
talked with him as he sat in his 19 And behold, it is wisdom in
house. God that we should obtain these
12 And he desired of Laban the a 
records, that we may preserve
records which were engraven upon unto our children the language of
the plates of brass, which contained our fathers;
the a genealogy of my father. 20 And also that we may a preserve
13 And behold, it came to pass unto them the words which have
that Laban was angry, and thrust been spoken by the mouth of all
him out from his presence; and he the holy b prophets, which have
would not that he should have the been delivered unto them by the
records. Wherefore, he said unto Spirit and power of God, since the
him: Behold thou art a robber, and world began, even down unto this
I will slay thee. present time.
6 a tg Sustaining Church 11 a Neh. 10:34; Acts 1:26. 18 a Jer. 26:23 (21–24).
Leaders. 12 a 1 Ne. 3:3; 5:14; tg Prophets,
b tg Murmuring. Jarom 1:1. Rejection of.
7 a 1 Sam. 17:32; 15 a tg Oath; b 1 Ne. 5:21; 7:2; 16:8.
1 Kgs. 17:15 (11–15). Promise. 19 a Omni 1:17;
tg Faith; Loyalty; b tg Commitment; Mosiah 1:3 (2–6).
Obedience. Dedication. tg Record Keeping.
b tg Commandments 16 a 1 Ne. 2:4. 20 a tg Scriptures,
of God. b 1 Ne. 2:2; 4:34. Preservation of.
c Gen. 18:14; Philip. 4:13; 17 a 2 Chr. 36:20 (16–20); b Zech. 7:12;
1 Ne. 17:3, 50; Jer. 39:9 (1–9); Matt. 11:13;
D&C 5:34. 1 Ne. 1:13. Mosiah 15:13.
7 1 Nephi 3  : 21–4  : 2

21 And it came to pass that af- smote us with a rod, behold, an
ter this manner of language did I angel of the Lord came and stood
persuade my brethren, that they before them, and he spake unto
might be faithful in keeping the them, saying: Why do ye smite your
commandments of God. younger brother with a rod? Know
22 And it came to pass that we ye not that the Lord hath chosen
went down to the land of our inheri­ him to be a b ruler over you, and this
tance, and we did gather together because of your iniquities? Behold
our a gold, and our silver, and our ye shall go up to Jerusalem again,
precious things. and the Lord will c deliver Laban
23 And after we had gathered these into your hands.
things together, we went up again 30 And after the a angel had spo-
unto the house of Laban. ken unto us, he departed.
24 And it came to pass that we 31 And after the angel had de-
went in unto Laban, and desired parted, Laman and Lemuel again
him that he would give unto us the began to a murmur, saying: How is
records which were engraven upon it possible that the Lord will deliver
the a plates of brass, for which we Laban into our hands? Behold, he
would give unto him our gold, and our is a mighty man, and he can com-
silver, and all our precious things. mand fifty, yea, even he can slay
25 And it came to pass that when fifty; then why not us?
Laban saw our property, and that it
was exceedingly great, he did a lust Chapter 4
after it, insomuch that he thrust us Nephi slays Laban at the Lord’s com-
out, and sent his servants to slay us, mand and then secures the plates of
that he might obtain our property. brass by stratagem—Zoram chooses
26 And a it came to pass that we to join Lehi’s family in the wilderness.
did flee before the servants of La-
ban, and we were obliged to leave About 600–592 b.c.
behind our property, and it fell into And it came to pass that I spake
the hands of Laban. unto my brethren, saying: Let us
27 And it came to pass that we go up again unto Jerusalem, and
fled into the wilderness, and the let us be a faithful in keeping the
servants of Laban did not overtake commandments of the Lord; for
us, and we a hid ourselves in the behold he is mightier than all the
cavity of a rock. earth, then why not b mightier than
28 And it came to pass that Laman Laban and his fifty, yea, or even
was angry with me, and also with than his tens of thousands?
my father; and also was Lemuel, 2 Therefore let us go up; let us
for he hearkened unto the words be a strong like unto Moses; for he
of Laman. Wherefore Laman and truly spake unto the waters of the
Lemuel did speak many a hard words b 
Red Sea and they divided hither
unto us, their younger brothers, and and thither, and our fathers came
they did smite us even with a rod. through, out of captivity, on dry
29 And it came to pass as they ground, and the armies of Pharaoh
21 a tg Family, Love within; 28 a 1 Ne. 17:18. Dependability;
Persuade. 29 a 1 Ne. 4:3; 7:10. Faithful.
22 a 1 Ne. 2:4. tg Angels. b 1 Ne. 7:11.
24 a 1 Ne. 3:3; 4:24 (24, 38). b Gen. 41:43 (41–43); tg God, Power of.
25 a tg Covet. 1 Ne. 2:22. 2 a Deut. 11:8;
26 a 1 Ne. 4:11. c 2 Kgs. 3:18; Prov. 24:10 (10–12).
27 a Josh. 10:16 (16–17); 3 Ne. 3:21. b Ex. 14:21 (18–30);
1 Sam. 13:6; 30 a 1 Ne. 4:3; 16:38. Josh. 2:10;
Jer. 36:26; 31 a tg Murmuring. 1 Ne. 17:26;
Ether 13:13 (13, 22). 4 1 a tg Courage; Mosiah 7:19.
1 Nephi 4  : 3–19 8

did follow and were drowned in the 11 And the Spirit said unto me
waters of the Red Sea. again: Behold the a Lord hath b deliv-
3 Now behold ye know that this is ered him into thy hands. Yea, and
true; and ye also know that an a an- I also knew that he had sought to
gel hath spoken unto you; where- take away mine own life; yea, and
fore can ye b doubt? Let us go up; the he would not hearken unto the
Lord is able to c deliver us, even as commandments of the Lord; and he
our fathers, and to destroy Laban, also had c taken away our property.
even as the Egyptians. 12 And it came to pass that the
4 Now when I had spoken these Spirit said unto me again: Slay him,
words, they were yet wroth, and did for the Lord hath delivered him
still continue to murmur; neverthe- into thy hands;
less they did follow me up until we 13 Behold the Lord a slayeth the
came without the walls of Jerusalem. b 
wicked to bring forth his righ-
5 And it was by night; and I caused teous purposes. It is c better that
that they should hide themselves one man should perish than that a
without the walls. And after they nation should dwindle and perish
had hid themselves, I, Nephi, crept in d unbelief.
into the city and went forth towards 14 And now, when I, Nephi, had
the house of Laban. heard these words, I remembered
6 And I was a led by the Spirit, not the words of the Lord which he
knowing beforehand the things spake unto me in the wilderness,
which I should do. saying that: a Inasmuch as thy seed
7 Nevertheless I went forth, and shall keep my b commandments,
as I came near unto the house of they shall c prosper in the d land of
Laban I beheld a man, and he had promise.
fallen to the earth before me, for 15 Yea, and I also thought that they
he was a drunken with wine. could not keep the commandments
8 And when I came to him I found of the Lord according to the a law of
that it was Laban. Moses, save they should have the law.
9 And I beheld his a sword, and 16 And I also knew that the a law
I drew it forth from the sheath was engraven upon the plates of
thereof; and the hilt thereof was brass.
of pure gold, and the workmanship 17 And again, I knew that the Lord
thereof was exceedingly fine, and had delivered Laban into my hands
I saw that the blade thereof was of for this cause—that I might obtain
the most precious steel. the records according to his com-
10 And it came to pass that I was mandments.
constrained by the Spirit that I 18 Therefore I did obey the voice
should kill Laban; but I said in my of the Spirit, and took Laban by
heart: Never at any time have I shed the hair of the head, and I smote
the blood of man. And I shrunk and off his head with his own a sword.
would that I might not slay him. 19 And after I had smitten off his
3 a 1 Ne. 3:30 (29–31); 7:10. b 1 Ne. 7:11. 14 a Omni 1:6;
b tg Doubt. c 1 Ne. 3:26. Mosiah 2:22;
c tg Deliver. 13 a Num. 25:17; Ether 2:7 (7–12).
6 a tg Guidance, Divine; Deut. 12:29; b tg Commandments
Holy Ghost, Gifts of; Ps. 139:19; of God.
Inspiration. 1 Ne. 17:37 (33–38); c 1 Ne. 2:20.
b Heb. 11:8. D&C 98:32 (31–32). d 1 Ne. 17:13 (13–14);
7 a tg Drunkenness. b tg Justice; Jacob 2:12.
9 a 2 Ne. 5:14; Punish; 15 a Mosiah 1:5 (1–6).
D&C 17:1. Wickedness. 16 a Josh. 1:8.
10 a 1 Sam. 15:3 (3–33). c Alma 30:47. tg Law of Moses.
11 a Deut. 3:3; tg Life, Sanctity of. 18 a 1 Sam. 17:51.
1 Sam. 17:46 (41–49). d tg Unbelief.
9 1 Nephi 4  : 20–37

head with his own sword, I took the after them, and they did hear me;
garments of Laban and put them wherefore they did cease to flee
upon mine own body; yea, even from my presence.
every whit; and I did gird on his 30 And it came to pass that when
armor about my loins. the servant of Laban beheld my
20 And after I had done this, I went brethren he began to tremble, and
forth unto the treasury of Laban. was about to flee from before me
And as I went forth towards the and return to the city of Jerusalem.
treasury of Laban, behold, I saw the 31 And now I, Nephi, being a man
servant of Laban who had the keys large in stature, and also having re-
of the treasury. And I commanded ceived much a strength of the Lord,
him in the voice of Laban, that he therefore I did seize upon the ser-
should go with me into the treasury. vant of Laban, and held him, that
21 And he supposed me to be his he should not flee.
master, Laban, for he beheld the 32 And it came to pass that I spake
garments and also the sword girded with him, that if he would hearken
about my loins. unto my words, as the Lord liveth,
22 And he spake unto me con- and as I live, even so that if he would
cerning the a elders of the Jews, he hearken unto our words, we would
knowing that his master, Laban, spare his life.
had been out by night among them. 33 And I spake unto him, even
23 And I spake unto him as if it with an a oath, that he need not fear;
had been Laban. that he should be a b free man like
24 And I also spake unto him that I unto us if he would go down in the
should carry the engravings, which wilderness with us.
were upon the a plates of brass, to 34 And I also spake unto him,
my elder brethren, who were with- saying: Surely the Lord hath a com-
out the walls. manded us to do this thing; and shall
25 And I also bade him that he we not be diligent in keeping the
should follow me. commandments of the Lord? There-
26 And he, supposing that I spake fore, if thou wilt go down into the
of the a brethren of the b church, and wilderness to my father thou shalt
that I was truly that Laban whom have place with us.
I had slain, wherefore he did fol- 35 And it came to pass that a Zoram
low me. did take courage at the words which
27 And he spake unto me many I spake. Now Zoram was the name of
times concerning the elders of the the servant; and he promised that he
Jews, as I went forth unto my breth- would go down into the wilderness
ren, who were without the walls. unto our father. Yea, and he also
28 And it came to pass that when made an oath unto us that he would
Laman saw me he was exceedingly tarry with us from that time forth.
frightened, and also Lemuel and 36 Now we were desirous that he
Sam. And they fled from before should tarry with us for this cause,
my presence; for they supposed it that the Jews might not know con-
was Laban, and that he had slain cerning our flight into the wilder-
me and had sought to take away ness, lest they should pursue us and
their lives also. destroy us.
29 And it came to pass that I called 37 And it came to pass that when
20 a 2 Ne. 1:30. Num. 18:6; b tg Free.
22 a 2 Sam. 17:15; 2 Sam. 19:41. 34 a 1 Ne. 2:2; 3:16.
Ezek. 8:1; b tg Church Organization. 35 a 1 Ne. 16:7;
Acts 25:15. 31 a tg Strength; 2 Ne. 5:6 (5–6);
24 a 1 Ne. 3:24 (12, 19–24); Strengthen. Jacob 1:13;
5:10 (10–22). 33 a 2 Sam. 21:7. Alma 54:23;
26 a Ex. 2:11; tg Oath. 4 Ne. 1:36 (36–37).
1 Nephi 4  : 38–5  : 11 10

Zoram had made an a oath unto us, 5 But behold, I have a obtained a
our b fears did cease concerning him. land of promise, in the which things

38 And it came to pass that we I do rejoice; yea, and I c know that
took the plates of brass and the ser- the Lord will deliver my sons out of
vant of Laban, and departed into the hands of Laban, and bring them
the wilderness, and journeyed unto down again unto us in the wilderness.
the a tent of our father. 6 And after this manner of lan-
guage did my father, Lehi, a comfort
Chapter 5 my mother, Sariah, concerning us,
Sariah complains against Lehi—Both while we journeyed in the wilder-
rejoice over the return of their sons— ness up to the land of Jerusalem,
They offer sacrifices—The plates of to obtain the record of the Jews.
brass contain writings of Moses and the 7 And when we had returned to
prophets—The plates identify Lehi as a the tent of my father, behold their
descendant of Joseph—Lehi prophesies joy was full, and my mother was
concerning his seed and the preserva- comforted.
tion of the plates. About 600–592 b.c. 8 And she spake, saying: Now I
know of a surety that the Lord hath
And it came to pass that after we a 
commanded my husband to b flee
had come down into the wilderness into the wilderness; yea, and I also
unto our father, behold, he was filled know of a surety that the Lord hath
with joy, and also my mother, Sa- protected my sons, and delivered
riah, was exceedingly glad, for she them out of the hands of Laban,
truly had mourned because of us. and given them power whereby
2 For she had supposed that we they could c accomplish the thing
had perished in the wilderness; and which the Lord hath commanded
she also had a complained against them. And after this manner of
my father, telling him that he was language did she speak.
a b visionary man; saying: Behold 9 And it came to pass that they did
thou hast led us forth from the land rejoice exceedingly, and did offer
of our inheritance, and my sons a 
sacrifice and burnt offerings unto
are no more, and we perish in the the Lord; and they gave b thanks
wilderness. unto the God of Israel.
3 And after this manner of lan- 10 And after they had given thanks
guage had my mother complained unto the God of Israel, my father,
against my father. Lehi, took the records which were
4 And it had come to pass that engraven upon the a plates of brass,
my father spake unto her, saying: and he did search them from the
I know that I am a a visionary man; beginning.
for if I had not seen the things of 11 And he beheld that they did
God in a b vision I should not have contain the five a books of Moses,
known the goodness of God, but which gave an account of the cre-
had tarried at Jerusalem, and had ation of the world, and also of Adam
perished with my brethren. and Eve, who were our first parents;
37 a Ex. 22:11 (10–11); 5 a Eph. 1:11; 9 a 1 Ne. 7:22;
Josh. 9:19 (1–21). Heb. 6:15 (13–15). Mosiah 2:3;
tg Oath; b 1 Ne. 2:20; 3 Ne. 9:19.
Vow. 18:8 (8, 22–23). tg Law of Moses.
b tg Trustworthiness. tg Promised Lands. b tg Thanksgiving.
38 a 1 Ne. 2:15. c tg Faith; 10 a 1 Ne. 4:24 (24, 38); 13:23.
5 2 a tg Murmuring. Trust in God. 11 a Ex. 17:14;
b Gen. 37:19 (8, 19). 6 a tg Comfort; Deut. 31:9;
4 a 1 Ne. 2:11; 17:20. Family, Love within. Luke 16:29; 24:27;
b 1 Ne. 1:8 (8–13); 8 a 1 Ne. 2:2. 1 Ne. 19:23;
3:18 (17–18). b Gen. 19:14. Moses 1:41 (40–41).
tg Vision. c 1 Ne. 3:7.
11 1 Nephi 5  : 12–6  : 3

12 And also a a record of the Jews plates of brass should a never perish;
from the beginning, even down to neither should they be dimmed any
the commencement of the reign of more by time. And he prophesied
Zedekiah, king of Judah; many things concerning his seed.
13 And also the prophecies of the 20 And it came to pass that thus
holy prophets, from the beginning, far I and my father had kept the
even down to the commencement commandments wherewith the
of the reign of a Zedekiah; and also Lord had commanded us.
many prophecies which have been 21 And we had obtained the records
spoken by the mouth of b Jeremiah. which the Lord had commanded us,
14 And it came to pass that my and searched them and found that
father, Lehi, also found upon the they were desirable; yea, even of
plates of brass a b genealogy of his great a worth unto us, insomuch that
fathers; wherefore he knew that we could b preserve the command-
he was a descendant of d Joseph; ments of the Lord unto our children.
yea, even that Joseph who was the 22 Wherefore, it was wisdom in the
son of e Jacob, who was f sold into Lord that we should carry them with
Egypt, and who was g preserved by us, as we journeyed in the wilder-
the hand of the Lord, that he might ness towards the land of promise.
preserve his father, Jacob, and all
his household from perishing with Chapter 6
15 And they were also a led out Nephi writes of the things of God—
of captivity and out of the land of Nephi’s purpose is to persuade men to
Egypt, by that same God who had come unto the God of Abraham and be
preserved them. saved. About 600–592 b.c.
16 And thus my father, Lehi, did And now I, Nephi, do not give the
discover the genealogy of his fathers. genealogy of my fathers in a this
And Laban also was a descendant part of my record; neither at any
of a Joseph, wherefore he and his time shall I give it after upon these
fathers had kept the b records. b 
plates which I am c writing; for it is
17 And now when my father saw given in the record which has been
all these things, he was filled with kept by my d father; wherefore, I do
the Spirit, and began to prophesy not write it in this work.
concerning his seed— 2 For it sufficeth me to say that we
18 That these a plates of brass are descendants of a Joseph.
should go forth unto all b nations, 3 And it mattereth not to me that I
kindreds, tongues, and people who am particular to give a full account
were of his seed. of all the things of my father, for
19 Wherefore, he said that these they cannot be written upon a these
12 a 1 Chr. 9:1. 2 Ne. 20:21; 18 a Alma 22:12.
tg Scriptures, Alma 7:25; b JS—H 1:33.
Writing of. D&C 27:10. 19 a Alma 37:4.
13 a 2 Kgs. 24:18; Jer. 37:1. f Gen. 37:36 (29–36). 21 a tg Scriptures, Value of.
b Ezra 1:1; g tg Protection, Divine. b tg Scriptures,
Jer. 36:32 (17–32); 15 a Gen. 15:14 (13–14); Preservation of.
1 Ne. 7:14; Hel. 8:20. Ex. 15:13; 6 1 a 2 Ne. 4:15.
14 a Mosiah 2:34. Amos 3:1 (1–2); b 1 Ne. 9:2.
b 1 Ne. 3:3, 12; Jarom 1:1. 1 Ne. 17:31 (23–31); 19:10; c tg Scriptures,
tg Book of D&C 103:16 (16–18); Writing of.
Remembrance. 136:22. d 1 Ne. 1:17 (16–17);
c tg Israel, Origins of. 16 a 2 Chr. 15:9; 19:1 (1–6).
d 2 Ne. 3:4; Alma 10:3. 1 Ne. 6:2. 2 a 1 Ne. 5:16 (14–16).
tg Israel, Joseph, tg Israel, Joseph, 3 a Jacob 7:27;
People of. People of. Jarom 1:2 (2, 14);
e Gen. 25:26; b tg Record Keeping. Omni 1:1, 30.
1 Nephi 6  : 4 –7  : 10 12

plates, for I desire the room that bring down Ishmael and his family
I may write of the things of God. into the wilderness.
4 For the fulness of mine intent is 3 And it came to pass that I, Nephi,
that I may a persuade men to b come did a again, with my brethren, go
unto the God of Abraham, and the forth into the wilderness to go up
God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, to Jerusalem.
and be saved. 4 And it came to pass that we
5 Wherefore, the things which went up unto the house of Ishmael,
are a pleasing unto the world I do and we did gain favor in the sight
not write, but the things which are of Ishmael, insomuch that we did
pleasing unto God and unto those speak unto him the words of the
who are not of the world. Lord.
6 Wherefore, I shall give com- 5 And it came to pass that the a Lord
mandment unto my seed, that they did soften the heart of Ishmael,
shall not occupy these plates with and also his household, insomuch
things which are not of worth unto that they took their journey with
the children of men. us down into the wilderness to the
tent of our father.
Chapter 7 6 And it came to pass that as we
Lehi’s sons return to Jerusalem and journeyed in the wilderness, be-
invite Ishmael and his household to hold Laman and Lemuel, and two
join them in their journey—Laman of the a daughters of Ishmael, and
the two b sons of Ishmael and their
and others rebel—Nephi exhorts his families, did c rebel against us; yea,
brethren to have faith in the Lord— against me, Nephi, and Sam, and
They bind him with cords and plan his their father, Ishmael, and his wife,
destruction—He is freed by the power and his three other daughters.
of faith—His brethren ask forgiveness— 7 And it came to pass in the which
Lehi and his company offer sacrifice rebellion, they were desirous to re-
and burnt offerings. About 600–592 b.c. turn unto the land of Jerusalem.
And now I would that ye might 8 And now I, Nephi, being a grieved
know, that after my father, Lehi, for the hardness of their hearts,
had made an end of a prophesying therefore I spake unto them, say-
concerning his seed, it came to pass ing, yea, even unto Laman and unto
that the Lord spake unto him again, Lemuel: Behold ye are mine elder
saying that it was not meet for him, brethren, and how is it that ye
Lehi, that he should take his fam- are so hard in your hearts, and so
ily into the wilderness alone; but blind in your minds, that ye have
that his sons should take b daugh- need that I, your b younger brother,
ters to c wife, that they might raise should speak unto you, yea, and set
up d seed unto the Lord in the land an c example for you?
of promise. 9 How is it that ye have not heark­
2 And it came to pass that the Lord ened unto the word of the Lord?
commanded him that I, Nephi, and 10 How is it that ye have a forgot-
my brethren, should again return ten that ye have seen an angel of
unto the land of Jerusalem, and the Lord?
4 a Luke 1:4 (3–4); c tg Marriage, Marry. Alma 31:2;
John 20:31 (30–31). d Ps. 127:3. 3 Ne. 17:14;
b 2 Ne. 9:41 (41, 45, 51). 2 a 1 Ne. 16:8. Moses 7:41.
5 a Gal. 1:10; 3 a 1 Ne. 3:2. b 1 Chr. 29:1;
1 Thes. 2:4; 5 a tg Guidance, Divine. D&C 1:19 (19, 23).
Heb. 13:21; 6 a 1 Ne. 16:7 (7, 27). c tg Example.
W of M 1:4. b 2 Ne. 4:10. 10 a Deut. 4:9 (9–13);
7 1 a 1 Ne. 1:16. c 1 Ne. 17:18 (17–55). 1 Ne. 4:3.
b 1 Ne. 16:7. 8 a Mosiah 28:3;
13 1 Nephi 7  : 11–22

11 Yea, and how is it that ye have cords, for they sought to take away
forgotten what great things the my life, that they might leave me
Lord hath done for us, in a delivering in the wilderness to be devoured
us out of the hands of Laban, and by wild beasts.
also that we should obtain the 17 But it came to pass that I prayed
record? unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, ac-
12 Yea, and how is it that ye have cording to my faith which is in thee,
forgotten that the Lord is able to wilt thou deliver me from the hands
do all a things according to his will, of my brethren; yea, even give me
for the children of men, if it so be a 
strength that I may b burst these
that they exercise b faith in him? bands with which I am bound.
Wherefore, let us be faithful to him. 18 And it came to pass that when
13 And if it so be that we are faith- I had said these words, behold, the
ful to him, we shall obtain the a land bands were loosed from off my
of promise; and ye shall know at hands and feet, and I stood before
some future period that the word of my brethren, and I spake unto them
the Lord shall be fulfilled concern- again.
ing the b destruction of c Jerusalem; 19 And it came to pass that they
for all things which the Lord hath were angry with me again, and
spoken concerning the destruction sought to lay hands upon me; but
of Jerusalem must be fulfilled. behold, one of the a daughters of
14 For behold, the a Spirit of the Ishmael, yea, and also her mother,
Lord b ceaseth soon to strive with and one of the sons of Ishmael, did
them; for behold, they have c re- plead with my brethren, insomuch
jected the prophets, and d Jeremiah that they did soften their hearts;
have they cast into prison. And they and they did cease striving to take
have sought to take away the e life away my life.
of my father, insomuch that they 20 And it came to pass that they
have driven him out of the land. were sorrowful, because of their
15 Now behold, I say unto you that wickedness, insomuch that they
if ye will return unto Jerusalem ye did bow down before me, and did
shall also perish with them. And plead with me that I would a forgive
now, if ye have choice, go up to them of the thing that they had
the land, and remember the words done against me.
which I speak unto you, that if ye 21 And it came to pass that I did
go ye will also perish; for thus the frankly a forgive them all that they
Spirit of the Lord constraineth me had done, and I did exhort them
that I should speak. that they would pray unto the Lord
16 And it came to pass that when their God for b forgiveness. And it
I, Nephi, had spoken these words came to pass that they did so. And
unto my brethren, they were angry after they had done praying unto
with me. And it came to pass that the Lord we did again travel on
they did lay their hands upon me, our journey towards the tent of our
for behold, they were exceedingly father.
wroth, and they did a bind me with 22 And it came to pass that we did
11 a 1 Ne. 4:1 (1–38). Hel. 8:21 (20–21). b Jacob 4:6;
12 a Ps. 18:32 (32–40); 14 a tg God, Spirit of. Alma 14:28 (26–28);
1 Ne. 17:50; b Ezek. 5:6; 3 Ne. 28:20 (19–22).
Alma 26:12. 1 Ne. 1:19 (18–20); 2:13. 19 a 1 Ne. 16:7;
b 1 Ne. 2:19 (18–21); 15:11. c tg Prophets, 18:19 (19–20).
13 a 1 Ne. 2:20. Rejection of. 20 a tg Repent.
tg Promised Lands. d Jer. 37:15 (15–21). 21 a tg Family, Love within.
b 2 Kgs. 25:4 (1–21). e 1 Ne. 2:1. b tg Forgive.
c 2 Ne. 6:8; 25:10; 16 a 1 Ne. 18:11 (11–15).
Omni 1:15; 17 a Judg. 14:6.
1 Nephi 8  : 1–15 14

come down unto the tent of our 7 And it came to pass that as I
father. And after I and my brethren followed him I beheld myself that
and all the house of Ishmael had come I was in a dark and dreary waste.
down unto the tent of my father, they 8 And after I had traveled for the
did give a thanks unto the Lord their space of many hours in darkness, I
God; and they did offer b sacrifice began to pray unto the Lord that he
and burnt offerings unto him. would have a mercy on me, accord-
ing to the multitude of his tender
Chapter 8 mercies.
Lehi sees a vision of the tree of life— 9 And it came to pass after I had
He partakes of its fruit and desires his prayed unto the Lord I beheld a
family to do likewise—He sees a rod of large and spacious a field.
10 And it came to pass that I beheld
iron, a strait and narrow path, and the a a tree, whose b fruit was desirable
mists of darkness that enshroud men— to make one c happy.
Sariah, Nephi, and Sam partake of the
fruit, but Laman and Lemuel refuse. 11 And it came to pass that I did
About 600–592 b.c. go forth and partake of the a fruit
thereof; and I beheld that it was most
And it came to pass that we had sweet, above all that I ever before
gathered together all manner of tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the
seeds of every kind, both of grain fruit thereof was white, to exceed
of every kind, and also of the seeds all the b whiteness that I had ever
of fruit of every kind. seen.
2 And it came to pass that while 12 And as I partook of the fruit
my father tarried in the wilderness thereof it filled my soul with ex-
he spake unto us, saying: Behold, I ceedingly great a joy; wherefore, I
have a dreamed a dream; or, in other began to be b desirous that my family
words, I have b seen a c vision. should partake of it also; for I knew
3 And behold, because of the thing that it was c desirable above all other
which I have seen, I have reason to fruit.
rejoice in the Lord because of a Nephi 13 And as I cast my eyes round
and also of Sam; for I have reason about, that perhaps I might discover
to suppose that they, and also many my family also, I beheld a a river of
of their seed, will be saved. water; and it ran along, and it was
4 But behold, a Laman and Lemuel, near the tree of which I was par-
I fear exceedingly because of you; taking the fruit.
for behold, methought I saw in my 14 And I looked to behold from
dream, a dark and dreary wilderness. whence it came; and I saw the head
5 And it came to pass that I saw thereof a little way off; and at the
a a man, and he was dressed in a head thereof I beheld your mother
white b robe; and he came and stood Sariah, and Sam, and a Nephi; and
before me. they stood as if they knew not
6 And it came to pass that he spake whither they should go.
unto me, and bade me follow him. 15 And it came to pass that I
22 a tg Thanksgiving. b JS—H 1:31 (30–32). b 1 Ne. 11:8.
b 1 Ne. 5:9. 8 a tg God, Mercy of. 12 a tg Joy.
8 1 a 1 Ne. 16:11. 9 a Matt. 13:38. b Enos 1:9;
2 a 1 Ne. 1:16; 10:2. 10 a Gen. 2:9; Alma 36:24.
tg Dream; Rev. 2:7 (1–7); tg Family, Love within.
Revelation; 22:2 (1–16); c Gen. 3:6;
Vision. 1 Ne. 11:4, 8 (8–25). 1 Ne. 15:36.
b 1 Ne. 14:29. b 1 Ne. 8:24 (15, 20, 24); 13 a 1 Ne. 12:16 (16–18);
c 1 Ne. 10:17. Alma 32:42 (41–43). 15:26–27 (26–29).
3 a 1 Ne. 8:14 (14–18). c tg Happiness. 14 a 1 Ne. 8:3 (3–4).
4 a 1 Ne. 8:35. 11 a 1 Ne. 15:36;
5 a Dan. 10:5 (2–12). Alma 5:34.
15 1 Nephi 8  : 16–30

beckoned unto them; and I also did way, that they wandered off and
say unto them with a loud voice were b lost.
that they should come unto me, and 24 And it came to pass that I be-
partake of the fruit, which was de- held others pressing forward, and
sirable above all other fruit. they came forth and caught hold of
16 And it came to pass that they the end of the rod of iron; and they
did come unto me and partake of did press forward through the mist
the fruit also. of darkness, a clinging to the rod of
17 And it came to pass that I was iron, even until they did come forth
desirous that Laman and Lemuel and partake of the b fruit of the tree.
should come and partake of the 25 And after they had partaken of
fruit also; wherefore, I cast mine the fruit of the tree they did cast
eyes towards the head of the river, their eyes about as if they were
that perhaps I might see them. a 
18 And it came to pass that I saw 26 And I also cast my eyes round
them, but they would a not come about, and beheld, on the a other
unto me and partake of the fruit. side of the river of water, a great
19 And I beheld a a rod of iron, and and b spacious building; and it stood
it extended along the bank of the as it were in the c air, high above
river, and led to the tree by which the earth.
I stood. 27 And it was filled with people,
20 And I also beheld a a strait and both old and young, both male and
narrow path, which came along by female; and their manner of dress
the rod of iron, even to the tree by was exceedingly fine; and they
which I stood; and it also led by the were in the a attitude of b mocking
head of the fountain, unto a large and pointing their fingers towards
and spacious field, as if it had been those who had come at and were
a b world. partaking of the fruit.
21 And I saw numberless con- 28 And after they had a tasted of
courses of people, many of whom the fruit they were b ashamed, be-
were a pressing forward, that they cause of those that were c scoffing
might obtain the b path which led at them; and they d fell away into
unto the tree by which I stood. forbidden paths and were lost.
22 And it came to pass that they 29 And now I, Nephi, do not speak
did come forth, and commence in a 
all the words of my father.
the path which led to the tree. 30 But, to be short in writing,
23 And it came to pass that there behold, he saw other multitudes
arose a a mist of darkness; yea, even pressing forward; and they came
an exceedingly great mist of dark- and caught hold of the end of the
ness, insomuch that they who had rod of iron; and they did press their

commenced in the path did lose their way forward, continually holding
18 a 2 Ne. 5:20 (20–25). 1 Ne. 12:17; 27 a tg Haughtiness; Pride.
19 a Ps. 2:9; 15:24 (23–24). b Matt. 9:24 (20–26).
Rev. 2:27; 12:5; 19:15; b tg Apostasy of tg Mocking.
jst Rev. 19:15 Individuals. 28 a 2 Pet. 2:20 (19–22).
(Rev. 19:15 note a); 24 a tg Diligence; b Mark 4:17 (14–20); 8:38;
1 Ne. 8:30; 11:25; Perseverance. Luke 8:13 (11–15);
15:23 (23–24). b 1 Ne. 8:10. John 12:43 (42–43);
20 a Matt. 7:14; 25 a Rom. 1:16; Rom. 3:3.
2 Ne. 31:18 (17–20). 2 Tim. 1:8; tg Courage;
b Matt. 13:38. Alma 46:21; Fearful.
21 a D&C 123:12. Morm. 8:38. c tg Peer Influence.
b tg Objectives; Path; 26 a Luke 16:26. d tg Apostasy of
Way. b 1 Ne. 11:35 (35–36); Individuals.
23 a Matt. 13:19 (18–19); 12:18. 29 a 1 Ne. 1:17 (16–17).
2 Pet. 2:17; c Eph. 2:2 (1–3). 30 a 1 Ne. 8:19; 15:24 (23–24).
1 Nephi 8  : 31–9  : 4 16

fast to the rod of iron, until they to keep the commandments of the
came forth and fell down and par- Lord; and he did cease speaking
took of the fruit of the tree. unto them.
31 And he also saw other a mul-
titudes feeling their way towards Chapter 9
that great and spacious building.
Nephi makes two sets of records—Each
32 And it came to pass that many is called the plates of Nephi—The larger
were drowned in the a depths of plates contain a secular history; the
the b fountain; and many were lost smaller ones deal primarily with sacred
from his view, wandering in strange
roads. things. About 600–592 b.c.
33 And great was the multitude And all these things did my father
that did enter into that strange see, and hear, and speak, as he dwelt
building. And after they did enter in a tent, in the a valley of Lemuel,
into that building they did point and also a great many more things,
the finger of a scorn at me and which cannot be written upon these
those that were partaking of the plates.
fruit also; but we heeded them not. 2 And now, as I have spoken con-
34 These are the words of my cerning these plates, behold they
father: For as many as a heeded are not the plates upon which I
them, had fallen away. make a full account of the history
35 And a Laman and Lemuel par- of my people; for the a plates upon
took not of the fruit, said my which I make a full account of my
father. people I have given the name of
36 And it came to pass after my Nephi; wherefore, they are called
father had spoken all the words of the plates of Nephi, after mine own
his dream or vision, which were name; and these plates also are
many, he said unto us, because called the plates of Nephi.
of these things which he saw in a 3 Nevertheless, I have received a
vision, he exceedingly feared for commandment of the Lord that I
Laman and Lemuel; yea, he feared should make these plates, for the
lest they should be cast off from special a purpose that there should
the presence of the Lord. be an account engraven of the b min-
37 And he did a exhort them then istry of my people.
with all the feeling of a tender par- 4 Upon the other plates should be
ent, that they would hearken to his engraven an account of the reign
words, that perhaps the Lord would of the kings, and the wars and con-
be merciful to them, and not cast tentions of my people; wherefore
them off; yea, my father did preach these plates are for the more part of
unto them. the ministry; and the a other plates
38 And after he had preached are for the more part of the reign
unto them, and also prophesied unto of the kings and the wars and con-
them of many things, he bade them tentions of my people.
31 a Matt. 7:13. 2 Ne. 5:20 (19–24). 1 Ne. 1:17 (16–17); 6:1;
32 a 1 Ne. 15:29 (26–29). 37 a tg Family, Children, 10:1; 19:2, 4;
b 1 Ne. 8:14 (13–14). Responsibilities Omni 1:1;
33 a Neh. 2:19; toward. W of M 1:3 (2–11);
Alma 26:23. 9 1 a 1 Ne. 2:6 (4–6, 8, 14–15); D&C 10:38 (38–40).
tg Persecution; 16:6 (6, 12). 3 a D&C 3:19.
Scorn; 2 a ie the full account is on b 1 Ne. 6:3.
Scorner. larger plates; the special 4 a 2 Ne. 4:14; 5:33 (29–33);
34 a Ex. 23:2; account of his ministry Jacob 1:3 (2–4);
Prov. 19:27; is on the smaller plates Jarom 1:14;
Mosiah 2:37 (33, 37). of Nephi. See Omni 1:18;
35 a 1 Ne. 8:4 (4, 17–18); Jacob 3:13–14. See also W of M 1:10.
17 1 Nephi 9  : 5 –10  : 9

5 Wherefore, the Lord hath com- 3 That after they should be de-
manded me to make these plates stroyed, even that great city a Jeru-
for a a wise purpose in him, which salem, and many be b carried away
purpose I know not. captive into c Babylon, according to
6 But the Lord a knoweth all things the own due time of the Lord, they
from the beginning; wherefore, he should d return again, yea, even be
prepareth a way to accomplish all brought back out of captivity; and
his works among the children of after they should be brought back
men; for behold, he hath all b power out of captivity they should possess
unto the fulfilling of all his words. again the land of their inheritance.
And thus it is. Amen. 4 Yea, even a six hundred years
from the time that my father left
Chapter 10 Jerusalem, a b prophet would the
Lehi predicts that the Jews will be taken Lord God raise up among the c Jews—
captive by the Babylonians—He tells of even a d Messiah, or, in other words,
the coming among the Jews of a Mes- a Savior of the world.
siah, a Savior, a Redeemer—Lehi tells 5 And he also spake concerning the
also of the coming of the one who should prophets, how great a number had
baptize the Lamb of God—Lehi tells of
testified of these things, concerning
this Messiah, of whom he had spo-
the death and resurrection of the Mes- ken, or this Redeemer of the world.
siah—He compares the scattering and 6 Wherefore, all mankind were in a
gathering of Israel to an olive tree—
Nephi speaks of the Son of God, of the
lost and in a b fallen state, and ever
gift of the Holy Ghost, and of the need would be save they should rely on
for righteousness. About 600–592 b.c. this Redeemer.
7 And he spake also concerning a
And now I, Nephi, proceed to give a 
prophet who should come before
an account upon a these plates of the Messiah, to prepare the way of
my proceedings, and my reign and the Lord—
ministry; wherefore, to proceed with 8 Yea, even he should go forth and
mine account, I must speak some- cry in the wilderness: a Prepare ye
what of the things of my father, the way of the Lord, and make his
and also of my brethren. paths straight; for there standeth
2 For behold, it came to pass af- one among you whom ye know not;
ter my father had made an end of and he is mightier than I, whose
speaking the words of his a dream, shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to
and also of exhorting them to all unloose. And much spake my father
diligence, he spake unto them con- concerning this thing.
cerning the Jews— 9 And my father said he should
5 a 1 Ne. 19:3; Israel, Scattering of. Birth of;
W of M 1:7; c Ezek. 24:2; Jesus Christ, Messiah.
Alma 37:14 (2, 12, 14). 1 Ne. 1:13; 5 a Jacob 7:11;
6 a Isa. 48:3 (3–7); Omni 1:15. Mosiah 13:33;
Moses 1:6, 35. tg Babylon. Hel. 8:24 (19–24);
tg God, Foreknowledge d Neh. 12:1; 3 Ne. 20:24 (23–24).
of; God, Intelligence of; Jer. 29:10 (9–10); tg Jesus Christ,
God, Omniscience of. 2 Ne. 6:9 (8–9); Prophecies about.
b Matt. 28:18. Abr. 2:6. 6 a Rom. 3:23;
10 1 a 1 Ne. 9:2 (1–5); 4 a 1 Ne. 19:8 (8–14); 2 Ne. 2:5 (5–8).
19:3 (1–6). 2 Ne. 25:19; b tg Death, Spiritual,
2 a 1 Ne. 8:2 (2–36). Alma 13:25; First.
3 a Esth. 2:6; 2 Ne. 6:8; 3 Ne. 1:1. 7 a 1 Ne. 11:27;
Hel. 8:20 (20–21). b 1 Ne. 22:21 (20–21). 2 Ne. 31:4 (4–18).
b Ezek. 36:12 (8–15); c tg Israel, Judah, tg Foreordination.
2 Ne. 25:10. People of. 8 a Isa. 40:3;
tg Israel, Bondage of, d Jacob 1:6. Matt. 3:3 (1–3);
in Other Lands; tg Jesus Christ, D&C 84:26.
1 Nephi 10  : 10–17 18

baptize in a Bethabara, beyond 14 And after the house of a Israel
Jordan; and he also said he should should be scattered they should be
baptize with water; even that he b 
gathered together again; or, in fine,
should baptize the Messiah with after the c Gentiles had received the
water. fulness of the d Gospel, the natural
10 And after he had baptized the branches of the e olive tree, or the
Messiah with water, he should be- f 
remnants of the house of g Israel,
hold and bear record that he had should be grafted in, or h come to the
baptized the a Lamb of God, who knowledge of the true Messiah, their
should take away the sins of the Lord and their Redeemer.
world. 15 And after this manner of lan-
11 And it came to pass after my guage did my father prophesy
father had spoken these words he and speak unto my brethren, and
spake unto my brethren concern- also many more things which I do
ing the gospel which should be not write in this book; for I have
preached among the Jews, and also written as many of them as were
concerning the a dwindling of the expedient for me in mine a other
Jews in b unbelief. And after they book.
had c slain the Messiah, who should 16 And all these things, of which
come, and after he had been slain I have spoken, were done as my
he should d rise from the dead, and father dwelt in a a tent, in the val-
should make himself e manifest, by ley of Lemuel.
the Holy Ghost, unto the Gentiles. 17 And it came to pass after I,
12 Yea, even my father spake much Nephi, having heard all the a words
concerning the Gentiles, and also of my father, concerning the things
concerning the house of Israel, that which he saw in a b vision, and also
they should be compared like unto the things which he spake by the
an a olive tree, whose b branches power of the Holy Ghost, which
should be broken off and should power he received by faith on the
be c scattered upon all the face of Son of God—and the Son of God was
the earth. the c Messiah who should come—I,
13 Wherefore, he said it must needs Nephi, was d desirous also that I
be that we should be led with one might see, and hear, and know of
accord into the a land of promise, these things, by the power of the
unto the fulfilling of the word of e 
Holy Ghost, which is the f gift of
the Lord, that we should be scat- God unto g all those who diligently
tered upon all the face of the earth. seek him, as well in times of h old
9 a John 1:28. 1 Ne. 15:12; f tg Israel, Remnant of.
b tg Jesus Christ, 2 Ne. 3:5 (4–5); g tg Israel, Twelve
Baptism of. Jacob 5:3 (3–77); Tribes of.
10 a tg Jesus Christ, Lamb 6:1 (1–7). h 1 Ne. 19:15 (14–17).
of God. tg Vineyard of the Lord. 15 a 1 Ne. 1:17 (16–18).
11 a Rom. 11:1 (1–36); b tg Israel, Bondage of, in 16 a 1 Ne. 2:15 (15–16).
Jacob 4:15 (14–18). Other Lands. 17 a Enos 1:3;
b Morm. 5:14 (14–20). c Deut. 32:26; Alma 36:17 (17–18).
tg Unbelief. 1 Ne. 22:3 (3–8). b 1 Ne. 8:2.
c tg Jesus Christ, tg Israel, Scattering of. c tg Jesus Christ, Messiah.
Crucifixion of; 13 a 1 Ne. 2:20. d 2 Ne. 4:24.
Jesus Christ, tg Promised Lands. e 2 Pet. 1:21.
Prophecies about. 14 a tg Israel, Ten Lost f tg God, Gifts of;
d tg Jesus Christ, Tribes of. Holy Ghost, Gift of.
Resurrection. b tg Israel, Gathering of. g Moro. 7:36;
e 3 Ne. 15:23 (21–24). c 1 Ne. 13:42; 10:7 (4–5, 7, 19).
tg Holy Ghost, D&C 14:10. h D&C 20:26.
Mission of. d tg Gospel.
12 a Gen. 49:22 (22–26); e 1 Ne. 15:7.
19 1 Nephi 10  : 18–11  : 8

as in the time that he should mani­ For it came to pass after I had de-
fest himself unto the children of sired to know the things that my
men. father had seen, and believing that
18 For he is the a same yesterday, the Lord was able to make them
today, and forever; and the way is known unto me, as I sat a pondering
prepared for all men from the foun- in mine heart I was b caught away in
dation of the world, if it so be that the Spirit of the Lord, yea, into an
they repent and come unto him. exceedingly high c mountain, which
19 For he that diligently a seeketh I never had before seen, and upon
shall find; and the b mysteries of God which I never had before set my foot.
shall be unfolded unto them, by the 2 And the Spirit said unto me: Be-
power of the c Holy Ghost, as well in hold, what a desirest thou?
these times as in times of old, and 3 And I said: I desire to behold
as well in times of old as in times the things which my father a saw.
to come; wherefore, the d course of 4 And the Spirit said unto me:
the Lord is one eternal round. a 
Believest thou that thy father saw
20 Therefore remember, O man, the b tree of which he hath spoken?
for all thy doings thou shalt be 5 And I said: Yea, thou knowest
brought into a judgment. that I a believe all the words of my
21 Wherefore, if ye have sought father.
to do a wickedly in the days of your 6 And when I had spoken these
probation, then ye are found c un- words, the Spirit cried with a loud
clean before the judgment-seat of voice, saying: Hosanna to the Lord,
God; and no unclean thing can dwell the most high God; for he is God
with God; wherefore, ye must be over all the a earth, yea, even above
cast off forever. all. And blessed art thou, Nephi,
22 And the Holy Ghost giveth a au- because thou b believest in the Son
thority that I should speak these of the most high God; wherefore,
things, and deny them not. thou shalt behold the things which
thou hast desired.
7 And behold this thing shall be
Chapter 11 given unto thee for a a sign, that af-
Nephi sees the Spirit of the Lord and ter thou hast beheld the tree which
is shown in vision the tree of life—He bore the fruit which thy father
sees the mother of the Son of God and tasted, thou shalt also behold a man
learns of the condescension of God—He descending out of heaven, and him
sees the baptism, ministry, and cruci- shall ye witness; and after ye have
fixion of the Lamb of God—He sees witnessed him ye shall b bear record
also the call and ministry of the Twelve that it is the Son of God.
Apostles of the Lamb. About 600 – 8 And it came to pass that the
592 b.c. Spirit said unto me: Look! And I
18 a Heb. 13:8; tg Judgment, the Last. 2 Ne. 4:25; Moses 1:1.
Morm. 9:9 (9–11); 21 a Ezek. 33:9. c Ex. 24:13 (12–13);
D&C 20:12. b tg Probation. Deut. 10:1; Ether 3:1.
tg God, Perfection of. c 1 Cor. 6:9 (9–10); 2 a Zech. 4:2 (1–6).
19 a tg Objectives. Morm. 7:7; 3 a 1 Ne. 8:2.
b tg Mysteries of D&C 76:62 (50–62); 4 a Mosiah 5:1 (1–2).
Godliness. 138:20, 37; b 1 Ne. 8:10 (10–12);
c tg Holy Ghost, Source Moses 6:57. 15:22 (21–22).
of Testimony. 22 a tg Holy Ghost, 5 a 1 Ne. 2:16.
d Alma 7:20; 37:12; Mission of. 6 a Ex. 9:29; Deut. 10:14;
D&C 3:2; 35:1. 11 1 a D&C 76:19. 2 Ne. 29:7; 3 Ne. 11:14;
tg God, Eternal tg Meditation. D&C 55:1; Moses 6:44.
Nature of. b Dan. 8:2; b tg Believe.
20 a Eccl. 12:14; 2 Cor. 12:2 (1–4); 7 a tg Signs.
Ezek. 33:20. Rev. 21:10; b tg Testimony; Witness.
1 Nephi 11  : 9–25 20

looked and beheld a tree; and it was 17 And I said unto him: I know
like unto the a tree which my father that he loveth his children; never-
had seen; and the b beauty thereof theless, I do not know the meaning
was far beyond, yea, exceeding of all things.
of all beauty; and the c whiteness 18 And he said unto me: Behold,
thereof did exceed the whiteness the a virgin whom thou seest is the
of the driven snow. b 
mother of the Son of God, after the
9 And it came to pass after I had manner of the flesh.
seen the tree, I said unto the Spirit: 19 And it came to pass that I be-
I behold thou hast shown unto me held that she was carried away in
the tree which is a precious above all. the Spirit; and after she had been
10 And he said unto me: What carried away in the a Spirit for the
desirest thou? space of a time the angel spake unto
11 And I said unto him: To know me, saying: Look!
the a interpretation thereof—for I 20 And I looked and beheld the
spake unto him as a man speak- virgin again, bearing a a child in
eth; for I beheld that he was in the her arms.
form of a man; yet nevertheless, I 21 And the angel said unto me:
knew that it was the Spirit of the Behold the a Lamb of God, yea, even
Lord; and he spake unto me as a the b Son of the Eternal c Father!
man speaketh with another. Knowest thou the meaning of the
12 And it came to pass that he said d 
tree which thy father saw?
unto me: Look! And I looked as if to 22 And I answered him, saying:
look upon him, and I saw him not; for Yea, it is the a love of God, which
he had gone from before my presence. b 
sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts
13 And it came to pass that I of the children of men; wherefore,
looked and beheld the great city of it is the c most desirable above all
Jerusalem, and also other cities. And things.
I beheld the city of Nazareth; and 23 And he spake unto me, saying:
in the city of a Nazareth I beheld a Yea, and the most a joyous to the
virgin, and she was exceedingly soul.
fair and white. 24 And after he had said these
14 And it came to pass that I saw words, he said unto me: Look! And I
the a heavens open; and an angel looked, and I beheld the Son of God
came down and stood before me; a 
going forth among the children of
and he said unto me: Nephi, what men; and I saw many fall down at
beholdest thou? his feet and worship him.
15 And I said unto him: A virgin, 25 And it came to pass that I beheld
most beautiful and fair above all that the a rod of iron, which my
other virgins. father had seen, was the b word of
16 And he said unto me: Knowest God, which c led to the fountain of
thou the a condescension of God? d 
living waters, or to the e tree of life;
8 a 1 Ne. 8:10. tg Foreordination; d 1 Ne. 8:10; Alma 5:62.
b tg Beauty. Jesus Christ, Prophecies 22 a tg God, Love of.
c 1 Ne. 8:11. about. b Moro. 8:26.
9 a 1 Ne. 11:22 (22–25). b Matt. 1:16; c 1 Ne. 11:9.
11 a Gen. 40:8. Mosiah 3:8; 23 a tg Joy.
b tg Spirit Body. Alma 19:13. 24 a Luke 4:14 (14–21).
13 a Matt. 2:23. tg Jesus Christ, Birth of. 25 a Rev. 2:27;
b Luke 1:27 (26–27); 19 a Matt. 1:20. jst Rev. 2:27 (Bible
Alma 7:10. 20 a Luke 2:16. Appendix).
14 a Ezek. 1:1; 21 a tg Jesus Christ, Lamb b 1 Ne. 8:19.
1 Ne. 1:8 (6–11). of God. c tg Guidance, Divine.
16 a 1 Ne. 11:26. b tg Jesus Christ, Divine d tg Living Water.
tg Jesus Christ, Sonship. e Gen. 2:9;
Condescension of. c tg God the Father, Prov. 11:30 (22–30);
18 a Luke 1:34 (34–35). Elohim. Moses 4:28 (28, 31).
21 1 Nephi 11  : 26–36

which waters are a representation were a sick, and who were afflicted
of the love of God; and I also beheld with all manner of diseases, and
that the tree of life was a represen- with b devils and c unclean spirits;
tation of the love of God. and the angel spake and showed
26 And the angel said unto me all these things unto me. And they
again: Look and behold the a con- were d healed by the power of the
descension of God! Lamb of God; and the devils and
27 And I looked and a beheld the the unclean spirits were cast out.
Redeemer of the world, of whom 32 And it came to pass that the
my father had spoken; and I also angel spake unto me again, saying:
beheld the b prophet who should Look! And I looked and beheld the
prepare the way before him. And Lamb of God, that he was a taken
the Lamb of God went forth and by the people; yea, the Son of the
was c baptized of him; and after everlasting God was b judged of the
he was baptized, I beheld the heav- world; and I saw and bear record.
ens open, and the Holy Ghost come 33 And I, Nephi, saw that he was
down out of heaven and abide upon a 
lifted up upon the cross and b slain
him in the form of a d dove. for the sins of the world.
28 And I beheld that he went 34 And after he was slain I saw the
forth ministering unto the people, multitudes of the earth, that they
in a power and great glory; and the were gathered together to a fight
multitudes were gathered together against the apostles of the Lamb;
to hear him; and I beheld that they for thus were the twelve called by
cast him out from among them. the angel of the Lord.
29 And I also beheld a twelve oth- 35 And the multitude of the earth
ers following him. And it came to was gathered together; and I be-
pass that they were b carried away held that they were in a large and
in the Spirit from before my face, spacious a building, like unto the
and I saw them not. building which my father saw. And
30 And it came to pass that the the angel of the Lord spake unto
angel spake unto me again, saying: me again, saying: Behold the world
Look! And I looked, and I beheld and the wisdom thereof; yea, behold
the heavens open again, and I saw the house of Israel hath gathered
angels descending upon the chil- together to b fight against the twelve
dren of men; and they did minister apostles of the Lamb.
unto them. 36 And it came to pass that I saw
31 And he spake unto me again, and bear record, that the great and
saying: Look! And I looked, and I spacious building was the a pride of
beheld the Lamb of God going forth the world; and it b fell, and the fall
among the children of men. And I thereof was exceedingly great. And
beheld multitudes of people who the angel of the Lord spake unto me
26 a 1 Ne. 11:16. 13:40 (24–26, 40). 33 a Luke 18:31;
tg Jesus Christ, tg Apostles. 2 Ne. 10:3;
Condescension of. b 1 Ne. 14:30. Mosiah 3:9 (9–10);
27 a 2 Ne. 25:13. 30 a tg Angels. 3 Ne. 27:14.
b Mal. 3:1; Matt. 11:10; 31 a tg Sickness. b tg Jesus Christ,
John 1:6 (6–7); b Mark 5:15 (15–20); 7:30; Atonement through;
1 Ne. 10:7 (7–10); Mosiah 3:6 (5–7); Jesus Christ, Death of.
2 Ne. 31:4 (4–18); Morm. 9:24. 34 a Mark 13:13;
D&C 35:4. c tg Spirits, Evil or 1 Cor. 4:9 (6–13).
c tg Jesus Christ, Unclean. 35 a 1 Ne. 8:26; 12:18.
Baptism of. d tg Heal. b Micah 3:5;
d tg Holy Ghost, Dove, 32 a tg Jesus Christ, D&C 121:38.
Sign of. Betrayal of. 36 a tg Pride.
28 a D&C 138:26. b Mark 15:19 (17–20); b tg Earth, Cleansing of;
29 a 1 Ne. 12:9; Luke 9:44 (44–45). World, End of.
1 Nephi 12  : 1–11 22

again, saying: Thus shall be the de- pieces; and I saw the plains of the
struction of all nations, kindreds, earth, that they were c broken up;
tongues, and people, that shall and I saw many cities that they were
fight against the twelve apostles d 
sunk; and I saw many that they
of the Lamb. were burned with fire; and I saw
many that did tumble to the earth,
Chapter 12 because of the quaking thereof.
Nephi sees in vision the land of promise; 5 And it came to pass after I saw
the righteousness, iniquity, and down- these things, I saw the a vapor of
fall of its inhabitants; the coming of darkness, that it passed from off
the Lamb of God among them; how the the face of the earth; and behold, I
Twelve Disciples and the Twelve Apos- saw multitudes who had not fallen
tles will judge Israel; and the loathsome because of the great and terrible
and filthy state of those who dwindle judgments of the Lord.
in unbelief. About 600–592 b.c. 6 And I saw the heavens open, and
the a Lamb of God descending out
And it came to pass that the angel of heaven; and he came down and
said unto me: Look, and behold b 
showed himself unto them.
thy seed, and also the seed of thy 7 And I also saw and bear record
brethren. And I looked and beheld that the Holy Ghost fell upon a twelve
the a land of promise; and I beheld others; and they were ordained of
multitudes of people, yea, even as God, and chosen.
it were in number as many as the 8 And the angel spake unto me,
sand of the sea. saying: Behold the twelve disci-
2 And it came to pass that I beheld ples of the Lamb, who are chosen
multitudes gathered together to to minister unto thy seed.
battle, one against the other; and I 9 And he said unto me: Thou
beheld a wars, and rumors of wars, rememberest the a twelve apostles
and great slaughters with the sword of the Lamb? Behold they are they
among my people. who shall b judge the twelve tribes
3 And it came to pass that I be- of Israel; wherefore, the twelve
held many generations pass away, ministers of thy seed shall be judged
after the manner of wars and con- of them; for ye are of the house of
tentions in the land; and I beheld Israel.
many cities, yea, even that I did not 10 And these a twelve ministers
number them. whom thou beholdest shall judge
4 And it came to pass that I saw thy seed. And, behold, they are
a a mist of b darkness on the face righteous forever; for because of
of the land of promise; and I saw their faith in the Lamb of God their
lightnings, and I heard thunderings, b 
garments are made white in his
and earthquakes, and all manner of blood.
tumultuous noises; and I saw the 11 And the angel said unto me:
earth and the rocks, that they rent; Look! And I looked, and beheld
and I saw mountains tumbling into a 
three generations pass away in
12 1 a tg Promised Lands. d 3 Ne. 8:14. b Matt. 19:28;
b Gen. 22:17 (17–18); 5 a 3 Ne. 8:20. D&C 29:12.
1 Kgs. 4:20. 6 a 2 Ne. 26:1 (1, 9); tg Judgment, the Last.
2 a Enos 1:24; 3 Ne. 11:8 (3–17). 10 a 3 Ne. 27:27;
Morm. 8:7 (7–8). b 2 Ne. 32:6; Morm. 3:18–19.
tg War. Alma 7:8; 16:20. b Rev. 7:14; 19:8;
4 a 1 Ne. 19:12; 7 a 3 Ne. 11:22; 12:1. Alma 5:21 (21–27);
Hel. 14:28 (20–28); 9 a Matt. 10:1; 13:11 (11–13);
3 Ne. 10:11. Luke 6:13; 3 Ne. 27:19 (19–20);
b 1 Ne. 19:10; John 6:70; D&C 88:85.
2 Ne. 26:3. 1 Ne. 11:29; 11 a 2 Ne. 26:9 (9–10);
c Gen. 7:11. 13:40 (24–26, 40). 3 Ne. 27:32 (30–32).
23 1 Nephi 12  : 12–23

righteousness; and their garments until this time, and from this time
were white even like unto the Lamb henceforth and forever.
of God. And the angel said unto me: 19 And while the angel spake
These are made white in the blood these words, I beheld and saw that
of the Lamb, because of their faith the seed of my brethren did con-
in him. tend against my seed, according to
12 And I, Nephi, also saw many of the word of the angel; and because
the a fourth generation who passed of the pride of my seed, and the
away in righteousness. a 
temptations of the devil, I beheld
13 And it came to pass that I saw that the seed of my brethren did
the multitudes of the earth gath- b 
overpower the people of my seed.
ered together. 20 And it came to pass that I be-
14 And the angel said unto me: held, and saw the people of the
Behold thy seed, and also the seed seed of my brethren that they had
of thy brethren. overcome my seed; and they went
15 And it came to pass that I looked forth in multitudes upon the face
and beheld the people of my seed of the land.
gathered together in multitudes 21 And I saw them gathered to-
against the seed of my brethren; gether in multitudes; and I saw a wars
and they were gathered together and rumors of wars among them;
to battle. and in wars and rumors of wars I
16 And the angel spake unto me, saw b many generations pass away.
saying: Behold the fountain of 22 And the angel said unto me:
filthy water which thy father saw; Behold these shall a dwindle in
yea, even the b river of which he unbelief.
spake; and the depths thereof are 23 And it came to pass that I be-
the depths of c hell. held, after they had dwindled in
17 And the a mists of darkness are unbelief they became a a dark, and
the temptations of the devil, which loathsome, and a b filthy people,
blindeth the eyes, and hardeneth full of c idleness and all manner of
the hearts of the children of men, abominations.
and leadeth them away into c broad
roads, that they perish and are lost. Chapter 13
18 And the large and spacious
building, which thy father saw, is Nephi sees in vision the church of the
vain b imaginations and the c pride devil set up among the Gentiles, the
of the children of men. And a great discovery and colonizing of America,
and a terrible d gulf divideth them; the loss of many plain and precious
yea, even the word of the e justice of parts of the Bible, the resultant state
the Eternal God, and the Messiah of gentile apostasy, the restoration of
who is the Lamb of God, of whom the gospel, the coming forth of latter-
the Holy Ghost beareth record, day scripture, and the building up of
from the beginning of the world Zion. About 600–592 b.c.
12 a 2 Ne. 26:9; b tg Apostasy of 19 a tg Temptation.
Alma 45:12 (10–12); Individuals. b Jarom 1:10;
Hel. 13:10 (5, 9–10); c Prov. 4:14; W of M 1:2 (1–2).
3 Ne. 27:32; Luke 13:24. 21 a Morm. 8:8;
4 Ne. 1:14 (14–41). 18 a 1 Ne. 8:26; Moro. 1:2.
15 a Morm. 6:7 (1–22). 11:35 (35–36). b 2 Ne. 1:18.
16 a tg Filthiness. b Jer. 7:24; 9:14. 22 a 1 Ne. 15:13;
b 1 Ne. 8:13 (13–14); c tg Haughtiness; 2 Ne. 26:15.
15:27 (26–29). Pride. 23 a 2 Ne. 26:33.
c tg Hell. d Luke 16:26; b 2 Ne. 5:22 (20–25).
17 a 2 Pet. 2:17; 1 Ne. 15:28 (28–30). tg Filthiness.
1 Ne. 8:23; 15:24 (23–24). e tg God, Justice of. c tg Idleness.
1 Nephi 13  : 1–17 24

