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Zenos’ allegory (taken from Jacob 5) divided into FOUR SECTIONS with interpretation [in brackets] and summaries

SECTION ONE

Jesus acquires the house of Israel and nourishes it (personally, the first time)—It grows, waxes old and begins to decay.

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hearken [jacob 5:2]

o ye house of israel

and hear the words of me [zenos]

a prophet of the lord [jesus christ]

for behold [jacob 5:3]

thus saith the lord [jesus christ]

i [jesus christ] will liken thee

o house of israel

like unto a tame olive tree [mother israel tribes]

which a man [jesus christ] took

and nourished in his vineyard [the world]

and it [the mother israel tribes] grew

and waxed old [institutionalized, became set in its ways]

and began to decay [spiritually die]

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Jesus goes forth and sees Israel’s decay—He speaks and says that He will prune, dig about and nourish it (personally, the second time) in order to save it and cause it to grow new shoots.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:4]

that the master [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] went forth

and he [jesus christ] saw

that his olive tree [the mother israel tribes] began to decay [spiritually die]

and he [jesus christ] said

i [jesus christ] will prune it [the mother israel tribes]

and dig about it [the mother israel tribes]

and nourish it [the mother israel tribes]

that perhaps it [the mother israel tribes] may shoot forth young and tender branches [new israelite converts]

and it [the mother israel tribes] perish not [not spiritually die]

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Jesus prunes, digs about and nourishes Israel (personally, the second time) as he had planned.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:5]

that he [jesus christ] pruned it [the mother israel tribes]

and digged about it [the mother israel tribes]

and nourished it [the mother israel tribes]

according to his word

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After many days, Israel grows new shoots, but the leadership begins to perish.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:6]

that after many days it [the mother israel tribes] began to put forth

somewhat a little

young and tender branches [new israelite converts]

but behold

the main top thereof [the mother israel tribal leadership] began to perish [spiritually die]

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SECTION TWO

Jesus sees Israel’s leadership begin to perish—He speaks to John and commands him to go and bring Gentile branches to HimHe and John will remove Israel’s apostate leadership, cast them into the fire and burn them—Jesus takes away many of the Israelite shoots from the main Israelite body—He will graft the Israelite shoots according to His will in order to preserve Israel’s fruit—He commands John to graft the Gentile branches into Israel—Jesus has cut off Israel’s apostate leadership—He will cast them into the fire and burn them.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:7]

that the master [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] saw it

and he [jesus christ] said unto his servant [john the beloved apostle]

it grieveth me [jesus christ]

that i [jesus christ] should lose this tree [the mother israel tribes]

wherefore

go [as a missionary apostle]

and pluck [remove from their traditions] the branches [the gentile converts] from a wild olive tree [the gentile tribes]

and bring them [the gentile converts] hither unto me [jesus christ]

and we [jesus and john] will pluck off those main branches [apostate mother israel tribal leadership]

which are beginning to wither away [spiritually die]

and we [jesus and john] will cast them into the fire

that they may be burned

and behold [jacob 5:8]

saith the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world]

i [jesus christ] take away [referring to the scattering of israel] many of these young and tender branches [new israelite converts]

and i [jesus christ] will graft them [at the last time] whithersoever i [jesus christ] will

and it mattereth not

that

if it so be

that the root [the original scripture] of this tree [the mother israel tribes] will perish

i [jesus christ] may preserve the fruit [the gifts] thereof unto myself

wherefore

i [jesus christ] will take [referring to the scattering of israel] these young and tender branches [new israelite converts]

and i [jesus christ] will graft [at the last time] them [the new israelite converts] whithersoever i [jesus christ] will

take thou [john the beloved apostle] the branches [gentile converts] of the wild olive tree [gentile tribes] [jacob 5:9]

and graft them [the gentile converts] in [into the mother israel tribes]

in the stead thereof [the gentile converts are to be the new leadership]

and these [the apostate mother israel tribal leadership]

which i [jesus christ] have plucked off [cut off, excommunicated]

i [jesus christ] will cast into the fire

and burn them [the apostate mother israel tribal leadership]

that they [the apostate mother israel tribal leadership] may not cumber the ground of my vineyard [the world]

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John does what Jesus commanded him to do—He grafts in the Gentile branches into Israel—Jesus causes Israel to be pruned, digged about and nourished (a first time, through servants)—He speaks to JohnHe does these things in order to preserve the Israelite scriptures—He commands John to go, watch and nourish Israel (John’s first time) according to His plans—He will place the Israelite shoots in the world’s lowest parts (without telling John where they are) in order to preserve the shoots and lay up fruit.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:10]

that the servant [john the beloved apostle] of the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] did

according to the word of the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world]

and grafted in [into the mother israel tribes] the branches [the gentile converts] of the wild olive tree [the gentile tribes]

and the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] caused [he did not personally minister] [jacob 5:11]

that it [the mother israel tribes] should be digged about

and pruned

and nourished

saying unto his servant [john the beloved apostle]

it grieveth me [jesus christ]

that i [jesus christ] should lose this tree [the mother israel tribes]

wherefore

that perhaps i [jesus christ] might preserve the roots thereof [the original scriptures]

that they [the original scriptures] perish not

that i [jesus christ] might preserve them [the original scriptures] unto myself

i [jesus christ] have done this thing

wherefore [jacob 5:12]

go thy way [john is sent again]

watch the tree [the mother israel tribes]

and nourish it [the mother israel tribes]

according to my words

and these [new israelite converts] will i place [referring to the scattering of israel] in the nethermost [lowest] part of my vineyard [the world] [jacob 5:13]

whithersoever i [jesus christ] will

it mattereth not unto thee [john the beloved apostle]

and i [jesus christ] do it

that i [jesus christ] may preserve unto myself the natural branches [the israelite tribal branches] of the tree [the mother israel tribes]

and also that i [jesus christ] may lay up [for the Millennium] fruit [gifts] thereof against the season [the time after the Millennium] unto myself

for it grieveth me [jesus christ]

that i [jesus christ] should lose this tree [the mother israel tribes] and the fruit [the gifts] thereof

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Jesus goes His way and hides the Israelite shoots in the world’s lowest parts.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:14]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] went his way

and hid [referring to the scattering of israel] the natural branches [the israelite tribal branches] of the tame olive tree [the mother israel tribes] in the nethermost [lowest] parts of the vineyard [the world]

some in one

and some in another

according to his will and pleasure

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SECTION THREE

A long time passes away—Jesus speaks to JohnJesus commands John to come with Him down into the world in order to labor.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:15]

that a long time passed away

and the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said unto his servant [john the beloved apostle]

come

let us [jesus and john] go down into the vineyard [the world]

that we [jesus and john] may labor [the first time] in the vineyard [the world]

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Jesus and John go down into the world to labor.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:16]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world]

and also the servant [john the beloved apostle]

went down into the vineyard [the world] to labor [for the first time]

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John speaks to JesusJohn shows Jesus Israel.

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and it came to pass

that the servant [john the beloved apostle] said unto his master [jesus christ]

behold

look here

behold the tree [the mother israel tribes]

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Jesus sees Israel—It had grown and begun to bear good natural fruit—Jesus speaks to John—The Gentile converts have taken moisture from Israel’s scripture—The scripture has brought forth much faith—As a result, the Gentile converts bear Israelite fruitWithout the grafting in of the Gentile converts, Israel would have perishedJesus shall lay up much fruit from Israel.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:17]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] looked

and beheld the tree [the mother israel tribes]

in the which the wild olive branches [the gentile converts] had been grafted [by john]

and it [the mother israel tribes] had sprung forth

and begun to bear fruit [gifts]

and he [jesus christ] beheld

that it [the fruit] was good [of the spirit]

and the fruit [the gifts] thereof was like unto the natural fruit [the israelite gifts]

and he [jesus christ] said unto the servant [john the beloved apostle] [jacob 5:18]

behold

the branches [the gentile converts] of the wild tree [the gentile tribes] have taken hold of the moisture [spirit] of the root thereof [the original scripture]

that the root thereof [the original scripture] hath brought forth much strength [faith]

and because of the much strength [faith] of the root thereof [the original scripture]

the wild branches [the gentile converts] have brought forth tame fruit [israelite gifts]

now

if we [jesus and john] had not grafted in these branches [gentile converts]

the tree thereof [the mother israel tribes] would have perished [spiritually died]

and now

behold

i [jesus christ] shall lay up [for the Millennium] much fruit [gifts]

which the tree thereof [the mother israel tribes] hath brought forth

and the fruit [the gifts] thereof i [jesus christ] shall lay up [for the Millennium] against the season [the time after the Millennium] unto mine own self

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Jesus speaks to John and commands him to come with Him to the world’s lowest parts to see if the Israelite tribal branches have brought forth much fruit, in order to store it.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:19]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said unto the servant [john the beloved apostle]

come

let us [jesus and john] go to the nethermost [lowest] part of the vineyard [the world]

and behold

if the natural branches [the israelite tribal branches] of the tree [the mother israel tribes] have not brought forth much fruit [gifts] also

that i [jesus christ] may lay up [for the Millennium] of the fruit [the gifts] thereof against the season [the time after the Millennium] unto mine own self

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Jesus and John travel to where the Israelite tribal branches were hidden—Jesus speaks to John and tells him to look at the first Israelite tribal branchJohn sees that the branch has brought forth much good fruitJesus speaks to John and tells him to take the fruit and store itHe says He has nourished the branch this long time and it has brought forth much fruit.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:20]

that they [jesus and john] went forth

whither the master [jesus christ] had hid the natural branches [israelite tribal branches] of the tree [the mother israel tribes]

and he [jesus christ] said unto the servant [john the beloved apostle]

behold these

and he [john the beloved apostle] beheld the first [israelite tribal branch]

that it [the first israelite tribal branch] had brought forth much fruit [gifts]

and he [john the beloved apostle] beheld also

that it [the fruit] was good [of the spirit]

and he [jesus christ] said unto the servant [john the beloved apostle]

take of the fruit [the gifts] thereof

and lay it up against the season [the time after the Millennium]

that i [jesus christ] may preserve it unto mine own self

for behold

said he [jesus christ]

this long time have i [jesus christ] nourished it [the first israelite tribal branch]

and it [the first israelite tribal branch] hath brought forth much fruit [gifts]

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John speaks to Jesus and asks why He has planted the first Israelite tribal branch in such poor soil—Jesus speaks to John and tells him not to counsel Him, for He knew it was poor soil, which is why He said He nourished it a long time—He tells John that he sees that the branch has brought forth much fruit.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:21]

that the servant [john the beloved apostle] said unto his master [jesus christ]

how comest thou [jesus christ] hither to plant this tree [the first israelite tribal branch]

or this branch of the tree [the mother israel tribes]

for behold

it was the poorest spot in all the land of thy vineyard [the world]

and the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said unto him [john the beloved apostle] [jacob 5:22]

counsel me [jesus christ] not

i [jesus christ] knew

that it was a poor spot of ground

wherefore

i [jesus christ] said unto thee [john the beloved apostle]

i [jesus christ] have nourished it [the first israelite tribal branch] this long time

and thou [john the beloved apostle] beholdest

that it [the first israelite tribal branch] hath brought forth much fruit [gifts]

