The Book of Mormon–Chapter Five (1 Nephi 16–1 Nephi 19:21)

The wicked take the truth to be hard—Lehi’s sons marry the daughters of Ishmael—The Liahona guides their course in the wilderness—Messages from the Lord are written on the Liahona from time to time—Ishmael dies; his family murmurs because of afflictions—Nephi is commanded to build a ship—His brethren oppose him—He exhorts them by recounting the history of God’s dealings with Israel—Nephi is filled with the power of God—His brethren are forbidden to touch him, lest they wither as a dried reed—The ship is finished—The births of Jacob and Joseph are mentioned—The company embarks for the promised land—The sons of Ishmael and their wives join in revelry and rebellion—Nephi is bound, and the ship is driven back by a terrible tempest—Nephi is freed, and by his prayer the storm ceases—The people arrive in the promised land—Nephi makes plates of ore and records the history of his people—Nephi teaches that the God of Israel will come six hundred years from the time Lehi left Jerusalem—Nephi tells of His sufferings and crucifixion—The Jews will be despised and scattered until the latter days, when they will return unto the Lord. About 600–570 B.C.


and now it came to pass
that after i nephi had made an end of speaking to my brethren
behold
they said unto me
thou hast declared unto us hard things
more than we are able to bear
and it came to pass
that i said unto them that
i knew that i had spoken hard things against the wicked
according to the truth
and the righteous have i justified
and testified that they should be lifted up at the last day
wherefore
the guilty taketh the truth to be hard
for it cutteth them to the very center
and now
my brethren
if ye were righteous
and were willing to hearken to the truth
and give heed unto it
that ye might walk uprightly before god
then ye would not murmur because of the truth
and say
thou speakest hard things against us
and it came to pass
that i nephi did exhort my brethren with all diligence
to keep the commandments of the lord
and it came to pass
that they did humble themselves before the lord
insomuch that i had joy and great hopes of them
that they would walk in the paths of righteousness
now
all these things were said and done
as my father dwelt in a tent in the valley
which he called lemuel
and it came to pass
that i nephi took one of the daughters of ishmael to wife
and also my brethren took of the daughters of ishmael to wife
and also zoram took the eldest daughter of ishmael to wife
and thus my father had fulfilled all the commandments of the lord
which had been given unto him
and also i nephi had been blessed of the lord exceedingly
and it came to pass
that the voice of the lord spake unto my father by night
and commanded him
that on the morrow he should take his journey into the wilderness
and it came to pass
that as my father arose in the morning
and went forth to the tent door
to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship
and it was of fine brass
and within the ball were two spindles
and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness
and it came to pass
that we did gather together
whatsoever things we should carry into the wilderness
and all the remainder of our provisions
which the lord had given unto us
and we did take seed of every kind
that we might carry into the wilderness
and it came to pass
that we did take our tents
and depart into the wilderness across the river laman
and it came to pass
that we traveled for the space of four days
nearly a south-southeast direction
and we did pitch our tents again
and we did call the name of the place shazer
and it came to pass
that we did take our bows and our arrows
and go forth into the wilderness
to slay food for our families
and after we had slain food for our families
we did return again to our families in the wilderness
to the place of shazer
and we did go forth again in the wilderness
following the same direction
keeping in the most fertile parts of the wilderness
which were in the borders near the red sea
and it came to pass
that we did travel for the space of many days
slaying food by the way
with our bows and our arrows and our stones and our slings
and we did follow the directions of the ball
which led us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness
and after we had traveled for the space of many days
we did pitch our tents for the space of a time
that we might again rest ourselves
and obtain food for our families
and it came to pass
that as i nephi went forth to slay food
behold
i did break my bow
which was made of fine steel
and after i did break my bow
behold
my brethren were angry with me
because of the loss of my bow
for we did obtain no food
and it came to pass
that we did return without food to our families
and being much fatigued
because of their journeying
they did suffer much for the want of food
and it came to pass
that laman and lemuel
and the sons of ishmael
did begin to murmur exceedingly
because of their sufferings and afflictions in the wilderness
and also my father began to murmur against the lord his god
yea
and they were all exceedingly sorrowful
even that they did murmur against the lord
now it came to pass
that i nephi having been afflicted with my brethren
because of the loss of my bow
and their bows having lost their springs
it began to be exceedingly difficult
yea
insomuch that we could obtain no food
and it came to pass
that i nephi did speak much unto my brethren
because they had hardened their hearts again
even unto complaining against the lord their god
and it came to pass
that i nephi did make out of wood a bow
and out of a straight stick an arrow
wherefore