And it came to pass that the angel divided the Gentiles from the seed
spake unto me, saying: Look! And of my brethren.
I looked and beheld many nations 11 And it came to pass that the
and kingdoms. angel said unto me: Behold the
2 And the angel said unto me: What wrath of God is upon the seed of
beholdest thou? And I said: I behold thy brethren.
many a nations and kingdoms. 12 And I looked and beheld a man
3 And he said unto me: These are among the Gentiles, who was sepa-
the nations and kingdoms of the rated from the seed of my brethren
Gentiles. by the many waters; and I beheld
4 And it came to pass that I saw the Spirit of God, that it came down
among the nations of the a Gentiles and a wrought upon the man; and he
the formation of a b great church. went forth upon the many waters,
5 And the angel said unto me: even unto the seed of my brethren,
Behold the formation of a a church who were in the promised land.
which is most abominable above 13 And it came to pass that I beheld
all other churches, which b slayeth the Spirit of God, that it wrought
the saints of God, yea, and tortureth upon other Gentiles; and they went
them and bindeth them down, and forth out of captivity, upon the
yoketh them with a c yoke of iron, and many waters.
bringeth them down into captivity. 14 And it came to pass that I beheld
6 And it came to pass that I beheld many a multitudes of the Gentiles
this a great and b abominable church; upon the b land of promise; and I
and I saw the c devil that he was the beheld the wrath of God, that it
founder of it. was upon the seed of my brethren;
7 And I also saw a gold, and silver, and they were c scattered before the
and silks, and scarlets, and fine- Gentiles and were smitten.
twined b linen, and all manner of 15 And I beheld the Spirit of the
precious clothing; and I saw many Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles,
harlots. and they did prosper and a obtain
8 And the angel spake unto me, the b land for their inheritance; and
saying: Behold the gold, and the I beheld that they were white, and
silver, and the silks, and the scarlets, exceedingly fair and c beautiful,
and the fine-twined linen, and the like unto my people before they
precious clothing, and the harlots, were d slain.
are the a desires of this great and 16 And it came to pass that I,
abominable church. Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles
9 And also for the a praise of the who had gone forth out of captiv-
world do they b destroy the saints ity did humble themselves before
of God, and bring them down into the Lord; and the power of the Lord
captivity. was a with them.
10 And it came to pass that I looked 17 And I beheld that their mother
and beheld many waters; and they Gentiles were gathered together
13 2 a tg Kings, Earthly; b tg Devil, Church of. Morm. 5:19 (19–20).
Nations. c 1 Ne. 22:23 (22–23). b tg Promised Lands.
4 a tg Gentiles. tg Devil. c 1 Ne. 22:7.
b 1 Ne. 13:26 (26, 34); 7 a Morm. 8:37 (36–38). tg Israel, Scattering of.
14:10 (3, 9–17). b Ether 10:24. 15 a Morm. 5:19.
5 a 2 Ne. 10:16. 8 a Rev. 18:19 (10–24); b 2 Ne. 10:19.
b Rev. 17:6 (3–6); 18:24; Morm. 8:37 (36–41). c 2 Ne. 5:21;
1 Ne. 14:13. 9 a Morm. 8:38. 4 Ne. 1:10;
c Jer. 28:14 (10–14). b Rev. 13:7 (4–7). Morm. 9:6.
tg Bondage, Spiritual. 12 a tg Guidance, Divine. d Morm. 6:19 (17–22).
6 a D&C 88:94. 14 a 2 Ne. 1:11; 16 a D&C 101:80.
25 1 Nephi 13  : 18–29

upon the waters, and upon the land of the Lord, of whom the twelve
also, to battle against them. apostles bear record; and they bear
18 And I beheld that the power record according to the truth which
of God was with them, and also is in the Lamb of God.
that the wrath of God was upon all 25 Wherefore, these things go forth
those that were gathered together from the a Jews in purity unto the
against them to battle. b 
Gentiles, according to the truth
19 And I, Nephi, beheld that the which is in God.
Gentiles that had gone out of cap- 26 And after they go forth by the
tivity were a delivered by the power a 
hand of the twelve apostles of
of God out of the hands of all other the Lamb, from the Jews b unto the
nations. Gentiles, thou seest the formation of
20 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, that c great and abominable d church,
beheld that they did prosper in which is most abominable above
the land; and I beheld a a book, and all other churches; for behold, they
it was carried forth among them. have e taken away from the gospel
21 And the angel said unto me: of the Lamb many parts which are
Knowest thou the meaning of the f 
plain and most precious; and also
book? many covenants of the Lord have
22 And I said unto him: I know not. they taken away.
23 And he said: Behold it pro- 27 And all this have they done that
ceedeth out of the mouth of a Jew. they might pervert the right ways
And I, Nephi, beheld it; and he of the Lord, that they might blind
said unto me: The a book that thou the eyes and harden the hearts of
beholdest is a b record of the c Jews, the children of men.
which contains the covenants of 28 Wherefore, thou seest that after
the Lord, which he hath made unto the book hath gone forth through
the house of Israel; and it also con- the hands of the great and abomi-
taineth many of the prophecies of nable church, that there are many
the holy prophets; and it is a record plain and a precious things taken
like unto the engravings which are away from the book, which is the
upon the d plates of brass, save there book of the Lamb of God.
are not so many; nevertheless, they 29 And after these plain and pre-
contain the covenants of the Lord, cious things were a taken away it
which he hath made unto the house goeth forth unto all the nations of
of Israel; wherefore, they are of great the Gentiles; and after it goeth forth
worth unto the Gentiles. unto all the nations of the Gentiles,
24 And the angel of the Lord said yea, even across the many waters
unto me: Thou hast beheld that the which thou hast seen with the Gen-
book proceeded forth from the tiles which have gone forth out of
mouth of a Jew; and when it pro- captivity, thou seest—because of
ceeded forth from the mouth of a  Jew the many plain and precious things
it contained the fulness of the gospel which have been taken out of the
18 a 1 Ne. 17:35. 24 a 2 Ne. 29:3. d tg Apostasy of the Early
19 a 2 Ne. 10:10 (10–14); 25 a 2 Ne. 29:4 (4–6); Christian Church.
3 Ne. 21:4; D&C 3:16. e Morm. 8:33;
Ether 2:12. tg Israel, Judah, Moses 1:41.
20 a 1 Ne. 13:41 (3–41); 14:23. People of. tg False Doctrine;
23 a 1 Ne. 13:38; b tg Gentiles. Scriptures, Lost.
2 Ne. 29:6 (4–12). 26 a Luke 1:1 (1–4); f 1 Ne. 14:21 (20–26);
b tg Scriptures, 2 Tim. 4:13. A of F 1:8.
Preservation of. b Matt. 21:43. 28 a 1 Ne. 14:23.
c 2 Ne. 3:12. c 1 Ne. 13:4 (4–6); 29 a 2 Pet. 3:16.
d 1 Ne. 5:10 (10–22); 19:22. 14:10 (3, 9–17).
1 Nephi 13  : 30–37 26

book, which were plain unto the un- 34 And it came to pass that the
derstanding of the children of men, angel of the Lord spake unto me,
according to the plainness which saying: Behold, saith the Lamb of
is in the Lamb of God—because of God, after I have a visited the b rem-
these things which are taken away nant of the house of Israel—and
out of the gospel of the Lamb, an this remnant of whom I speak is the
exceedingly great many do stum- seed of thy father—wherefore, after
ble, yea, insomuch that Satan hath I have visited them in judgment,
great power over them. and smitten them by the hand of
30 Nevertheless, thou beholdest the Gentiles, and after the Gentiles
that the Gentiles who have gone do c stumble exceedingly, because
forth out of captivity, and have been of the most plain and precious
lifted up by the power of God above parts of the d gospel of the Lamb
all other nations, upon the face of which have been kept back by that
the land which is choice above all abominable church, which is the
other lands, which is the land that mother of harlots, saith the Lamb—I
the Lord God hath covenanted with will be merciful unto the e Gentiles
thy father that his seed should have in that day, insomuch that I will
for the a land of their inheritance;  bring forth unto them, in mine own

wherefore, thou seest that the Lord power, much of my g gospel, which
God will not suffer that the Gentiles shall be plain and precious, saith
will utterly destroy the b mixture the Lamb.
of thy c seed, which are among thy 35 For, behold, saith the Lamb: I
brethren. will manifest myself unto thy seed,
31 Neither will he suffer that the that they shall write many things
Gentiles shall a destroy the seed of which I shall minister unto them,
thy brethren. which shall be plain and precious;
32 Neither will the Lord God suf- and after thy seed shall be de-
fer that the Gentiles shall forever stroyed, and dwindle in unbelief,
remain in that awful state of blind- and also the seed of thy brethren,
ness, which thou beholdest they are behold, a these things shall be hid
in, because of the plain and most up, to come forth unto the Gentiles,
precious parts of the gospel of the by the gift and power of the Lamb.
Lamb which have been kept back 36 And in them shall be written
by that a abominable church, whose my a gospel, saith the Lamb, and my
formation thou hast seen. b 
rock and my salvation.
33 Wherefore saith the Lamb of 37 And a blessed are they who shall
God: I will be a merciful unto the seek to bring forth my b Zion at that
Gentiles, unto the visiting of the day, for they shall have the c gift and
remnant of the house of Israel in the d power of the Holy Ghost; and
great judgment. if they e endure unto the end they
30 a tg Lands of Inheritance; People of. b 3 Ne. 11:39 (38–39).
Promised Lands. c 1 Ne. 14:1 (1–3); tg Rock.
b 2 Ne. 29:12 (12–13); 2 Ne. 26:20. 37 a Jacob 5:75 (70–76);
Alma 45:14 (10–14); d tg Gospel. D&C 21:9.
D&C 3:17. e tg Millennium, tg Israel, Mission of;
c 2 Ne. 3:3. Preparing a People for. Mission of Latter-day
31 a 2 Ne. 4:7; 10:18 (18–19); f tg Scriptures, Lost. Saints.
Jacob 3:6 (5–9); g D&C 10:62. b tg Zion.
Hel. 15:12 (10–17); tg Restoration of the c tg Holy Ghost, Gift of.
3 Ne. 16:8 (4–13); Gospel. d Luke 24:49; 1 Ne. 14:14;
Morm. 5:20 (20–21). 35 a 1 Ne. 14:7; 22:8; D&C 38:38 (32–38).
32 a tg Devil, Church of. 2 Ne. 27:26 (6–26); e 3 Ne. 27:16.
33 a Isa. 42:1 (1, 3–4). 29:1 (1–2). tg Endure;
34 a D&C 124:8; Abr. 1:17. tg Book of Mormon. Perseverance;
b tg Israel, Joseph, 36 a 3 Ne. 27:21. Steadfastness.
27 1 Nephi 13  : 38–14  : 2

shall be f  lifted up at the last day, 41 And they must come according
and shall be saved in the everlasting to the words which shall be estab-
kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso lished by the mouth of the Lamb;
shall h publish peace, yea, tidings of and the words of the Lamb shall be
great joy, how beautiful upon the made known in the records of thy
mountains shall they be. seed, as well as in the a records of the
38 And it came to pass that I be- twelve apostles of the Lamb; where-
held the remnant of the seed of my fore they both shall be established
brethren, and also the a book of the in b one; for there is c one God and
Lamb of God, which had proceeded one d Shepherd over all the earth.
forth from the mouth of the Jew, 42 And the time cometh that he
that it came forth from the Gentiles shall manifest himself unto all na-
unto the remnant of the seed of tions, both unto the a Jews and also
my brethren. unto the Gentiles; and after he has
39 And after it had come forth manifested himself unto the Jews
unto them I beheld a other b books, and also unto the Gentiles, then
which came forth by the power of he shall manifest himself unto the
the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto Gentiles and also unto the Jews,
them, unto the c convincing of the and the b last shall be first, and the
Gentiles and the remnant of the seed c 
first shall be last.
of my brethren, and also the Jews
who were scattered upon all the Chapter 14
face of the earth, that the records
of the prophets and of the twelve An angel tells Nephi of the blessings and
apostles of the Lamb are d true. cursings to fall upon the Gentiles—There
40 And the angel spake unto me, are only two churches: the Church of
saying: These a last records, which the Lamb of God and the church of the
thou hast seen among the Gentiles, devil—The Saints of God in all nations
shall b establish the truth of the c first, are persecuted by the great and abomi­
which are of the d twelve apostles of nable church—The Apostle John will
the Lamb, and shall make known write concerning the end of the world.
the plain and precious things which About 600–592 b.c.
have been taken away from them; And it shall come to pass, that if
and shall make known to all kin- the a Gentiles shall hearken unto
dreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God in that day that
the Lamb of God is the Son of the he shall manifest himself unto them
Eternal Father, and the e Savior of in word, and also in b power, in very
the world; and that all men must deed, unto the c taking away of their
come unto him, or they cannot be d 
stumbling blocks—
saved. 2 And harden not their hearts
37 f James 4:10. tg Book of Mormon. c Luke 13:30;
g tg Kingdom of God, b tg Scriptures, Value of. 1 Ne. 10:14;
in Heaven. c See the title page of the 15:13 (13–20);
h Isa. 52:7 (7–10); Book of Mormon. D&C 14:10.
Mark 13:10; 3 Ne. 20:40. tg Bible. 14 1 a 1 Ne. 22:9 (8–9);
38 a 1 Ne. 13:23; d 1 Ne. 11:29; 12:9. 2 Ne. 30:3;
2 Ne. 29:6 (4–6). e Moses 1:6. 3 Ne. 16:6 (6–13).
b Morm. 5:15; 7:8 (8–9). 41 a 1 Ne. 13:20 (20–28). tg Gentiles.
39 a D&C 9:2. b Ezek. 37:17. b 1 Thes. 1:5;
b tg Scriptures to c Deut. 6:4; 2 Ne. 31:21. 1 Ne. 14:14;
Come Forth. d tg Jesus Christ, Good Jacob 6:2 (2–3).
c Ezek. 37:17 (15–20); Shepherd. c Ether 12:27.
1 Ne. 14:2 (1–5). 42 a D&C 18:6, 26; 19:27; d Isa. 57:14; Ezek. 7:19;
d 1 Ne. 14:30. 21:12; 90:9 (8–9); 1 Cor. 1:23;
40 a 2 Ne. 26:17 (16–17); 107:33; 112:4. 1 Ne. 13:34 (29, 34);
27:6 (6–26); 29:12. b Jacob 5:63; Ether 13:12. 2 Ne. 26:20.
1 Nephi 14  : 3–11 28

against the Lamb of God, they shall their hearts against the Lamb of
be numbered among the seed of thy God.
father; yea, they shall be a numbered 7 For the time cometh, saith the
among the house of Israel; and they Lamb of God, that I will work a
shall be a b blessed people upon the great and a a marvelous work among
promised land forever; they shall the children of men; a b work which
be no more brought down into cap- shall be everlasting, either on the
tivity; and the house of Israel shall one hand or on the other—either
no more be confounded. to the convincing of them unto
3 And that great a pit, which hath c 
peace and d life eternal, or unto the
been digged for them by that great deliverance of them to the hardness
and abominable church, which of their hearts and the blindness of
was founded by the devil and his their minds unto their being brought
children, that he might lead away down into captivity, and also into
the souls of men down to hell— destruction, both temporally and
yea, that great pit which hath been spiritually, according to the e cap-
digged for the destruction of men tivity of the devil, of which I have
shall be filled by those who digged spoken.
it, unto their utter destruction, 8 And it came to pass that when
saith the Lamb of God; not the de- the angel had spoken these words,
struction of the soul, save it be the he said unto me: Rememberest thou
casting of it into that b hell which the a covenants of the Father unto the
hath no end. house of Israel? I said unto him, Yea.
4 For behold, this is according to 9 And it came to pass that he said
the a captivity of the devil, and also unto me: Look, and behold that great
according to the justice of God, upon and abominable church, which is
all those who will work wickedness the mother of abominations, whose
and abomination before him. founder is the a devil.
5 And it came to pass that the an- 10 And he said unto me: Behold
gel spake unto me, Nephi, saying: there are save a two churches only;
Thou hast beheld that if the Gentiles the one is the church of the Lamb
repent it shall be a well with them; of God, and the b other is the church
and thou also knowest concerning of the c devil; wherefore, d whoso
the covenants of the Lord unto the belongeth not to the church of the
house of Israel; and thou also hast Lamb of God belongeth to that
heard that whoso b repenteth not great church, which is the mother
must perish. of abominations; and she is the
6 Therefore, a  wo be unto the e 
whore of all the earth.
Gentiles if it so be that they harden 11 And it came to pass that I
2 a Gal. 3:7 (7, 29); tg Damnation; Hell. e 2 Ne. 2:29 (26–29);
2 Ne. 10:18 (18–19); 4 a tg Bondage, Spiritual. Alma 12:11 (9–11).
3 Ne. 16:13; 21:6 (6, 22); 5 a 1 Ne. 13:39 (34–42); 8 a tg Abrahamic Covenant;
Abr. 2:10 (9–11). 22:9. Israel, Mission of.
b 2 Ne. 6:12; 10:10 (8–14); b tg Repent. 9 a 1 Ne. 15:35;
3 Ne. 16:6 (6–7); 20:27; 6 a 2 Ne. 28:32. D&C 1:35.
Morm. 5:19. 7 a Isa. 29:14; tg Devil, Church of.
c tg Israel, Deliver- 1 Ne. 13:35; 22:8; 10 a 1 Ne. 22:23;
ance of; 2 Ne. 27:26; 29:1 (1–2); 2 Ne. 26:20;
Israel, Restoration of; D&C 4:1. Morm. 8:28 (25–41).
Lands of Inheritance. tg Restoration of the tg Church.
3 a Ps. 57:6; Gospel. b 1 Ne. 13:4 (4–6),
Matt. 7:2 (1–2); b tg God, Works of. 26 (26, 34).
1 Ne. 22:14 (13–14); c tg Peace; c tg Devil, Church of;
D&C 10:26 (25–27); Peace of God. False Prophets.
109:25. d Jer. 21:8. d 2 Ne. 10:16.
b Alma 19:29. tg Eternal Life. e Rev. 17:15 (5, 15).
29 1 Nephi 14  : 12–23

looked and beheld the whore of all nations which belonged to the
the earth, and she sat upon many mother of abominations, the angel
waters; and she had dominion over spake unto me, saying: Behold, the
all the earth, among all nations, wrath of God is upon the mother
kindreds, tongues, and people. of harlots; and behold, thou seest
12 And it came to pass that I beheld all these things—
the church of the Lamb of God, and 17 And when the a day cometh
its numbers were a few, because of that the b wrath of God is poured
the wickedness and abominations out upon the mother of harlots,
of the whore who sat upon many which is the great and abomina-
waters; nevertheless, I beheld that ble church of all the earth, whose
the church of the Lamb, who were founder is the devil, then, at that
the saints of God, were also upon day, the c work of the Father shall
all the face of the earth; and their commence, in preparing the way
dominions upon the face of the earth for the fulfilling of his d covenants,
were small, because of the wicked- which he hath made to his people
ness of the great whore whom I saw. who are of the house of Israel.
13 And it came to pass that I beheld 18 And it came to pass that the
that the great mother of abomina- angel spake unto me, saying: Look!
tions did gather together multitudes 19 And I looked and beheld a man,
upon the face of all the earth, among and he was dressed in a white robe.
all the nations of the Gentiles, to 20 And the angel said unto me:
fight against the Lamb of God. Behold a one of the twelve apostles
14 And it came to pass that I, of the Lamb.
Nephi, beheld the power of the 21 Behold, he shall a see and b write
Lamb of God, that it descended upon the c remainder of these things; yea,
the saints of the church of the Lamb, and also many things which have
and upon the covenant people of been.
the Lord, who were scattered upon 22 And he shall also write con-
all the face of the earth; and they cerning the end of the world.
were a armed with b righteousness 23 Wherefore, the things which
and with the c power of God in great he shall write are just and true;
glory. and behold they are written in the
15 And it came to pass that I beheld a 
book which thou beheld proceed-
that the wrath of God was a poured ing out of the mouth of the Jew;
out upon that great and abominable and at the time they proceeded out
church, insomuch that there were of the mouth of the Jew, or, at the
wars and rumors of wars among time the book proceeded out of the
all the b nations and kindreds of mouth of the Jew, the things which
the earth. were written were plain and pure,
16 And as there began to be a wars and most b precious and easy to the
and rumors of wars among all the understanding of all men.
11 a Jer. 51:13 (12–14). 1 Ne. 13:37; 14:1; tg Israel, Restoration of.
b D&C 35:11. Jacob 6:2 (2–3); d Morm. 8:21 (21, 41).
12 a Matt. 7:14; D&C 38:38 (32–38). tg Abrahamic Covenant.
Jacob 5:70; 15 a D&C 115:6 (5–6). 20 a Rev. 1:1 (1–3);
3 Ne. 14:14; b Mark 13:8; 1 Ne. 14:27.
D&C 138:26. D&C 87:6. 21 a Rev. 1:1.
b D&C 90:11. 16 a 1 Ne. 22:13 (13–14); b 1 Ne. 13:24 (20–40);
13 a Rev. 17:6 (1–6); 18:24; Morm. 8:30. A of F 1:8.
1 Ne. 13:5. tg War. c Rev. 4:1.
14 a tg Mission of Latter-day 17 a tg Last Days. 23 a 1 Ne. 13:20 (20–24);
Saints. b 1 Ne. 21:26; Morm. 8:33;
b tg Deliver; 22:16 (15–16); Ether 4:16.
Protection, Divine. 3 Ne. 20:20 (19–21). b 1 Ne. 13:28 (28–32).
c Luke 24:49; c 3 Ne. 21:26 (7, 20–29).
1 Nephi 14  : 24–15  : 8 30

24 And behold, the things which olive tree whose natural branches will be
this a apostle of the Lamb shall write grafted in again—Nephi interprets the
are many things which thou hast vision of the tree of life and speaks of
seen; and behold, the remainder the justice of God in dividing the wicked
shalt thou see. from the righteous. About 600–592 b.c.
25 But the things which thou shalt
see hereafter thou shalt not write; And it came to pass that after I,
for the Lord God hath ordained the Nephi, had been carried away in
apostle of the Lamb of God that he the Spirit, and seen all these things,
should a write them. I returned to the tent of my father.
26 And also others who have been, 2 And it came to pass that I beheld
to them hath he shown all things, my brethren, and they were disput-
and they have a written them; and ing one with another concerning
they are b sealed up to come forth in the things which my father had
their purity, according to the truth spoken unto them.
which is in the Lamb, in the own 3 For he truly spake many great
due time of the Lord, unto the house things unto them, which were hard
to be a understood, save a man should
of Israel. inquire of the Lord; and they be-
27 And I, Nephi, heard and bear ing hard in their hearts, therefore
record, that the name of the apostle they did not look unto the Lord as
of the Lamb was a John, according they ought.
to the word of the angel. 4 And now I, Nephi, was grieved
28 And behold, I, Nephi, am for- because of the hardness of their
bidden that I should write the re- hearts, and also, because of the
mainder of the things which I saw things which I had seen, and knew
and heard; wherefore the things they must unavoidably come to
which I have written sufficeth me; pass because of the great wicked-
and I have written but a small part ness of the children of men.
of the things which I saw. 5 And it came to pass that I was
29 And I bear record that I saw overcome because of my afflictions,
the things which my a father saw, for I considered that mine a afflic-
and the angel of the Lord did make tions were great above all, because
them known unto me. of the b destruction of my people,
30 And now I make an end of
speaking concerning the things for I had beheld their fall.
which I saw while I was a carried 6 And it came to pass that after I
had received a strength I spake unto
away in the Spirit; and if all the my brethren, desiring to know of
things which I saw are not written, them the cause of their disputations.
the things which I have written are 7 And they said: Behold, we cannot
true. And thus it is. Amen.
understand the words which our
Chapter 15 father hath spoken concerning the
natural branches of the a olive tree,
Lehi’s seed are to receive the gospel from and also concerning the Gentiles.
the Gentiles in the latter days—The 8 And I said unto them: Have ye
gathering of Israel is likened unto an a 
inquired of the Lord?
24 a Ether 4:16. D&C 35:18; Understanding.
25 a John 20:30 (30–31); JS—H 1:65. 5 a Moses 7:44 (41–44).
21:25; 27 a Rev. 1:1 (1–3). b Enos 1:13;
Rev. 1:19. 29 a 1 Ne. 8:2 (2–35). Morm. 6:1.
26 a tg Scriptures, 30 a 1 Kgs. 18:12; 6 a Moses 1:10;
Writing of. 1 Ne. 11:29 (19, 29). JS—H 1:20, 48.
b Dan. 12:9; b 1 Ne. 13:39; 7 a 1 Ne. 10:14 (2–15).
2 Ne. 27:10 (6–23); 30:17; 2 Ne. 25:20. 8 a 2 Ne. 1:25 (24–27);
Ether 3:21 (21–27); 15 3 a 1 Cor. 2:11 (10–12). Mosiah 10:14.
4:5 (4–7); 12:21; tg Hardheartedness; tg Problem-Solving.
31 1 Nephi 15  : 9–18

9 And they said unto me: a We have d 
come to the e knowledge of their
not; for the Lord maketh no such forefathers, and also to the knowl-
thing known unto us. edge of the gospel of their Redeemer,
10 Behold, I said unto them: How which was ministered unto their
is it that ye do not keep the com- fathers by him; wherefore, they shall
mandments of the Lord? How is it come to the knowledge of their Re-
that ye will a perish, because of the deemer and the very points of his
hardness of your hearts? doctrine, that they may know how
11 Do ye not remember the things to come unto him and be saved.
which the Lord hath said?—If ye 15 And then at that day will they
will not harden your hearts, and not rejoice and give praise unto
ask me in b faith, believing that their everlasting God, their a rock
ye shall receive, with diligence in and their salvation? Yea, at that day,
keeping my commandments, surely will they not receive the strength
these things shall be made known and nourishment from the true
unto you. b 
vine? Yea, will they not come unto
12 Behold, I say unto you, that the the true fold of God?
house of Israel was compared unto 16 Behold, I say unto you, Yea;
an olive tree, by the Spirit of the they shall be remembered again
Lord which was in our father; and among the house of Israel; they
behold are we not broken off from shall be a grafted in, being a natu­
the house of Israel, and are we not ral branch of the olive tree, into
a a branch of the house of Israel? the true olive tree.
13 And now, the thing which our 17 And this is what our father
father meaneth concerning the meaneth; and he meaneth that it
grafting in of the natural branches will not come to pass until after
through the fulness of the Gentiles, they are scattered by the Gentiles;
is, that in the latter days, when our and he meaneth that it shall come
seed shall have a dwindled in un- by way of the Gentiles, that the
belief, yea, for the space of many Lord may show his power unto the
years, and many generations after Gentiles, for the very cause that he
the b Messiah shall be manifested shall be a rejected of the Jews, or of
in body unto the children of men, the house of Israel.
then shall the fulness of the c gospel 18 Wherefore, our father hath not
of the Messiah come unto the Gen- spoken of our seed alone, but also
tiles, and from the d Gentiles unto of all the house of Israel, pointing
the remnant of our seed— to the covenant which should be
14 And at that day shall the rem- fulfilled in the latter days; which
nant of our a seed b know that they covenant the Lord made to our
are of the house of Israel, and that father Abraham, saying: In thy a seed
they are the c covenant people of the shall all the kindreds of the earth
Lord; and then shall they know and be b blessed.
9 a D&C 58:33. b tg Jesus Christ, Messiah. e D&C 3:18 (16–20). See
10 a tg Apostasy of c tg Gospel; also title page of the
Individuals. Mission of Latter-day Book of Mormon.
11 a James 1:5 (5–6). Saints. 15 a tg Rock.
tg Prayer. d 1 Ne. 13:42; 22:9 (5–10); b Gen. 49:11;
b 1 Ne. 2:19 (18–21); D&C 14:10. John 15:1.
7:12 (9–13). tg Gentiles. 16 a Jacob 5:54 (1–77).
12 a Gen. 49:22 (22–26); 14 a 2 Ne. 10:2; 17 a tg Jesus Christ, Betrayal
1 Ne. 10:12 (12–14); 3 Ne. 5:23 (21–26); of; Jesus Christ,
19:24. 21:7 (4–29). Crucifixion of.
tg Israel, Joseph, b 2 Ne. 3:12; 30:5; 18 a Gen. 12:3 (1–3);
People of. Morm. 7:9 (1, 9–10). Abr. 2:11 (6–11).
13 a 1 Ne. 12:22 (22–23); c tg Abrahamic Covenant. tg Seed of Abraham.
2 Ne. 26:15. d Jacob 3:6. b tg Israel, Mission of.
1 Nephi 15  : 19–32 32

19 And it came to pass that I, to keep his commandments always
Nephi, spake much unto them con- in all things.
cerning these things; yea, I spake 26 And they said unto me: What
unto them concerning the a restora- meaneth the a river of water which
tion of the Jews in the latter days. our father saw?
20 And I did rehearse unto them 27 And I said unto them that the
the words of a Isaiah, who spake a 
water which my father saw was
concerning the c restoration of the b 
filthiness; and so much was his
Jews, or of the house of Israel; and mind swallowed up in other things
after they were restored they should that he beheld not the filthiness of
no more be confounded, neither the water.
should they be scattered again. 28 And I said unto them that it was
And it came to pass that I did speak an awful a gulf, which separated the
many words unto my brethren, that wicked from the tree of life, and
they were pacified and did d humble also from the saints of God.
themselves before the Lord. 29 And I said unto them that it
21 And it came to pass that they was a representation of that awful
did speak unto me again, saying: a 
hell, which the angel said unto me
What meaneth this thing which was prepared for the wicked.
our father saw in a dream? What 30 And I said unto them that
meaneth the a tree which he saw? our father also saw that the a justice
22 And I said unto them: It was a of God did also divide the wicked
representation of the a tree of life. from the righteous; and the bright-
23 And they said unto me: What ness thereof was like unto the
meaneth the a rod of iron which brightness of a flaming b fire, which
our father saw, that led to the tree? ascendeth up unto God forever and
24 And I said unto them that it ever, and hath no end.
was the a word of God; and whoso 31 And they said unto me: Doth
would hearken unto the word of this thing mean the torment of the
God, and would b hold fast unto it, body in the days of a probation, or
they would never perish; neither doth it mean the final state of the
could the c temptations and the soul after the b death of the temporal
fiery d darts of the e adversary over- body, or doth it speak of the things
power them unto blindness, to lead which are temporal?
them away to destruction. 32 And it came to pass that I said
25 Wherefore, I, Nephi, did exhort unto them that it was a represen-
them to give a heed unto the word tation of things both temporal and
of the Lord; yea, I did exhort them spiritual; for the day should come
with all the energies of my soul, and that they must be judged of their
with all the b faculty which I pos- a 
works, yea, even the works which
sessed, that they would give heed were done by the temporal body in
to the word of God and remember their days of b probation.
19 a Isa. 42:22 (22–23); b Prov. 4:13. 1 Ne. 12:18;
1 Ne. 19:15. c 1 Ne. 8:23. 2 Ne. 1:13.
tg Israel, Gathering of; tg Temptation. 29 a 1 Ne. 8:32 (13–14, 32).
Israel, Judah, People of. d Eph. 6:16; tg Hell.
20 a 1 Ne. 19:23. D&C 3:8; 27:17. 30 a tg God, Justice of;
b Isa. 40:9. e tg Devil. Justice.
c tg Israel, Restoration of. 25 a D&C 11:2; 32:4; b Num. 11:1 (1, 10);
d 1 Ne. 16:5 (5, 24, 39). 84:43 (43–44). 2 Ne. 26:6.
21 a 1 Ne. 8:10 (10–12). tg Scriptures, Study of. 31 a tg Probation.
22 a 1 Ne. 11:4; b W of M 1:18. b Alma 40:11 (6–26).
Moses 3:9. 26 a 1 Ne. 8:13. 32 a tg Good Works.
23 a 1 Ne. 8:19 (19–24). 27 a 1 Ne. 12:16 (16–18). b tg Probation.
24 a 1 Ne. 8:19. b tg Filthiness.
tg Gospel. 28 a Luke 16:26;
33 1 Nephi 15  : 33–16  : 6

33 Wherefore, if they should a die Ishmael—The Liahona guides their
in their wickedness they must be course in the wilderness—Messages
cast off also, as to the things which from the Lord are written on the Lia-
are spiritual, which are pertaining hona from time to time—Ishmael dies;
to righteousness; wherefore, they his family murmurs because of afflic-
must be brought to stand before tions. About 600–592 b.c.
God, to be c judged of their d works; And now it came to pass that after I,
and if their works have been filthi­ Nephi, had made an end of speaking
ness they must needs be e filthy; and to my brethren, behold they said
if they be filthy it must needs be unto me: Thou hast declared unto
that they cannot f dwell in the king- us hard things, more than we are
dom of God; if so, the kingdom of able to bear.
God must be filthy also. 2 And it came to pass that I said
34 But behold, I say unto you, the unto them that I knew that I had
kingdom of God is not filthy, and spoken a hard things against the
there cannot any unclean thing wicked, according to the truth;
enter into the kingdom of God; and the righteous have I justified,
wherefore there must needs be a and testified that they should be
place of a filthiness prepared for lifted up at the last day; where-
that which is filthy.
35 And there is a place prepared, fore, the b guilty taketh the c truth
yea, even that a awful b hell of which to be hard, for it d cutteth them to
I have spoken, and the c devil is the the very center.
preparator of it; wherefore the fi- 3 And now my brethren, if ye
were righteous and were willing to
nal state of the souls of men is to hearken to the truth, and give heed
dwell in the kingdom of God, or to unto it, that ye might a walk up-
be cast out because of that d justice rightly before God, then ye would
of which I have spoken.
36 Wherefore, the wicked are re- not murmur because of the truth,
jected from the righteous, and also and say: Thou speakest hard things
from that a tree of life, whose fruit is against us.
4 And it came to pass that I, Nephi,
most precious and most b desirable did exhort my brethren, with all
above all other fruits; yea, and it is
the c greatest of all the d gifts of God. dil­i­gence, to keep the command-
And thus I spake unto my brethren. ments of the Lord.
Amen. 5 And it came to pass that they
did a humble themselves before the
Chapter 16 Lord; insomuch that I had joy and
great hopes of them, that they would
The wicked take the truth to be hard— walk in the paths of righteousness.
Lehi’s sons marry the daughters of 6 Now, all these things were said
33 a Ezek. 18:26; 34 a tg Filthiness. 2 Ne. 33:5;
Mosiah 15:26; 35 a 2 Ne. 9:19; Enos 1:23;
Moro. 10:26. Mosiah 26:27. W of M 1:17.
b Alma 12:16; 40:26. b tg Hell. tg Chastening.
c tg Jesus Christ, Judge; c 1 Ne. 14:9; b John 3:20 (19–21); 7:7;
Judgment, the Last. D&C 1:35. Hel. 13:24 (24–27).
d Ps. 33:15 (13–15); d tg Justice. c Prov. 15:10;
3 Ne. 27:25 (23–27). 36 a Gen. 2:9; 2 Ne. 1:26; 9:40.
e 2 Ne. 9:16; 1 Ne. 8:11; d Acts 5:33;
D&C 88:35. 2 Ne. 2:15. Mosiah 13:7;
f Ps. 15:1 (1–5); 24:3 (3–4); b 1 Ne. 8:12. Moses 6:37.
Mosiah 15:23; c Hel. 5:8. 3 a D&C 5:21.
Alma 11:37; d D&C 14:7. tg Walking with God.
D&C 76:62 (50–70); tg God, Gifts of. 5 a 1 Ne. 15:20;
Moses 6:57 (55–59). 16 2 a Acts 7:54; 16:24 (24, 39); 18:4.
1 Nephi 16  : 7–20 34

and done as my father dwelt in a 14 And it came to pass that we did
tent in the a valley which he called take our bows and our arrows, and
Lemuel. go forth into the wilderness to slay
7 And it came to pass that I, food for our families; and after we
Nephi, took one of the a daughters of had slain food for our families we
Ishmael to b wife; and also, my did return again to our families
brethren took of the c daughters of in the wilderness, to the place of
Ishmael to wife; and also d Zoram Shazer. And we did go forth again
took the eldest daughter of Ishmael in the wilderness, following the
to wife. same direction, keeping in the
8 And thus my father had fulfilled most fertile parts of the wilderness,
all the a commandments of the Lord which were in the borders near the
which had been given unto him. a 
Red Sea.
And also, I, Nephi, had been blessed 15 And it came to pass that we did
of the Lord exceedingly. travel for the space of many days,
9 And it came to pass that the voice a 
slaying food by the way, with our
of the Lord spake unto my father bows and our arrows and our stones
by night, and commanded him that and our slings.
on the morrow he should take his 16 And we did follow the a direc-
journey into the wilderness. tions of the ball, which led us in the
10 And it came to pass that as my more fertile parts of the wilderness.
father arose in the morning, and 17 And after we had traveled for
went forth to the tent door, to his the space of many days, we did pitch
great astonishment he beheld upon our tents for the space of a time,
the ground a round a ball of curious that we might again rest ourselves
workmanship; and it was of fine and obtain food for our families.
brass. And within the ball were two 18 And it came to pass that as I,
spindles; and the one b pointed the Nephi, went forth to slay food, be-
way whither we should go into the hold, I did break my bow, which
wilderness. was made of fine a steel; and after
11 And it came to pass that we did I did break my bow, behold, my
gather together whatsoever things brethren were angry with me be-
we should carry into the wilderness, cause of the loss of my bow, for we
and all the remainder of our pro- did obtain no food.
visions which the Lord had given 19 And it came to pass that we did
unto us; and we did take a seed of return without food to our families,
every kind that we might carry into and being much fatigued, because
the wilderness. of their journeying, they did suffer
12 And it came to pass that we did much for the want of food.
take our tents and depart into the 20 And it came to pass that Laman
wilderness, across the river Laman. and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael
13 And it came to pass that we did begin to murmur exceedingly,
traveled for the space of four days, because of their sufferings and
nearly a south-southeast direction, afflictions in the wilderness; and
and we did pitch our tents again; and also my father began to murmur
we did call the name of the place against the Lord his God; yea, and
Shazer. they were all exceedingly sorrowful,
6 a 1 Ne. 2:14 (8, 14); 9:1. 9 a Omni 1:16. 14 a 1 Ne. 2:5; D&C 17:1.
7 a 1 Ne. 7:1 (1, 19); 10 a 1 Ne. 16:16; 15 a Alma 17:7.
18:19 (19–20). Alma 37:38 (38–47). 16 a 1 Ne. 16:10 (10, 16, 26);
b tg Marriage, Marry. b Ex. 13:21. 18:12 (12, 21);
c 1 Ne. 7:6. 11 a 1 Ne. 8:1; 18:6; 2 Ne. 5:12;
d 1 Ne. 4:35; Ether 1:41; 2:3. Alma 37:38 (38–47);
2 Ne. 5:6 (5–6). 13 a heb twisting, D&C 17:1.
8 a 1 Ne. 3:18; 5:21; 7:2. intertwining. 18 a 2 Sam. 22:35; Ps. 18:34.
35 1 Nephi 16  : 21–35

even that they did a murmur against 28 And it came to pass that I, Nephi,
the Lord. beheld the pointers which were in
21 Now it came to pass that I, the ball, that they did work accord-
Nephi, having been afflicted with ing to the a faith and diligence and
my brethren because of the loss of heed which we did give unto them.
my bow, and their bows having lost 29 And there was also written
their a springs, it began to be exceed- upon them a new writing, which
ingly difficult, yea, insomuch that was plain to be read, which did give
we could obtain no food. us a understanding concerning the
22 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, ways of the Lord; and it was writ-
did speak much unto my breth- ten and changed from time to time,
ren, because they had hardened according to the faith and diligence
their hearts again, even unto a com- which we gave unto it. And thus we
plaining against the Lord their God. see that by b small means the Lord
23 And it came to pass that I, can bring about great things.
Nephi, did a make out of wood a 30 And it came to pass that I,
bow, and out of a straight stick, an Nephi, did go forth up into the top
arrow; wherefore, I did arm myself of the mountain, according to the
with a bow and an arrow, with a a 
directions which were given upon
sling and with stones. And I said the ball.
unto my b father: Whither shall I go 31 And it came to pass that I did
to obtain food? slay wild a beasts, insomuch that I
24 And it came to pass that he did did obtain food for our families.
inquire of the Lord, for they had 32 And it came to pass that I did
humbled themselves because of return to our tents, bearing the
my words; for I did say many things beasts which I had slain; and now
unto them in the energy of my soul. when they beheld that I had ob-
25 And it came to pass that the tained a food, how great was their
voice of the Lord came unto my joy! And it came to pass that they
father; and he was truly a chastened did humble themselves before the
because of his murmuring against Lord, and did give thanks unto him.
the Lord, insomuch that he was 33 And it came to pass that we did
brought down into the depths of again take our journey, traveling
sorrow. nearly the same course as in the
26 And it came to pass that the beginning; and after we had trav-
voice of the Lord said unto him: eled for the space of many days we
Look upon the ball, and behold the did pitch our tents again, that we
things which are written. might tarry for the space of a time.
27 And it came to pass that when 34 And it came to pass that a Ish-
my father beheld the things which mael died, and was buried in the
were a written upon the ball, he did place which was called b Nahom.
fear and tremble exceedingly, and 35 And it came to pass that the
also my brethren and the sons of daughters of Ishmael did a mourn
Ishmael and our wives. exceedingly, because of the loss of
20 a tg Murmuring. 25 a Ether 2:14. 30 a tg Guidance, Divine.
21 a Gen. 49:24. tg Chastening; 31 a Gen. 9:3.
22 a Ex. 16:8; Repent. 32 a 2 Ne. 1:24.
Num. 11:1 (1–2); 27 a tg Warn. tg Food;
D&C 29:19. 28 a Alma 37:40. Thanksgiving.
23 a tg Initiative. tg Faith. 34 a 1 Ne. 7:2 (2–6, 19).
b tg Honoring Father and 29 a tg Understanding. b heb probably
Mother. b 2 Kgs. 5:13; “consolation,” from
24 a tg Guidance, Divine; James 3:4; verb naham, “be sorry,
Prayer. Alma 37:6 (6–8, 41); console oneself.”
b 1 Ne. 15:20; 16:5. D&C 123:16. 35 a tg Mourning.
1 Nephi 16  : 36–17  : 5 36

their father, and because of their insomuch that the Lord did bless
afflictions in the wilderness; and us again with food, that we did not
they did c murmur against my father, perish.
because he had brought them out of
the land of Jerusalem, saying: Our Chapter 17
father is dead; yea, and we have wan- Nephi is commanded to build a ship—
dered much in the wilderness, and His brethren oppose him—He exhorts
we have suffered much affliction, them by recounting the history of
hunger, thirst, and fatigue; and after God’s dealings with Israel—Nephi is
all these sufferings we must perish filled with the power of God—His
in the wilderness with hunger. brethren are forbidden to touch him,
36 And thus they did murmur lest they wither as a dried reed. About
against my father, and also against 592–591 b.c.
me; and they were desirous to a re-
turn again to Jerusalem. And it came to pass that we did
37 And Laman said unto Lemuel again take our journey in the wil-
and also unto the sons of Ishmael: derness; and we did travel nearly
Behold, let us a slay our father, and eastward from that time forth. And
also our brother Nephi, who has we did travel and a wade through
taken it upon him to be our b ruler much affliction in the wilderness;
and our teacher, who are his elder and our b women did bear children
brethren. in the wilderness.
38 Now, he says that the Lord has 2 And so great were the a blessings
talked with him, and also that a an- of the Lord upon us, that while we
gels have ministered unto him. But did live upon b raw c meat in the wil-
behold, we know that he lies unto derness, our women did give plenty
us; and he tells us these things, and of suck for their children, and were
he worketh many things by his strong, yea, even like unto the men;
cunning arts, that he may deceive and they began to bear their jour-
our eyes, thinking, perhaps, that he neyings without murmurings.
may lead us away into some strange 3 And thus we see that the com-
wilderness; and after he has led mandments of God must be fulfilled.
us away, he has thought to make And if it so be that the children
himself a king and a ruler over us, of men keep the commandments
that he may do with us according of God he doth nourish them, and
to his will and pleasure. And after a 
strengthen them, and provide
this manner did my brother Laman means whereby they can accom-
stir up their hearts to c anger. plish the thing which he has com-
39 And it came to pass that the Lord manded them; wherefore, he did
was with us, yea, even the voice of b 
provide means for us while we did
the Lord came and did speak many sojourn in the wilderness.
words unto them, and did a chas- 4 And we did sojourn for the space
ten them exceedingly; and after of many years, yea, even eight years
they were chastened by the voice of in the wilderness.
the Lord they did turn away their 5 And we did come to the land
anger, and did repent of their sins, which we called a Bountiful, because
35 b tg Affliction. b tg Provoking. tg Meat.
c tg Murmuring. c tg Anger. 3 a Ex. 1:19;
36 a Num. 14:4 (1–5). 39 a tg Chastening. Ezra 8:22 (22–23);
37 a 1 Ne. 17:44; 2 Ne. 1:24. 17 1 a Ps. 69:2 (1–2, 14). Isa. 45:24;
tg Murder. b tg Woman. Mosiah 2:41;
b Gen. 37:10 (9–11); 2 a tg Blessing. Alma 26:12.
Num. 16:13; b 1 Ne. 17:12. tg Strength.
1 Ne. 2:22; 18:10. c Ex. 16:13 (12–13); b Gen. 18:14; 1 Ne. 3:7.
38 a 1 Ne. 3:30 (30–31); 4:3. 1 Ne. 18:6. 5 a Alma 22:29 (29–33).
37 1 Nephi 17  : 6 –18

of its much fruit and also wild honey; fire, I did smite two stones together
and all these things were prepared that I might make fire.
of the Lord that we might not per- 12 For the Lord had not hitherto
ish. And we beheld the sea, which suffered that we should make much
we called Irreantum, which, being fire, as we journeyed in the wilder-
interpreted, is many waters. ness; for he said: I will make thy
6 And it came to pass that we did food become sweet, that ye a cook
pitch our tents by the seashore; it not;
and notwithstanding we had suf- 13 And I will also be your a light in
fered many a afflictions and much the wilderness; and I will prepare
difficulty, yea, even so much that the way before you, if it so be that
we cannot write them all, we were ye shall keep my commandments;
exceedingly rejoiced when we came wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall
to the seashore; and we called the keep my commandments ye shall
place Bountiful, because of its much be led towards the b promised land;
fruit. and ye shall c know that it is by me
7 And it came to pass that after I, that ye are led.
Nephi, had been in the land of Boun- 14 Yea, and the Lord said also that:
tiful for the space of many days, After ye have arrived in the prom-
the voice of the Lord came unto ised land, ye shall a know that I, the
me, saying: a Arise, and get thee into Lord, am b God; and that I, the Lord,
the mountain. And it came to pass did c deliver you from destruction;
that I arose and went up into the yea, that I did bring you out of the
mountain, and cried unto the Lord. land of Jerusalem.
8 And it came to pass that the Lord 15 Wherefore, I, Nephi, did strive
spake unto me, saying: Thou shalt to keep the a commandments of the
construct a ship, after the b man- Lord, and I did b exhort my breth-
ner which I shall show thee, that I ren to faithfulness and diligence.
may carry thy people across these 16 And it came to pass that I
waters. did a make tools of the ore which
9 And I said: Lord, whither shall I did molten out of the rock.
I go that I may find ore to molten, 17 And when my brethren saw
that I may make a tools to construct that I was about to a build a ship,
the ship after the manner which they began to b murmur against me,
thou hast shown unto me? saying: Our brother is a fool, for he
10 And it came to pass that the thinketh that he can build a ship;
Lord told me whither I should go yea, and he also thinketh that he
to find ore, that I might make tools. can cross these great waters.
11 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, 18 And thus my brethren did
did make a bellows wherewith to a 
complain against me, and were
blow the fire, of the skins of beasts; desirous that they might not labor,
and after I had made a bellows, that for they did not b believe that I could
I might have wherewith to blow the build a ship; neither would they
6 a 2 Ne. 4:20. 13 a Alma 5:37 (37–38); Prov. 7:2.
7 a Ezek. 3:22 (22–27). D&C 88:66. b Acts 14:22;
8 a Gen. 6:14 (14–16). b 1 Ne. 2:20; 4:14; Titus 2:15;
b Ex. 25:40; Jacob 2:12. Heb. 3:13.
1 Chr. 28:12 (11–12, 19); c Ex. 6:7; 13:21. 16 a tg Skill.
1 Ne. 18:2. tg Guidance, Divine. 17 a 1 Ne. 17:49 (8, 49–51);
9 a Deut. 8:9; 14 a 2 Ne. 1:4. 18:1 (1–6).
1 Kgs. 6:7; tg God, Knowledge b tg Murmuring.
1 Chr. 22:3 (3, 14); about; 18 a 1 Ne. 3:28; 7:6 (6–19);
Job 28:2; Testimony. 18:10 (9–22).
Isa. 44:12. b D&C 5:2. b tg Unbelief.
11 a Isa. 54:16. c tg Deliver.
12 a 1 Ne. 17:2. 15 a 1 Kgs. 2:3;
1 Nephi 17  : 19–29 38

believe that I was instructed of father hath judged them, and hath
the Lord. led us away because we would
19 And now it came to pass that I, hearken unto his words; yea, and
Nephi, was exceedingly sorrowful our brother is like unto him. And
because of the hardness of their after this manner of language did
hearts; and now when they saw that my brethren murmur and complain
I began to be sorrowful they were against us.
glad in their hearts, insomuch that 23 And it came to pass that I,
they did a rejoice over me, saying: Nephi, spake unto them, saying: Do
We knew that ye could not con- ye believe that our fathers, who were
struct a ship, for we knew that ye the children of Israel, would have
were lacking in judgment; where- been led away out of the hands of
fore, thou canst not accomplish so the a Egyptians if they had not heark­
great a work. ened unto the words of the Lord?
20 And thou art like unto our 24 Yea, do ye suppose that they
father, led away by the foolish would have been led out of bond-
imagi­n ations of his heart; yea, age, if the Lord had not commanded
he hath led us out of the land of Moses that he should a lead them
Jerusalem, and we have wandered out of bondage?
in the wilderness for these many 25 Now ye know that the children
years; and our women have toiled, of Israel were in a bondage; and
being big with child; and they have ye know that they were laden with
borne children in the wilderness b 
tasks, which were grievous to be
and suffered all things, save it borne; wherefore, ye know that it
were death; and it would have been must needs be a good thing for
better that they had died before them, that they should be c brought
they came out of Jerusalem than out of bondage.
to have suffered these afflictions. 26 Now ye know that a Moses was
21 Behold, these many years we commanded of the Lord to do that
have suffered in the wilderness, great work; and ye know that by
which time we might have enjoyed his b word the waters of the Red Sea
our possessions and the land of our were divided hither and thither, and
inheritance; yea, and we might have they passed through on dry ground.
been happy. 27 But ye know that the Egyptians
22 And we know that the people were a drowned in the Red Sea, who
who were in the land of Jerusalem were the armies of Pharaoh.
were a a righteous people; for they 28 And ye also know that they were
kept the statutes and judgments fed with a manna in the wilderness.
of the Lord, and all his command- 29 Yea, and ye also know that
ments, according to the law of Moses, by his word according to the
Moses; wherefore, we know that power of God which was in him,
they are a righteous people; and our a 
smote the rock, and there came
19 a tg Mocking; tg Israel, Bondage of, tg Israel,
Persecution. in Egypt. Deliverance of.
20 a 1 Ne. 2:11; 5:4 (2–4). b Ex. 1:11 (10–11); 2:11; 27 a Josh. 24:6.
22 a 1 Ne. 1:19 (4, 13, 18–20). 1 Ne. 20:10. 28 a Ex. 16:15 (4, 14–15, 35);
23 a Ex. 20:2; c Ex. 5:1. Num. 11:7 (7–8);
Ps. 80:8; 26 a Josh. 24:6; Jer. 2:2; Deut. 8:3; Neh. 9:20;
Moses 1:26. Acts 7:27 (22–39). Hosea 13:6 (5–8);
24 a Ex. 3:10 (2–10); b Ex. 14:21 (19–31); John 6:49;
Hosea 12:13 (12–14); Josh. 2:10; Neh. 9:11; Mosiah 7:19.
1 Ne. 19:10; 1 Ne. 4:2; 29 a Ex. 17:6; Num. 20:11;
2 Ne. 3:9; 25:20. Mosiah 7:19; Deut. 8:15;
25 a Gen. 15:13 (13–14); Hel. 8:11; Neh. 9:15;
Mosiah 11:21; D&C 8:3; 1 Ne. 20:21;
D&C 101:79. Moses 1:25. 2 Ne. 25:20.
39 1 Nephi 17  : 30–41

forth water, that the children of people had rejected every word of

Israel might quench their thirst. God, and they were ripe in iniquity;
30 And notwithstanding they and the fulness of the wrath of
being led, the Lord their God, their God was upon them; and the Lord
Redeemer, going before them, a lead- did curse the land against them,
ing them by day and giving light and bless it unto our fathers; yea,
unto them by night, and doing all he did curse it against them unto
things for them which were b expe- their destruction, and he did bless
dient for man to receive, they hard- it unto our fathers unto their ob-
ened their hearts and blinded their taining power over it.
minds, and c reviled against Moses 36 Behold, the Lord hath created
and against the true and living God. the a earth that it should be b inhab-
31 And it came to pass that ac- ited; and he hath created his chil-
cording to his word he did a destroy dren that they should possess it.
them; and according to his word he 37 And he a raiseth up a righteous
did b lead them; and according to his nation, and destroyeth the nations
word he did do all things for them; of the wicked.
and there was not any thing done 38 And he leadeth away the righ-
save it were by his word. teous into precious a lands, and the
32 And after they had crossed wicked he b destroyeth, and curseth
the river Jordan he did make them the land unto them for their sakes.
mighty unto the a driving out of the 39 He ruleth high in the heavens,
children of the land, yea, unto the for it is his throne, and this earth
scattering them to destruction. is his a footstool.
33 And now, do ye suppose that 40 And he loveth those who will
the children of this land, who were have him to be their God. Behold,
in the land of promise, who were he loved our a  fathers, and he
driven out by our fathers, do ye b 
covenanted with them, yea, even
suppose that they were righteous? Abraham, c Isaac, and d Jacob; and he
Behold, I say unto you, Nay. remembered the covenants which
34 Do ye suppose that our fathers he had made; wherefore, he did
would have been more choice than bring them out of the land of   e Egypt.
they if they had been righteous? I 41 And he did straiten them in the
say unto you, Nay. wilderness with his rod; for they
35 Behold, the Lord esteemeth all a 
hardened their hearts, even as ye
flesh in one; he that is b righteous have; and the Lord straitened them
is c favored of God. But behold, this because of their iniquity. He sent
30 a Ex. 13:18 (18, 20). c 1 Sam. 2:30; Isa. 45:1 (1–3);
b D&C 18:18; 1 Kgs. 2:3; 1 Ne. 4:13;
88:64 (64–65). Ps. 97:10; 145:20 (1–21); Ether 2:10;
c Ex. 32:8; Alma 13:4; 28:13; D&C 98:32 (31–32);
Num. 14:11 (11–12); D&C 82:10 (8–10). 117:6.
Ezek. 20:13 (13–16); d Gen. 15:16; 38 a tg Lands of Inheritance.
D&C 84:24 (23–25). Ex. 23:31 (28–31); b Lev. 20:22.
31 a Num. 26:65. Deut. 7:10; 39 a Isa. 66:1;
b Ex. 15:13; Josh. 2:24. Lam. 2:1;
1 Ne. 5:15; 36 a Gen. 1:28 (26–28); D&C 38:17;
D&C 103:16 (16–18). Jer. 27:5; Abr. 2:7.
32 a Ex. 34:11; Moses 1:29. 40 a tg Israel, Origins of.
Num. 33:52 (52–53); tg Earth, Purpose of; b tg Abrahamic
Josh. 11:6; 24:8. Man, a Spirit Child of Covenant.
35 a Acts 10:15 (15, 34); Heavenly Father; c Gen. 21:12;
Rom. 2:11; Man, Physical D&C 27:10.
2 Ne. 26:33 (23–33). Creation of. d Gen. 28:4 (1–5).
b Ps. 55:22; b Isa. 45:18. e Deut. 4:37 (37–38).
John 15:10; 37 a Ps. 1:6; 41 a 2 Kgs. 17:7 (7–23).
1 Ne. 22:17. Prov. 14:34;
1 Nephi 17  : 42–51 40

fiery flying b serpents among them; a 
power of his almighty word he can
and after they were bitten he pre- cause the earth that it shall pass
pared a way that they might be away; yea, and ye know that by his
healed; and the labor which they word he can cause the rough places to
had to perform was to look; and be made smooth, and smooth places
because of the d simpleness of the shall be broken up. O, then, why is it,
way, or the easiness of it, there were that ye can be so hard in your hearts?
many who perished. 47 Behold, my soul is rent with
42 And they did harden their hearts anguish because of you, and my
from time to time, and they did a re- heart is pained; I fear lest ye shall
vile against b Moses, and also against be cast off forever. Behold, I am a full
God; nevertheless, ye know that of the Spirit of God, insomuch that
they were led forth by his matchless my frame has b no strength.
power into the land of promise. 48 And now it came to pass that
43 And now, after all these things, when I had spoken these words they
the time has come that they have were angry with me, and were desir-
become wicked, yea, nearly unto ous to throw me into the depths of
ripeness; and I know not but they are the sea; and as they came forth to lay
at this day about to be a destroyed; their hands upon me I spake unto
for I know that the day must surely them, saying: In the name of the
come that they must be destroyed, Almighty God, I command you that
save a few only, who shall be led ye a touch me not, for I am filled with
away into captivity. the b power of God, even unto the
44 Wherefore, the Lord a com- consuming of my flesh; and whoso
manded my father that he should shall lay his hands upon me shall
depart into the wilderness; and the c 
wither even as a dried reed; and he
Jews also sought to take away his shall be as naught before the power
life; yea, and b ye also have sought of God, for God shall smite him.
to take away his life; wherefore, ye 49 And it came to pass that I,
are murderers in your hearts and Nephi, said unto them that they
ye are like unto them. should murmur no more against
45 Ye are a swift to do iniquity but their father; neither should they
slow to remember the Lord your withhold their labor from me, for
God. Ye have seen an b angel, and he God had commanded me that I
spake unto you; yea, ye have heard should a build a ship.
his voice from time to time; and he 50 And I said unto them: a If God
hath spoken unto you in a still small had commanded me to do all things
voice, but ye were c past feeling, that I could do them. If he should com-
ye could not feel his words; where- mand me that I should say unto
fore, he has spoken unto you like this water, be thou earth, it should
unto the voice of thunder, which be earth; and if I should say it, it
did cause the earth to shake as if would be done.
it were to divide asunder. 51 And now, if the Lord has such
46 And ye also know that by the great power, and has wrought so
41 b Num. 21:6 (4–9); 43 a Hosea 7:13. 1 Ne. 1:7; 19:20.
Deut. 8:15; tg Israel, Scattering of. 48 a Mosiah 13:3.
Alma 33:19 (18–22). 44 a 1 Ne. 2:2 (1–2). b 2 Ne. 1:27 (26–27).
c Hosea 11:3; b 1 Ne. 16:37. tg God, Power of;
John 3:14; 45 a Mosiah 13:29. Priesthood, Power of.
2 Ne. 25:20. b 1 Ne. 4:3. c 1 Kgs. 13:4 (4–7);
d Alma 37:46 (44–47); c Acts 17:27; Moses 1:11; 6:47.
Hel. 8:15. Eph. 4:19; 49 a 1 Ne. 17:17; 18:1 (1–6).
42 a Ex. 32:23; 1 Ne. 2:14. 50 a Philip. 4:13;
Num. 14:2 (1–12). 46 a Hel. 12:10 (6–18). 1 Ne. 3:7;
tg Reviling. 47 a Micah 3:8. D&C 24:13.
b D&C 84:23. b Dan. 10:8 (8, 17);
41 1 Nephi 17  : 52–18  : 6

many miracles among the children company embarks for the promised
of men, how is it that he cannot a in- land—The sons of Ishmael and their
struct me, that I should build a ship? wives join in revelry and rebellion—
52 And it came to pass that I, Nephi is bound, and the ship is driven
Nephi, said many things unto my back by a terrible tempest—Nephi
brethren, insomuch that they were is freed, and by his prayer the storm
confounded and could not contend ceases—The people arrive in the prom-
against me; neither durst they lay ised land. About 591–589 b.c.
their hands upon me nor touch
me with their fingers, even for And it came to pass that they did
worship the Lord, and did go forth
the space of many days. Now they with me; and we did work timbers
durst not do this lest they should of curious b workmanship. And the
wither before me, so powerful was
the b Spirit of God; and thus it had Lord did show me from time to time
wrought upon them. after what manner I should work
53 And it came to pass that the the timbers of the c ship.
Lord said unto me: Stretch forth 2 Now I, Nephi, did not work the
thine hand again unto thy breth- timbers after the manner which
ren, and they shall not wither be- was learned by men, neither did
fore thee, but I will a shock them, I build the ship after the manner
of men; but I did build it after the
saith the Lord, and this will I do, manner which the Lord had shown
that they may know that I am the unto me; wherefore, it was not after
Lord their God. the manner of men.
54 And it came to pass that I 3 And I, Nephi, did go into the
stretched forth my hand unto my mount oft, and I did a pray oft unto
brethren, and they did not wither the Lord; wherefore the Lord b showed
before me; but the Lord did shake unto me c great things.
them, even according to the word 4 And it came to pass that after I had
which he had spoken. finished the ship, according to the
55 And now, they said: We know word of the Lord, my brethren beheld
of a surety that the Lord is a with
thee, for we know that it is the that it was good, and that the work-
manship thereof was exceedingly
power of the Lord that has shaken fine; wherefore, they did a humble
us. And they fell down before me,
and were about to b worship me, but themselves again before the Lord.
I would not suffer them, saying: I am 5 And it came to pass that the voice
of the Lord came unto my father,
thy brother, yea, even thy younger that we should arise and go down
brother; wherefore, worship the into the ship.
Lord thy God, and honor thy father
and thy mother, that thy c days may 6 And it came to pass that on the
be long in the land which the Lord morrow, after we had prepared all
things, much fruits and a meat from
thy God shall give thee. the wilderness, and honey in abun-
dance, and provisions according
Chapter 18 to that which the Lord had com-
The ship is finished—The births of Jacob manded us, we did go down into the
and Joseph are mentioned —The ship, with all our loading and our
51 a Gen. 6:14 (14–16); b Dan. 2:46; b tg Art.
1 Ne. 18:1. Acts 14:15 (11–15). c 1 Ne. 17:49 (8, 17, 49–51).
52 a ie ashamed, overawed. c Ex. 20:12; 3 a Jer. 33:3.
b tg God, Spirit of. Prov. 9:11; b tg Guidance, Divine.
53 a ie cause to shake or Mosiah 14:10; c 2 Ne. 1:24.
tremble; see vv. 54–55. Hel. 7:24; 4 a 1 Ne. 16:5.
55 a Ex. 3:12; D&C 5:33. 6 a 1 Ne. 17:2.
Alma 38:4. 18 1 a 1 Ne. 17:55.
1 Nephi 18  : 7–17 42
seeds, and whatsoever thing we fulfilling of his word which he had
had brought with us, every one ac- b 
spoken concerning the wicked.
cording to his age; wherefore, we 12 And it came to pass that after
did all go down into the c ship, with they had bound me insomuch that
our wives and our children. I could not move, the a compass,
7 And now, my father had begat which had been prepared of the
two sons in the wilderness; the elder Lord, did cease to work.
was called a Jacob and the younger 13 Wherefore, they knew not
Joseph. whither they should steer the ship,
8 And it came to pass after we had insomuch that there arose a great
all gone down into the ship, and had storm, yea, a great and terrible tem-

taken with us our provisions and pest, and we were b driven back upon
things which had been commanded the waters for the space of three
us, we did put forth into the a sea days; and they began to be fright-
and were driven forth before the ened exceedingly lest they should
wind towards the b promised land. be drowned in the sea; nevertheless
9 And after we had been a driven they did not loose me.
forth before the wind for the space 14 And on the fourth day, which
of many days, behold, my brethren we had been driven back, the tem-
and the sons of Ishmael and also pest began to be exceedingly sore.
their wives began to make them- 15 And it came to pass that we
selves merry, insomuch that they were about to be swallowed up in
began to dance, and to sing, and to the depths of the sea. And after
speak with much b rudeness, yea, even we had been driven back upon the
that they did forget by what power waters for the space of four days,
they had been brought thither; yea, my brethren began to a see that the
they were lifted up unto exceeding judgments of God were upon them,
rudeness. and that they must perish save that
10 And I, Nephi, began to fear they should repent of their iniq-
exceedingly lest the Lord should uities; wherefore, they came unto
be angry with us, and smite us be- me, and loosed the bands which
cause of our iniquity, that we should were upon my wrists, and behold
be swallowed up in the depths of they had swollen exceedingly; and
the sea; wherefore, I, Nephi, be- also mine ankles were much swol-
gan to speak to them with much len, and great was the soreness
soberness; but behold they were thereof.
angry with me, saying: We will not 16 Nevertheless, I did look unto
that our younger brother shall be a my God, and I did a praise him all
ruler over us. the day long; and I did not murmur
11 And it came to pass that Laman against the Lord because of mine
and Lemuel did take me and a bind afflictions.
me with cords, and they did treat 17 Now my father, Lehi, had said
me with much harshness; neverthe- many things unto them, and also
less, the Lord did suffer it that he unto the sons of a Ishmael; but, be-
might show forth his power, unto the hold, they did breathe out much
6 b 1 Ne. 8:1; 16:11. 10 a 1 Ne. 17:18 (17–55); Alma 37:38 (38–47);
c Gen. 7:7. 2 Ne. 4:13 (13–14). D&C 17:1.
7 a 2 Ne. 2:1. b Gen. 37:10 (9–11); 13 a Jonah 1:4; Matt. 8:24.
b 2 Ne. 3:1. 1 Ne. 16:37 (37–38); b Mosiah 1:17.
8 a Ps. 8:8; 2 Ne. 1:25 (25–27). 15 a Hel. 12:3.
2 Ne. 10:20. 11 a 1 Ne. 7:16 (16–20). 16 a Ezra 3:11 (11–13);
b 1 Ne. 2:20; 5:5 (5, 22). b Ex. 23:7; 2 Ne. 9:49;
tg Promised Lands. Ps. 37:9 (8–13); Mosiah 2:20 (20–21);
9 a Ether 6:5. Alma 14:11. Alma 36:28;
b 2 Ne. 1:2. 12 a 1 Ne. 16:16 (10, 16, 26); D&C 136:28.
tg Rioting and Reveling. 2 Ne. 5:12; 17 a 1 Ne. 7:4 (4–20).
43 1 Nephi 18  : 18–19  : 2

threatenings against anyone that land; and we went forth upon the
should speak for me; and my parents land, and did pitch our tents; and
being b stricken in years, and having we did call it the promised land.
suffered much grief because of their
24 And it came to pass that we did
children, they were brought down, begin to till the earth, and we be-
yea, even upon their sick-beds. gan to plant seeds; yea, we did put
18 Because of their grief and much all our a seeds into the earth, which
sorrow, and the iniquity of my we had brought from the land of
brethren, they were brought near Jerusalem. And it came to pass that
even to be carried out of this time they did grow exceedingly; where-
to meet their God; yea, their a grey fore, we were blessed in abundance.
hairs were about to be brought down 25 And it came to pass that we did
to lie low in the dust; yea, even they find upon the land of promise, as
were near to be cast with sorrow we journeyed in the wilderness, that
into a watery grave. there were a beasts in the forests of
19 And Jacob and Joseph also, be- every kind, both the cow and the
ing young, having need of much ox, and the ass and the horse, and
nourishment, were grieved because the goat and the wild goat, and all
of the afflictions of their mother; manner of wild animals, which
and also a my wife with her tears and were for the use of men. And we
prayers, and also my children, did did find all manner of b ore, both of
not soften the hearts of my breth- c 
gold, and of silver, and of copper.
ren that they would loose me.
20 And there was nothing save Chapter 19
it were the power of God, which Nephi makes plates of ore and records
threatened them with destruction, the history of his people—The God
could soften their a hearts; where- of Israel will come six hundred years
fore, when they saw that they were
about to be swallowed up in the from the time Lehi left Jerusalem—
depths of the sea they repented of Nephi tells of His sufferings and
the thing which they had done, in- crucifixion—The Jews will be despised
somuch that they loosed me. and scattered until the latter days, when
21 And it came to pass after they they will return unto the Lord. About
had loosed me, behold, I took the 588–570 b.c.
compass, and it did work whither I And it came to pass that the Lord
desired it. And it came to pass that commanded me, wherefore I did
I a prayed unto the Lord; and after make plates of ore that I might
I had prayed the winds did cease, engraven upon them the a record
and the storm did cease, and there of my people. And upon the plates
was a great calm. which I made I did b engraven the
22 And it came to pass that I, record of my c father, and also our
Nephi, did guide the ship, that we journeyings in the wilderness, and
sailed again towards the promised the prophecies of my father; and
land. also many of mine own prophecies
23 And it came to pass that after have I engraven upon them.
we had sailed for the space of many 2 And I knew not at the time
days we did arrive at the a promised when I made them that I should be
17 b Gen. 24:1. 20 a tg Hardheartedness. 19 1 a tg Plate;
c tg Suffering. 21 a Jonah 1:6. Record Keeping.
d tg Family, Children, 23 a Mosiah 10:13. b tg Scribe.
Duties of; tg Promised Lands. c 1 Ne. 1:17 (16–17);
Honoring Father and 24 a 1 Ne. 8:1. 6:1 (1–3);
Mother. 25 a Enos 1:21. Jacob 7:26 (26–27).
18 a Gen. 42:38. b 2 Ne. 5:15 (14–16).
19 a 1 Ne. 7:19; 16:7. c Deut. 33:16 (13–17).
1 Nephi 19  : 3–10 44

commanded of the Lord to make ing to that which I have spoken;
these plates; wherefore, the record and this I do that the more sacred
of my father, and the genealogy of things may be b kept for the knowl-
his fathers, and the more part of all edge of my people.
our proceedings in the wilderness 6 Nevertheless, I do not a write any-
are engraven upon those first plates thing upon plates save it be that I
of which I have spoken; wherefore, think it be b sacred. And now, if I
the things which transpired before do err, even did they err of old; not
I made b these plates are, of a truth, that I would excuse myself because
more particularly made mention of other men, but because of the
upon the first plates. weakness which is in me, according

3 And after I had made these plates to the flesh, I would excuse myself.
by way of commandment, I, Nephi, 7 For the things which some men
received a commandment that the esteem to be of great worth, both
ministry and the prophecies, the to the body and soul, others set at
more plain and precious parts of a 
naught and trample under their
them, should be written upon a these feet. Yea, even the very God of Israel
plates; and that the things which do men b trample under their feet; I
were written should be kept for say, trample under their feet but I
the instruction of my people, who would speak in other words—they
should possess the land, and also set him at naught, and c hearken not
for other b wise purposes, which to the voice of his counsels.
purposes are known unto the Lord. 8 And behold he a cometh, accord-
4 Wherefore, I, Nephi, did make ing to the words of the angel, in
a record upon the a other plates, b 
six hundred years from the time
which gives an account, or which my father left Jerusalem.
gives a greater account of the wars 9 And the world, because of their
and contentions and destructions iniquity, shall judge him to be a
of my people. And this have I done, thing of naught; wherefore they
and commanded my people what scourge him, and he suffereth it; and
they should do after I was gone; they smite him, and he suffer­eth
and that these plates should be it. Yea, they a spit upon him, and he
handed down from one generation suffereth it, because of his loving
to another, or from one prophet to b 
kindness and his c long-suffering
another, until further command- towards the children of men.
ments of the Lord. 10 And the a God of our fathers,
5 And an account of my a making who were b led out of Egypt, out of
these plates shall be given hereafter; bondage, and also were preserved
and then, behold, I proceed accord- in the wilderness by him, yea, the
2 a 2 Ne. 5:30; b See title page of the Prophecies about.
Jacob 3:14. Book of Mormon. b 1 Ne. 2:4; 10:4 (4–11);
b 1 Ne. 9:2 (1–5); tg Sacred. 2 Ne. 25:19.
Omni 1:1. c Morm. 8:17 (13–17); 9 a Isa. 50:6 (5–6);
3 a 1 Ne. 10:1; Ether 12:23 (23–28). Matt. 27:30.
Jacob 1:1 (1–4); 7 a Num. 15:31 (30–31); b tg Kindness.
3:13 (13–14); 4:1 (1–4). 2 Ne. 33:2; c tg Forbear.
b 1 Ne. 9:5 (4–5); Jacob 4:14; 10 a 2 Ne. 10:3; 26:12;
W of M 1:7; D&C 3:7 (4–13). Mosiah 7:27;
D&C 3:19 (19–20); b Ezek. 34:19; 27:31 (30–31);
10:38 (1–51). D&C 76:35. Alma 11:39 (38–39);
4 a 1 Ne. 9:4 (2–5); tg Blaspheme; 3 Ne. 11:14 (14–15).
2 Ne. 5:33. Sacrilege. b Gen. 15:14 (13–14);
5 a 2 Ne. 5:30 (28–33). c tg Disobedience; Ex. 3:10 (2–10); 6:6;
b tg Scriptures, Prophets, Rejection of. 1 Ne. 5:15;
Preservation of. 8 a tg Jesus Christ, 17:24 (24, 31, 40);
6 a tg Scriptures, Betrayal of; Jesus Christ, 2 Ne. 25:20;
Writing of. Birth of; Jesus Christ, D&C 136:22.
45 1 Nephi 19  : 11–17
God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and the isles of the sea shall be wrought
the God of Jacob, d yieldeth himself, upon by the Spirit of God, to ex-
according to the words of the angel, claim: The God of nature suffers.
as a man, into the hands of e wicked 13 And as for those who are at
men, to be f  lifted up, according to Jerusalem, saith the prophet, they
the words of g Zenock, and to be shall be a scourged by all people,
crucified, according to the words because they crucify the God of
of Neum, and to be buried in a i sep- Israel, and turn their hearts aside,
ulchre, according to the words of rejecting signs and wonders, and
Zenos, which he spake concerning the power and glory of the God of
the three days of k darkness, which Israel.
should be a sign given of his death 14 And because they turn their
unto those who should inhabit the hearts aside, saith the prophet, and
isles of the sea, more especially have a despised the Holy One of Is-
given unto those who are of the rael, they shall wander in the flesh,
house of Israel. and perish, and become a b hiss and
11 For thus spake the prophet: The a c byword, and be d hated among
Lord God surely shall a visit all the all nations.
house of Israel at that day, some 15 Nevertheless, when that day
with his b voice, because of their cometh, saith the prophet, that they
righteousness, unto their great joy a 
no more b turn aside their hearts
and salvation, and others with the against the Holy One of Israel, then
thunderings and the lightnings of will he remember the c covenants
his power, by tempest, by fire, and which he made to their fathers.
by d smoke, and e vapor of f darkness, 16 Yea, then will he remember
and by the opening of the g earth, the a isles of the sea; yea, and all
and by h mountains which shall be the people who are of the house of
carried up. Israel, will I b gather in, saith the Lord,
12 And a all these things must according to the words of the prophet
surely come, saith the prophet b Ze- Zenos, from the four quarters of
nos. And the c rocks of the earth must the earth.
rend; and because of the d groanings 17 Yea, and all the earth shall a see
of the earth, many of the kings of the salvation of the Lord, saith the
10 c Gen. 32:9; k 1 Ne. 12:4 (4–5); 13 a Matt. 23:38 (37–39);
Matt. 22:32; Hel. 14:27 (20, 27); Luke 23:28 (27–30).
Mosiah 7:19; 3 Ne. 8:19 (3, 19–23); 10:9. 14 a Ps. 22:6;
D&C 136:21. l 3 Ne. 16:1 (1–4). Mosiah 14:3 (3–6).
tg Jesus Christ, Jehovah. 11 a D&C 5:16. b Jer. 24:9;
d tg Jesus Christ, b 3 Ne. 9:1 (1–22). 3 Ne. 29:8 (8–9).
Condescension of. c Hel. 14:21 (20–27); tg Israel, Bondage of,
e tg Jesus Christ, 3 Ne. 8:6 (5–23). in Other Lands.
Betrayal of. d Gen. 19:28; c Deut. 28:37;
f 3 Ne. 27:14; 28:6. Ex. 19:18; 1 Kgs. 9:7 (6–7);
g bd Lost books. See also Morm. 8:29 (29–30); Joel 2:17;
Alma 33:15; 34:7; D&C 45:41 (40–41). 3 Ne. 16:9 (8–9).
Hel. 8:20 (19–20); e 1 Ne. 12:5. d 2 Ne. 10:6; 25:15.
3 Ne. 10:16 (15–16). f Luke 23:44 (44–45). tg Hate.
h 2 Ne. 6:9; tg Darkness, Physical. 15 a 1 Ne. 15:19;
Mosiah 3:9. g Num. 16:32; 22:12 (11–12).
tg Jesus Christ, 2 Ne. 26:5. b tg Israel, Restoration of.
Crucifixion of. h 3 Ne. 10:13 (13–14). c tg Abrahamic Covenant.
i Matt. 27:60; 12 a Hel. 14:28 (20–28); 16 a 1 Ne. 22:4;
Luke 23:53; 3 Ne. 10:11. 2 Ne. 10:21.
2 Ne. 25:13. b Jacob 5:1. b Isa. 49:22 (20–22); 60:4.
j Jacob 5:1; 6:1; c Matt. 27:51 (51–54). tg Israel, Gathering of.
Hel. 15:11. d Moses 7:56 (48–56). 17 a Isa. 40:5 (4–5).
1 Nephi 19  : 18–20  : 5 46

prophet; every nation, kindred, 24 Wherefore I spake unto them,
tongue and people shall be blessed. saying: Hear ye the words of the
18 And I, Nephi, have written these prophet, ye who are a a remnant of
things unto my people, that perhaps the house of Israel, a b branch who
I might persuade them that they have been broken off; c hear ye the
would a remember the Lord their words of the prophet, which were
Redeemer. written unto all the house of Israel,
19 Wherefore, I speak unto all the and liken them unto yourselves, that
house of Israel, if it so be that they ye may have hope as well as your
should obtain a these things. brethren from whom ye have been
20 For behold, I have workings in broken off; for after this manner
the spirit, which doth a weary me has the prophet written.
even that all my joints are weak,
for those who are at Jerusalem; for Chapter 20
had not the Lord been merciful, to
show unto me concerning them, The Lord reveals His purposes to Is-
even as he had prophets of old, I rael—Israel has been chosen in the
should have perished also. furnace of affliction and is to go forth
21 And he surely did show unto from Babylon—Compare Isaiah 48.
the a prophets of old all things b con- About 588–570 b.c.
cerning them; and also he did show a 
Hearken and hear this, O house of
unto many concerning us; where- Jacob, who are called by the name of
fore, it must needs be that we know Israel, and are come forth out of the
concerning them for they are writ- waters of Judah, or out of the wa-
ten upon the plates of brass. ters of b baptism, who c swear by the
22 Now it came to pass that I, name of the Lord, and make mention
Nephi, did teach my brethren these of the God of Israel, yet they swear
things; and it came to pass that I did d 
not in truth nor in righteousness.
read many things to them, which 2 Nevertheless, they call them-
were engraven upon the a plates of selves of the a holy city, but they do
brass, that they might know con- b 
not stay themselves upon the God
cerning the doings of the Lord in of Israel, who is the Lord of Hosts;
other lands, among people of old. yea, the Lord of Hosts is his name.
23 And I did read many things 3 Behold, I have declared the a for-
unto them which were written mer things from the beginning; and
in the a books of Moses; but that I they went forth out of my mouth,
might more fully persuade them to and I showed them. I did show them
believe in the Lord their Redeemer suddenly.
I did read unto them that which 4 And I did it because I knew that
was written by the prophet b Isaiah; thou art obstinate, and thy a neck is
for I did c liken all scriptures unto an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;
us, that it might be for our d profit 5 And I have even from the begin-
and learning. ning declared to thee; before it came
18 a Mosiah 13:29. 23 a Ex. 17:14; 1 Ne. 5:11; 20 1 a Isa. 48:1 (1–22).
19 a Enos 1:16; Moses 1:41 (40–41). b tg Baptism;
Morm. 5:12; 7:9 (9–10). b Isa. 1:1; Conversion.
tg Israel, Restoration of. 1 Ne. 15:20; c Deut. 6:13.
20 a Dan. 10:8 (8–12); 2 Ne. 25:5 (2–6); d Jer. 4:2; 5:2.
1 Ne. 1:7; 3 Ne. 23:1. 2 a Isa. 52:1.
Alma 27:17; c tg Scriptures, Value of. tg Jerusalem.
Moses 1:10 (9–10). d 2 Ne. 4:15. b tg Hypocrisy;
21 a 2 Kgs. 17:13; 24 a 2 Kgs. 19:31. Prophets, Rejection of.
Amos 3:7. b Gen. 49:22 (22–26); 3 a Isa. 42:9; 46:10 (9–10).
tg Prophets, Mission of. 1 Ne. 15:12 (12, 16); tg God, Foreknowl­
b 3 Ne. 10:16 (16–17). 2 Ne. 3:5 (4–5). edge of.
22 a 1 Ne. 13:23; 22:1. c tg Scriptures, Study of. 4 a tg Stiffnecked.
47 1 Nephi 20  : 6 –20

to pass I a showed them thee; and heavens. I b call unto them and they
I showed them for fear lest thou stand up together.
shouldst say—Mine idol hath done 14 All ye, assemble yourselves,
them, and my graven image, and and hear; who among them hath
my molten image hath commanded declared these things unto them?
them. The Lord hath loved him; yea, and
6 Thou hast seen and heard all this; he will a fulfil his word which he
and will ye a not declare them? And hath declared by them; and he
that I have showed thee new things will do his pleasure on b Babylon,
from this time, even hidden things, and his arm shall come upon the
and thou didst not know them. Chaldeans.
7 They are created now, and not 15 Also, saith the Lord; I the Lord,
from the beginning, even before yea, I have spoken; yea, I have called
the day when thou heardest them a 
him to declare, I have brought
not they were declared unto thee, him, and he shall make his way
lest thou shouldst say—Behold I prosperous.
knew them. 16 Come ye near unto me; I have
8 Yea, and thou heardest not; yea, not spoken in a secret; from the
thou knewest not; yea, from that beginning, from the time that it
time thine ear was not opened; for was declared have I spoken; and
I knew that thou wouldst deal very the Lord God, and his b Spirit, hath
treacherously, and wast called a sent me.
transgressor from the womb. 17 And thus saith the Lord, thy
9 Nevertheless, for my a name’s a 
Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel;
sake will I defer mine anger, and I have sent him, the Lord thy God
for my praise will I refrain from who teacheth thee to profit, who
thee, that I cut thee not off. b 
leadeth thee by the way thou
10 For, behold, I have refined thee, shouldst go, hath done it.
I have chosen thee in the furnace 18 O that thou hadst hearkened to
of a affliction. my a commandments—then had thy
11 For mine own sake, yea, for b 
peace been as a river, and thy righ-
mine own sake will I do this, for I teousness as the waves of the sea.
will not suffer my a name to be pol- 19 Thy a seed also had been as the
luted, and I will b not give my glory sand; the offspring of thy bowels
unto another. like the gravel thereof; his name
12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob, and should not have been cut off nor
Israel my called, for I am he; I am destroyed from before me.
the a first, and I am also the last. 20 a Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye
13 Mine hand hath also a  laid from the b Chaldeans, with a voice
the foundation of the earth, and of singing declare ye, tell this, utter
my right hand hath spanned the to the end of the earth; say ye: The
5 a tg God, Omniscience of; tg Jesus Christ, 17 a tg Jesus Christ, Jehovah.
Idolatry. Firstborn; b tg Guidance, Divine.
6 a 1 Cor. 9:16. Jesus Christ, Jehovah. 18 a Eccl. 8:5.
8 a Ps. 58:3. 13 a Ps. 102:25. b tg Israel, Blessings of;
9 a 1 Sam. 12:22; tg God the Father, Peace of God.
Ps. 23:3; Jehovah; 19 a Gen. 22:17 (15–19);
1 Jn. 2:12. Jesus Christ, Creator. Isa. 48:19 (18–22);
10 a Ex. 1:11 (10–11); b Ps. 148:8 (5–10). Hosea 1:10.
1 Ne. 17:25. 14 a 1 Kgs. 8:56; 20 a Jer. 51:6 (6, 44–45);
tg Affliction. D&C 64:31; 76:3. D&C 133:5 (5–14).
11 a Jer. 44:26. b tg Babylon. b tg Israel, Bondage of,
b Isa. 42:8; 15 a Isa. 45:1 (1–4). in Other Lands.
Moses 4:1 (1–4). 16 a Isa. 45:19.
12 a Rev. 1:17; 22:13. b tg God, Spirit of.
1 Nephi 20  : 21–21  : 11 48