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Jesus speaks to John and tells him to look at the second Israelite tribal branch—He says John knows the soil was poorer than the first spot, nevertheless, Jesus has nourished the branch this long time and it has brought forth much fruit—He commands John to gather it and store it.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:23]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said unto his servant [john the beloved apostle]

look hither

behold

i [jesus christ] have planted another branch of the tree also [the second israelite tribal branch]

and thou [john the beloved apostle] knowest

that this spot of ground was poorer than the first

but behold the tree [the second israelite tribal branch]

i [jesus christ] have nourished it [the second israelite tribal branch] this long time

and it [the second israelite tribal branch] hath brought forth much fruit [gifts]

therefore

gather it [the fruit]

and lay it [the fruit] up against the season [the time after the Millennium]

that i [jesus christ] may preserve it [the fruit] unto mine own self

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Jesus speaks to John and tells him to look at the third Israelite tribal branch—He says that He has nourished it and it has brought forth fruitHe tells John to look at the fourth Israelite tribal branch, which He planted in a good spot of ground—He says that He has nourished the fourth branch this long time, but only a part of it has brought forth tame fruit, while the other part has brought forth wild fruitHe says that He has nourished it like the others.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:24]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said again unto his servant [john the beloved apostle]

look hither

and behold another branch also [the third israelite tribal branch]

which i [jesus christ] have planted

behold

that i [jesus christ] have nourished it [the third israelite tribal branch] also

and it [the third israelite tribal branch] hath brought forth fruit [gifts]

and he [jesus christ] said unto the servant [john the beloved apostle] [jacob 5:25]

look hither

and behold the last [the fourth israelite tribal branch – the lehites]

behold

this [the fourth israelite tribal branch] have i [jesus christ] planted in a good spot of ground

and i [jesus christ] have nourished it [the fourth israelite tribal branch] this long time

and only a part [the nephites] of the tree [the fourth israelite tribal branch] hath brought forth tame fruit [israelite gifts]

and the other part [the lamanites] of the tree hath brought forth wild fruit [gentile gifts]

behold

i [jesus christ] have nourished this tree [the fourth israelite tribal branch] like unto the others

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.Jesus speaks to John and tells him to cut off the Lamanites and cast them into the fire, but John replies with a request to instead have them prune, dig about and nourish them a little longer so that they can bring forth good fruit and Jesus can store it.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:26]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said unto the servant [john the beloved apostle]

pluck off [cut off, excommunicate] the branches [the lamanites]

that have not brought forth good fruit [gifts of the spirit]

and cast them into the fire

but behold [jacob 5:27]

the servant [john the beloved apostle] said unto him [jesus christ]

let us [john and jesus] prune it [the lamanites]

and dig about it [the lamanites]

and nourish it [the lamanites] a little longer

that perhaps it [the lamanites] may bring forth good fruit [gifts of the spirit] unto thee [jesus christ]

that thou [jesus christ] canst lay it [the fruit] up against the season [the time after the Millennium]

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Jesus and John nourish all the world’s fruit.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:28]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] and the servant [john the beloved apostle] of the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] did nourish all the fruit [the gifts] of the vineyard [the world]

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SECTION FOUR

A long time passes away—Jesus speaks to John and tells him to come with Him down into the world to labor in it—He says the harvest time approaches and the season’s end soon comes and He must store fruit.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:29]

that a long time had passed away

and the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said unto his servant [john the beloved apostle]

come

let us [jesus and john] go down into the vineyard [the world]

that we [jesus and john] may labor again [for the second time] in the vineyard [the world]

for behold

the time draweth near

and the end [the death of the earth] soon cometh

wherefore

i [jesus christ] must lay up [for the Millennium] fruit [gifts] against the season [the time after the Millennium] unto mine own self

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Jesus and John go down into the world and come to Israel—All sorts of fruit are found in Israel.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:30]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] and the servant [john the beloved apostle] went down into the vineyard [the world]

and they [jesus and john] came to the tree [the mother israel tribes]

whose natural branches [israelite tribal branches] had been broken off [scattered]

and the wild branches [gentile converts] had been grafted in

and behold

all sorts of fruit [gifts] did cumber the tree [the mother israel tribes]

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Jesus tastes the fruit found in Israel, according to its numberHe says that He and John have nourished Israel this long time and He has stored much fruit, but this time Israel has brought forth of unprofitable, bad fruit, despite all their labor—He is grieved about losing IsraelJohn speaks to Jesus and says that because Jesus grafted in the Gentiles, the Gentiles have nourished Israel’s scriptures, so that the scriptures are alive, have not perished and are yet good.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:31]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] did taste of the fruit [the gifts]

every sort according to its number

and the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said

behold

this long time have we [jesus and john] nourished this tree [the mother israel tribes]

and i [jesus christ] have laid up unto myself against the season [the time after the Millennium] much fruit [gifts]

but behold [jacob 5:32]

this time it [the mother israel tribes] hath brought forth much fruit [gifts]

and there is none of it [the fruit]

which is good [of the spirit]

and behold

there are all kinds of bad fruit [gifts of men and devils]

and it profiteth me [jesus christ] nothing

notwithstanding all our [jesus’ and john’s] [first] labor

and now

it grieveth me [jesus christ]

that i [jesus christ] should lose this tree [the mother israel tribes]

and the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said unto the servant [john the beloved apostle] [jacob 5:33]

what shall we [jesus and john] do unto the tree [the mother israel tribes]

that i [jesus christ] may preserve again good fruit [gifts of the spirit] thereof unto mine own self

and the servant [john the beloved apostle] said unto his master [jesus christ] [jacob 5:34]

behold

because thou [jesus christ] didst graft in [into the mother israel tribes] the branches [gentile converts] of the wild olive tree [the gentile tribes]

they [the gentile converts] have nourished [brought forth more of, or grown more of] the roots [the original scriptures]

that they [the original scriptures] are alive

and they [the original scriptures] have not perished

wherefore

thou beholdest

that they [the original scriptures] are yet good

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Jesus speaks to John and says that Israel and her scriptures are unprofitable as long as they bring forth evil fruit—He says that He knows Israel’s scriptures are good and He has preserved them for a reason—He says that until now the Gentiles have brought forth good fruit because of the great faith in Israel’s scriptures, but that the Gentiles have now gone beyond, and overcome, the scriptures and Israel has now brought forth evil fruit—He says that because of all the evil fruit it has brought forth, Israel begins to perish and will soon become ripened and need to be cast into the fire, unless He and John do something to preserve her.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:35]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said unto his servant [john the beloved apostle]

the tree [the mother israel tribes] profiteth me [jesus christ] nothing

and the roots thereof [the original scriptures] profit me [jesus christ] nothing

so long as it [the mother israel tribes] shall bring forth evil fruit [gifts of men and devils]

nevertheless [jacob 5:36]

i [jesus christ] know

that the roots [the original scriptures] are good

and for mine own purpose i [jesus christ] have preserved them [the original scriptures]

and because of their much strength [faith] they [the original scriptures] have hitherto brought forth

from the wild branches [the gentile converts]

good fruit [gifts of the spirit]

but behold [jacob 5:37]

the wild branches [the gentile converts] have grown

and have overrun [gone beyond] the roots thereof [the original scriptures]

and because that the wild branches [the gentile converts] have overcome the roots thereof [the original scriptures]

it [the mother israel tribes] hath brought forth much evil fruit [gifts of men and devils]

and because that it [the mother israel tribes] hath brought forth so much evil fruit [gifts of men and devils]

thou beholdest

that it [the mother israel tribes] beginneth to perish [spiritually die]

and it [the mother israel tribes] will soon become ripened

that it [the mother israel tribes] may be cast into the fire

except we [jesus and john] should do something for it [the mother israel tribes]

to preserve it [the mother israel tribes]

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Jesus speaks to John and tells him to come with Him to the world’s lowest parts to see if the four Israelite tribal branches have also brought forth evil fruit.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:38]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said unto his servant [john the beloved apostle]

let us [jesus and john] go down into the nethermost [lowest] parts of the vineyard [the world]

and behold

if the natural branches [the four israelite tribal branches] have also brought forth evil fruit [gifts of men and devils]

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Jesus and John go down into the world’s lowest parts.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:39]

that they [jesus and john] went down into the nethermost parts of the vineyard [the world]

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Jesus and John see that the fruit of the first, second and fourth Israelite tribal branches have become corrupt—They see that the Nephites have spiritually and temporally died.

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and it came to pass

that they [jesus and john] beheld

that the fruit [the gifts] of the natural branches [the four israelite tribal branches] had become corrupt also

yea the first [the first israelite tribal branch]

and the second [the second israelite tribal branch]

and also the last [the fourth israelite tribal branch]

and they [the first, second and fourth branches] had all become corrupt

and the wild fruit [the gentile gifts] of the last [the fourth israelite trbal branch] had overcome that part [the nephites] of the tree [the fourth israelite tribal branch] [jacob 5:40]

which brought forth good fruit [gifts of the spirit]

even that the branch [the nephites] had withered away [spiritually died]

and died [temporally died]

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Jesus weeps—He speaks to John and asks what more He could have done for the worldHe says that He knew that all the fruit of the world was corrupt, except for the third Israelite tribal branchHe says that the Nephites once brought forth good fruit but now also have become corrupted—He says the tribes of the world are good for nothing except to be cut down and cast into the fireHe says He planted the Lehites in a good spot of ground, even the very best spot in all the world He says that John saw that He had cut down the Jaredites who inhabited the land previously, so that the Lehites could be established there—He says that John saw that because He did not cut off the Lamanites and cast them into the fire, the Nephites brought forth good fruit while the Lamanites brought forth wild fruit—He says, as a result, the Lamanites overcame the Nephites and they spiritually died—He says despite all their care, the tribes have all become corrupted, they bring forth no good fruit and the Lamanites, who He had hoped to preserve, have become wild like the Gentiles and are of no worth except to be cut down and cast into the fireHe says He is grieved about losing the LamanitesHe asks what more He could have done in the world and if He has been slack or not nourished the worldHe says He has nourished, digged about, pruned and dunged the world and stretched out His hand almost all the day long—He says the end of the season approaches and it grieves Him to cut down the world’s tribes and cast them into the fire, to burn them—He asks who corrupted His world.