i did arm myself with a bow and an arrow
with a sling and with stones
and i said unto my father
whither shall i go to obtain food
and it came to pass
that he did inquire of the lord
for they had humbled themselves because of my words
for i did say many things unto them in the energy of my soul
and it came to pass
that the voice of the lord came unto my father
and he was truly chastened
because of his murmuring against the lord
insomuch that he was brought down into the depths of sorrow
and it came to pass
that the voice of the lord said unto him
look upon the ball
and behold the things
which are written
and it came to pass
that when my father beheld the things
which were written upon the ball
he did fear and tremble exceedingly
and also my brethren and the sons of ishmael and our wives
and it came to pass
that i nephi beheld the pointers
which were in the ball
that they did work
according to the faith and diligence and heed
which we did give unto them
and there was also written upon them a new writing
which was plain to be read
which did give us understanding
concerning the ways of the lord
and it was written and changed from time to time
according to the faith and diligence
which we gave unto it
and thus we see that by small means the lord can bring about great things
and it came to pass
that i nephi did go forth up into the top of the mountain
according to the directions
which were given upon the ball
and it came to pass
that i did slay wild beasts
insomuch that i did obtain food for our families
and it came to pass
that i did return to our tents
bearing the beasts
which i had slain
and now
when they beheld that i had obtained food
how great was their joy
and it came to pass
that they did humble themselves before the lord
and did give thanks unto him
and it came to pass
that we did again take our journey
traveling nearly the same course as in the beginning
and after we had traveled for the space of many days
we did pitch our tents again
that we might tarry for the space of a time
and it came to pass
that ishmael died
and was buried in the place
which was called nahom
and it came to pass
that the daughters of ishmael did mourn exceedingly
because of the loss of their father
and because of their afflictions in the wilderness
and they did murmur against my father
because he had brought them out of the land of jerusalem saying
our father is dead
yea
and we have wandered much in the wilderness
and we have suffered much affliction hunger thirst and fatigue
and after all these sufferings we must perish in the wilderness with hunger
and thus they did murmur against my father and also against me
and they were desirous to return again to jerusalem
and laman said unto lemuel and also unto the sons of ishmael
behold
let us slay our father
and also our brother nephi
who has taken it upon him to be our ruler and our teacher
who are his elder brethren
now
he says that the lord has talked with him
and also that angels have ministered unto him
but behold
we know that he lies unto us
and he tells us these things
and he worketh many things by his cunning arts
that he may deceive our eyes
thinking perhaps that he may lead us away into some strange wilderness
and after he has led us away
he has thought to make himself a king and a ruler over us
that he may do with us
according to his will and pleasure
and after this manner did my brother laman stir up their hearts to anger
and it came to pass
that the lord was with us
yea
even the voice of the lord came
and did speak many words unto them
and did chasten them exceedingly
and after they were chastened by the voice of the lord
they did turn away their anger
and did repent of their sins
insomuch that the lord did bless us again with food
that we did not perish
and it came to pass
that we did again take our journey in the wilderness
and we did travel nearly eastward from that time forth
and we did travel and wade through much affliction in the wilderness
and our women did bear children in the wilderness
and so great were the blessings of the lord upon us
that while we did live upon raw meat in the wilderness
our women did give plenty of suck for their children
and were strong
yea
even like unto the men
and they began to bear their journeyings without murmurings
and thus we see that the commandments of god must be fulfilled
and if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of god
he doth nourish them and strengthen them and provide means
whereby they can accomplish the thing
which he has commanded them
wherefore
he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness
and we did sojourn for the space of many years
yea
even eight years in the wilderness
and we did come to the land
which we called bountiful
because of its much fruit and also wild honey
and all these things were prepared of the lord that we might not perish
and we beheld the sea
which we called irreantum
which being interpreted is many waters
and it came to pass
that we did pitch our tents by the seashore
and notwithstanding we had suffered many afflictions and much difficulty
yea
even so much that we cannot write them all
we were exceedingly rejoiced when we came to the seashore
and we called the place bountiful because of its much fruit
and it came to pass
that after i
nephi
had been in the land of bountiful
for the space of many days
the voice of the lord came unto me
saying
arise and get thee into the mountain
and it came to pass
that i arose
and went up into the mountain
and cried unto the lord
and it came to pass
that the lord spake unto me saying
thou shalt construct a ship
after the manner
which i shall show thee
that i may carry thy people across these waters
and i said