Lord hath redeemed his c servant 5 And now, saith the Lord—that
Jacob. a 
formed me from the womb that I
21 And they a thirsted not; he led should be his servant, to bring Jacob
them through the deserts; he caused again to him—though Israel be not
the waters to flow out of the b rock gathered, yet shall I be glorious in
for them; he clave the rock also and the eyes of the Lord, and my God
the waters gushed out. shall be my b strength.
22 And notwithstanding he hath 6 And he said: It is a light thing
done all this, and greater also, there that thou shouldst be my servant
is no a peace, saith the Lord, unto to raise up the a tribes of Jacob, and
the wicked. to restore the preserved of Israel. I
will also give thee for a b light to the
Chapter 21 c 
Gentiles, that thou mayest be my
The Messiah will be a light to the Gentiles salvation unto the ends of the earth.
and will free the prisoners—Israel will 7 Thus saith the Lord, the Re-
be gathered with power in the last days— deemer of Israel, his Holy One, to
Kings will be their nursing fathers— him whom man despiseth, to him
Compare Isaiah 49. About 588–570 b.c. whom the nations abhorreth, to ser-
vant of rulers: Kings shall see and
And again: Hearken, O ye house
arise, princes also shall worship,
of Israel, all ye that are broken off because of the Lord that is faithful.
and are driven out because of the 8 Thus saith the Lord: In an accept-
wickedness of the pastors of my able time have I heard thee, O isles
people; yea, all ye that are broken of the sea, and in a day of salvation
off, that are scattered abroad, who have I helped thee; and I will pre-
are of my people, O house of Is- serve thee, and give thee a my ser-
rael. Listen, O b isles, unto me, and vant for a covenant of the people,
hearken ye people from c far; the to establish the earth, to cause to
Lord hath called me from the womb; inherit the desolate heritages;
from the bowels of my mother hath 9 That thou mayest say to the
he made mention of my name. a 
prisoners: Go forth; to them that
2 And he hath made my mouth sit in b darkness: Show yourselves.
like a sharp sword; in the shadow of They shall feed in the ways, and
his hand hath he hid me, and made their c pastures shall be in all high
me a polished shaft; in his quiver places.
hath he hid me; 10 They shall not hunger nor thirst,
3 And said unto me: Thou art my neither shall the heat nor the sun
servant, O Israel, in whom I will smite them; for he that hath mercy
be glorified. on them shall lead them, even by
4 Then I said, I have labored in the springs of water shall he guide
vain, I have spent my strength them.
for naught and in vain; surely my 11 And I will make all my moun-
judgment is with the Lord, and my tains a way, and my a highways shall
work with my God. be exalted.
20 c Isa. 44:1 (1–2, 21); 45:4. 3 a Lev. 25:55; Isa. 41:8; 8 a 2 Ne. 3:11 (6–15);
21 a Ps. 107:33 (33–37); D&C 93:46 (45–46). 3 Ne. 21:11 (8–11);
Isa. 41:18 (17–20). 4 a Isa. 55:2 (1–2). Morm. 8:16 (16, 25).
b Ex. 17:6; Num. 20:11; 5 a Isa. 44:24. 9 a tg Salvation for the
1 Ne. 17:29; 2 Ne. 25:20; b tg Strength. Dead; Spirits in Prison.
D&C 133:26 (26–30). 6 a tg Israel, Twelve b 2 Ne. 3:5.
22 a Rom. 3:17. Tribes of. c Ezek. 34:14;
tg Peace of God. b Ezek. 5:5; 1 Ne. 22:25.
21 1 a Isa. 49:1 (1–26). D&C 103:9 (8–9); 11 a Isa. 62:10;
b 1 Ne. 22:4; Abr. 2:11 (6–11). D&C 133:27 (23–32).
2 Ne. 10:21 (20–22). c 3 Ne. 21:11. tg Jesus Christ, Second
c D&C 1:1. tg Israel, Mission of. Coming.
49 1 Nephi 21  : 12–26

12 And then, O house of Israel, they that swallowed thee up shall
behold, a these shall come from far; be far away.
and lo, these from the north and 20 The children whom thou shalt
from the west; and these from the have, after thou hast lost the first,
land of Sinim. shall a again in thine ears say: The
13 a Sing, O heavens; and be joy- place is too strait for me; give place
ful, O earth; for the feet of those to me that I may dwell.
who are in the east shall be estab- 21 Then shalt thou say in thine
lished; and b break forth into sing- heart: Who hath begotten me these,
ing, O mountains; for they shall be seeing I have lost my children, and
smitten no more; for the Lord hath am a desolate, a captive, and re-
comforted his people, and will have moving to and fro? And who hath
mercy upon his c afflicted. brought up these? Behold, I was
14 But, behold, Zion hath said: left alone; these, where have they
The Lord hath forsaken me, and been?
my Lord hath forgotten me—but he 22 Thus saith the Lord God: Be-
will show that he hath not. hold, I will lift up mine hand to the
15 For can a a woman forget her a 
Gentiles, and set up my b standard
sucking child, that she should not to the people; and they shall bring
have b compassion on the son of thy sons in their c arms, and thy
her womb? Yea, they may c forget, daughters shall be carried upon
yet will I not forget thee, O house their shoulders.
of Israel. 23 And a kings shall be thy b nursing
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon fathers, and their queens thy nurs-
the a palms of my hands; thy walls ing mothers; they shall bow down
are continually before me. to thee with their face towards the
17 Thy children shall make haste earth, and lick up the dust of thy
against thy destroyers; and they feet; and thou shalt know that I
that made thee a waste shall go am the Lord; for they shall not be
forth of thee. ashamed that c wait for me.
18 Lift up thine eyes round about 24 For shall the prey be taken from
and behold; all these a gather them- the mighty, or the a lawful captives
selves together, and they shall come delivered?
to thee. And as I live, saith the Lord, 25 But thus saith the Lord, even
thou shalt surely clothe thee with the captives of the mighty shall
them all, as with an ornament, and be taken away, and the prey of
bind them on even as a bride. the terrible shall be delivered; for
19 For thy waste and thy desolate I will contend with him that con-
places, and the land of thy destruc- tendeth with thee, and I will save
tion, shall even now be too narrow thy children.
by reason of the inhabitants; and 26 And I will a feed them that
12 a Isa. 43:5 (5–7). 20 a tg Israel, Gathering of. 24 a ie the covenant people
13 a Isa. 44:23. 21 a Isa. 54:1; Gal. 4:27. of the Lord. See also
b tg Earth, Renewal of. 22 a Isa. 66:19 (18–20). v. 25.
c 2 Sam. 22:28; tg Israel, Mission of. jst Isa. 49:25 reads: “But
Ps. 18:27; b Isa. 11:12 (10–12); 18:3; thus saith the Lord;
Isa. 49:13. Zech. 9:16. even the captives of the
15 a tg Woman. c 1 Ne. 22:8; mighty shall be taken
b Ps. 103:13. 2 Ne. 10:8 (8–9). away, and the prey of
c 2 Kgs. 17:38; 23 a Isa. 60:16 (14–16). the terrible shall be
Isa. 41:17 (15–17); b 1 Ne. 22:6. delivered; for the mighty
Alma 46:8; c Gen. 49:18; God shall deliver his
D&C 61:36; 133:2. Prov. 27:18; covenant people . . .”
16 a Zech. 13:6. 2 Ne. 6:13; 26 a 1 Ne. 14:17 (15–17);
17 a 3 Ne. 21:13 (12–20). D&C 98:2; 22:13 (13–14);
18 a Micah 4:11 (11–13). 133:11 (10–11, 45). 2 Ne. 6:14 (14–18).
1 Nephi 22  : 1–8 50

oppress thee with their own flesh; 4 And behold, there are many who
they shall be drunken with their are already lost from the knowledge
own blood as with sweet wine; and of those who are at Jerusalem. Yea,
all flesh shall b know that I, the Lord, the more part of all the a tribes have
am thy c Savior and thy Redeemer, been b led away; and they are c scat-
the d Mighty One of Jacob. tered to and fro upon the d isles of
the sea; and whither they are none
Chapter 22 of us knoweth, save that we know
Israel will be scattered upon all the face that they have been led away.
of the earth—The Gentiles will nurse 5 And since they have been led
and nourish Israel with the gospel in away, these things have been pro-
the last days—Israel will be gathered phesied concerning them, and
and saved, and the wicked will burn as also concerning all those who shall
stubble—The kingdom of the devil will hereafter be scattered and be con-
be destroyed, and Satan will be bound. founded, because of the Holy One
About 588–570 b.c. of Israel; for against him will they
harden their hearts; wherefore,
And now it came to pass that after I, they shall be scattered among
Nephi, had read these things which all nations and shall be b hated of
were engraven upon the a plates of all men.
brass, my brethren came unto me 6 Nevertheless, after they shall be
and said unto me: What b meaneth a 
nursed by the b Gentiles, and the
these things which ye have read? Lord has lifted up his hand upon
Behold, are they to be understood the Gentiles and set them up for a
according to things which are c spiri­ standard, and their c children have
tual, which shall come to pass ac- been carried in their arms, and
cording to the spirit and not the their daughters have been carried
flesh? upon their shoulders, behold these
2 And I, Nephi, said unto them: things of which are spoken are tem-
Behold they were a manifest unto poral; for thus are the covenants
the prophet by the voice of the of the Lord with our fathers; and
Spirit; for by the Spirit are all it meaneth us in the days to come,
things made known unto the c proph- and also all our brethren who are
ets, which shall come upon the of the house of Israel.
children of men according to the 7 And it meaneth that the time
flesh. cometh that after all the house of
3 Wherefore, the things of which Israel have been scattered and con-
I have read are things pertaining founded, that the Lord God will
to things both a temporal and spiri­ raise up a mighty nation among the
tual; for it appears that the house a 
Gentiles, yea, even upon the face
of Israel, sooner or later, will be of this land; and by them shall our
scattered upon all the face of the seed be b scattered.
earth, and also c among all nations. 8 And after our seed is scattered the
26 b Ezek. 26:6; 3 a D&C 29:34 (31–34). 2 Ne. 10:8 (8, 20).
Mosiah 11:22 (20–22). b 1 Ne. 10:12 (12–14); 5 a tg Hardheartedness.
c tg Jesus Christ, Savior. 2 Ne. 25:15 (14–16). b Luke 23:28–31;
d tg Jesus Christ, tg Israel, Scattering of. 1 Ne. 19:14.
Jehovah. c tg Inspiration. 6 a 1 Ne. 21:23.
22 1 a 1 Ne. 19:22; 4 a tg Israel, Ten Lost b tg Gentiles.
2 Ne. 4:2. Tribes of. c 1 Ne. 15:13;
b tg Interpretation. b 2 Ne. 10:22. 2 Ne. 30:3 (1–7).
c tg Spiritual. c Ps. 107:4; 7 a 3 Ne. 20:27.
2 a 2 Pet. 1:21 (19–21). Zech. 2:6. b Isa. 18:7;
b tg God, Spirit of. d Isa. 51:5; 1 Ne. 13:14 (12–14);
c tg Prophecy. 1 Ne. 21:1; 2 Ne. 1:11.
51 1 Nephi 22  : 9–16

Lord God will proceed to do a a mar- their h Savior and their Redeemer,
velous work among the b Gentiles, the i  Mighty One of Israel.
which shall be of great c worth unto 13 And the blood of that great and
our seed; wherefore, it is likened a 
abominable church, which is the
unto their being nourished by the whore of all the earth, shall turn
Gentiles and being carried in their upon their own heads; for they shall
arms and upon their shoulders. b 
war among themselves, and the
9 And it shall also be of a worth sword of their c own hands shall fall
unto the Gentiles; and not only unto upon their own heads, and they shall
the Gentiles but b unto all the c house be drunken with their own blood.
of Israel, unto the making known 14 And every a nation which shall
of the d covenants of the Father of war against thee, O house of Israel,
heaven unto Abraham, saying: In shall be turned one against an-
thy e seed shall all the kindreds of other, and they shall b fall into the
the earth be f  blessed. pit which they digged to ensnare
10 And I would, my brethren, that the people of the Lord. And all that
ye should know that all the kindreds c 
fight against Zion shall be de-
of the earth cannot be blessed un- stroyed, and that great whore, who
less he shall make a bare his arm in hath perverted the right ways of
the eyes of the nations. the Lord, yea, that great and abomi­
11 Wherefore, the Lord God will nable church, shall tumble to the
proceed to make bare his arm in the d 
dust and great shall be the fall of it.
eyes of all the a nations, in bringing 15 For behold, saith the prophet,
about his covenants and his gospel the time cometh speedily that Sa-
unto those who are of the house tan shall have no more power over
of Israel. the hearts of the children of men;
12 Wherefore, he will a bring them for the day soon cometh that all the
again out of b captivity, and they proud and they who do wickedly
shall be c gathered together to the shall be as a stubble; and the day
lands of their d inheritance; and cometh that they must be b burned.
they shall be e brought out of ob- 16 For the time soon cometh that
scurity and out of f darkness; and the fulness of the a wrath of God shall
they shall know that the g Lord is be poured out upon all the children
8 a Isa. 29:14; 10 a Isa. 52:10. Isa. 60:12;
1 Ne. 14:7; 11 a tg Israel, Mission of. Zech. 12:9;
2 Ne. 27:26. 12 a Ps. 80:19 (17–19); 1 Ne. 14:3;
tg Restoration of the D&C 35:25. 2 Ne. 28:8;
Gospel. b 1 Ne. 21:25 (24–25). D&C 109:25.
b 2 Ne. 10:10; c tg Israel, Gathering of. c 2 Ne. 10:13; 27:3 (2–3);
3 Ne. 16:6 (4–7); d tg Lands of Inheritance. Morm. 8:41 (40–41);
Morm. 5:19. e tg Israel, Restoration of. D&C 136:36.
c 1 Ne. 15:14 (13–18); f tg Darkness, Spiritual. tg Protection, Divine.
Jacob 3:6; g 1 Ne. 19:15; d Isa. 25:12.
3 Ne. 5:23 (21–26); 2 Ne. 6:11 (10–15). 15 a Isa. 5:23–24;
21:7 (4–29). h tg Jesus Christ, Nahum 1:10;
d tg Mission of Latter-day Prophecies about; Mal. 4:1;
Saints. Jesus Christ, Savior. 2 Ne. 15:24; 26:6 (4–6);
9 a 1 Ne. 14:5 (1–5); i tg Jesus Christ, Jehovah. D&C 64:24 (23–24);
2 Ne. 28:2. 13 a Rev. 17:16 (16–17). 133:64.
b 1 Ne. 15:13 (13–17); tg Devil, Church of. b Ps. 21:9 (8–10);
2 Ne. 30:3 (1–7). b 1 Ne. 14:16 (3, 15–17); 3 Ne. 25:1;
c 2 Ne. 29:14 (13–14). 2 Ne. 6:15. D&C 29:9.
d Deut. 4:31. tg War. tg Earth, Cleansing of.
e tg Abrahamic Covenant; c 1 Ne. 21:26 (24–26). 16 a 1 Ne. 14:17;
Seed of Abraham. 14 a Luke 21:10. 3 Ne. 20:20 (19–21).
f Gen. 12:2; b Ps. 7:15;
3 Ne. 20:25 (25, 27). Prov. 26:27; 28:10;
1 Nephi 22  : 17–26 52

of men; for he will not suffer that the for they are those who shall not be
wicked shall destroy the righteous. confounded. But it is the kingdom
17 Wherefore, he will a preserve the of the devil, which shall be built up
righteous by his power, even if it among the children of men, which
so be that the fulness of his wrath kingdom is established among them
must come, and the righteous be which are in the flesh—
preserved, even unto the destruction 23 For the time speedily shall come
of their enemies by fire. Wherefore, that all a churches which are built
the righteous need not fear; for up to get gain, and all those who
thus saith the prophet, they shall are built up to get power over the
be saved, even if it so be as by fire. flesh, and those who are built up
18 Behold, my brethren, I say unto to become b popular in the eyes of
you, that these things must shortly the world, and those who seek the
come; yea, even blood, and fire, and lusts of the flesh and the things of
vapor of smoke must come; and it the world, and to do all manner of
must needs be upon the face of this iniquity; yea, in fine, all those who
earth; and it cometh unto men ac- belong to the kingdom of the c devil
cording to the flesh if it so be that are they who need fear, and tremble,
they will harden their hearts against and d quake; they are those who must
the Holy One of Israel. be brought low in the dust; they
19 For behold, the righteous shall are those who must be e consumed
not perish; for the time surely must as stubble; and this is according to
come that all they who fight against the words of the prophet.
Zion shall be cut off. 24 And the time cometh speed-
20 And the Lord will surely a pre- ily that the righteous must be led
pare a way for his people, unto the up as a calves of the stall, and the
fulfilling of the words of Moses, Holy One of Israel must reign in
which he spake, saying: A b prophet dominion, and might, and power,
shall the Lord your God raise up and great b glory.
unto you, like unto me; him shall 25 And he a gathereth his children
ye hear in all things whatsoever from the four quarters of the earth;
he shall say unto you. And it shall and he numbereth his b sheep, and
come to pass that all those who will they know him; and there shall be
not hear that prophet shall be c cut one fold and one shepherd; and he
off from among the people. shall feed his sheep, and in him
21 And now I, Nephi, declare unto they shall find c pasture.
you, that this a prophet of whom 26 And because of the a righteous-
Moses spake was the Holy One of ness of his people, b Satan has no
Israel; wherefore, he shall execute power; wherefore, he cannot be
judgment in righteousness. loosed for the space of c many years;
22 And the righteous need not fear, for he hath no power over the hearts
17 a 2 Ne. 30:10; Prophecies about. 25 a Isa. 43:6 (5–7);
3 Ne. 22:13 (13–17); b Ps. 98:9; Eph. 1:10.
Moses 7:61. Moses 6:57. tg Israel, Gathering of.
tg Protection, Divine. tg Jesus Christ, Judge. b tg Jesus Christ, Good
b Ps. 55:22; 23 a 1 Ne. 14:10 (9–10); Shepherd; Sheep;
1 Ne. 17:35 (33–38). 2 Ne. 26:20. Shepherd.
20 a tg Millennium, tg Covet; Priestcraft. c 1 Ne. 21:9.
Preparing a People for. b Luke 6:26; Alma 1:3. 26 a tg Millennium;
b John 4:19; 7:40. c 1 Ne. 13:6. Righteousness.
c D&C 133:63. d 2 Ne. 28:19. b Rev. 20:2;
21 a Deut. 18:15 (15–19); e Zeph. 1:2 (2–3); Alma 48:17 (16–17);
Acts 3:22 (20–23); 2 Ne. 26:6. D&C 43:31; 45:55; 88:110;
1 Ne. 10:4; 3 Ne. 20:23; 24 a Amos 6:4; Mal. 4:2; 101:28.
Moses 1:6. 3 Ne. 25:2. tg Devil.
tg Jesus Christ, b tg Jesus Christ, Glory of. c Jacob 5:76.
53 1 Nephi 22  : 27–2 Nephi 1  : 5

of the people, for they dwell in would that ye should consider that
righteousness, and the Holy One the things which have been written
of Israel d reigneth. upon the a plates of brass are true;
27 And now behold, I, Nephi, say and they testify that a man must
unto you that all these a things must be obedient to the commandments
come according to the flesh. of God.
28 But, behold, all nations, kin- 31 Wherefore, ye need not sup-
dreds, tongues, and people shall pose that I and my father are the
dwell safely in the Holy One of Is- only ones that have testified, and
rael if it so be that they will a repent. also taught them. Wherefore, if ye
29 And now I, Nephi, make an end; shall be obedient to the a command-
for I durst not speak further as yet ments, and endure to the end, ye
concerning these things. shall be saved at the last day. And
30 Wherefore, my brethren, I thus it is. Amen.

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

Chapter 1 sparing their lives, that they were
Lehi prophesies of a land of liberty— not swallowed up in the sea.
His seed will be scattered and smitten if 3 And he also spake unto them con-
they reject the Holy One of Israel—He cerning the land of promise, which
exhorts his sons to put on the armor they had obtained—how a merciful
the Lord had been in b warning us
of righteousness. About 588–570 b.c. that we should flee out of the land

A nd now it came to pass that
   after I, Nephi, had made an
   end of teaching my brethren,
our a father, Lehi, also spake many
things unto them, and rehearsed
of Jerusalem.
4 For, behold, said he, I have a seen
a b vision, in which I know that
Jerusalem is d destroyed; and had we

remained in Jerusalem we should
unto them, how great things the also have e perished.
Lord had done for them in bringing 5 But, said he, notwithstanding
them out of the land of Jerusalem. our afflictions, we have obtained
2 And he spake unto them con- a a land of promise, a land which is
cerning their a rebellions upon the b 
choice above all other lands; a land
waters, and the mercies of God in which the Lord God hath c covenanted
26 d tg Jesus Christ, [2 Nephi] c Jer. 26:18 (17–19);
Millennial Reign. 1 1 a tg Patriarch. 1 Ne. 1:4 (4–18);
27 a ie these things pertain 2 a Isa. 65:2 (1–5); Hel. 8:20.
to this mortal world. 1 Ne. 18:9 (9–20); tg Jerusalem.
28 a tg Forgive; Repent. Alma 18:38. d Jer. 44:2.
30 a 1 Ne. 19:22; 3 a Gen. 19:16. e Alma 9:22.
2 Ne. 4:2. b tg Warn. 5 a tg Promised Lands.
31 a Matt. 19:17. 4 a 1 Ne. 17:14. b Ether 2:10 (7–12).
tg Commandments b tg Vision. c tg Vow.
of God.
2 Nephi 1  : 6 –13 54

with me should be a land for the be none to molest them, nor to take
inheritance of my seed. Yea, the away the land of their e inheritance;
Lord hath d covenanted this land and they shall dwell safely forever.
unto me, and to my children for- 10 But behold, when the time
ever, and also all those who should cometh that they shall dwindle in
be e led out of other countries by the a 
unbelief, after they have received
hand of the Lord. so great blessings from the hand of
6 Wherefore, I, Lehi, prophesy the Lord—having a knowledge of
according to the workings of the the creation of the earth, and all
Spirit which is in me, that there men, knowing the great and mar-
shall a none come into this land save velous works of the Lord from the
they shall be brought by the hand creation of the world; having power
of the Lord. given them to do all things by faith;
7 Wherefore, this a land is conse- having all the commandments from
crated unto him whom he shall the beginning, and having been
bring. And if it so be that they shall brought by his infinite goodness
serve him according to the com- into this precious land of promise—
mandments which he hath given, behold, I say, if the day shall come
it shall be a land of b liberty unto that they will reject the Holy One
them; wherefore, they shall never of Israel, the true b Messiah, their
be brought down into captivity; if Redeemer and their God, behold,
so, it shall be because of iniquity; the judgments of him that is c just
for if iniquity shall abound c cursed shall rest upon them.
shall be the land for their sakes, 11 Yea, he will bring a other na-
but unto the righteous it shall be tions unto them, and he will give
blessed forever. unto them power, and he will take
8 And behold, it is wisdom that away from them the lands of their
this land should be a kept as yet from possessions, and he will cause them
the knowledge of other b nations; for to be b scattered and smitten.
behold, many nations would over- 12 Yea, as one generation passeth
run the land, that there would be to another there shall be a blood-
no place for an inheritance. sheds, and great visitations among
9 Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained them; wherefore, my sons, I would
a a promise, that b inasmuch as those that ye would remember; yea, I
whom the Lord God shall bring out would that ye would hearken unto
of the land of Jerusalem shall keep my words.
his commandments, they shall c pros- 13 O that ye would awake; awake
per upon the face of this land; and from a deep a sleep, yea, even from
they shall be kept from all other the sleep of b hell, and shake off
nations, that they may possess this the awful c chains by which ye are
land unto themselves. And if it so be bound, which are the chains which
that they shall d keep his command- bind the children of men, that they
ments they shall be blessed upon are carried away captive down to the
the face of this land, and there shall eternal d gulf of misery and woe.
5 d tg Covenants. 9 a Jacob 1:5. 12 a Morm. 1:11 (11–19);
e Ezra 8:22. b 2 Ne. 4:4; 4:1 (1–23);
6 a 2 Ne. 10:22. Alma 9:13. D&C 87:6 (1–6).
7 a Mosiah 29:32; c Deut. 29:9; 30:9. 13 a tg Sleep.
Alma 46:10 (10–28, 34). d tg Obedience. b tg Damnation.
b 2 Ne. 10:11. e tg Inheritance. c Isa. 58:6;
tg Liberty. 10 a tg Unbelief. Alma 12:11 (9–11).
c Alma 45:16 (10–14, 16); b tg Jesus Christ, Messiah. tg Bondage, Spiritual.
Morm. 1:17; c tg Justice. d 1 Ne. 12:18;
Ether 2:11 (8–12). 11 a 1 Ne. 13:14 (12–20); 15:28 (28–30);
8 a 3 Ne. 5:20. Morm. 5:19 (19–20). Alma 26:20 (19–20);
b tg Nations. b 1 Ne. 22:7. Hel. 3:29.
55 2 Nephi 1  : 14–24

14 Awake! and arise from the dust, much as ye shall keep my b com-
and hear the words of a trembling mandments ye shall c prosper in the
parent, whose limbs ye must soon land; but inasmuch as ye will not
lay down in the cold and silent keep my commandments ye shall
grave, from whence no traveler be cut off from my presence.
can c return; a few more d days and 21 And now that my soul might
I go the e way of all the earth. have joy in you, and that my heart
15 But behold, the Lord hath a re- might leave this world with glad-
deemed my soul from hell; I have ness because of you, that I might
beheld his b glory, and I am encircled not be brought down with grief and
about eternally in the c arms of his sorrow to the grave, arise from the
love. dust, my sons, and be a men, and be
16 And I desire that ye should re- determined in b one mind and in one
member to observe the a statutes and heart, united in all things, that ye
the judgments of the Lord; behold, may not come down into captivity;
this hath been the anxiety of my 22 That ye may not be a cursed with
soul from the beginning. a sore cursing; and also, that ye may
17 My heart hath been weighed not incur the displeasure of a b just
down with sorrow from time to God upon you, unto the destruction,
time, for I have feared, lest for the yea, the eternal destruction of both
hardness of your hearts the Lord soul and body.
your God should come out in the 23 Awake, my sons; put on the ar-
fulness of his a wrath upon you, that mor of a righteousness. Shake off the
ye be b cut off and destroyed forever; b 
chains with which ye are bound,
18 Or, that a a cursing should come and come forth out of obscurity,
upon you for the space of b many and arise from the dust.
generations; and ye are visited by 24 Rebel no more against your
sword, and by famine, and are hated, brother, whose views have been
and are led according to the will a 
glorious, and who hath kept the
and captivity of the c devil. commandments from the time that
19 O my sons, that these things we left Jerusalem; and who hath
might not come upon you, but that been an instrument in the hands of
ye might be a choice and a a favored God, in bringing us forth into the
people of the Lord. But behold, his land of promise; for were it not for
will be done; for his b ways are righ- him, we must have perished with
teousness forever. b 
hunger in the wilderness; never-
20 And he hath said that: a Inas- theless, ye sought to c take away his
14 a tg Family, Love within. 16 a Deut. 4:6 (5–8); Alma 9:13 (13–14);
b tg Death. Ezek. 20:11; 36:30; 37:13;
c Job 10:21. 2 Ne. 5:10 (10–11). 3 Ne. 5:22.
d Gen. 47:29 (28–29); 17 a 1 Ne. 2:23; b Lev. 26:3 (3–14);
Jacob 1:9. 2 Ne. 5:21 (21–24); Joel 2:25 (23–26);
e Josh. 23:14; Alma 3:6 (6–19). Amos 5:4 (4–8);
1 Kgs. 2:2. tg God, Indignation of. Mosiah 26:30.
15 a Alma 36:28. b Gen. 6:13; c Ps. 67:6;
tg Jesus Christ, 1 Ne. 17:31; Prov. 22:4 (4–5);
Atonement through. Mosiah 12:8; Mosiah 2:24 (21–25).
b Ex. 24:16; 3 Ne. 9:9. 21 a 1 Sam. 4:9; 1 Kgs. 2:2.
Lev. 9:6 (6, 23); 18 a tg Curse. b Moses 7:18.
Ether 12:6 (6–18). b 1 Ne. 12:21 (20–23). 22 a tg Curse.
tg Jesus Christ, c Rev. 12:9 (7–9); b D&C 3:4.
Glory of. Moses 1:12. tg Justice.
c Isa. 59:16; Jacob 6:5; tg Devil. 23 a tg Righteousness.
Alma 5:33; 19 a tg Peculiar People. b tg Bondage, Spiritual.
3 Ne. 9:14. b Hosea 14:9. 24 a 1 Ne. 18:3.
d Rom. 8:39. 20 a Jarom 1:9; Omni 1:6; b 1 Ne. 16:32.
tg God, Love of. Mosiah 1:7; c 1 Ne. 16:37.
2 Nephi 1  : 25–2  : 3 56

life; yea, and he hath suffered much been brought out of the land of Je-
sorrow because of you. rusalem, and I know that thou art
25 And I exceedingly fear and a true b friend unto my son, Nephi,
tremble because of you, lest he forever.
shall suffer again; for behold, ye 31 Wherefore, because thou hast
have a accused him that he sought been faithful thy seed shall be
power and b authority over you; but blessed a with his seed, that they
I know that he hath not sought for dwell in prosperity long upon the
power nor authority over you, but face of this land; and nothing, save it
he hath sought the glory of God, shall be iniquity among them, shall
and your own eternal welfare. harm or disturb their prosperity
26 And ye have murmured because upon the face of this land forever.
he hath been plain unto you. Ye 32 Wherefore, if ye shall keep the
say that he hath used a sharpness; commandments of the Lord, the
ye say that he hath been angry Lord hath consecrated this land
with you; but behold, his b sharpness for the security of thy seed with
was the sharpness of the power of the seed of my son.
the word of God, which was in him;
and that which ye call anger was Chapter 2
the truth, according to that which Redemption comes through the Holy
is in God, which he could not re- Messiah—Freedom of choice (agency) is
strain, mani­festing boldly concern- essential to existence and progression—
ing your iniquities. Adam fell that men might be—Men are
27 And it must needs be that the free to choose liberty and eternal life.
power of God must be with him, About 588–570 b.c.
even unto his commanding you
that ye must obey. But behold, it And now, Jacob, I speak unto you:
was not he, but it was the b Spirit of Thou art my a firstborn in the days
the Lord which was in him, which of my tribulation in the wilderness.
opened his mouth to utterance that And behold, in thy childhood thou
he could not shut it. hast suffered afflictions and much
28 And now my son, Laman, and sorrow, because of the rudeness of
also Lemuel and Sam, and also my thy brethren.
sons who are the sons of Ishmael, 2 Nevertheless, Jacob, my firstborn
behold, if ye will hearken unto the in the wilderness, thou knowest
voice of Nephi ye shall not perish. the greatness of God; and he shall
And if ye will hearken unto him consecrate thine a afflictions for
I leave unto you a a blessing, yea, thy gain.
even my first blessing. 3 Wherefore, thy soul shall be
29 But if ye will not hearken unto blessed, and thou shalt dwell safely
him I take away my a first blessing, with thy brother, Nephi; and thy
yea, even my blessing, and it shall days shall be a spent in the service
rest upon him. of thy God. Wherefore, I know that
30 And now, Zoram, I speak unto thou art redeemed, because of the
you: Behold, thou art the a servant righteousness of thy Redeemer; for
of Laban; nevertheless, thou hast thou hast b beheld that in the c fulness
25 a 1 Ne. 15:8 (8–11); 27 a 1 Ne. 17:48. 31 a 2 Ne. 5:6.
Mosiah 10:14. b D&C 121:43. 2 1 a 1 Ne. 18:7 (7, 19).
b Gen. 37:10 (9–11); c D&C 33:8. 2 a Micah 4:13;
1 Ne. 2:22. 28 a tg Birthright. 2 Ne. 32:9.
26 a Prov. 15:10; 29 a Gen. 49:3 (3–4); tg Affliction.
1 Ne. 16:2. D&C 68:17; 3 a Enos 1:1.
b W of M 1:17; Abr. 1:3. b 2 Ne. 11:3.
Moro. 9:4; 30 a 1 Ne. 4:20 (20, 35). c tg Fulness.
D&C 121:43 (41–43). b tg Friendship.
57 2 Nephi 2  : 4 –11

of time he cometh to bring salvation presence of God, a save it be through
unto men. the merits, and mercy, and grace of
4 And thou hast a beheld in thy the Holy Messiah, who b layeth down
youth his glory; wherefore, thou his life according to the flesh, and
art blessed even as they unto whom taketh it again by the power of the
he shall minister in the flesh; for Spirit, that he may bring to pass
the Spirit is the same, yesterday, the c resurrection of the dead, being
today, and forever. And the way is the first that should rise.
prepared from the fall of man, and 9 Wherefore, he is the firstfruits
salvation is c free. unto God, inasmuch as he shall
5 And men are instructed suffi- make a intercession for all the chil-
ciently that they a know good from dren of men; and they that believe
evil. And the b law is given unto men. in him shall be saved.
And by the law no flesh is c justi- 10 And because of the interces-
fied; or, by the law men are d cut off. sion for a all, all men come unto
Yea, by the temporal law they were God; wherefore, they stand in the
cut off; and also, by the spiritual presence of him, to be b judged of
law they perish from that which him according to the truth and c ho-
is good, and become miserable liness which is in him. Wherefore,
forever. the ends of the law which the Holy
6 Wherefore, a redemption cometh One hath given, unto the inflicting
in and through the b Holy c Messiah; of the d punishment which is affixed,
for he is full of d grace and truth. which punishment that is affixed
7 Behold, he offereth himself a is in opposition to that of the hap-
sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends piness which is affixed, to answer
of the law, unto all those who have the ends of the e atonement—
a broken heart and a contrite spirit; 11 For it must needs be, that there
and unto b none else can the c ends is an a opposition in all things. If not
of the law be answered. so, my firstborn in the wilderness,
8 Wherefore, how great the impor- righteousness could not be brought
tance to make these things known to pass, neither wickedness, nei-
unto the inhabitants of the earth, ther holiness nor misery, neither
that they may know that there good nor bad. Wherefore, all things
is no flesh that can dwell in the must needs be a compound in one;
4 a 2 Ne. 11:3; Mosiah 16:5 (4–5); tg Jesus Christ,
Jacob 7:5. Alma 12:22 (22–25). Resurrection.
tg Jesus Christ, tg Jesus Christ, 9 a Isa. 53:12 (1–12);
Appearances, Redeemer; Redemption. Mosiah 14:12; 15:8;
Antemortal. b tg Holiness. Moro. 7:28 (27–28).
b Jude 1:3. c tg Jesus Christ, Messiah. tg Jesus Christ,
c tg Grace. d John 1:17 (14, 17); Mission of.
5 a Moro. 7:16. Alma 13:9; Moses 1:6. 10 a Ps. 65:2.
b Gal. 2:16; 3:2; tg Grace. tg Jesus Christ,
Mosiah 13:28 (27–28). 7 a tg Jesus Christ, Redeemer.
c Rom. 3:20 (20–24); 7:5; Atonement through; b tg Jesus Christ, Judge.
2 Ne. 25:23; Sacrifice; Self-Sacrifice. c tg Holiness.
Alma 42:14 (12–16). b 1 Sam. 2:2 (1–10). d tg Punish.
tg Justification. c Rom. 10:4. e 2 Ne. 9:26 (7, 21–22, 26);
d Lev. 7:20 (20–21); 8 a 2 Ne. 25:20; 31:21; Alma 22:14; 33:22;
1 Ne. 10:6; Mosiah 4:8; 5:8; 34:9 (8–16).
2 Ne. 9:6 (6–38); Alma 21:9; 38:9. tg Jesus Christ,
Alma 11:42 (40–45); b tg Jesus Christ, Atonement through.
12:16 (16, 24, 36); Prophecies about. 11 a Job 2:10; Matt. 5:45;
42:7 (6–11); c 1 Cor. 15:20; D&C 29:39; 122:7 (5–9);
Hel. 14:16 (15–18). Mosiah 13:35; Moses 6:55.
6 a 1 Ne. 10:6; Alma 7:12; 12:25 (24–25); tg Adversity; Agency;
2 Ne. 25:20; 42:23. Mortality; Opposition.
2 Nephi 2  : 12–20 58

wherefore, if it should be one body a 
purposes in the end of man, after
it must needs remain as dead, having he had b created our first parents,
no life neither death, nor corruption and the beasts of the field and the
nor incorruption, happiness nor mis- c 
fowls of the air, and in fine, all
ery, neither sense nor insensibility. things which are created, it must
12 Wherefore, it must needs have needs be that there was an opposi-
been created for a thing of naught; tion; even the d forbidden e fruit in
wherefore there would have been f 
opposition to the g tree of life; the
no a purpose in the end of its cre- one being sweet and the other bitter.
ation. Wherefore, this thing must 16 Wherefore, the Lord God gave
needs destroy the wisdom of God unto man that he should a act for
and his eternal purposes, and also himself. Wherefore, man could not
the power, and the mercy, and the b 
act for himself save it should be
justice of God. that he was c enticed by the one or
13 And if ye shall say there is a no the other.
law, ye shall also say there is no sin. 17 And I, Lehi, according to the
If ye shall say there is no sin, ye things which I have read, must needs
shall also say there is no righteous- suppose that an a angel of God, ac-
ness. And if there be no righteousness cording to that which is written, had
there be no happiness. And if there b 
fallen from heaven; wherefore, he
be no righteousness nor happiness became a c devil, having sought that
there be no punishment nor misery. which was evil before God.
And if these things are not b there is 18 And because he had fallen from
no God. And if there is no God we heaven, and had become miserable
are not, neither the earth; for there forever, he a sought also the misery
could have been no creation of of all mankind. Wherefore, he said
things, neither to act nor to be acted unto Eve, yea, even that old serpent,
upon; wherefore, all things must who is the devil, who is the father
have vanished away. of all b lies, wherefore he said: Par-
14 And now, my sons, I speak unto take of the forbidden fruit, and ye
you these things for your profit and shall not die, but ye shall be as God,
learning; for there is a God, and c 
knowing good and evil.
he hath b created all things, both 19 And after Adam and Eve had
the heavens and the earth, and all a 
partaken of the forbidden fruit
things that in them are, both things they were driven out of the garden
to act and things to be c acted upon. of b Eden, to till the earth.
15 And to bring about his eternal 20 And they have brought forth
12 a D&C 88:25. Creation of. Moses 4:3 (3–4);
tg Earth, Purpose of. c Gen. 1:20. Abr. 3:28 (27–28).
b tg God, Justice of. d Gen. 2:17 (16–17); tg Sons of Perdition.
13 a Rom. 4:15; 5:13; Moses 3:17. c tg Adversary; Devil;
2 Ne. 9:25; 11:7. e Gen. 3:6; Lucifer; Satan.
b Alma 42:13. Mosiah 3:26; 18 a Luke 22:31;
14 a tg Learn. Alma 12:22 (21–23). Rev. 13:7;
b tg Creation; f tg Opposition. 2 Ne. 28:20 (19–23);
God, Creator; g Gen. 2:9; 3 Ne. 18:18;
Jesus Christ, Creator. 1 Ne. 15:36 (22, 28, 36); D&C 10:22 (22–27);
c D&C 93:30. Alma 12:26 (21, 23, 26); 50:3; 76:29.
15 a Isa. 45:18 (17–18); 32:40. b 2 Ne. 28:8; Moses 4:4.
Matt. 5:48; 16 a Alma 12:31. c Gen. 3:5;
Rom. 8:17 (14–21); tg Initiative. Mosiah 16:3;
Eph. 3:11 (7–12); b 2 Ne. 10:23. Alma 29:5;
Alma 42:26; tg Agency. Moro. 7:16 (15–19).
D&C 29:43 (42–44); c D&C 29:39 (39–40). 19 a Gen. 2:17 (16–17);
Moses 1:31, 39. 17 a tg Council in Heaven. Alma 12:31.
tg Earth, Purpose of. b Isa. 14:12; tg Fall of Man.
b tg Man, Physical 2 Ne. 9:8; b tg Eden.
59 2 Nephi 2  : 21–30

children; yea, even the a family of b 
redeem the children of men from
all the earth. the fall. And because that they are
21 And the days of the children c 
redeemed from the fall they have
of a men were prolonged, accord- become d free forever, knowing good
ing to the b will of God, that they from evil; to act for themselves
might c repent while in the flesh; and not to be acted upon, save it
wherefore, their state became a be by the punishment of the e law
state of d probation, and their time at the great and last day, according
was lengthened, according to the to the commandments which God
commandments which the Lord God hath given.
gave unto the children of men. For 27 Wherefore, men are a free ac-
he gave commandment that all men cording to the b flesh; and c all things
must repent; for he showed unto all are d given them which are expedi-
men that they were e lost, because of ent unto man. And they are free to
the transgression of their parents. e 
choose f  liberty and eternal g life,
22 And now, behold, if Adam through the great Mediator of all
had not transgressed he would not men, or to choose captivity and
have fallen, but he would have death, according to the captivity and
remained in the garden of  Eden. power of the devil; for he seeketh
And all things which were created that all men might be h miserable
must have remained in the same like unto himself.
state in which they were after they 28 And now, my sons, I would
were created; and they must have that ye should look to the great
remained forever, and had no end. a 
Mediator, and hearken unto his
23 And they would have had no great commandments; and be faith-
children; wherefore they would ful unto his words, and choose eter-
have remained in a state of inno- nal life, according to the will of his
cence, having no b joy, for they knew Holy Spirit;
no misery; doing no good, for they 29 And not choose eternal death,
knew no c sin. according to the will of the flesh
24 But behold, all things have and the a evil which is therein, which
been done in the wisdom of him giveth the spirit of the devil power
who a knoweth all things. to b captivate, to bring you down to
25  a Adam b fell that men might c 
hell, that he may reign over you in
be; and men c are, that they might his own kingdom.
have d joy. 30 I have spoken these few words
26 And the a Messiah cometh in unto you all, my sons, in the last
the fulness of time, that he may days of my probation; and I have
20 a 1 Cor. 15:45 (45–48); God, Omniscience of. b tg Mortality.
D&C 27:11; 138:38; 25 a tg Adam. c 2 Ne. 26:24;
Moses 1:34. b Moses 6:48. Jacob 5:41;
tg Adam. tg Fall of Man. Alma 26:37.
21 a Job 14:1; c tg Mortality. d Alma 29:8.
Alma 12:24; d Moses 5:10. tg Talents.
Moses 4:23 (22–25). tg Joy; Man, Potential to e tg Initiative;
b tg God, Will of. Become like Heavenly Opposition.
c Alma 34:32. Father. f tg Liberty.
tg Repent. 26 a tg Jesus Christ, Messiah. g Deut. 30:15.
d tg Mortality; Probation. b tg Salvation, Plan of. h D&C 10:22.
e Jacob 7:12. c tg Redemption. 28 a tg Jesus Christ,
23 a Gen. 3:16; Moses 5:11. d Gal. 5:1; Mediator.
tg Family; Alma 41:7; 42:27; 29 a tg Evil; Sin.
Marriage, Motherhood. Hel. 14:30. b Rom. 6:14 (14–18);
b tg Joy. e tg God, Law of. 1 Ne. 14:7;
c tg Sin. 27 a Gal. 5:1; Alma 12:11 (9–11).
24 a tg God, Foreknowledge Hel. 14:30 (29–30); tg Bondage, Spiritual.
of; God, Intelligence of; Moses 6:56. c tg Hell.
2 Nephi 3  : 1–11 60

chosen the good part, according up a c righteous d branch unto the
to the words of the prophet. And I house of Israel; not the Messiah, but
have none other object save it be the a branch which was to be broken
everlasting a welfare of your souls. off, nevertheless, to be remembered
Amen. in the covenants of the Lord that
the Messiah should be made e mani-
Chapter 3 fest unto them in the latter days, in
Joseph in Egypt saw the Nephites in vi- the spirit of power, unto the bring-
sion—He prophesied of Joseph Smith, ing of them out of f darkness unto
the latter-day seer; of Moses, who would light—yea, out of hidden darkness
deliver Israel; and of the coming forth of and out of captivity unto freedom.
the Book of Mormon. About 588–570 b.c. 6 For Joseph truly testified, say-
ing: A a seer shall the Lord my God
And now I speak unto you, Joseph, raise up, who shall be a choice seer
my a last-born. Thou wast born in unto the fruit of my b loins.
the wilderness of mine afflictions; 7 Yea, Joseph truly said: Thus saith
yea, in the days of my greatest sor- the Lord unto me: A choice a seer
row did thy mother bear thee. will I b raise up out of the fruit of
2 And may the Lord consecrate thy loins; and he shall be esteemed
also unto thee this a land, which is highly among the fruit of thy loins.
a most precious land, for thine in- And unto him will I give command-
heritance and the inheritance of ment that he shall do a work for
thy seed with thy brethren, for thy the fruit of thy loins, his brethren,
security forever, if it so be that ye which shall be of great worth unto
shall keep the commandments of them, even to the bringing of them
the Holy One of Israel. to the c knowledge of the covenants
3 And now, Joseph, my last-born, which I have made with thy fathers.
whom I have brought out of the 8 And I will give unto him a com-
wilderness of mine afflictions, may mandment that he shall do a none
the Lord bless thee forever, for thy other work, save the work which
seed shall not utterly be b destroyed.
I shall command him. And I will
4 For behold, thou art the fruit of make him great in mine eyes; for
my loins; and I am a descendant of he shall do my work.
Joseph who was carried b captive 9 And he shall be great like unto
into Egypt. And great were the c cov- a 
Moses, whom I have said I would
enants of the Lord which he made raise up unto you, to b deliver my
unto Joseph. c 
people, O house of Israel.
5 Wherefore, Joseph truly a saw our 10 And a Moses will I raise up, to
day. And he obtained a b promise deliver thy people out of the land of
of the Lord, that out of the fruit of Egypt.
his loins the Lord God would raise 11 But a a seer will I raise up out
30 a tg Family, Children, 2 Ne. 3:22; 4:2 (1–32). tg Seer.
Responsibilities toward. b tg Promise. b D&C 132:30.
3 1 a 1 Ne. 18:7 (7, 19). c Jacob 2:25. 7 a tg Joseph Smith.
2 a 1 Ne. 2:20. d Gen. 45:7 (5–7); b tg Millennium,
tg Promised Lands. 49:22 (22–26); Preparing a People for.
3 a Gen. 45:7; 1 Ne. 13:30. 1 Ne. 15:12 (12, 16); 19:24; c tg Book of Mormon.
b Amos 9:8; 2 Ne. 14:2. 8 a D&C 24:9 (8–9).
2 Ne. 9:53; 25:21. tg Vineyard of the Lord. 9 a Moses 1:41.
4 a Gen. 39:2; 45:4; e 2 Ne. 6:14; b Ex. 3:10 (7–10);
49:22 (22–26); D&C 3:18 (16–20). 1 Ne. 17:24.
Ps. 77:15; f Isa. 42:16; c 2 Ne. 29:14.
1 Ne. 5:14 (14–16). 1 Jn. 2:8; 10 a tg Foreordination.
b Gen. 37:36 (29–36). 1 Ne. 21:9. 11 a 1 Ne. 21:8;
c Amos 5:15. 6 a 3 Ne. 21:11 (8–11); 3 Ne. 21:11 (8–11);
5 a jst Gen. 50:24–38 (Bible Morm. 8:16 (16, 25); Morm. 8:16 (16, 25).
Appendix); Ether 3:28 (21–28). tg Prophets, Mission of.
61 2 Nephi 3  : 12–21

of the fruit of thy loins; and unto by the power of the Lord shall bring
him will I give b power to c bring my people unto e salvation.

forth my word unto the seed of thy 16 Yea, thus prophesied Joseph: I
loins—and not to the bringing forth am sure of this thing, even as I am
my word only, saith the Lord, but sure of the promise of Moses; for
to the convincing them of my word, the Lord hath said unto me, I will
which shall have already gone forth a 
preserve thy seed forever.
among them. 17 And the Lord hath said: I will
12 Wherefore, the fruit of thy loins raise up a Moses; and I will give
shall a write; and the fruit of the power unto him in a rod; and I will
loins of b Judah shall c write; and that give judgment unto him in writing.
which shall be written by the fruit of Yet I will not loose his tongue, that
thy loins, and also that which shall he shall speak much, for I will not
be written by the fruit of the loins make him mighty in speaking. But
of Judah, shall grow together, unto I will a write unto him my law, by
the d confounding of e false doctrines the finger of mine own hand; and
and laying down of contentions, and I will make a b spokesman for him.
establishing f peace among the fruit 18 And the Lord said unto me
of thy loins, and g bringing them also: I will raise up unto the fruit of
to the h knowledge of their fathers thy loins; and I will make for him
in the latter days, and also to the a spokesman. And I, behold, I will
knowledge of my covenants, saith give unto him that he shall write
the Lord. the writing of the fruit of thy loins,
13 And out of weakness he shall unto the fruit of thy loins; and the
be made strong, in that day when spokesman of thy loins shall de-
my work shall commence among all clare it.
my people, unto the restoring thee, 19 And the words which he shall
O house of Israel, saith the Lord. write shall be the words which are
14 And thus prophesied Joseph, expedient in my wisdom should go
saying: Behold, that seer will the forth unto the a fruit of thy loins.
Lord bless; and they that seek to And it shall be as if the fruit of thy
destroy him shall be confounded; loins had cried unto them b from the
for this promise, which I have ob- dust; for I know their faith.
tained of the Lord, of the fruit of 20 And they shall a cry from the
my loins, shall be fulfilled. Behold, b 
dust; yea, even repentance unto
I am sure of the fulfilling of this their brethren, even after many
promise; generations have gone by them.
15 And his a name shall be called af- And it shall come to pass that their
ter me; and it shall be after the b name cry shall go, even according to the
of his father. And he shall be c like simpleness of their words.
unto me; for the thing, which the 21 Because of their faith their
Lord shall bring forth by his hand, a 
words shall proceed forth out of
11 b D&C 5:4 (3–4). g Moro. 1:4. Moses 2:1.
c tg Scriptures to Come h 1 Ne. 15:14; tg Scriptures,
Forth. 2 Ne. 30:5; Writing of.
12 a tg Book of Mormon. 3 Ne. 5:23; b Ex. 4:16 (14–16).
b 1 Ne. 13:23 (23–29); Morm. 7:9 (1, 5, 9–10). 19 a D&C 28:8.
2 Ne. 29:12. 15 a D&C 18:8. b Isa. 29:4;
c tg Scriptures, b JS—H 1:3. 2 Ne. 27:13;
Preservation of; c D&C 28:2. 33:13 (13–15);
Scriptures, Writing of. d Enos 1:13 (12–18); Morm. 9:30;
d Ezek. 37:17 (15–20); Alma 37:19 (1–20). Moro. 10:27.
1 Ne. 13:39 (38–41); e tg Scriptures, Value of. 20 a 2 Ne. 26:16;
2 Ne. 29:8; 33:10 (10–11). 16 a Gen. 45:7 (1–8); Morm. 8:23 (23, 26).
e tg False Doctrine. D&C 107:42. b tg Book of Mormon.
f tg Peacemakers. 17 a Deut. 10:2 (2, 4); 21 a 2 Ne. 29:2.
2 Nephi 3  : 22–4  : 9 62

my mouth unto their brethren who 2 For behold, he truly prophe-
are the fruit of thy loins; and the sied concerning all his seed. And
weakness of their words will I make the a prophecies which he wrote,
strong in their faith, unto the re- there are not many greater. And he
membering of my covenant which prophe­sied concerning us, and our
I made unto thy fathers. future generations; and they are
22 And now, behold, my son Jo- written upon the b plates of brass.
seph, after this manner did my 3 Wherefore, after my father had
father of old a prophesy. made an end of speaking concerning
23 Wherefore, because of this cov- the prophecies of Joseph, he called
enant thou art a blessed; for thy seed the children of Laman, his sons, and
shall not be destroyed, for they shall his daughters, and said unto them:
hearken unto the words of the book.
Behold, my sons, and my daughters,
24 And there shall rise up a one who are the sons and the daugh-
mighty among them, who shall do ters of my a firstborn, I would that
much good, both in word and in ye should give ear unto my words.
deed, being an instrument in the 4 For the Lord God hath said that:
hands of God, with exceeding faith, a 
Inasmuch as ye shall keep my com-
to work mighty wonders, and do mandments ye shall prosper in the
that thing which is great in the sight land; and inasmuch as ye will not
of God, unto the bringing to pass keep my commandments ye shall
much b restoration unto the house be cut off from my presence.
of Israel, and unto the seed of thy 5 But behold, my sons and my
brethren. daughters, I cannot go down to my
25 And now, blessed art thou, grave save I should leave a a blessing
Joseph. Behold, thou art little; upon you; for behold, I know that
wherefore hearken unto the words if ye are b brought up in the c way ye
of thy brother, Nephi, and it shall should go ye will not depart from it.
be done unto thee even according 6 Wherefore, if ye are a cursed,
to the words which I have spoken. behold, I leave my blessing upon
Remember the words of thy dying you, that the b cursing may be taken
father. Amen. from you and be answered upon
the c heads of your parents.
Chapter 4 7 Wherefore, because of my bless-
Lehi counsels and blesses his poster- ing the Lord God will a not suffer
ity—He dies and is buried—Nephi that ye shall perish; wherefore, he
glories in the goodness of God—Nephi will be b merciful unto you and unto
puts his trust in the Lord forever. About your seed forever.
588–570 b.c. 8 And it came to pass that after my
father had made an end of speaking
And now, I, Nephi, speak concerning to the sons and daughters of Laman,
the prophecies of which my father he caused the sons and daughters of
hath spoken, concerning a Joseph, Lemuel to be brought before him.
who was carried into Egypt. 9 And he spake unto them, saying:
22 a 2 Ne. 3:5. 2 Ne. 5:12. b tg Curse.
23 a tg Birthright. 3 a tg Firstborn. c D&C 68:25 (25–29).
b tg Obedience. 4 a 2 Ne. 1:9; 7 a 1 Ne. 22:7 (7–8);
24 a tg Joseph Smith. Alma 9:13. 2 Ne. 30:3 (3–6);
b tg Dispensations; 5 a tg Family, Patriarchal; Jacob 1:5.
Israel, Restoration of; Patriarchal Blessings. tg Book of Mormon.
Restoration of the b tg Family, Children, b 1 Ne. 13:31;
Gospel. Responsibilities 2 Ne. 10:18 (18–19);
4 1 a Gen. 39:2. toward. Jacob 3:6 (5–9);
2 a 2 Ne. 3:5. c Prov. 22:6. Hel. 15:12 (10–17);
b 1 Ne. 22:30; 6 a 1 Ne. 2:23. Morm. 5:20 (20–21).
63 2 Nephi 4  : 10–23