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and it came to pass [jacob 5:41]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] wept

and said unto the servant [john the beloved apostle]

what could i [jesus christ] have done more for my vineyard [the world]

behold [jacob 5:42]

i [jesus christ] knew

that all the fruit [the gifts] of the vineyard [the world]

save it were these [the gifts of the third israelite tribal branch]

had become corrupted

and now these [the nephites]

which have once brought forth good fruit [gifts of the spirit]

have also become corrupted

and now

all the trees [the tribes] of my vineyard [the world] are good for nothing

save it be to be hewn down

and cast into the fire

and behold [jacob 5:43]

this last [the fourth israelite tribal branch]

whose branch [the nephites] hath withered away [spiritually died]

I [jesus christ] did plant in a good spot of ground

yea

even that

which was choice unto me [jesus christ] above all other parts of the land of my vineyard [the world]

and thou [john the beloved apostle] beheldest [jacob 5:44]

that i [jesus christ] also cut down that [the jaredites]

which cumbered this spot of ground

that i [jesus christ] might plant this tree [the fourth israelite tribal branch] in the stead thereof

and thou [john the beloved apostle] beheldest [jacob 5:45]

that a part thereof [the nephites] brought forth good fruit [gifts of the spirit]

and a part thereof [the lamanites] brought forth wild fruit [gentile gifts]

and because i [jesus christ] plucked not the branches thereof [the lamanites]

and cast them [the lamanites] into the fire

behold

they [the lamanites] have overcome the good branch [the nephites]

that it [the nephites] hath withered away [spiritually died]

and now [jacob 5:46]

behold

notwithstanding all the care which we [jesus and john] have taken of my vineyard [the world]

the trees thereof [the tribes] have become corrupted

that they bring forth no good fruit [gifts of the spirit]

and these [the lamanites] i [jesus christ] had hoped to preserve

to have laid up fruit [gifts] thereof against the season [the time after the Millennium] unto mine own self

but behold

they [the lamanites] have become like unto the wild olive tree [the gentile tribes]

and they [the lamanites] are of no worth

but to be hewn down

and cast into the fire

and it grieveth me [jesus christ]

that i [jesus christ] should lose them [the lamanites]

but what could i [jesus christ] have done more in my vineyard [the world] [jacob 5:47]

have i [jesus christ] slackened mine hand

that i [jesus christ] have not nourished it [the world]

nay

i [jesus christ] have nourished it [the world]

and i [jesus christ] have digged about it [the world]

and i [jesus christ] have pruned it [the world]

and i [jesus christ] have dunged it [the world]

and i [jesus christ] have stretched forth mine hand almost all the day long [referring to the cross]

and the end [the death of the earth] draweth nigh

and it grieveth me [jesus christ]

that i [jesus christ] should hew down all the trees [the tribes] of my vineyard [the world]

and cast them into the fire

that they [the tribes] should be burned

who is it

that has corrupted my vineyard [the world]

.

John speaks to Jesus and asks if it not the pride of the world—He asks if it is not because the living church has overcome the good scriptures, growing faster than the faith of the scriptures, taking faith to themselves—He asks if this is not the reason that the world’s tribes have become corrupted.

.

and it came to pass [jacob 5:48]

that the servant [john the beloved apostle] said unto his master [jesus christ]

is it not the loftiness [pride] of thy vineyard [the world]

have not the branches thereof overcome the roots [the scriptures]

which are good

and because the branches have overcome the roots thereof [the scriptures]

behold

they grew faster than the strength [faith] of the roots [the scriptures]

taking strength [faith] unto themselves

behold

i [john the beloved apostle] say

is not this the cause

that the trees [the tribes] of thy vineyard [the world] have become corrupted

.

Jesus speaks to John and commands him to accompany Him to cut down the world’s tribes and cast them into the fire, so that the world is empty—He says He has done everything possible and asks what more He could have done for the world—John speaks to Jesus and asks Him to spare the world a little longer—Jesus says He is grieved about losing the world’s tribes and will spare them a little longer—He commands John to help Him graft the four Israelite tribal branches into the mother Israel tribes, remove apostates from Israel and graft her four branches in the apostates’ place, so that Israel doesn’t perish and He can preserve her scriptures—The scriptures of the four branches are still alive—In order to preserve the four scriptural canons, Jesus will graft mother Israel into her four branches—He says He will do this to preserve these scriptures so that when the grafted in Israelites and Gentiles have sufficient faith, they will produce good fruit, which will bring Him glory.

.

and it came to pass [jacob 5:49]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said unto the servant [john the beloved apostle]

let us [jesus and john] go to

and hew down the trees [the tribes] of the vineyard [the world]

and cast them [the tribes] into the fire

that they [the tribes] shall not cumber the ground of my vineyard [the world]

for i [jesus christ] have done all

what could i [jesus christ] have done more for my vineyard [the world]

but behold [jacob 5:50]

the servant [john the beloved apostle] said unto the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world]

spare it [the world] a little longer

and the lord [jesus christ] said [jacob 5:51]

yea

i [jesus christ] will spare it [the world] a little longer

for it grieveth me [jesus christ]

that i [jesus christ] should lose the trees [the tribes] of my vineyard [the world]

wherefore [jacob 5:52]

let us [jesus and john] take of the branches of these [the four israelite tribal branches of the mother israel tribes]

which i [jesus christ] have planted in the nethermost [lowest] parts of my vineyard [the world]

and let us [jesus and john] graft them [the four israelite tribal branches] into the tree [the mother israel tribes]

from whence they [the four israelite tribal branches] came

and let us [jesus and john] pluck from the tree [the mother israel tribes] those branches [apostate israelites and gentiles]

whose fruit [gifts] is most bitter

and graft in the natural branches [the four israelite tribal branches] of the tree [the mother israel tribes] in the stead thereof [the four israelite tribal branches are to be the new leadership]

and this will i [jesus christ] do [jacob 5:53]

that the tree [the mother israel tribes] may not perish [may not spiritually die]

that perhaps i [jesus christ] may preserve unto myself the roots thereof [the original scriptures] for mine own purpose

and behold [jacob 5:54]

the roots [the scriptures] of the natural branches [the four israesite tribal branches] of the tree [the mother israel tribes]

which i [jesus christ] planted whithersoever i [jesus christ] would

are yet alive

wherefore

that i [jesus christ] may preserve them [the four scriptural canons] also for mine own purpose

i [jesus christ] will take of the branches [the israelites and gentiles] of this tree [the mother israel tribes]

and i [jesus christ] will graft them [israelites and gentiles] in unto them [the four israelite tribal branches]

yea

i [jesus christ] will graft in unto them [the four israelite tribal branches] the branches [the israelites and gentiles] of their mother tree [the mother israel tribes]

that i [jesus christ] may preserve the roots [the four scriptural canons] also unto mine own self

that when they [the israelites and gentiles] shall be sufficiently strong

perhaps they [the israelites and gentiles] may bring forth good fruit [gifts of the spirit] unto me

and i [jesus christ] may yet have glory in the fruit [gifts] of my vineyard [the world]

.

Jesus and John graft Israel into her four branches and graft the four branches back into Israel—Jesus speaks to John and commands him to remove only the most apostate from the tribes and to graft in where the apostates were taken from—He says He and John will nourish all five Israelitish trees again, trimming them and casting the ripened apostates into the fire, so that five scriptural canons may cause the good to overcome the evil because of the branch grafting and the scriptures’ goodness—He says that because the four Israelite tribal branches and their scriptures are preserved and grafted back into mother Israel, the five Israelite trees may produce good fruit again and He may have joy in that fruit, and also rejoice exceedingly because He preserved the four scriptural canons and four Israelite branches—He commands John to go on a mission and call other Eliases so that they all may labor diligently in the world and prepare the way to bring forth the good fruit again—He gives John the grafting orders, even that the first shall be last and the last shall be first, and says that this is the last time of pruning, dunging, digging about and nourishing—He instructs the Eliases how to prepare the way as the grafts grow, even that the bad shall be cleared away as the good grows and the church and scriptures should be equal—He says that in this manner the grafting will take place and prophesies of the scattered gathering, of Zion and of all the bad being cut off from the world.

.

and it came to pass [jacob 5:55]

that they [jesus and john] took from the natural tree [the mother israel tribes]

which had become wild [like unto the gentile tribes]

and grafted in unto the natural trees [the four israelite tribal branches]

which also had become wild [like unto the gentile tribes]

and they also took of the natural trees [the four israelite tribal branches] [jacob 5:56]

which had become wild [like unto the gentile tribes]

and grafted into their mother tree [the mother israel tribes]

and the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] said unto the servant [john the beloved apostle] [jacob 5:57]

pluck not the wild branches [apostate israelites/gentiles] from the trees [the five israelitish trees]

save it be those

which are most bitter

and in them [the five israelitish trees] ye shall graft

according to that

which i [jesus christ] have said

and we [jesus and john] will nourish again [the second time] the trees [the five israelitish trees] of the vineyard [the world] [jacob 5:58]

and we [jesus and john] will trim up the branches thereof

and we [jesus and john] will pluck from the trees [the five israelitish trees] those branches

which are ripened

that must perish

and cast them into the fire

and this i [jesus christ] do [jacob 5:59]

that perhaps the roots thereof [the five scriptural canons] may take strength [faith]

because of their goodness

and because of the change of the branches

that the good may overcome the evil

and because that i [jesus christ] have preserved the natural branches [the four israelite tribal branches] [jacob 5:60]

and the roots thereof [the four scriptural canons]

and that i [jesus christ] have grafted in the natural branches [the four israelite tribal branches] again into their mother tree [the mother israel tribes]

and have preserved the roots [the original scriptures] of their mother tree [the mother israel tribes]

that perhaps the trees [the five israelitish trees] of my vineyard [the world] may bring forth again good fruit [gifts of the spirit]

and that i [jesus christ] may have joy again in the fruit [gifts] of my vineyard [the world]

and perhaps that i [jesus christ] may rejoice exceedingly

that i [jesus christ] have preserved the roots [the scriptures]

and the branches of the first fruit [the original gifts]

wherefore [jacob 5:61]

go to [john sent on a mission]

and call servants [other eliases]

that we [jesus, john and other eliases] may labor diligently with our might in the vineyard [the world]

that we [jesus, john and other eliases] may prepare the way [the work of elias]

that i [jesus christ] may bring forth again the natural fruit [the israelite gifts]

which natural fruit [israelite gifts] is good [of the spirit]

and the most precious above all other fruit [gifts]

wherefore [jacob 5:62]

let us [jesus and john] go to

and labor with our might this last time [the second time]

for behold

the end [the death of the earth] draweth nigh

and this is for the last time [the second time]

that i [jesus christ] shall prune my vineyard [the world]

graft in the branches [jacob 5:63]

begin at the last [the lamanites – the fourth israelite tribal branch]

that they may be first [#1: the lamanites – the 4th branch, #2: the 3rd branch, #3: the 2nd branch, #4: the 1st branch, #5: the mother israel tribes]

and that the first may be last [#1: the lamanites – the 4th branch, #2: the 3rd branch, #3: the 2nd branch, #4: the 1st branch, #5: the mother israel tribes]

and dig about the trees [the five israelitish trees]

both old and young [the four new israelitish trees and their old mother tree]

the first and the last [the mother tree and the lamanites]

and the last and the first [the lamanites and the mother tree]

that all may be nourished once again for the last time [the second time]

wherefore [jacob 5:64]

dig about them

and prune them

and dung them once more for the last time [the second time]