lord whither shall i go that i may find ore to molten
that i may make tools to construct the ship
after the manner
which thou hast shown unto me
and it came to pass
that the lord told me whither i should go to find ore
that i might make tools
and it came to pass
that i nephi did make a bellows wherewith to blow the fire
of the skins of beasts
and after i had made a bellows
that i might have wherewith to blow the fire
i did smite two stones together that i might make fire
for the lord had not hitherto suffered that we should make much fire
as we journeyed in the wilderness
for he said
i will make thy food become sweet
that ye cook it not
and i will also be your light in the wilderness
and i will prepare the way before you
if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments
wherefore
inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments
ye shall be led towards the promised land
and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led
yea
and the lord said also that
after ye have arrived in the promised land
ye shall know that i
the lord
am god
and that i
the lord
did deliver you from destruction
yea
that i did bring you out of the land of jerusalem
wherefore
i nephi did strive to keep the commandments of the lord
and i did exhort my brethren to faithfulness and diligence
and it came to pass
that i did make tools of the ore
which i did molten out of the rock
and when my brethren saw that i was about to build a ship
they began to murmur against me saying
our brother is a fool
for he thinketh that he can build a ship
yea
and he also thinketh that he can cross these great waters
and thus my brethren did complain against me
and were desirous that they might not labor
for they did not believe that i could build a ship
neither would they believe that i was instructed of the lord
and now it came to pass
that i nephi was exceedingly sorrowful
because of the hardness of their hearts
and now
when they saw
that i began to be sorrowful
they were glad in their hearts
insomuch that they did rejoice over me saying
we knew that ye could not construct a ship
for we knew that ye were lacking in judgment
wherefore
thou canst not accomplish so great a work
and thou art like unto our father
led away by the foolish imaginations of his heart
yea
he hath led us out of the land of jerusalem
and we have wandered in the wilderness for these many years
and our women have toiled
being big with child
and they have borne children in the wilderness and suffered all things
save it were death
and it would have been better that they had died before they came out of jerusalem
than to have suffered these afflictions
behold
these many years we have suffered in the wilderness
which time we might have enjoyed our possessions and the land of our inheritance
yea
and we might have been happy
and we know that the people who were in the land of jerusalem were a righteous people
for they kept the statutes and judgments of the lord and all his commandments
according to the law of moses
wherefore
we know that they are a righteous people
and our father hath judged them
and hath led us away because we would hearken unto his words
yea
and our brother is like unto him
and after this manner of language did my brethren murmur and complain against us
and it came to pass
that i nephi spake unto them saying
do ye believe that our fathers
who were the children of israel
would have been led away out of the hands of the egyptians
if they had not hearkened unto the words of the lord
yea
do ye suppose that they would have been led out of bondage
if the lord had not commanded moses that he should lead them out of bondage
now
ye know
that the children of israel were in bondage
and ye know
that they were laden with tasks
which were grievous to be borne
wherefore
ye know that it must needs be a good thing for them
that they should be brought out of bondage
now
ye know
that moses was commanded of the lord
to do that great work
and ye know
that by his word the waters of the red sea were divided hither and thither
and they passed through on dry ground
but ye know that the egyptians were drowned in the red sea
who were the armies of pharaoh
and ye also know that they were fed with manna in the wilderness
yea
and ye also know that moses by his word
according to the power of god
which was in him
smote the rock and there came forth water
that the children of israel might quench their thirst
and notwithstanding they being led
the lord their god their redeemer going before them
leading them by day and giving light unto them by night
and doing all things for them
which were expedient for man to receive
they hardened their hearts and blinded their minds
and reviled against moses and against the true and living god
and it came to pass
that according to his word he did destroy them
and according to his word he did lead them
and according to his word he did do all things for them
and there was not any thing done save it were by his word
and after they had crossed the river jordan
he did make them mighty unto the driving out of the children of the land
yea
unto the scattering them to destruction
and now
do ye suppose that the children of this land
who were in the land of promise
who were driven out by our fathers
do ye suppose that they were righteous
behold
i say unto you
nay
do ye suppose that our fathers would have been more choice than they
if they had been righteous
i say unto you
nay
behold
the lord esteemeth all flesh in one
he that is righteous is favored of god
but behold
this people had rejected every word of god
and they were ripe in iniquity
and the fulness of the wrath of god was upon them
and the lord did curse the land against them
and bless it unto our fathers