Behold, my sons and my daughters, plates; for a more history part are
who are the sons and the daughters written upon mine other plates.
of my second son; behold I leave 15 And upon a these I b write the
unto you the same blessing which things of my soul, and many of
I left unto the sons and daughters the scriptures which are engraven
of Laman; wherefore, thou shalt not upon the plates of brass. For my
utterly be destroyed; but in the end soul c delighteth in the scriptures,
thy seed shall be blessed. and my heart d pondereth them, and
10 And it came to pass that when writeth them for the e learning and
my father had made an end of speak- the profit of my children.
ing unto them, behold, he spake 16 Behold, my a soul delighteth
unto the sons of a Ishmael, yea, and in the things of the Lord; and my
even all his household. b 
heart pondereth continually upon
11 And after he had made an end the things which I have seen and
of speaking unto them, he spake heard.
unto Sam, saying: Blessed art thou, 17 Nevertheless, notwithstanding
and thy a seed; for thou shalt in- the great a goodness of the Lord, in
herit the land like unto thy brother showing me his great and marvel-
Nephi. And thy seed shall be num- ous works, my heart exclaimeth:
bered with his seed; and thou shalt O b wretched man that I am! Yea,
be even like unto thy brother, and my heart c sorroweth because of my
thy seed like unto his seed; and flesh; my soul grieveth because of
thou shalt be blessed in all thy mine iniquities.
days. 18 I am encompassed about, be-
12 And it came to pass after my cause of the temptations and the
father, Lehi, had a spoken unto all sins which do so easily a beset me.
his household, according to the 19 And when I desire to rejoice,
feelings of his heart and the Spirit my heart groaneth because of my
of the Lord which was in him, he sins; nevertheless, I know in whom
waxed b old. And it came to pass that I have a trusted.
he died, and was buried. 20 My God hath been my a support;
13 And it came to pass that not he hath led me through mine b af-
many days after his death, Laman flictions in the wilderness; and he
and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael hath preserved me upon the waters
were a angry with me because of the of the great deep.
admonitions of the Lord. 21 He hath filled me with his
14 For I, Nephi, was constrained to a 
love, even unto the b consuming
speak unto them, according to his of my flesh.
word; for I had spoken many things 22 He hath confounded mine a en-
unto them, and also my father, be- emies, unto the causing of them to
fore his death; many of which say- quake before me.
ings are written upon mine a other 23 Behold, he hath heard my cry by
10 a 1 Ne. 7:6. Writing of. c tg Poor in Spirit;
11 a Jacob 1:14 (12–14). c Ps. 119:24; Repent;
12 a Gen. 49:1 (1–27). Moses 6:59. Sorrow.
b tg Old Age. d tg Meditation; 18 a Rom. 7:21 (15–25);
13 a 1 Ne. 7:6 (6–19); Scriptures, Study of. Heb. 12:1;
17:18 (17–55); e 1 Ne. 19:23. Alma 7:15.
18:10 (9–22); tg Scriptures, Value of. 19 a tg Trust in God.
2 Ne. 5:2 (1–25). 16 a tg Spirituality; 20 a 2 Cor. 4:16.
tg Anger. Thanksgiving. b 1 Ne. 17:6.
14 a 1 Ne. 1:17 (16–17); 9:4; b tg Heart. tg Affliction;
2 Ne. 5:33 (29–33); 17 a Ex. 34:6 (5–7); Comfort.
D&C 10:42. 2 Ne. 9:10; 21 a tg God, Love of.
15 a 1 Ne. 6:1 (1–6). D&C 86:11. b D&C 84:33.
b tg Scriptures, b Rom. 7:24. 22 a Ps. 3:7 (7–8).
2 Nephi 4  : 24–35 64

day, and he hath given me a knowl- soul will rejoice in thee, my God,
edge by b visions in the night-time. and the b rock of my salvation.
24 And by day have I waxed bold 31 O Lord, wilt thou a redeem my
in mighty a prayer before him; yea, soul? Wilt thou deliver me out of
my voice have I sent up on high; the hands of mine enemies? Wilt
and angels came down and minis- thou make me that I may shake at
tered unto me. the appearance of b sin?
25 And upon the wings of his Spirit 32 May the gates of hell be shut
hath my body been a carried away continually before me, because that
upon exceedingly high mountains. my a heart is broken and my spirit
And mine eyes have beheld great is contrite! O Lord, wilt thou not
things, yea, even too great for man; shut the gates of thy righteousness
therefore I was bidden that I should before me, that I may b walk in the
not write them. path of the low valley, that I may
26 O then, if I have seen so great be strict in the plain road!
things, if the Lord in his condescen- 33 O Lord, wilt thou encircle me
sion unto the children of men hath around in the robe of thy a righ-
visited men in so much b mercy, teousness! O Lord, wilt thou make
why should my d heart weep and my
a way for mine escape before mine
soul linger in the valley of sorrow, b 
enemies! Wilt thou make my path
and my flesh waste away, and my straight before me! Wilt thou not
strength slacken, because of mine place a stumbling block in my way—
afflictions? but that thou wouldst clear my way
27 And why should I a yield to before me, and hedge not up my
sin, because of my flesh? Yea, why way, but the ways of mine enemy.
should I give way to b temptations, 34 O Lord, I have a trusted in thee,
that the evil one have place in my and I will b trust in thee forever. I
heart to destroy my c peace and af- will not put my c trust in the arm
flict my soul? Why am I d angry be- of flesh; for I know that cursed is
cause of mine enemy ? he that putteth his d trust in the
28 Awake, my soul! No longer arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that
droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, putteth his trust in man or maketh
and give place no more for the b en- flesh his arm.
emy of my soul. 35 Yea, I know that God will give
29 Do not a anger again because of a 
liberally to him that asketh. Yea,
mine enemies. Do not slacken my my God will give me, if I b ask c not
strength because of mine afflictions. amiss; therefore I will lift up my
30 Rejoice, O my a heart, and cry voice unto thee; yea, I will cry
unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I unto thee, my God, the d rock of my
will praise thee forever; yea, my e 
righteousness. Behold, my voice
23 a tg Knowledge. c tg Contentment; Peace; 33 a tg Righteousness.
b 2 Chr. 26:5. Peace of God. b Lev. 26:7 (1–13);
tg Dream; Vision. d tg Self-Mastery. D&C 44:5.
24 a James 5:16; 28 a Ps. 42:11. 34 a tg Trustworthiness.
1 Ne. 1:5 (5–8); 10:17. b tg Adversary; b tg Trust in God.
25 a 2 Cor. 12:2 (1–4); Enemies. c Ps. 33:16; 44:6 (6–8).
1 Ne. 11:1 (1–36); 29 a tg Anger. tg Trust Not in the Arm
Moses 1:1. 30 a tg Heart. of Flesh.
26 a Ex. 3:16; Alma 9:21; b 1 Cor. 3:11 (9–13). d Prov. 14:16; Jer. 17:5;
Morm. 1:15. tg Rock. Morm. 3:9; 4:8.
b tg Compassion; 31 a Ps. 16:10. 35 a James 1:5.
God, Mercy of. b Rom. 12:9; tg Abundant Life.
c Ps. 43:5. Alma 13:12; 37:32. b tg Prayer.
d tg Heart. tg Sin. c Hel. 10:5.
27 a Rom. 6:13 (10–16). 32 a tg Contrite Heart. d Deut. 32:4.
b tg Temptation. b tg Walking with God. e Ps. 4:1.
65 2 Nephi 5  : 1–14

shall forever ascend up unto thee, and Jacob and Joseph, my younger
my rock and mine everlasting God. brethren, and also my sisters, and
Amen. all those who would go with me.
And all those who would go with
Chapter 5 me were those who believed in the
warnings and the revelations of
The Nephites separate themselves from God; wherefore, they did hearken
the Lamanites, keep the law of Moses, unto my words.
and build a temple—Because of their
unbelief, the Lamanites are cut off from 7 And we did take our tents and
whatsoever things were possible for
the presence of the Lord, are cursed, us, and did journey in the wilderness
and become a scourge unto the Neph- for the space of many days. And af-
ites. About 588–559 b.c. ter we had journeyed for the space
Behold, it came to pass that I, of many days we did pitch our tents.
Nephi, did cry much unto the Lord 8 And my people would that we
my God, because of the a anger of should call the name of the place
my brethren. a 
Nephi; wherefore, we did call it
2 But behold, their a anger did in- Nephi.
crease against me, insomuch that 9 And all those who were with me
they did seek to take away my life. did take upon them to call them-
3 Yea, they did murmur against me, selves the a people of Nephi.
saying: Our younger brother thinks 10 And we did observe to keep the
to a rule over us; and we have had judgments, and the a statutes, and
much trial because of him; where- the commandments of the Lord in
fore, now let us slay him, that we all things, according to the b law
may not be afflicted more because of Moses.
of his words. For behold, we will 11 And the Lord was with us; and
not have him to be our ruler; for it we did a prosper exceedingly; for we
belongs unto us, who are the elder did sow seed, and we did reap again
brethren, to b rule over this people. in abundance. And we began to raise
4 Now I do not write upon these flocks, and herds, and ani­mals of
plates all the words which they every kind.
murmured against me. But it suf- 12 And I, Nephi, had also brought
ficeth me to say, that they did seek the records which were engraven
to take away my life. upon the a plates of brass; and also
5 And it came to pass that the the b ball, or c compass, which was
Lord did a warn me, that I, b Nephi, prepared for my father by the hand
should depart from them and flee of the Lord, according to that which
into the wilderness, and all those is written.
who would go with me. 13 And it came to pass that we
6 Wherefore, it came to pass that began to prosper exceedingly, and
I, Nephi, did take my family, and to multiply in the land.
also a Zoram and his family, and Sam, 14 And I, Nephi, did take the a sword
mine elder brother and his family, of Laban, and after the manner
5 1 a 2 Ne. 4:13; Jacob 7:24; 6 a 1 Ne. 4:35; 16:7; tg Law of Moses.
Enos 1:20; 2 Ne. 1:31 (30–32). 11 a Matt. 6:33.
Mosiah 10:12, 15. b tg Warn. 12 a 2 Ne. 4:2;
2 a 1 Ne. 7:6 (6–19); 17:18 8 a Omni 1:12 (12, 27); Mosiah 1:3 (3–4).
(17–55); 18:10 (9–22); Mosiah 7:1 (1–7, 21); b Mosiah 1:16.
2 Ne. 4:13 (13–14). 9:1 (1–6, 14); 28:1 (1, 5); c 1 Ne. 16:16 (10, 16, 26);
3 a Num. 16:13; Alma 2:24; 20:1; 18:12 (12, 21);
1 Ne. 16:37 (37–38); 50:8 (8, 11). Alma 37:38 (38–47);
Mosiah 10:15. 9 a Jacob 1:14. D&C 17:1.
b Alma 54:17. 10 a Ezek. 20:11; 14 a 1 Ne. 4:9; Jacob 1:10;
5 a tg Guidance, Divine. 2 Ne. 1:16 (16–17). W of M 1:13;
b Mosiah 10:13. b 2 Ne. 11:4. Mosiah 1:16; D&C 17:1.
2 Nephi 5  : 15–24 66

of it did make many b swords, lest brethren, which he spake concern-
by any means the people who were ing them, that I should be their
now called Lamanites should come a 
ruler and their teacher. Wherefore,
upon us and destroy us; for I knew I had been their ruler and their
their c hatred towards me and my teacher, according to the command-

children and those who were called ments of the Lord, until the time
my people. they sought to take away my life.
15 And I did teach my people to 20 Wherefore, the word of the Lord
build buildings, and to b work in was fulfilled which he spake unto
all c manner of wood, and of d iron, me, saying that: Inasmuch as they
and of copper, and of e brass, and will a not hearken unto thy words
of steel, and of f gold, and of silver, they shall be b cut off from the pres-
and of precious ores, which were ence of the Lord. And behold, they
in great abundance. were c cut off from his presence.
16 And I, Nephi, did a build a 21 And he had caused the a curs-
temple; and I did construct it af- ing to come upon them, yea, even
ter the manner of the temple of a sore cursing, because of their in-
Solomon save it were not built of iquity. For behold, they had hard-
so many d precious things; for they ened their hearts against him, that
were not to be found upon the land, they had become like unto a flint;
wherefore, it could not be built like wherefore, as they were white, and
unto Solomon’s e temple. But the exceedingly fair and b delightsome,
manner of the construction was that they might not be c enticing
like unto the temple of f Solomon; unto my people the Lord God did
and the workmanship thereof was cause a d skin of e blackness to come
exceedingly fine. upon them.
17 And it came to pass that I, 22 And thus saith the Lord God: I
Nephi, did cause my people to be will cause that they shall be a loath-
industrious, and to b labor with their some unto thy people, save they
hands. shall repent of their iniquities.
18 And it came to pass that they 23 And cursed shall be the seed of
would that I should be their a king. him that a mixeth with their seed;
But I, Nephi, was desirous that they for they shall be cursed even with
should have no king; nevertheless, the same cursing. And the Lord
I did for them according to that spake it, and it was done.
which was in my power. 24 And because of their a cursing
19 And behold, the words of the which was upon them they did
Lord had been fulfilled unto my become an b idle people, full of
14 b Jarom 1:8; Mosiah 10:8; b 1 Kgs. 5:5; 19 a 2 Ne. 1:25 (25–27).
Alma 2:12; Hel. 1:14; Jacob 1:17; b tg Teacher.
3 Ne. 3:26. Mosiah 1:18; 7:17; 11:10; 20 a 1 Ne. 8:18.
c tg Hate. Alma 16:13; b 1 Ne. 8:35 (35–36).
15 a tg Skill. Hel. 3:14 (9, 14); c 1 Ne. 2:21;
b tg Art. 3 Ne. 11:1. Alma 9:14 (13–15); 38:1.
c Jarom 1:8. tg Temple. 21 a tg Curse.
d Josh. 8:31; 1 Ne. 18:25; c 1 Kgs. 6:2. b Gen. 24:16; 1 Ne. 13:15;
Jacob 2:12 (12–13); d 1 Kgs. 5:17. 4 Ne. 1:10; Morm. 9:6.
Hel. 6:9 (9–11); e 1 Kgs. 9:1. c tg Marriage, Temporal.
Ether 9:17; 10:23 (12, 23); f 1 Chr. 18:8. d 2 Ne. 30:6;
Moses 5:46. 17 a tg Industry; 3 Ne. 2:15 (14–16).
e Gen. 4:22. Work, Value of. e 2 Ne. 26:33;
f Ex. 31:4 (4–5); b tg Labor. Moses 7:8.
1 Kgs. 6:21 (21–22); c Prov. 31:13. 22 a 1 Ne. 12:23.
D&C 124:26 (26–27). 18 a 2 Ne. 6:2; 23 a tg Marriage, Interfaith.
16 a 2 Chr. 3:1 (1–17); Jacob 1:9 (9, 11, 15); 24 a tg Curse.
D&C 84:5 (5, 31); Jarom 1:7 (7, 14); b Alma 22:28.
124:31 (25–55). Mosiah 1:10. tg Idleness.
67 2 Nephi 5  : 25–6  : 5

mischief and subtlety, and did seek Chapter 6
in the wilderness for beasts of prey.
25 And the Lord God said unto Jacob recounts Jewish history: The
Babylonian captivity and return; the
me: They shall be a scourge unto ministry and crucifixion of the Holy
thy seed, to a stir them up in remem-
One of Israel; the help received from
brance of me; and inasmuch as they the Gentiles; and the Jews’ latter-day
will not remember me, and hearken restoration when they believe in the
unto my words, they shall scourge Messiah. About 559–545 b.c.
them even unto destruction.
26 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, The a words of Jacob, the brother
did a consecrate Jacob and Joseph, of Nephi, which he spake unto the
that they should be b priests and people of Nephi:
teachers over the land of my people.
2 Behold, my beloved brethren, I,
27 And it came to pass that we lived Jacob, having been called of God,
after the manner of a happiness. and ordained after the manner of
28 And thirty years had passed his holy a order, and having been
away from the time we left Jeru- consecrated by my brother Nephi,
salem. unto whom ye look as a b king or a
29 And I, Nephi, had kept the protector, and on whom ye depend
records upon my plates, which I for safety, behold ye know that I
had made, of my people thus far. have spoken unto you exceedingly
30 And it came to pass that the many things.
Lord God said unto me: a Make other 3 Nevertheless, I speak unto you
plates; and thou shalt engraven again; for I am desirous for the a wel-
many things upon them which are fare of your souls. Yea, mine anxiety
good in my sight, for the profit of is great for you; and ye yourselves
thy people. know that it ever has been. For I
31 Wherefore, I, Nephi, to be obe- have exhorted you with all diligence;
dient to the commandments of the and I have taught you the words of
Lord, went and made a these plates my father; and I have spoken unto
upon which I have engraven these you concerning all things which
things. are b written, from the creation of
32 And I engraved that which the world.
is pleasing unto God. And if my 4 And now, behold, I would speak
people are pleased with the things unto you concerning things which
of God they will be pleased with are, and which are to come; where-
mine engravings which are upon fore, I will read you the words of
these plates. a 
Isaiah. And they are the words
33 And if my people desire to which my brother has desired that I
know the more particular part of should speak unto you. And I speak
the history of my people they must unto you for your sakes, that ye
search mine a other b plates. may learn and glorify the name of
34 And it sufficeth me to say that your God.
forty years had passed away, and 5 And now, the words which I shall
we had already had wars and con- read are they which Isaiah spake
tentions with our brethren. concerning all the house of Israel;
25 a 1 Ne. 2:24. 29 a tg Record Keeping. 2 a tg Priesthood,
26 a Lev. 16:32; 30 a 1 Ne. 19:5 (1–6); Melchizedek.
Jacob 1:18 (18–19); Jacob 3:14. b 2 Ne. 5:18;
Mosiah 23:17. 31 a 1 Ne. 19:3; Jacob 1:9 (9, 11, 15);
tg Priesthood, Jacob 1:1. Jarom 1:7 (7, 14);
Authority. 33 a 1 Ne. 1:17 (16–17); Mosiah 1:10.
b tg Priest, Melchizedek 2 Ne. 4:14; 3 a Jacob 2:3;
Priesthood. D&C 10:42. Mosiah 25:11.
c tg Teacher. b 1 Ne. 19:4; Jacob 1:3. b tg Scriptures, Value of.
27 a Alma 50:23. 6 1 a 2 Ne. 11:1; Jacob 2:1. 4 a 3 Ne. 23:1 (1–3).
2 Nephi 6  : 6 –13 68

wherefore, they may be a likened 10 And after they have a hardened
unto you, for ye are of the house of their hearts and b stiffened their
Israel. And there are many things necks against the Holy One of Israel,
which have been spoken by Isaiah behold, the c judgments of the Holy
which may be likened unto you, be- One of Israel shall come upon them.
cause ye are of the house of Israel. And the day cometh that they shall
6 And now, these are the words: be smitten and afflicted.
Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, 11 Wherefore, after they are driven
I will lift up mine hand to the to and fro, for thus saith the angel,
Gentiles, and set up my b standard many shall be afflicted in the flesh,
to the people; and they shall bring and shall not be suffered to a per-
thy sons in their arms, and thy ish, because of the prayers of the
daughters shall be carried upon their faithful; they shall be scattered, and
shoulders. smitten, and hated; nevertheless, the
7 And a kings shall be thy nursing Lord will be merciful unto them,
fathers, and their queens thy nurs- that b when they shall come to the
ing mothers; they shall bow down c 
knowledge of their Redeemer, they
to thee with their faces towards the shall be d gathered together again
earth, and lick up the dust of thy to the e lands of their inheritance.
feet; and thou shalt know that b I 12 And blessed are the a Gentiles,
am the Lord; for they shall not be they of whom the prophet has writ-
ashamed that c wait for me. ten; for behold, if it so be that they
8 And now I, Jacob, would speak shall repent and fight not against
somewhat concerning these words. Zion, and do not unite themselves to
For behold, the Lord has shown me that great and b abominable church,
that those who were at a Jerusalem, they shall be saved; for the Lord God
from whence we came, have been will fulfil his c covenants which he
slain and c carried away captive. has made unto his children; and for
9 Nevertheless, the Lord has shown this cause the prophet has written
unto me that they should a return these things.
again. And he also has shown unto 13 Wherefore, they that fight
me that the Lord God, the Holy One against Zion and the covenant peo-
of Israel, should manifest himself ple of the Lord shall lick up the
unto them in the flesh; and after dust of their feet; and the people
he should manifest himself they of the Lord shall not be a ashamed.
should b scourge him and c crucify For the people of the Lord are they
him, according to the words of the who b wait for him; for they still
angel who spake it unto me. wait for the coming of the Messiah.
5 a ie applied. Jer. 13:19 (19, 24). c Hosea 3:5;
6 a Isa. 49:22 (22–23); tg Israel, Bondage of, in D&C 113:10.
2 Ne. 10:9. Other Lands. tg Israel, Restoration of.
b tg Ensign. 9 a Jer. 29:10 (9–10); d tg Israel, Gathering of.
7 a Isa. 60:16. 1 Ne. 10:3. e tg Lands of Inheritance.
b Isa. 44:8; b tg Jesus Christ, 12 a 1 Ne. 14:2 (1–5);
45:5 (5–22); 46:9; Betrayal of. 2 Ne. 10:10 (8–14, 18).
3 Ne. 24:6; c 1 Ne. 19:10 (10, 13); b tg Devil, Church of.
Moses 1:6. Mosiah 3:9; c tg Abrahamic Covenant.
c Lam. 3:25 (25–26); 3 Ne. 11:14 (14–15). 13 a Joel 2:26 (26–27);
D&C 133:45. tg Jesus Christ, 3 Ne. 22:4;
8 a Esth. 2:6; Crucifixion of. D&C 90:17.
1 Ne. 7:13; 10:3; 10 a tg Hardheartedness. b Gen. 49:18;
2 Ne. 25:6, 10; b tg Stiffnecked. Ps. 25:5;
Omni 1:15; c Matt. 27:25 (24–25). Prov. 20:22; 27:18;
Hel. 8:20 (20–21). 11 a Amos 9:8 (8–9); Isa. 40:31;
b Ezek. 23:25 (24–29). 2 Ne. 20:20 (20–21). 1 Ne. 21:23;
c 2 Kgs. 24:14 (10–16); b 1 Ne. 22:12 (11–12); D&C 98:2; 133:11, 45.
25:11 (1–12); 2 Ne. 9:2 (1–2).
69 2 Nephi 6  : 14–7  : 4

14 And behold, according to the Chapter 7
words of the prophet, the Messiah
will set himself again the a second Jacob continues reading from Isaiah:
Isaiah speaks messianically—The
time to recover them; wherefore, he Messiah will have the tongue of the
will b manifest himself unto them learned—He will give His back to the
in power and great glory, unto the smiters—He will not be confounded—
destruction of their enemies, when Compare Isaiah 50. About 559–545 b.c.
that day cometh when they shall
believe in him; and none will he a 
Yea, for thus saith the Lord: Have
destroy that believe in him. I put thee away, or have I cast thee
15 And they that believe not in off forever? For thus saith the Lord:
him shall be a destroyed, both by Where is the b bill of your mother’s
fire, and by tempest, and by earth- c 
divorcement? To whom have I put
quakes, and by c bloodsheds, and by thee away, or to which of my d credi­
pestilence, and by e famine. And tors have I e sold you? Yea, to whom
they shall know that the Lord is have I sold you? Behold, for your
God, the Holy One of Israel. iniquities have ye sold yourselves,
16 a For shall the prey be taken and for your transgressions is your
from the mighty, or the b lawful mother put away.
captive delivered? 2 Wherefore, when I came, there
17 But thus saith the Lord: Even was no man; when I a called, yea,
the captives of the mighty shall be there was none to answer. O house of
taken away, and the prey of the Israel, is my hand shortened at all
terrible shall be delivered; a for the that it cannot redeem, or have I no
Mighty God shall c deliver his cov- power to deliver? Behold, at my re-
enant people. For thus saith the buke I b dry up the c sea, I make their
Lord: I will contend with them that d 
rivers a wilderness and their e fish
contendeth with thee— to stink because the waters are dried
18 And I will feed them that up, and they die because of thirst.
oppress thee, with their own flesh; 3 I clothe the heavens with a black-
and they shall be drunken with ness, and I make b sackcloth their
their own blood as with sweet covering.
wine; and all flesh shall know that 4 The Lord God hath given me the
I the Lord am thy Savior and thy a 
tongue of the learned, that I should
Redeemer, the b Mighty One of know how to speak a word in season
Jacob. unto thee, O house of Israel. When
14 a 2 Ne. 21:11; 25:17; 29:1. 2 Ne. 11:2. c tg Divorce.
b 2 Ne. 3:5; b heb righteous captive; d 2 Kgs. 4:1;
D&C 3:18 (16–20). i.e., the covenant people Matt. 18:25.
c 1 Ne. 21:26 (24–26); of the Lord, as stated in e Judg. 4:2;
22:13 (13–14). v. 17. Isa. 52:3.
15 a 1 Ne. 22:13 (13–23); 17 a 1 Ne. 21:25. tg Apostasy of Israel.
2 Ne. 10:16 (15–16); b tg Jesus Christ, Jehovah. 2 a Prov. 1:24 (24–27);
28:15 (15–32); c 2 Kgs. 17:39; Isa. 65:12;
3 Ne. 16:8 (8–15); D&C 105:8. Alma 5:37.
Ether 2:9 (8–11). tg Jesus Christ, b Nahum 1:4.
tg Last Days. Prophecies about; c Ex. 14:21 (1–31);
b Joel 1:19 (19–20); Jesus Christ, Savior. Ps. 106:9;
Jacob 5:77; 6:3. 18 a tg Jesus Christ, D&C 133:68.
c tg Blood, Shedding of. Redeemer. d Josh. 3:16 (15–16).
d Luke 21:11 (10–13); b Gen. 49:24; e Ex. 7:21 (17–21).
Mosiah 12:4; Ps. 132:2; 3 a Ex. 10:21.
D&C 97:26 (22–26). Isa. 1:24; 60:16. b Rev. 6:12.
tg Plague. 7 1 a Isa. 50:1 (1–11); 4 a Luke 21:15.
e tg Drought. 2 Ne. 8:1.
16 a Isa. 49:24 (24–26); b Jer. 3:8.
2 Nephi 7  : 5–8  : 7 70

ye are weary he waketh morning will come to Zion amid great joy—
by morning. He waketh mine ear Compare Isaiah 51 and 52:1–2. About
to hear as the learned. 559–545 b.c.
5 The Lord God hath opened mine a 
Hearken unto me, ye that follow
ear, and I was not rebellious, nei- after righteousness. Look unto the
ther turned away back. b 
rock from whence ye are hewn, and
6 I gave my back to the a smiter, to the hole of the pit from whence
and my cheeks to them that plucked ye are digged.
off the hair. I hid not my face from 2 Look unto Abraham, your a father,
shame and spitting. and unto b Sarah, she that bare you;
7 For the Lord God will help me, for I called him alone, and blessed
therefore shall I not be confounded. him.
Therefore have I set my face like 3 For the Lord shall a comfort b Zion,
a flint, and I know that I shall not he will comfort all her waste places;
be a ashamed.
8 And the Lord is near, and he a jus- and he will make her c wilderness
like d Eden, and her desert like the
tifieth me. Who will contend with garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness
me? Let us stand together. Who is shall be found therein, thanksgiv-
mine adversary ? Let him come near ing and the voice of melody.
me, and I will b smite him with the 4 Hearken unto me, my people; and
strength of my mouth. give ear unto me, O my nation; for
9 For the Lord God will help me. a a law shall proceed from me, and
And all they who shall a condemn I will make my judgment to rest
me, behold, all they shall b wax old
as a garment, and the moth shall for a b light for the people.
5 My righteousness is near; my
eat them up. a 
salvation is gone forth, and mine
10 Who is among you that feareth arm shall b judge the people. The
the Lord, that obeyeth the a voice of
his servant, that b walketh in dark-
isles shall wait upon me, and on
ness and hath no light? mine arm shall they trust.
11 Behold all ye that kindle fire, 6 Lift up your eyes to the a heavens,
that compass yourselves about with and look upon the earth beneath;
sparks, walk in the light of a your for the heavens shall b vanish away
fire and in the sparks which ye have like smoke, and the earth shall
wax old like a garment; and they
kindled. b This shall ye have of mine that dwell therein shall die in like
hand—ye shall lie down in sorrow. manner. But my salvation shall be
Chapter 8 forever, and my righteousness shall
not be abolished.
Jacob continues reading from Isaiah: 7 Hearken unto me, ye that know
In the last days, the Lord will comfort righteousness, the people in whose
Zion and gather Israel—The redeemed heart I have written my law, a fear
5 a D&C 58:1. 8 1 a Isa. 51:1 (1–23); 4 a Isa. 2:3.
6 a Isa. 53:4; Matt. 27:26; 2 Ne. 7:1. tg God, Law of.
2 Ne. 9:5 (4–7). b ie Abraham and Sarah; b tg Light [noun].
b tg Shame. see v. 2. 5 a tg Jesus Christ, Savior;
7 a Rom. 9:33. tg Rock. Salvation.
8 a Rom. 8:33 (32–34). 2 a Gen. 17:4 (1–8); b tg Jesus Christ, Judge.
b Isa. 11:4. D&C 109:64; 132:49. c 2 Ne. 10:20.
9 a Rom. 8:31. b Gen. 24:36. 6 a 2 Pet. 3:10.
b Ps. 102:26. 3 a tg Israel, Restoration of. b Isa. 13:13.
10 a D&C 1:38. b tg Zion. c Ps. 102:26 (25–28).
b tg Walking in Darkness. c Isa. 35:2 (1–2, 6–7). 7 a Deut. 1:17;
11 a Deut. 12:8; tg Israel, Blessings of. Ps. 56:4 (4, 11); 118:6;
Judg. 17:6. d tg Earth, Renewal of; D&C 122:9.
b D&C 133:70. Eden. tg Peer Influence.
71 2 Nephi 8  : 8 –23

ye not the b reproach of men, nei- should not die in the pit, nor that
ther be ye afraid of their c revilings. his bread should fail.
8 For the a moth shall eat them 15 But I am the Lord thy God,
up like a garment, and the worm whose a waves roared; the Lord of
shall eat them like wool. But my Hosts is my name.
righteousness shall be forever, and 16 And I have a put my words in
my salvation from generation to thy mouth, and have covered thee
generation. in the shadow of mine hand, that
9 a Awake, awake! Put on b strength, I may plant the heavens and lay
O arm of the Lord; awake as in the the foundations of the earth, and
ancient days. Art thou not he that say unto Zion: Behold, thou art my
hath cut c Rahab, and wounded the b 
dragon? 17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Je-
10 Art thou not he who hath dried rusalem, which hast drunk at the
the sea, the waters of the great deep; hand of the Lord the a cup of his
that hath made the depths of the b 
fury—thou hast drunken the dregs
sea a a way for the ransomed to pass of the cup of trembling wrung out—
over? 18 And none to guide her among
11 Therefore, the a redeemed of the all the sons she hath brought forth;
Lord shall b return, and come with neither that taketh her by the hand,
singing unto Zion; and everlasting of all the sons she hath brought up.
joy and holiness shall be upon their 19 These two a sons are come unto
heads; and they shall obtain glad- thee, who shall be sorry for thee—
ness and joy; sorrow and d mourning thy desolation and destruction, and
shall flee away. the famine and the sword—and by
12 a I am he; yea, I am he that com- whom shall I comfort thee?
forteth you. Behold, who art thou, 20 Thy sons have fainted, save
that thou shouldst be b afraid of these two; they lie at the head of
man, who shall die, and of the son all the streets; as a wild bull in a
of man, who shall be made like unto net, they are full of the fury of the
grass? Lord, the rebuke of thy God.
13 And a forgettest the Lord thy 21 Therefore hear now this, thou
maker, that hath b stretched forth afflicted, and a drunken, and not
the heavens, and laid the founda- with wine:
tions of the earth, and hast feared 22 Thus saith thy Lord, the Lord
continually every day, because of and thy God a pleadeth the cause of
the fury of the c oppressor, as if he his people; behold, I have taken out
were ready to destroy ? And where of thine hand the cup of trembling,
is the fury of the oppressor? the dregs of the cup of my fury;
14 The a captive exile hasteneth, thou shalt no more drink it again.
that he may be loosed, and that he 23 But a I will put it into the hand
7 b tg Reproach. d Rev. 21:4 (2–5). 16 a tg Israel, Mission of;
c tg Hate. 12 a D&C 133:47; 136:22. Prophets, Mission of.
8 a Isa. 50:9. b Jer. 1:8 (7–8). b 1 Kgs. 8:51;
9 a Isa. 52:1. c Isa. 40:6 (6–8); 2 Ne. 3:9; 29:14.
b D&C 113:8 (7–8). 1 Pet. 1:24 (24–25). 17 a Jer. 25:15.
tg Israel, Restoration of. 13 a Jer. 23:27 (27–39). b Luke 21:24 (22–24).
c Ps. 89:10; b Job 9:8. 19 a Rev. 11:3 (3–12).
Isa. 27:1. c ie Israel’s captors, 21 a 2 Ne. 27:4.
d Ezek. 29:3. typifying evil rulers 22 a Jer. 50:34.
10 a Isa. 35:8 (8–10). who oppress the 23 a Joel 3:16 (9–16);
11 a tg Israel, Restoration of. righteous; see v. 14. Zech. 12:9 (2–3, 8–9);
b tg Israel, Gathering of. tg Oppression. 14:12 (3, 12–15).
c Isa. 35:10; 14 a Isa. 52:2.
Jer. 31:12 (12–13). 15 a 1 Ne. 4:2.
2 Nephi 8  : 24–9  : 7 72

of them that afflict thee; who have a 
restored to the true church and fold
said to thy soul: Bow down, that we of God; when they shall be b gathered
may go over—and thou hast laid home to the c lands of their inheri­
thy body as the ground and as the tance, and shall be established in
street to them that went over. all their lands of promise.
24  a Awake, awake, put on thy 3 Behold, my beloved brethren, I
strength, O c  Zion; put on thy beau- speak unto you these things that ye
tiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy may rejoice, and a lift up your heads
city; for henceforth there shall d no forever, because of the blessings
more come into thee the uncircum- which the Lord God shall bestow
cised and the unclean. upon your children.
25 Shake thyself from the dust; 4 For I know that ye have searched
arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose much, many of you, to know of
thyself from the a bands of thy neck, things to come; wherefore I know
O captive daughter of Zion. that ye know that our a flesh must
waste away and die; nevertheless,
Chapter 9 in our b bodies we shall see God.
5 Yea, I know that ye know that in
Jacob explains that the Jews will be the body he shall show himself unto
gathered in all their lands of promise— those at Jerusalem, from whence
The Atonement ransoms man from the we came; for it is expedient that it
Fall—The bodies of the dead will come should be among them; for it be-
forth from the grave, and their spirits hooveth the great a Creator that he
from hell and from paradise—They will b 
suffereth himself to become c sub-
be judged—The Atonement saves from ject unto man in the flesh, and d die
death, hell, the devil, and endless tor- for e all men, that all men might be-
ment—The righteous are to be saved in come subject unto him.
the kingdom of God—Penalties for sins 6 For as a death hath passed upon
are set forth—The Holy One of Israel is all men, to fulfil the merciful b plan
the keeper of the gate. About 559–545 b.c. of the great Creator, there must
And now, my beloved brethren, I needs be a power of c resurrection,
have read these things that ye might and the resurrection must needs
know concerning the a covenants of come unto man by reason of the
the Lord that he has covenanted d 
fall; and the fall came by reason
with all the house of Israel— of e transgression; and because man
2 That he has spoken unto the Jews, became fallen they were f cut off
by the mouth of his holy prophets, from the g presence of the Lord.
even from the beginning down, 7 Wherefore, it must needs be
from generation to generation, until an a infinite b atonement—save it
the time comes that they shall be should be an infinite atonement this
24 a Isa. 52:1 (1–2). Saints. e John 12:32;
b D&C 113:8 (7–8). c tg Lands of Inheritance. 2 Ne. 26:24;
tg Strength. 3 a Ps. 24:7 (7–10). 3 Ne. 27:14 (14–15).
c tg Zion. 4 a Gen. 6:3; 6 a Eccl. 8:8 (6–8).
d Joel 3:17; Moses 8:17. b tg Salvation, Plan of.
Zech. 14:21. b Job 19:26; c tg Jesus Christ,
25 a D&C 113:10 (9–10). Alma 11:41 (41–45); Resurrection.
9 1 a tg Abrahamic Covenant; 42:23; d tg Fall of Man.
Israel, Mission of. Hel. 14:15 (15–18); e tg Transgress.
2 a 2 Ne. 6:11 (10–15); Morm. 9:13. f 2 Ne. 2:5 (5–8);
10:7 (5–9). tg Body, Sanctity of. Alma 11:42 (40–45).
tg Israel, 5 a tg Jesus Christ, Creator. g tg God, Presence of.
Restoration of; b 2 Ne. 7:6 (4–9). 7 a Alma 34:10.
Restoration of the c Mark 10:44 (43–44). b Matt. 26:54 (52–56).
Gospel. d tg Jesus Christ, tg Jesus Christ,
b tg Israel, Gathering of; Death of; Atonement through.
Mission of Latter-day Jesus Christ, Mission of.
73 2 Nephi 9  : 8 –14

corruption could not put on incor- 11 And because of the way of
ruption. Wherefore, the c first judg- a 
deliverance of our God, the Holy
ment which came upon man must One of Israel, this b death, of which
needs have d remained to an endless I have spoken, which is the tempo-
duration. And if so, this flesh must ral, shall deliver up its dead; which
have laid down to rot and to crumble death is the grave.
to its mother earth, to rise no more. 12 And this a death of which I have
8 O the a wisdom of God, his b mercy spoken, which is the spiritual death,
and c grace! For behold, if the d flesh shall deliver up its dead; which
should rise no more our spirits must spiritual death is b hell; wherefore,
become subject to that angel who death and hell must c deliver up their
fell from before the presence of dead, and hell must deliver up its
the Eternal God, and became the d 
captive e spirits, and the grave must
devil, to rise no more. deliver up its captive f  bodies, and
9 And our spirits must have the bodies and the g spirits of men
become a like unto him, and we be- will be h restored one to the other;
come devils, b angels to a c devil, to and it is by the power of the res-
be d shut out from the presence of urrection of the Holy One of Israel.
our God, and to remain with the 13 O how great the a plan of our God!
father of e lies, in misery, like unto For on the other hand, the b paradise
himself; yea, to that being who of God must deliver up the spirits of
 b eguiled our first parents, who the righteous, and the grave deliver
transformeth himself nigh unto an up the body of the righteous; and
angel of light, and i stirreth up the the spirit and the body is c restored
children of men unto j secret combi- to itself again, and all men become
nations of murder and all manner incorruptible, and d immortal, and
of secret works of darkness. they are living souls, having a e per-
10 O how great the a goodness of fect f  knowledge like unto us in the
our God, who prepareth a way for flesh, save it be that our knowledge
our b escape from the grasp of this shall be perfect.
awful monster; yea, that monster, 14 Wherefore, we shall have a a per-
death and d hell, which I call the fect b knowledge of all our c guilt,
death of the body, and also the death and our d uncleanness, and our e na-
of the spirit. kedness; and the righteous shall
7 c Mosiah 16:4 (4–7); Mosiah 16:3; e tg Spirits, Disembodied.
Alma 11:45; 12:36; Ether 8:25; f tg Body, Sanctity of.
42:6 (6, 9, 14). Moses 4:19 (5–19). g tg Spirit Body.
d Mosiah 15:19. g Rev. 16:14 (13–14); h tg Resurrection.
8 a Job 12:13 (7–25); Alma 30:53. 13 a tg Salvation, Plan of.
Abr. 3:21. h D&C 129:8. b D&C 138:19.
tg God, Wisdom of. i tg Motivations. tg Paradise.
b tg God, Mercy of. j tg Secret Combinations. c Alma 11:43; 40:23;
c tg Grace. 10 a Ex. 34:6 (5–7); 41:4 (3–5);
d D&C 93:34. 2 Ne. 4:17; D&C 138:17.
e Isa. 14:12; D&C 86:11. d tg Immortality.
2 Ne. 2:17; b tg Death, Power over. e tg Perfection.
Moses 4:3 (3–4); c Mosiah 16:8 (7–8); f Eccl. 9:10;
Abr. 3:28 (27–28). Alma 42:15 (6–15). D&C 130:18.
f tg Devil. d tg Hell. 14 a Mosiah 3:25.
9 a 3 Ne. 29:7. 11 a tg Deliver. b Isa. 59:12;
b Jacob 3:11; b tg Death. Alma 5:18; 11:43.
Alma 5:25, 39; 12 a tg Death, Spiritual, c tg Guilt.
Moro. 9:13. First. d tg Uncleanness.
c 2 Cor. 11:14 (13–15). b D&C 76:84. e Gen. 2:25;
d Rev. 12:9 (7–9). c D&C 138:18. Ex. 32:25;
e tg Lying. d tg Bondage, Spiritual; Moses 4:13 (13, 16–17).
f Gen. 3:13 (1–13); Spirits in Prison.
2 Nephi 9  : 15–23 74

have a perfect knowledge of their endured the c crosses of the world,
enjoyment, and their f righteousness, and despised the shame of it, they
being g clothed with h purity, yea, shall d inherit the e kingdom of God,
even with the i robe of righteousness. which was prepared for them f from
15 And it shall come to pass that the foundation of the world, and
when all men shall have passed from their g joy shall be full h forever.
this first death unto life, insomuch 19 O the greatness of the mercy
as they have become immortal, they of our God, the Holy One of Israel!
must appear before the a judgment- For he a delivereth his saints from
seat of the Holy One of Israel; and that b awful monster the devil, and
then cometh the b judgment, and death, and c hell, and that lake of
then must they be judged according fire and brimstone, which is end-
to the holy judgment of God. less torment.
16 And assuredly, as the Lord liveth, 20 O how great the a holiness of our
for the Lord God hath spoken it, and God! For he b knoweth c all things,
it is his eternal a word, which cannot and there is not anything save he
pass away, that they who are righ- knows it.
teous shall be righteous still, and 21 And he cometh into the world
they who are c filthy shall be d filthy that he may a save all men if they
still; wherefore, they who are filthy will hearken unto his voice; for be-
are the e devil and his angels; and hold, he suffereth the pains of all
they shall go away into f everlasting men, yea, the b pains of every living
fire, prepared for them; and their creature, both men, women, and
torment is as a h lake of fire and children, who belong to the fam-
brimstone, whose flame ascendeth ily of c Adam.
up forever and ever and has no end. 22 And he suffereth this that the
17 O the greatness and the a justice resurrection might pass upon all
of our God! For he executeth all his men, that all might stand before
words, and they have gone forth him at the great and judgment day.
out of his mouth, and his law must 23 And he commandeth all men
be b fulfilled. that they must a repent, and be
18 But, behold, the a righteous, b 
baptized in his name, having
the b saints of the Holy One of Is- perfect c faith in the Holy One of
rael, they who have believed in the Israel, or they cannot be saved in the
Holy One of Israel, they who have kingdom of God.
14 f tg Righteousness. h Rev. 19:20; 21:8; b Mosiah 24:12;
g Prov. 31:25. 2 Ne. 28:23; Alma 26:35.
h tg Purity. D&C 63:17; 76:36. tg God, Foreknowledge
i D&C 109:76. 17 a tg God, Justice of; of; God, Intelligence of;
15 a tg Judgment, the Last. Justice. God, Omniscience of.
b Job 34:12; b Ezek. 24:14. c Prov. 5:21;
Ps. 19:9; 18 a Ps. 5:12. D&C 38:2 (1–2).
2 Ne. 30:9. tg Righteousness. 21 a tg Salvation.
16 a 1 Kgs. 8:56; b tg Saints. b D&C 18:11;
Ps. 33:11; c Luke 14:27. 19:18 (15–18).
D&C 1:38 (37–39); d Col. 1:12; tg Jesus Christ, Trials of.
Moses 1:4. D&C 45:58 (57–58); c D&C 107:54 (53–56);
b D&C 56:11. 84:38 (33–38). 128:21.
c Prov. 22:8. e tg Exaltation. tg Adam.
tg Filthiness. f Alma 13:3 (3, 5, 7–9). 23 a tg Repent.
d 1 Ne. 15:33 (33–35); g Matt. 5:12 (11–12). b Mosiah 26:22;
Alma 7:21; h tg Eternal Life. D&C 76:52 (50–52);
Morm. 9:14; 19 a Job 23:7; 84:74; 137:6.
D&C 88:35. D&C 108:8. tg Baptism, Essential.
e tg Devil. b 1 Ne. 15:35. c tg Baptism,
f Mosiah 27:28. c tg Hell. Qualifications for;
g tg Punish. 20 a tg Holiness. Faith.
75 2 Nephi 9  : 24–33

24 And if they will not repent that c wasteth the days of his d pro-
and believe in his a name, and be bation, for awful is his state!
baptized in his name, and b endure 28 O that cunning a plan of the evil
to the end, they must be c damned; one! O the b vainness, and the frail-
for the Lord God, the Holy One of ties, and the c foolishness of men!
Israel, has spoken it. When they are d learned they think
25 Wherefore, he has given a they are e wise, and they f  hearken not
law; and where there is b no c law unto the g counsel of God, for they
given there is no d punishment; and set it aside, supposing they know of
where there is no punishment there themselves, wherefore, their h wis-
is no condemnation; and where dom is foolishness and it profiteth
there is no condemnation the mer- them not. And they shall perish.
cies of the Holy One of Israel have 29 But to be a learned is good if
claim upon them, because of the they b hearken unto the c counsels of
atonement; for they are delivered God.
by the power of him. 30 But wo unto the a rich, who are
26 For the a atonement satisfieth b 
rich as to the things of the c world.
the demands of his b justice upon all For because they are rich they de-
those who c have not the d law given spise the d poor, and they persecute
to them, that they are e delivered the meek, and their e hearts are upon
from that awful monster, death and their treasures; wherefore, their
 hell, and the devil, and the lake of f 
treasure is their god. And behold,
fire and brimstone, which is end- their g treasure shall perish with
less torment; and they are restored them also.
to that God who gave them g breath, 31 And wo unto the deaf that will
which is the Holy One of Israel. not a hear; for they shall perish.
27 But wo unto him that has the 32 Wo unto the a blind that will
law given, yea, that has all the not see; for they shall perish also.
commandments of God, like unto us, 33 Wo unto the a uncircumcised
and that b transgresseth them, and of heart, for a knowledge of their
24 a tg Jesus Christ, Taking D&C 77:2; 93:33; h Prov. 23:4;
the Name of. Abr. 5:7 (7–8). Eccl. 8:17 (16–17);
b tg Perseverance. 27 a Luke 12:47 (47–48). Ezek. 28:5 (4–5);
c tg Damnation. tg God, Law of. D&C 76:9.
25 a tg God, Law of. b tg Disobedience. tg Knowledge.
b Rom. 4:15; 5:13; c tg Idleness; 29 a D&C 67:6.
2 Ne. 2:13. Procrastination; Waste. tg Learn.
c John 15:22 (22–24); d tg Probation. b 2 Ne. 28:26.
Acts 17:30; Rom. 5:13; 28 a Alma 28:13. tg Submissiveness.
James 4:17; b Job 11:12 (11–12); c Jacob 4:10.
Alma 42:17 (12–24). Isa. 9:9 (9–10). tg Counsel.
tg Accountability. tg Vanity. 30 a Jer. 17:11; Luke 12:34;
d tg Punish. c Eccl. 4:5; 10:12 (1–3, 12); D&C 56:16.
26 a Lev. 4:20; Neh. 10:33; 2 Ne. 19:17; b Matt. 19:23.
2 Ne. 2:10. D&C 35:7. c tg World.
tg Jesus Christ, tg Foolishness. d tg Poor.
Atonement through. d Luke 16:15; e tg Hardheartedness.
b tg God, Justice of; 2 Ne. 26:20; 28:4 (4, 15). f tg Treasure.
Justice. tg Education; g Prov. 27:24.
c Mosiah 3:11; Worldliness. 31 a Ezek. 33:31 (30–33);
Alma 9:16 (15–16); 42:21. e Prov. 14:6; Matt. 11:15; 13:14;
d Mosiah 15:24; Jer. 8:8 (8–9); Heb. 5:11 (11–14);
D&C 137:7. Rom. 1:22. Mosiah 26:28;
tg Ignorance. tg Pride; Wisdom. D&C 1:14 (2, 11, 14);
e tg Death, Power over. f tg Walking in Darkness. Moses 6:27.
f tg Spirits in Prison. g Prov. 15:22; Jacob 4:10; 32 a tg Apathy;
g Gen. 2:7; 6:17; Alma 37:12. Spiritual Blindness.
Mosiah 2:21; tg Counsel. 33 a Rom. 2:29 (27–29).
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iniquities shall smite them at the for they love the truth and are not
last day. shaken.
34 Wo unto the a liar, for he shall 41 O then, my beloved brethren,
be thrust down to b hell. a 
come unto the Lord, the Holy One.
35 Wo unto the a murderer who Remember that his paths are righ-
deliberately b killeth, for he shall teous. Behold, the b way for man is
die. c 
narrow, but it lieth in a straight
36 Wo unto them who commit course before him, and the keeper
whoredoms, for they shall be thrust of the d gate is the Holy One of Is-
down to hell. rael; and he employeth no servant
37 Yea, wo unto those that a wor- there; and there is none other way
ship idols, for the devil of all devils save it be by the gate; for he can-
delighteth in them. not be deceived, for the Lord God
38 And, in fine, wo unto all those is his name.
who die in their a sins; for they shall 42 And whoso a knocketh, to him
return to God, and behold his face, will he open; and the b wise, and
and remain in their sins. the learned, and they that are rich,
39 O, my beloved brethren, re- who are puffed up because of their
member the awfulness in a trans- c 
learning, and their d wisdom, and
gressing against that Holy God, and their riches—yea, they are they
also the awfulness of yielding to whom he despiseth; and save they
the enticings of that b cunning one. shall cast these things away, and
Remember, to be c carnally-minded consider themselves e fools before
is d death, and to be e spiritually- God, and come down in the depths
minded is f  life g eternal. of f  humility, he will not open unto
40 O, my beloved brethren, give them.
ear to my words. Remember the 43 But the things of the wise and
greatness of the Holy One of Israel. the a prudent shall be b hid from
Do not say that I have spoken hard them forever—yea, that happiness
things against you; for if ye do, ye which is prepared for the saints.
will a revile against the b truth; for 44 O, my beloved brethren, re-
I have spoken the words of your member my words. Behold, I take
Maker. I know that the words of truth off my garments, and I shake them
are c hard against all d uncleanness; before you; I pray the God of my
but the e righteous fear them not, salvation that he view me with his
34 a Prov. 19:9. d tg Death; Death, b Ex. 33:13 (12–13);
tg Gossip; Honesty; Spiritual, First; Hell. 2 Ne. 31:21 (17–21);
Lying. e Prov. 15:24. Alma 37:46;
b tg Hell. tg Spirituality. D&C 132:22 (22, 25).
35 a Num. 35:16 (16–25). f Prov. 11:19. c Luke 13:24;
b Deut. 19:11; g tg Eternal Life. 2 Ne. 33:9;
2 Sam. 12:9; 40 a tg Reviling. Jacob 6:11;
Mosiah 13:21. b Prov. 15:10; Hel. 3:29 (29–30).
c tg Capital Punishment. Mosiah 13:7. d 2 Ne. 31:9 (9, 17–18);
36 a 3 Ne. 12:27 (27–32). tg Truth. 3 Ne. 14:14 (13–14);
tg Chastity; Whore. c 1 Ne. 16:2; D&C 22:4; 43:7; 137:2.
37 a Isa. 41:24 (21–24). 2 Ne. 28:28; 33:5. 42 a tg Objectives; Study.
tg Idolatry. d tg Uncleanness. b Matt. 11:25.
38 a Ezek. 18:24. e Prov. 28:1. tg Wisdom.
tg Sin. 41 a 1 Ne. 6:4; c tg Knowledge; Learn;
b Alma 40:11. Jacob 1:7; Worldliness.
39 a tg Transgress. Omni 1:26 (25–26); d Ezek. 28:5 (4–5).
b 2 Ne. 28:21 (20–22); 32:8; Alma 29:2; e 1 Cor. 3:18 (18–21).
Mosiah 2:32; 4:14; 3 Ne. 21:20; f tg Humility;
Alma 30:42 (42, 53). Morm. 9:27; Teachable.
c Rom. 8:6. Ether 5:5; 43 a tg Prudence.
tg Carnal Mind. Moro. 10:30 (30–32). b 1 Cor. 2:14 (9–16).
77 2 Nephi 9  : 45–54
all-searching eye; wherefore, ye 49 Behold, my soul abhorreth sin,
shall know at the last day, when and my heart a delighteth in righ-
all men shall be judged of their teousness; and I will b praise the holy
works, that the God of Israel did name of my God.
witness that I b shook your iniquities 50 Come, my brethren, every one
from my soul, and that I stand with that a thirsteth, come ye to the b wa-
brightness before him, and am c rid ters; and he that hath no c money,
of your blood. come buy and eat; yea, come buy
45 O, my beloved brethren, turn wine and milk without money and
away from your sins; shake off the without price.
chains of him that would bind you 51 Wherefore, do not spend money
fast; come unto that God who is the for that which is of no worth, nor
rock of your salvation. your a labor for that which cannot
46 Prepare your souls for that glo- b 
satisfy. Hearken diligently unto
rious day when a justice shall be ad- me, and remember the words which
ministered unto the righteous, even I have spoken; and come unto the
the day of b judgment, that ye may Holy One of Israel, and c feast upon
not shrink with awful fear; that ye that which perisheth not, neither
may not remember your awful c guilt can be corrupted, and let your soul
in perfectness, and be constrained delight in fatness.
to exclaim: Holy, holy are thy judg- 52 Behold, my beloved brethren,
ments, O Lord God d Almighty—but remember the words of your God;
I know my guilt; I transgressed thy pray unto him continually by day,
law, and my transgressions are mine; and give a thanks unto his holy name
and the devil hath e obtained me, by night. Let your hearts b rejoice.
that I am a prey to his awful misery. 53 And behold how great the a cov-
47 But behold, my brethren, is it enants of the Lord, and how great his
expedient that I should awake you b 
condescensions unto the children of
to an awful reality of these things? men; and because of his greatness,
Would I harrow up your souls if and his c grace and d mercy, he has
your minds were pure? Would I promised unto us that our seed shall
be plain unto you according to the not utterly be destroyed, according
plainness of the truth if ye were to the flesh, but that he would e pre-
freed from sin? serve them; and in future genera-
48 Behold, if ye were holy I would tions they shall become a righteous
speak unto you of holiness; but as f 
 branch unto the house of Israel.
ye are not holy, and ye look upon 54 And now, my brethren, I would
me as a a teacher, it must needs be speak unto you more; but on the
expedient that I b teach you the con- morrow I will declare unto you
sequences of sin. the remainder of my words. Amen.
44 a Jacob 2:10. Individuals. tg Work, Value of.
b Jacob 1:19. 48 a 2 Ne. 5:26. b Eccl. 1:3.
c Jacob 2:2 (2, 16); tg Teacher; c Prov. 13:25;
Mosiah 2:28; Teaching. Enos 1:4;
D&C 61:34. b Deut. 33:10; 3 Ne. 12:6.
45 a 2 Ne. 28:22; 2 Chr. 15:3 (1–4); 17:9. 52 a tg Thanksgiving.
Alma 36:18. tg Prophets, Mission of. b Deut. 26:11.
b tg Rock. 49 a tg Desire; 53 a tg Covenants.
46 a tg God, Justice of. Motivations. b tg Jesus Christ,
b tg Judgment, the Last. b Ezra 3:11 (11–13); Condescension of.
c Mosiah 3:25. 1 Ne. 18:16; c tg Grace.
d Gen. 48:3; Alma 36:28. d tg Compassion;
1 Ne. 1:14; 50 a Isa. 44:3; 55:1 (1–2). God, Mercy of.
3 Ne. 4:32; b tg Living Water. e tg Protection, Divine.
Moses 2:1. c Alma 5:34; 42:27. f tg Vineyard of the
e tg Apostasy of 51 a Isa. 55:2. Lord.
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Chapter 10 5 But because of a priestcrafts and
iniquities, they at Jerusalem will
Jacob explains that the Jews will crucify
their God—They will be scattered until
stiffen their necks against him,
they begin to believe in Him—America that he be c crucified.
6 Wherefore, because of their in-
will be a land of liberty where no king iquities, destructions, famines, a pes-
will rule—Reconcile yourselves to God tilences, and bloodshed shall come
and gain salvation through His grace. upon them; and they who shall not
About 559–545 b.c. be destroyed shall be b scattered
And now I, Jacob, speak unto you among all nations.
again, my beloved brethren, con- 7 But behold, thus saith the a Lord
cerning this righteous a branch of God: b When the day cometh that
which I have spoken. they shall believe in me, that I
2 For behold, the a promises which am Christ, then have I covenanted
we have obtained are promises unto with their fathers that they shall
us according to the flesh; wherefore, be c restored in the flesh, upon
as it has been shown unto me that the earth, unto the d lands of their
many of our children shall perish inheritance.
in the flesh because of b unbelief, 8 And it shall come to pass that
nevertheless, God will be merciful they shall be a gathered in from
unto many; and our children shall their long dispersion, from the
be c restored, that they may come b 
isles of the sea, and from the four
to that which will give them the parts of the earth; and the nations
true knowledge of their Redeemer. of the Gentiles shall be great in the
3 Wherefore, as I said unto you, eyes of me, saith God, in c carrying
it must needs be expedient that them forth to the lands of their
Christ—for in the last night the a an- inheritance.
gel spake unto me that this should 9 a Yea, the kings of the Gentiles
be his name—should b come among shall be nursing fathers unto them,
the c Jews, among those who are the and their queens shall become nurs-
more wicked part of the world; and ing mothers; wherefore, the b prom-
they shall d crucify him—for thus ises of the Lord are great unto the
it behooveth our God, and there Gentiles, for he hath spoken it, and
is none other nation on earth that who can dispute?
would e crucify their f God. 10 But behold, this land, said God,
4 For should the mighty a miracles shall be a land of thine inheritance,
be wrought among other nations and the a Gentiles shall be blessed
they would repent, and know that upon the land.
he be their God. 11 And this land shall be a land of
10 1 a 1 Ne. 15:12 (12–20); Mosiah 3:9 (9–10). Other Lands.
2 Ne. 3:5; e Matt. 27:22; 7 a tg Jesus Christ, Lord.
Jacob 5:45 (43–45); Luke 22:2; 23:23 (20–24). b 2 Ne. 9:2 (1–2);
Alma 46:24 (24–25). f 1 Ne. 19:10 (7, 10); 25:16 (16–17).
2 a 1 Ne. 22:8 (8–12); 2 Ne. 26:12. c Gen. 49:10.
3 Ne. 5:23 (21–26); 4 a tg Miracle. tg Israel, Restoration of.
21:7 (4–29). 5 a Matt. 27:20 (11–26); d tg Lands of Inheritance.
tg Promise. Luke 22:2; 8 a tg Israel, Gathering of.
b tg Doubt. John 11:47 (47–53). b Isa. 51:5; 1 Ne. 22:4;
c tg Restoration of the tg Apostasy of Israel; 2 Ne. 29:7; D&C 133:8.
Gospel. Priestcraft. c Isa. 11:14;
3 a 2 Ne. 2:4; 11:3; 25:19; b tg Stiffnecked. 1 Ne. 21:22; 22:8.
Jacob 7:5; Moro. 7:22. c tg Jesus Christ, 9 a Isa. 49:22 (22–23);
b tg Jesus Christ, Crucifixion of. 2 Ne. 6:6.
Prophecies about. 6 a tg Plague. b 1 Ne. 22:8 (1–9);
c tg Israel, Judah, b 1 Ne. 19:14 (13–14); Alma 9:24; D&C 3:20.
People of. 2 Ne. 25:15. 10 a 2 Ne. 6:12;
d Luke 18:31; 1 Ne. 11:33; tg Israel, Bondage of, in 3 Ne. 16:6 (4–7).
79 2 Nephi 10  : 12–22
liberty unto the Gentiles, and there tiles; nevertheless, I will a soften
shall be no b kings upon the land, the hearts of the b Gentiles, that
who shall raise up unto the Gentiles. they shall be like unto a father to
12 And I will fortify this land them; wherefore, the Gentiles shall
against all other nations. be c blessed and d numbered among
13 And he that a fighteth against the house of Israel.
Zion shall b perish, saith God. 19 Wherefore, I will a consecrate
14 For he that raiseth up a a king this land unto thy seed, and them
against me shall perish, for I, the who shall be numbered among thy
Lord, the b king of heaven, will be seed, forever, for the land of their
their king, and I will be a c light unto inheritance; for it is a choice land,
them forever, that hear my words. saith God unto me, above all other
15 Wherefore, for this cause, that lands, wherefore I will have all men
my a covenants may be fulfilled that dwell thereon that they shall
which I have made unto the children worship me, saith God.
of men, that I will do unto them 20 And now, my beloved brethren,
while they are in the flesh, I must seeing that our merciful God has
needs destroy the b secret works of given us so great knowledge con-
darkness, and of murders, and of cerning these things, let us remem-
abominations. ber him, and lay aside our sins, and
16 Wherefore, he that a fighteth not hang down our heads, for we are
against b Zion, both Jew and Gen- not cast off; nevertheless, we have
tile, both bond and free, both male been a driven out of the land of our
and female, c shall perish; for d they inheritance; but we have been led
are they who are the e whore of all to a b better land, for the Lord has
the earth; for f they who are g not for made the sea our c path, and we are
me are h against me, saith our God. upon an d isle of the sea.
17 For I will a fulfil my b promises 21 But great are the promises of
which I have made unto the chil- the Lord unto them who are upon
dren of men, that I will do unto the a isles of the sea; wherefore as it
them while they are in the flesh— says isles, there must needs be more
18 Wherefore, my beloved breth- than this, and they are inhabited
ren, thus saith our God: I will afflict also by our brethren.
thy seed by the hand of the Gen- 22 For behold, the Lord God has
11 a tg Liberty. 16 a tg Protection, Divine. D&C 45:9 (7–30).
b 2 Ne. 1:7; b tg Zion. c Eph. 3:6 (1–7);
Mosiah 29:32. c Isa. 41:11 (11–12). 2 Ne. 33:9;
12 a 1 Ne. 13:19. d 1 Ne. 13:5. 3 Ne. 21:14.
13 a 1 Ne. 22:14 (14, 19). e tg Devil, Church of; d Gal. 3:7 (7, 29);
b Isa. 60:12. Whore. 1 Ne. 14:2;
14 a tg Kings, Earthly. f 1 Ne. 14:10. 3 Ne. 16:13;
b Josh. 2:11; g 1 Ne. 22:13 (13–23); 21:6 (6, 22, 25); 30:2;
Ps. 44:4; 2 Ne. 6:15; 28:15 (15–32); Abr. 2:10 (9–11).
Matt. 2:2; 3 Ne. 16:8 (8–15); 19 a 1 Ne. 13:15.
Alma 5:50; Ether 2:9 (8–11). 20 a 1 Ne. 1:20 (18–20);
D&C 20:17; 38:21 (21–22); h Matt. 12:30. 2:2 (1–4).
128:22 (22–23); 17 a 1 Kgs. 8:56; b 1 Ne. 2:20.
Moses 7:53. D&C 1:38; 101:64. tg Promised Lands.
c tg Jesus Christ, Light of b tg Promise. c Ps. 8:8;
the World. 18 a 1 Ne. 13:31; 1 Ne. 18:8 (5–23).
15 a tg Abrahamic Covenant; 2 Ne. 4:7; d Isa. 11:11 (11–12);
Covenants. Jacob 3:6 (5–9); 42:4; 51:5;
b Lev. 19:26; Hel. 15:12 (10–17); Ezek. 26:15 (3, 6–7, 15);
Hel. 3:23; Morm. 5:20 (20–21). 39:6;
7:25 (4–5, 21, 25). b Matt. 8:11 (11–12); 12:21; 2 Ne. 8:5.
tg Secret Combinations. Luke 13:29 (28–30); 21 a Isa. 49:1;
c tg Darkness, Spiritual. Acts 10:45; 1 Ne. 19:16; 21:1; 22:4.
2 Nephi 10  : 23–11  : 7 80
led away from time to time from 2 And now I, Nephi, write a more
the house of Israel, according to his of the words of b Isaiah, for my soul
will and pleasure. And now behold, delighteth in his words. For I will
the Lord remembereth all them who liken his words unto my people,
have been broken off, wherefore he and I will send them forth unto
remembereth us also. all my children, for he verily c saw
23 Therefore, a cheer up your hearts, my d Redeemer, even as I have seen
and remember that ye are b free to him.
act for yourselves—to d choose the 3 And my brother, Jacob, also
way of everlasting death or the way has a seen him as I have seen him;
of eternal life. wherefore, I will send their words
24 Wherefore, my beloved breth- forth unto my children to prove
ren, a reconcile yourselves to the unto them that my words are true.
will of God, and not to the will of Wherefore, by the words of b three,
the devil and the flesh; and remem- God hath said, I will establish my
ber, after ye are reconciled unto word. Nevertheless, God sendeth
God, that it is only in and through more c witnesses, and he proveth
the c grace of God that ye are d saved. all his words.
25 Wherefore, may God a raise you 4 Behold, my soul delighteth in
from death by the power of the res- a 
proving unto my people the truth
urrection, and also from everlasting of the b coming of Christ; for, for
death by the power of the b atone- this end hath the c law of Moses
ment, that ye may be received into been given; and all things which
the c eternal kingdom of God, that have been given of God from the
ye may praise him through grace beginning of the world, unto man,
divine. Amen. are the d typifying of him.
5 And also my soul delighteth in
the a covenants of the Lord which
Chapter 11 he hath made to our fathers; yea,
my soul delighteth in his b grace,
Jacob saw his Redeemer—The law of and in his justice, and power, and
Moses typifies Christ and proves He mercy in the great and eternal plan
will come. About 559–545 b.c. of c deliverance from death.
And now, a Jacob spake many more 6 And my soul delighteth in prov-
things to my people at that time; ing unto my people that a save Christ
nevertheless only these things have I should come all men must perish.
caused to be b written, for the things 7 For if there be a no Christ there be
which I have written sufficeth me. no God; and if there be no God we
22 a 1 Ne. 22:4 (4–5); c tg Eternity. Witness.
2 Ne. 1:6. 11 1 a 2 Ne. 6:1 (1–10). 4 a 2 Ne. 31:2.
tg Israel, b 2 Ne. 31:1. b Jacob 4:5;
Scattering of; 2 a 2 Ne. 6:16 (16–18). Jarom 1:11;
Israel, Ten Lost b 3 Ne. 23:1. Alma 25:16 (15–16);
Tribes of. c 2 Ne. 16:1. Ether 12:19 (18–19).
23 a tg Cheerful. tg Jesus Christ, c 2 Ne. 5:10.
b tg Agency. Appearances, d tg Jesus Christ, Types
c 2 Ne. 2:16. Antemortal. of, in Anticipation;
d Deut. 30:19 (15, 19). d tg Jesus Christ, Law of Moses.
24 a tg Reconciliation. Jehovah. 5 a tg Abrahamic Covenant.
b tg God, Will of. 3 a 2 Ne. 2:3 (3–4); 10:3; b tg Benevolence;
c tg Grace. Jacob 7:5. Grace.
d tg Salvation; tg God, Privilege of c tg Deliver;
Salvation, Plan of. Seeing. Jesus Christ, Atonement
25 a tg Death, Power over; b 2 Ne. 27:12 (12–14); through.
Resurrection. Ether 5:3 (2–4); 6 a Mosiah 3:15.
b tg Jesus Christ, D&C 5:11 (11, 15). 7 a 2 Ne. 2:13 (13–14).
Atonement through. c tg Book of Mormon;
81 2 Nephi 11  : 8 –12  : 12

are not, for there could have been swords into plow-shares, and their
no b creation. But there is a God, and spears into pruning-hooks—nation
he is Christ, and he cometh in the shall not lift up sword against na-
fulness of his own time. tion, neither shall they learn war
8 And now I write a some of the any more.
words of Isaiah, that whoso of my 5 O house of Jacob, come ye and let
people shall see these words may us walk in the light of the Lord; yea,
lift up their hearts and rejoice for come, for ye have all a gone astray,
all men. Now these are the words, every one to his b wicked ways.
and ye may liken them unto you 6 Therefore, O Lord, thou hast
and unto all men. forsaken thy people, the house of
Jacob, because they be replenished
Chapter 12 from the east, and hearken unto
Isaiah sees the latter-day temple, gath-
soothsayers like the b Philistines,
ering of Israel, and millennial judgment and they please themselves in the
and peace—The proud and wicked will children of strangers.
be brought low at the Second Coming— 7 Their land also is full of silver
Compare Isaiah 2. About 559–545 b.c. and gold, neither is there any end
of their a treasures; their land is also
The word that Isaiah, the son of full of horses, neither is there any
Amoz, saw concerning Judah and end of their chariots.
Jerusalem: 8 Their land is also full of a idols;
2 And it shall come to pass in the they worship the work of their own
last days, a when the b mountain of hands, that which their own fingers
the Lord’s c house shall be estab- have made.
lished in the top of the d mountains, 9 And the mean man a boweth b not
and shall be exalted above the hills, down, and the great man humbleth
and all nations shall flow unto it. himself not, therefore, forgive him
3 And many a people shall go and not.
say, Come ye, and let us go up to 10 O ye wicked ones, enter into the
the b mountain of the Lord, to the rock, and a hide thee in the dust, for
house of the God of Jacob; and he the fear of the Lord and the glory
will teach us of his ways, and we of his majesty shall smite thee.
will d walk in his paths; for out of 11 And it shall come to pass that
Zion shall go forth the law, and the the a lofty looks of man shall be hum-
word of the Lord from Jerusalem. bled, and the haughtiness of men
4 And he shall a judge among the shall be bowed down, and the Lord
nations, and shall rebuke many alone shall be exalted in that day.
people: and they shall beat their 12 For the a day of the Lord of
7 b Heb. 3:4 (3–4). more than half of the 4 a 2 Ne. 21:3 (2–5, 9).
tg Creation; 433 verses of Isaiah 5 a 2 Ne. 28:14;
God, Creator. quoted in the Book of Mosiah 14:6; Alma 5:37.
c tg Jesus Christ, Mormon, while about b Isa. 53:6.
Jehovah. 200 verses have the 6 a tg Sorcery.
8 a See the Latter-day Saint same wording as KJV. b Gen. 10:14.
edition of the King b tg Zion. 7 a tg Treasure.
James Version of the c 3 Ne. 24:1. 8 a Jer. 2:28.
Bible for other notes d Gen. 49:26; tg Idolatry.
and cross-references D&C 49:25; 109:61; 9 a Ex. 34:8; Isa. 2:9.
on these chapters from 133:31 (29–31). b ie unto God; he
Isaiah. 3 a Zech. 8:22. worships idols instead.
12 1 a Isa. 2:1 (1–22). b Joel 2:1; 10 a Amos 9:3;
2 a Comparison with the 2 Ne. 30:15 (12–18); Rev. 6:15 (15–16);
King James Bible in D&C 133:13. Alma 12:14.
English shows that c Ps. 122:1. 11 a 2 Ne. 15:15 (15–16).
there are differences in d tg Walking with God. 12 a tg Day of the Lord.
2 Nephi 12  : 13–13  : 8 82