for the end [the death of the earth] draweth nigh

and if it be so

that these last grafts shall grow

and bring forth the natural fruit [the israelite gifts]

then shall ye [john and the other eliases] prepare the way for them [the work of elias]

that they may grow

and as they begin to grow [jacob 5:65]

ye [john and the other eliases] shall clear away the branches

which bring forth bitter fruit [gifts of men and devils]

according to the strength [faith] of the good and the size thereof

and ye [john and the other eliases] shall not clear away the bad thereof all at once

lest the roots thereof [the scriptures] should be too strong [faithful] for the graft

and the graft thereof shall perish

and i [jesus christ] lose the trees [the tribes] of my vineyard [the world]

for it grieveth me [jesus christ] [jacob 5:66]

that i [jesus christ] should lose the trees [the tribes] of my vineyard [the world]

wherefore

ye [john and the other eliases] shall clear away the bad

according as the good shall grow

that the root [the scripture] and the top [the living church] may be equal in strength [in faith]

until the good shall overcome the bad

and the bad be hewn down

and cast into the fire

that they cumber not the ground of my vineyard [the world]

and thus will i [jesus christ] sweep away the bad out of my vineyard [the world]

and the branches [the four israelite tribal branches] of the natural tree [the mother israel tribes] will i [jesus christ] graft in again into the natural tree [the mother israel tribes] [jacob 5:67]

and the branches [the israelites and gentiles] of the natural tree [the mother israel tribes] will i [jesus christ] graft into the natural branches [the four israelite tribal branches] of the tree [the mother israel tribes] [jacob 5:68]

and thus will i [jesus christ] bring them [the five israelitish trees] together again [the (scattered) gathering]

that they [the five israelitish trees] shall bring forth the natural fruit [the israelite gifts]

and they [the five israelitish trees] shall be one [zion]

and the bad shall be cast away [jacob 5:69]

yea

even out of all the land of my vineyard [the world]

for behold

only this once will i [jesus christ] prune my vineyard [the world]

.

Jesus sends John on a mission—John obeys and brings a few other Eliases back with him—Jesus speaks to the Eliases and commands them to go and labor in the world with their might—He says this is the last time He will nourish the world—He says the end is near and the season soon approaches—He promises them joy in the fruit He will store up during the Millennium if they labor with Him with their might.

.

and it came to pass [jacob 5:70]

that the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] sent his servant [john the beloved apostle]

and the servant [john the beloved apostle] went

and did as the lord [jesus christ] had commanded him [john the beloved apostle]

and brought other servants [other eliases]

and they [the other eliases] were few

and the lord of the vineyard said unto them [the other eliases] [jacob 5:71]

go to

and labor in the vineyard [the world] with your might

for behold

this is the last time [the second time]

that i [jesus christ] shall nourish my vineyard

for the end [the death of the earth] is nigh at hand

and the season [the time after the Millennium] speedily cometh

and if ye [the other eliases] labor with your might with me [jesus christ]

ye [the other eliases] shall have joy in the fruit [the gifts]

which i [jesus christ] shall lay up [for the Millennium] unto myself against the time [after the Millennium]

which will soon come

.

The Eliases (and Jesus) go and labor in the world—They obey Jesus’ commandments—Israelite fruit begins to appear in the world again—The four tribal branches begin to grow and thrive—The apostates begin to be cast away—The Eliases keep the church and the scriptures equal—The bad is cast out of the world, the Israelitish tribes and their fruit is preserved by Jesus and all the tribes of Israel are gathered as one body, their fruit all being equal.

.

and it came to pass [jacob 5:72]

that the servants [the eliases] did go

and labor with their mights

and the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] labored also with them [the eliases]

and they [the eliases] did obey the commandments of the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] in all things

and there began to be the natural fruit [the israelite gifts] again in the vineyard [the world] [jacob 5:73]

and the natural branches [the four israelite tribal branches] began to grow

and thrive exceedingly

and the wild branches [apostate israelites and gentiles] began to be plucked off

and to be cast away

and they [the eliases] did keep the root [the scripture] and the top [the living church] thereof equal

according to the strength [faith] thereof

and thus [jacob 5:74]

they [the eliases] labored with all diligence

according to the commandments of the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world]

even until the bad had been cast away out of the vineyard [the world]

and the lord [jesus christ] had preserved unto himself

that the trees had become again the natural fruit [the israelite gifts]

and they became like unto one body [the (non-scattered) gathering]

and the fruits [the gifts] were equal

and the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] had preserved unto himself the natural fruit [the israelite gifts]

which was most precious unto him from the beginning

.

Jesus, seeing that the world’s fruit is good and that the world is no longer corrupt, calls the Eliases and says to them that He and they have nourished the world for this last time and He has done according to His will—He says the fruit He has preserved is good, like at the beginning—He blesses His servants for their diligent labor, for keeping His commandments and for bringing to Him again the good fruit—He says the world is no longer corrupt and the bad has been removed—He says His servants will have joy with Him because of the fruit—He says will lay up fruit for a thousand years because of their labor—He says that after the Millennium, when bad fruit appears again, He will gather and preserve the good to Himself and gather and cast away the bad, then the season and the end will come and the world will be burned with fire.

.

and it came to pass [jacob 5:75]

that when the lord [jesus christ] of the vineyard [the world] saw

that his fruit [gifts] was good [of the spirit]

and that his vineyard [the world] was no more corrupt

he [jesus christ] called up his servants [john and the other eliases]

and said unto them [john and the other eliases]

behold

for this last time [the second time] have we [jesus, john and the other eliases] nourished my vineyard [the world]

and thou [elias] beholdest

that i [jesus christ] have done according to my will

and i [jesus christ] have preserved the natural fruit [the israelite gifts]

that it [the fruit] is good [of the spirit]

even like as it [the fruit] was in the beginning [originally]

and blessed art thou [elias]

for because ye [john and the other eliases] have been diligent in laboring with me [jesus christ] in my vineyard [the world]

and have kept my commandments

and have brought unto me [jesus christ] again the natural fruit [the israelite gifts]

that my vineyard [the world] is no more corrupted

and the bad is cast away

behold

ye [john and the other eliases] shall have joy with me [jesus christ] because of the fruit [the gifts] of my vineyard [the world]

for behold [jacob 5:76]

for a long time [a thousand years – the Millennium] will i [jesus christ] lay up of the fruit [the gifts] of my vineyard [the world] unto mine own self against the season [the time after the Millennium]

which speedily cometh

and for the last time [the second time] have i [jesus christ] nourished my vineyard [the world]

and pruned it [the world]

and dug about it [the world]

and dunged it [the world]

wherefore

i [jesus christ] will lay up unto mine own self of the fruit [the gifts] for a long time [a thousand years – the Millennium]

according to that which i [jesus christ] have spoken

and when the time cometh [after the millennium] [jacob 5:77]

that evil fruit [gifts of men and devils] shall again come [after the millennium] into my vineyard [the world]

then will i [jesus christ] cause the good and the bad to be gathered [the second gathering]

and the good will i [jesus christ] preserve unto myself

and the bad will i [jesus christ] cast away into its own place [outer darkness]

and then cometh the season [the time after the Millennium] and the end [the death of the earth]

and my vineyard [the world] will i cause to be burned with fire

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Doctrine and Covenants–Section 89

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jun., at Kirtland, Ohio, February 27, 1833. As a consequence of the early brethren using tobacco in their meetings, the Prophet was led to ponder upon the matter; consequently, he inquired of the Lord concerning it. This revelation, known as the Word of Wisdom, was the result.


  1. a word of wisdom for the benefit of the council of high priests assembled in kirtland and the church |

  2. and also the saints in zion to be sent greeting |

  3. not by commandment or constraint | but by revelation and the word of wisdom |

  4. showing forth the order and will of god in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days |

  5. given for a principle with promise |

  6. adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints | who are or can be called saints |

  7. behold | verily | thus saith the lord unto you |

    1. in consequence of evils and designs | which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days | i have warned you and forewarn you | by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation |

      1. that inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you |

        1. behold | it is not good neither meet in the sight of your father | only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him |

  8. and behold | this should be wine | yea | pure wine of the grape of the vine | of your own make |

  9. and again | strong drinks are not for the belly | but for the washing of your bodies |

  10. and again | tobacco is not for the body | neither for the belly | and is not good for man | but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle | to be used with judgment and skill |

  11. and again | hot drinks are not for the body or belly |

  12. and again | verily | i say unto you |

    1. all wholesome herbs god hath ordained for the constitution | nature | and use of man |

  13. every herb in the season thereof | and every fruit in the season thereof |

  14. all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving |

    1. yea | flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air | i | the lord | have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving |

  15. nevertheless | they are to be used sparingly |

    1. and it is pleasing unto me | that they should not be used | only in times of winter | or of cold | or famine |

  16. all grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts | to be the staff of life | not only for man | but for the beasts of the field | and the fowls of heaven | and all wild animals | that run or creep on the earth |

  17. and these hath god made for the use of man | only in times of famine and excess of hunger |

  18. all grain is good for the food of man | as also the fruit of the vine | that which yieldeth fruit | whether in the ground or above the ground | nevertheless | wheat for man | and corn for the ox | and oats for the horse | and rye for the fowls and for swine | and for all beasts of the field | and barley for all useful animals | and for mild drinks | as also other grain |

  19. and all saints | who remember to keep and do these sayings | walking in obedience to the commandments | shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones | and shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge | even hidden treasures | and shall run and not be weary | and shall walk and not faint |

    1. and i | the lord | give unto them a promise |

      1. that the destroying angel shall pass by them | as the children of israel | and not slay them | amen |

Doctrine and Covenants—Sections 121-123


Selections from a long letter written by Joseph Smith, Jun., while he was a prisoner in Liberty Jail, Missouri, on March 20, 1839, addressed “To the Church of Latter-day Saints at Quincy, Illinois and scattered abroad and to Bishop Partridge in particular” (Hc 3:289). One-third of the letter is canonized and recorded as sections 121, 122 and 123 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Joseph and several companions had been months in prison. Their petitions and appeals directed to the executive officers and the judiciary had failed to bring them relief. These portions of the letter contain prayer, prophecy and the duty of the saints in relation to their persecutors.


O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place? How long shall thy hand be stayed, and thine eye, yea thy pure eye, behold from the eternal heavens the wrongs of thy people and of thy servants, and thine ear be penetrated with their cries? Yea, O Lord, how long shall they suffer these wrongs and unlawful oppressions, before thine heart shall be softened toward them, and thy bowels be moved with compassion toward them?