yea
he did curse it against them unto their destruction
and he did bless it unto our fathers unto their obtaining power over it
behold
the lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited
and he hath created his children that they should possess it
and he raiseth up a righteous nation
and destroyeth the nations of the wicked
and he leadeth away the righteous into precious lands
and the wicked he destroyeth and curseth the land unto them for their sakes
he ruleth high in the heavens
for it is his throne
and this earth is his footstool
and he loveth those who will have him to be their god
behold
he loved our fathers
and he covenanted with them
yea
even abraham isaac and jacob
and he remembered the covenants
which he had made
wherefore
he did bring them out of the land of egypt
and he did straiten them in the wilderness with his rod
for they hardened their hearts even as ye have
and the lord straitened them because of their iniquity
he sent fiery flying serpents among them
and after they were bitten he prepared a way that they might be healed
and the labor
which they had to perform
was to look
and because of the simpleness of the way
or the easiness of it
there were many who perished
and they did harden their hearts from time to time
and they did revile against moses and also against god
nevertheless ye know that they were led forth by his matchless power into the land of promise
and now
after all these things the time has come that they have become wicked
yea
nearly unto ripeness
and i know not but they are at this day about to be destroyed
for i know that the day must surely come that they must be destroyed
save a few only
who shall be led away into captivity
wherefore
the lord commanded my father that he should depart into the wilderness
and the jews also sought to take away his life
yea
and ye also have sought to take away his life
wherefore
ye are murderers in your hearts
and ye are like unto them
ye are swift
to do iniquity
but slow to remember the lord your god
ye have seen an angel
and he spake unto you
yea
ye have heard his voice from time to time
and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice
but ye were past feeling
that ye could not feel his words
wherefore
he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder
which did cause the earth to shake
as if it were to divide asunder
and ye also know
that by the power of his almighty word
he can cause the earth
that it shall pass away
yea
and ye know that by his word he can cause the rough places to be made smooth
and smooth places shall be broken up
o then why is it that ye can be so hard in your hearts
behold
my soul is rent with anguish because of you
and my heart is pained
i fear lest ye shall be cast off forever
behold
i am full of the spirit of god
insomuch that my frame has no strength
and now it came to pass
that when i had spoken these words they were angry with me
and were desirous to throw me into the depths of the sea
and as they came forth to lay their hands upon me i spake unto them saying
in the name of the almighty god i command you that ye touch me not
for i am filled with the power of god
even unto the consuming of my flesh
and whoso shall lay his hands upon me shall wither even as a dried reed
and he shall be as naught before the power of god
for god shall smite him
and it came to pass
that i nephi said unto them
that they should murmur no more against their father
neither should they withhold their labor from me
for god had commanded me that i should build a ship
and i said unto them
if god had commanded me to do all things i could do them
if he should command me that i should say unto this water
be thou earth
it should be earth
and if i should say it
it would be done
and now
if the lord has such great power
and has wrought so many miracles
among the children of men
how is it that he cannot instruct me
that i should build a ship
and it came to pass
that i nephi said many things unto my brethren
insomuch that they were confounded and could not contend against me
neither durst they lay their hands upon me nor touch me with their fingers
even for the space of many days
now
they durst not do this lest they should wither before me
so powerful was the spirit of god
and thus it had wrought upon them
and it came to pass
that the lord said unto me
stretch forth thine hand again unto thy brethren
and they shall not wither before thee
but i will shock them
saith the lord
and this will i do
that they may know that i am the lord their god
and it came to pass
that i stretched forth my hand unto my brethren
and they did not wither before me
but the lord did shake them
even according to the word
which he had spoken
and now
they said
we know of a surety that the lord is with thee
for we know that it is the power of the lord that has shaken us
and they fell down before me
and were about to worship me
but i would not suffer them saying
i am thy brother
yea
even thy younger brother
wherefore
worship the lord thy god
and honor thy father and thy mother
that thy days may be long in the land
which the lord
thy god
shall give thee
and it came to pass
that they did worship the lord
and did go forth with me
and we did work timbers of curious workmanship
and the lord did show me
from time to time
after what manner i should work the timbers of the ship
now
i
nephi
did not work the timbers after the manner
which was learned by men
neither did i build the ship after the manner of men
but i did build it after the manner
which the lord had shown unto me
wherefore
it was not after the manner of men
and i nephi did go into the mount oft
and i did pray oft unto the lord
wherefore
the lord showed unto me great things