Hosts soon cometh upon all nations, breath is in his nostrils; for wherein
yea, upon every one; yea, upon the is he to be accounted of?
proud and lofty, and upon every
one who is lifted up, and he shall Chapter 13
be brought low.
Judah and Jerusalem will be punished
13 Yea, and the day of the Lord for their disobedience—The Lord pleads
shall come upon all the a cedars for and judges His people—The daugh-
of Lebanon, for they are high and
lifted up; and upon all the oaks of ters of Zion are cursed and tormented
Bashan; for their worldliness—Compare Isaiah
14 And upon all the a high moun- 3. About 559–545 b.c.
tains, and upon all the hills, and a 
For behold, the Lord, the Lord of
upon all the nations which are lifted Hosts, doth take away from Jerusa-
up, and upon every people; lem, and from Judah, the stay and
15 And upon every a high tower, the staff, the whole staff of bread,
and upon every fenced wall; and the whole stay of water—
16 And upon all the ships of the a sea, 2 The a mighty man, and the man
and upon all the ships of Tarshish, of b war, the judge, and the prophet,
and upon all pleasant pictures. and the c prudent, and the ancient;
17 And the loftiness of man shall 3 The captain of fifty, and the
be bowed down, and the a haughti- honorable man, and the counselor,
ness of men shall be made low; and and the cunning artificer, and the
the Lord alone shall be exalted in eloquent orator.
that day. 4 And I will give children unto
18 And the idols he shall utterly them to be their princes, and babes
abolish. shall rule over them.
19 And they shall go into the holes 5 And the people shall be a op-
of the rocks, and into the caves of the pressed, every one by another,
earth, for the fear of the Lord shall and every one by his neighbor; the
come upon them and the a glory of his child shall behave himself b proudly
majesty shall smite them, when he against the ancient, and the base
ariseth to shake terribly the earth. against the honorable.
20 In that day a man shall cast 6 When a man shall take hold of his
his idols of silver, and his idols of brother of the house of his father,
gold, which he hath made for him- and shall say: Thou hast clothing,
self to worship, to the moles and to be thou our ruler, and let not this
the bats; a 
ruin come under thy hand—
21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, 7 In that day shall he swear, say-
and into the tops of the ragged rocks, ing: I will not be a healer; for in my
for the fear of the Lord shall come house there is neither bread nor
upon them and the majesty of his clothing; make me not a ruler of the
glory shall smite them, when he people.
ariseth to shake terribly the earth. 8 For Jerusalem is a ruined, and
22 Cease ye from man, whose Judah is b fallen, because their
12 b Job 40:11; The Hebrew has “ships 13 1 a Isa. 3:1 (1–26).
Mal. 4:1; of Tarshish.” The Book 2 a 2 Kgs. 24:14.
2 Ne. 23:11; of Mormon has both, b 1 Chr. 28:3.
D&C 64:24. showing that the brass c tg Prudence.
13 a Isa. 37:24; plates had lost neither 5 a tg Oppression.
Ezek. 31:3; phrase. b tg Haughtiness.
Zech. 11:1 (1–2). 17 a tg Haughtiness. 6 a Isa. 3:6.
14 a Isa. 30:25. b ie the day of the Lord’s 8 a Isa. 1:7;
15 a 3 Ne. 21:15 (15, 18). coming in glory; see Jer. 9:11;
16 a The Greek (Septuagint) vv. 17–21. Ezek. 36:17 (16–20).
has “ships of the sea.” 19 a tg Jesus Christ, Glory of. b Lam. 1:3 (1–3).
83 2 Nephi 13  : 9–14  : 2
tongues and their doings have 18 In that a day the Lord will take
been against the Lord, to d provoke away the bravery of their tinkling
the eyes of his glory. ornaments, and cauls, and round
9 The show of their countenance tires like the moon;
doth witness against them, and 19 The chains and the bracelets,
doth declare their a sin to be even and the mufflers;
as b Sodom, and they cannot hide it. 20 The bonnets, and the ornaments
Wo unto their souls, for they have of the legs, and the headbands, and
rewarded evil unto themselves! the tablets, and the ear-rings;
10 Say unto the righteous that it is 21 The rings, and nose jewels;
well with them; for they shall b eat 22 The changeable suits of apparel,
the fruit of their doings. and the mantles, and the wimples,
11 Wo unto the wicked, for they and the crisping-pins;
shall perish; for the reward of their 23 The glasses, and the fine linen,
hands shall be upon them! and hoods, and the veils.
12 And my people, children are 24 And it shall come to pass, in-
their oppressors, and women rule stead of sweet smell there shall be
over them. O my people, they who stink; and instead of a girdle, a rent;
lead thee cause thee to err and de- and instead of well set hair, a bald-
stroy the way of thy paths. ness; and instead of a stomacher, a
13 The Lord standeth up to a plead, girding of sackcloth; b burning in-
and standeth to judge the people. stead of c beauty.
14 The Lord will enter into a judg- 25 Thy men shall fall by the sword
ment with the ancients of his peo- and thy mighty in the war.
ple and the princes thereof; for ye 26 And her a gates shall lament and
have eaten up the b vineyard and the b 
mourn; and she shall be desolate,
spoil of the c poor in your houses. and shall c sit upon the ground.
15 What mean ye? Ye a beat my
people to pieces, and grind the Chapter 14
faces of the poor, saith the Lord Zion and her daughters will be redeemed
God of Hosts. and cleansed in the millennial day—
16 Moreover, the Lord saith: Be- Compare Isaiah 4. About 559–545 b.c.
cause the daughters of Zion are
haughty, and b walk with stretched- And in that day, seven women shall

forth necks and wanton eyes, walk- take hold of one man, saying: We
ing and mincing as they go, and will eat our own bread, and wear
making a tinkling with their feet— our own apparel; only let us be
17 Therefore the Lord will smite called by thy name to take away
with a a scab the crown of the head our b reproach.
of the daughters of Zion, and the 2 In that day shall the a branch of
Lord will b discover their secret the Lord be beautiful and glorious;
parts. the fruit of the earth excellent and
8 c Ps. 52:2. 14 a tg Jesus Christ, Judge. 24 a Isa. 22:12;
d tg Provoking. b Isa. 5:7. Micah 1:16.
9 a tg Apostasy of Israel. c Ezek. 18:12; b 2 Ne. 14:4.
b Gen. 18:20 (20–21); 2 Ne. 28:13 (12–13); c Lam. 1:6 (4–6).
19:5, 24 (24–25); Hel. 4:12 (11–13). 26 a Jer. 14:2.
2 Ne. 23:19. 15 a Micah 3:3 (2–3); b Lam. 1:4 (4–6).
tg Homosexual 2 Ne. 26:20. c Lam. 2:10.
Behavior. 16 a tg Haughtiness. 14 1 a Isa. 4:1 (1–6).
10 a Deut. 12:28. b tg Walking in Darkness. b tg Reproach.
b Ps. 128:2. 17 a Deut. 28:27. 2 a Isa. 60:21; 61:3;
12 a Isa. 9:16. b Jer. 13:22; 2 Ne. 3:5;
tg Leadership. Nahum 3:5. Jacob 2:25.
13 a Micah 6:2. 18 a tg Day of the Lord.
2 Nephi 14  : 3–15  : 12 84

comely to them that are escaped 3 And now, O inhabitants of
of Israel. Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge,
3 And it shall come to pass, they I pray you, betwixt me and my
that are a left in Zion and remain in vineyard.
Jerusalem shall be called holy, ev- 4 What could have been done
ery one that is written among the more to my vineyard that I have
living in Jerusalem— not done in it? Wherefore, when
4 When the Lord shall have a washed I looked that it should bring forth
away the filth of the daughters of grapes it brought forth wild grapes.
Zion, and shall have purged the 5 And now go to; I will tell you
blood of Jerusalem from the midst what I will do to my vineyard—I
thereof by the spirit of judgment will a take away the hedge thereof,
and by the spirit of b burning. and it shall be eaten up; and I will
5 And the a Lord will create upon break down the wall thereof, and
every dwelling-place of mount Zion, it shall be trodden down;
and upon her assemblies, a b cloud 6 And I will lay it waste; it shall
and smoke by day and the shining of not be pruned nor digged; but there
a flaming fire by night; for upon all shall come up a briers and thorns; I
the glory of Zion shall be a defence. will also command the clouds that
6 And there shall be a tabernacle they b rain no rain upon it.
for a shadow in the daytime from the 7 For the a vineyard of the Lord of
heat, and for a place of a refuge, and Hosts is the house of Israel, and the
a covert from storm and from rain. men of Judah his pleasant plant;
and he looked for b judgment, and
Chapter 15 behold, c oppression; for righteous-
The Lord’s vineyard (Israel) will be- ness, but behold, a cry.
come desolate, and His people will 8 Wo unto them that join a house
to house, till there can be no place,
be scattered—Woes will come upon that they may be placed alone in
them in their apostate and scattered the midst of the earth!
state—The Lord will lift an ensign 9 In mine ears, said the Lord of
and gather Israel—Compare Isaiah 5. Hosts, of a truth many houses shall
About 559–545 b.c.
be desolate, and great and fair cit-
And then will I sing to my well-
ies without inhabitant.
beloved a song of my beloved, touch- 10 Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall
ing his b vineyard. My well-beloved yield one a bath, and the seed of a
hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill. homer shall yield an ephah.
2 And he fenced it, and gathered 11 Wo unto them that rise up
out the stones thereof, and planted early in the morning, that they may
it with the choicest a vine, and built a 
follow strong drink, that continue
a tower in the midst of it, and also until night, and b wine inflame
made a wine-press therein; and he them!
looked that it should bring forth 12 And the harp, and the a viol, the
grapes, and it brought forth wild tabret, and pipe, and wine are in
grapes. their feasts; but they b regard not
3 a Matt. 13:43 (41–43). 15 1 a Isa. 5:1 (1–30). 8 a Micah 2:2.
4 a 2 Ne. 13:24 (16–26). b tg Vineyard of the Lord. 10 a bd Weights and
tg Wash. 2 a Jer. 2:21. measures. See also
b Mal. 3:2; 4:1. 5 a Ps. 80:12 (8–15). Ezek. 45:11.
5 a Isa. 60:20 (1–3, 19–21). 6 a Isa. 7:23 (23–24); 32:13. 11 a Prov. 23:30 (29–32).
tg God, Presence of. b Lev. 26:4; b tg Drunkenness;
b Ex. 13:21; Jer. 3:3. Word of Wisdom.
Zech. 2:5. 7 a tg Vineyard of the Lord. 12 a Amos 6:5 (5–6).
6 a Isa. 25:4. b Amos 5:24. b Ps. 28:5.
tg Refuge. c tg Oppression. tg Rebellion.
85 2 Nephi 15  : 13–30

the work of the Lord, neither con- 23 Who justify the wicked for a re-
sider the operation of his hands. ward, and take away the righteous-
13 Therefore, my people are gone ness of the righteous from him!
into a captivity, because they have 24 Therefore, as the a fire devoureth
no b knowledge; and their honorable the b stubble, and the flame con­
men are famished, and their mul- sumeth the c chaff, their d root shall
titude dried up with thirst. be rottenness, and their blossoms
14 Therefore, hell hath enlarged her- shall go up as dust; because they
self, and opened her mouth without have cast away the law of the Lord
measure; and their glory, and their of Hosts, and e despised the word of
multitude, and their pomp, and he the Holy One of Israel.
that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. 25 Therefore, is the a anger of the
15 And the mean man shall be Lord kindled against his people,
brought down, and the b mighty and he hath stretched forth his
man shall be humbled, and the hand against them, and hath smit-
eyes of the c lofty shall be humbled. ten them; and the hills did trem-
16 But the Lord of Hosts shall be ble, and their carcasses were torn
exalted in a judgment, and God that in the midst of the streets. For all
is holy shall be sanctified in righ- this his anger is not turned away,
teousness. but his hand is stretched out still.
17 Then shall the lambs feed after 26 And he will lift up an a ensign
their manner, and the waste places to the b nations from far, and will
of the a fat ones shall strangers eat. hiss unto them from the c end of the
18 Wo unto them that draw iniq- earth; and behold, they shall d come
uity with cords of a vanity, and sin with speed swiftly; none shall be
as it were with a cart rope; weary nor stumble among them.
19 That say: Let him a make speed, 27 None shall slumber nor sleep;
hasten his work, that we may c see neither shall the girdle of their
it; and let the counsel of the Holy loins be loosed, nor the latchet of
One of Israel draw nigh and come, their shoes be broken;
that we may know it. 28 Whose arrows shall be sharp,
20 Wo unto them that a call b evil and all their bows bent, and their
good, and good evil, that put c dark- horses’ hoofs shall be counted like
ness for light, and light for dark- flint, and their wheels like a whirl-
ness, that put bitter for sweet, and wind, their roaring like a lion.
sweet for bitter! 29 They shall roar like young a li-
21 Wo unto the a wise in their own ons; yea, they shall roar, and lay
eyes and b prudent in their own sight! hold of the prey, and shall carry
22 Wo unto the mighty to drink away safe, and none shall deliver.
wine, and men of strength to min- 30 And in that a day they shall roar
gle strong drink; against them like the roaring of the
13 a Lam. 1:3 (1–3). b Moro. 7:14 (14, 18). 133:64.
b Isa. 1:3; c 1 Jn. 1:6. c Luke 3:17;
Hosea 4:6. 21 a Prov. 3:7 (5–7); Mosiah 7:30 (29–31).
tg Knowledge. 2 Ne. 28:15. d Job 18:16 (16–21).
15 a Isa. 2:17 (11, 17). b tg Prudence. e 2 Sam. 12:9 (7–9).
b 2 Ne. 12:11. 22 a Prov. 31:4 (3–9). 25 a Deut. 32:21;
c tg Haughtiness. 23 a tg Bribe. D&C 63:32;
16 a tg Jesus Christ, Judge. 24 a Obad. 1:18; Moses 6:27.
17 a Isa. 10:16. 2 Ne. 20:17; 26 a tg Ensign.
18 a tg Vanity. 3 Ne. 20:16. b tg Nations.
19 a Jer. 17:15. b Joel 2:5; c 2 Ne. 29:2.
b tg Haste. 1 Ne. 22:15 (15, 23); d tg Israel, Gathering of.
c tg Sign Seekers. 2 Ne. 26:6 (4, 6); 29 a 3 Ne. 21:12 (12–13).
20 a D&C 64:16; 121:16. D&C 64:24 (23–24); 30 a tg Day of the Lord.
2 Nephi 16  : 1–17  : 3 86

sea; and if they look unto the land, 9 And he said: Go and tell this
behold, darkness and sorrow, and people—Hear ye indeed, but they
the light is darkened in the heav- understood not; and see ye indeed,
ens thereof. but they perceived not.
10 Make the heart of this people
Chapter 16 fat, and make their ears heavy,
and shut their eyes—lest they see
Isaiah sees the Lord—Isaiah’s sins are with their eyes, and a hear with
forgiven—He is called to prophesy—
He prophesies of the rejection by the their ears, and understand with their
heart, and be converted and be
Jews of Christ’s teachings—A remnant healed.
will return—Compare Isaiah 6. About 11 Then said I: Lord, how long?
559–545 b.c. And he said: Until the cities be
In the b year that king Uzziah died, wasted without inhabitant, and the
I c saw also the Lord sitting upon a houses without man, and the land
throne, high and lifted up, and his be utterly desolate;
train filled the temple. 12 And the Lord have a removed
2 Above it stood the a seraphim; each men far away, for there shall be
one had six wings; with twain he a great forsaking in the midst of
covered his face, and with twain the land.
he covered his feet, and with twain he 13 But yet there shall be a tenth,
did fly. and they shall return, and shall be
3 And one cried unto another, and eaten, as a teil tree, and as an oak
said: Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord whose substance is in them when
of Hosts; the whole earth is full of they cast their leaves; so the a holy
his a glory. seed shall be the substance thereof.
4 And the posts of the door moved
at the voice of him that cried, and Chapter 17
the house was filled with smoke. Ephraim and Syria wage war against
5 Then said I: Wo is unto me! for Judah—Christ will be born of a virgin—
I am undone; because I am a man Compare Isaiah 7. About 559–545 b.c.
of unclean lips; and I dwell in the
midst of a people of unclean lips; a 
And it came to pass in the days of
for mine eyes have a seen the King, b 
Ahaz the son of c Jotham, the son of
the Lord of Hosts. Uzziah, king of Judah, that d Rezin,
6 Then flew one of the seraphim king of Syria, and e Pekah the son of
unto me, having a live coal in his Remaliah, king of Israel, went up
hand, which he had taken with the toward Jerusalem to war against
tongs from off the altar; it, but could not prevail against it.
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, 2 And it was told the house of
and said: Lo, this has touched thy David, saying: Syria is confederate
lips; and thine a iniquity is taken with Ephraim. And his heart was
away, and thy sin purged. moved, and the heart of his people,
8 Also I heard the voice of the as the trees of the wood are moved
Lord, saying: a Whom shall I send, with the wind.
and who will go for us? Then I said: 3 Then said the Lord unto Isaiah:
Here am I; send me. Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou
16 1 a Isa. 6:1 (1–13). Antemortal. 12 a 2 Kgs. 17:18 (18, 20);
b ie about 750 B.C. 7 a tg Cleanse; 25:21.
c John 12:41; 2 Ne. 11:2. Remission of Sins. 13 a Ezra 9:2.
2 a tg Cherubim. 8 a tg Called of God. 17 1 a Isa. 7:1 (1–25).
bd Seraphim. 10 a Matt. 13:14 (14–15); b 2 Kgs. 16:5;
3 a Ps. 72:19 (19–20). John 12:40; 2 Chr. 28:5 (5–6).
tg Jesus Christ, Glory of. Acts 28:26–27; c 2 Kgs. 15:32.
5 a tg Jesus Christ, Rom. 11:8. d 2 Kgs. 15:37 (36–38).
Appearances, b Prov. 2:2. e 2 Kgs. 15:25.
87 2 Nephi 17  : 4 –25

and Shearjashub thy son, at the end to refuse the evil and choose the
of the a conduit of the upper pool good, the land that thou abhorrest
in the highway of the fuller’s field; shall be forsaken of b both her kings.
4 And say unto him: Take heed, 17 The Lord shall a bring upon thee,
and be quiet; fear not, neither be and upon thy people, and upon thy
faint-hearted for the two tails of father’s house, days that have not
these smoking firebrands, for the come from the day that b Ephraim
fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, departed from Judah, the king of
and of the son of Remaliah. Assyria.
5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the 18 And it shall come to pass in
son of Remaliah, have taken evil that day that the Lord shall hiss
counsel against thee, saying: for the fly that is in the uttermost
6 Let us go up against Judah and part of Egypt, and for the bee that
vex it, and let us make a breach is in the land of Assyria.
therein for us, and set a king in the 19 And they shall come, and shall
midst of it, yea, the son of Tabeal. rest all of them in the desolate val-
7 Thus saith the Lord God: a It shall leys, and in the holes of the rocks,
not stand, neither shall it come to and upon all thorns, and upon all
pass. bushes.
8 For the head of Syria is Damas- 20 In the same day shall the Lord
cus, and the head of Damascus, shave with a a razor that is hired,
Rezin; and within threescore and by them beyond the river, by the
five years shall Ephraim be a broken king of Assyria, the head, and the
that it be not a people. hair of the feet; and it shall also
9 And the head of Ephraim is consume the beard.
Samaria, and the head of Samaria 21 And it shall come to pass in that
is Remaliah’s son. If ye will a not day, a man shall nourish a young
believe surely ye shall not be es- cow and two sheep;
tablished. 22 And it shall come to pass, for
10 Moreover, the Lord spake again the abundance of milk they shall
unto Ahaz, saying: give he shall eat butter; for butter
11 Ask thee a a sign of the Lord thy and honey shall every one eat that
God; ask it either in the depths, or is left in the land.
in the heights above. 23 And it shall come to pass in
12 But Ahaz said: I will not ask, that day, every place shall be, where
neither will I a tempt the Lord. there were a thousand vines at a
13 And he said: Hear ye now, O thousand silverlings, which shall
house of David; is it a small thing be for briers and thorns.
for you to weary men, but will ye 24 With arrows and with bows
weary my God also? shall men come thither, because
14 Therefore, the Lord himself shall all the land shall become briers
give you a sign—Behold, a a virgin and thorns.
shall conceive, and shall bear a son, 25 And all hills that shall be digged
and shall call his name b Immanuel. with the mattock, there shall not
15 Butter and a honey shall he eat, come thither the fear of briers and
that he may know to refuse the evil thorns; but it shall be for the send-
and to choose the good. ing forth of oxen, and the treading
16 For a before the child shall know of lesser cattle.
3 a 2 Kgs. 18:17; 11 a Judg. 6:39 (36–40). 16 a Isa. 8:4;
Isa. 36:2. tg Signs. 2 Ne. 18:4.
7 a Prov. 21:30; 12 a ie test, try, or prove. b 2 Kgs. 15:30; 16:9.
Isa. 8:10 (9–10). 14 a Isa. 7:14. 17 a 2 Chr. 28:19 (19–21).
8 a tg Israel, Scattering of. b Isa. 8:8; b 1 Kgs. 12:19 (16–19).
9 a 2 Chr. 20:20. 2 Ne. 18:8, 10. 20 a 2 Kgs. 16:7 (7–8);
tg Unbelief. 15 a 2 Sam. 17:29. 2 Chr. 28:20 (20–21).
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Chapter 18 9  a Associate yourselves, O ye
people, and ye shall be broken in
Christ will be as a stone of stumbling pieces; and give ear all ye of far
and a rock of offense—Seek the Lord, countries; gird yourselves, and ye
not peeping wizards—Turn to the law shall be broken in pieces; gird your-
and to the testimony for guidance— selves, and ye shall be broken in
Compare Isaiah 8. About 559–545 b.c. pieces.
Moreover, the word of the Lord 10 Take counsel together, and it
said unto me: Take thee a great a roll, shall come to naught; speak the
and write in it with a man’s pen, word, and it shall not stand; for
concerning b Maher-shalal-hash-baz. God is with us.
2 And I took unto me faithful 11 For the Lord spake thus to me
witnesses to record, Uriah the with a strong hand, and instructed
priest, and Zechariah the son of me that I should not walk in the
Jeberechiah. way of this people, saying:
3 And I went unto the prophetess; 12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to
and she conceived and bare a son. all to whom this people shall say, A
Then said the Lord to me: a Call his a 
confederacy; neither fear ye their
name, Maher-shalal-hash-baz. fear, nor be afraid.
4 For behold, a the child shall b not 13 Sanctify the Lord of Hosts him-
have knowledge to cry, My father, self, and let him be your fear, and
and my mother, before the riches let him be your dread.
of Damascus and the c spoil of d Sa- 14 And he shall be for a sanctuary;
maria shall be taken away before but for a a stone of b stumbling, and
the king of e Assyria. for a c rock of d offense to both the
5 The Lord spake also unto me houses of Israel, for a gin and a e snare
again, saying: to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
6 Forasmuch as this people refus- 15 And many among them shall
eth the waters of a Shiloah that go a 
stumble and fall, and be broken,
softly, and rejoice in b Rezin and and be snared, and be taken.
Remaliah’s son; 16 a Bind up the testimony, seal the
7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord law among my disciples.
bringeth up upon them the waters 17 And I will wait upon the Lord,
of the river, strong and many, even that a hideth his face from the house
the king of a Assyria and all his glory; of Jacob, and I will look for him.
and he shall come up over all his 18 Behold, I and the children
channels, and go over all his banks. whom the Lord hath given me are
8 And he shall pass through Ju- for a signs and for wonders in Is-
dah; he shall overflow and go over, rael from the Lord of Hosts, which
he shall a reach even to the neck; dwelleth in Mount Zion.
and the stretching out of his wings 19 And when they shall say unto
shall fill the breadth of thy land, you: Seek unto them that have
O Immanuel. a 
familiar spirits, and unto b wizards
18 1 a Isa. 8:1 (1–22). 6 a Neh. 3:15; 1 Pet. 2:8 (4–8);
b heb To speed to the John 9:7. Jacob 4:15.
spoil, he hasteneth b Isa. 7:1 (1–6). c tg Rock.
the prey. 7 a Isa. 10:12. d Luke 7:23.
2 a tg Witness. 8 a Isa. 30:28. e Mosiah 7:29.
3 a 2 Ne. 18:18. 9 a Joel 3:9 (9–14). 15 a Matt. 21:44.
4 a 2 Ne. 17:16. 12 a Isa. 31:1 (1–3). 16 a Dan. 12:9.
b Isa. 8:4. 14 a Rom. 9:33 (32–33). 17 a Isa. 54:8.
c 2 Kgs. 15:29 (29–30). tg Cornerstone; 18 a 2 Ne. 18:3 (1–3).
d 2 Kgs. 17:6. Jesus Christ, Prophecies 19 a Moro. 10:30.
e 2 Kgs. 16:7 (7–18); about. tg Sorcery.
2 Ne. 20:12. b Isa. 8:14 (13–15); b Lev. 20:6.
tg Israel, Scattering of. Luke 2:34;
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that peep and mutter—c should not 4 For thou hast broken the yoke
a people seek unto their God for of a his burden, and the staff of his
the living to hear from the dead? shoulder, the rod of his b oppressor.
20 To the a law and to the testi- 5 For every battle of the warrior is
mony; and if they speak not ac- with confused noise, and garments
cording to this word, it is because rolled in blood; but a this shall be
there is no light in them. with burning and fuel of fire.
21 And they shall pass through it 6 For unto us a a child is born, unto
hardly bestead and hungry; and it us a son is given; and the b govern-
shall come to pass that when they ment shall be upon his shoulder;
shall be hungry, they shall fret and his name shall be called, Won-
themselves, and curse their king derful, Counselor, The c Mighty God,
and their God, and look upward. The d Everlasting Father, The Prince
22 And they shall look unto the of e Peace.
earth and behold trouble, and a dark- 7 Of the increase of a government
ness, dimness of anguish, and shall and peace b there is no end, upon
be driven to darkness. the throne of c David, and upon his
kingdom to order it, and to estab-
Chapter 19 lish it with judgment and with jus-
tice from henceforth, even forever.
Isaiah speaks messianically—The peo- The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will
ple in darkness will see a great light— perform this.
Unto us a child is born—He will be 8 The Lord sent his word unto Ja-
the Prince of Peace and will reign on cob and it hath lighted upon Israel.
David’s throne—Compare Isaiah 9. 9 And all the people shall know,
About 559–545 b.c. even Ephraim and the inhabitants
Nevertheless, the dimness shall of Samaria, that say in the pride
not be such as was in her vexation, and stoutness of heart:
when at first he lightly afflicted the 10 The bricks are fallen down, but
land of c Zebulun, and the land of we will build with hewn a stones;
Naphtali, and afterwards did more the sycamores are cut down, but
grievously afflict by the way of the we will change them into b cedars.
Red Sea beyond Jordan in Galilee 11 Therefore the Lord shall set up
of the nations. the adversaries of a Rezin against
2 The people that walked in dark- him, and join his enemies together;
ness have seen a great light; they 12 The Syrians before and the Phi-
that dwell in the land of the shadow listines behind; and they shall a de-
of death, upon them hath the light vour Israel with open mouth. For all
shined. this his b anger is not turned away,
3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, but his hand is stretched out still.
and a increased the joy—they joy 13 For the people turneth not unto
before thee according to the joy in a 
him that smiteth them, neither do
harvest, and as men rejoice when they seek the Lord of Hosts.
they divide the spoil. 14 Therefore will the Lord cut off
19 c
1 Sam. 28:11 (8–20). 6 a Isa. 7:14; D&C 27:16; 111:8.
20 a Luke 16:29 (29–31). Luke 2:11. 7 a tg Kingdom of God,
22 a Isa. 5:30. b Matt. 28:18. on Earth.
19 1 a
Isa. 9:1 (1–21). c Titus 2:13; b Dan. 2:44.
b Matt. 4:15 (15–16). Mosiah 7:27. c Ezek. 37:24.
c Josh. 19:10 (10–16). tg Jesus Christ, Jehovah; 10 a 1 Kgs. 5:17.
d Josh. 19:33 (32–39). Jesus Christ, Power of. b 1 Kgs. 5:6.
3 a Isa. 9:3. d 2 Ne. 26:12; 11 a 2 Kgs. 16:9 (7–9).
4 a ie Israel, the nation Mosiah 3:5; 12 a 2 Kgs. 17:6 (1–18).
mentioned in v. 3. Alma 11:39 (38–39, 44); b Isa. 5:25; 10:4;
b tg Oppression. Moro. 7:22; 8:18. Jer. 4:8.
5 a Mal. 4:1. e Micah 5:5; 13 a Amos 4:10 (6–12).
2 Nephi 19  : 15–20  : 10 90

from Israel head and tail, branch after the Lord comes again—The rem-
and rush a in one day. nant of Jacob will return in that day—
15 The a ancient, he is the head; Compare Isaiah 10. About 559–545 b.c.
and the prophet that teacheth lies, a 
Wo unto them that decree b un-
he is the tail. righteous decrees, and that write
16 For the a leaders of this people grievousness which they have pre-
cause them to err; and they that are
led of them are destroyed. 2 To turn away the needy from
17 Therefore the Lord shall have judgment, and to take away the
no joy in their young men, neither right from the a poor of my people,
shall have a mercy on their fatherless that b widows may be their prey, and
and b widows; for c every one of them that they may rob the fatherless!
is a hypocrite and an d evildoer, and
every mouth speaketh e folly. For all 3 And what will ye do in the day
this his anger is not turned away, of visitation, and in the desolation
but his f  hand is stretched out still. which shall come from far? to whom
will ye flee for help? and where will
18 For a wickedness burneth as ye leave your glory ?
the fire; it shall devour the briers
and thorns, and shall kindle in the 4 Without me they shall bow down
thickets of the forests, and they under the prisoners, and they shall
shall mount up like the lifting up fall under the slain. For all this his
of smoke. anger is not turned away, but his
hand is stretched out still.
19 Through the wrath of the Lord 5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine an-
of Hosts is the a land darkened, and ger, and the staff in their hand is
the people shall be as the fuel of the
fire; b no man shall spare his brother.
their indignation.
6 I will send him a against a hypo­
20 And he a shall snatch on the right critical nation, and against the
hand and be hungry; and he shall
eat on the left hand and they shall people of my wrath will I give him
not be satisfied; they shall eat ev- a charge to take the spoil, and to
ery man the flesh of his own arm— take the prey, and to tread them
21 Manasseh, a  Ephraim; and down like the mire of the streets.
Ephraim, Manasseh; they together 7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, nei-
shall be against b Judah. For all this ther doth his heart think so; but in
his anger is not turned away, but his heart it is to destroy and cut off
his hand is stretched out still. nations not a few.
8 For he saith: Are not my a princes
Chapter 20 altogether kings?
9 Is not a Calno as b Carchemish?
The destruction of Assyria is a type Is not Hamath as Arpad? Is not
of the destruction of the wicked at the Samaria as c Damascus?
Second Coming—Few people will be left 10 As a my hand hath founded the
14 a Isa. 10:17. D&C 35:7. b tg Injustice.
15 a Isa. 9:15. f 2 Ne. 28:32; 2 a Amos 4:1.
16 a Isa. 1:23. Jacob 5:47; 6:4. b tg Widows.
tg Leadership. 18 a Mal. 4:1. 5 a Isa. 10:5.
b tg Trust Not in the Arm 19 a Isa. 8:22. 6 a ie against Israel.
of Flesh. b Micah 7:2 (2–6). tg Hypocrisy.
17 a tg Mercy. 20 a Lev. 26:26 (26, 29). 8 a 2 Kgs. 18:33 (33–35);
b tg Widows. b Deut. 28:53 (53–57). 19:10 (10–13).
c Micah 7:2 (2–3). 21 a tg Israel, Joseph, 9 a Amos 6:2 (1–2).
d Prov. 1:16; People of. b 2 Chr. 35:20.
D&C 64:16. b tg Israel, Judah, c 2 Kgs. 16:9.
e Eccl. 10:12 (1–3, 12); People of. 10 a ie the king of Assyria’s
2 Ne. 9:28 (28–29); 20 1 a Isa. 10:1 (1–34). hand (vv. 10–11).
91 2 Nephi 20  : 11–26

kingdoms of the idols, and whose 18 And shall consume the glory
graven images did excel them of of his forest, and of his fruitful
Jerusalem and of Samaria; field, both soul and body; and they
11 Shall I not, as I have done unto shall be as when a standard-bearer
Samaria and her a idols, so do to Je- fainteth.
rusalem and to her idols? 19 And the a rest of the trees of
12 Wherefore it shall come to pass his forest shall be few, that a child
that when the Lord hath performed may write them.
his whole work upon Mount Zion 20 And it shall come to pass in that
and upon Jerusalem, I will punish day, that the remnant of Israel, and
the fruit of the stout heart of the such as are escaped of the a house
king of a Assyria, and the glory of of Jacob, shall no more again b stay
his high looks. upon him that smote them, but
13 For a he saith: By the strength shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy
of b my hand and by my wisdom I One of Israel, in truth.
have done these things; for I am 21 The a remnant shall return, yea,
prudent; and I have moved the bor- even the remnant of Jacob, unto the
ders of the people, and have robbed mighty God.
their treasures, and I have put down 22 For though thy people a Israel
the inhabitants like a valiant man; be as the sand of the sea, yet a rem-
14 And my hand hath found as a nant of them shall b return; the c con-
nest the riches of the people; and sumption decreed shall overflow
as one gathereth eggs that are left with righteousness.
have I gathered all the earth; and 23 For the Lord God of Hosts shall
there was none that moved the wing, make a a consumption, even deter-
or opened the mouth, or peeped. mined in all the land.
15 Shall the a ax boast itself against 24 Therefore, thus saith the Lord
him that heweth therewith? Shall God of Hosts: O my people that
the saw magnify itself against him dwellest in Zion, a be not afraid of
that shaketh it? As if the rod should the Assyrian; he shall smite thee
shake itself against them that lift it with a rod, and shall lift up his
up, or as if the staff should lift up staff against thee, after the b man-
itself as if it were no wood! ner of Egypt.
16 Therefore shall the Lord, the 25 For yet a very little while, and
Lord of Hosts, send among his fat the a indignation shall cease, and
ones, leanness; and under his glory mine anger in their destruction.
he shall kindle a burning like the 26 And the Lord of Hosts shall a stir
burning of a fire. up a scourge for him according to
17 And the light of Israel shall be for the slaughter of b Midian at the rock
a a fire, and his Holy One for a flame, of Oreb; and as his rod was upon
and shall burn and shall devour his the sea so shall he lift it up after
thorns and his briers in one day; the manner of c Egypt.
11 a Ezek. 36:18 (16–20). army of Assyria. 23 a Dan. 9:27.
12 a 2 Kgs. 16:7 (7–18); 20 a Amos 9:8 (8–9); 24 a Isa. 37:6 (6–7).
Zeph. 2:13; 2 Ne. 6:11 (10–11). b tg Israel, Bondage of,
2 Ne. 18:4 (4–7). b ie depend upon. in Egypt;
13 a ie the king of Assyria 2 Kgs. 16:8 (7–9); Israel, Bondage of, in
(vv. 13–14). 2 Chr. 28:21 (20–21). Other Lands.
b Isa. 37:24 (24–38). 21 a Isa. 11:11. 25 a Isa. 10:25;
15 a ie Can the king tg Israel, Remnant of. Dan. 11:36.
prosper against God? 22 a Gen. 22:17; 26 a 2 Kgs. 19:35.
17 a Obad. 1:18; Rom. 9:27. b Gen. 25:2 (1–6);
2 Ne. 15:24; b tg Israel, Gathering of. Judg. 7:25;
3 Ne. 20:16. c Isa. 28:22. Isa. 9:4.
19 a ie the remnants of the tg World, End of. c Ex. 14:27 (26–27).
2 Nephi 20  : 27–21  : 9 92

27 And it shall come to pass in a 
And there shall b come forth a rod
that day that his a burden shall be out of the c stem of Jesse, and a
taken away from off thy shoulder, d 
branch shall grow out of his roots.
and his yoke from off thy neck, and 2 And the a Spirit of the Lord shall
the yoke shall be destroyed because rest upon him, the spirit of b wis-
of the b anointing. dom and c understanding, the spirit
28  a He is come to Aiath, he is of counsel and might, the spirit of
passed to Migron; at Michmash he knowledge and of the fear of the
hath laid up his carriages. Lord;
29 They are gone over the a passage; 3 And shall make him of quick
they have taken up their lodging at understanding in the fear of the
Geba; Ramath is afraid; c Gibeah of Lord; and he shall not a judge after
Saul is fled. the sight of his eyes, neither reprove
30 Lift up the voice, O daughter of after the hearing of his ears.
Gallim; cause it to be heard unto 4 But with a righteousness shall he
Laish, O poor b Anathoth. b 
judge the poor, and reprove with
31 Madmenah is removed; the in- equity for the c meek of the earth;
habitants of Gebim gather them- and he shall d smite the earth with
selves to flee. the e rod of his mouth, and with the
32 As yet shall he remain at a Nob breath of his lips shall he slay the
that day; he shall shake his hand wicked.
against the mount of the daughter 5 And a righteousness shall be the
of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem. girdle of his loins, and faithfulness
33 Behold, the Lord, the Lord of the girdle of his reins.
Hosts shall lop the bough with 6 The a wolf also shall dwell with
terror; and the a high ones of stat- the lamb, and the leopard shall lie
ure shall be b hewn down; and the down with the kid, and the calf and
haughty shall be humbled. the young lion and fatling together;
34 And he shall cut down the and a little child shall lead them.
thickets of the forests with iron, and 7 And the cow and the bear shall
Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one. feed; their young ones shall lie
down together; and the lion shall
Chapter 21 eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play
The stem of Jesse (Christ) will judge on the hole of the asp, and the
in righteousness—The knowledge of weaned child shall put his hand
God will cover the earth in the Millen- on the cockatrice’s den.
nium—The Lord will raise an ensign 9 They shall a not hurt nor b destroy
and gather Israel—Compare Isaiah 11. in all my holy mountain, for the
About 559–545 b.c. earth shall be full of the d knowledge

27 a Isa. 14:25. b Ezek. 17:24; Mosiah 29:12.
b tg Jesus Christ, Messiah. Amos 2:9; b Ps. 72:4 (2–4).
28 a ie The Assyrian D&C 112:8 (3–8). tg Jesus Christ, Judge.
invasion forces c Ps. 18:27; c tg Meek.
introduced in v. 5 3 Ne. 25:1; d Ps. 2:9.
progress toward D&C 29:9. e 2 Thes. 2:8;
Jerusalem, vv. 28–32. 21 1 a Isa. 11:1 (1–16). Rev. 19:15.
29 a 1 Sam. 13:23. b Isa. 53:2; 5 a tg Jesus Christ,
b Neh. 11:31. Rev. 5:5. Millennial Reign.
c 1 Sam. 11:4. c D&C 113:2 (1–2). 6 a Isa. 65:25.
30 a 1 Sam. 25:44. d tg Jesus Christ, Davidic 9 a Isa. 2:4.
b Josh. 21:18. Descent of. b tg War.
32 a 1 Sam. 21:1; 22:19; 2 a Isa. 61:1 (1–3). c Hab. 2:14.
Neh. 11:32. b 1 Kgs. 3:28. d Ps. 66:4;
33 a Obad. 1:3 (3–4); c 1 Kgs. 3:11 (10–11). D&C 88:104.
Hel. 4:12 (12–13); 3 a 2 Ne. 12:4. tg Knowledge;
D&C 101:42. 4 a Ps. 50:6; Millennium.
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of the Lord, as the waters cover 16 And there shall be a a highway
the sea. for the remnant of his people which
10 And in that day there shall be shall be left, from Assyria, like as
a a root of Jesse, which shall stand it was to Israel in the day that he
for an ensign of the people; to it came up out of the land of Egypt.
shall the b Gentiles seek; and his
rest shall be glorious. Chapter 22
11 And it shall come to pass in
that day that the Lord shall set his In the millennial day all men will praise
hand again the a second time to re- the Lord—He will dwell among them—
cover the remnant of his people Compare Isaiah 12. About 559–545 b.c.
which shall be left, from b Assyria, And in that day thou shalt say:
and from Egypt, and from Pathros, O Lord, I will praise thee; though
and from Cush, and from Elam, and thou wast angry with me thine an-
from c Shinar, and from Hamath, ger is turned away, and thou com-
and from the islands of the sea. fortedst me.
12 And he shall set up an a ensign 2 Behold, God is my salvation; I
for the nations, and shall assemble will a trust, and not be afraid; for
the b outcasts of Israel, and c gather the Lord b Jehovah is my c strength
together the dispersed of Judah and my d song; he also has become
from the four corners of the earth. my salvation.
13 The a envy of Ephraim also shall 3 Therefore, with joy shall ye draw
depart, and the adversaries of Judah a 
water out of the wells of salvation.
shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not 4 And in that day shall ye say:
envy c Judah, and Judah shall not Praise the Lord, call upon his name,
vex Ephraim. declare his doings among the peo-
14 But they shall fly upon the ple, make mention that his name
shoulders of the a Philistines towards is exalted.
the west; they shall spoil them of 5 a Sing unto the Lord; for he hath
the east together; they shall lay done excellent things; this is known
their hand upon b Edom and c Moab; in all the earth.
and the children of Ammon shall 6 a Cry out and shout, thou inhabi­
obey them. tant of Zion; for great is the Holy
15 And the Lord shall utterly a de- One of Israel in the midst of thee.
stroy the tongue of the Egyptian
sea; and with his mighty wind Chapter 23
he shall shake his hand over the
river, and shall smite it in the seven The destruction of Babylon is a type of
streams, and make men go over b dry the destruction at the Second Coming—
shod. It will be a day of wrath and vengeance
10 a Rom. 15:12; tg Envy. Hel. 12:1.
D&C 113:5 (5–6). c tg Israel, Joseph, b Ex. 15:2;
b D&C 45:9 (9–10). People of; Ps. 83:18.
c D&C 19:9. Israel, Judah, People of. tg Jesus Christ, Jehovah.
tg Earth, Renewal of. 14 a Obad. 1:19 (18–19). c tg Strength.
11 a 2 Ne. 6:14; 25:17; 29:1. b Lam. 4:21. d tg Singing.
b Zech. 10:10. c Gen. 19:37 (30–38). 3 a tg Living Water.
c Gen. 10:10. 15 a Zech. 10:11. 4 a tg Praise;
12 a tg Ensign. b Rev. 16:12. Thanksgiving.
b 3 Ne. 15:15; 16:1 (1–4). 16 a Isa. 11:16; 19:23; 5 a Ps. 57:7 (7–11);
c Neh. 1:9; 35:8 (8–10); 108:1 (1–5);
1 Ne. 22:12 (10–12); D&C 133:27. Alma 26:8;
D&C 45:25 (24–25). tg Earth, Renewal of. D&C 136:28.
tg Israel, Gathering of. 22 1 a Isa. 12:1 (1–6). 6 a Isa. 54:1 (1–8);
13 a Jer. 3:18. 2 a Ps. 36:7 (7–8); Zeph. 3:14 (14–20);
b Ezek. 37:22 (16–22). Mosiah 4:6; Zech. 2:10 (10–13).
2 Nephi 23  : 1–19 94

—Babylon (the world) will fall forever— the moon shall not cause her light
Compare Isaiah 13. About 559–545 b.c. to shine.
11 And I will a punish the world
The burden of b Babylon, which for evil, and the b wicked for their
Isaiah the son of Amoz did see. iniquity; I will cause the arrogancy
2 Lift ye up a banner upon the of the c proud to cease, and will lay
high mountain, exalt the voice unto down the haughtiness of the terrible.
them, a shake the hand, that they 12 I will make a a man more pre-
may go into the gates of the nobles. cious than fine gold; even a man
3 I have commanded my sanctified than the golden wedge of Ophir.
ones, I have also called my a mighty 13 Therefore, I will a shake the
ones, for mine anger is not upon heavens, and the earth shall b re-
them that rejoice in my highness. move out of her place, in the wrath
4 The noise of the multitude in of the Lord of Hosts, and in the day
the mountains like as of a great of his fierce anger.
people, a tumultuous noise of the 14 And it shall be as the chased roe,
kingdoms of nations b gathered to- and as a sheep that no man taketh
gether, the Lord of Hosts mustereth up; and they shall every man turn
the hosts of the battle. to his own people, and flee every
5 They come from a far country, one into his own a land.
from the end of heaven, yea, the 15 Every one that is proud shall
Lord, and the weapons of his indig- be thrust through; yea, and every
nation, to destroy the whole land. one that is a joined to the wicked
6 Howl ye, for the a day of the Lord shall fall by the sword.
is at hand; it shall come as a de- 16 Their a children also shall be
struction from the Almighty. b 
dashed to pieces before their eyes;
7 Therefore shall all hands be their houses shall be spoiled and
faint, every man’s heart shall a melt; their wives ravished.
8 And they shall be afraid; pangs 17 Behold, I will stir up the a Medes
and sorrows shall take hold of them; against them, which shall not re-
they shall be amazed one at another; gard silver and gold, nor shall they
their faces shall be as flames. delight in it.
9 Behold, the day of the Lord 18 Their bows shall also dash the
cometh, cruel both with wrath and young men to pieces; and they shall
fierce anger, to lay the land deso- have no a pity on the fruit of the
late; and he shall a destroy the sin- womb; their eyes shall not spare
ners thereof out of it. children.
10 For the a stars of heaven and 19 And a Babylon, the glory of king-
the b constellations thereof shall not doms, the beauty of the Chaldees’
give their c light; the d sun shall be excellency, shall be as when God
darkened in his going forth, and overthrew b Sodom and Gomorrah.
23 1 a Isa. 13:1 (1–22). Ezek. 32:7 (7–8); Heb. 12:26.
b tg Babylon. Rev. 6:13 (12–13). b tg Earth, Renewal of.
2 a ie wave the hand, give b tg Astronomy. 14 a tg Lands of Inheritance.
a signal. c Joel 3:15. 15 a Lam. 2:9;
3 a Joel 3:11. d tg World, End of. Alma 59:6 (5–6).
4 a Joel 3:14 (11, 14); 11 a Isa. 24:6; 16 a Job 27:14 (13–15).
Zeph. 3:8; Mal. 4:1. b Ps. 137:9 (8–9).
Zech. 14:2 (2–3). b Ex. 34:7; 17 a Isa. 21:2.
b Zech. 12:3 (2–9). Prov. 21:12. 18 a Lam. 2:2 (2, 17, 21).
6 a tg Day of the Lord. c Job 40:11; 19 a Isa. 14:15 (4–27).
7 a Jer. 9:7; 2 Ne. 12:12; b Gen. 19:24 (24–25);
D&C 133:41. D&C 64:24. Deut. 29:23;
9 a tg Earth, Cleansing of. 12 a Isa. 4:1 (1–4). Jer. 49:18;
10 a Isa. 24:23; 13 a Hag. 2:6 (6–7); 2 Ne. 13:9.
95 2 Nephi 23  : 20–24  : 13

20 It shall never be a inhabited, 3 And it shall come to pass in that
neither shall it be dwelt in from day that the Lord shall give thee
generation to generation: neither a 
rest, from thy sorrow, and from thy
shall the Arabian pitch tent there; fear, and from the hard bondage
neither shall the shepherds make wherein thou wast made to serve.
their fold there. 4 And it shall come to pass in
21 But a wild beasts of the desert that day, that thou shalt take up
shall lie there; and their houses this proverb a against the king of
shall be full of doleful creatures; b 
Babylon, and say: How hath the
and owls shall dwell there, and sa- oppressor ceased, the golden city
tyrs shall dance there. ceased!
22 And the wild beasts of the islands 5 The Lord hath broken the staff
shall cry in their desolate houses, and of the a wicked, the scepters of the
dragons in their pleasant palaces; rulers.
and her time is near to come, and 6 a He who smote the people in
her day shall not be prolonged. For I wrath with a continual stroke, he
will destroy her speedily; yea, for that ruled the nations in anger, is
I will be merciful unto my people, persecuted, and none hindereth.
but the wicked shall perish. 7 The whole earth is at a rest, and is
quiet; they break forth into b singing.
Chapter 24 8 Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee,
Israel will be gathered and will enjoy and also the cedars of Lebanon,
millennial rest—Lucifer was cast out saying: Since thou art laid down no
of heaven for rebellion—Israel will tri- feller is come up against us.
umph over Babylon (the world)—Com- 9 a Hell from beneath is moved for
thee to meet thee at thy coming; it
pare Isaiah 14. About 559–545 b.c. stirreth up the b dead for thee, even
For the Lord will have mercy on all the chief ones of the earth; it
Jacob, and will yet b choose Israel, hath raised up from their thrones
and set them in their own land; and all the kings of the nations.
the c strangers shall be joined with 10 All they shall speak and say unto
them, and they shall cleave to the thee: Art thou also become weak
house of Jacob. as we? Art thou become like unto us?
2 And the people shall take them 11 Thy pomp is brought down to
and bring them to their place; yea, the grave; the noise of thy viols is
from far unto the ends of the earth; not heard; the worm is spread un-
and they shall return to their a lands der thee, and the worms cover thee.
of promise. And the house of Israel 12  a  How art thou fallen from
shall b possess them, and the land heaven, O b  Lucifer, son of the
of the Lord shall be for c servants morning! Art thou cut down to
and handmaids; and they shall take the ground, which did weaken the
them captives unto whom they were nations!
captives; and they shall d rule over 13 For thou hast said in thy heart:
their oppressors. a 
I will ascend into heaven, I will
20 a Jer. 50:39 (3, 39–40); Earth. tg Hell.
51:29 (29, 62). 3 a Josh. 1:13; b tg Spirits in Prison.
21 a Isa. 34:14 (11–15). D&C 84:24. 12 a ie The fallen king of
24 1 a Isa. 14:1 (1–32). 4 a Hab. 2:6 (6–8). Babylon is typified by
b Zech. 1:17; 2:12. b tg Babylon. the fallen “son of the
c Isa. 60:3 (3–5, 10). 5 a tg Earth, Cleansing of; morning,” Lucifer in
tg Stranger. Wickedness. vv. 12–15.
2 a tg Promised Lands. 6 a ie Babylon. D&C 76:26.
b Amos 9:12. 7 a tg Earth, Renewal of. b tg Devil.
c Isa. 60:14 (10–12, 14). b Isa. 55:12 (12–13). 13 a Moses 4:1 (1–4).
d tg Kingdom of God, on 9 a Ezek. 32:21.
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exalt my throne above the stars of shall it come to pass; and as I have
God; I will sit also upon the mount purposed, so shall it stand—
of the congregation, in the sides of 25 That I will bring the Assyrian in
the north; my land, and upon my mountains
14 a I will ascend above the heights tread him under foot; then shall his
of the clouds; I will be like the a 
yoke depart from off them, and
Most High. his burden depart from off their
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down shoulders.
to hell, to the sides of the a pit. 26 This is the purpose that is pur-
16 They that see thee shall nar- posed upon the whole earth; and
rowly look upon thee, and shall this is the hand that is stretched
consider thee, and shall say: Is this out upon all nations.
the man that made the earth to 27 For the Lord of Hosts hath pur-
tremble, that did shake kingdoms? posed, and who shall disannul? And
17 And made the world as a wil- his hand is stretched out, and who
derness, and destroyed the cities shall turn it back?
thereof, and opened not the house 28 In the year that king  a Ahaz died
of his prisoners? was this burden.
18 All the kings of the nations, yea, 29 Rejoice not thou, whole Pales-
all of them, lie in glory, every one tina, because the rod of him that
of them in his own house. a 
smote thee is broken; for out of
19 But thou art cast out of thy the serpent’s root shall come forth
grave like an abominable branch, a cockatrice, and his b fruit shall be
and the remnant of those that are a c fiery flying serpent.
slain, thrust through with a sword, 30 And the firstborn of the poor
that go down to the stones of the shall feed, and the needy shall lie
pit; as a carcass trodden under feet. down in safety; and I will kill thy
20 Thou shalt not be joined with root with famine, and he shall slay
them in burial, because thou hast thy remnant.
destroyed thy land and slain thy 31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou,
people; the a seed of b evil-doers whole Palestina, art dissolved; for
shall never be renowned. there shall come from the north a
21 Prepare slaughter for his chil- smoke, and none shall be alone in
dren for the a iniquities of their his appointed times.
fathers, that they do not rise, nor 32 What shall then answer the
possess the land, nor fill the face messengers of the nations? That
of the world with cities. the Lord hath founded a Zion, and
22 For I will rise up against them, the b poor of his people shall trust
saith the Lord of Hosts, and cut off in it.
from Babylon the a name, and rem-
nant, and son, and b nephew, saith Chapter 25
the Lord.
23 I will also make it a a possession Nephi glories in plainness—Isaiah’s
for the bittern, and pools of water; prophecies will be understood in the
and I will sweep it with the besom of last days—The Jews will return from
destruction, saith the Lord of Hosts. Babylon, crucify the Messiah, and be
24 The Lord of Hosts hath sworn, scattered and scourged—They will
saying: Surely as I have thought, so be restored when they believe in the
14 a 2 Thes. 2:4. 22 a Prov. 10:7; b 2 Kgs. 18:8 (1, 8).
15 a Ps. 28:1; 88:4; Jer. 51:62. c tg Jesus Christ, Types
1 Ne. 14:3. b Job 18:19. of, in Anticipation.
20 a Ps. 21:10 (10–11); 37:28; 23 a Isa. 34:11 (11–15). 32 a tg Zion.
109:13. 25 a Isa. 10:27. b Zeph. 3:12.
b tg Wickedness. 28 a 2 Kgs. 16:20.
21 a Ex. 20:5. 29 a 2 Chr. 26:6.
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Messiah—He will first come six hundred the words of a Isaiah, for I came out
years after Lehi left Jerusalem—The from Jerusalem, and mine eyes hath
Nephites keep the law of Moses and beheld the things of the b Jews, and
believe in Christ, who is the Holy One I know that the Jews do c understand
of Israel. About 559–545 b.c. the things of the prophets, and there
is none other people that under-
Now I, Nephi, do speak somewhat stand the things which were spoken
concerning the words which I have unto the Jews like unto them, save
written, which have been spoken it be that they are taught after the
by the mouth of Isaiah. For behold, manner of the things of the Jews.
Isaiah spake many things which 6 But behold, I, Nephi, have not
were a hard for many of my people taught my children after the man-
to understand; for they know not ner of the Jews; but behold, I, of
concerning the manner of prophe­ myself, have dwelt at Jerusalem,
sying among the Jews. wherefore I know concerning the
2 For I, Nephi, have not taught regions round about; and I have
them many things concerning the made mention unto my children
manner of the Jews; for their a works concerning the judgments of God,
were works of darkness, and their which a hath come to pass among the
doings were doings of abominations. Jews, unto my children, according
3 Wherefore, I write unto my peo- to all that which Isaiah hath spo-
ple, unto all those that shall receive ken, and I do not write them.
hereafter these things which I write, 7 But behold, I proceed with mine
that they may know the judgments own prophecy, according to my
of God, that they come upon all na- a 
plainness; in the which I b know
tions, according to the word which that no man can err; nevertheless,
he hath spoken. in the days that the prophecies of
4 Wherefore, hearken, O my peo- Isaiah shall be fulfilled men shall
ple, which are of the house of Is- know of a surety, at the times when
rael, and give ear unto my words; they shall come to pass.
for because the words of Isaiah are 8 Wherefore, they are of a worth
not plain unto you, nevertheless unto the children of men, and he
they are plain unto all those that that supposeth that they are not,
are filled with the a spirit of b proph- unto them will I speak particularly,
ecy. But I give unto you a c prophecy, and confine the words unto mine
according to the spirit which is in b 
own people; for I know that they
me; wherefore I shall prophesy ac- shall be of great worth unto them in
cording to the d plainness which hath the c last days; for in that day shall
been with me from the time that I they understand them; wherefore,
came out from Jerusalem with my for their good have I written them.
father; for behold, my soul delight- 9 And as one generation hath
eth in e plainness unto my people, been a destroyed among the Jews be-
that they may learn. cause of iniquity, even so have they
5 Yea, and my soul delighteth in been destroyed from generation to
25 1 a Jacob 4:14. d 2 Ne. 31:3; 33:5; Alma 13:23;
tg Symbolism. Jacob 2:11; 4:13. Ether 12:39.
2 a 2 Kgs. 17:13–20. e tg Communication; b Ezek. 12:23 (21–25).
3 a tg God, Knowledge Plainness. 8 a tg Scriptures, Value of.
about; 5 a 1 Ne. 19:23. b 2 Ne. 27:6;
Prophets, Mission of; b tg Israel, Judah, Enos 1:16 (13–16);
Scriptures, Value of. People of. Morm. 5:12;
4 a tg Holy Ghost, Source c Matt. 13:11 (10–17). D&C 3:20 (16–20).
of Testimony. 6 a 2 Ne. 6:8; c tg Last Days.
b tg Prophecy. Hel. 8:20 (20–21). 9 a Lam. 1–5;
c 2 Ne. 31:1. 7 a 2 Ne. 32:7; Matt. 23:37.
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generation according to their in- in the kingdom of God. Wherefore,
iquities; and never hath any of my soul delighteth to prophesy con-
them been destroyed save it were cerning him, for I have e seen his
foretold them by the prophets of day, and my heart doth magnify
the Lord. his holy name.
10 Wherefore, it hath been told 14 And behold it shall come to
them concerning the destruction pass that after the a Messiah hath
which should come upon them, im- risen from the dead, and hath
mediately after my father left a Jeru- mani­fested himself unto his peo-
salem; nevertheless, they b hardened ple, unto as many as will believe on
their hearts; and according to my his name, behold, Jerusalem shall
prophecy they have been destroyed, be b destroyed again; for c wo unto
save it be those which are c carried them that fight against God and
away d captive into Babylon. the people of his d church.
11 And now this I speak because 15 Wherefore, the a Jews shall be
of the a spirit which is in me. And b 
scattered among all nations; yea,
notwithstanding they have been and also c Babylon shall be de-
carried away they shall return stroyed; wherefore, the Jews shall be
again, and possess the land of Je- scattered by other nations.
rusalem; wherefore, they shall be 16 And after they have been
restored again to the c land of their a 
scattered, and the Lord God hath
inheritance. scourged them by other nations
12 But, behold, they shall have for the space of many generations,
wars, and rumors of wars; and when yea, even down from generation to
the day cometh that the b Only Be- genera­tion until they shall be per-
gotten of the Father, yea, even the suaded to b believe in Christ, the Son
Father of heaven and of earth, shall of God, and the atonement, which
manifest himself unto them in the is infinite for all mankind—and
flesh, behold, they will reject him, when that day shall come that they
because of their iniquities, and the shall believe in Christ, and worship
hardness of their hearts, and the the Father in his name, with pure
stiffness of their necks. hearts and c clean hands, and look
13 Behold, they will a crucify him; not forward any more for d another
and after he is laid in a b sepulchre Messiah, then, at that time, the day
for the space of c three days he shall will come that it must needs be ex-
rise from the dead, with healing in pedient that they should believe
his wings; and all those who shall these things.
believe on his name shall be saved 17 And the Lord will set his hand
9 b Ezek. 4:3; c tg Jesus Christ, Birth of. Moses 7:15 (14–16).
Amos 3:7; 13 a tg Jesus Christ, d tg Jesus Christ, Head of
D&C 5:20. Crucifixion of. the Church.
10 a 1 Ne. 7:13; b Luke 23:53; 15 a tg Israel, Judah,
2 Ne. 6:8; John 19:41 (41–42); People of.
Omni 1:15; 1 Ne. 19:10. b Neh. 1:8 (7–9);
Hel. 8:21 (20–21). c Mosiah 3:10. 2 Ne. 10:6;
b tg Hardheartedness. d Mal. 4:2. 3 Ne. 16:8.
c 2 Kgs. 24:14 (14–15); tg Jesus Christ, tg Israel, Bondage of, in
Jer. 52:15 (3–15); Prophecies about; Other Lands;
1 Ne. 1:13; 10:3. Jesus Christ, Israel, Scattering of.
d Lam. 1:3 (1–3). Resurrection; c tg Babylon.
11 a tg Teaching with the Resurrection. 16 a Ezek. 34:12;
Spirit. e 1 Ne. 11:27 (13–34). Morm. 5:14.
b Jer. 24:6 (5–7). 14 a tg Jesus Christ, Messiah. b 2 Ne. 10:7 (5–9);
c tg Lands of Inheritance. b Matt. 24:2 (1–2); 30:7 (7–8).
12 a tg War. Luke 21:24. c Job 17:9;
b tg Jesus Christ, Divine c Ps. 83:17 (2–17); D&C 88:86.
Sonship. D&C 71:7; d tg False Christs.
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again the second time to a restore his after they had been bitten by the
people from their lost and fallen poisonous serpents, if they would
state. Wherefore, he will proceed to cast their eyes unto the c serpent
do a b marvelous work and a wonder which he did raise up before them,
among the children of men. and also gave him power that he
18 Wherefore, he shall bring forth should smite the d rock and the wa-
his b words unto them, which words ter should come forth; yea, behold
shall c judge them at the last day, I say unto you, that as these things
for they shall be given them for are e true, and as the Lord God liv-
the purpose of d convincing them of eth, there is none other f name given
the true Messiah, who was rejected under heaven save it be this Jesus
by them; and unto the convincing Christ, of which I have spoken,
of them that they need not look whereby man can be saved.
forward any more for a Messiah 21 Wherefore, for this cause hath
to come, for there should not any the Lord God promised unto me
come, save it should be a e false that these things which I a write
Messiah which should deceive shall be kept and preserved, and
the people; for there is save one handed down unto my seed, from
  Messiah spoken of by the prophets, generation to generation, that the
and that Messiah is he who should promise may be fulfilled unto Jo-
be rejected of the Jews. seph, that his seed should never
19 For according to the words of b 
perish as long as the earth should
the prophets, the a Messiah cometh stand.
in b six hundred years from the 22 Wherefore, these things shall
time that my father left Jerusalem; go from generation to generation
and according to the words of the as long as the earth shall stand; and
prophets, and also the word of the they shall go according to the will
angel of God, his d name shall be and pleasure of God; and the na-
Jesus Christ, the e Son of God. tions who shall possess them shall
20 And now, my brethren, I have be a judged of them according to the
spoken plainly that ye cannot err. words which are written.
And as the Lord God liveth that 23 For we labor diligently to write,
brought Israel up out of the land of to a persuade our children, and also
Egypt, and gave unto Moses power our brethren, to believe in Christ,
that he should b heal the nations and to be reconciled to God; for we
17 a Gen. 49:10; 19 a tg Jesus Christ, 1 Ne. 17:29; 20:21.
2 Ne. 21:11; 29:1. Betrayal of; e 1 Ne. 14:30;
tg Israel, Gathering of; Jesus Christ, Birth of. Mosiah 1:6.
Israel, Restoration of; b 1 Ne. 10:4; 19:8; f Hosea 13:4;
Restoration of the 3 Ne. 1:1. Acts 4:12;
Gospel. c 2 Ne. 10:3. 1 Jn. 3:23 (19–24);
b Isa. 29:14; d tg Jesus Christ, 1 Ne. 10:6;
2 Ne. 27:26; Prophecies about. 2 Ne. 2:6 (5–8);
3 Ne. 28:32 (31–33). e tg Jesus Christ, Divine Mosiah 16:5 (4–5);
18 a 3 Ne. 16:4. Sonship. Alma 12:22 (22–25).
b 2 Ne. 29:11; 20 a Ex. 3:10 (2–10); tg Jesus Christ, Savior.
33:14 (11, 14–15); 1 Ne. 17:24 (24, 31, 40); 21 a 2 Ne. 27:6.
W of M 1:11; 19:10. b Amos 5:15;
3 Ne. 27:25 (23–27); b John 3:14; Alma 46:24 (24–27).
Ether 5:4. 1 Ne. 17:41. 22 a 2 Ne. 29:11;
c tg Judgment, the Last. c 2 Kgs. 18:4; 33:15 (10–15);
d 2 Ne. 26:12; Alma 33:19; 3 Ne. 27:25 (23–27);
Morm. 3:21. Hel. 8:14 (14–15). Ether 4:10 (8–10).
e tg False Christs. d Ex. 17:6; 23 a tg Family, Children,
f tg Jesus Christ, Num. 20:11; Responsibilities
Messiah. Neh. 9:15; toward.
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know that it is by b grace that we are 29 And now behold, I say unto you
saved, after all we can c do. that the right way is to believe in
24 And, notwithstanding we be- Christ, and deny him not; and Christ
lieve in Christ, we a keep the law is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore
of Moses, and look forward with ye must bow down before him, and
steadfastness unto Christ, until the a 
worship him with all your b might,
law shall be fulfilled. mind, and strength, and your whole
25 For, for this end was the a law soul; and if ye do this ye shall in
given; wherefore the law hath be- nowise be cast out.
come b dead unto us, and we are 30 And, inasmuch as it shall be
made alive in Christ because of our expedient, ye must keep the a per-
faith; yet we keep the law because formances and b ordinances of God
of the commandments. until the law shall be fulfilled which
26 And we a talk of Christ, we re- was given unto Moses.
joice in Christ, we preach of Christ,
we b prophesy of Christ, and we write Chapter 26
according to our prophecies, that Christ will minister to the Nephites—
our c children may know to what Nephi foresees the destruction of his
source they may look for a d remis-
sion of their sins. people —They will speak from the
27 Wherefore, we speak concern- dust—The Gentiles will build up false
ing the law that our children may churches and secret combinations—The
know the deadness of the law; and Lord forbids men to practice priestcrafts.
they, by knowing the deadness of About 559–545 b.c.
the law, may look forward unto that And after Christ shall have a risen
life which is in Christ, and know for from the dead he shall b show him-
what end the law was given. And self unto you, my children, and my
after the law is fulfilled in Christ, beloved brethren; and the words
that they need not harden their which he shall speak unto you shall
hearts against him when the law be the c law which ye shall do.
ought to be done away. 2 For behold, I say unto you that I
28 And now behold, my people, ye have beheld that many generations
are a a stiffnecked people; wherefore, shall pass away, and there shall be
I have spoken plainly unto you, that great wars and contentions among
ye cannot misunderstand. And the my people.
words which I have spoken shall 3 And after the Messiah shall come
stand as a b testimony against you; there shall be a signs given unto my
for they are sufficient to c teach any people of his b birth, and also of his
man the d right way; for the right c 
death and resurrection; and great
way is to believe in Christ and deny and terrible shall that day be unto
him not; for by denying him ye also the wicked, for they shall perish;
deny the prophets and the law. and they perish because they cast
23 b Ps. 130:4 (3–4); Mosiah 3:13; 16:6. Mark 12:30 (29–31).
Rom. 3:20 (20–24); 7:5; b Luke 10:24 (23–24). 30 a 4 Ne. 1:12.
2 Ne. 2:5 (4–10); c tg Family, Children, b tg Ordinance.
Mosiah 13:32; Responsibilities toward. 26 1 a 3 Ne. 11:8 (1–12).
Alma 42:14 (12–16); d tg Remission of Sins. tg Jesus Christ,
D&C 20:30; 138:4. 28 a Mosiah 3:14; Alma 9:31. Resurrection.
tg Grace. tg Stiffnecked. b 1 Ne. 11:7; 12:6.
c James 2:24 (14–26). b tg Testimony. c 3 Ne. 15:9 (2–10).
tg Good Works. c 1 Kgs. 8:36; 2 Ne. 33:10. 3 a 1 Ne. 12:4 (4–6).
24 a Jacob 4:5. tg Teaching. tg Signs.
25 a tg Law of Moses. d 1 Sam. 12:23; Isa. 45:19; b tg Jesus Christ,
b Rom. 7:4 (4–6); 2 Pet. 2:15. Birth of.
D&C 74:5 (2–6). 29 a tg Worship. c tg Jesus Christ,
26 a Jacob 4:12; Jarom 1:11; b Deut. 6:5; Death of.
101 2 Nephi 26  : 4 –13

out the d prophets, and the saints, ness for the signs which are given,
and stone them, and slay them; notwithstanding all b persecution—
wherefore the cry of the e blood of behold, they are they which shall
the saints shall ascend up to God c 
not perish.
from the ground against them. 9 But the Son of Righteousness
4 Wherefore, all those who are shall a appear unto them; and he
proud, and that do wickedly, the shall b heal them, and they shall have
day that cometh shall a burn them c 
peace with him, until d three genera­
up, saith the Lord of Hosts, for they tions shall have passed away, and
shall be as stubble. many of the e fourth generation shall
5 And they that kill the a prophets, have passed away in righteousness.
and the saints, the depths of the 10 And when these things have
earth shall b swallow them up, saith passed away a speedy a destruc-
the Lord of Hosts; and c mountains tion cometh unto my people; for,
shall cover them, and whirlwinds notwithstanding the pains of my
shall carry them away, and build- soul, I have seen it; wherefore, I
ings shall fall upon them and crush know that it shall come to pass; and
them to pieces and grind them to they sell themselves for naught; for,
powder. for the reward of their pride and
6 And they shall be visited with their b foolishness they shall reap
thunderings, and lightnings, and destruction; for because they yield
earthquakes, and all manner of de- unto the devil and c choose works of
structions, for the a fire of the anger d 
darkness rather than light, there-
of the Lord shall be kindled against fore they must go down to e hell.
them, and they shall be as stubble, 11 For the Spirit of the Lord will
and the day that cometh shall con- not always a strive with man. And
sume them, saith the Lord of Hosts. when the Spirit b ceaseth to strive
7 a O the pain, and the anguish with man then cometh speedy de-
of my soul for the loss of the slain of struction, and this grieveth my
my people! For I, Nephi, have seen soul.
it, and it well nigh consumeth me 12 And as I spake concerning the
before the presence of the Lord; a 
convincing of the b Jews, that Jesus
but I must cry unto my God: Thy is the c very Christ, it must needs
ways are b just. be that the Gentiles be convinced
8 But behold, the righteous that also that Jesus is the Christ, the
hearken unto the words of the proph- d 
Eternal e God;
ets, and destroy them not, but look 13 And that he a manifesteth him-
forward unto Christ with a steadfast- self unto all those who believe in
3 d tg Prophets, 9 a Alma 16:20. Moses 8:17.
Rejection of. b John 12:40; b tg Holy Ghost, Loss of.
e Gen. 4:10; 3 Ne. 9:13 (13–14); 18:32; 12 a 2 Ne. 25:18.
2 Ne. 28:10; D&C 112:13. b 2 Ne. 30:7 (7–8);
Morm. 8:27. c tg Peace. Morm. 5:14 (12–14);
4 a 3 Ne. 8:14 (14–24); d 1 Ne. 12:11 (11–12); D&C 19:27.
9:3 (3–9). 3 Ne. 27:32 (30–32). tg Israel, Judah,
5 a Ps. 105:15. e Alma 45:12 (10–12); People of.
b Num. 16:32; Hel. 13:10 (5, 9–10). c Morm. 3:21.
1 Ne. 19:11; 10 a Mosiah 12:8; d 2 Ne. 19:6;
3 Ne. 10:14. Alma 45:11 (9–14); Mosiah 3:5;
c Hosea 10:8; Alma 12:14. Hel. 13:6 (5–6). Alma 11:39 (38–39, 44);
6 a 3 Ne. 8:8; 9:3–11. b tg Foolishness. Moro. 7:22; 8:18.
7 a Morm. 6:17 (17–22). c tg Agency. e 1 Ne. 19:10 (7, 10);
b Rom. 3:5; d Job 38:15; 2 Ne. 10:3;
Alma 42:1 (1, 13–25). John 3:19. Mosiah 7:27;
8 a tg Steadfastness. e Job 24:24 (17–24). 27:31 (30–31);
b tg Persecution. tg Hell. 3 Ne. 11:14.
c 3 Ne. 10:12 (12–13). 11 a Gen. 6:3; Ether 2:15; 13 a tg God, Access to.
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him, by the power of the b Holy 17 For thus saith the Lord God:
Ghost; yea, unto every nation, kin- They shall a write the things which
dred, tongue, and people, working shall be done among them, and
mighty c miracles, signs, and won- they shall be written and b sealed
ders, among the children of men up in a book, and those who have
according to their d faith. dwindled in c unbelief shall not
14 But behold, I prophesy unto have them, for they d seek to destroy
you concerning the a last days; con- the things of God.
cerning the days when the Lord 18 Wherefore, as those who have
God shall b bring these things forth been destroyed have been destroyed
unto the children of men. speedily; and the multitude of their
15 After my seed and the seed of a 
terrible ones shall be as b chaff that
my brethren shall have a dwindled passeth away—yea, thus saith the
in unbelief, and shall have been Lord God: It shall be at an instant,
smitten by the Gentiles; yea, after suddenly—
the Lord God shall have b camped 19 And it shall come to pass, that
against them round about, and shall those who have dwindled in unbe-
have laid siege against them with lief shall be a smitten by the hand
a mount, and raised forts against of the Gentiles.
them; and after they shall have been 20 And the Gentiles are lifted up
brought down low in the dust, even in the a pride of their eyes, and have
that they are not, yet the words of b 
stumbled, because of the greatness
the righteous shall be written, and of their c stumbling block, that they
the c prayers of the faithful shall have built up many d churches; nev-
be heard, and all those who have ertheless, they e put down the power
dwindled in unbelief shall not be and miracles of God, and preach up
forgotten. unto themselves their own wisdom
16 For those who shall be destroyed and their own f  learning, that they
shall a speak unto them out of the may get gain and g grind upon the
ground, and their speech shall be face of the poor.
low out of the dust, and their voice 21 And there are many churches
shall be as one that hath a famil- built up which cause a envyings,
iar spirit; for the Lord God will and b strifes, and c malice.
give unto him power, that he may 22 And there are also secret a com-
whisper concerning them, even as binations, even as in times of old,
it were out of the ground; and their according to the combinations of
speech shall whisper out of the dust. the b devil, for he is the founder of
13 b tg Holy Ghost, 17 a 1 Ne. 13:40 (39–42); tg Apostasy of the Early
Mission of. 2 Ne. 27:6 (6–26); 29:12. Christian Church.
c tg Miracle. b tg Scriptures, c Ezek. 3:20; 14:4 (3–7).
d tg Faith. Preservation of. d 1 Ne. 14:10 (9–10); 22:23;
14 a tg Last Days. c tg Unbelief. Morm. 8:28 (25–41).
b tg Restoration of the d Enos 1:14; e 2 Ne. 28:5 (4–6);
Gospel. Morm. 6:6. Morm. 9:26 (7–26).
15 a 1 Ne. 12:22 (22–23); 18 a Isa. 29:5. f 1 Tim. 6:20;
15:13. b Hosea 13:3 (1–4); 2 Ne. 9:28; 28:4 (4, 15);
b Isa. 29:3. Morm. 5:16 (16–18). D&C 1:19.
c Ex. 3:9 (7, 9); 19 a 1 Ne. 13:14; tg Learn.
Mosiah 21:15; 3 Ne. 16:8 (8–9); g Isa. 3:15;
D&C 109:49. 20:27 (27–28); 2 Ne. 13:15.
d D&C 3:18. Morm. 5:9. 21 a tg Envy.
16 a Isa. 29:4; 20 a Prov. 11:2; b Rom. 16:17 (17–18).
2 Ne. 3:20; 33:13; D&C 38:39. tg Strife.
Morm. 8:23 (23, 26); 9:30; tg Pride. c tg Malice.
Moro. 10:27. b 1 Ne. 13:34 (29, 34); 22 a tg Secret Combinations.
tg Book of Mormon. 14:1 (1–3). b 2 Ne. 28:21.
103 2 Nephi 26  : 23–33

all these things; yea, the founder 29 He commandeth that there
of murder, and c works of darkness; shall be no a priestcrafts; for, behold,
yea, and he leadeth them by the priestcrafts are that men preach
neck with a flaxen cord, until he and set b themselves up for a light
bindeth them with his strong cords unto the world, that they may get
forever. c 
gain and d praise of the world; but
23 For behold, my beloved breth- they seek not the e welfare of Zion.
ren, I say unto you that the Lord 30 Behold, the Lord hath forbid-
God worketh not in a darkness. den this thing; wherefore, the Lord
24 He doeth not a anything save it God hath given a commandment
be for the benefit of the world; for that all men should have a charity,
he b loveth the world, even that he which b charity is c love. And except
layeth down his own life that he may they should have charity they were
draw c all men unto him. Wherefore, nothing. Wherefore, if they should
he commandeth none that they have charity they would not suffer
shall not partake of his salvation. the laborer in Zion to perish.
25 Behold, doth he cry unto any, 31 But the a laborer in b Zion shall
saying: Depart from me? Behold, labor for Zion; for if they labor for
I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: c 
money they shall perish.
Come unto me all ye b ends of the 32 And again, the Lord God hath
earth, c buy milk and honey, without a 
commanded that men should not
money and without price. murder; that they should not lie;
26 Behold, hath he commanded that they should not b steal; that they
any that they should a depart out of should not take the name of the Lord
the synagogues, or out of the houses their God in c vain; that they should
of worship? Behold, I say unto you, not d envy; that they should not have
Nay. e 
malice; that they should not con-
27 Hath he commanded any that tend one with another; that they
they should not partake of his a sal- should not commit f whoredoms;
vation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and that they should do none of
but he hath b given it free for all these things; for whoso doeth them
men; and he hath commanded his shall perish.
people that they should persuade 33 For none of these iniquities
all men to c repentance. come of the Lord; for he doeth that
28 Behold, hath the Lord com- which is good among the children of
manded any that they should not men; and he doeth nothing save it
partake of his goodness? Behold I be plain unto the children of men;
say unto you, Nay; but a all men are and he a inviteth them b all to c come
privileged the one b like unto the unto him and partake of his good-
other, and none are forbidden. ness; and he d denieth none that come
22 c Lev. 19:26. 28 a Rom. 2:11; 31 a tg Industry.
23 a Isa. 48:16 (16–18). Alma 13:5. b tg Zion.
24 a 2 Ne. 2:27; b 1 Ne. 17:35 (33–35). c Jacob 2:18 (17–19);
Jacob 5:41; 29 a Acts 8:9; D&C 11:7; 38:39.
Alma 26:37. Alma 1:12; 32 a tg Commandments of
b John 3:16. 3 Ne. 16:10. God; Law of Moses.
c John 12:32; tg Priestcraft. b tg Stealing.
2 Ne. 9:5. b tg Unrighteous c tg Profanity.
25 a 1 Ne. 1:14; Dominion. d tg Envy.
Alma 5:34 (33–36); c Ezek. 22:27. e tg Malice.
3 Ne. 9:14 (13–14). d D&C 58:39; f tg Chastity;
b Mark 16:15–16. 121:35 (34–37). Whore.
c Isa. 55:1. e Ezek. 34:3. 33 a Jude 1:3.
26 a Mark 9:39 (38–40). 30 a tg Charity. b Alma 19:36.
27 a tg Salvation. b Moro. 7:47 (47–48). c tg God, Access to.
b Eph. 2:8. c tg God, Love of; d Acts 10:28 (9–35, 44).
c tg Repent. Love. tg Justice.
2 Nephi 27  : 1–10 104