O Lord God Almighty, maker of heaven, earth, and seas, and of all things that in them are, and who controllest and subjectest the devil, and the dark and benighted dominion of Sheol—stretch forth thy hand; let thine eye pierce; let thy pavilion be taken up; let thy hiding place no longer be covered; let thine ear be inclined; let thine heart be softened, and thy bowels moved with compassion toward us. Let thine anger be kindled against our enemies; and, in the fury of thine heart, with thy sword avenge us of our wrongs. Remember thy suffering saints, O our God; and thy servants will rejoice in thy name forever.


my son | peace be unto thy soul |

thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment | and then | if thou endure it well | god shall exalt thee on high | thou shalt triumph over all thy foes |

thy friends do stand by thee | and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands | thou art not yet as job | thy friends do not contend against thee | neither charge thee with transgression | as they did job | and they who do charge thee with transgression | their hope shall be blasted | and their prospects shall melt away | as the hoar frost melteth before the burning rays of the rising sun |

and also | that god hath set his hand and seal to change the times and seasons | and to blind their minds | that they may not understand his marvelous workings |

that he may prove them | also | and take them in their own craftiness |

also | because their hearts are corrupted | and the things | which they are willing to bring upon others | and love to have others suffer | may come upon themselves to the very uttermost |

that they may be disappointed | also | and their hopes may be cut off |

and not many years hence | that they and their posterity shall be swept from under heaven |

saith god |

that not one of them is left to stand by the wall |


cursed are all those | that shall lift up the heel against mine anointed |

saith the lord |

and cry |

they have sinned |

when they have not sinned before me |

saith the lord |

but have done that | which was meet in mine eyes | and which i commanded them |

but those who cry |

transgression |

do it | because they are the servants of sin | and are the children of disobedience themselves |

and those who swear falsely against my servants | that they might bring them into bondage and death |

wo unto them |

because they have offended my little ones |

they shall be severed from the ordinances of mine house | their basket shall not be full | their houses and their barns shall perish | and they themselves shall be despised | by those that flattered them |

they shall not have right to the priesthood | nor their posterity after them from generation to generation |

it had been better for them | that a millstone had been hanged about their necks | and they drowned in the depth of the sea |

wo unto all those | that discomfort my people | and drive | and murder | and testify against them |

saith the lord of hosts

a generation of vipers shall not escape the damnation of hell |

behold | mine eyes see and know all their works | and i have in reserve a swift judgment | in the season thereof | for them all | for there is a time appointed for every man | according as his works shall be |


God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now; which our forefathers have awaited with anxious expectation to be revealed in the last times, which their minds were pointed to by the angels, as held in reserve for the fulness of their glory; a time to come in the which nothing shall be withheld, whether there be one God or many gods, they shall be manifest. All thrones and dominions, principalities and powers, shall be revealed and set forth upon all who have endured valiantly for the gospel of Jesus Christ. And also, if there be bounds set to the heavens or to the seas, or to the dry land, or to the sun, moon, or stars—all the times of their revolutions, all the appointed days, months, and years, and all the days of their days, months, and years, and all their glories, laws, and set times, shall be revealed in the days of the dispensation of the fulness of times—according to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other gods before this world was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every man shall enter into his eternal presence and into his immortal rest. How long can rolling waters remain impure? What power shall stay the heavens? As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream, as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints.


Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen? Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—that the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness. That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man. Behold, ere he is aware, he is left unto himself, to kick against the pricks, to persecute the saints, and to fight against God. We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion. Hence many are called, but few are chosen.


No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; by kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy; that he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.


let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men | and to the household of faith | and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly | then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of god | and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven |


the holy ghost shall be thy constant companion | and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth | and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion | and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever |

the ends of the earth shall inquire after thy name | and fools shall have thee in derision | and hell shall rage against thee | while the pure in heart | and the wise | and the noble | and the virtuous | shall seek counsel | and authority | and blessings | constantly from under thy hand |

and thy people shall never be turned against thee by the testimony of traitors | and although their influence shall cast thee into trouble | and into bars and walls | thou shalt be had in honor | and | but for a small moment | and thy voice shall be more terrible in the midst of thine enemies than the fierce lion | because of thy righteousness |


and thy god shall stand by thee forever and ever |

if thou art called to pass through tribulation | if thou art in perils among false brethren | if thou art in perils among robbers | if thou art in perils by land or by sea | if thou art accused with all manner of false accusations | if thine enemies fall upon thee | if they tear thee from the society of thy father and mother and brethren and sisters | and if | with a drawn sword | thine enemies tear thee from the bosom of thy wife | and of thine offspring | and thine elder son | although but six years of age | shall cling to thy garments | and shall say |

my father | my father | why can’t you stay with us |

o | my father | what are the men going to do with you |

and if then he shall be thrust from thee by the sword | and thou be dragged to prison | and thine enemies prowl around thee like wolves for the blood of the lamb | and if thou shouldst be cast into the pit | or into the hands of murderers | and the sentence of death passed upon thee | if thou be cast into the deep | if the billowing surge conspire against thee | if fierce winds become thine enemy | if the heavens gather blackness | and all the elements combine to hedge up the way | and above all | if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee | know thou | my son | that all these things shall give thee experience | and shall be for thy good |

the son of man hath descended below them all |

art thou greater than he |

therefore | hold on thy way | and the priesthood shall remain with thee | for their bounds are set | they cannot pass | thy days are known | and thy years shall not be numbered less | therefore | fear not what man can do | for god shall be with you forever and ever |


And again, we would suggest for your consideration the propriety of all the saints gathering up a knowledge of all the facts, and sufferings and abuses put upon them by the people of this State; and also of all the property and amount of damages which they have sustained, both of character and personal injuries, as well as real property; and also the names of all persons that have had a hand in their oppressions, as far as they can get hold of them and find them out. And perhaps a committee can be appointed to find out these things, and to take statements and affidavits; and also to gather up the libelous publications that are afloat; and all that are in the magazines, and in the encyclopedias, and all the libelous histories that are published, and are writing, and by whom, and present the whole concatenation of diabolical rascality and nefarious and murderous impositions that have been practised upon this people—that we may not only publish to all the world, but present them to the heads of government in all their dark and hellish hue, as the last effort which is enjoined on us by our Heavenly Father, before we can fully and completely claim that promise which shall call him forth from his hiding place; and also that the whole nation may be left without excuse before he can send forth the power of his mighty arm.

It is an imperative duty that we owe to God, to angels, with whom we shall be brought to stand, and also to ourselves, to our wives and children, who have been made to bow down with grief, sorrow, and care, under the most damning hand of murder, tyranny, and oppression, supported and urged on and upheld by the influence of that spirit which hath so strongly riveted the creeds of the fathers, who have inherited lies, upon the hearts of the children, and filled the world with confusion, and has been growing stronger and stronger, and is now the very mainspring of all corruption, and the whole earth groans under the weight of its iniquity. It is an iron yoke, it is a strong band; they are the very handcuffs, and chains, and shackles, and fetters of hell. Therefore it is an imperative duty that we owe, not only to our own wives and children, but to the widows and fatherless, whose husbands and fathers have been murdered under its iron hand; which dark and blackening deeds are enough to make hell itself shudder, and to stand aghast and pale, and the hands of the very devil to tremble and palsy. And also it is an imperative duty that we owe to all the rising generation, and to all the pure in heart—for there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it—therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—these should then be attended to with great earnestness. Let no man count them as small things; for there is much which lieth in futurity, pertaining to the saints, which depends upon these things.

You know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves. Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.


Doctrine and Covenants–Section 87


Revelation and prophecy on war, given through Joseph Smith, Jun., 25 December 1832. This section was received at a time when the brethren were reflecting and reasoning upon African slavery on the American continent and the slavery of the children of men throughout the world. (DAC 87 Section Heading)


verily | thus saith the lord |

concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass | beginning at the rebellion of south carolina | which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls | (DAC 87:1)


and the time will come | that war will be poured out upon all nations | beginning at this place | (DAC 87:2)


for behold | the southern states shall be divided against the northern states | and the southern states will call on other nations | even the nation of great britain | as it is called | and they shall also call upon other nations | in order to defend themselves against other nations | and then war shall be poured out upon all nations | (DAC 87:3)


and it shall come to pass | after many days | slaves shall rise up against their masters | who shall be marshaled and disciplined for war | (DAC 87:4)


and it shall come to pass | also | that the remnants | who are left of the land | will marshal themselves | and shall become exceedingly angry | and shall vex the gentiles with a sore vexation | (DAC 87:5)


and thus | with the sword | and by bloodshed | the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn | (DAC 87:6)


and with famine | and plague | and earthquake | and the thunder of heaven | and the fierce and vivid lightning | also | shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath | and indignation | and chastening hand of an almighty god | until the consumption decreed hath made a full end of all nations | that the cry of the saints | and of the blood of the saints | shall cease to come up into the ears of the lord of sabaoth | from the earth | to be avenged of their enemies | wherefore | stand ye in holy places | and be not moved | until the day of the lord come | (DAC 87:7)


for behold | it cometh quickly |

saith the lord | amen | (DAC 87:8)

Doctrine and Covenants–Section 98


Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jun., at Kirtland, Ohio, 6 August 1833. This revelation came in consequence of the persecution upon the Saints in Missouri. It was natural that the Saints in Missouri, having suffered physically and also having lost property, would feel an inclination toward retaliation and revenge. Therefore, the Lord gave this revelation. Although some news of the problems in Missouri had no doubt reached the Prophet in Kirtland (nine hundred miles away), the seriousness of the situation could have been known to him at this date only by revelation. (DAC 98 Section Heading)


verily | i say unto you | my friends |

fear not |

let your hearts be comforted | yea | rejoice evermore | and in everything give thanks | waiting patiently on the lord | for your prayers have entered into the ears of the lord of sabaoth | and are recorded with this seal and testament |

the lord hath sworn and decreed | that they shall be granted |

therefore | he giveth this promise unto you with an immutable covenant |

that they shall be fulfilled |

and all things | wherewith you have been afflicted | shall work together for your good | and to my name’s glory |

saith the lord | (DAC 98:1 or D&C 98:1-3)


and now | verily | i say unto you |

concerning the laws of the land |

it is my will | that my people should observe to do all things | whatsoever i command them |

and that law of the land | which is constitutional | supporting that principle of freedom | in maintaining rights and privileges | belongs to all mankind | and is justifiable before me | therefore | i | the lord | justify you | and your brethren of my church | in befriending that law | which is the constitutional law of the land |

and as pertaining to law of man |

whatsoever is more or less than this | cometh of evil | (DAC 98:2 or D&C 98:4-7)


i | the lord god | make you free | therefore | ye are free indeed |

and the law also maketh you free | nevertheless | when the wicked rule | the people mourn | wherefore | honest men | and wise men | should be sought for diligently | and good men | and wise men | ye should observe to uphold | otherwise | whatsoever is less than these | cometh of evil |

and i give unto you a commandment |

that ye shall forsake all evil | and cleave unto all good |

that ye shall live by every word | which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of god | for he will give unto the faithful line upon line | precept upon precept |

and i will try you | and prove you herewith |

and whoso layeth down his life in my cause | for my name’s sake | shall find it again | even life eternal | therefore | be not afraid of your enemies |

for i have decreed in my heart |

saith the lord |

that i will prove you in all things | whether you will abide in my covenant | even unto death | that you may be found worthy |