and it came to pass
that after i had finished the ship
according to the word of the lord
my brethren beheld that it was good and that the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine
wherefore
they did humble themselves again before the lord
and it came to pass
that the voice of the lord came unto my father
that we should arise and go down into the ship
and it came to pass
that on the morrow
after we had prepared all things
much fruits and meat from the wilderness
and honey in abundance
and provisions
according to that
which the lord had commanded us
we did go down into the ship
with all our loading
and our seeds
and whatsoever thing we had brought with us
every one according to his age
wherefore
we did all go down into the ship
with our wives and our children
and now
my father had begat two sons in the wilderness
the elder was called jacob and the younger joseph
and it came to pass
after we had all gone down into the ship
and had taken with us our provisions and things
which had been commanded us
we did put forth into the sea and were driven forth before the wind towards the promised land
and after we had been driven forth before the wind for the space of many days
behold
my brethren and the sons of ishmael and also their wives began to make themselves merry
insomuch that they began to dance and to sing and to speak with much rudeness
yea
even that they did forget by what power they had been brought thither
yea
they were lifted up unto exceeding rudeness
and i nephi began to fear exceedingly lest the lord should be angry with us
and smite us because of our iniquity
that we should be swallowed up in the depths of the sea
wherefore
i nephi began to speak to them with much soberness
but behold
they were angry with me
saying
we will not that our younger brother shall be a ruler over us
and it came to pass
that laman and lemuel did take me and bind me with cords
and they did treat me with much harshness
nevertheless
the lord did suffer it
that he might show forth his power
unto the fulfilling of his word
which he had spoken
concerning the wicked
and it came to pass
that after they had bound me insomuch that i could not move
the compass
which had been prepared of the lord
did cease to work
wherefore
they knew not whither they should steer the ship
insomuch that there arose a great storm
yea
a great and terrible tempest
and we were driven back upon the waters for the space of three days
and they began to be frightened exceedingly lest they should be drowned in the sea
nevertheless they did not loose me
and on the fourth day
which we had been driven back
the tempest began to be exceedingly sore
and it came to pass
that we were about to be swallowed up in the depths of the sea
and after we had been driven back upon the waters for the space of four days
my brethren began to see that the judgments of god were upon them
and that they must perish
save that they should repent of their iniquities
wherefore
they came unto me
and loosed the bands
which were upon my wrists
and behold
they had swollen exceedingly
and also mine ankles were much swollen
and great was the soreness thereof
nevertheless i did look unto my god
and i did praise him all the day long
and i did not murmur against the lord because of mine afflictions
now
my father lehi had said many things unto them
and also unto the sons of ishmael
but behold
they did breathe out much threatenings against anyone that should speak for me
and my parents being stricken in years
and having suffered much grief because of their children
they were brought down
yea
even upon their sick-beds
because of their grief and much sorrow
and the iniquity of my brethren
they were brought near even to be carried out of this time to meet their god
yea
their grey hairs were about to be brought down to lie low in the dust
yea
even they were near to be cast with sorrow into a watery grave
and jacob and joseph also
being young
having need of much nourishment
were grieved because of the afflictions of their mother
and also my wife with her tears and prayers
and also my children
did not soften the hearts of my brethren that they would loose me
and there was nothing save it were the power of god
which threatened them with destruction
could soften their hearts
wherefore
when they saw that they were about to be swallowed up in the depths of the sea
they repented of the thing
which they had done
insomuch that they loosed me
and it came to pass
after they had loosed me
behold
i took the compass
and it did work whither i desired it
and it came to pass
that i prayed unto the lord
and after i had prayed the winds did cease
and the storm did cease
and there was a great calm
and it came to pass
that i nephi did guide the ship
that we sailed again towards the promised land
and it came to pass
that after we had sailed for the space of many days
we did arrive at the promised land
and we went forth upon the land
and did pitch our tents
and we did call it the promised land
and it came to pass
that we did begin to till the earth
and we began to plant seeds
yea
we did put all our seeds into the earth
which we had brought from the land of jerusalem
and it came to pass
that they did grow exceedingly
wherefore
we were blessed in abundance
and it came to pass
that we did find upon the land of promise
as we journeyed in the wilderness
that there were beasts in the forests of every kind
both the cow and the ox
and the ass and the horse
and the goat and the wild goat
and all manner of wild animals
which were for the use of men
and we did find all manner of ore
both of gold and of silver and of copper
and it came to pass
that the lord commanded me
wherefore
i did make plates of ore