unto him, black and white, e bond hath appetite; yea, even so shall the
and free, male and female; and he multitude of all the nations be that
remembereth the f  heathen; and all fight against Mount Zion.
are alike unto God, both Jew and 4 For behold, all ye that doeth in-
Gentile. iquity, stay yourselves and wonder,
for ye shall cry out, and cry; yea, ye
Chapter 27 shall be a drunken but not with wine,
Darkness and apostasy will cover the ye shall stagger but not with strong
earth in the last days—The Book of Mor- drink.
mon will come forth—Three witnesses 5 For behold, the Lord hath poured
will testify of the book—The learned man out upon you the spirit of deep
will say he cannot read the sealed book— sleep. For behold, ye have closed
The Lord will do a marvelous work your a eyes, and ye have b rejected the
and a wonder—Compare Isaiah 29. prophets; and your rulers, and the
About 559–545 b.c. seers hath he covered because of
your iniquity.
But, behold, in the a last days, or in 6 And it shall come to pass that
the days of the Gentiles—yea, be- the Lord God shall bring forth unto
hold all the nations of the Gentiles a 
you the words of a b book, and they
and also the Jews, both those who shall be the words of them which
shall come upon this land and those have slumbered.
who shall be upon other lands, yea, 7 And behold the book shall be
even upon all the lands of the earth, a 
sealed; and in the book shall be a
behold, they will be b drunken with b 
revelation from God, from the be-
iniquity and all manner of abomi­ ginning of the world to the c ending
nations— thereof.
2 And when that day shall come 8 Wherefore, because of the things
they shall be a visited of the Lord of which are a sealed up, the things
Hosts, with thunder and with earth- which are sealed shall not be deliv-
quake, and with a great noise, and ered in the day of the wickedness
with storm, and with tempest, and and abominations of the people.
with the b flame of devouring fire. Wherefore the book shall be kept
3 And all the a nations that b fight from them.
against Zion, and that distress her, 9 But the book shall be delivered
shall be as a dream of a night vision; unto a man, and he shall deliver
yea, it shall be unto them, even as unto the words of the book, which are the
a hungry man which dreameth, and words of those who have slumbered
behold he eateth but he awak­eth in the dust, and he shall deliver
and his soul is empty; or like unto these words unto a another;
a thirsty man which dreameth, and 10 But the words which are a sealed
behold he drinketh but he awak­eth he shall not deliver, neither shall he
and behold he is faint, and his soul deliver the book. For the book shall
33 e Rom. 2:11; 3 a Isa. 29:7 (7–8). 7 a Isa. 29:11 (11–12);
1 Ne. 17:35 (35–40). b 1 Ne. 22:14. Ether 3:27.
f Jonah 4:11 (10–11); tg Protection, Divine. tg Seal.
2 Ne. 29:12; 4 a Rev. 17:6 (1–6); b Mosiah 8:19;
Alma 26:37 (27, 37). 2 Ne. 8:21. Ether 3:25 (20–28); 4:4.
tg Heathen. 5 a tg Spiritual Blindness. c Ether 1:2–4; 13:1–13.
27 1 a tg Last Days. b 2 Chr. 24:19; 8 a 3 Ne. 26:9 (7–12, 18);
b Isa. 29:9. Jer. 26:5; 37:15; Ether 4:5; 5:1;
tg Abomination; Zech. 1:4 (2–5). D&C 17:6.
Iniquity; Wickedness. 6 a Jarom 1:2; 9 a JS—H 1:64.
2 a Isa. 29:6 (6–10); Morm. 5:12 (12–13). 10 a Dan. 12:9;
Morm. 8:29. b 2 Ne. 26:17 (16–17); 1 Ne. 14:26;
b Isa. 24:6; 66:16; 29:12. D&C 35:18;
Jacob 6:3; 3 Ne. 25:1. tg Book of Mormon. JS—H 1:65.
105 2 Nephi 27  : 11–23

be sealed by the power of God, and the book: Take these words which
the revelation which was sealed are not sealed and deliver them to
shall be kept in the book until the another, that he may show them
own due time of the Lord, that they unto the learned, saying: a Read this,
may come forth; for behold, they b re- I pray thee. And the learned shall
veal all things from the foundation say: Bring hither the book, and I
of the world unto the end thereof. will read them.
11 And the day cometh that the 16 And now, because of the glory
words of the book which were sealed of the world and to get a gain will
shall be read upon the house tops; they say this, and not for the glory
and they shall be read by the power of God.
of Christ; and all things shall be 17 And the man shall say: I can-
revealed unto the children of men not bring the book, for it is sealed.
which ever have been among the 18 Then shall the learned say: I
children of men, and which ever will cannot read it.
be even unto the end of the earth. 19 Wherefore it shall come to pass,
12 Wherefore, at that day when that the Lord God will a deliver again
the book shall be delivered unto the the book and the words thereof to
man of whom I have spoken, the him that is not learned; and the
book shall be hid from the eyes of man that is not learned shall say:
the world, that the eyes of none shall I am not learned.
behold it save it be that a three b wit- 20 Then shall the Lord God say
nesses shall behold it, by the power unto him: The learned shall not read
of God, besides him to whom the them, for they have rejected them,
book shall be delivered; and they and I am a able to do mine own work;
shall testify to the truth of the book wherefore thou shalt read the words
and the things therein. which I shall give unto thee.
13 And there is a none other which 21 a Touch not the things which are
shall view it, save it be a few accord- sealed, for I will bring them forth in
ing to the will of God, to bear testi- mine own due time; for I will show
mony of his word unto the children unto the children of men that I am
of men; for the Lord God hath said able to do mine own work.
that the words of the faithful should 22 Wherefore, when thou hast read
speak as if it were b from the dead. the words which I have commanded
14 Wherefore, the Lord God will thee, and obtained the a witnesses
proceed to bring forth the words which I have promised unto thee,
of the book; and in the mouth of then shalt thou seal up the book
as many witnesses as seemeth him again, and hide it up unto me, that
good will he establish his word; and I may preserve the words which
wo be unto him that a rejecteth the thou hast not read, until I shall see
word of God! fit in mine own b wisdom to c reveal
15 But behold, it shall come to all things unto the children of men.
pass that the Lord God shall say 23 For behold, I am God; and I am
unto him to whom he shall deliver a God of a miracles; and I will show
10 b Ether 4:15. b 2 Ne. 3:19 (19–20); Jer. 1:7 (7–9).
tg God, Omniscience of. 33:13 (13–15); 21 a Ether 5:1.
11 a Luke 12:3; Morm. 9:30; 22 a tg Witness.
Morm. 5:8; Moro. 10:27. b tg God, Wisdom of.
D&C 121:26–31. 14 a 2 Ne. 28:29 (29–30); c Ether 4:7 (6–7).
12 a 2 Ne. 11:3; Ether 4:8. tg Mysteries of
Ether 5:3 (2–4); 15 a Isa. 29:11. Godliness.
D&C 5:11 (11, 15); 17:1. 16 a tg Priestcraft. 23 a tg Marvelous;
b Deut. 19:15. 19 a Isa. 29:12. Miracle.
13 a D&C 5:14 (3, 14). 20 a Ex. 4:11 (11–12);
2 Nephi 27  : 24–28  : 1 106

unto the b world that I am the same hear the words of the book, and
yesterday, today, and forever; and I the eyes of the blind shall see out
work not among the children of men of obscurity and out of darkness.
save it be d according to their faith. 30 And the a meek also shall in-
24 And again it shall come to pass crease, and their b joy shall be in the
that the Lord shall say unto him Lord, and the poor among men shall
that shall read the words that shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
be delivered him: 31 For assuredly as the Lord liv-
25 a Forasmuch as this people draw eth they shall see that the a terrible
near unto me with their mouth, one is brought to naught, and the
and with their lips do b honor me, scorner is consumed, and all that
but have removed their c hearts far watch for iniquity are cut off;
from me, and their fear towards me 32 And they that make a man an
is taught by the d precepts of men— a 
offender for a word, and lay a snare
26 Therefore, I will proceed to do for him that reproveth in the b gate,
a a marvelous work among this and c turn aside the just for a thing
people, yea, a b marvelous work and of naught.
a wonder, for the c wisdom of their 33 Therefore, thus saith the Lord,
wise and d learned shall perish, who redeemed Abraham, concern-
and the e understanding of their ing the house of Jacob: Jacob shall
prudent shall be hid. a 
not now be ashamed, neither shall
27 And a wo unto them that seek his face now wax pale.
deep to hide their b counsel from the 34 But when he a seeth his children,
Lord! And their works are in the the work of my hands, in the midst
dark; and they say: Who seeth us, of him, they shall sanctify my name,
and who knoweth us? And they also and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob,
say: Surely, your turning of things and shall fear the God of Israel.
upside down shall be esteemed as 35 They also that a erred in spirit
the d potter’s clay. But behold, I will shall come to understanding, and they
show unto them, saith the Lord of that murmured shall b learn doctrine.
Hosts, that I e know all their works.
For shall the work say of him that Chapter 28
made it, he made me not? Or shall Many false churches will be built up
the thing framed say of him that
framed it, he had no understanding? in the last days—They will teach false,
28 But behold, saith the Lord of vain, and foolish doctrines—Apostasy
will abound because of false teach-
Hosts: I will show unto the children ers—The devil will rage in the hearts
of men that it is yet a very little of men—He will teach all manner of
while and Lebanon shall be turned
into a fruitful field; and the a fruitful false doctrines. About 559–545 b.c.
field shall be esteemed as a forest. And now, behold, my brethren, I
29 a And in that day shall the b deaf have spoken unto you, according
23 b tg World. b Isa. 29:14; 2 Ne. 25:17. 30 a tg Meek.
c W of M 1:7. c tg Wisdom. b D&C 101:36.
d Heb. 11; d tg Learn. 31 a Isa. 29:20.
Ether 12:12 (7–22). e tg Knowledge. 32 a Luke 11:54 (53–54);
25 a Isa. 29:13 (13–24). f tg Prudence. Acts 22:22.
b Matt. 15:8 (7–9). 27 a Isa. 29:15 (15–16). tg Offense.
tg Honor; b tg Conspiracy; b Amos 5:10 (7, 10).
Respect. Counsel. c 2 Ne. 28:16.
c tg Hardheartedness. c tg Secret Combinations. 33 a tg Israel,
d 2 Ne. 28:31. d Jer. 18:6. Restoration of.
26 a 1 Ne. 22:8; e tg God, Omniscience of. 34 a Isa. 29:23.
2 Ne. 29:1 (1–2). 28 a tg Earth, Renewal of. 35 a 2 Ne. 28:14;
tg Restoration of the 29 a Isa. 29:18. D&C 33:4.
Gospel. b tg Deaf. b Dan. 12:4 (4–10).
107 2 Nephi 28  : 2–13

as the Spirit hath constrained me; 7 Yea, and there shall be many
wherefore, I know that they must which shall say: a Eat, drink, and be
surely come to pass. merry, for tomorrow we die; and it
2 And the things which shall be shall be well with us.
written out of the a book shall be of 8 And there shall also be many
great b worth unto the children of which shall say: a Eat, drink, and be
men, and especially unto our seed, b 
merry; nevertheless, fear God—he
which is a c remnant of the house will c justify in committing a little
of Israel. d 
sin; yea, e lie a little, take the advan-
3 For it shall come to pass in that tage of one because of his words,
day that the a churches which are built dig a f pit for thy neighbor; there is
up, and not unto the Lord, when the g 
no harm in this; and do all these
one shall say unto the other: Behold, things, for tomorrow we die; and if
I, I am the Lord’s; and the others shall it so be that we are guilty, God will
say: I, I am the Lord’s; and thus shall beat us with a few stripes, and at
every one say that hath built up last we shall be saved in the king-
churches, and not unto the Lord— dom of God.
4 And they shall contend one with 9 Yea, and there shall be many
another; and their priests shall con- which shall teach after this manner,
tend one with another, and they a 
false and vain and b foolish c doc-
shall teach with their a learning, trines, and shall be puffed up in
and deny the b Holy Ghost, which their hearts, and shall seek deep to
giveth utterance. hide their counsels from the Lord;
5 And they a deny the b power of and their works shall be in the dark.
God, the Holy One of Israel; and 10 And the a blood of the saints shall
they say unto the people: Hearken cry from the ground against them.
unto us, and hear ye our precept; 11 Yea, they have all gone out of the
for behold there is c no God today, a 
way; they have become b corrupted.
for the Lord and the Redeemer hath 12 Because of a pride, and because
done his work, and he hath given of b false teachers, and c false doc-
his power unto men; trine, their churches have become
6 Behold, hearken ye unto my corrupted, and their churches are
precept; if they shall say there is a lifted up; because of pride they are
miracle wrought by the hand of the puffed up.
Lord, believe it not; for this day he 13 They a rob the b poor because of
is not a God of a miracles; he hath their fine sanctuaries; they rob the
done his work. poor because of their fine clothing;
28 2 a tg Book of Mormon; 7 a Prov. 16:25; 18:24 (22–24); 19:2;
Restoration of the 1 Cor. 15:32; 2 Ne. 26:3;
Gospel. Alma 30:17 (17–18). Morm. 8:27;
b 1 Ne. 13:39 (34–42); 8 a Isa. 22:13. Ether 8:22 (22–24);
14:5 (1–5); 22:9; b tg Worldliness. D&C 87:7.
2 Ne. 30:3; 3 Ne. 21:6. c Morm. 8:31. 11 a Hel. 6:31;
c tg Israel, Remnant of. d Mal. 2:17. D&C 132:25 (22–25).
3 a 1 Cor. 1:13 (10–13); e D&C 10:25; b Morm. 8:28 (28–41);
1 Ne. 22:23; Moses 4:4. D&C 33:4.
4 Ne. 1:26 (25–29); tg Lying. 12 a Prov. 28:25.
Morm. 8:28 (28, 32–38). f Job 6:27; Prov. 26:27; tg Pride.
b tg False Doctrine. 1 Ne. 14:3; 22:14; b Jer. 23:21 (21–32); 50:6;
4 a 2 Ne. 9:28; 26:20. D&C 109:25. 3 Ne. 14:15.
b 1 Cor. 2:4 (1–9). g Alma 30:17. tg False Prophets.
5 a 2 Ne. 26:20; 9 a tg False Doctrine. c tg False Doctrine.
Morm. 9:26 (7–26). b Ezek. 13:3; Hel. 13:29. 13 a Ezek. 34:8;
b 2 Tim. 3:5. c Matt. 15:9; Morm. 8:37 (37–41).
c Alma 30:28. Col. 2:22 (18–22). b Ezek. 18:12;
6 a 3 Ne. 29:7; 10 a Gen. 4:10; 2 Ne. 13:14 (14–15);
Morm. 8:26; 9:15 (15–26). Rev. 6:10 (9–11); Hel. 4:12 (11–13).
2 Nephi 28  : 14–24 108

and they persecute the meek and the earth, and great must be the
the poor in heart, because in their fall thereof.
pride they are puffed up. 19 For the kingdom of the devil
14 They wear a stiff necks and high must a shake, and they which belong
heads; yea, and because of pride, to it must needs be stirred up unto
and wickedness, and abominations, repentance, or the b devil will grasp
and b whoredoms, they have all them with his everlasting c chains,
gone astray save it be a d few, who and they be stirred up to anger,
are the humble followers of Christ; and perish;
nevertheless, they are e led, that in 20 For behold, at that day shall he
many instances they do f err because a 
rage in the b hearts of the children
they are taught by the precepts of men, and stir them up to anger
of men. against that which is good.
15 O the a wise, and the learned, 21 And others will he a pacify, and
and the rich, that are puffed up in lull them away into carnal b secu-
the b pride of their c hearts, and all rity, that they will say: All is well
those who preach d false doctrines, in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is
and all those who commit e whore- well—and thus the c devil d cheateth
doms, and pervert the right way of their souls, and leadeth them away
the Lord, f wo, wo, wo be unto them, carefully down to hell.
saith the Lord God Almighty, for 22 And behold, others he a flattereth
they shall be thrust down to hell! away, and telleth them there is no
16 Wo unto them that a turn aside b 
hell; and he saith unto them: I am
the just for a thing of naught and no devil, for there is none—and thus
revile against that which is good, he whispereth in their ears, until he
and say that it is of no worth! For grasps them with his awful c chains,
the day shall come that the Lord from whence there is no deliverance.
God will speedily visit the inhabi- 23 Yea, they are grasped with
tants of the earth; and in that day death, and hell; and death, and
that they are c fully ripe in iniquity hell, and the devil, and all that
they shall perish. have been seized therewith must
17 But behold, if the inhabitants stand before the throne of God,
of the earth shall repent of their and be a judged according to their
wickedness and abominations they works, from whence they must go
shall not be destroyed, saith the into the place prepared for them,
Lord of Hosts. even a b lake of fire and brimstone,
18 But behold, that great and which is endless torment.
abominable church, the b whore 24 Therefore, wo be unto him that
of all the earth, must c tumble to is at a ease in Zion!
13 c Alma 5:53; e Mosiah 11:2. D&C 10:20.
Morm. 8:36 (36–39). f 3 Ne. 29:5 (4–7); 21 a Jacob 3:11;
14 a Prov. 21:4. Morm. 9:26. Alma 5:7 (6–7);
tg Stiffnecked. 16 a 2 Ne. 27:32. Morm. 8:31.
b tg Whore. b Mal. 2:17. b tg Apathy.
c 2 Ne. 12:5; tg Reviling. c 2 Ne. 9:39; 32:8;
Mosiah 14:6; c Ether 2:10 (8–11). Alma 30:42 (42, 53).
Alma 5:37. 18 a tg Devil, Church of. d Rev. 13:14 (11–18).
d Morm. 8:36. b Rev. 19:2. 22 a tg Flatter.
e 2 Pet. 3:17. c 1 Ne. 14:3 (3, 17). b Mal. 2:17.
f Matt. 22:29; 19 a 1 Ne. 22:23 (22–23). c 2 Ne. 9:45;
2 Ne. 27:35 (34–35); b Alma 34:35. Alma 36:18.
D&C 33:4. c Mosiah 23:12; tg Bondage, Spiritual.
15 a Prov. 3:7 (5–7); Alma 12:11. 23 a tg Jesus Christ, Judge.
2 Ne. 15:21. tg Chain. b Rev. 19:20; 21:8;
b tg Pride. 20 a Rev. 13:7; 2 Ne. 2:18; 2 Ne. 9:16 (8–19, 26);
c tg Hardheartedness. D&C 10:27; 76:29. Jacob 6:10.
d Matt. 5:19. b Alma 8:9; 24 a Amos 6:1.
109 2 Nephi 28  : 25–29  : 3

25 Wo be unto him that crieth: standing I shall lengthen out mine
All is well! arm unto them from day to day,
26 Yea, wo be unto him that a heark­ they will deny me; nevertheless, I
eneth unto the precepts of men, and will be merciful unto them, saith
denieth the power of God, and the the Lord God, if they will repent
gift of the Holy Ghost! and b come unto me; for mine c arm
27 Yea, wo be unto him that saith: is lengthened out all the day long,
We have received, and we a need saith the Lord God of Hosts.
no more!
28 And in fine, wo unto all those Chapter 29
who tremble, and are a angry because Many Gentiles will reject the Book of
of b the truth of God! For behold, he Mormon—They will say, We need no
that is built upon the c rock d receiv-
eth it with gladness; and he that more Bible—The Lord speaks to many
nations—He will judge the world out of
is built upon a sandy foundation the books which will be written. About
trembleth lest he shall fall. 559–545 b.c.
29 Wo be unto him that shall say:
We have received the word of God, But behold, there shall be many—
and we a need b no more of the word at that day when I shall proceed to
of God, for we have enough! do a a marvelous work among them,
30 For behold, thus saith the Lord that I may remember my b covenants
God: I will give unto the children of which I have made unto the chil-
men line upon line, a precept upon dren of men, that I may set my hand
precept, here a little and there a again the c second time to recover
little; and blessed are those who my people, which are of the house
heark­en unto my precepts, and lend of Israel;
an ear unto my counsel, for they 2 And also, that I may remember
shall learn b wisdom; for unto him the promises which I have made
that c receiveth I will give d more; and unto thee, Nephi, and also unto
from them that shall say, We have thy father, that I would remember
enough, from them shall be taken your seed; and that the a words
away even that which they have. of your seed should proceed forth
31 Cursed is he that putteth his out of my mouth unto your seed;
trust in man, or maketh flesh his and my words shall b hiss forth
arm, or shall hearken unto the b pre- unto the c ends of the earth, for a
cepts of men, save their precepts d 
standard unto my people, which
shall be given by the power of the are of the house of Israel;
Holy Ghost. 3 And because my words shall hiss
32 a Wo be unto the Gentiles, saith forth—many of the Gentiles shall
the Lord God of Hosts! For notwith- say: A a Bible! A Bible! We have
26 a 2 Ne. 9:29. tg Wisdom. Gospel.
27 a Alma 12:10 (10–11); c Luke 8:18. b tg Abrahamic
3 Ne. 26:10 (9–10); d Alma 12:10; Covenant.
Ether 4:8. D&C 50:24. c 2 Ne. 6:14; 21:11; 25:17.
28 a 2 Ne. 9:40; 33:5. 31 a D&C 1:19 (19–20). tg Israel, Gathering of;
tg Rebellion. tg Trust Not in the Israel, Restoration of.
b Matt. 7:25. Arm of Flesh. 2 a 2 Ne. 3:21.
c tg Rock. b 2 Ne. 27:25. b Isa. 5:26;
d tg Teachable. 32 a 1 Ne. 14:6; Moro. 10:28.
29 a 2 Ne. 29:10 (3–10). 3 Ne. 16:8. c 2 Ne. 15:26.
b 2 Ne. 27:14; b tg God, Access to. d Ps. 60:4.
Ether 4:8. c 2 Ne. 19:17 (17–21); tg Ensign.
30 a Prov. 2:9 (9–11); Jacob 5:47; 6:4; 3 a 1 Ne. 13:24 (23–24).
Isa. 28:13 (9–13); D&C 133:67. tg Bible;
D&C 98:12. 29 1 a 2 Ne. 27:26. Book of Mormon.
b Prov. 14:8. tg Restoration of the
2 Nephi 29  : 4 –12 110

got a Bible, and there cannot be mony of b two nations is a c witness
any more Bible. unto you that I am God, that I re-
4 But thus saith the Lord God: O member one d nation like unto an-
fools, they shall have a a Bible; and other? Wherefore, I speak the same
it shall proceed forth from the b Jews, words unto one nation like unto
mine ancient covenant people. And another. And when the two e nations
what c thank they the d Jews for the shall run together the testimony of
Bible which they receive from them? the two nations shall run together
Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do also.
they remember the travails, and the 9 And I do this that I may prove
labors, and the pains of the Jews, and unto many that I am the a same yes-
their diligence unto me, in bringing terday, today, and forever; and that
forth salvation unto the Gentiles? I speak forth my b words according
5 O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered to mine own pleasure. And be-
the Jews, mine ancient covenant cause that I have spoken one c word
people? Nay; but ye have a cursed ye need not suppose that I cannot
them, and have b hated them, and speak another; for my d work is not
have not sought to recover them. But yet finished; neither shall it be until
behold, I will return all these things the end of man, neither from that
upon your own heads; for I the Lord time henceforth and forever.
have not forgotten my people. 10 Wherefore, because that ye have
6 Thou fool, that shall say: A a Bible, a Bible ye need not suppose that
we have got a Bible, and we need it contains all my a words; neither
no more Bible. Have ye obtained b 
need ye suppose that I have not
a Bible save it were by the Jews? caused more to be written.
7 Know ye not that there are more 11 For I command a all men, both
nations than one? Know ye not in the east and in the west, and in
that I, the Lord your God, have cre- the north, and in the south, and
ated all men, and that I remember in the islands of the sea, that they
those who are upon the b isles of the shall b write the words which I speak
sea; and that I rule in the heavens unto them; for out of the c books
above and in the c earth beneath; which shall be written I will d judge
and I bring forth my d word unto the the world, every man according to
children of men, yea, even upon all their works, according to that which
the nations of the earth? is written.
8 Wherefore murmur ye, because 12 For behold, I shall speak unto
that ye shall receive more of my the a Jews and they shall b write
word? Know ye not that the a testi- it; and I shall also speak unto the
4 a Rom. 3:2 (1–3). 2 Ne. 10:8 (8, 20); c tg Revelation.
b Neh. 1:10; D&C 133:8. d Moses 1:4.
1 Ne. 13:25 (23–25); c Deut. 10:14; 10 a tg Scriptures to Come
D&C 3:16. 1 Ne. 11:6; Forth.
c tg Ingratitude; D&C 55:1; b 2 Ne. 28:29.
Thanksgiving. Moses 6:44. 11 a Alma 29:8.
d tg Israel, Judah, d D&C 5:6. b 2 Tim. 3:16;
People of. 8 a tg Testimony. Moses 1:40.
5 a Micah 6:16. b Ezek. 37:17 (15–20); tg Scriptures,
tg Curse. 1 Ne. 13:39 (38–41); Preservation of;
b 3 Ne. 29:8. 2 Ne. 3:12; Scriptures, Writing of.
tg Hate. 33:10 (10–11). c tg Book of Life.
6 a 1 Ne. 13:23, 38. c Matt. 18:16. d 2 Ne. 25:22 (18, 22);
7 a tg Jesus Christ, Creator; d 2 Sam. 7:23; 33:14 (11, 14–15).
Man, Physical Alma 9:20. tg Jesus Christ, Judge.
Creation of; e Hosea 1:11. 12 a 1 Ne. 13:23 (23–29);
Nations. 9 a Heb. 13:8. 2 Ne. 3:12.
b Isa. 51:5; b tg Word of God; b tg Scriptures, Lost.
1 Ne. 22:4; Word of the Lord.
111 2 Nephi 29  : 13–30  : 5

Nephites and they shall c write it; should suppose that ye are more
and I shall also speak unto the righteous than the Gentiles shall
other tribes of the house of Israel, be. For behold, except ye shall keep
which I have led away, and they the commandments of God ye shall
shall write it; and I shall also speak all likewise a perish; and because of
unto d all nations of the earth and the words which have been spoken
they shall write it. ye need not suppose that the Gen-
13 And it shall come to pass that tiles are utterly destroyed.
the a Jews shall have the words of 2 For behold, I say unto you that
the Nephites, and the Nephites shall as many of the Gentiles as will re-
have the words of the Jews; and the pent are the a covenant people of
Nephites and the Jews shall have the Lord; and as many of the b Jews
the words of the b lost tribes of Is- as will not repent shall be c cast off;
rael; and the lost tribes of Israel for the Lord d covenanteth with none
shall have the words of the Neph- save it be with them that e repent
ites and the Jews. and believe in his Son, who is the
14 And it shall come to pass that my Holy One of Israel.
people, which are of the a house of 3 And now, I would prophesy some-
Israel, shall be gathered home unto what more concerning the Jews and
the b lands of their possessions; and the Gentiles. For after the book of
my word also shall be gathered in which I have spoken shall come
one. And I will show unto them that forth, and be written unto the Gen-
fight against my word and against tiles, and sealed up again unto the
my d people, who are of the e house Lord, there shall be many which
of Israel, that I am God, and that I shall a believe the words which are
covenanted with g Abraham that written; and b they shall carry them
I would remember his h seed i forever. forth unto the c remnant of our seed.
4 And then shall the remnant of
Chapter 30 our seed know concerning us, how
that we came out from Jerusalem,
Converted Gentiles will be numbered and that they are descendants of
with the covenant people—Many La- the Jews.
manites and Jews will believe the word 5 And the gospel of Jesus Christ
and become delightsome—Israel will shall be declared among a them;
be restored and the wicked destroyed.
About 559–545 b.c. wherefore, b they shall be restored
unto the c knowledge of their fathers,
And now behold, my beloved breth- and also to the knowledge of Jesus
ren, I would speak unto you; for Christ, which was had among their
I, Nephi, would not suffer that ye fathers.
12 c 1 Ne. 13:40 (39–42); 3 Ne. 20:27; Jacob 5:6.
2 Ne. 26:17 (16–17); Abr. 2:9. d Rom. 3:29.
27:6 (6–26). tg Abrahamic e tg Repent.
d 2 Ne. 26:33; Covenant. 3 a 2 Ne. 28:2;
Alma 29:8. g Micah 7:20 (18–20). 3 Ne. 16:6 (6–13).
13 a Morm. 5:14 (13–14). h Ps. 102:28; b 1 Ne. 22:9 (5–10);
b tg Israel, Ten Lost D&C 132:30; 3 Ne. 5:25 (20–26).
Tribes of. Moses 7:52 (50–53). c 2 Ne. 4:7 (7–11);
14 a Jer. 3:18 (17–19). tg Seed of Abraham. Jacob 1:5.
b tg Israel, Gathering of; i Gen. 17:7 (5–7). tg Israel, Remnant of.
Lands of Inheritance. 30 1 a Luke 13:3 (1–5). 5 a 3 Ne. 21:5 (3–7, 24–26);
c Ezek. 37:17 (16–17). 2 a Gal. 3:29 (26–29); Morm. 5:15.
d 1 Kgs. 8:51; Abr. 2:10 (9–11). b D&C 3:20.
2 Ne. 3:9; 8:16. b Matt. 8:12. c 1 Ne. 15:14;
e 1 Ne. 22:9; tg Israel, Judah, 2 Ne. 3:12;
2 Ne. 30:7 (7–8). People of. Morm. 7:9 (1, 9–10).
f Gen. 12:2 (1–3); c Luke 3:9 (3–9);
1 Ne. 17:40; Rom. 9:6;
2 Nephi 30  : 6 –18 112

6 And then shall they rejoice; for the calf, and the young lion, and
they shall a know that it is a blessing the fatling, together; and a little
unto them from the hand of God; child shall lead them.
and their b scales of darkness shall 13 And the cow and the bear shall
begin to fall from their eyes; and feed; their young ones shall lie
many generations shall not pass down together; and the lion shall
away among them, save they shall eat straw like the ox.
be a pure and a c delightsome people. 14 And the sucking child shall
7 And it shall come to pass that play on the hole of the asp, and the
the a Jews which are scattered also weaned child shall put his hand on
shall b begin to believe in Christ; and the cockatrice’s den.
they shall begin to gather in upon 15 They shall not hurt nor destroy
the face of the land; and as many in all my holy a mountain; for the
as shall believe in Christ shall also earth shall be full of the b knowl-
become a delightsome people. edge of the Lord as the waters cover
8 And it shall come to pass that the sea.
the Lord God shall commence his 16 Wherefore, the things of a all
work among all nations, kindreds, nations shall be made known; yea,
tongues, and people, to bring about all things shall be made b known
the a restoration of his people upon unto the children of men.
the earth. 17 There is nothing which is secret
9 And with righteousness shall the save it shall be a revealed; there is
Lord God b judge the poor, and re- no work of darkness save it shall be
prove with equity for the c meek of made manifest in the light; and there
the earth. And he shall smite the is nothing which is sealed upon
earth with the rod of his mouth; and the earth save it shall be loosed.
with the breath of his lips shall he 18 Wherefore, all things which
slay the wicked. have been revealed unto the chil-
10 For the a time speedily cometh dren of men shall at that a day be
that the Lord God shall cause a revealed; and Satan shall have power
great b division among the people, over the hearts of the children of
and the wicked will he c destroy; and men b no more, for a long time. And
he will d spare his people, yea, even now, my beloved brethren, I make
if it so be that he must e destroy the an end of my sayings.
wicked by fire.
11 And a righteousness shall be the Chapter 31
girdle of his loins, and faithfulness
the girdle of his reins. Nephi tells why Christ was baptized—
12 a And then shall the wolf dwell Men must follow Christ, be baptized,
with the lamb; and the leopard receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to
shall lie down with the kid, and the end to be saved—Repentance and
6 a Alma 3:14. 2 Ne. 9:15. tg Righteousness.
b tg Darkness, Spiritual; c tg Meek. 12 a Isa. 65:25.
Spiritual Blindness. 10 a Jacob 5:29; 6:2. tg Earth, Renewal of.
c W of M 1:8; tg Last Days. 15 a Joel 2:1.
D&C 49:24; 109:65. b D&C 63:54. b tg God, Knowledge
7 a 2 Ne. 29:14 (13–14); c Ps. 73:17 (3–17); about.
3 Ne. 5:25 (23–26). D&C 29:17; 16 a D&C 101:32 (32–35);
tg Israel, Judah, JS—M 1:55. 121:28 (26–32).
People of. d 1 Ne. 22:17 (15–22); b Ether 4:7 (6–7, 13–17).
b 2 Ne. 25:16 (16–17). 3 Ne. 22:13 (13–17); 17 a Luke 12:2 (2–3);
8 a tg Israel, Restoration of; Moses 7:61. D&C 1:3 (1–3).
Millennium, Preparing a e 1 Ne. 22:23 (15–17, 23); 18 a Acts 3:21.
People for. Jacob 5:69. b Rev. 20:2 (2–3);
9 a Isa. 11:4 (4–9). tg Earth, Cleansing of. Ether 8:26.
b Ps. 19:9; 11 a Isa. 11:5 (5–9).
113 2 Nephi 31  : 1–13

baptism are the gate to the strait and of God did fulfil all righteousness
narrow path—Eternal life comes to in being baptized by water?
those who keep the commandments after 7 Know ye not that he was holy ?
baptism. About 559–545 b.c. But notwithstanding he being holy,
he showeth unto the children of
And now I, Nephi, make an end of men that, according to the flesh he
my a prophesying unto you, my be- humbleth himself before the Father,
loved brethren. And I cannot write and witnesseth unto the Father that
but a few things, which I know must he would be a obedient unto him in
surely come to pass; neither can I keeping his commandments.
write but a few of the b words of my 8 Wherefore, after he was baptized
brother Jacob. with water the Holy Ghost descended
2 Wherefore, the things which I upon him in the a form of a b dove.
have written sufficeth me, save it 9 And again, it showeth unto the
be a few words which I a must speak children of men the straitness of the
concerning the doctrine of Christ; path, and the narrowness of the a gate,
wherefore, I shall speak unto you by which they should enter, he hav-
plainly, according to the plainness ing set the b example before them.
of my prophesying. 10 And he said unto the children
3 For my soul delighteth in a plain- of men: a Follow thou me. Where-
ness; for after this manner doth the fore, my beloved brethren, can we
Lord God work among the children b 
follow Jesus save we shall be will-
of men. For the Lord God giveth ing to keep the commandments of
light unto the b understanding; for the Father?
he speaketh unto men according 11 And the Father said: Repent ye,
to their c language, unto their un- repent ye, and be baptized in the
derstanding. name of my Beloved Son.
4 Wherefore, I would that ye 12 And also, the voice of the Son
should remember that I have spoken came unto me, saying: He that is
unto you concerning that a prophet baptized in my name, to him will
which the Lord showed unto me, the Father a give the Holy Ghost,
that should baptize the b Lamb of like unto me; wherefore, b follow
God, which should take away the me, and do the things which ye
sins of the world. have seen me do.
5 And now, if the Lamb of God, he 13 Wherefore, my beloved breth-
being a holy, should have need to ren, I know that if ye shall a follow
be b baptized by water, to fulfil all the Son, with full purpose of heart,
righteousness, O then, how much acting no b hypocrisy and no de-
more need have we, being unholy, ception before God, but with real
to be c baptized, yea, even by water! c 
intent, repenting of your sins, wit-
6 And now, I would ask of you, my nessing unto the Father that ye are
beloved brethren, wherein the Lamb d 
willing to take upon you the e name
31 1 a 2 Ne. 25:4 (1–4). c tg Baptism, Essential. b Matt. 16:24 (24–26);
b 2 Ne. 11:1. 7 a John 5:30. Luke 9:59 (57–62);
2 a 2 Ne. 11:4 (4–6). tg Obedience. John 12:26; 1 Jn. 2:6.
3 a 2 Ne. 25:7 (7–8); 32:7. 8 a 1 Ne. 11:27. tg God, the Standard of
b tg Understanding. b tg Holy Ghost, Dove, Righteousness.
c D&C 1:24. Sign of. 13 a tg Jesus Christ,
tg Language. 9 a 2 Ne. 9:41; Exemplar.
4 a 1 Ne. 10:7; 11:27. 3 Ne. 14:14 (13–14); b tg Hypocrisy.
b tg Jesus Christ, Lamb D&C 22:4; 43:7. c tg Integrity;
of God. b tg Example. Sincere.
5 a 1 Jn. 3:3. 10 a Matt. 4:19; 8:22; 9:9. d tg Agency;
b Matt. 3:11 (11–17). b Matt. 8:19; Moro. 7:11; Commitment.
tg Jesus Christ, D&C 56:2. e tg Jesus Christ, Taking
Baptism of. 12 a tg Holy Ghost, Gift of. the Name of.
2 Nephi 31  : 14–21 114

of Christ, by f  baptism—yea, by fol- the gate by which ye should enter.
lowing your Lord and your Savior For the gate by which ye should
down into the water, according to his enter is repentance and a baptism
word, behold, then shall ye receive by water; and then cometh a b re-
the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh mission of your sins by fire and by
the g baptism of fire and of the Holy the Holy Ghost.
Ghost; and then can ye speak with 18 And then are ye in this a strait
the h tongue of angels, and shout and narrow b path which leads to
praises unto the Holy One of Israel. eternal life; yea, ye have entered in
14 But, behold, my beloved breth- by the gate; ye have done according
ren, thus came the voice of the Son to the commandments of the Father
unto me, saying: After ye have re- and the Son; and ye have received
pented of your sins, and witnessed the Holy Ghost, which c witnesses of
unto the Father that ye are willing the d Father and the Son, unto the
to keep my commandments, by the fulfilling of the promise which he
baptism of water, and have received hath made, that if ye entered in by
the baptism of fire and of the Holy the way ye should receive.
Ghost, and can speak with a new 19 And now, my beloved brethren,
tongue, yea, even with the tongue of after ye have gotten into this strait
angels, and after this should a deny and narrow a path, I would ask if all
me, it would have been b better for is b done? Behold, I say unto you,
you that ye had not known me. Nay; for ye have not come thus far
15 And I heard a voice from the save it were by the word of Christ
Father, saying: Yea, the a words of with unshaken c faith in him, d rely-
my Beloved are true and faithful. ing wholly upon the merits of him
He that b endureth to the c end, the who is mighty to e save.
same shall be saved. 20 Wherefore, ye must press for-
16 And now, my beloved brethren, ward with a a steadfastness in Christ,
I know by this that unless a man having a perfect brightness of
shall a endure to the end, in follow- b 
hope, and a c love of God and of all
ing the b example of the Son of the men. Wherefore, if ye shall press
living God, he cannot be saved. forward, feasting upon the word
17 Wherefore, do the things which of Christ, and d endure to the end,
I have told you I have seen that your behold, thus saith the Father: Ye
Lord and your Redeemer should do; shall have e eternal life.
for, for this cause have they been 21 And now, behold, my beloved
shown unto me, that ye might know brethren, this is the a way; and there
13 f Gal. 3:27 (26–27). 16 a Mark 13:13; Alma 38:2; d Moro. 6:4; D&C 3:20;
g tg Holy Ghost, D&C 20:29; 53:7. Moses 7:53.
Baptism of. b tg Example; e tg Jesus Christ,
h 2 Ne. 32:2 (2–3). Jesus Christ, Exemplar. Atonement through.
tg Holy Ghost, Gifts of. 17 a Mosiah 18:10. 20 a tg Commitment;
14 a Matt. 10:33 (32–33); tg Baptism. Dedication;
Rom. 1:16 (15–18); b tg Holy Ghost, Perseverance;
2 Tim. 2:12 (10–15); Mission of; Steadfastness;
Alma 24:30; Remission of Sins. Walking with God.
D&C 101:5 (1–5). 18 a 1 Ne. 8:20. b tg Hope.
tg Holy Ghost, b Prov. 4:18. c tg God, Love of; Love.
Unpardonable Sin tg Gate; Path; Way. d James 5:8 (7–11);
against. c tg Holy Ghost, Mission Rev. 2:25 (25–26);
b Heb. 6:4 (4–6); of; Holy Ghost, Source 3 Ne. 15:9.
2 Pet. 2:21. of Testimony. e 1 Jn. 2:25; 5:13 (10–21).
15 a D&C 64:31; 66:11. d 3 Ne. 28:11; tg Objectives.
b Jacob 6:11 (7–11). Moses 6:66. 21 a Ex. 33:13 (12–13);
tg Endure; 19 a Hosea 14:9 (8–9). Acts 4:12; 2 Ne. 9:41;
Steadfastness. b Mosiah 4:10. Alma 37:46;
c Alma 5:13. c tg Faith. D&C 132:22 (22, 25).
115 2 Nephi 32  : 1–9

is b none other way nor c name given the light, but must perish in the
under heaven whereby man can be dark.
saved in the kingdom of God. And 5 For behold, again I say unto you
now, behold, this is the d doctrine that if ye will enter in by the way,
of Christ, and the only and true and receive the Holy Ghost, it will
doctrine of the e Father, and of the a 
show unto you all things what ye
Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which should do.
is f one God, without end. Amen. 6 Behold, this is the doctrine of
Christ, and there will be no more
Chapter 32 doctrine given until after he shall
manifest himself unto you in the
Angels speak by the power of the Holy flesh. And when he shall manifest
Ghost—Men must pray and gain knowl- himself unto you in the flesh, the
edge for themselves from the Holy Ghost. things which he shall say unto you
About 559–545 b.c. shall ye observe to do.
And now, behold, my beloved breth- 7 And now I, Nephi, cannot say
ren, I suppose that ye ponder some- more; the Spirit stoppeth mine
what in your hearts concerning that utterance, and I am left to mourn
which ye should do after ye have because of the a unbelief, and the
entered in by the way. But, behold, wickedness, and the ignorance, and
why do ye ponder these things in the b stiffneckedness of men; for they
your hearts? will c not search d knowledge, nor
2 Do ye not remember that I said understand great knowledge, when
unto you that after ye had a received it is given unto them in e plainness,
the Holy Ghost ye could speak with even as plain as word can be.
the b tongue of angels? And now, how 8 And now, my beloved brethren, I
could ye speak with the tongue of perceive that ye ponder still in your
angels save it were by the Holy Ghost? hearts; and it grieveth me that I must
3 a Angels speak by the power of speak concerning this thing. For if
the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they ye would hearken unto the a Spirit
speak the words of Christ. Where- which teacheth a man to b pray, ye
fore, I said unto you, b feast upon would know that ye must c pray; for
the c words of Christ; for behold, the the d evil spirit teacheth not a man
words of Christ will d tell you all to pray, but teacheth him that he
things what ye should do. must not pray.
4 Wherefore, now after I have 9 But behold, I say unto you that
spoken these words, if ye cannot ye must a pray always, and not faint;
understand them it will be because that ye must not perform any thing
ye a ask not, neither do ye knock; unto the Lord save in the first place
wherefore, ye are not brought into ye shall b pray unto the Father in
21 b 2 Ne. 25:20; tg Bread of Life; Study. Jacob 4:13;
Mosiah 3:17. c Col. 3:16. Alma 13:23;
c tg Jesus Christ, Taking d Ex. 4:15. Ether 12:39.
the Name of. tg Problem-Solving. 8 a tg Discernment,
d Matt. 7:28; 4 a tg Ask. Spiritual.
John 7:16. 5 a 3 Ne. 16:6; b tg Prayer.
e tg Godhead. Ether 4:11 (11–12); c Jacob 3:1.
f Deut. 6:4; Gal. 3:20; D&C 28:15; d 2 Ne. 9:39;
1 Ne. 13:41; Moses 8:24. 28:21 (20–22);
3 Ne. 28:10; tg Holy Ghost, Gifts of; Mosiah 2:32; 4:14;
Morm. 7:7. Revelation. Alma 30:42 (42, 53).
tg Unity. 6 a 1 Ne. 12:6. tg Spirits, Evil or
32 2 a Alma 36:24; 7 a tg Doubt; Unbelief. Unclean.
3 Ne. 9:20. b tg Stiffnecked. 9 a Mosiah 26:39;
b 2 Ne. 31:13. c 2 Pet. 3:5. 3 Ne. 20:1;
3 a tg Angels. d tg Knowledge. D&C 75:11.
b Jer. 15:16. e 2 Ne. 25:7 (7–8); 31:3; b 3 Ne. 18:19.
2 Nephi 33  : 1–10 116

the c name of Christ, that he will gain of my people. And the words
consecrate thy performance unto which I have written in weakness
thee, that thy performance may be will be made strong unto them; for
for the e welfare of thy soul. it a persuadeth them to do good; it
maketh known unto them of their
Chapter 33 fathers; and it speaketh of Jesus,
and persuadeth them to believe
Nephi’s words are true—They testify in him, and to endure to the end,
of Christ—Those who believe in Christ which is life b eternal.
will believe Nephi’s words, which will 5 And it speaketh a harshly against
stand as a witness before the judgment sin, according to the b plainness of
bar. About 559–545 b.c. the truth; wherefore, no man will
And now I, Nephi, cannot write all be angry at the words which I have
the things which were taught among written save he shall be of the spirit
my people; neither am I a mighty of the devil.
in writing, like unto speaking; 6 I a glory in b plainness; I glory in
for when a man b speaketh by the truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he
power of the Holy Ghost the power hath c redeemed my soul from hell.
of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto 7 I have a charity for my people,
the hearts of the children of men. and great faith in Christ that I
2 But behold, there are many shall meet many souls spotless at
that a harden their b hearts against his judgment-seat.
the c Holy Spirit, that it hath no 8 I have charity for the a Jew—I
place in them; wherefore, they cast say Jew, because I mean them from
many things away which are writ- whence I came.
ten and esteem them as things of 9 I also have charity for the Gen-
naught. tiles. But behold, for none of a these
3 But I, Nephi, have written what can I hope except they shall be b rec-
I have written, and I esteem it as of onciled unto Christ, and enter into
great a worth, and especially unto the c narrow d gate, and e walk in the
my people. For I b pray continually f 
strait path which leads to life, and
for them by day, and mine c eyes continue in the path until the end
water my pillow by night, because of the day of g probation.
of them; and I cry unto my God in 10 And now, my beloved brethren,
faith, and I know that he will hear and also a Jew, and all ye ends of the
my cry. earth, hearken unto these words and
4 And I know that the Lord God b 
believe in Christ; and if ye believe
will consecrate my prayers for the not in these words believe in Christ.
9 c Col. 3:17; 1 Sam. 7:5; b 2 Ne. 31:3.
Moses 5:8. Jer. 42:4; c Enos 1:27.
d Micah 4:13; Enos 1:9 (9–12); 7 a tg Charity.
2 Ne. 2:2. W of M 1:8; 8 a tg Israel, Judah,
e Alma 34:27. Moro. 9:22. People of.
33 1 a Ether 12:23 (23–27). c Ps. 6:6; Jer. 13:17; bd Judah, Kingdom of.
b Rom. 10:17 (13–17); Acts 20:19. 9 a Eph. 3:6 (1–7);
D&C 100:8 (7–8). 4 a Ether 8:26; 2 Ne. 10:18;
tg Holy Ghost, Gifts of. Moro. 7:13 (12–17). 3 Ne. 21:14.
2 a Num. 15:31 (30–31); tg Motivations. b tg Reconciliation.
1 Ne. 19:7; b tg Eternal Life. c 2 Ne. 9:41;
Jacob 4:14; 5 a 1 Ne. 16:2 (1–3); Hel. 3:29 (29–30).
D&C 3:7 (4–13). 2 Ne. 9:40; 28:28; d Matt. 7:14.
tg Hardheartedness. Enos 1:23; e tg Walking with God.
b tg Spiritual Blindness. W of M 1:17. f D&C 132:22.
c tg Holy Ghost, Loss of. b 2 Ne. 25:4; g tg Probation.
3 a tg Scriptures, Value of. Jacob 2:11; 4:13. 10 a tg Israel, Judah,
b Gen. 20:7; 6 a Ps. 44:8 (4–8); People of.
Num. 21:7; D&C 76:61. b tg Believe.
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And if ye shall c believe in Christ ye all those who are of the house of
will believe in these d words, for they Israel, and all ye ends of the earth,
are the e words of Christ, and he hath I speak unto you as the voice of one
given them unto me; and they f teach a 
crying from the dust: Farewell un-
all men that they should do good. til that great day shall come.
11 And if they are not the words 14 And you that will not partake
of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will of the goodness of God, and respect
show unto you, with a power and the words of the a Jews, and also my
great b glory, that they are his words, b 
words, and the words which shall
at the last day; and you and I shall proceed forth out of the mouth of
stand face to face before his bar; and the Lamb of God, behold, I bid you
ye shall know that I have been com- an everlasting farewell, for these
manded of him to write these things, words shall c condemn you at the
notwithstanding my weakness. last day.
12 And I pray the Father in the 15 For what I seal on earth, shall
name of Christ that many of us, if be brought against you at the a judg-
not all, may be saved in his a king- ment bar; for thus hath the Lord
dom at that great and last day. commanded me, and I must b obey.
13 And now, my beloved brethren, Amen.

The Book of 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. A few words concerning the his-
tory of the people of Nephi.

Chapter 1 mandment concerning the b small
plates, upon which these things are
Jacob and Joseph seek to persuade men engraven.
to believe in Christ and keep His com- 2 And he gave me, Jacob, a com-
mandments—Nephi dies—Wickedness mandment that I should a write upon
prevails among the Nephites. About b 
these plates a few of the things
544–421 b.c. which I considered to be most

F or behold, it came to pass
that fifty and five years had
passed away from the time
that Lehi left Jerusalem; where-
fore, Nephi gave me, Jacob, a a com-
precious; that I should not touch,
save it were lightly, concerning the
history of this people which are
called the people of Nephi.
3 For he said that the history of his
10 c John 8:47. in Heaven; Ether 4:10 (8–10).
d tg Book of Mormon. Kingdom of God, b tg Obedience.
e Isa. 51:16; on Earth.
Moro. 10:27 (27–29); 13 a Isa. 29:4; [ Jacob]
D&C 1:24. 2 Ne. 27:13; 1 1 a Jacob 7:27;
f 1 Kgs. 8:36; Morm. 8:26. Jarom 1:15 (1–2, 15);
2 Ne. 25:28. 14 a tg Bible. Omni 1:3.
11 a Ether 5:4 (4–6); b tg Book of Mormon. b 2 Ne. 5:31 (28–33);
Moro. 7:35. c 2 Ne. 29:11; Jacob 3:13 (13–14).
b tg Jesus Christ, W of M 1:11. 2 a tg Scribe;
Glory of. 15 a 2 Ne. 25:22; Scriptures, Writing of.
12 a tg Kingdom of God, 3 Ne. 27:25 (23–27); b 1 Ne. 6:6.
Jacob 1  : 4 –14 118

people should be engraven upon his Jacob, take it upon me to fulfil the
other plates, and that I should b pre- commandment of my brother Nephi.
serve these plates and hand them 9 Now Nephi began to be old,
down unto my seed, from generation and he saw that he must soon a die;
to generation. wherefore, he b anointed a man to be
4 And if there were preaching a king and a ruler over his people
which was a sacred, or revelation now, according to the reigns of the
which was great, or prophesying, c 
that I should engraven the b heads of 10 The people having loved Nephi
them upon these plates, and touch exceedingly, he having been a great
upon them as much as it were pos- protector for them, having wielded
sible, for Christ’s sake, and for the the a sword of Laban in their defence,
sake of our people. and having labored in all his days
5 For because of faith and great for their welfare—
anxiety, it truly had been made 11 Wherefore, the people were de-
manifest unto us concerning our sirous to retain in remembrance his
people, what things should a hap- name. And whoso should reign in
pen unto them. his stead were called by the people,
6 And we also had many revelations, second Nephi, third Nephi, and so
and the spirit of much prophecy; forth, according to the reigns of the
wherefore, we knew of a Christ and kings; and thus they were called by
his kingdom, which should come. the people, let them be of whatever
7 Wherefore we labored diligently name they would.
among our people, that we might 12 And it came to pass that Nephi
persuade them to a come unto Christ, died.
and partake of the goodness of God, 13 Now the people which were not
that they might enter into his b rest, a 
Lamanites were Nephites; never-
lest by any means he should swear theless, they were called Nephites,
in his wrath they should not c enter Jacobites, Josephites, b Zoramites,
in, as in the d provocation in the days Lamanites, Lemuelites, and Ish-
of temptation while the children of maelites.
Israel were in the e wilderness. 14 But I, Jacob, shall not hereafter
8 Wherefore, we would to God that distinguish a them by these names,
we could persuade all men a not to but I shall b call them Lamanites
rebel against God, to b provoke him that seek to destroy the people of
to anger, but that all men would be- Nephi, and those who are friendly
lieve in Christ, and view his death, to Nephi I shall call c Nephites, or
and suffer his c cross and bear the the d people of Nephi, according to
shame of the world; wherefore, I, the reigns of the kings.
3 a 2 Ne. 5:33 (29–33); Deut. 1:35 (35–37); 10 a 1 Ne. 4:9;
Jacob 3:13 (13–14). D&C 84:24 (23–25). 2 Ne. 5:14;
b tg Scriptures, d Heb. 3:8. W of M 1:13;
Preservation of. e Num. 26:65; Mosiah 1:16;
4 a tg Sacred. 1 Ne. 17:31 (23–31). D&C 17:1.
b ie the dominant, 8 a tg Loyalty; 13 a Enos 1:13;
important items. Rebellion. Alma 23:17;
5 a See 1 Ne. 12–15. See also b Num. 14:11 (11–12); D&C 3:18.
1 Ne. 22:7 (7–8); 1 Kgs. 16:33; b 1 Ne. 4:35;
2 Ne. 1:9 (5–10); 1 Ne. 17:30 (23–31); Alma 54:23;
4:7 (7–11); 30:3 (3–6). Alma 12:37 (36–37); 4 Ne. 1:36 (36–37).
6 a 1 Ne. 10:4 (4–11); Hel. 7:18. 14 a W of M 1:16.
19:8 (8–14). c Luke 14:27. b Mosiah 25:12;
7 a 2 Ne. 9:41 (41, 45, 51); 9 a Gen. 47:29 (28–29); Alma 2:11.
Omni 1:26 (25–26); 2 Ne. 1:14. c 2 Ne. 4:11.
Moro. 10:32. b tg Anointing. d 2 Ne. 5:9.
b tg Rest. c 2 Ne. 6:2;
c Num. 14:23; Jarom 1:7 (7, 14).
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15 And now it came to pass that The a  words which Jacob, the
the people of Nephi, under the reign brother of Nephi, spake unto the
of the second king, began to grow people of Nephi, after the death
hard in their hearts, and indulge of Nephi:
themselves somewhat in wicked 2 Now, my beloved brethren, I,
practices, such as like unto David of Jacob, according to the a responsi-
old desiring many a wives and b con- bility which I am under to God, to
cubines, and also Solomon, his son. b 
magnify mine office with c sober-
16 Yea, and they also began to ness, and that I might d rid my gar-
search much a gold and silver, and ments of your sins, I come up into
began to be lifted up somewhat the temple this day that I might
in pride. declare unto you the word of God.
17 Wherefore I, Jacob, gave unto 3 And ye yourselves know that I
them these words as I taught them have hitherto been diligent in the
in the a temple, having first obtained office of my calling; but I this day
mine b errand from the Lord. am weighed down with much more
18 For I, Jacob, and my brother Jo- desire and anxiety for the a welfare
seph had been a consecrated priests of your souls than I have hitherto
and b teachers of this people, by the been.
hand of Nephi. 4 For behold, as yet, ye have been
19 And we did a magnify our office obedient unto the word of the Lord,
unto the Lord, taking upon us the which I have given unto you.
responsibility, answering the sins 5 But behold, hearken ye unto
of the people upon our own heads if me, and know that by the help of
we did not c teach them the word of the all-powerful Creator of heaven
God with all diligence; wherefore, and earth I can tell you concerning
by laboring with our might their your a thoughts, how that ye are be-
blood might not come upon our ginning to labor in sin, which sin
garments; otherwise their blood appeareth very abominable unto
would come upon our garments, me, yea, and abominable unto God.
and we would not be found spot- 6 Yea, it grieveth my soul and
less at the last day. causeth me to shrink with shame
before the presence of my Maker,
Chapter 2 that I must testify unto you concern-
Jacob denounces the love of riches, ing the wickedness of your hearts.
pride, and unchastity—Men may seek 7 And also it grieveth me that
riches to help their fellowmen—The I must use so much a boldness of
Lord commands that no man among speech concerning you, before your
the Nephites may have more than one wives and your children, many of
wife—The Lord delights in the chastity whose feelings are exceedingly
of women. About 544–421 b.c. tender and b chaste and delicate
15 a Deut. 17:17; Setting Apart. 2 a tg Stewardship.
1 Sam. 25:43 (42–43); b tg Teacher. b Rom. 11:13;
D&C 132:38 (38–39). 19 a Jacob 2:2; Jacob 1:19;
b 2 Sam. 20:3; D&C 24:3. D&C 24:3.
1 Chr. 3:9. tg Leadership; c tg Sincere.
16 a Mosiah 2:12. Priesthood, Magnifying d Mosiah 2:28.
17 a 2 Ne. 5:16; Callings within. 3 a 2 Ne. 6:3;
Alma 16:13; b Ezek. 34:10. Mosiah 25:11.
Hel. 3:14 (9, 14); tg Accountability; 5 a Amos 4:13;
3 Ne. 11:1. Stewardship. Alma 12:3 (3–7);
tg Temple. c 1 Sam. 8:9; Moro. 9:6. D&C 6:16.
b tg Called of God. d Lev. 20:27; Acts 20:26; tg God, Omniscience of.
18 a 2 Ne. 5:26. 2 Ne. 9:44; Mosiah 2:27; 7 a Lev. 19:17;
tg Delegation of D&C 88:85; 112:33. D&C 121:43.
Responsibility; 2 1 a 2 Ne. 6:1. b tg Chastity.
Jacob 2  : 8 –19 120

before God, which thing is pleas- of promise unto you and to your
ing unto God; seed, doth abound most plentifully.
8 And it supposeth me that they 13 And the hand of providence
have come up hither to hear the hath smiled upon you most pleas-
pleasing a word of God, yea, the word ingly, that you have obtained many
which healeth the wounded soul. riches; and because some of you have
9 Wherefore, it burdeneth my soul obtained more abundantly than that
that I should be constrained, be- of your brethren ye are a lifted up in
cause of the strict commandment the pride of your hearts, and wear
which I have received from God, to stiff necks and high heads because
admonish you according to your of the costliness of your apparel,
crimes, to enlarge the wounds of and persecute your brethren be-
those who are already wounded, in- cause ye suppose that ye are better
stead of consoling and healing their than they.
wounds; and those who have not 14 And now, my brethren, do ye
been wounded, instead of feasting suppose that God justifieth you in
upon the pleasing word of God have this thing? Behold, I say unto you,
daggers placed to pierce their souls Nay. But he condemneth you, and if
and wound their delicate minds. ye persist in these things his judg-
10 But, notwithstanding the great- ments must speedily come unto you.
ness of the task, I must do according 15 O that he would show you that
to the strict a commands of God, and he can pierce you, and with one
tell you concerning your wickedness glance of his a eye he can smite you
and abominations, in the presence to the dust!
of the pure in heart, and the broken 16 O that he would rid you from
heart, and under the glance of the this iniquity and abomination. And,
piercing eye of the Almighty God. O that ye would listen unto the
11 Wherefore, I must tell you the word of his commands, and let not
truth according to the a plainness this a pride of your hearts destroy
of the b word of God. For behold, as your souls!
I inquired of the Lord, thus came 17 Think of your a brethren like
the word unto me, saying: Jacob, unto yourselves, and be familiar
get thou up into the temple on the with all and free with your b sub-
morrow, and declare the word which stance, that c they may be rich like
I shall give thee unto this people. unto you.
12 And now behold, my brethren, 18 But a before ye seek for b riches,
this is the word which I declare unto seek ye for the c kingdom of God.
you, that many of you have begun 19 And after ye have obtained a
to search for gold, and for silver, and hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches,
for all manner of precious a ores, in if ye seek them; and ye will seek
the which this land, which is a b land them for the intent to a do good—
8 a Micah 2:7; Ether 9:17; 10:23 (12, 23). c Alma 4:12; 5:55;
Alma 31:5; 36:26; b 1 Ne. 4:14; 4 Ne. 1:3 (3, 24–26).
Hel. 3:29 (29–30). 17:13 (13–14). 18 a Mark 10:24 (17–27).
tg Gospel. tg Promised Lands. b 1 Kgs. 3:11 (11–13);
9 a tg Warn. 13 a 2 Kgs. 14:10; Prov. 27:24 (24–27);
10 a tg Commandments Alma 1:32; 31:25; 2 Ne. 26:31;
of God. Morm. 8:28 (28, 36–40). Alma 39:14;
b 2 Ne. 9:44. 15 a tg God, Indignation of; D&C 6:7.
tg God, Omniscience of. God, Omniscience of. tg Worldliness.
11 a 2 Ne. 25:4; 33:5; 16 a tg Pride. c Luke 12:31 (22–31).
Jacob 4:13. 17 a James 5:3 (1–6). 19 a Mosiah 4:26;
b Jacob 7:5. tg Love. 3 Ne. 12:42;
12 a 1 Ne. 18:25; b tg Almsgiving; 4 Ne. 1:3.
2 Ne. 5:15 (14–16); Generosity; tg Good Works.
Hel. 6:9 (9–11); Welfare.
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to clothe the naked, and to feed the unto me a a righteous branch from
hungry, and to liberate the captive, the fruit of the loins of Joseph.
and administer relief to the sick 26 Wherefore, I the Lord God will
and the afflicted. not suffer that this people shall do
20 And now, my brethren, I have like unto them of old.
spoken unto you concerning pride; 27 Wherefore, my brethren, hear
and those of you which have af- me, and hearken to the word of
flicted your neighbor, and perse- the Lord: For there shall not any
cuted him because ye were proud in a 
man among you have save it be
your hearts, of the things which God b 
one c wife; and concubines he shall
hath given you, what say ye of it? have none;
21 Do ye not suppose that such 28 For I, the Lord God, delight in
things are abominable unto him the a chastity of women. And b whore-
who created all flesh? And the one doms are an abomination before
being is as precious in his sight as me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts.
the other. And all flesh is of the 29 Wherefore, this people shall
dust; and for the selfsame end hath keep my commandments, saith the
he created them, that they should Lord of Hosts, or a cursed be the land
keep his a commandments and glo- for their sakes.
rify him forever. 30 For if I will, saith the Lord of
22 And now I make an end of Hosts, raise up a seed unto me, I will
speaking unto you concerning this command my people; otherwise
pride. And were it not that I must they shall hearken unto these things.
speak unto you concerning a grosser 31 For behold, I, the Lord, have
crime, my heart would rejoice ex- seen the sorrow, and heard the
ceedingly because of you. mourning of the daughters of my
23 But the word of God burdens people in the land of Jerusalem,
me because of your grosser crimes. yea, and in all the lands of my peo-
For behold, thus saith the Lord: This ple, because of the wickedness and
people begin to wax in iniquity; they a 
abominations of their b husbands.
understand not the scriptures, for 32 And I will not suffer, saith the
they seek to excuse themselves in Lord of Hosts, that the cries of the
committing a whoredoms, because of fair daughters of this people, which
the things which were written con- I have led out of the land of Jerusa-
cerning David, and Solomon his son. lem, shall come up unto me against
24 Behold, David and a Solomon the men of my people, saith the
truly had many b wives and concu- Lord of Hosts.
bines, which thing was c abominable 33 For they shall not lead away
before me, saith the Lord. captive the daughters of my people
25 Wherefore, thus saith the Lord, because of their tenderness, save I
I have led this people forth out of shall visit them with a sore curse,
the land of Jerusalem, by the power even unto destruction; for they
of mine arm, that I might raise up shall not commit a whoredoms, like
21 a D&C 11:20; Ezek. 17:22 (22–24); b tg Sexual Immorality;
Abr. 3:25 (25–26). Amos 5:15; Whore.
23 a tg Whore. 2 Ne. 3:5; 14:2; 29 a Ether 2:11 (8–12).
24 a 1 Kgs. 11:1; Alma 26:36. tg Curse.
Neh. 13:26 (25–27). tg Israel, Joseph, 30 a Mal. 2:15;
b Deut. 17:17 (14–17); People of. D&C 132:63 (61–66).
2 Sam. 5:13; 27 a tg Marriage, Husbands. 31 a tg Family, Children,
D&C 132:39 (38–39). b Jacob 3:5 (5–7); Responsibilities toward.
c Deut. 7:3 (1–4); D&C 49:16. b tg Marriage, Husbands.
1 Kgs. 11:3; tg Marriage, Plural. 33 a Ezek. 16:25 (20–34).
Ezra 9:2 (1–2). c tg Marriage, Wives. tg Sensuality.
25 a Gen. 49:22 (22–26); 28 a tg Chastity.
Jacob 2  : 34–3  : 7 122

unto them of old, saith the Lord upon his a love; for ye may, if your
of Hosts. b 
minds are c firm, forever.
34 And now behold, my brethren, 3 But, wo, wo, unto you that are
ye know that these commandments not pure in heart, that are filthy
were given to our a father, Lehi; this day before God; for except ye
wherefore, ye have known them be- repent the land is a cursed for your
fore; and ye have come unto great sakes; and the Lamanites, which
condemnation; for ye have done are not b filthy like unto you, nev-
these things which ye ought not ertheless they are c cursed with a
to have done. sore cursing, shall scourge you even
35 Behold, ye have done a greater unto destruction.
iniquities than the Lamanites, our 4 And the time speedily cometh,
brethren. Ye have broken the hearts that except ye repent they shall pos-
of your tender wives, and lost the sess the land of your inheritance,
confidence of your children, be- and the Lord God will a lead away
cause of your bad examples before the righteous out from among you.
them; and the sobbings of their 5 Behold, the Lamanites your
hearts ascend up to God against brethren, whom ye hate because
you. And because of the b strictness of their filthiness and the cursing
of the word of God, which cometh which hath come upon their skins,
down against you, many hearts died, are more righteous than you; for they
pierced with deep wounds. have not a forgotten the command-
ment of the Lord, which was given
Chapter 3 unto our father—that they should
have save it were b one wife, and
The pure in heart receive the pleasing
concubines they should have none,
word of God—Lamanite righteousness and there should not be d whoredoms
exceeds that of the Nephites—Jacob committed among them.
warns against fornication, lascivious- 6 And now, this commandment
ness, and every sin. About 544–421 b.c. they observe to keep; wherefore,
because of this observance, in keep-
But behold, I, Jacob, would speak ing this commandment, the Lord
unto you that are pure in heart. God will not destroy them, but will
Look unto God with firmness of be a merciful unto them; and one
mind, and a pray unto him with ex- day they shall b become a blessed
ceeding faith, and he will b console people.
you in your c afflictions, and he will 7 Behold, their a husbands b love
plead your cause, and send down their c wives, and their wives love their
justice upon those who seek your husbands; and their husbands and
destruction. their wives love their children;
2 O all ye that are pure in heart, and their d unbelief and their hatred
lift up your heads and receive the towards you is because of the in-
pleasing word of God, and feast iquity of their fathers; wherefore,
34 a 1 Ne. 1:16 (16–17). c Alma 57:27. Hel. 15:12 (10–17);
35 a Jacob 3:5 (5–7). 3 a tg Earth, Curse of. Morm. 5:20 (20–21).
b Gen. 2:24. b tg Filthiness. b 1 Ne. 15:14 (13–18);
3 1 a 2 Ne. 32:8. c 1 Ne. 12:23. 22:8.
b tg Comfort; 4 a Omni 1:12 (5–7, 12–13). 7 a tg Marriage, Husbands.
Consolation; 5 a Jacob 2:35. b tg Family, Love within;
Purity. b Jacob 2:27. Marriage, Continuing
c tg Affliction. c Mosiah 11:2 (2–14); Courtship in.
d tg Deliver; Ether 10:5. c tg Marriage, Wives.
Protection, Divine. d tg Chastity. d D&C 3:18.
2 a tg God, Love of. 6 a 1 Ne. 13:31; tg Unbelief.
b tg Steadfastness. 2 Ne. 4:7; 10:18 (18–19);
123 Jacob 3  : 8 –4  : 3

how much better are you than they, but many of their proceedings are
in the sight of your great Creator? written upon the b larger plates, and
8 O my brethren, I fear that unless their wars, and their contentions,
ye shall repent of your sins that their and the reigns of their kings.
skins will be a whiter than yours, 14  a These plates are called the
when ye shall be brought with them plates of Jacob, and they were b made
before the throne of God. by the hand of Nephi. And I make
9 Wherefore, a commandment I an end of speaking these words.
give unto you, which is the word
of God, that ye a revile no more Chapter 4
against them because of the dark- All the prophets worshiped the Father
ness of their skins; neither shall ye in the name of Christ—Abraham’s of-
revile against them because of their fering of Isaac was in similitude of God
filthi­ness; but ye shall remember and His Only Begotten—Men should
your own filthiness, and remember reconcile themselves to God through the
that their filthiness came because Atonement—The Jews will reject the
of their fathers. foundation stone. About 544–421 b.c.
10 Wherefore, ye shall remember
your a children, how that ye have Now behold, it came to pass that
grieved their hearts because of the I, Jacob, having ministered much
example that ye have set before unto my people in word, (and I
them; and also, remember that ye cannot write but a a little of my
may, because of your filthiness, words, because of the b difficulty of
bring your children unto destruc- engraving our words upon plates)
tion, and their sins be heaped upon and we know that the things which
your heads at the last day. we write upon plates must remain;
11 O my brethren, hearken unto 2 But whatsoever things we write
my words; a arouse the faculties of upon anything save it be upon
your souls; shake yourselves that plates must perish and vanish away;

ye may b awake from the slumber but we can write a few words upon
of death; and loose yourselves from plates, which will give our chil-
the pains of c hell that ye may not dren, and also our beloved breth-
become d angels to the devil, to be ren, a small degree of knowledge
cast into that lake of fire and brim- concerning us, or concerning their
stone which is the second e death. fathers—
12 And now I, Jacob, spake many 3 Now in this thing we do rejoice;
more things unto the people of and we labor diligently to engraven
Nephi, a warning them against b for- these words upon plates, hoping
nication and c lasciviousness, and that our beloved brethren and our
every kind of sin, telling them the children will receive them with
awful consequences of them. thankful hearts, and look upon
13 And a hundredth part of the them that they may learn with joy
proceedings of this people, which and not with sorrow, neither with
now began to be numerous, can- contempt, concerning their first
not be written upon a these plates; a 
8 a 3 Ne. 2:15. d 2 Ne. 9:9 (8–9). b Jarom 1:14.
9 a tg Reviling. tg Spirits, Evil or 14 a Jarom 1:2 (1–2).
10 a tg Family, Children, Unclean. b 1 Ne. 19:2 (2–3).
Responsibilities toward; e tg Death, Spiritual, 4 1 a 1 Ne. 6:6;
Family, Love within. Second. Jarom 1:14;
b tg Example. 12 a tg Warn. Omni 1:30.
11 a tg Apathy. b tg Fornication. b Ether 12:24 (23–26).
b 2 Ne. 28:21; c tg Lust. 2 a tg Scriptures,
Alma 5:7 (6–7). 13 a Jacob 1:1 (1–4); Preservation of.
c tg Hell. 4:1 (1–4). 3 a tg Scriptures, Value of.
Jacob 4  : 4 –11 124