for if ye will not abide in my covenant | ye are not worthy of me | therefore | renounce war | and proclaim peace | and seek diligently to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers | and the hearts of the fathers to the children |

and again | the hearts of the jews unto the prophets | and the prophets unto the jews |

lest i come | and smite the whole earth with a curse | and all flesh be consumed before me |

let not your hearts be troubled | for in my father’s house are many mansions | and i have prepared a place for you | and where my father and i am | there ye shall be also | (DAC 98:3 or D&C 98:8-18)


behold | i | the lord | am not well pleased with many | who are in the church at kirtland | for they do not forsake their sins | and their wicked ways | the pride of their hearts | and their covetousness | and all their detestable things | and observe the words of wisdom | and eternal life | which i have given unto them |

verily | i say unto you |

that i | the lord | will chasten them | and will do whatsoever i list | if they do not repent | and observe all things | whatsoever i have said unto them | (DAC 98:4 or D&C 98:19-21)


and again | i say unto you |

if ye observe to do whatsoever i command you | i | the lord | will turn away all wrath | and indignation | from you | and the gates of hell shall not prevail against you | (DAC 98:5 or D&C 98:22)


now | i speak unto you |

concerning your families |

if men will smite you | or your families | once | and ye bear it patiently | and revile not against them | neither seek revenge | ye shall be rewarded | but if ye bear it not patiently | it shall be accounted unto you | as being meted out | as a just measure unto you |

and again | if your enemy shall smite you the second time | and you revile not against your enemy | and bear it patiently | your reward shall be an hundred fold |

and again | if he shall smite you the third time | and ye bear it patiently | your reward shall be doubled unto you four-fold | and these three testimonies shall stand against your enemy | if he repent not | and shall not be blotted out | (DAC 98:6 or D&C 98:23-27)


and now | verily | i say unto you |

if that enemy shall escape my vengeance | that he be not brought into judgment before me | then ye shall see to it | that ye warn him in my name | that he come no more upon you | neither upon your family | even your children’s children | unto the third and fourth generation |

and then | if he shall come upon you | or your children | or your children’s children | unto the third and fourth generation | i have delivered thine enemy into thine hands |

and then | if thou wilt spare him | thou shalt be rewarded for thy righteousness | and also thy children | and thy children’s children | unto the third and fourth generation | nevertheless | thine enemy is in thine hands | and if thou rewardest him according to his works | thou art justified |

if he has sought thy life | and thy life is endangered by him | thine enemy is in thine hands | and thou art justified |

behold | this is the law | i gave unto my servant | nephi | and thy fathers | joseph | and jacob | and isaac | and abraham | and all mine ancient prophets and apostles | (DAC 98:7 or D&C 98:28-32)


and again | this is the law | that i gave unto mine ancients |

that they should not go out unto battle against any nation | kindred | tongue | or people | save i | the lord | commanded them |

and if any nation | tongue | or people | should proclaim war against them | they should first lift a standard of peace unto that people | nation | or tongue |

and if that people did not accept the offering of peace | neither the second | nor the third time | they should bring these testimonies before the lord |

then i | the lord | would give unto them a commandment | and justify them | in going out to battle against that nation | tongue | or people |

and i | the lord | would fight their battles | and their children’s battles | and their children’s children’s | until they had avenged themselves on all their enemies | to the third and fourth generation |

behold | this is an ensample unto all people |

saith the lord | your god |

for justification before me | (DAC 98:8 or D&C 98:33-38)


and again | verily | i say unto you |

if | after thine enemy has come upon thee the first time | he repent | and come unto thee | praying thy forgiveness | thou shalt forgive him | and shalt hold it no more as a testimony against thine enemy |

and so on | unto the second and third time |

and as oft as thine enemy repenteth of the trespass | wherewith he has trespassed against thee | thou shalt forgive him | until seventy times seven |

and if he trespass against thee | and repent not the first time | nevertheless | thou shalt forgive him |

and if he trespass against thee the second time | and repent not | nevertheless | thou shalt forgive him |

and if he trespass against thee the third time | and repent not | thou shalt also forgive him |

but if he trespass against thee the fourth time | thou shalt not forgive him | but shalt bring these testimonies before the lord | and they shall not be blotted out | until he repent | and reward thee four-fold in all things | wherewith he has trespassed against thee |

and if he do this | thou shalt forgive him with all thine heart |

and if he do not this | i | the lord | will avenge thee of thine enemy an hundred-fold | and upon his children | and upon his children’s children | of all them that hate me | unto the third and fourth generation |

but if the children shall repent | or the children’s children | and turn to the lord | their god | with all their hearts | and with all their might | mind | and strength | and restore four-fold for all their trespasses | wherewith they have trespassed | or wherewith their fathers have trespassed | or their fathers’ fathers | then thine indignation shall be turned away |

and vengeance shall no more come upon them |

saith the lord | thy god |

and their trespasses shall never be brought any more as a testimony before the lord against them | amen | (DAC 98:9 or D&C 98:39-48)


The Book of Abraham

TRANSLATED FROM THE PAPYRUS, BY JOSEPH SMITH

A Translation of some ancient Records that have fallen into our hands from the catacombs of Egypt. The writings of Abraham while he was in Egypt, called the Book of Abraham, written by his own hand, upon papyrus.


Facsimile 1

Explanation

1. The Angel of the Lord.

2. Abraham fastened upon an altar.

3. The idolatrous priest of Elkenah attempting to offer up Abraham as a sacrifice.

4. The altar for sacrifice by the idolatrous priests, standing before the gods of Elkenah, Libnah, Mahmackrah, Korash, and Pharaoh.

5. The idolatrous god of Elkenah.

6. The idolatrous god of Libnah.

7. The idolatrous god of Mahmackrah.

8. The idolatrous god of Korash.

9. The idolatrous god of Pharaoh.

10. Abraham in Egypt.

11. Designed to represent the pillars of heaven, as understood by the Egyptians.

12. Raukeeyang, signifying expanse, or the firmament over our heads; but in this case, in relation to this subject, the Egyptians meant it to signify Shaumau, to be high, or the heavens, answering to the Hebrew word, Shaumahyeem.


  1. the book of abraham | written by his own hand upon papyrus |

    1. in the land of the chaldeans | at the residence of my fathers | i | abraham | saw | that it was needful for me to obtain another place of residence |

    2. and finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me | i sought for the blessings of the fathers and the right | whereunto i should be ordained to administer the same |

      1. having been | myself | a follower of righteousness |

      2. desiring also to be one | who possessed great knowledge | and to be a greater follower of righteousness | and to possess a greater knowledge | and to be a father of many nations | a prince of peace |

      3. and desiring to receive instructions | and to keep the commandments of god |

    3. i became a rightful heir | a high priest | holding the right belonging to the fathers |

    4. it was conferred upon me from the fathers |

    5. it came down from the fathers | from the beginning of time | yea | even from the beginning | or before the foundation of the earth | down to the present time | even the right of the firstborn | or the first man | who is adam | or first father | through the fathers | unto me |

    6. i sought for mine appointment unto the priesthood | according to the appointment of god unto the fathers | concerning the seed |

    7. my fathers |

      1. having turned from their righteousness | and from the holy commandments | which the lord | their god | had given unto them | unto the worshiping of the gods of the heathen |

    8. utterly refused to hearken to my voice | for their hearts were set to do evil | and were wholly turned to the god of elkenah | and the god of libnah | and the god of mahmackrah | and the god of korash | and the god of pharaoh | king of egypt | therefore | they turned their hearts to the sacrifice of the heathen | in offering up their children unto these dumb idols | and hearkened not unto my voice | but endeavored to take away my life by the hand of the priest of elkenah |

  2. the priest of elkenah was also the priest of pharaoh |

    1. now | at this time | it was the custom of the priest of pharaoh | the king of egypt | to offer up upon the altar | which was built in the land of chaldea | for the offering unto these strange gods | men | women | and children |

    2. and it came to pass | that the priest made an offering unto the god of pharaoh | and also unto the god of shagreel | even after the manner of the egyptians |

  3. now | the god of shagreel was the sun |

    1. even the thank-offering of a child did the priest of pharaoh offer upon the altar | which stood by the hill called potiphar’s hill | at the head of the plain of olishem |

    2. now | this priest had offered upon this altar three virgins at one time | who were the daughters of onitah | one of the royal descent | directly from the loins of ham |

    3. these virgins were offered up | because of their virtue |

    4. they would not bow down to worship gods of wood | or of stone | therefore | they were killed upon this altar | and it was done after the manner of the egyptians |

    5. and it came to pass | that the priests laid violence upon me | that they might slay me also | as they did those virgins upon this altar |

  4. and that you may have a knowledge of this altar | i will refer you to the representation at the commencement of this record |

  5. it was made after the form of a bedstead | such as was had among the chaldeans |

  6. and it stood before the gods of elkenah | libnah | mahmackrah | korash | and also a god like unto that of pharaoh | king of egypt |

  7. that you may have an understanding of these gods | i have given you the fashion of them in the figures at the beginning | which manner of figures is called | by the chaldeans | rahleenos | which signifies hieroglyphics |

    1. and as they lifted up their hands upon me | that they might offer me up and take away my life |

    2. behold | i lifted up my voice unto the lord | my god |

    3. and the lord hearkened and heard |

    4. and he filled me with the vision of the almighty |

    5. and the angel of his presence stood by me | and immediately unloosed my bands |

    6. and his voice was unto me |

      1. abraham |

      2. abraham |

      3. behold | my name is jehovah |

      4. and i have heard thee | and have come down to deliver thee | and to take thee away from thy father’s house | and from all thy kinsfolk | into a strange land | which thou knowest not of |

      5. and this | because they have turned their hearts away from me | to worship the god of elkenah | and the god of libnah | and the god of mahmackrah | and the god of korash | and the god of pharaoh | king of egypt |

      6. therefore | i have come down to visit them | and to destroy him | who hath lifted up his hand against thee | abraham | my son | to take away thy life |

      7. behold | i will lead thee by my hand | and i will take thee | to put upon thee my name | even the priesthood of thy father | and my power shall be over thee |

      8. as it was with noah | so shall it be with thee | but through thy ministry my name shall be known in the earth forever | for i am thy god |

  8. behold | potiphar’s hill was in the land of ur | of chaldea |

    1. and the lord broke down the altar of elkenah | and of the gods of the land | and utterly destroyed them | and smote the priest | that he died | and there was great mourning in chaldea | and also in the court of pharaoh |

  9. which pharaoh signifies king by royal blood |

  10. now | this king of egypt was a descendant from the loins of ham | and was a partaker of the blood of the canaanites by birth |

  11. from this descent sprang all the egyptians | and thus | the blood of the canaanites was preserved in the land |

  12. the land of egypt | being first discovered by a woman | who was the daughter of ham | and the daughter of egyptus |

  13. which in the chaldean signifies egypt | which signifies that which is forbidden |