that i might engraven upon them the record of my people
and upon the plates
which i made
i did engraven the record of my father
and also our journeyings in the wilderness
and the prophecies of my father
and also many of mine own prophecies have i engraven upon them
and i knew not at the time when i made them
that i should be commanded of the lord to make these plates
wherefore
the record of my father
and the genealogy of his fathers
and the more part of all our proceedings in the wilderness
are engraven upon those first plates
of which i have spoken
wherefore
the things
which transpired before i made these plates
are
of a truth
more particularly made mention upon the first plates
and after i had made these plates by way of commandment
i nephi received a commandment that the ministry and the prophecies
the more plain and precious parts of them
should be written upon these plates
and that the things
which were written
should be kept for the instruction of my people
who should possess the land
and also for other wise purposes
which purposes are known unto the lord
wherefore
i nephi did make a record upon the other plates
which gives an account
or which gives a greater account
of the wars
and contentions
and destructions of my people
and this have i done
and commanded my people what they should do after i was gone
and that these plates should be handed down from one generation to another
or from one prophet to another
until further commandments of the lord
and an account of my making these plates shall be given hereafter
and then
behold
i proceed according to that
which i have spoken
and this i do that the more sacred things may be kept for the knowledge of my people
nevertheless i do not write anything upon plates save it be that i think it be sacred
and now
if i do err
even did they err of old
not that i would excuse myself because of other men
but because of the weakness
which is in me
according to the flesh
i would excuse myself
for the things
which some men esteem to be of great worth
both to the body and soul
others set at naught and trample under their feet
yea
even the very god of israel do men trample under their feet
i say trample under their feet but i would speak in other words
they set him at naught
and hearken not to the voice of his counsels
and behold
he cometh
according to the words of the angel
in six hundred years from the time my father left jerusalem
and the world because of their iniquity shall judge him to be a thing of naught
wherefore
they scourge him and he suffereth it
and they smite him and he suffereth it
yea
they spit upon him and he suffereth it
because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men
and the god of our fathers
who were led out of egypt
out of bondage
and also were preserved in the wilderness by him
yea
the god of abraham and of isaac
and the god of jacob
yieldeth himself
according to the words of the angel
as a man
into the hands of wicked men
to be lifted up
according to the words of zenock
and to be crucified
according to the words of neum
and to be buried in a sepulchre
according to the words of zenos
which he spake
concerning the three days of darkness
which should be a sign given of his death unto those who should inhabit the isles of the sea
more especially given unto those who are of the house of israel
for thus spake the prophet
the lord god surely shall visit all the house of israel at that day
some with his voice
because of their righteousness
unto their great joy and salvation
and others with the thunderings and the lightnings of his power
by tempest
by fire
and by smoke and vapor of darkness
and by the opening of the earth
and by mountains
which shall be carried up
and all these things must surely come
saith the prophet zenos
and the rocks of the earth must rend
and because of the groanings of the earth
many of the kings of the isles of the sea shall be wrought upon by the spirit of god
to exclaim
the god of nature suffers
and as for those who are at jerusalem
saith the prophet
they shall be scourged by all people
because they crucify the god of israel
and turn their hearts aside
rejecting signs and wonders
and the power and glory of the god of israel
and because they turn their hearts aside
saith the prophet
and have despised the holy one of israel
they shall wander in the flesh and perish
and become a hiss and a byword
and be hated among all nations
nevertheless when that day cometh
saith the prophet
that they no more turn aside their hearts against the holy one of israel
then will he remember the covenants
which he made to their fathers
yea
then will he remember the isles of the sea
yea
and all the people who are of the house of israel will i gather in
saith the lord
according to the words of the prophet zenos
from the four quarters of the earth
yea
and all the earth shall see the salvation of the lord
saith the prophet
every nation kindred tongue and people shall be blessed
and i nephi have written these things unto my people
that perhaps i might persuade them
that they would remember the lord their redeemer
wherefore
i speak unto all the house of israel
if it so be that they should obtain these things
for behold
i have workings in the spirit
which doth weary me even that all my joints are weak
for those who are at jerusalem
for had not the lord been merciful
to show unto me
concerning them
even as he had prophets of old
i should have perished also
and he surely did show unto the prophets of old all things
concerning them
and also he did show unto many
concerning us
wherefore
it must needs be that we know
concerning them
for they are written upon the plates of brass

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