4 For, for this intent have we writ- may know that it is by his b grace,
ten these things, that they may and his great condescensions unto
know that we a knew of Christ, and the children of men, that we have
we had a hope of his b glory many power to do these things.
hundred years before his coming; 8 Behold, great and marvelous are
and not only we ourselves had a the a works of the Lord. How b un-
hope of his glory, but also all the searchable are the depths of the
holy c prophets which were before us. c 
mysteries of him; and it is impos-
5 Behold, they believed in Christ sible that man should find out all
and a worshiped the Father in his his ways. And no man d knoweth
name, and also we worship the of his e ways save it be revealed unto
Father in his b name. And for this him; wherefore, brethren, despise
intent we c keep the d law of Moses, not the f revelations of God.
it e pointing our souls to him; and 9 For behold, by the power of his
for this cause it is sanctified unto a 
word b man came upon the face of
us for righteousness, even as it was the earth, which earth was c created
accounted unto Abraham in the by the power of his word. Where-
wilderness to be obedient unto the fore, if God being able to speak and
commands of God in offering up his the world was, and to speak and man
son Isaac, which is a f similitude of was created, O then, why not able
God and his g Only Begotten Son. to command the d earth, or the
6 Wherefore, we search the proph- workmanship of his hands upon
ets, and we have many revelations the face of it, according to his will
and the spirit of a prophecy; and and pleasure?
having all these b witnesses we ob- 10 Wherefore, brethren, seek not to
tain a hope, and our faith becometh a 
counsel the Lord, but to take coun-
unshaken, insomuch that we truly sel from his hand. For behold, ye
can c command in the d name of yourselves know that he counseleth
Jesus and the very trees obey us, in b wisdom, and in justice, and in
or the mountains, or the waves of great mercy, over all his works.
the sea. 11 Wherefore, beloved brethren,
7 Nevertheless, the Lord God be a reconciled unto him through
showeth us our a weakness that we the b atonement of Christ, his c Only
4 a tg Jesus Christ, Heb. 11:17. f D&C 3:7.
Prophecies about; tg Jesus Christ, Divine 9 a Morm. 9:17;
Testimony. Sonship. Moses 1:32.
b tg Jesus Christ, Glory of. 6 a tg Prophecy. b tg Man, Physical
c Luke 24:27; b tg Witness. Creation of.
1 Pet. 1:11; c 3 Ne. 28:20 (19–22). c tg Creation;
Jacob 7:11 (11–12); tg God, Power of. God, Creator;
Mosiah 13:33 (33–35); d Acts 3:6 (6–16); Jesus Christ, Creator.
D&C 20:26. 3 Ne. 8:1. d Hel. 12:16 (8–17).
5 a Moses 5:8. 7 a Ether 12:27; 10 a Josh. 9:14;
b Gen. 4:26; D&C 66:3. Prov. 15:22;
Hel. 8:16 (16–20). b tg Grace. Isa. 45:9;
tg Name of the Lord. 8 a Ps. 106:2. 2 Ne. 9:28–29;
c 2 Ne. 25:24; b Rom. 11:34 (33–36); Alma 37:12, 37;
Jacob 7:7; Mosiah 4:9. D&C 3:4, 13; 22:4.
Mosiah 13:30. c D&C 19:10; b tg God, Justice of;
d Jarom 1:11; 76:114 (114–16). God, Wisdom of.
Alma 25:15 (15–16). tg Mysteries of 11 a Lev. 6:30.
tg Law of Moses. Godliness. tg Jesus Christ,
e Gal. 3:24; d Dan. 1:17; Mission of;
Ether 12:19 (18–19). 1 Cor. 2:11 (9–16); Reconciliation.
f tg Jesus Christ, Types Alma 26:21 (21–22). b tg Jesus Christ,
of, in Anticipation. tg God, Knowledge Atonement through.
g Gen. 22:2 (1–14); about. c tg Jesus Christ, Divine
John 3:16 (16–21); e Isa. 55:8 (8–9). Sonship.
125 Jacob 4  : 12–18

Begotten Son, and ye may obtain cause they desired it. And because
a d resurrection, according to the they desired it God hath done it,
power of the resurrection which that they may i stumble.
is in Christ, and be presented as 15 And now I, Jacob, am led on by
the f first-fruits of Christ unto God, the Spirit unto prophesying; for I
having faith, and obtained a good perceive by the workings of the Spirit
hope of glory in him before he which is in me, that by the a stum-
manifesteth himself in the flesh. bling of the b Jews they will c reject
12 And now, beloved, marvel not the d stone upon which they might
that I tell you these things; for build and have safe foundation.
why not a speak of the atonement 16 But behold, according to the
of Christ, and attain to a perfect scriptures, this a stone shall become
knowledge of him, as to attain to the great, and the last, and the only
the knowledge of a resurrection sure b foundation, upon which the
and the world to come? Jews can build.
13 Behold, my brethren, he that 17 And now, my beloved, how is
prophesieth, let him prophesy to the it possible that these, after having
understanding of men; for the a Spirit rejected the sure foundation, can
speaketh the b truth and lieth not. a 
ever build upon it, that it may be­
Wherefore, it speaketh of things as come the head of their corner?
they really c are, and of things as they 18 Behold, my beloved brethren,
really will be; wherefore, these things I will unfold this mystery unto
are manifested unto us d plainly, you; if I do not, by any means, get
for the salvation of our souls. But shaken from my firmness in the
behold, we are not witnesses alone Spirit, and stumble because of my
in these things; for God also e spake over anxiety for you.
them unto prophets of old.
14 But behold, the Jews were a
stiffnecked people; and they b de- Chapter 5
spised the words of c plainness, and Jacob quotes Zenos relative to the alle-
killed the prophets, and sought for gory of the tame and wild olive trees—
things that they could not under- They are a likeness of Israel and the
stand. Wherefore, because of their Gentiles—The scattering and gathering
blindness, which f  blindness came of Israel are prefigured—Allusions are
by looking beyond the g mark, they made to the Nephites and Lamanites
must needs fall; for God hath taken and all the house of Israel—The Gen-
away his plainness from them, and tiles will be grafted into Israel—Eventu-
delivered unto them many things ally the vineyard will be burned. About
which they h cannot understand, be- 544–421 b.c.
11 d tg Resurrection. Neh. 9:16; 1 Cor. 1:23;
e tg God, Power of. 2 Ne. 25:2. 2 Ne. 18:14 (13–15).
f Mosiah 15:21 (21–23); tg Stiffnecked. b tg Israel, Judah,
18:9; b Num. 15:31 (30–31); People of.
Alma 40:16 (16–21). Ezek. 20:13 (13–16); c Rom. 11:1, 20 (1–36);
12 a 2 Ne. 25:26. 1 Ne. 17:30 (30–31); 19:7; 1 Ne. 10:11;
13 a tg Holy Ghost, 2 Ne. 33:2; Morm. 5:14 (14–20).
Mission of. D&C 3:7 (4–13). d tg Cornerstone;
b John 17:17. c 2 Cor. 11:3. Jesus Christ,
tg Honesty. d Zech. 1:4 (2–5). Prophecies about;
c D&C 93:24. e Isa. 44:18. Rock.
d Neh. 8:8; f Rom. 11:25. 16 a Ps. 118:22 (22–23).
Jacob 2:11; tg Spiritual Blindness. b Isa. 28:16 (14–17);
Alma 13:23. g John 7:47 (45–53). Hel. 5:12.
e tg Witness of the h 2 Ne. 25:1. 17 a Matt. 19:30;
Father. i Isa. 57:14. Jacob 5:63 (62–64);
14 a Deut. 9:13; 15 a Isa. 8:14 (13–15); D&C 29:30.
Jacob 5  : 1–14 126

Behold, my brethren, do ye not re- if it so be that the root of this tree
member to have read the words of will perish, I may preserve the fruit
the prophet a Zenos, which he spake thereof unto myself; wherefore, I
unto the house of Israel, saying: will take these young and tender
2 Hearken, O ye house of Israel, branches, and I will graft them
and hear the words of me, a prophet whithersoever I will.
of the Lord. 9 Take thou the branches of the
3 For behold, thus saith the Lord, wild olive tree, and graft them in, in
I will liken thee, O house of a Israel, the a stead thereof; and these which
like unto a tame b olive tree, which I have plucked off I will cast into
a man took and nourished in his the fire and burn them, that they
vineyard; and it grew, and waxed may not cumber the ground of my
old, and began to d decay. vineyard.
4 And it came to pass that the mas- 10 And it came to pass that the
ter of the vineyard went forth, and servant of the Lord of the vine-
he saw that his olive tree began to yard did according to the word
decay; and he said: I will a prune of the Lord of the vineyard, and
it, and dig about it, and nourish grafted in the branches of the a wild
it, that perhaps it may shoot forth olive tree.
young and tender branches, and it 11 And the Lord of the vineyard
perish not. caused that it should be digged
5 And it came to pass that he about, and pruned, and nourished,
pruned it, and digged about it, and saying unto his servant: It grieveth
nourished it according to his word. me that I should lose this tree; where-
6 And it came to pass that after fore, that perhaps I might preserve
many days it began to put forth the roots thereof that they perish
somewhat a little, young and tender not, that I might preserve them
branches; but behold, the main a top unto myself, I have done this thing.
thereof began to perish. 12 Wherefore, go thy way; watch
7 And it came to pass that the mas- the tree, and nourish it, according
ter of the vineyard saw it, and he to my words.
said unto his a servant: It grieveth me 13 And these will I a place in the
that I should lose this tree; where- nethermost part of my vineyard,
fore, go and pluck the branches from whithersoever I will, it mattereth
a b wild olive tree, and bring them not unto thee; and I do it that I may
hither unto me; and we will pluck preserve unto myself the natural
off those main branches which are branches of the tree; and also, that I
beginning to wither away, and we may lay up fruit thereof against the
will cast them into the fire that season, unto myself; for it grieveth
they may be burned. me that I should lose this tree and
8 And behold, saith the Lord of the fruit thereof.
the vineyard, I take a away many of 14 And it came to pass that the
these young and tender branches, Lord of the vineyard went his way,
and I will graft them b whitherso- and hid the natural a branches of the
ever I will; and it mattereth not that tame olive tree in the nethermost
5 1 a 1 Ne. 19:12 (12, 16); c Matt. 21:33 (33–41); b Ezek. 17:22 (4–10, 22).
Jacob 6:1. D&C 101:44. 9 a Acts 9:15; 14:27;
tg Scriptures, Lost. d tg Apostasy of Israel. Rom. 1:13;
3 a tg Israel, Twelve 4 a tg Prophets, Mission of. Gal. 3:14.
Tribes of. 5 a 2 Kgs. 17:13 (13–18). 10 a tg Gentiles.
b Ezek. 36:8 (8–15); 6 a Luke 3:9 (8–9); 13 a Hosea 8:8;
Rom. 11:21 (1–36); 2 Ne. 30:2. 1 Ne. 10:12.
1 Ne. 10:12; tg Chief Priest. 14 a tg Israel, Bondage of, in
Jacob 6:1 (1–7). 7 a tg Servant. Other Lands.
tg Israel, Mission of; b Rom. 11:17 (17, 24).
Vineyard of the Lord. 8 a tg Israel, Scattering of.
127 Jacob 5  : 15–25

parts of the vineyard, some in one went forth whither the master had
and some in another, according to hid the natural branches of the
his will and pleasure. tree, and he said unto the servant:
15 And it came to pass that a long Behold these; and he beheld the
time passed away, and the Lord a 
first that it had b brought forth
of the vineyard said unto his ser- much fruit; and he beheld also that
vant: Come, let us go down into it was good. And he said unto the
the vineyard, that we may a labor servant: Take of the fruit thereof,
in the vineyard. and lay it up against the season,
16 And it came to pass that the that I may preserve it unto mine
Lord of the vineyard, and also the own self; for behold, said he, this
servant, went down into the vine- long time have I nourished it, and
yard to labor. And it came to pass it hath brought forth much fruit.
that the servant said unto his master: 21 And it came to pass that the
Behold, look here; behold the tree. servant said unto his master: How
17 And it came to pass that the comest thou hither to plant this
Lord of the vineyard looked and be- tree, or this branch of the tree? For
held the tree in the which the wild behold, it was the poorest spot in
olive branches had been grafted; all the land of thy vineyard.
and it had sprung forth and begun 22 And the Lord of the vineyard
to bear a fruit. And he beheld that it said unto him: Counsel me not; I
was good; and the fruit thereof was knew that it was a poor spot of
like unto the natural fruit. ground; wherefore, I said unto thee,
18 And he said unto the servant: I have nourished it this long time,
Behold, the branches of the wild and thou beholdest that it hath
tree have taken hold of the mois- brought forth much fruit.
ture of the root thereof, that the 23 And it came to pass that the
root thereof hath brought forth Lord of the vineyard said unto his
much strength; and because of the servant: Look hither; behold I have
much strength of the root thereof planted another branch of the tree
the wild branches have brought also; and thou knowest that this spot
forth tame fruit. Now, if we had not of ground was poorer than the first.
grafted in these branches, the tree But, behold the tree. I have nour-
thereof would have perished. And ished it this long time, and it hath
now, behold, I shall lay up much brought forth much fruit; therefore,
fruit, which the tree thereof hath gather it, and lay it up against the
brought forth; and the fruit thereof season, that I may preserve it unto
I shall lay up against the season, mine own self.
unto mine own self. 24 And it came to pass that the
19 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said again unto
Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Look hither, and behold
the servant: Come, let us go to the another a branch also, which I have
nethermost part of the vineyard, planted; behold that I have nour-
and behold if the natural branches ished it also, and it hath brought
of the tree have not brought forth forth fruit.
much fruit also, that I may lay up 25 And he said unto the servant:
of the fruit thereof against the sea- Look hither and behold the last.
son, unto mine own self. Behold, this have I planted in a
20 And it came to pass that they a 
good spot of ground; and I have
15 a tg Millennium, Col. 1:6 (3–8). Alma 16:17.
Preparing a People for. 20 a Jacob 5:39. 25 a Ezek. 17:8;
17 a Matt. 12:33; b tg Israel, 1 Ne. 2:20;
John 15:16; Restoration of. Jacob 5:43.
Gal. 3:9 (7–9, 29); 24 a Ezek. 17:22 (22–24);
Jacob 5  : 26–39 128

nourished it this long time, and is b none of it which is good. And
only a b part of the tree hath brought behold, there are all kinds of bad
forth tame fruit, and the c other part fruit; and it profiteth me nothing,
of the tree hath brought forth wild notwithstanding all our labor; and
fruit; behold, I have nourished this now it grieveth me that I should
tree like unto the others. lose this tree.
26 And it came to pass that the 33 And the Lord of the vineyard
Lord of the vineyard said unto the said unto the servant: What shall
servant: Pluck off the branches that we do unto the tree, that I may pre-
have not brought forth good a fruit, serve again good fruit thereof unto
and cast them into the fire. mine own self?
27 But behold, the servant said 34 And the servant said unto his
unto him: Let us prune it, and dig master: Behold, because thou didst
about it, and nourish it a little a lon- graft in the branches of the wild
ger, that perhaps it may bring forth olive tree they have nourished the
good fruit unto thee, that thou canst roots, that they are alive and they
lay it up against the season. have not perished; wherefore thou
28 And it came to pass that the beholdest that they are yet good.
Lord of the vineyard and the ser- 35 And it came to pass that the
vant of the Lord of the vineyard did Lord of the vineyard said unto his
nourish all the fruit of the vineyard. servant: The tree profiteth me noth-
29 And it came to pass that a a long ing, and the roots thereof profit me
time had passed away, and the Lord nothing so long as it shall bring
of the vineyard said unto his b ser- forth evil fruit.
vant: Come, let us go down into the 36 Nevertheless, I know that the
vineyard, that we may labor again roots are good, and for mine own
in the vineyard. For behold, the purpose I have preserved them; and
time draweth near, and the c end because of their much strength they
soon cometh; wherefore, I must lay have hitherto brought forth, from
up fruit against the season, unto the wild branches, good fruit.
mine own self. 37 But behold, the wild branches
30 And it came to pass that the have grown and have a overrun the
Lord of the vineyard and the ser- roots thereof; and because that
vant went down into the vineyard; the wild branches have overcome the
and they came to the tree whose roots thereof it hath brought forth
natural branches had been broken much evil fruit; and because that
off, and the wild branches had been it hath brought forth so much evil
grafted in; and behold all a sorts of fruit thou beholdest that it begin-
fruit did cumber the tree. neth to perish; and it will soon be-
31 And it came to pass that the come ripened, that it may be cast
Lord of the vineyard did a taste of into the fire, except we should do
the fruit, every sort according to its something for it to preserve it.
number. And the Lord of the vine- 38 And it came to pass that the
yard said: Behold, this long time Lord of the vineyard said unto his
have we nourished this tree, and servant: Let us go down into the
I have laid up unto myself against nethermost parts of the vineyard,
the season much fruit. and behold if the natural branches
32 But behold, this time it hath have also brought forth evil fruit.
brought forth much a fruit, and there 39 And it came to pass that they
25 b Hel. 15:3 (3–4). Alma 42:4. 31 a tg Jesus Christ, Judge;
c Alma 26:36. 29 a tg Last Days. Judgment.
26 a Matt. 7:19 (15–20); b D&C 101:55; 103:21. 32 a Hosea 10:1.
Alma 5:36; c 2 Ne. 30:10; b JS—H 1:19.
D&C 97:7. Jacob 6:2. 37 a D&C 45:30.
27 a Jacob 5:50 (50–51); 30 a tg Apostasy of Israel.
129 Jacob 5  : 40–50

went down into the nethermost bring forth no good a fruit; and these
parts of the vineyard. And it came I had hoped to preserve, to have laid
to pass that they beheld that the up fruit thereof against the season,
fruit of the natural branches had unto mine own self. But, behold,
become corrupt also; yea, the a first they have become like unto the
and the second and also the last; wild olive tree, and they are of no
and they had all become corrupt. worth but to be b hewn down and
40 And the a wild fruit of the last cast into the fire; and it grieveth
had overcome that part of the tree me that I should lose them.
which brought forth good fruit, 47 But a what could I have done
even that the branch had withered more in my vineyard? Have I slack-
away and died. ened mine hand, that I have not
41 And it came to pass that the nourished it? Nay, I have nourished
Lord of the vineyard wept, and it, and I have digged about it, and I
said unto the servant: a What could have pruned it, and I have dunged
I have done more for my vineyard? it; and I have b stretched forth mine
42 Behold, I knew that all the fruit of c 
hand almost all the day long, and
the vineyard, save it were these, had the d end draweth nigh. And it griev-
become a corrupted. And now these eth me that I should hew down all
which have once brought forth good the trees of my vineyard, and cast
fruit have also become corrupted; them into the fire that they should
and now all the trees of my vineyard be burned. Who is it that has cor-
are good for nothing save it be to be rupted my vineyard?
hewn down and cast into the fire. 48 And it came to pass that the ser-
43 And behold this last, whose vant said unto his master: Is it not
branch hath withered away, I did the a loftiness of thy vineyard—have
plant in a a good spot of ground; yea, not the branches thereof overcome
even that which was choice unto me the roots which are good? And be-
above all other parts of the land of cause the branches have overcome
my vineyard. the roots thereof, behold they grew
44 And thou beheldest that I also faster than the strength of the roots,
cut down that which a cumbered b 
taking strength unto themselves.
this spot of ground, that I might Behold, I say, is not this the cause
plant this tree in the stead thereof. that the trees of thy vineyard have
45 And thou beheldest that a a part become corrupted?
thereof brought forth good fruit, 49 And it came to pass that the
and a part thereof brought forth Lord of the vineyard said unto the
wild fruit; and because I plucked servant: Let us go to and hew down
not the branches thereof and cast the trees of the vineyard and cast
them into the fire, behold, they have them into the fire, that they shall
overcome the good branch that it not cumber the ground of my vine-
hath withered away. yard, for I have done all. What could
46 And now, behold, notwithstand- I have done more for my vineyard?
ing all the care which we have taken 50 But, behold, the servant said
of my vineyard, the trees thereof unto the Lord of the vineyard: Spare
have become corrupted, that they it a little a longer.
39 a Jacob 5:20 (20, 23, 25). Jacob 5:25. b Isa. 9:12 (12, 17, 21).
40 a Hel. 15:4 (3–4). 44 a Moro. 9:23. c 2 Ne. 19:17 (17–21); 28:32;
41 a Isa. 5:4; 45 a 1 Ne. 15:12 (12–17); Jacob 6:4.
2 Ne. 2:27; 26:24; 2 Ne. 3:5; 10:1; d tg World, End of.
Jacob 5:47; Alma 46:24 (24–25). 48 a tg Haughtiness; Pride.
Alma 26:37. 46 a Luke 3:9. b D&C 121:39.
42 a tg Apostasy of Israel. b Alma 5:52; tg Unrighteous
b Matt. 3:10. 3 Ne. 27:11. Dominion.
43 a Ezek. 17:8; 47 a Jacob 5:41 (41, 49). 50 a Jacob 5:27.
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51 And the Lord said: Yea, I will 58 And we will nourish again the
spare it a little longer, for it griev- trees of the vineyard, and we will
eth me that I should lose the trees trim up the a branches thereof; and
of my vineyard. we will pluck from the trees those
52 Wherefore, let us take of the branches which are ripened, that
branches of these which I have must perish, and cast them into
planted in the nethermost parts of the fire.
my vineyard, and let us graft them 59 And this I do that, perhaps, the
into the tree from whence they came; roots thereof may take strength be-
and let us pluck from the tree those cause of their goodness; and because
branches whose fruit is most bitter, of the change of the branches, that
and graft in the natural branches of the good may a overcome the evil.
the tree in the stead thereof. 60 And because that I have pre-
53 And this will I do that the tree served the natural branches and
may not perish, that, perhaps, I the roots thereof, and that I have
may preserve unto myself the roots grafted in the natural branches again
thereof for mine a own purpose. into their mother tree, and have
54 And, behold, the roots of the preserved the roots of their mother
natural branches of the tree which tree, that, perhaps, the trees of my
I planted whithersoever I would are vineyard may bring forth again
yet alive; wherefore, that I may pre- good a fruit; and that I may have joy
serve them also for mine own pur- again in the fruit of my vineyard,
pose, I will take of the a branches of and, perhaps, that I may rejoice
this tree, and I will b graft them in exceedingly that I have preserved
unto them. Yea, I will graft in unto the roots and the branches of the
them the branches of their mother first fruit—
tree, that I may preserve the roots 61 Wherefore, go to, and call a ser-
also unto mine own self, that when vants, that we may b labor diligently
they shall be sufficiently strong with our might in the vineyard, that
perhaps they may bring forth good we may c prepare the way, that I may
fruit unto me, and I may yet have bring forth again the natural fruit,
glory in the fruit of my vineyard. which natural fruit is good and the
55 And it came to pass that they most precious above all other fruit.
took from the natural tree which 62 Wherefore, let us go to and la-
had become wild, and grafted in bor with our might this last time,
unto the natural trees, which also for behold the end draweth nigh,
had become wild. and this is for the last time that I
56 And they also took of the natu­ shall a prune my vineyard.
ral trees which had become wild, 63 Graft in the branches; begin at
and a grafted into their mother tree. the a last that they may be first, and
57 And the Lord of the vineyard that the first may be b last, and dig
said unto the servant: Pluck not the about the trees, both old and young,
wild branches from the trees, save the first and the last; and the last
it be those which are most bitter; and the first, that all may be nour-
and in them ye shall graft accord- ished once again for the last time.
ing to that which I have said. 64 Wherefore, dig about them,
52 a tg Israel, Gathering of; 58 a Isa. 27:11. 63 a Matt. 20:16;
Israel, Restoration of. 59 a tg Triumph. Mark 10:31;
53 a Ex. 19:6; 60 a Isa. 27:6. Luke 13:30;
Isa. 49:6. 61 a Jacob 6:2. 1 Ne. 13:42;
54 a 3 Ne. 21:6 (5–6); b D&C 24:19; 39:17; 95:4. Ether 13:12 (10–12).
Morm. 5:15. c tg Millennium, b Matt. 19:30;
b 1 Ne. 15:16. Preparing a People for. Jacob 4:17;
56 a Jer. 24:6. 62 a D&C 75:2. D&C 29:30.
131 Jacob 5  : 65–75

and prune them, and dung them said unto them: Go to, and a labor
once more, for the last time, for in the vineyard, with your might.
the end draweth nigh. And if it be For behold, this is the b last time
so that these last grafts shall grow, that I shall c nourish my vineyard;
and bring forth the natural fruit, for the end is nigh at hand, and the
then shall ye prepare the way for season speedily cometh; and if ye
them, that they may grow. labor with your might with me
65 And as they begin to grow ye shall have joy in the fruit which
ye shall a clear away the branches I shall lay up unto myself against
which bring forth bitter fruit, ac- the time which will soon come.
cording to the strength of the good 72 And it came to pass that the
and the size thereof; and ye shall servants did go and labor with their
not clear away the bad thereof all mights; and the Lord of the vineyard
at once, lest the roots thereof should labored also with them; and they
be too strong for the graft, and the did obey the commandments of the
graft thereof shall perish, and I lose Lord of the vineyard in all things.
the trees of my vineyard. 73 And there began to be the natu­
66 For it grieveth me that I should ral fruit again in the vineyard; and
lose the trees of my vineyard; where- the natural branches began to grow
fore ye shall clear away the bad ac- and thrive exceedingly; and the wild
cording as the good shall grow, that branches began to be plucked off
the root and the top may be equal and to be cast away; and they did
in strength, until the good shall keep the root and the top thereof
overcome the bad, and the bad be equal, according to the strength
hewn down and cast into the fire, thereof.
that they cumber not the ground of 74 And thus they labored, with
my vineyard; and thus will I sweep all diligence, according to the com­
away the bad out of my vineyard. mandments of the Lord of the vine-
67 And the branches of the nat- yard, even until the bad had been
ural tree will I graft in again into cast away out of the vineyard, and
the natural tree; the Lord had preserved unto himself
68 And the branches of the natu- that the trees had become again the
ral tree will I graft into the natural natural fruit; and they became like
branches of the tree; and thus will unto a one body; and the fruits were
I bring them together again, that equal; and the Lord of the vineyard
they shall bring forth the natural had preserved unto himself the natu­
fruit, and they shall be one. ral fruit, which was most precious
69 And the bad shall be a cast away, unto him from the beginning.
yea, even out of all the land of my 75 And it came to pass that when
vineyard; for behold, only this once the a Lord of the vineyard saw that
will I prune my vineyard. his fruit was good, and that his
70 And it came to pass that the vineyard was no more corrupt, he
Lord of the vineyard sent his a ser- called up his servants, and said unto
vant; and the servant went and did them: Behold, for this last time have
as the Lord had commanded him, we nourished my vineyard; and
and brought other b servants; and thou beholdest that I have done
they were c few. according to my will; and I have
71 And the Lord of the vineyard preserved the natural fruit, that it
65 a D&C 86:6 (6–7). c 1 Ne. 14:12. c tg Millennium,
68 a tg Israel, Mission of. 71 a Matt. 21:28; Preparing a People for.
69 a 1 Ne. 22:23 (15–17, 23); Jacob 6:2 (2–3); 74 a D&C 38:27.
2 Ne. 30:10 (9–10). D&C 33:3 (3–4). 75 a tg Jesus Christ,
70 a D&C 101:55; 103:21. b D&C 39:17; Millennial Reign.
b Matt. 9:37 (36–38). 43:28 (28–30).
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is good, even like as it was in the And now, behold, my brethren, as I
beginning. And b blessed art thou; said unto you that I would proph-
for because ye have been diligent in esy, behold, this is my prophecy—
laboring with me in my vineyard, that the things which this prophet
and have kept my commandments, a 
Zenos spake, concerning the house
and have brought unto me again of Israel, in the which he likened
the c natural fruit, that my vineyard them unto a tame b olive tree, must
is no more corrupted, and the bad surely come to pass.
is cast away, behold ye shall have 2 And the day that he shall set
joy with me because of the fruit his hand again the second time to
of my vineyard. a 
recover his people, is the day, yea,
76 For behold, for a a long time will even the last time, that the b ser-
I lay up of the fruit of my vineyard vants of the Lord shall go forth in
unto mine own self against the sea- his c power, to d nourish and prune
son, which speedily cometh; and for his e vineyard; and after that the
the last time have I nourished my f 
end soon cometh.
vineyard, and pruned it, and dug 3 And how a blessed are they who
about it, and dunged it; wherefore have labored b diligently in his vine­
I will lay up unto mine own self of yard; and how c cursed are they who
the fruit, for a long time, according shall be cast out into their own
to that which I have spoken. place! And the d world shall be
77 And when the time cometh that e 
burned with fire.
evil fruit shall again come into my 4 And how merciful is our God
vineyard, then will I cause the a good unto us, for he remembereth the
and the bad to be gathered; and the house of a Israel, both roots and
good will I preserve unto myself, and branches; and he stretches forth his
the bad will I cast away into its own b 
hands unto them all the day long;
place. And then cometh the b season and they are a c stiffnecked and a
and the end; and my vineyard will gainsaying people; but as many as
I cause to be c burned with d fire. will not harden their hearts shall
be saved in the kingdom of God.
Chapter 6 5 Wherefore, my beloved breth-
ren, I beseech of you in words of
The Lord will recover Israel in the last soberness that ye would repent, and
days—The world will be burned with come with full purpose of heart,
fire—Men must follow Christ to avoid and a cleave unto God as he cleaveth
the lake of fire and brimstone. About unto you. And while his b arm of
544–421 b.c. mercy is extended towards you in
75 b 1 Ne. 13:37; Jacob 5:3 (3–77). d tg World.
D&C 21:9. 2 a 1 Ne. 22:12 (10–12); e Isa. 24:6;
c tg Israel, Restoration of. D&C 110:11; 137:6. 2 Ne. 27:2;
d D&C 6:31; 18:15 (15–16). tg Israel, Gathering of; Jacob 5:77;
76 a 1 Ne. 22:26. Israel, Restoration of. 3 Ne. 25:1.
77 a D&C 86:7. b Jacob 5:61. tg World, End of.
b Rev. 20:3 (3–10); c 1 Ne. 14:1, 14. 4 a 2 Sam. 7:24.
D&C 29:22; d Jacob 5:71; b Neh. 9:19 (18–26);
43:31 (30–31); D&C 101:56. 2 Ne. 19:17 (17–21); 28:32;
88:111 (110–12). e Jer. 12:10; Jacob 5:47.
c tg World, End of. D&C 138:56. c tg Stiffnecked.
d Joel 1:19 (19–20); tg Vineyard of the Lord. 5 a Deut. 10:20;
2 Ne. 6:15 (14–15); f 2 Ne. 30:10; Josh. 23:8;
Jacob 6:3. Jacob 5:29; 2 Kgs. 18:6;
6 1 a Jacob 5:1; D&C 43:17 (17–20, 28). Hel. 4:25;
Alma 33:13 (13–15). 3 a Jacob 5:71. D&C 11:19.
tg Scriptures, Lost. b tg Diligence; b Isa. 59:16; 2 Ne. 1:15;
b Rom. 11:21 (1–36); Perseverance. Alma 5:33;
1 Ne. 10:12; c D&C 41:1. 3 Ne. 9:14.
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the light of the day, harden not I shall meet you before the a pleas-
your hearts. ing bar of God, which bar striketh
6 Yea, today, if ye will hear his the wicked with b awful dread and
voice, harden not your hearts; for fear. Amen.
why will ye a die?
7 For behold, after ye have been Chapter 7
nourished by the good a word of God
Sherem denies Christ, contends with
all the day long, will ye bring forth Jacob, demands a sign, and is smitten
evil fruit, that ye must be b hewn of God—All of the prophets have spo-
down and cast into the fire? ken of Christ and His Atonement—The
8 Behold, will ye reject these Nephites lived out their days as wan-
words? Will ye reject the words of derers, born in tribulation, and hated
the a prophets; and will ye reject all by the Lamanites. About 544–421 b.c.
the words which have been spoken
concerning Christ, after so many And now it came to pass after some
have spoken concerning him; and years had passed away, there came
deny the good word of Christ, and a man among the people of Nephi,
the power of God, and the c gift of whose name was a Sherem.
the Holy Ghost, and quench the 2 And it came to pass that he
Holy Spirit, and make a d mock of began to preach among the peo-
the great plan of redemption, which ple, and to declare unto them that
hath been laid for you? there should be a no Christ. And he
9 Know ye not that if ye will do preached many things which were
these things, that the power of the flattering unto the people; and this
redemption and the resurrection, he did that he might b overthrow the
which is in Christ, will bring you doctrine of Christ.
to stand with a shame and b awful 3 And he labored diligently that he
guilt before the bar of God? might lead away the hearts of the
10 And according to the power of people, insomuch that he did lead
justice, for justice cannot be denied, away many hearts; and he knowing
ye must go away into that b lake of that I, Jacob, had faith in Christ who
fire and brimstone, whose flames should come, he sought much oppor-
are unquenchable, and whose smoke tunity that he might come unto me.
ascendeth up forever and ever, 4 And he was a learned, that he
which lake of fire and brimstone had a perfect knowledge of the lan-
is c endless d torment. guage of the people; wherefore, he
11 O then, my beloved brethren, could use much b flattery, and much
repent ye, and enter in at the a strait power of speech, according to the
gate, and b continue in the way c 
power of the devil.
which is narrow, until ye shall ob- 5 And he had hope to shake me
tain eternal life. from the faith, notwithstanding the
12 O be a wise; what can I say more? many a revelations and the many
13 Finally, I bid you farewell, until things which I had seen concerning
6 a Ezek. 18:28 (26–28, 32). 10 a tg God, Justice of; Morm. 9:28.
7 a Ps. 119:28. Justice. 13 a Moro. 10:34.
b Alma 5:52; b Rev. 19:20; b Alma 40:14.
3 Ne. 27:11 (11–12). 2 Ne. 28:23; 7 1 a tg False Prophets.
8 a Jer. 26:5. Mosiah 3:27. 2 a Alma 21:8;
b tg Holy Ghost, Loss of. tg Hell. 30:12 (12, 22).
c tg Holy Ghost, Gift of. c Mosiah 2:33; b tg False Doctrine.
d tg Sacrilege. D&C 19:11 (10–12). 4 a tg Learn.
9 a tg Shame. d tg Damnation. b tg Flatter.
b Jacob 7:19; 11 a 2 Ne. 9:41. c tg False Priesthoods.
Mosiah 15:26. b 2 Ne. 31:15. 5 a 2 Ne. 10:3; 11:3;
c tg Guilt; tg Commitment. Jacob 2:11.
Judgment, the Last. 12 a Matt. 10:16;
Jacob 7  : 6 –17 134

these things; for I truly had seen you that none of the a prophets have
angels, and they had ministered written, nor b prophesied, save they
unto me. And also, I had c heard the have spoken concerning this Christ.
voice of the Lord speaking unto me 12 And this is not all—it has been
in very word, from time to time; made manifest unto me, for I have
wherefore, I could not be shaken. heard and seen; and it also has been
6 And it came to pass that he came made manifest unto me by the
unto me, and on this wise did he a 
power of the Holy Ghost; where-
speak unto me, saying: Brother Ja- fore, I know if there should be no
cob, I have sought much opportu- atonement made all mankind must
nity that I might speak unto you; be b lost.
for I have heard and also know that 13 And it came to pass that he
thou goest about much, preaching said unto me: Show me a a sign by
that which ye call the a gospel, or this power of the Holy Ghost, in the
the doctrine of Christ. which ye know so much.
7 And ye have led away much of 14 And I said unto him: What am
this people that they pervert the I that I should a tempt God to show
right way of God, and a keep not unto thee a sign in the thing which
the law of Moses which is the right thou knowest to be b true? Yet thou
way; and convert the law of Moses wilt deny it, because thou art of the
into the worship of a being which c 
devil. Nevertheless, not my will be
ye say shall come many hundred done; but if God shall smite thee,
years hence. And now behold, I, let that be a d sign unto thee that
Sherem, declare unto you that this he has power, both in heaven and
is b blasphemy; for no man knoweth in earth; and also, that Christ shall
of such things; for he cannot c tell of come. And thy will, O Lord, be done,
things to come. And after this man- and not mine.
ner did Sherem contend against me. 15 And it came to pass that when I,
8 But behold, the Lord God poured Jacob, had spoken these words, the
in his a Spirit into my soul, inso- power of the Lord came upon him,
much that I did b confound him in insomuch that he fell to the earth.
all his words. And it came to pass that he was nour-
9 And I said unto him: Deniest thou ished for the space of many days.
the Christ who shall come? And he 16 And it came to pass that he said
said: If there should be a Christ, I unto the people: Gather together on
would not deny him; but I know the morrow, for I shall die; where-
that there is no Christ, neither has fore, I desire to speak unto the
been, nor ever will be. people before I shall die.
10 And I said unto him: Believest 17 And it came to pass that on the
thou the scriptures? And he said, morrow the multitude were gath-
Yea. ered together; and he spake plainly
11 And I said unto him: Then ye do unto them and denied the things
not understand them; for they truly which he had taught them, and
testify of Christ. Behold, I say unto confessed the Christ, and the power
5 b 2 Ne. 2:4. 3 Ne. 20:24 (23–24). Alma 30:43 (43–60);
c Ex. 19:9 (9–13). tg Jesus Christ, D&C 46:9 (8–9).
6 a 2 Ne. 31:2. Prophecies about. tg Sign Seekers.
7 a Jacob 4:5. b 1 Pet. 1:11; 14 a tg Test.
b tg Blaspheme. Rev. 19:10; b Mosiah 12:30;
c Alma 30:13. Jacob 4:4; Alma 30:42 (41–42).
8 a tg God, Spirit of; Mosiah 13:33 (33–35); c Alma 30:53.
Holy Ghost, Mission of. D&C 20:26. d Num. 26:10;
b Ps. 97:7. 12 a tg Holy Ghost, Gifts of. D&C 124:53 (50–53).
tg Confound. b 2 Ne. 2:21 (10–30).
11 a 1 Ne. 10:5; 13 a John 6:30;
135 Jacob 7  : 18–27

of the Holy Ghost, and the minis- was b vain, for they delighted in
tering of angels. wars and d bloodshed, and they had

18 And he spake plainly unto an eternal e hatred against us, their
them, that he had been a deceived brethren. And they sought by the
by the power of the b devil. And he power of their arms to destroy us
spake of hell, and of c eternity, and continually.
of eternal d punishment. 25 Wherefore, the people of Nephi
19 And he said: I a fear lest I have did fortify against them with their
committed the b unpardonable sin, arms, and with all their might, trust-
for I have lied unto God; for I de- ing in the God and a rock of their
nied the Christ, and said that I be- salvation; wherefore, they became
lieved the scriptures; and they truly as yet, conquerors of their enemies.
testify of him. And because I have 26 And it came to pass that I,
thus lied unto God I greatly fear Jacob, began to be old; and the
lest my case shall be c awful; but I record of this people being kept on
confess unto God. the a other plates of Nephi, where-
20 And it came to pass that when fore, I conclude this record, declar-
he had said these words he could say ing that I have written according to
no more, and he a gave up the b ghost. the best of my knowledge, by say-
21 And when the multitude had ing that the time passed away with
witnessed that he spake these things us, and also our b lives passed away
as he was about to give up the ghost, like as it were unto us a c dream, we
they were astonished exceedingly; being a d lonesome and a solemn
insomuch that the power of God people, e wanderers, cast out from
came down upon them, and they Jerusalem, born in tribulation, in a
were a overcome that they fell to wilderness, and hated of our breth-
the earth. ren, which caused wars and conten-
22 Now, this thing was pleasing tions; wherefore, we did mourn out
unto me, Jacob, for I had requested our days.
it of my Father who was in heaven; 27 And I, Jacob, saw that I must
for he had heard my cry and an- soon go down to my grave; where-
swered my prayer. fore, I said unto my son a Enos: Take
23 And it came to pass that peace these b plates. And I told him the
and the a love of God was restored things which my brother Nephi
again among the people; and they had c commanded me, and he prom-
searched the scriptures, and heark­ ised obedience unto the commands.
ened no more to the words of this And I make an end of my writing
wicked man. upon these plates, which writing
24 And it came to pass that many has been d small; and to the reader
means were devised to a reclaim I bid farewell, hoping that many of
and restore the Lamanites to the my brethren may read my words.
knowledge of the truth; but it all Brethren, adieu.
18 a Gal. 3:1 (1–4); b Gen. 49:33; Hel. 14:21. Mosiah 28:2.
Alma 30:53 (53, 60). 21 a Alma 19:6 (1–36). tg Malice.
b tg Deceit; Devil. 23 a tg God, Love of. 25 a tg Rock.
c tg Eternity. b Alma 17:2. 26 a 1 Ne. 19:1 (1–6);
d tg Punish. tg Scriptures, Study of. Jarom 1:14 (1, 14–15).
19 a tg Despair. 24 a Enos 1:20. b James 4:14.
b tg Holy Ghost, b Enos 1:14. c 1 Chr. 29:15; Ps. 144:4.
Unpardonable Sin c Mosiah 1:5; d Alma 13:23.
against; 10:12 (11–18); e Alma 26:36.
Sons of Perdition. Alma 3:8; 9:16; 27 a Enos 1:1.
c Jacob 6:9; D&C 93:39. b Omni 1:3.
Mosiah 15:26. d Jarom 1:6; c Jacob 1:1 (1–4).
20 a Jer. 28:16 (15–17); Alma 26:24 (23–25). d 1 Ne. 6:3 (1–6);
Alma 30:59 (12–60). e 2 Ne. 5:1 (1–3); Jarom 1:2 (2, 14).
The Book of Enos
Enos prays mightily and gains a re- 6 And I, Enos, knew that God
mission of his sins—The voice of the a 
could not lie; wherefore, my guilt
Lord comes into his mind, promising was swept away.
salvation for the Lamanites in a future 7 And I said: Lord, how is it done?
day—The Nephites sought to reclaim 8 And he said unto me: a Because
the Lamanites—Enos rejoices in his of thy b faith in Christ, whom thou
Redeemer. About 420 b.c. hast never before heard nor seen.
And many years pass away before

B ehold, it came to pass that
   I, a Enos, knowing my father
   that b he was a just man—for
he c taught me in his language, and
also in the d nurture and admoni-
he shall manifest himself in the
flesh; wherefore, go to, thy faith
hath made thee c whole.
9 Now, it came to pass that when
I had heard these words I began to
tion of the Lord—and blessed be feel a a desire for the b welfare of my
the name of my God for it— brethren, the Nephites; wherefore,
2 And I will tell you of the a wres- I did c pour out my whole soul unto
tle which I had before God, before God for them.
I received a b remission of my sins. 10 And while I was thus strug-
3 Behold, I went to hunt beasts in gling in the spirit, behold, the voice
the forests; and the words which I of the Lord came into my a mind
had often heard my father speak again, saying: I will visit thy breth-
concerning eternal life, and the a joy ren according to their diligence in
of the saints, b sunk deep into my keeping my commandments. I have
heart. b 
given unto them this land, and it
4 And my soul a hungered; and I is a holy land; and I c curse it not
kneeled down before my Maker, save it be for the cause of iniquity;
and I c cried unto him in mighty wherefore, I will visit thy breth-
prayer and supplication for mine ren according as I have said; and
own soul; and all the day long did their d transgressions will I bring
I cry unto him; yea, and when the down with sorrow upon their own
night came I did still raise my voice heads.
high that it reached the heavens. 11 And after I, Enos, had heard
5 And there came a a voice unto me, these words, my a faith began to
saying: Enos, thy sins are b forgiven be b unshaken in the Lord; and I
thee, and thou shalt be blessed. c 
prayed unto him with many long
1 1 a Jacob 7:27. c Ps. 138:3. 1 Sam. 1:15; 7:5;
b 2 Ne. 2:3 (2–4). tg Perseverance. Jer. 42:4;
c 1 Ne. 1:1; d tg Prayer. 2 Ne. 33:3;
Mosiah 1:2. 5 a tg Revelation. Alma 34:26 (26–27).
d Eph. 6:4. b tg Forgive. 10 a tg Inspiration;
2 a Gen. 32:24 (24–32); 6 a tg God, the Standard of Mind.
Alma 8:10. Righteousness. b 1 Ne. 2:20.
tg Repent. 8 a Ether 3:13 (12–13). c Gen. 8:21 (20–22);
b tg Remission of Sins. b tg Faith. Ether 2:9 (7–12).
3 a tg Joy. c Matt. 9:22. d tg Transgress.
b 1 Ne. 10:17 (17–19); tg Man, New, Spiritually 11 a tg Faith.
Alma 36:17. Reborn; b tg Steadfastness.
tg Teachable. Steadfastness. c Gen. 20:7;
4 a 2 Ne. 9:51; 9 a 1 Ne. 8:12; 1 Sam. 7:5;
3 Ne. 12:6. Alma 36:24. 2 Ne. 33:3;
tg Meditation; b Alma 19:29. W of M 1:8.
Motivations. tg Benevolence.
b tg Reverence. c Num. 21:7;
137 Enos 1  : 12–22
strugglings for my brethren, the 17 And I, Enos, a knew it would be
Lamanites. according to the covenant which
12 And it came to pass that after he had made; wherefore my soul
I had a prayed and labored with all did rest.
diligence, the Lord said unto me: I 18 And the Lord said unto me:
will grant unto thee according to Thy fathers have also required of
thy b desires, because of thy faith. me this thing; and it shall be done
13 And now behold, this was the unto them according to their faith;
desire which I desired of him—that for their faith was like unto thine.
if it should so be, that my people, 19 And now it came to pass that I,
the Nephites, should fall into trans- Enos, went about among the people
gression, and by any means be a de- of Nephi, prophesying of things to
stroyed, and the Lamanites should come, and testifying of the things
not be b destroyed, that the Lord which I had heard and seen.
God would c preserve a record of 20 And I bear record that the
my people, the Nephites; even if it people of Nephi did seek diligently
so be by the power of his holy arm, to a restore the Lamanites unto
that it might be d brought forth at the true faith in God. But our b la-
some future day unto the Laman- bors were vain; their c hatred was
ites, that, perhaps, they might be fixed, and they were led by their
brought unto salvation— evil nature that they became wild,
14 For at the present our strug- and ferocious, and a d blood-thirsty
glings were a vain in restoring them people, full of e idolatry and f filthi­
to the true faith. And they swore in ness; feeding upon beasts of prey;
their wrath that, if it were possible, dwelling in g tents, and wandering
they would b destroy our records about in the wilderness with a short
and us, and also all the traditions skin girdle about their loins and
of our fathers. their heads shaven; and their skill
15 Wherefore, I knowing that the was in the h bow, and in the cimeter,
Lord God was able to a preserve our and the ax. And many of them did
records, I cried unto him continu- eat nothing save it was raw meat;
ally, for he had said unto me: What- and they were continually seeking
soever thing ye shall ask in faith, to destroy us.
believing that ye shall receive in the 21 And it came to pass that the
name of Christ, ye shall receive it. people of Nephi did till the land,
16 And I had faith, and I did cry and a raise all manner of grain, and
unto God that he would a preserve of fruit, and b flocks of herds, and
the b records; and he covenanted flocks of all manner of cattle of ev-
with me that he would c bring d them ery kind, and goats, and wild goats,
forth unto the Lamanites in his own and also many horses.
due time. 22 And there were exceedingly
11 d Eph. 6:18. 14 a Jacob 7:24. 20 a Jacob 7:24.
12 a Morm. 5:21; b 2 Ne. 26:17; b Moro. 9:6.
8:25 (24–26); Morm. 6:6. c 2 Ne. 5:1.
9:36 (36–37). 15 a tg Scriptures, tg Hate.
b Ps. 37:4; 1 Ne. 7:12; Preservation of. d Jarom 1:6.
Hel. 10:5. 16 a 3 Ne. 5:14 (13–15); e Mosiah 9:12.
13 a 1 Ne. 15:5; Morm. 6:1. D&C 3:19 (16–20); tg Idolatry.
b Lev. 26:44. 10:47 (46–50). f tg Filthiness.
c W of M 1:7 (6–11); b tg Book of Mormon. g Gen. 25:27.
Alma 37:2. c 2 Ne. 25:8; 27:6; h Mosiah 10:8;
d 2 Ne. 3:15; Jacob 1:13; Morm. 5:12. Alma 3:5 (4–5);
Alma 37:19; d 1 Ne. 19:19. 43:20 (18–21).
Morm. 7:9 (8–10); tg Israel, 21 a 1 Ne. 8:1; Mosiah 9:9.
Ether 12:22; D&C 3:18. Restoration of. b 1 Ne. 18:25;
e Alma 9:17; Hel. 15:16. 17 a tg Trust in God. Ether 9:19 (18–19).
Enos 1  : 23–Jarom 1  : 3 138

many a prophets among us. And the seventy and nine years had passed
people were a b stiffnecked people, away from the time that our father
hard to understand. Lehi a left Jerusalem.
23 And there was nothing save it 26 And I saw that I a must soon
was exceeding a harshness, b preach- go down to my grave, having been
ing and prophesying of wars, and wrought upon by the power of God
contentions, and destructions, and that I must preach and prophesy
continually c reminding them of unto this people, and declare the
death, and the duration of eternity, word according to the truth which
and the judgments and the power of is in Christ. And I have declared it
God, and all these things—stirring in all my days, and have rejoiced
them up d continually to keep them in it above that of the world.
in the fear of the Lord. I say there 27 And I soon go to the place of my
was nothing short of these things, a 
rest, which is with my Redeemer;
and exceedingly great plainness of for I know that in him I shall b rest.
speech, would keep them from go- And I rejoice in the day when my
ing down speedily to destruction. c 
mortal shall put on d immortality,
And after this manner do I write and shall stand before him; then
concerning them. shall I see his face with pleasure,
24 And I saw a wars between the and he will say unto me: Come unto
Nephites and Lamanites in the me, ye blessed, there is a place pre-
course of my days. pared for you in the e mansions of
25 And it came to pass that I be- my Father. Amen.
gan to be old, and an hundred and

The Book of Jarom
The Nephites keep the law of Moses, and as these things are c written
look forward to the coming of Christ, for the intent of the benefit of our
and prosper in the land—Many proph- brethren the d Lamanites, wherefore,
ets labor to keep the people in the way it must needs be that I write a little;
of truth. About 399–361 b.c. but I shall not write the things of
my prophesying, nor of my revela-

N ow behold, I, Jarom, write
a few words according to
the commandment of my
father, Enos, that our a genealogy
may be kept.
tions. For what could I write more
than my fathers have written? For
have not they revealed the plan of
salvation? I say unto you, Yea; and
this sufficeth me.
2 And as a these plates are b small, 3 Behold, it is expedient that much
22 a W of M 1:16. 25 a 1 Ne. 2:2 (2–4). [ Jarom]
b Jarom 1:3. 26 a 1 Cor. 9:16; 1 1 a 1 Ne. 3:12; 5:14.
23 a 1 Ne. 16:2 (1–3); Ether 12:2. 2 a Jacob 3:14 (13–14);
2 Ne. 33:5; tg Duty. Omni 1:1.
W of M 1:17. 27 a tg Rest. b 1 Ne. 6:3 (1–6);
b tg Preaching. b 2 Ne. 33:6. Jacob 7:27.
c Hel. 12:3. c tg Mortality. c tg Scriptures,
d Jarom 1:12; d tg Immortality. Writing of.
Alma 4:19; 31:5. e Ps. 65:4; d 2 Ne. 27:6;
24 a 1 Ne. 12:2 (2–3); John 14:2 (2–3); Morm. 5:12 (12–13).
Morm. 8:7 (7–8). Ether 12:32 (32–34);
tg War. D&C 72:4; 98:18.
139 Jarom 1  : 4 –11

should be done among this people, of c our lands, and began to fortify
because of the hardness of their our cities, or whatsoever place of
hearts, and the deafness of their ears, our inheritance.
and the blindness of their minds, 8 And we multiplied exceedingly,
and the a stiffness of their necks; and spread upon the face of the
nevertheless, God is exceedingly land, and became exceedingly rich
merciful unto them, and has not as in a gold, and in silver, and in pre-
yet b swept them off from the face cious things, and in fine b workman-
of the land. ship of wood, in buildings, and in
4 And there are many among us c 
machinery, and also in iron and
who have many a revelations, for copper, and brass and steel, making
they are not all b stiffnecked. And as all manner of tools of every kind
many as are not stiffnecked and to till the ground, and d weapons of
have faith, have c communion with war—yea, the sharp pointed arrow,
the Holy Spirit, which maketh mani­ and the quiver, and the dart, and
fest unto the children of men, ac- the javelin, and all preparations
cording to their faith. for war.
5 And now, behold, two hundred 9 And thus being prepared to meet
years had passed away, and the the Lamanites, they did not prosper
people of Nephi had waxed strong against us. But the word of the Lord
in the land. They observed to a keep was verified, which he spake unto
the law of Moses and the b sabbath our fathers, saying that: a Inasmuch
day holy unto the Lord. And they as ye will keep my commandments
profaned not; neither did they ye shall b prosper in the land.
blaspheme. And the e laws of the 10 And it came to pass that the
land were exceedingly strict. prophets of the Lord did threaten
6 And they were scattered upon the people of Nephi, according to
much of the face of the land, and the word of God, that if they did
the Lamanites also. And they were not keep the commandments, but
exceedingly more b numerous than should fall into transgression, they
were they of the Nephites; and they should be a destroyed from off the
loved c murder and would drink the face of the land.
blood of beasts. 11 Wherefore, the prophets, and
7 And it came to pass that they the priests, and the a teachers, did
came many times against us, the labor diligently, exhorting with all
Nephites, to battle. But our a kings long-suffering the people to b dili-
and our b leaders were mighty men gence; teaching the c law of Moses,
in the faith of the Lord; and they and the intent for which it was
taught the people the ways of the given; persuading them to d look
Lord; wherefore, we withstood the forward unto the Messiah, and be-
Lamanites and swept them away out lieve in him to come e as though he
3 a Enos 1:22 (22–23). e Alma 1:1. d 2 Ne. 5:14;
b Ether 2:8 (8–10). 6 a Hel. 11:20 (19–20). Mosiah 10:8.
4 a Alma 26:22; b Alma 2:27. 9 a 2 Ne. 1:20;
Hel. 11:23; c Jacob 7:24; Omni 1:6.
D&C 107:19 (18–19). Enos 1:20; b Josh. 1:7; Ps. 122:6.
b tg Stiffnecked. Alma 26:24 (23–25). 10 a 1 Ne. 12:19 (19–20);
c tg Holy Ghost; d tg Blood, Eating of. Omni 1:5.
Revelation. 7 a 2 Ne. 5:18; 6:2; 11 a tg Teacher.
5 a 2 Ne. 25:24; Jacob 1:9 (9, 11, 15); b tg Diligence.
Mosiah 2:3; Mosiah 1:10. c Jacob 4:5;
Alma 30:3; 34:14 (13–14). b tg Leadership. Alma 25:15 (15–16).
b Ex. 35:2. c W of M 1:14. d 2 Ne. 11:4;
tg Sabbath. 8 a 2 Ne. 5:15. Ether 12:19 (18–19).
c tg Profanity. b tg Art. e 2 Ne. 25:26 (24–27);
d tg Blaspheme. c tg Skill. Mosiah 3:13; 16:6.
Jarom 1  : 12–Omni 1  : 6 140

already was. And after this manner 14 And I, Jarom, do not write more,
did they teach them. for the plates are a small. But behold,
12 And it came to pass that by so my brethren, ye can go to the b other
doing they kept them from being plates of Nephi; for behold, upon
destroyed upon the face of the land;
them the records of our wars are
for they did b prick their hearts with engraven, according to the writings
the word, c continually stirring them of the c kings, or those which they
up unto repentance. caused to be written.
13 And it came to pass that two 15 And I deliver these plates into
hundred and thirty and eight years the hands of my son Omni, that
had passed away—after the man- they may be kept according to the
ner of wars, and a contentions, and a 
commandments of my fathers.
dissensions, for the space of b much
of the time.

The Book of Omni
Omni, Amaron, Chemish, Abinadom, 3 And it came to pass that two
and Amaleki, each in turn, keep the hundred and seventy and six years
records—Mosiah discovers the people had passed away, and we had many
of Zarahemla, who came from Jerusa- seasons of peace; and we had
lem in the days of Zedekiah—Mosiah is many a seasons of serious war and
made king over them—The descendants bloodshed. Yea, and in fine, two hun-
of Mulek at Zarahemla had discovered dred and eighty and two years had
Coriantumr, the last of the Jaredites— passed away, and I had kept these
King Benjamin succeeds Mosiah—Men plates according to the b command-
should offer their souls as an offering ments of my c fathers; and I d con-
to Christ. About 323–130 b.c. ferred them upon my son Amaron.
And I make an end.

B ehold, it came to pass that I,
   Omni, being commanded by
  my father, Jarom, that I should
write somewhat upon a these plates,
to preserve our genealogy—
4 And now I, Amaron, write the
things whatsoever I write, which
are few, in the book of my father.
5 Behold, it came to pass that
three hundred and twenty years
2 Wherefore, in my days, I would had passed away, and the more
that ye should know that I fought wicked part of the Nephites were
much with the sword to preserve a 
my people, the Nephites, from fall- 6 For the Lord would not suffer,
ing into the hands of their enemies, after he had led them out of the
the Lamanites. But behold, I of my- land of Jerusalem and kept and
self a am a wicked man, and I have preserved them from falling into
not kept the statutes and the com- the hands of their enemies, yea,
mandments of the Lord as I ought he would not suffer that the words
to have done. should not be verified, which he
12 a
Ether 2:10 (8–10). c Omni 1:11; Honesty;
b Alma 31:5. W of M 1:10. Humility.
c Enos 1:23. 15 a Jacob 1:1 (1–4); 3 a Jarom 1:13.
13 a
tg Contention. Omni 1:3. b Jacob 1:1 (1–4); 7:27;
b Omni 1:3. Jarom 1:15 (1–2, 15).
14 a
Jacob 4:1 (1–2); [Omni] c tg Patriarch.
Omni 1:30. 1 1 a Jarom 1:2 (1–2); d tg Delegation of
b Jacob 7:26 (26–27); Omni 1:9. Responsibility.
W of M 1:3. 2 a tg Confession; 5 a Jarom 1:10.
141 Omni 1  : 7–17

spake unto our fathers, saying that: d 
flee out of the e land of f  Nephi, and
Inasmuch as ye will not keep my as many as would hearken unto the
commandments ye shall not b pros- voice of the Lord should also g de-
per in the land. part out of the land with him, into
7 Wherefore, the Lord did visit the wilderness—
them in great judgment; never- 13 And it came to pass that he did
theless, he did spare the righteous according as the Lord had com-
that they should not perish, but manded him. And they departed
did deliver them out of the hands out of the land into the wilderness,
of their enemies. as many as would hearken unto the
8 And it came to pass that I did voice of the Lord; and they were led
deliver the plates unto my brother by many preachings and prophe-
Chemish. syings. And they were admonished
9 Now I, Chemish, write what few continually by the word of God; and
things I write, in the same book with they were led by the power of his
my brother; for behold, I saw the a 
arm, through the wilderness until
last which he wrote, that he wrote it they came down into the land which
with his own hand; and he wrote is called the b land of Zarahemla.
it in the day that he delivered them 14 And they discovered a a peo-
unto me. And after this manner we ple, who were called the people of
keep the a records, for it is accord- Zarahemla. Now, there was great
ing to the commandments of our rejoicing among the people of Zar-
fathers. And I make an end. ahemla; and also Zarahemla did re-
10 Behold, I, Abinadom, am the joice exceedingly, because the Lord
son of Chemish. Behold, it came had sent the people of Mosiah with
to pass that I saw much war and the b plates of brass which contained
contention between my people, the the record of the Jews.
Nephites, and the Lamanites; and I, 15 Behold, it came to pass that
with my own sword, have taken the Mosiah discovered that the people
lives of many of the Lamanites in of a Zarahemla came out from Jeru-
the defence of my brethren. salem at the time that b Zedekiah,
11 And behold, the a record of this king of Judah, was carried away
people is engraven upon plates captive into Babylon.
which is had by the b kings, accord- 16 And they a journeyed in the wil-
ing to the generations; and I know derness, and were brought by the
of no revelation save that which hand of the Lord across the great
has been written, neither prophecy; waters, into the land where Mosiah
wherefore, that which is sufficient discovered them; and they had dwelt
is written. And I make an end. there from that time forth.
12 Behold, I am Amaleki, the son of 17 And at the time that Mosiah
Abinadom. Behold, I will speak unto discovered them, they had become
you somewhat concerning a Mosiah, exceedingly numerous. Neverthe-
who was made king over the b land less, they had had many wars and
of Zarahemla; for behold, he being serious contentions, and had fallen
warned of the Lord that he should by the sword from time to time; and
6 a Jarom 1:9; d Mosiah 11:13. b 1 Ne. 3:3 (3, 19–20);
Mosiah 1:7. e Omni 1:27; 5:10 (10–22).
b Deut. 28:29. W of M 1:13. 15 a Ezek. 17:22 (22–23);
9 a Omni 1:1. f 2 Ne. 5:8; Mosiah 25:2 (2–4).
tg Record Keeping. Mosiah 7:6 (6–7). b Jer. 39:4 (1–10);
11 a W of M 1:10. g Jacob 3:4. 52:11 (9–11);
b Jarom 1:14. 13 a Isa. 33:2; Hel. 8:21.
12 a Omni 1:19. Mosiah 12:24. 16 a 1 Ne. 16:9.
b Alma 4:1. b Mosiah 1:1; 2:4.
c tg Warn. 14 a Mosiah 1:10.
Omni 1  : 18–28 142

their a language had become cor- 24 And behold, I have seen, in the
rupted; and they had brought no days of king Benjamin, a serious war
records with them; and they de- and much bloodshed between the
nied the being of their Creator; and Nephites and the Lamanites. But
Mosiah, nor the people of Mosiah, behold, the Nephites did obtain
could understand them. much advantage over them; yea,
18 But it came to pass that Mosiah insomuch that king Benjamin did
caused that they should be taught drive them out of the land of Zara­
in his a language. And it came to hemla.
pass that after they were taught in 25 And it came to pass that I began
the language of Mosiah, Zarahemla to be old; and, having no seed, and
gave a genealogy of his fathers, ac- knowing king a Benjamin to be a just
cording to his memory; and they man before the Lord, wherefore, I
are written, but b not in these plates. shall b deliver up c these plates unto
19 And it came to pass that the him, exhorting all men to come
people of Zarahemla, and of Mosiah, unto God, the Holy One of Israel,
did a unite together; and b Mosiah was and believe in prophesying, and in
appointed to be their king. revelations, and in the ministering
20 And it came to pass in the days of angels, and in the gift of speak-
of Mosiah, there was a large a stone ing with tongues, and in the gift of
brought unto him with engravings interpreting languages, and in all
on it; and he did b interpret the things which are d good; for there is
engravings by the gift and power nothing which is good save it comes
of God. from the Lord: and that which is
21 And they gave an account of evil cometh from the devil.
one a Coriantumr, and the slain of 26 And now, my beloved brethren,
his people. And Coriantumr was I would that ye should a come unto
discovered by the people of Zara- Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel,
hemla; and he dwelt with them for and partake of his salvation, and
the space of nine moons. the power of his redemption. Yea,
22 It also spake a few words con- come unto him, and b offer your
cerning his fathers. And his first whole souls as an c offering unto him,
parents came out from the a tower, and continue in d fasting and pray-
at the time the Lord b confounded ing, and endure to the end; and as
the language of the people; and the the Lord liveth ye will be saved.
severity of the Lord fell upon them 27 And now I would speak some-
according to his judgments, which what concerning a certain a number
are just; and their c bones lay scat- who went up into the wilderness to
tered in the land northward. b 
return to the c land of Nephi; for
23 Behold, I, Amaleki, was born in there was a large number who were
the days of Mosiah; and I have lived desirous to possess the land of their
to see his death; and a Benjamin, b his inheritance.
son, reigneth in his stead. 28 Wherefore, they went up into
17 a 1 Ne. 3:19. 21 a Ether 12:1 (1–2); d Alma 5:40;
tg Language. 13:20 (13–31); 15:32. Ether 4:12;
b Mosiah 1:3 (2–6). 22 a Ether 1:3 (1–6). Moro. 7:16 (15–17).
18 a Mosiah 24:4. b Gen. 11:7 (6–9); 26 a Jacob 1:7;
b 1 Ne. 9:4; Mosiah 28:17; Alma 29:2;
W of M 1:10. Ether 1:33. Moro. 10:32.
19 a Mosiah 25:13. c Mosiah 8:8 (8–12). b tg Commitment;
b Omni 1:12. 23 a W of M 1:3. Self-Sacrifice.
20 a Mosiah 21:28 (27–28); b Mosiah 2:11. c 3 Ne. 9:20.
28:13. 25 a W of M 1:18 (17–18); d tg Fast, Fasting.
b Mosiah 8:13 (13–19); Mosiah 29:13. 27 a Mosiah 9:3 (1–4).
28:17. b W of M 1:10. b Mosiah 7:1.
tg Urim and Thummim. c 1 Ne. 10:1. c Omni 1:12.
143 Omni 1  : 29–Words of Mormon 1  : 6

the wilderness. And their leader be- number, and took their journey
ing a strong and mighty man, and again into the wilderness.
a stiffnecked man, wherefore he 30 And I, Amaleki, had a brother,
caused a contention among them; who also went with them; and I
and they were a all slain, save fifty, have not since known concerning
in the wilderness, and they returned them. And I am about to lie down
again to the land of Zarahemla. in my grave; and a these plates are
29 And it came to pass that they full. And I make an end of my
also took others to a considerable speaking.