  14. when this woman discovered the land | it was under water | who afterward settled her sons in it | and thus | from Ham | sprang that race which preserved the curse in the land |

  15. now | the first government of egypt was established by pharaoh | the eldest son of egyptus | the daughter of ham | and it was after the manner of the government of ham | which was patriarchal |

  16. pharaoh | being a righteous man | established his kingdom | and judged his people wisely and justly all his days | seeking earnestly to imitate that order established by the fathers in the first generations | in the days of the first patriarchal reign | even in the reign of adam | and also of noah | his father | who blessed him with the blessings of the earth | and with the blessings of wisdom | but cursed him as pertaining to the priesthood |

    1. now | pharaoh being of that lineage | by which he could not have the right of priesthood | notwithstanding | the pharaohs would fain claim it from noah | through ham | therefore | my father was led away by their idolatry |

  17. but i shall endeavor | hereafter | to delineate the chronology | running back from myself to the beginning of the creation | for the records have come into my hands | which i hold unto this present time |

    1. now | after the priest of elkenah was smitten | that he died | there came a fulfilment of those things | which were said unto me | concerning the land of chaldea |

      1. that there should be a famine in the land |

    2. accordingly | a famine prevailed throughout all the land of chaldea | and my father was sorely tormented | because of the famine | and he repented of the evil | which he had determined against me | to take away my life |

  18. but the records of the fathers | even the patriarchs | concerning the right of priesthood | the lord | my god | preserved in mine own hands | therefore | a knowledge of the beginning of the creation | and also of the planets | and of the stars | as they were made known unto the fathers | have i kept | even unto this day | and i shall endeavor to write some of these things upon this record | for the benefit of my posterity | that shall come after me |

    1. now | the lord god caused the famine to wax sore in the land of ur | insomuch that haran | my brother | died | but terah | my father | yet lived in the land of ur | of the chaldees |

    2. and it came to pass | that i | abraham | took sarai to wife | and nahor | my brother | took milcah to wife | who was the daughter of haran |

    3. now | the lord had said unto me |

      1. abraham | get thee out of thy country | and from thy kindred | and from thy father’s house | unto a land that i will show thee |

    4. therefore | i left the land of ur | of the chaldees | to go into the land of canaan |

    5. and i took lot | my brother’s son | and his wife | and sarai | my wife | and also my father followed after me | unto the land which we denominated haran |

    6. and the famine abated |

    7. and my father tarried in haran | and dwelt there | as there were many flocks in haran |

    8. and my father turned again unto his idolatry | therefore | he continued in haran |

    9. but i | abraham | and lot | my brother’s son | prayed unto the lord | and the lord appeared unto me | and said unto me |

      1. arise | and take lot with thee | for I have purposed to take thee away out of haran | and to make of thee a minister | to bear my name in a strange land | which I will give unto thy seed after thee | for an everlasting possession | when they hearken to my voice |

      2. for i am the lord | thy god |

      3. i dwell in heaven |

      4. the earth is my footstool |

      5. i stretch my hand over the sea | and it obeys my voice |

      6. i cause the wind and the fire to be my chariot |

      7. i say to the mountains |

        1. depart hence |

      8. and behold | they are taken away by a whirlwind | in an instant | suddenly |

      9. my name is jehovah |

      10. and i know the end from the beginning | therefore | my hand shall be over thee |

      11. and i will make of thee a great nation |

      12. and i will bless thee above measure | and make thy name great among all nations |

      13. and thou shalt be a blessing unto thy seed after thee | that in their hands they shall bear this ministry and priesthood unto all nations |

      14. and i will bless them through thy name | for as many as receive this gospel shall be called after thy name | and shall be accounted thy seed | and shall rise up and bless thee as their father |

      15. and i will bless them that bless thee | and curse them that curse thee |

      16. and in thee |

  19. that is | in thy priesthood |

      1. and in thy seed |

  20. that is | thy priesthood |

      1. for i give unto thee a promise | that this right shall continue in thee | and in thy seed after thee |

  21. that is to say | the literal seed | or the seed of the body |

      1. shall all the families of the earth be blessed | even with the blessings of the gospel | which are the blessings of salvation | even of life eternal |

    1. now | after the lord had withdrawn from speaking to me | and withdrawn his face from me | i said in my heart |

      1. thy servant has sought thee earnestly |

      2. now i have found thee |

      3. thou didst send thine angel to deliver me from the gods of elkenah | and i will do well to hearken unto thy voice | therefore | let thy servant rise up and depart in peace |

    2. so i | abraham | departed | as the lord had said unto me | and lot with me |

    3. and i | abraham | was sixty and two years old | when i departed out of haran |

    4. and i took sarai | whom i took to wife | when i was in ur | in chaldea | and lot | my brother’s son | and all our substance that we had gathered | and the souls that we had won in haran | and came forth in the way to the land of canaan | and dwelt in tents | as we came on our way | therefore | eternity was our covering and our rock and our salvation | as we journeyed from haran | by the way of jershon | to come to the land of canaan |

    5. now | i | abraham | built an altar in the land of jershon | and made an offering unto the lord | and prayed | that the famine might be turned away from my father’s house | that they might not perish |

    6. and then we passed from jershon | through the land | unto the place of sechem |

  22. it was situated in the plains of moreh |

    1. and we had already come into the borders of the land of the canaanites |

    2. and i offered sacrifice there | in the plains of moreh | and called on the lord devoutly | because we had already come into the land of this idolatrous nation |

    3. and the lord appeared unto me in answer to my prayers | and said unto me |

      1. unto thy seed will i give this land |

    4. and i | abraham | arose from the place of the altar | which i had built unto the lord | and removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of bethel | and pitched my tent there |

  23. bethel on the west | and hai on the east |

    1. and there i built another altar unto the lord | and called again upon the name of the lord |

    2. and i | abraham | journeyed | going on still towards the south | and there was a continuation of a famine in the land |

    3. and i | abraham | concluded to go down into egypt | to sojourn there | for the famine became very grievous |

    4. and it came to pass | when i was come near to enter into egypt | the lord said unto me |

      1. behold | sarai | thy wife | is a very fair woman to look upon | therefore |

      2. it shall come to pass | when the egyptians shall see her | they will say |

        1. she is his wife |

      3. and they will kill you | but they will save her alive | therefore | see | that ye do on this wise |

        1. let her say unto the egyptians |

          1. she is thy sister |

        2. and thy soul shall live |

    5. and it came to pass | that i | abraham | told sarai | my wife | all that the lord had said unto me |

      1. therefore | say unto them | i pray thee |

        1. thou art my sister |

      2. that it may be well with me | for thy sake | and my soul shall live | because of thee |

        Explanation

        1. Kolob, signifying the first creation, nearest to the celestial, or the residence of God. First in government, the last pertaining to the measurement of time. The measurement according to celestial time, which celestial time signifies one day to a cubit. One day in Kolob is equal to a thousand years according to the measurement of this earth, which is called by the Egyptians Jah-oh-eh.

        2. Stands next to Kolob, called by the Egyptians Oliblish, which is the next grand governing creation near to the celestial or the place where God resides; holding the key of power also, pertaining to other planets; as revealed from God to Abraham, as he offered sacrifice upon an altar, which he had built unto the Lord.

        3. Is made to represent God, sitting upon his throne, clothed with power and authority; with a crown of eternal light upon his head; representing also the grand Key-words of the Holy Priesthood, as revealed to Adam in the Garden of Eden, as also to Seth, Noah, Melchizedek, Abraham, and all to whom the Priesthood was revealed.

        4. Answers to the Hebrew word Raukeeyang, signifying expanse, or the firmament of the heavens; also a numerical figure, in Egyptian signifying one thousand; answering to the measuring of the time of Oliblish, which is equal with Kolob in its revolution and in its measuring of time.

        5. Is called in Egyptian Enish-go-on-dosh; this is one of the governing planets also, and is said by the Egyptians to be the Sun, and to borrow its light from Kolob through the medium of Kae-e-vanrash, which is the grand Key, or, in other words, the governing power, which governs fifteen other fixed planets or stars, as also Floeese or the Moon, the Earth and the Sun in their annual revolutions. This planet receives its power through the medium of Kli-flos-is-es, or Hah-ko-kau-beam, the stars represented by numbers 22 and 23, receiving light from the revolutions of Kolob.

        6. Represents this earth in its four quarters.

        7. Represents God sitting upon his throne, revealing through the heavens the grand Key-words of the Priesthood; as, also, the sign of the Holy Ghost unto Abraham, in the form of a dove.

        8. Contains writings that cannot be revealed unto the world; but is to be had in the Holy Temple of God.

        9. Ought not to be revealed at the present time.

        10. Also.

        11. Also. If the world can find out these numbers, so let it be. Amen.

        12. Figures 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21, will be given in the own due time of the Lord.


    6. and i | abraham | had the urim and thummim | which the lord my god had given unto me | in ur | of the chaldees | and i saw the stars | that they were very great | and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of god | and there were many great ones | which were near unto it |

    7. and the lord said unto me |

      1. these are the governing ones |

      2. and the name of the great one is kolob | because it is near unto me | for i am the lord | thy god |

      3. i have set this one to govern all those | which belong to the same order | as that upon which thou standest |

    8. and the lord said unto me | by the urim and thummim |

      1. that kolob was after the manner of the lord | according to its times and seasons | in the revolutions thereof |

      2. that one revolution was a day unto the lord | after his manner of reckoning |

      3. it being one thousand years | according to the time appointed unto that whereon thou standest |

  24. this is the reckoning of the lord’s time | according to the reckoning of kolob |

    1. and the lord said unto me |

      1. the planet which is the lesser light | lesser than that which is to rule the day | even the night | is above | or greater than | that upon which thou standest | in point of reckoning | for it moveth in order more slow |

      2. this is in order | because it standeth above the earth | upon which thou standest | therefore | the reckoning of its time is not so many | as to its number of days | and of months | and of years |

    2. and the lord said unto me |

      1. now | abraham | these two facts exist |

      2. behold | thine eyes see it |

      3. it is given unto thee to know the times of reckoning | and the set time | yea | the set time of the earth upon which thou standest | and the set time of the greater light | which is set to rule the day | and the set time of the lesser light | which is set to rule the night |

      4. now | the set time of the lesser light is a longer time | as to its reckoning | than the reckoning of the time of the earth upon which thou standest |

      5. and where these two facts exist | there shall be another fact above them | that is | there shall be another planet | whose reckoning of time shall be longer still |

      6. and thus | there shall be the reckoning of the time of one planet above another | until thou come nigh unto kolob |

  25. which kolob is after the reckoning of the lord’s time |

      1. which kolob is set |


  26. nigh unto the throne of god |

      1. to govern all those planets | which belong to the same order | as that upon which thou standest |

  27. and it is given unto thee to know the set time of all the stars | that are set to give light | until thou come near unto the throne of god |

    1. thus i | abraham | talked with the lord | face to face | as one man talketh with another | and he told me of the works | which his hands had made