The Words of Mormon
Mormon abridges the large plates of the reign of this king Benjamin, of
Nephi—He puts the small plates with whom Amaleki spake, I searched
the other plates—King Benjamin es- among the c records which had been
tablishes peace in the land. About delivered into my hands, and I found
a.d. 385. these plates, which contained this
small account of the prophets, from

A nd now I, Mormon, being about
 to deliver up the a record which
    I have been making into the
hands of my son Moroni, behold I
have witnessed almost all the de-
Jacob down to the reign of this king
Benjamin, and also many of the
words of Nephi.
4 And the things which are upon
these plates a pleasing me, because
struction of my people, the Nephites. of the prophecies of the coming of
2 And it is a many hundred years Christ; and my fathers knowing that
after the coming of Christ that I de- many of them have been fulfilled;
liver these records into the hands of yea, and I also know that as many
my son; and it supposeth me that he things as have been b prophesied
will witness the entire b destruction concerning us down to this day
of my people. But may God grant have been fulfilled, and as many
that he may survive them, that he as go beyond this day must surely
may write somewhat concerning come to pass—
them, and somewhat concerning 5 Wherefore, I chose a these things,
Christ, that perhaps some day it to finish my b record upon them,
may c profit them. which remainder of my record I
3 And now, I speak somewhat con- shall take from the c plates of Nephi;
cerning that which I have written; and I cannot write the d hundredth
for after I had made an a abridgment part of the things of my people.
from the b plates of Nephi, down to 6 But behold, I shall take these
28 a Mosiah 9:2 (1–4). b 1 Ne. 12:19. 4 a 1 Ne. 6:5 (3–6).
30 a 1 Ne. 6:3 (3–6); c D&C 3:19 (16–20). b tg Jesus Christ,
Jacob 4:1 (1–2); 3 a 1 Ne. 1:17 (16–17); Prophecies about.
Jarom 1:14. D&C 10:44. 5 a ie the things pleasing to
b Jarom 1:14; him, mentioned in v. 4.
[Words of Mormon] W of M 1:10; b 3 Ne. 5:17 (14–18);
1 1 a 3 Ne. 5:12 (9–12); D&C 10:38 (38–40). Morm. 1:1.
Morm. 1:4 (1–4); c Mosiah 1:6 (2–6); c 1 Ne. 9:2.
2:17 (17–18); Hel. 3:13 (13–15); d Alma 13:31;
8:5 (1, 4–5, 14). Morm. 4:23. 3 Ne. 5:8 (8–11);
2 a Morm. 6:5 (5–6). d Omni 1:23 (23–25). 26:6 (6–12).
Words of Mormon 1  : 7–17 144

plates, which contain these prophe- be preserved; for there are great
syings and revelations, and put them things written upon them, out of
with the remainder of my record, which b my people and their breth-
for they are choice unto me; and I ren shall be c judged at the great and
know they will be choice unto my last day, according to the word of
brethren. God which is written.
7 And I do this for a a wise b purpose; 12 And now, concerning this king
for thus it whispereth me, accord- Benjamin—he had somewhat of
ing to the workings of the Spirit of contentions among his own people.
the Lord which is in me. And now, 13 And it came to pass also that
I do not know all things; but the the armies of the Lamanites came
Lord c knoweth all things which are down out of the a land of Nephi, to
to come; wherefore, he d worketh battle against his people. But be-
in me to do according to his e will. hold, king Benjamin gathered to-
8 And my a prayer to God is con- gether his armies, and he did stand
cerning my brethren, that they may against them; and he did fight with
once again come to the knowledge the strength of his own arm, with the
of God, yea, the redemption of b 
sword of Laban.
Christ; that they may once again 14 And in the a strength of the Lord
be a b delightsome people. they did contend against their en-
9 And now I, Mormon, proceed to emies, until they had slain many
finish out my record, which I take thousands of the Lamanites. And
from the plates of Nephi; and I make it came to pass that they did con-
it according to the knowledge and tend against the Lamanites until
the a understanding which God has they had driven them out of all the
given me. lands of their b inheritance.
10 Wherefore, it came to pass that 15 And it came to pass that after
after Amaleki had a delivered up there had been false a Christs, and
these plates into the hands of king their mouths had been shut, and they
Benjamin, he took them and put punished according to their crimes;
them with the b other plates, which 16 And after there had been a false
contained records which had been prophets, and false preachers and
handed down by the c kings, from teachers among the people, and all
generation to generation until the these having been punished accord-
days of king Benjamin. ing to their crimes; and after there
11 And they were handed down having been much contention and
from king Benjamin, from genera­ many dissensions away b unto the
tion to generation until they have Lamanites, behold, it came to pass
fallen into a my hands. And I, Mor- that king Benjamin, with the as-
mon, pray to God that they may sistance of the holy c prophets who
be preserved from this time hence- were among his people—
forth. And I know that they will 17 For behold, king Benjamin was
7 a 1 Ne. 9:5; 19:3; Moro. 9:22. 3 Ne. 27:25 (23–27);
Enos 1:13 (13–18); b 2 Ne. 30:6. Ether 5:4.
Alma 37:2; 9 a tg Understanding. 13 a Omni 1:12.
D&C 3:19 (9–20); 10 a Omni 1:25 (25, 30). b 1 Ne. 4:9;
10:34 (1–19, 30–47). b 1 Ne. 9:4; 2 Ne. 5:14;
b D&C 10:40 (20–46). Omni 1:11, 18; Jacob 1:10;
c tg God, Foreknowl- W of M 1:3; Mosiah 1:16;
edge of; Mosiah 28:11. D&C 17:1.
God, Intelligence of; c Jarom 1:14. 14 a tg Strength.
God, Omniscience of. 11 a 3 Ne. 5:12 (8–12); b Jarom 1:7.
d 2 Ne. 27:23. Morm. 1:4 (1–5). 15 a tg False Christs.
e tg God, Will of. b Hel. 15:3 (3–4). 16 a tg False Prophets.
8 a 2 Ne. 33:3; c 2 Ne. 25:18; 29:11; b Jacob 1:14 (13–14).
Enos 1:11 (11–12); 33:14 (11, 14–15); c Enos 1:22.
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a a holy man, and he did reign over 18 Wherefore, with the help of
his people in righteousness; and these, king a Benjamin, by laboring
there were many holy men in the with all the might of his body and
land, and they did speak the word of the b faculty of his whole soul, and
God with b power and with authority; also the prophets, did once more
and they did use much c sharpness establish peace in the land.
because of the stiffneckedness of
the people—

The Book of Mosiah
Chapter 1 3 And he also taught them con-
King Benjamin teaches his sons the lan- cerning the records which were
guage and prophecies of their fathers— engraven on the a plates of brass, say-
ing: My sons, I would that ye should
Their religion and civilization have been remember that were it not for these
preserved because of the records kept on
the various plates—Mosiah is chosen as
plates, which contain these records
king and is given custody of the records and these commandments, we must
and other things. About 130–124 b.c. have suffered in c ignorance, even at
this present time, not knowing the

A nd now there was no more
   contention in all the a land of
   Zarahemla, among all the
people who belonged to king Ben-
jamin, so that king Benjamin had
mysteries of God.
4 For it were not possible that our
father, Lehi, could have remembered
all these things, to have taught them
to his children, except it were for the
continual peace all the remainder of help of these plates; for he having
his days. been taught in the a language of the
2 And it came to pass that he had Egyptians therefore he could read
three a sons; and he called their these engravings, and teach them to
names Mosiah, and Helorum, and his children, that thereby they could
Helaman. And he caused that they teach them to their children, and
should be b taught in all the c lan- so fulfilling the commandments of
guage of his fathers, that thereby God, even down to this present time.
they might become men of under- 5 I say unto you, my sons, a were
standing; and that they might know it not for these things, which have
concerning the prophecies which been kept and b preserved by the
had been spoken by the mouths of hand of God, that we might c read and
their fathers, which were delivered understand of his d mysteries, and
them by the hand of the Lord. have his e commandments always
17 a Ex. 22:31; Alma 2:15. JS—H 1:64.
Alma 13:26; 2 a 1 Ne. 1:1; 5 a Alma 37:9.
D&C 49:8; 107:29. D&C 68:25 (25, 28). b tg Scriptures,
b Alma 17:3 (2–3). b Enos 1:1; Preservation of.
tg God, Power of. Mosiah 4:15 (14–15). c Deut. 6:6 (6–8);
c Enos 1:23; Moro. 9:4; c Morm. 9:32. 2 Chr. 34:21;
D&C 121:43 (41–43). 3 a 2 Ne. 5:12; 1 Ne. 15:24 (23–24).
18 a Omni 1:25; Mosiah 1:16; 28:20. tg Scriptures, Value of.
Mosiah 29:13. b 1 Ne. 3:19 (19–20); d tg Mysteries of
b 1 Ne. 15:25. Omni 1:17. Godliness.
c Alma 37:8. e 1 Ne. 4:15.
[Mosiah] 4 a 1 Ne. 1:2; 3:19;
1 1 a Omni 1:13; Morm. 9:32 (32–33);
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before our eyes, that even our this a people, or the people of Zara­
fathers would have dwindled in hemla, and the people of Mosiah
unbelief, and we should have been who dwell in the land, that thereby
like unto our brethren, the Laman- they may be gathered together; for
ites, who know nothing concerning on the morrow I shall proclaim unto
these things, or even do not believe this my people out of mine own
them when they are taught them, mouth that thou art a b king and a
because of the f traditions of their ruler over this people, whom the
fathers, which are not correct. Lord our God hath given us.
6 O my sons, I would that ye should 11 And moreover, I shall give this
remember that these sayings are people a a name, that thereby they
true, and also that these records may be distinguished above all the
are a true. And behold, also the plates people which the Lord God hath
of Nephi, which contain the records brought out of the land of Jerusa-
and the sayings of our fathers from lem; and this I do because they have
the time they left Jerusalem until been a b diligent people in keeping
now, and they are true; and we can the commandments of the Lord.
know of their surety because we 12 And I give unto them a name
have them before our eyes. that never shall be blotted out, ex-
7 And now, my sons, I would that cept it be through a transgression.
ye should remember to a search 13 Yea, and moreover I say unto
them diligently, that ye may profit you, that if this highly favored
thereby; and I would that ye should people of the Lord should fall into
keep the commandments of God, transgression, and become a wicked

that ye may c prosper in the land and an adulterous people, that the
according to the d promises which Lord will deliver them up, that
the Lord made unto our fathers. thereby they become b weak like
8 And many more things did king unto their brethren; and he will no
Benjamin teach his sons, which are more c preserve them by his match-
not written in this book. less and marvelous power, as he
9 And it came to pass that after has hitherto preserved our fathers.
king Benjamin had made an end 14 For I say unto you, that if he
of teaching his sons, that he waxed had not extended his arm in the
old, and he saw that he must very preservation of our fathers they
soon go the way of all the earth; must have fallen into the hands of
therefore, he thought it expedient the Lamanites, and become victims
that he should confer the kingdom to their hatred.
upon one of his sons. 15 And it came to pass that after
10 Therefore, he had Mosiah king Benjamin had made an end
brought before him; and these are of these sayings to his son, that he
the words which he spake unto gave him a charge concerning all
him, saying: My son, I would that the affairs of the kingdom.
ye should make a proclamation 16 And moreover, he also gave him
throughout all this land among all charge concerning the records which
5 f Jacob 7:24; Ps. 1:3 (2–3); 122:6; tg Jesus Christ, Taking
Mosiah 10:12 (11–17). 1 Ne. 2:20. the Name of.
6 a 1 Ne. 1:3; 14:30; d Omni 1:6; b tg Diligence.
2 Ne. 25:20; Alma 9:13 (13–14). 12 a tg Transgress.
Alma 3:12; 9 a tg Old Age. 13 a Heb. 6:6 (4–6).
Ether 5:3 (1–3). 10 a Omni 1:14; b Jer. 46:15 (15–17);
7 a tg Scriptures, Study of. Mosiah 27:35. Hel. 4:24 (24, 26).
b Lev. 25:18 (18–19); b Gen. 41:43 (41–43); c D&C 103:8.
Mosiah 2:22; Jarom 1:7 (7, 14); 15 a 1 Kgs. 2:1;
Alma 50:20 (20–22). Mosiah 2:30. Ps. 72:1 (1–4).
c Josh. 1:7; 11 a Mosiah 5:8 (8–12).
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were engraven on the a plates of to the b temple to c hear the d words
brass; and also the plates of Nephi; which king Benjamin should speak
and also, the b sword of Laban, and unto them.
the c ball or director, which led our 2 And there were a great number,
fathers through the wilderness, even so many that they did not
which was prepared by the hand of number them; for they had multi-
the Lord that thereby they might plied exceedingly and waxed great
be led, every one according to the in the land.
heed and diligence which they gave 3 And they also took of the a first-
unto him. lings of their flocks, that they might
17 Therefore, as they were a unfaith- offer b sacrifice and c burnt d offerings
ful they did not prosper nor progress e 
according to the law of Moses;
in their journey, but were b driven 4 And also that they might give
back, and incurred the displeasure thanks to the Lord their God, who
of God upon them; and therefore had brought them out of the land
they were smitten with famine and of Jerusalem, and who had deliv-
sore c afflictions, to stir them up in ered them out of the hands of their
remembrance of their duty. enemies, and had a appointed just
18 And now, it came to pass that men to be their b teachers, and also
Mosiah went and did as his father a just man to be their king, who
had commanded him, and pro- had established peace in the c land
claimed unto all the people who of Zarahemla, and who had taught
were in the land of Zarahemla that them to d keep the commandments
thereby they might gather them- of God, that they might rejoice and
selves together, to go up to the be filled with e love towards God
temple to hear the words which and all men.
his father should speak unto them. 5 And it came to pass that when
they came up to the temple, they
Chapter 2 pitched their tents round about,
King Benjamin addresses his people—He every man according to his a fami­ly,
recounts the equity, fairness, and spiri­ consisting of his wife, and his
tuality of his reign—He counsels them to sons, and his daughters, and their
serve their Heavenly King—Those who sons, and their daughters, from
rebel against God will suffer anguish the eldest down to the youngest,
like unquenchable fire. About 124 b.c. every family being separate one
from another.
And it came to pass that after Mo- 6 And they pitched their tents
siah had done as his father had round about the temple, every man
commanded him, and had made having his a tent with the door there-
a proclamation throughout all the of towards the temple, that thereby
land, that the people a gathered they might remain in their tents
themselves together throughout and hear the words which king
all the land, that they might go up Benjamin should speak unto them;
16 a Mosiah 1:3. b Mosiah 1:18. e 2 Ne. 25:24;
b Jacob 1:10; c 2 Chr. 34:30 (29–33). Jarom 1:5;
W of M 1:13; D&C 17:1. d Mosiah 26:1. Alma 30:3;
c 2 Ne. 5:12. 3 a Gen. 4:4 (2–7); 34:14 (13–14).
17 a tg Disobedience. Ex. 13:12 (12–13); 4 a tg Called of God.
b 1 Ne. 18:13 (12–13). Deut. 12:6; b Mosiah 18:18 (18–22).
c Lam. 1:5. Moses 5:20 (5, 19–23). c Omni 1:13 (12–15).
tg Affliction. b Ezra 6:10. d John 15:10;
d Judg. 13:1; tg Sacrifice. D&C 95:12.
Hel. 12:3 (2–3). c Lev. 1:3 (2–9); e Deut. 11:1.
18 a 2 Ne. 5:16; Mosiah 2:1. Deut. 33:10. tg Love.
2 1 a tg Assembly for d Ezra 3:2 (2–5); 5 a tg Family, Patriarchal.
Worship. 1 Ne. 5:9. 6 a Ex. 33:8 (8–10).
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7 For the multitude being so great serve you with all the might, mind
that king Benjamin could not teach and strength which the Lord hath
them all within the walls of the granted unto me.
temple, therefore he caused a a tower 12 I say unto you that as I have
to be erected, that thereby his peo- been suffered to a spend my days in
ple might hear the words which he your service, even up to this time,
should speak unto them. and have not sought b gold nor silver
8 And it came to pass that he be- nor any manner of riches of you;
gan to speak to his people from the 13 Neither have I suffered that ye
tower; and they could not all hear should be confined in dungeons,
his words because of the greatness nor that ye should make slaves one
of the multitude; therefore he caused of another, nor that ye should mur-
that the words which he spake der, or plunder, or steal, or commit
should be written and sent forth adultery; nor even have I suffered
among those that were not under the that ye should commit any manner
sound of his voice, that they might of wickedness, and have taught you
also receive his words. that ye should keep the command-
9 And these are the words which ments of the Lord, in all things
he a spake and caused to be written, which he hath commanded you—
saying: My brethren, all ye that have 14 And even I, myself, have a la-
assembled yourselves together, you bored with mine own b hands that I
that can hear my words which I might serve you, and that ye should
shall speak unto you this day; for I not be c laden with taxes, and that
have not commanded you to come there should nothing come upon you
up hither to b trifle with the words which was grievous to be borne—
which I shall speak, but that you and of all these things which I have
should c hearken unto me, and open spoken, ye yourselves are witnesses
your ears that ye may hear, and your this day.
hearts that ye may understand, and
15 Yet, my brethren, I have not
your e minds that the f mysteries of done these things that I might
God may be unfolded to your view. a 
boast, neither do I tell these things
10 I have not commanded you to that thereby I might accuse you;
come up hither that ye should fear but I tell you these things that ye
me, or that ye should think that I of may know that I can answer a clear
myself am more than a mortal man. b 
conscience before God this day.
11 But I am like as yourselves, 16 Behold, I say unto you that
subject to all manner of infirmities because I said unto you that I had
in body and mind; yet I have been spent my days in your service, I do
chosen by this people, and a conse- not desire to boast, for I have only
crated by b my father, and was suf- been in the service of God.
fered by the hand of the Lord that 17 And behold, I tell you these
I should be a ruler and a king over things that ye may learn a wisdom;
this people; and have been kept and that ye may learn that when ye are
preserved by his matchless power, to in the b service of your c fellow beings
7 a Gen. 35:21; 10 a tg Humility. Work, Value of.
Neh. 8:4 (4–5); 11 a tg Setting Apart. b Acts 20:34 (33–35).
Mosiah 11:12 (12–13). b Omni 1:23 (23–24). c Ezek. 46:18.
9 a Mosiah 8:3. tg Serve; Service. 15 a
tg Boast.
b D&C 6:12; 32:5. 12 a 1 Sam. 12:2 (1–25). b tg Conscience.
tg Mocking. b 2 Kgs. 5:16; 17 a
tg Wisdom.
c tg Teachable. Acts 20:33 (33–34); b Matt. 25:40;
d Prov. 8:5; Mosiah 12:27; Jacob 1:16. D&C 42:31 (30–31).
3 Ne. 19:33. 14 a Deut. 17:17; tg Service.
e tg Mind. Neh. 5:14 (14–15); c tg Brotherhood and
f tg Mysteries of 1 Cor. 9:18 (4–18). Sisterhood; Fellowship-
Godliness. tg Self-Sacrifice; ping; Neighbor.
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ye are only in the service of your if ye do e keep his f commandments
God. he doth bless you and prosper you.
18 Behold, ye have called me your 23 And now, in the first place, he
king; and if  I, whom ye call your king, hath created you, and granted unto
do labor to a serve you, then ought you your lives, for which ye are in-
not ye to labor to serve one another? debted unto him.
19 And behold also, if I, whom 24 And secondly, he doth a require
ye call your king, who has spent that ye should do as he hath com-
his days in your service, and yet manded you; for which if ye do, he
has been in the service of God, do doth immediately b bless you; and
merit any thanks from you, O how therefore he hath paid you. And
you ought to a thank your heavenly ye are still indebted unto him, and
King! are, and will be, forever and ever;
20 I say unto you, my brethren, that therefore, of what have ye to boast?
if you should render all the a thanks 25 And now I ask, can ye say aught
and b praise which your whole soul of yourselves? I answer you, Nay.
has power to possess, to that God Ye cannot say that ye are even as
who has created you, and has kept much as the dust of the earth; yet
and c preserved you, and has caused ye were a created of the b dust of the
that ye should d rejoice, and has earth; but behold, it c belongeth to
granted that ye should live in peace him who created you.
one with another— 26 And I, even I, whom ye call
21 I say unto you that if ye should your king, am a no better than ye
serve him who has created you yourselves are; for I am also of the
from the beginning, and is b pre- dust. And ye behold that I am old,
serving you from day to day, by and am about to yield up this mor-
lending you c breath, that ye may tal frame to its mother earth.
live and move and do according to 27 Therefore, as I said unto you that I
your own d will, and even supporting had a served you, b walking with a clear
you from one moment to another—I conscience before God, even so I at
say, if ye should serve him with all this time have caused that ye should
your e whole souls yet ye would be assemble yourselves together, that I
unprofitable servants. might be found blameless, and that
22 And behold, all that he a re- your c blood should not come upon
quires of you is to b keep his com- me, when I shall stand to be judged
mandments; and he has c promised of God of the things whereof he hath
you that if ye would keep his com- commanded me concerning you.
mandments ye should prosper in the 28 I say unto you that I have
land; and he never doth d vary from caused that ye should assemble
that which he hath said; therefore, yourselves together that I might
18 a Luke 22:26. e tg Dedication. of God.
19 a 1 Chr. 16:8. f Luke 17:10 (7–10); 24 a tg Duty.
tg Thanksgiving. Rom. 3:12. b Prov. 22:4 (4–5);
b tg Kingdom of God, 22 a tg God, the Standard of 2 Ne. 1:20.
in Heaven. Righteousness. 25 a tg Man, Physical
20 a Job 1:21; b Gen. 4:7; Creation of.
Ps. 34:1 (1–3); Lev. 25:18 (18–19); b Jacob 2:21;
D&C 59:21; 62:7; 78:19. Mosiah 1:7; Alma 42:2;
b 1 Sam. 12:24; Alma 50:20 (20–22). Hel. 12:7 (7–8);
1 Ne. 18:16; c 1 Ne. 4:14; Morm. 9:17.
D&C 136:28. Omni 1:6; c 1 Chr. 29:12;
c D&C 63:3. Ether 2:7 (7–12). Mosiah 4:22.
d Neh. 12:43. d tg God, Perfection of. 26 a tg Equal.
21 a Job 22:3 (3–4). e Ps. 19:11 (9–11); 27 a tg Serve;
b Neh. 9:6. 2 Ne. 1:20; Service.
c 2 Ne. 9:26. D&C 14:7; 58:2. b tg Walking with God.
d tg Agency. f tg Commandments c Jacob 1:19.
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rid my garments of your blood, a 
obey that spirit; for if he listeth
at this period of time when I am to obey him, and remaineth and
about to go down to my grave, that dieth in his b sins, the same drin-
I might go down in peace, and my keth c damnation to his own soul;
immortal b spirit may join the c choirs for he receiveth for his wages an
above in singing the praises of a d 
everlasting e punishment, having
just God. transgressed the law of God con-
29 And moreover, I say unto you trary to his own knowledge.
that I have caused that ye should 34 I say unto you, that there are not
assemble yourselves together, that any among you, except it be your
I might declare unto you that I little children that have not been
can no longer be your teacher, nor taught concerning these things, but
your king; what knoweth that ye are eternally
30 For even at this time, my whole a 
indebted to your heavenly Father,
frame doth tremble exceedingly to render to him b all that you have
while attempting to speak unto and are; and also have been taught
you; but the Lord God doth sup- concerning the c records which con-
port me, and hath suffered me that tain the prophecies which have been
I should speak unto you, and hath spoken by the holy prophets, even
commanded me that I should de- down to the time our father, Lehi,
clare unto you this day, that my left Jerusalem;
son Mosiah is a a king and a ruler 35 And also, all that has been
over you. spoken by our fathers until now.
31 And now, my brethren, I would And behold, also, they spake that
that ye should do as ye have hitherto which was commanded them of
done. As ye have kept my command- the Lord; therefore, they are a just
ments, and also the commandments and true.
of my father, and have prospered, 36 And now, I say unto you, my
and have been kept from falling into brethren, that after ye have known
the hands of your enemies, even so and have been taught all these
if ye shall keep the commandments things, if ye should transgress and
of my son, or the commandments of go a contrary to that which has been
God which shall be delivered unto spoken, that ye do b withdraw your-
you by him, ye shall prosper in the selves from the Spirit of the Lord,
land, and your enemies shall have that it may have no place in you to
no power over you. guide you in wisdom’s paths that
32 But, O my people, beware lest ye may be blessed, prospered, and
there shall arise a contentions among preserved—
you, and ye b list to c obey the evil 37 I say unto you, that the man that
spirit, which was spoken of by my doeth this, the same cometh out in
father Mosiah. open a rebellion against God; there-
33 For behold, there is a wo pro- fore he b listeth to obey the evil
nounced upon him who listeth to spirit, and becometh an enemy to
28 a 2 Ne. 9:44; c 2 Ne. 32:8; Alma 33:2.
Jacob 2:2 (2, 16); Mosiah 4:14; 35 a Rom. 7:12;
D&C 61:34. Alma 5:20. Rev. 15:3.
b tg Spirit Body. 33 a tg Agency. 36 a tg Disobedience.
c Morm. 7:7. b tg Accountability. b tg Holy Ghost, Loss of.
30 a Mosiah 1:10; 6:3 (3–4). c tg Damnation. 37 a Mosiah 3:12;
tg Kings, Earthly. d Jacob 6:10; Hel. 8:25 (24–25).
32 a Eph. 4:27 (26–27); D&C 19:11 (10–12). tg Holy Ghost,
3 Ne. 11:29. e tg Punish. Unpardonable Sin
tg Contention. 34 a Philip. 3:8 (7–10). against;
b Alma 3:27 (26–27); tg Debt. Rebellion.
5:42 (41–42); 30:60; b Rom. 12:1 (1–2). b Prov. 19:27;
D&C 29:45. c 1 Ne. 5:14; 1 Ne. 8:34 (33–34).
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all righteousness; therefore, the Lord Chapter 3
has no place in him, for he dwelleth
not in c unholy temples. King Benjamin continues his address—
The Lord Omnipotent will minister
38 Therefore if that man a  re- among men in a tabernacle of clay—
penteth not, and remaineth and di- Blood will come from every pore as He
eth an enemy to God, the demands atones for the sins of the world—His
of divine b justice do awaken his is the only name whereby salvation
immortal soul to a lively sense of comes—Men can put off the natural
his own c guilt, which doth cause man and become Saints through the
him to shrink from the d presence Atonement—The torment of the wicked
of the Lord, and doth fill his breast will be as a lake of fire and brimstone.
with guilt, and e pain, and f anguish, About 124 b.c.
which is like an unquenchable g fire,
whose flame ascendeth up forever And again my brethren, I would call
and ever. your attention, for I have somewhat
39 And now I say unto you, that more to speak unto you; for behold,
mercy hath no claim on that man; I have things to tell you concerning
therefore his final doom is to endure that which is to come.
a never-ending b torment. 2 And the things which I shall tell
40 O, all ye a old men, and also ye you are made known unto me by
young men, and you little children an a angel from God. And he said
who can understand my words, for unto me: b Awake; and I awoke, and
I have spoken plainly unto you that behold he stood before me.
ye might understand, I pray that ye 3 And he said unto me: Awake,
should awake to a b remembrance and hear the words which I shall
of the awful situation of those that tell thee; for behold, I am come to
have fallen into transgression. declare unto you the a glad tidings
41 And moreover, I would desire of great b joy.
that ye should consider on the 4 For the Lord hath heard thy
blessed and a happy state of those prayers, and hath judged of thy
that keep the commandments of a 
righteousness, and hath sent me to
God. For behold, they are b blessed declare unto thee that thou may-
in all things, both temporal and est rejoice; and that thou mayest
spiritual; and if they hold out c faith- declare unto thy people, that they
ful to the end they are received may also be filled with joy.
into d heaven, that thereby they 5 For behold, the time cometh,
may dwell with God in a state of and is not far distant, that with
never-ending happiness. O remem- power, the a Lord b Omnipotent who
ber, remember that these things c 
reigneth, who was, and is from
are true; for the Lord God hath all d eternity to all eternity, shall
spoken it. come down from heaven among the
37 c Alma 7:21; 34:36; 41 a Matt. 11:29 (28–30); b Zech. 4:1 (1–2).
Hel. 4:24. Alma 50:23; 3 a Isa. 52:7 (7–10);
38 a tg Repent. 4 Ne. 1:16 (15–18). Luke 2:10 (10–11);
b tg God, Justice of. tg Happiness; Rom. 10:15;
c Mosiah 27:29 (25–29). Joy. D&C 31:3.
tg Guilt. b Gen. 39:3 (1–6); b tg Joy.
d tg God, Presence of. Ps. 37:25; 4 a tg Righteousness.
e tg Pain. Matt. 6:33; 5 a tg Jesus Christ, Jehovah.
f tg Sorrow. 1 Ne. 17:3 (1–5, 12–14). b Rev. 1:8 (7–8).
g tg Hell. c Ps. 31:23; tg Jesus Christ,
39 a tg Mercy. Ether 4:19; Power of.
b tg Damnation; D&C 6:13; 63:47. c tg Jesus Christ,
Punish. d tg Heaven. Authority of.
40 a tg Old Age. 3 2 a Mosiah 4:1; 5:5. d 2 Ne. 26:12;
b Alma 5:18 (7–18). tg Angels. Mosiah 16:15.
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children of men, and shall dwell in and shall d scourge him, and shall
a e tabernacle of clay, and shall go crucify him.

forth amongst men, working mighty 10 And he shall a rise the b third
miracles, such as healing the sick, day from the dead; and behold, he
raising the dead, causing the lame standeth to c judge the world; and
to walk, the g blind to receive their behold, all these things are done
sight, and the deaf to hear, and cur- that a righteous judgment might
ing all manner of diseases. come upon the children of men.
6 And he shall cast out a devils, or 11 For behold, and also his a blood
the b evil spirits which dwell in the b 
atoneth for the sins of those who
hearts of the children of men. have c fallen by the transgression of
7 And lo, he shall a suffer b temp- Adam, who have died not knowing
tations, and pain of body, c hunger, the d will of God concerning them,
thirst, and fatigue, even more than or who have e ignorantly sinned.
man can d suffer, except it be unto 12 But wo, wo unto him who
death; for behold, e blood cometh knoweth that he a rebelleth against
from every pore, so great shall be God! For salvation cometh to none
his f anguish for the wickedness and such except it be through repen-
the abominations of his people. tance and faith on the b Lord Jesus
8 And he shall be called a Jesus Christ.
Christ, the c Son of God, the d Father 13 And the Lord God hath sent his
of heaven and earth, the e Creator of holy a prophets among all the chil-
all things from the beginning; and dren of men, to declare these things
his f mother shall be called Mary. to every kindred, nation, and tongue,
9 And lo, he cometh unto his own, that thereby whosoever should be-
that a salvation might come unto lieve that Christ should come, the
the children of men even through same might receive b remission of
faith on his name; and even after their sins, and rejoice with exceed-
all this they shall consider him a ingly great joy, even c as though
man, and say that he hath a c devil, he had already come among them.
5 e Mosiah 7:27; 15:2 (1–7); Jesus Christ, Prophecies Resurrection.
Alma 7:9 (9–13). about. b 2 Ne. 25:13;
f Matt. 4:24 (23–24); 9:35; b tg Jesus Christ, Messiah. Hel. 14:20 (20–27).
Acts 2:22; c Mosiah 15:3; c tg Jesus Christ, Judge.
1 Ne. 11:31. Alma 7:10; 11 a tg Blood, Symbolism of.
tg Death, Power over; 3 Ne. 1:14. b tg Jesus Christ,
Heal; d Mosiah 15:4; Redeemer;
Miracle. Hel. 14:12; Redemption.
g Matt. 9:28 (28–31); 3 Ne. 9:15; c tg Fall of Man.
20:30 (30–34); Ether 4:7. d tg God, Will of.
John 9:1 (1–4); e tg Jesus Christ, Creator. e Lev. 4:13 (13–35);
3 Ne. 17:9 (7–10); f Matt. 1:16; Num. 15:27 (2–29);
D&C 84:69. 1 Ne. 11:18 (14–21). 2 Ne. 9:26 (25–26);
6 a Mark 1:34 (32–34); 9 a tg Jesus Christ, Alma 9:16 (15–16); 42:21;
1 Ne. 11:31. Mission of. 3 Ne. 6:18.
b tg Spirits, Evil or b tg Faith. tg Accountability;
Unclean. c Luke 11:15 (14–22); Ignorance.
7 a Luke 12:50. John 8:48; 12:37; 12 a Mosiah 2:37 (36–38);
tg Suffering. Hel. 13:26 (26–27). Hel. 8:25 (24–25).
b tg Jesus Christ, d Luke 18:33; tg Rebellion.
Temptation of; 1 Ne. 11:33; b tg Jesus Christ, Lord.
Temptation. 2 Ne. 10:3. 13 a tg Prophets, Mission of.
c Matt. 4:2 (1–2). e 1 Ne. 19:10 (10, 13); b tg Remission of Sins.
d D&C 19:16 (15–18). 2 Ne. 6:9; c 2 Ne. 25:26 (24–27);
e Matt. 26:39 (38–39); 3 Ne. 11:14 (14–15, 33). Jarom 1:11;
Luke 22:44. tg Jesus Christ, Mosiah 16:6.
f Isa. 53:4 (4–5). Crucifixion of.
8 a tg Foreordination; 10 a tg Jesus Christ,
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14 Yet the Lord God saw that his come as little children, and be-
people were a a stiffnecked people, lieve that c salvation was, and is,
and he appointed unto them a b law, and is to come, in and through the
even the c law of Moses. d 
atoning blood of Christ, the Lord
15 And many signs, and wonders, Omnipotent.
and a types, and shadows showed he 19 For the a natural b man is an
unto them, concerning his coming; c 
enemy to God, and has been from
and also holy prophets spake unto the d fall of Adam, and will be, for-
them concerning his coming; and ever and ever, unless he e yields to
yet they b hardened their hearts, the enticings of the f  Holy Spirit,
and understood not that the c law and g putteth off the h natural man
of Moses availeth nothing d except and becometh a i saint through the
it were through the e atonement of atonement of Christ the Lord, and
his blood. becometh as a j child, k submissive,
16 And even if it were possible meek, humble, patient, full of love,
that little a children could sin they willing to submit to all things which
could not be saved; but I say unto the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon
you they are b blessed; for behold, him, even as a child doth submit
as in Adam, or by nature, they fall, to his father.
even so the blood of Christ c atoneth 20 And moreover, I say unto you,
for their sins. that the time shall come when the
17 And moreover, I say unto you, a 
knowledge of a b Savior shall spread
that there shall be a no other name throughout c every nation, kindred,
given nor any other way nor means tongue, and people.
whereby b salvation can come unto 21 And behold, when that time
the children of men, only in and cometh, none shall be found a blame-
through the name of Christ, the less before God, except it be little
Lord Omnipotent. children, only through repentance
18 For behold he judgeth, and and faith on the name of the Lord
his judgment is just; and the in- God Omnipotent.
fant perisheth not that dieth in 22 And even at this time, when
his infancy; but men drink a dam- thou shalt have taught thy people
nation to their own souls except the things which the Lord thy God
they humble themselves and b be- hath commanded thee, even then
14 a 2 Ne. 25:28; Alma 9:31. tg Jesus Christ, tg Enemies.
tg Stiffnecked. Atonement through. d tg Fall of Man.
b Josh. 1:8; 17 a Acts 4:12 (10–12); e 2 Chr. 30:8;
Mosiah 13:29 (29–32); 2 Ne. 31:21; Rom. 6:13 (12–14).
Alma 25:15 (15–16); Mosiah 4:8 (7–8); f Rom. 8:4 (1–9).
D&C 41:5 (4–5). 3 Ne. 9:17. tg Guidance, Divine.
c tg Law of Moses. b Matt. 7:14 (13–14). g Alma 19:6.
15 a tg Jesus Christ, Types tg Jesus Christ, Savior; h Col. 3:9; D&C 67:12.
of, in Anticipation; Salvation, Plan of. i Luke 22:32 (31–38).
Passover; Symbolism. c tg Jesus Christ, Lord. tg Man, New, Spiritually
b tg Hardheartedness. 18 a 1 Cor. 11:29. Reborn; Saints;
c Heb. 10:1; b Matt. 18:3. Spirituality.
Mosiah 12:31; c tg Salvation. j Matt. 18:3;
13:28 (27–32); d Mosiah 4:2; Hel. 5:9. 1 Pet. 2:2 (1–3);
Alma 25:16. 19 a Gen. 8:21; 3 Ne. 9:22.
d 2 Ne. 11:6. 1 Cor. 2:14 (11–14); k tg Self-Mastery;
e Lev. 4:20; 2 Pet. 2:12; Mosiah 16:3; Submissiveness.
Matt. 26:54 (51–56). Alma 41:11; Ether 3:2. 20 a D&C 3:16.
16 a tg Conceived in Sin. tg Man, Natural, Not b tg Jesus Christ, Savior.
b tg Salvation of Little Spiritually Reborn; c Mosiah 16:1.
Children. Worldliness. tg Missionary Work.
c Moro. 8:8 (8–9); b tg Mortality. 21 a Col. 1:22; D&C 4:2.
Moses 6:54 (54–56). c James 4:4. tg Accountability.
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are they found no more blameless a remission of your sins through faith-
in the sight of God, only according fulness—Impart of your substance to
to the words which I have spoken the poor—Do all things in wisdom and
unto thee. order. About 124 b.c.
23 And now I have spoken the
words which the Lord God hath And now, it came to pass that when
king Benjamin had made an end
commanded me. of speaking the words which had
24 And thus saith the Lord: They been delivered unto him by the
shall stand as a bright testimony a 
angel of the Lord, that he cast his
against this people, at the judgment eyes round about on the multitude,
day; whereof they shall be judged, and behold they had b fallen to the
every man according to his a works, earth, for the c fear of the Lord had
whether they be good, or whether
they be evil. come upon them.
25 And if they be evil they are 2 And they had a viewed themselves
in their own b carnal state, even c less
consigned to an awful a view of their than the dust of the earth. And they
own guilt and abominations, which all cried aloud with one voice, say-
doth cause them to shrink from the ing: O have mercy, and apply the
presence of the Lord into a state of atoning blood of Christ that we may
misery and c endless torment, from receive forgiveness of our sins, and
whence they can no more return; our hearts may be e purified; for we
therefore they have drunk damna- believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of
tion to their own souls. God, who f created heaven and earth,
26 Therefore, they have drunk out and all things; who shall come down
of the a cup of the wrath of God,
which justice could no more deny among the children of men.
unto them than it could deny that 3 And it came to pass that af-
Adam should fall because of his
b  ter they had spoken these words
partaking of the forbidden c fruit; the Spirit of the Lord came upon
therefore, d mercy could have claim them, and they were filled with
on them no more forever. joy, having received a a remission
of their sins, and having peace of
27 And their a torment is as a b lake b 
conscience, because of the exceed-
of fire and brimstone, whose flames
are unquenchable, and whose smoke ing c faith which they had in Jesus
ascendeth up c forever and ever. Christ who should come, according
Thus hath the Lord commanded to the d words which king Benjamin
had spoken unto them.
me. Amen. 4 And king Benjamin again opened
his mouth and began to speak
Chapter 4 unto them, saying: My friends and
King Benjamin continues his address— my brethren, my kindred and my
Salvation comes because of the Atonement people, I would again call your
—Believe in God to be saved—Retain attention, that ye may hear and
24 a tg Good Works. Alma 12:22 (21–23). tg Reverence.
25 a 2 Ne. 9:14, 46; d tg Mercy. 2 a tg Poor in Spirit.
Alma 5:18; 11:43; 27 a tg Hell. b Neh. 9:1 (1–3).
12:15 (14–15). b 2 Ne. 9:16; tg Carnal Mind.
b Rom. 3:16; Jacob 6:10; c Gen. 18:27.
Morm. 8:38. Alma 12:17; d Mosiah 3:18;
c tg Punish. D&C 76:36. Hel. 5:9.
26 a Ps. 75:8; c Mosiah 5:5. e tg Purification.
Jer. 25:15; 4 1 a 1 Chr. 21:18; f tg Jesus Christ, Creator.
Lam. 4:21. Mosiah 3:2. 3 a tg Remission of Sins.
b Morm. 9:12; b Neh. 8:9; b tg Conscience.
Moro. 8:8. Alma 19:17. c tg Faith.
c Gen. 3:6; c Jer. 36:16; d Neh. 8:12.
2 Ne. 2:15 (15–19); Heb. 12:28.
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understand the remainder of my believe that man doth not d compre-
words which I shall speak unto you. hend all the things which the Lord
5 For behold, if the knowledge of can comprehend.
the goodness of God at this time has 10 And again, believe that ye must
awakened you to a sense of your a 
repent of your sins and forsake
nothingness, and your worthless them, and humble yourselves be-
and fallen state— fore God; and ask in b sincerity of
6 I say unto you, if ye have come heart that he would c forgive you;
to a a knowledge of the goodness of and now, if you d believe all these
God, and his matchless power, and things see that ye e do them.
his wisdom, and his patience, and his 11 And again I say unto you as I
long-suffering towards the children have said before, that as ye have
of men; and also, the b atonement come to the knowledge of the glory
which has been prepared from the of God, or if ye have known of his
foundation of the world, that thereby
goodness and have a tasted of his
salvation might come to him that love, and have received a b remis-
should put his d trust in the Lord, sion of your sins, which causeth
and should be diligent in keeping his such exceedingly great joy in your
commandments, and continue in the souls, even so I would that ye should
faith even unto the end of his life, I remember, and always retain in re-
mean the life of the mortal body— membrance, the greatness of God,
7 I say, that this is the man who and your own c nothingness, and
receiveth salvation, through the his d goodness and long-suffering
atonement which was prepared towards you, unworthy creatures,
from the foundation of the world for and humble yourselves even in the
all mankind, which ever were since depths of e humility, f calling on the
the a fall of Adam, or who are, or who name of the Lord daily, and stand-
ever shall be, even unto the end of ing g steadfastly in the faith of that
the world. which is to come, which was spoken
8 And this is the means whereby by the mouth of the angel.
salvation cometh. And there is a none 12 And behold, I say unto you that
other salvation save this which hath if ye do this ye shall always rejoice,
been spoken of; neither are there and be filled with the a love of God,
any conditions whereby man can be and always b retain a remission of
saved except the conditions which your sins; and ye shall grow in the
I have told you. c 
knowledge of the glory of him that
9 Believe in a God; believe that he created you, or in the knowledge of
is, and that he b created all things, that which is just and true.
both in heaven and in earth; believe 13 And ye will not have a a mind
that he has all c wisdom, and all to injure one another, but to live
power, both in heaven and in earth; b 
peaceably, and to render to every
5 a Moses 1:10. c Rom. 11:34 (33–36); d Ex. 34:6 (5–7);
6 a tg God, Knowledge Jacob 4:8 (8–13). Moro. 8:3.
about; God, Perfection of. tg God, Perfection of. e tg Humility.
b tg Jesus Christ, d Isa. 55:9. f tg Prayer.
Atonement through. 10 a tg Repent. g tg Steadfastness.
c Mosiah 15:19; 18:13. b tg Sincere. 12 a tg God, Love of.
d Ps. 36:7 (7–8); c Ps. 41:4; D&C 61:2. b Mosiah 4:26;
2 Ne. 22:2; Hel. 12:1. d Matt. 7:24 (24–27); Alma 4:14 (13–14);
tg Trust in God. Acts 16:31 (30–31). 5:26 (26–35);
7 a tg Fall of Man. e 2 Ne. 31:19 (19–21). D&C 20:32 (31–34).
8 a Acts 4:12; 2 Ne. 31:21; 11 a Ps. 34:8; c tg God, Knowledge
Mosiah 3:17. Alma 36:24 (24–26). about.
9 a Deut. 4:39. b tg Remission of Sins. 13 a tg Man, New,
b tg God, Creator; c Rom. 5:8 (6–8); Spiritually Reborn.
Jesus Christ, Creator. Moses 1:10. b tg Peacemakers.
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man according to that which is and for silver, and for all the riches
his due. which we have of every kind?
14 And ye will not suffer your 20 And behold, even at this time,
children that they go hungry, or ye have been calling on his name,
naked; neither will ye b suffer that and begging for a a remission of your
they transgress the laws of God, and sins. And has he suffered that ye
fight and c quarrel one with another, have begged in vain? Nay; he has
and serve the devil, who is the mas- poured out his b Spirit upon you, and
ter of sin, or who is the d evil spirit has caused that your hearts should
which hath been spoken of by our be filled with c joy, and has caused
fathers, he being an enemy to all that your mouths should be stopped
righteousness. that ye could not find utterance,
15 But ye will a teach them to b walk so exceedingly great was your joy.
in the ways of truth and c soberness; 21 And now, if God, who has cre-
ye will teach them to d love one an- ated you, on whom you are depen-
other, and to serve one another. dent for your lives and for all that
16 And also, ye yourselves will ye have and are, doth grant unto
succor those that stand in need of you whatsoever ye ask that is right,
your succor; ye will administer in faith, believing that ye shall re-
of your substance unto him that ceive, O then, how ye ought to a im-
standeth in need; and ye will not part of the substance that ye have
suffer that the b beggar putteth up one to another.
his petition to you in vain, and turn 22 And if ye a judge the man who
him out to perish. putteth up his petition to you for
17 Perhaps thou shalt a say: The your substance that he perish not,
man has brought upon himself his and condemn him, how much more
misery; therefore I will stay my just will be your b condemnation for
hand, and will not give unto him withholding your substance, which
of my food, nor impart unto him of doth not belong to you but to God,
my substance that he may not suf- to whom also your life c belongeth;
fer, for his punishments are just— and yet ye put up no petition, nor
18 But I say unto you, O man, repent of the thing which thou
whosoever doeth this the same hath hast done.
great cause to repent; and except 23 I say unto you, wo be unto that
he repenteth of that which he hath man, for his substance shall perish
done he perisheth forever, and hath with him; and now, I say these things
no interest in the kingdom of God. unto those who are a rich as per-
19 For behold, are we not all a beg- taining to the things of this world.
gars? Do we not all depend upon 24 And again, I say unto the poor,
the same Being, even God, for all ye who have not and yet have suf-
the substance which we have, for ficient, that ye remain from day
both food and raiment, and for gold, to day; I mean all you who deny
14 a 1 Tim. 5:8; d 1 Sam. 18:1; 20 a Rom. 2:4 (1–4).
D&C 83:4. Mosiah 18:21. b tg God, Spirit of.
tg Marriage, tg Family, Love within. c tg Joy.
Fatherhood. 16 a Prov. 19:17. 21 a Dan. 4:27.
b Prov. 13:24. tg Charity; tg Generosity;
c tg Contention. Service; Welfare.
d 2 Ne. 32:8; Welfare. 22 a Matt. 7:2 (1–2);
Mosiah 2:32. b Prov. 21:13; John 7:24.
15 a Mosiah 1:2; Isa. 10:2; b 1 Jn. 3:17.
Moses 6:58 (58–63). Luke 3:11; c Mosiah 2:25.
tg Family, Children, D&C 38:16. 23 a Luke 21:1 (1–4);
Responsibilities toward. 17 a Prov. 17:5. D&C 56:16.
b tg Walking with God. 19 a Prov. 22:2;
c tg Sincere. 1 Cor. 4:7.
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the beggar, because ye have not; I 30 But this much I can tell you, that
would that ye say in your hearts if ye do not a watch yourselves, and
that: I a give not because I b have not, your b thoughts, and your c words,
but if I had I would c give. and your deeds, and observe the com-
25 And now, if ye say this in your mandments of God, and d continue
hearts ye remain guiltless, other- in the faith of what ye have heard
wise ye are a condemned; and your concerning the coming of our Lord,
condemnation is just for ye covet even unto the end of your lives,
that which ye have not received. ye must perish. And now, O man,
26 And now, for the sake of these remember, and perish not.
things which I have spoken unto
you—that is, for the sake of retain- Chapter 5
ing a remission of your sins from The Saints become the sons and daugh-
day to day, that ye may a walk guilt- ters of Christ through faith—They are
less before God—I would that ye then called by the name of Christ—King
should b impart of your substance Benjamin exhorts them to be steadfast
to the c poor, every man accord-
ing to that which he hath, such as and immovable in good works. About
124 b.c.
feeding the hungry, clothing the
naked, visiting the sick and admin- And now, it came to pass that when
istering to their relief, both spiri- king Benjamin had thus spoken to
tually and temporally, according to his people, he sent among them,
their wants. desiring to know of his people if
27 And see that all these things are they a believed the words which he
done in wisdom and a order; for it had spoken unto them.
is not requisite that a man should 2 And they all cried with one voice,
run b faster than he has strength. saying: Yea, we believe all the words
And again, it is expedient that he which thou hast spoken unto us;
should be diligent, that thereby he and also, we know of their surety
might win the prize; therefore, all and truth, because of the Spirit of
things must be done in order. the Lord Omnipotent, which has
28 And I would that ye should wrought a mighty a change in us,
remember, that whosoever among or in our hearts, that we have no
you a borroweth of his neighbor more disposition to do b evil, but to
should return the thing that he do good continually.
borroweth, according as he doth 3 And we, ourselves, also, through
agree, or else thou shalt commit the infinite a goodness of God, and
sin; and perhaps thou shalt cause the manifestations of his Spirit,
thy neighbor to commit sin also. have great views of that which is
29 And finally, I cannot tell you all to come; and were it expedient, we
the things whereby ye may commit could prophesy of all things.
sin; for there are divers ways and 4 And it is the faith which we have
means, even so many that I cannot had on the things which our king
number them. has spoken unto us that has brought
24 a
Deut. 16:17. d Isa. 58:10 (9–11); b Matt. 5:28 (27–28);
b Acts 3:6 (5–7). Alma 4:12 (12–13); Mark 7:23 (15–23).
c Mark 12:44. 3 Ne. 12:42. c Matt. 15:18 (18–20).
25 a
D&C 56:17. 27 a tg Order. tg Gossip.
26 a
tg Walking with God. b Eccl. 9:11; d tg Steadfastness.
b Jacob 2:19 (17–19); Alma 1:26; 5 1 a 1 Ne. 11:4 (1–5).
Mosiah 21:17; D&C 10:4. 2 a Rom. 8:2 (1–4);
Alma 35:9. 28 a tg Borrow; Debt; Alma 5:14; 13:12.
c Job 29:12; Honesty. tg Man, New, Spiritually
Zech. 7:10; 30 a Deut. 4:9; Reborn.
Luke 18:22; Alma 1:27. Alma 12:14. b Alma 19:33.
tg Almsgiving. tg Watch. 3 a Ex. 34:6 (5–7).
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us to this great knowledge, whereby shall know the name by which he
we do rejoice with such exceedingly is called; for he shall be called by
great joy. the name of Christ.
5 And we are willing to enter into 10 And now it shall come to pass,
a a covenant with our God to do his that whosoever shall not take upon
will, and to be obedient to his com- him the name of Christ must be
mandments in all things that he called by some a other name; there-
shall command us, all the remainder fore, he findeth himself on the b left
of our days, that we may not bring hand of God.
upon ourselves a b never-ending 11 And I would that ye should re-
torment, as has been spoken by the member also, that this is the a name
angel, that we may not drink out that I said I should give unto you
of the cup of the wrath of God. that never should be blotted out,
6 And now, these are the words except it be through transgression;
which king Benjamin desired of therefore, take heed that ye do not
them; and therefore he said unto transgress, that the name be not
them: Ye have spoken the words blotted out of your hearts.
that I desired; and the covenant 12 I say unto you, I would that
which ye have made is a righteous ye should remember to a retain the
covenant. name written always in your hearts,
7 And now, because of the cov- that ye are not found on the left
enant which ye have made ye shall hand of God, but that ye hear and
be called the a children of Christ, know the voice by which ye shall
his sons, and his daughters; for be- be called, and also, the name by
hold, this day he hath spiritually which he shall call you.
begotten you; for ye say that your 13 For how a knoweth a man the
hearts are b changed through faith master whom he has not served,
on his name; therefore, ye are c born and who is a stranger unto him,
of him and have become his d sons and is far from the thoughts and
and his daughters. intents of his heart?
8 And under this head ye are made 14 And again, doth a man take an
free, and there is b no other head ass which belongeth to his neigh-
whereby ye can be made free. There bor, and keep him? I say unto you,
is no other c name given whereby Nay; he will not even suffer that he
salvation cometh; therefore, I would shall feed among his flocks, but will
that ye should d take upon you the drive him away, and cast him out.
name of Christ, all you that have I say unto you, that even so shall it
entered into the covenant with God be among you if ye know not the
that ye should be obedient unto the name by which ye are called.
end of your lives. 15 Therefore, I would that ye should
9 And it shall come to pass that be steadfast and immovable, always
whosoever doeth this shall be found abounding in a good works, that
at the right hand of God, for he Christ, the b Lord God Omnipotent,
5 a 2 Chr. 15:12 (12–15); tg Man, New, Spiritually 10 a Alma 5:39 (38–42).
Neh. 10:29; Reborn. b Matt. 25:33.
Mosiah 6:3. d Matt. 12:49 (49–50); 11 a Mosiah 1:11 (11–12).
tg Commitment. D&C 11:30. tg Jesus Christ, Taking
b Mosiah 3:27 (25–27). 8 a Rom. 6:18 (14–22); the Name of.
c Mosiah 3:2. 1 Cor. 7:22; 12 a Num. 6:27;
7 a 1 Jn. 2:12; Gal. 5:1; D&C 88:86. Ps. 119:55;
Mosiah 15:2; b Acts 4:12; D&C 18:25.
27:25 (24–26); Mosiah 4:8; Alma 21:9. 13 a Jer. 4:22;
Moses 6:68 (64–68). c Gal. 3:27; Mosiah 26:25 (24–27).
b tg Sanctification. Mosiah 1:11; 26:18. 15 a tg Good Works.
c John 1:13 (12–13); d Acts 11:26; b tg Jesus Christ, Jehovah;
Mosiah 15:10. Alma 46:15. Jesus Christ, Lord.
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may c seal you his, that you may be years from the a time that Lehi left
brought to heaven, that ye may have Jerusalem.
everlasting salvation and eternal 5 And king Benjamin lived three
life, through the wisdom, and power, years and he died.
and justice, and mercy of him who 6 And it came to pass that king
created all things, in heaven and Mosiah did a walk in the ways of the
in earth, who is God above all. Lord, and did observe his judgments
Amen. and his statutes, and did keep his
commandments in all things what-
Chapter 6 soever he commanded him.
7 And king Mosiah did cause his
King Benjamin records the names of people that they should till the
the people and appoints priests to teach earth. And he also, himself, did till
them—Mosiah reigns as a righteous the earth, that thereby he might a not
king. About 124–121 b.c. become burdensome to his people,
And now, king Benjamin thought that he might do according to that
it was expedient, after having fin- which his father had done in all
ished speaking to the people, that things. And there was no conten-
he should a take the names of all tion among all his people for the
those who had entered into a cov- space of three years.
enant with God to keep his com-
mandments. Chapter 7
2 And it came to pass that there Ammon finds the land of Lehi-Nephi,
was not one soul, except it were little where Limhi is king—Limhi’s people are
children, but who had entered into in bondage to the Lamanites—Limhi
the covenant and had taken upon recounts their history—A prophet (Abin-
them the name of Christ. adi) had testified that Christ is the God
3 And again, it came to pass that and Father of all things—Those who
when king Benjamin had made an sow filthiness reap the whirlwind, and
end of all these things, and had those who put their trust in the Lord
consecrated his son a Mosiah to be will be delivered. About 121 b.c.
a ruler and a king over his people,
and had given him all the charges And now, it came to pass that af-
concerning the kingdom, and also ter king Mosiah had had continual
had b appointed c priests to d teach peace for the space of three years,
the people, that thereby they might he was desirous to know concerning
hear and know the commandments the people who a went up to dwell
of God, and to stir them up in re- in the land of b Lehi-Nephi, or in
membrance of the e oath which they the city of Lehi-Nephi; for his peo-
had made, he dismissed the multi- ple had heard nothing from them
tude, and they returned, every one, from the time they left the land of
according to their f families, to their c 
Zarahemla; therefore, they wearied
own houses. him with their teasings.
4 And Mosiah began to reign in 2 And it came to pass that king
his father’s stead. And he began to Mosiah granted that sixteen of their
reign in the thirtieth year of his strong men might go up to the land
age, making in the whole, about of Lehi-Nephi, to inquire concern-
four hundred and seventy-six ing their brethren.
15 c tg Election. Ordination. 4 a 1 Ne. 1:4; 2:4.
d Col. 1:16; c Mosiah 29:42. 6 a tg Walking with God.
Mosiah 4:2; d Alma 4:7. 7 a 2 Cor. 11:9.
Alma 11:39. e Mosiah 5:5 (5–7). 7 1 a
Omni 1:27 (27–30).
6 1 a D&C 128:8. f Num. 1:2; b 2 Ne. 5:8;
3 a Mosiah 1:10; 2:30. Ether 1:41; Mosiah 9:6.
b tg Priesthood, D&C 48:6. c Omni 1:13.
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3 And it came to pass that on the 10 And now, a I desire to know the
morrow they started to go up, hav- cause whereby ye were so bold as
ing with them one a Ammon, he be- to come near the walls of the city,
ing a strong and mighty man, and when I, myself, was with my guards
a b descendant of Zarahemla; and without the b gate?
he was also their leader. 11 And now, for this cause have
4 And now, they knew not the I suffered that ye should be pre-
course they should travel in the served, that I might inquire of you,
wilderness to go up to the land of or else I should have caused that
Lehi-Nephi; therefore they wan- my guards should have put you to
dered many days in the wilderness, death. Ye are permitted to speak.
even a forty days did they wander. 12 And now, when Ammon saw
5 And when they had wandered that he was permitted to speak,
forty days they came to a a hill, which he went forth and a bowed himself
is north of the land of b Shilom, and before the king; and rising again
there they pitched their tents. he said: O king, I am very thankful
6 And a Ammon took three of his before God this day that I am yet
brethren, and their names were alive, and am permitted to speak;
Amaleki, Helem, and Hem, and and I will endeavor to speak with
they went down into the land of boldness;
Nephi. 13 For I am assured that if ye had
7 And behold, they met the king of known me ye would not have suf-
the people who were in the land of fered that I should have worn these
Nephi, and in the land of a Shilom; bands. For I am Ammon, and am
and they were surrounded by the a a descendant of Zarahemla, and
king’s guard, and were b taken, and have come up out of the b land of
were c bound, and were committed Zarahemla to inquire concerning
to d prison. our brethren, whom c Zeniff brought
8 And it came to pass when they up out of that land.
had been in prison two days they 14 And now, it came to pass that
were again brought before the king, after Limhi had heard the words of
and their bands were loosed; and Ammon, he was exceedingly a glad,
they stood before the king, and were and said: Now, I know of a surety
permitted, or rather a commanded, that my brethren who were in the
that they should answer the ques- land of Zarahemla are b yet alive.
tions which he should ask them. And now, I will rejoice; and on the
9 And he said unto them: Behold, morrow I will cause that my people
I am a Limhi, the son of Noah, who shall rejoice also.
was the son of Zeniff, who came 15 For behold, we are in bondage
up out of the b land of Zarahemla to the Lamanites, and are a taxed
to inherit this land, which was with a tax which is grievous to
the land of their fathers, who was be borne. And now, behold, our
made a c king by the d voice of the brethren will deliver us out of our
people. b 
bondage, or out of the hands of the
3 a Mosiah 8:2. 28:1 (1, 5); 10 a Mosiah 21:23 (23–24).
b Omni 1:14. Alma 50:8 (8, 11). b Josh. 20:4.
4 a Num. 13:25 (17–25). 7 a Mosiah 22:8. 12 a Alma 47:22 (22–23).
5 a Mosiah 11:13. b Mosiah 21:21. 13 a Omni 1:14.
b Mosiah 9:14 (6, 8, 14); c Alma 17:20. b Omni 1:13.
11:12 (12–13); 22:11 (8, 11); d Mosiah 21:23 (22–24). c Mosiah 8:2; 9:1.
Alma 23:12. 8 a Alma 14:19. 14 a Mosiah 21:24.
6 a Mosiah 21:22, 26. 9 a Mosiah 11:1; 19:16. b Mosiah 21:25 (25–26).
b 2 Ne. 5:8; b Omni 1:13. 15 a Mosiah 19:15.
Omni 1:12 (12, 27); c tg Kings, Earthly. b tg Bondage, Physical.
Mosiah 9:1 (1, 3–4, 14); d Mosiah 19:26.
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Lamanites, and we will be their 20 And again, that same God has
slaves; for it is better that we be brought our fathers a out of the land
slaves to the Nephites than to pay of Jerusalem, and has kept and pre-
tribute to the king of the Lamanites. served his people even until now;
16 And now, king Limhi command- and behold, it is b because of our in-
ed his guards that they should no iquities and abominations that he
more bind Ammon nor his brethren, has brought us into bondage.
but caused that they should go to 21 And ye all are witnesses this
the hill which was north of Shilom, day, that Zeniff, who was made king
and bring their brethren into the over this people, he being a over-
city, that thereby they might eat, zealous to inherit the land of his
and drink, and rest themselves from fathers, therefore being deceived by
the labors of their journey; for they the cunning and craftiness of king
had suffered many things; they had Laman, who having entered into a
suffered hunger, thirst, and fatigue. treaty with king Zeniff, and having
17 And now, it came to pass on yielded up into his hands the posses­
the morrow that king Limhi sent a sions of a part of the land, or even
proclamation among all his people, the city of Lehi-Nephi, and the
that thereby they might gather city of Shilom; and the land round
themselves together to the a temple, about—
to hear the words which he should 22 And all this he did, for the sole
speak unto them. purpose of a bringing this people into
18 And it came to pass that when subjection or into bondage. And be-
they had gathered themselves to- hold, we at this time do pay b tribute
gether that he a spake unto them in to the king of the Lamanites, to the
this wise, saying: O ye, my people, amount of one half of our corn, and
lift up your heads and be comforted; our barley, and even all our grain
for behold, the time is at hand, or of every kind, and one half of the
is not far distant, when we shall no increase of our flocks and our herds;
longer be in subjection to our en- and even one half of all we have or
emies, notwithstanding our many possess the king of the Lamanites
strugglings, which have been in doth exact of us, or our lives.
vain; yet I trust there b remaineth 23 And now, is not this grievous
an effectual struggle to be made. to be borne? And is not this, our
19 Therefore, lift up your heads, affliction, great? Now behold, how
and rejoice, and put your a trust in great reason we have to a mourn.
God, in that God who was the God 24 Yea, I say unto you, great are the
of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; reasons which we have to a mourn;
and also, that God who c brought the for behold how many of our breth-
children of d Israel out of the land ren have been slain, and their blood
of Egypt, and caused that they has been spilt in vain, and all be-
should walk through the e Red Sea cause of iniquity.
on dry ground, and fed them with 25 For if this people had not fallen
manna that they might not perish into transgression the Lord would
in the wilderness; and many more not have suffered that this great evil
things did he do for them. should come upon them. But behold,
15 c
tg Slavery. Mosiah 12:34; 1 Ne. 17:28.
17 a
2 Ne. 5:16. Alma 36:28. 20 a 1 Ne. 2:2 (1–4).
18 a
Mosiah 8:1. d tg Israel, Origins of. b Deut. 28:15 (1–2, 15–68).
b Mosiah 22:1 (1–16). e Josh. 2:10; 21 a Mosiah 9:3 (1–3).
19 a
tg Trust in God. 1 Ne. 4:2; 17:26. 22 a Mosiah 9:10; 10:18.
b Ex. 3:6 (2–10); f Ex. 16:15, 35; b tg Tribute.
1 Ne. 19:10; Num. 11:7 (7–8); 23 a Prov. 29:2.
D&C 136:21. Josh. 5:12; 24 a Ezek. 24:23;
c Ex. 12:51; 1 Ne. 17:40; John 6:49; Hel. 9:22.
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they would not hearken unto his people shall sow filthiness they
words; but there arose contentions shall reap the a east wind, which
among them, even so much that they bringeth immediate destruction.
did shed blood among themselves. 32 And now, behold, the promise
26 And a a prophet of the Lord have of the Lord is fulfilled, and ye are
they b slain; yea, a chosen man of God, smitten and afflicted.
who told them of their wickedness 33 But if ye will a turn to the Lord
and abominations, and prophesied with full purpose of heart, and put
of many things which are to come, your trust in him, and serve him
yea, even the coming of Christ. with all b diligence of mind, if ye do
27 And because he said unto them this, he will, according to his own
that Christ was the a God, the Father will and pleasure, deliver you out
of all things, and said that he should of bondage.
take upon him the b image of man,
and it should be the c image after Chapter 8
which man was created in the be- Ammon teaches the people of Limhi—
ginning; or in other words, he said He learns of the twenty-four Jaredite
that man was created after the im- plates—Ancient records can be trans-
age of d God, and that God should lated by seers—No gift is greater than
come down among the children of
men, and take upon him flesh and seership. About 121 b.c.
blood, and go forth upon the face And it came to pass that after king
of the earth— Limhi had made an end of a speak-
28 And now, because he said this, ing to his people, for he spake many
they did a put him to death; and things unto them and only a few of
many more things did they do them have I written in this book, he
which brought down the wrath of told his people all the things con-
God upon them. Therefore, who cerning their brethren who were
wondereth that they are in bond- in the land of Zarahemla.
age, and that they are smitten with 2 And he caused that Ammon
sore afflictions? should stand up before the multi-
29 For behold, the Lord hath said: tude, and rehearse unto them all
I will not a succor my people in the that had happened unto their breth-
day of their transgression; but I ren from the time that a Zeniff went
will hedge up their ways that they up out of the land even until the
prosper not; and their doings shall time that he b himself came up out
be as a b stumbling block before of the land.
them. 3 And he also rehearsed unto them
30 And again, he saith: If my people the last words which king Benjamin
shall sow a filthiness they shall b reap had a taught them, and explained
the c chaff thereof in the whirlwind; them to the people of king Limhi,
and the effect thereof is poison. so that they might understand all
31 And again he saith: If my the words which he spake.
26 a Mosiah 17:20 (12–20). 28 a Mosiah 17:13. Jer. 18:17;
b tg Prophets, 29 a Josh. 24:20; Ezek. 27:26;
Rejection of. 1 Sam. 12:15; Jonah 4:8;
27 a Isa. 9:6; 2 Chr. 24:20. Mosiah 12:6.
2 Ne. 26:12; b Jer. 6:21. 33 a Deut. 30:10;
Mosiah 27:31 (30–31). 30 a tg Filthiness. Lam. 5:21;
b tg God, Body of, b Hosea 8:7; Morm. 9:6;
Corporeal Nature. Gal. 6:8 (7–8); D&C 98:47.
c Gen. 1:26 (26–28); D&C 6:33. b tg Diligence.
Ether 3:15 (14–17); tg Harvest. 8 1 a Mosiah 7:18 (18–33).
D&C 20:18 (17–18). c Luke 3:17; 2 a Mosiah 7:13.
d Mosiah 13:34; 15:2 (1–7); 2 Ne. 15:24. b Mosiah 7:3.
Alma 7:9 (9–13). 31 a Gen. 41:23; 3 a Mosiah 2:9.
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4 And it came to pass that after he large, and they are of b brass and
had done all this, that king Limhi of copper, and are perfectly sound.
dismissed the multitude, and caused 11 And again, they have brought
that they should return every one swords, the hilts thereof have per-
unto his own house. ished, and the blades thereof were
5 And it came to pass that he caused cankered with rust; and there is no
that the a plates which contained the one in the land that is able to inter-
record of his people from the time pret the language or the engravings
that they left the c land of Zara­ that are on the plates. Therefore I
hemla, should be brought before said unto thee: Canst thou translate?
Ammon, that he might read them. 12 And I say unto thee again:
6 Now, as soon as Ammon had Knowest thou of any one that can
read the record, the king inquired translate? For I am desirous that
of him to know if he could a inter- these records should be translated
pret languages, and Ammon told into our language; for, perhaps,
him that he could not. they will give us a knowledge of a
7 And the king said unto him: remnant of the people who have
Being grieved for the afflictions of been destroyed, from whence these
my people, I caused that a forty and records came; or, perhaps, they will
three of my people should take a give us a knowledge of this very
journey into the wilderness, that people who have been destroyed;
thereby they might find the land and I am desirous to know the cause
of Zarahemla, that we might appeal of their destruction.
unto our brethren to deliver us out 13 Now Ammon said unto him: I
of bondage. can assuredly tell thee, O king, of a
8 And they were lost in the wilder- man that can a translate the records;
ness for the space of a many days, for he has wherewith that he can
yet they were diligent, and found look, and translate all records that
not the land of Zarahemla but re- are of ancient date; and it is a gift
turned to this land, having traveled from God. And the things are called
in a land among many waters, hav- b 
interpreters, and no man can look
ing discovered a land which was in them except he be commanded,
covered with b bones of men, and of lest he should look for that he ought
beasts, and was also covered with not and he should perish. And who-
ruins of buildings of every kind, soever is commanded to look in
having discovered a land which them, the same is called c seer.
had been peopled with a people 14 And behold, the king of the peo-
who were as numerous as the hosts ple who are in the land of Zarahemla
of Israel. is the man that is commanded to
9 And for a testimony that the do these things, and who has this
things that they had said are true high gift from God.
they have brought a twenty-four 15 And the king said that a a seer
plates which are filled with en- is greater than a prophet.
gravings, and they are of pure gold. 16 And Ammon said that a seer is
10 And behold, also, they have a revelator and a prophet also; and
brought a breastplates, which are a gift which is greater can no man
5 a See Mosiah 9–22. Morm. 6:4. Omni 1:20 (20–22);
b Mosiah 9:1; 22:14. b Omni 1:22; Mosiah 28:17 (11–17).
c Omni 1:13. Mosiah 21:26 (26–27). b Ex. 28:30;
6 a 1 Cor. 12:10; 9 a Mosiah 21:27; 22:14. Mosiah 21:28 (27–28).
Mosiah 21:28. 10 a Ex. 25:7; tg Urim and Thummim.
7 a Mosiah 21:25. Ether 15:15. c tg Seer.
8 a Alma 50:29; b Ether 10:23. 15 a 1 Sam. 9:9;
Hel. 3:4 (3–4); 13 a Dan. 5:16; D&C 21:1.
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have, except he should possess the Chapter 9
power of God, which no man can;
yet a man may have great power Zeniff leads a group from Zarahemla to
given him from God. possess the land of Lehi-Nephi—The La-
17 But a seer can know of things manite king permits them to inherit the
which are past, and also of things land—There is war between the Lamanites
which are to come, and by them shall and Zeniff’s people. About 200–187 b.c.
all things be revealed, or, rather, a 
I, b Zeniff, having been taught in
shall secret things be made mani- all the language of the Nephites,
fest, and hidden things shall come and having had a knowledge of the
to light, and things which are not land of c Nephi, or of the land of our
known shall be made known by fathers’ first inheritance, and hav-
them, and also things shall be made ing been sent as a spy among the
known by them which otherwise Lamanites that I might spy out their
could not be known. forces, that our army might come
18 Thus God has provided a means upon them and destroy them—but
that man, through faith, might when I saw that which was good
work mighty miracles; therefore among them I was desirous that
he becometh a great benefit to his they should not be destroyed.
fellow beings. 92 Therefore, I contended with my
19 And now, when Ammon had brethren in the wilderness, for I would
made an end of speaking these words that our ruler should make a treaty
the king rejoiced exceedingly, and with them; but he being an austere
gave thanks to God, saying: Doubt- and a blood-thirsty man commanded
less a a great mystery is contained that I should be slain; but I was res-
within these plates, and these inter- cued by the shedding of much blood;
preters were doubtless prepared for for father fought against father, and
the purpose of unfolding all such brother against brother, until the
mysteries to the children of men. greater number of our army was de-
20 O how marvelous are the works stroyed in the wilderness; and we re-
of the Lord, and how long doth he turned, those of us that were spared,
suffer with his people; yea, and to the land of Zarahemla, to relate that
how a blind and impenetrable are tale to their wives and their children.
the understandings of the children 3 And yet, I being a over-zealous
of men; for they will not seek wis- to inherit the land of our fathers,
dom, neither do they desire that collected as many as were desirous
she should rule over them! to go up to possess the land, and
21 Yea, they are as a wild flock started again on our b journey into
which fleeth from the shepherd, and the wilderness to go up to the land;
scattereth, and are driven, and are but we were smitten with famine
devoured by the beasts of the forest. and sore afflictions; for we were
slow to remember the Lord our God.
The Record of Zeniff—An account 4 Nevertheless, after many days’
of his people, from the time they wandering in the wilderness we
left the land of Zarahemla until the pitched our tents in the place where
time that they were delivered out our brethren were slain, which was
of the hands of the Lamanites. near to the land of our fathers.
5 And it came to pass that I went
Comprising chapters 9 through 22. again with four of my men into the
19 a Ether 3:26 (21–28); Prov. 9:1; Mosiah 7:6 (6–7);
4:4 (1–8). Matt. 11:19. 28:1 (1, 5).
20 a tg Spiritual Blindness. 9 1 a Mosiah 8:5; 22:14. 3 a Omni 1:27 (27–29);
b ie Wisdom, a feminine b Mosiah 7:13. Mosiah 7:21.
noun in Hebrew and c 2 Ne. 5:8; b Mosiah 25:5.
Greek. Omni 1:12 (12, 27);
165 Mosiah 9  : 6