    2. | and he said unto me |

      1. my son |

      2. my son |

    3. and his hand was stretched out |

      1. behold | i will show you all these |

    4. and he put his hand upon mine eyes | and i saw those things | which his hands had made | which were many | and they multiplied before mine eyes | and i could not see the end thereof |

    5. and he said unto me |

      1. this is shinehah |

  28. which is the sun |

    1. and he said unto me |

      1. kokob |

  29. which is star |

    1. and he said unto me |

      1. olea |

  30. which is the moon |

    1. and he said unto me |

      1. kokaubeam |

  31. which signifies stars | or all the great lights | which were in the firmament of heaven |

    1. and it was in the night time | when the lord spake these words unto me |

      1. i will multiply thee | and thy seed after thee | like unto these | and if thou canst count the number of sands | so shall be the number of thy seeds |

    2. and the lord said unto me |

      1. abraham | i show these things unto thee | before ye go into egypt | that ye may declare all these words |

      2. if two things exist | and there be one above the other | there shall be greater things above them | therefore | kolob is the greatest of all the kokaubeam that thou hast seen | because it is nearest unto me |

  32. now | if there be two things | one above the other | and the moon be above the earth | then it may be that a planet or a star may exist above it | and there is nothing that the lord thy god shall take in his heart to do | but what he will do it | howbeit that he made the greater star |

  33. as also | if there be two spirits | and one shall be more intelligent than the other | yet these two spirits | notwithstanding one is more intelligent than the other | have no beginning | they existed before | they shall have no end | they shall exist after | for they are gnolaum | or eternal |

    1. and the lord said unto me |

      1. these two facts do exist |

        1. that there are two spirits | one being more intelligent than the other | there shall be another more intelligent than they |

      2. i am the lord | thy god |

      3. i am more intelligent than they all |

  34. the lord | thy god | sent his angel to deliver thee from the hands of the priest of elkenah |

      1. i dwell in the midst of them all |

      2. i now | therefore | have come down unto thee to declare unto thee the works | which my hands have made | wherein my wisdom excelleth them all | for i rule in the heavens above | and in the earth beneath | in all wisdom and prudence | over all the intelligences thine eyes have seen | from the beginning |

      3. i came down in the beginning in the midst of all the intelligences thou hast seen |

        Explanation

        1. Abraham sitting upon Pharaoh’s throne, by the politeness of the king, with a crown upon his head, representing the Priesthood, as emblematical of the grand Presidency in Heaven; with the scepter of justice and judgment in his hand.

        2. King Pharaoh, whose name is given in the characters above his head.

        3. Signifies Abraham in Egypt as given also in Figure 10 of Facsimile No. 1.

        4. Prince of Pharaoh, King of Egypt, as written above the hand.

        5. Shulem, one of the king’s principal waiters, as represented by the characters above his hand.

        6. Olimlah, a slave belonging to the prince.

        Abraham is reasoning upon the principles of Astronomy, in the king’s court.


    1. now | the lord had shown unto me | abraham | the intelligences that were organized before the world was | and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones | and god saw these souls | that they were good | and he stood in the midst of them | and he said |

      1. these i will make my rulers |

    2. for he stood among those | that were spirits | and he saw | that they were good | and he said unto me |

      1. abraham | thou art one of them | thou wast chosen | before thou wast born |

    3. and there stood one among them | that was like unto god | and he said unto those | who were with him |

      1. we will go down | for there is space there | and we will take of these materials | and we will make an earth | whereon these may dwell | and we will prove them herewith | to see | if they will do all things | whatsoever | the lord | their god | shall command them |

      2. and they | who keep their first estate | shall be added upon |

      3. and they | who keep not their first estate | shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those | who keep their first estate |

      4. and they | who keep their second estate | shall have glory added upon their heads for ever and ever |

    4. and the lord said |

      1. whom shall i send |

    5. and one answered | like unto the son of man |

      1. here am i | send me |

    6. and another answered | and said |

      1. here am i | send me |

    7. and the lord said |

      1. i will send the first |

    8. and the second was angry | and kept not his first estate | and at that day | many followed after him |

    9. and then the lord said |

      1. let us go down |

    10. and they went down at the beginning | and they |

  35. that is | the gods |

    1. organized and formed the heavens and the earth | and the earth | after it was formed | was empty and desolate | because they had not formed anything | but the earth | and darkness reigned upon the face of the deep | and the spirit of the gods was brooding upon the face of the waters |

    2. and they |

  36. the gods |

    1. said |

      1. let there be light |

    2. and there was light | and they |

  37. the gods |

    1. comprehended the light | for it was bright | and they divided the light | or caused it to be divided | from the darkness |

    2. and the gods called the light | day | and the darkness they called | night |

    3. and it came to pass | that from the evening until morning they called | night | and from the morning until the evening they called | day | and this was the first | or the beginning | of that which they called | day and night |

    4. and the gods also said |

      1. let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters | and it shall divide the waters from the waters |

    5. and the gods ordered the expanse | so that it divided the waters | which were under the expanse | from the waters | which were above the expanse | and it was so | even as they ordered |

    6. and the gods called the expanse | heaven |

    7. and it came to pass | that it was from evening until morning | that they called | night |

    8. and it came to pass | that it was from morning until evening | that they called | day | and this was the second time | that they called | night and day |

    9. and the gods ordered | saying |

      1. let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place | and let the earth come up dry |

    10. and it was so | as they ordered |

    11. and the gods pronounced the dry land | earth | and the gathering together of the waters pronounced they | great waters |

    12. and the gods saw | that they were obeyed |

    13. and the gods said |

      1. let us prepare the earth to bring forth grass | the herb yielding seed | the fruit tree yielding fruit | after his kind | whose seed in itself yieldeth its own likeness upon the earth |

    14. and it was so | even as they ordered |

    15. and the gods organized the earth to bring forth grass from its own seed | and the herb to bring forth herb from its own seed | yielding seed after his kind | and the earth to bring forth the tree from its own seed | yielding fruit | whose seed could only bring forth the same in itself | after his kind |

    16. and the gods saw | that they were obeyed |

    17. and it came to pass | that they numbered the days | from the evening until the morning they called | night |

    18. and it came to pass | from the morning until the evening they called | day | and it was the third time |

    19. and the gods organized the lights in the expanse of the heaven | and caused them to divide the day from the night | and organized them to be for signs | and for seasons | and for days | and for years | and organized them | to be for lights in the expanse of the heaven | to give light upon the earth | and it was so |

    20. and the gods organized the two great lights | the greater light to rule the day | and the lesser light to rule the night | with the lesser light they set the stars also |

    21. and the gods set them in the expanse of the heavens | to give light upon the earth | and to rule over the day and over the night | and to cause to divide the light from the darkness |

    22. and the gods watched those things | which they had ordered | until they obeyed |

    23. and it came to pass | that it was from evening until morning | that it was night |

    24. and it came to pass | that it was from morning until evening | that it was day | and it was the fourth time |

    25. and the gods said |

      1. let us prepare the waters | to bring forth abundantly the moving creatures that have life | and the fowl | that they may fly above the earth in the open expanse of heaven |

    26. and the gods prepared the waters | that they might bring forth great whales | and every living creature that moveth | which the waters were to bring forth abundantly after their kind | and every winged fowl after their kind |

    27. and the gods saw | that they would be obeyed | and that their plan was good |

    28. and the gods said |

      1. we will bless them | and cause them to be fruitful | and multiply | and fill the waters in the seas | or great waters | and cause the fowl to multiply in the earth |

    29. and it came to pass | that it was from evening until morning | that they called | night |

    30. and it came to pass | that it was from morning until evening | that they called | day | and it was the fifth time |

    31. and the gods prepared the earth | to bring forth the living creature after his kind | cattle | and creeping things | and beasts of the earth | after their kind | and it was so | as they had said |

    32. and the gods organized the earth | to bring forth the beasts after their kind | and cattle after their kind | and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after its kind |

    33. and the gods saw | they would obey |

    34. and the gods took counsel among themselves | and said |

      1. let us go down | and form man in our image | after our likeness | and we will give them dominion | over the fish of the sea | and over the fowl of the air | and over the cattle | and over all the earth | and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth |

    35. so the gods went down | to organize man in their own image | in the image of the gods to form they him | male and female to form they them |

    36. and the gods said |

      1. we will bless them |

    37. and the gods said |

      1. we will cause them to be fruitful | and multiply | and replenish the earth | and subdue it | and to have dominion | over the fish of the sea | and over the fowl of the air | and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth |

    38. and the gods said |

      1. behold | we will give them every herb bearing seed | that shall come upon the face of all the earth | and every tree which shall have fruit upon it | yea | the fruit of the tree yielding seed | to them we will give it | it shall be for their meat | and to every beast of the earth | and to every fowl of the air | and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth |

      2. behold | we will give them life | and also we will give to them every green herb for meat | and all these things shall be thus organized |

    39. and the gods said |

      1. we will do everything | that we have said | and organize them |

      2. and behold | they shall be very obedient |

    40. and it came to pass | that it was from evening until morning | they called | night |

    41. and it came to pass | that it was from morning until evening | that they called | day | and they numbered the sixth time |

      1. and thus | we will finish the heavens and the earth | and all the hosts of them |

    42. and the gods said among themselves |

      1. on the seventh time we will end our work | which we have counseled | and we will rest on the seventh time from all our work | which we have counseled |

    43. and the gods concluded upon the seventh time | because that on the seventh time they would rest from all their works | which they |

  38. the gods |

    1. counseled among themselves to form | and sanctified it |

    2. and thus were their decisions | at the time that they counseled among themselves to form the heavens and the earth |

    3. and the gods came down | and formed these | the generations of the heavens and of the earth | when they were formed | in the day that the gods formed the earth and the heavens | according to all that which they had said | concerning every plant of the field before it was in the earth | and every herb of the field before it grew |

    4. for the gods had not caused it to rain upon the earth | when they counseled to do them | and had not formed a man to till the ground | but there went up a mist from the earth | and watered the whole face of the ground |

    5. and the gods formed man from the dust of the ground | and took his spirit |

  39. that is | the man’s spirit |

    1. and put it into him | and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life | and man became a living soul |

    2. and the gods planted a garden | eastward in eden | and there they put the man | whose spirit they had put into the body | which they had formed |

    3. and out of the ground made the gods to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food |

    4. the tree of life | also | in the midst of the garden | and the tree of knowledge of good and evil |

    5. there was a river running out of eden | to water the garden | and from thence it was parted | and became into four heads |

    6. and the gods took the man | and put him in the garden of eden | to dress it | and to keep it |

    7. and the gods commanded the man | saying |

      1. of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat | but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil | thou shalt not eat of it | for in the time that thou eatest thereof | thou shalt surely die |

    8. now | i | abraham | saw | that it was after the lord’s time | which was after the time of kolob | for as yet the gods had not appointed unto adam his reckoning |

    9. and the gods said |

      1. let us make an help meet for the man | for it is not good | that the man should be alone | therefore | we will form an help meet for him |

    10. and the gods caused a deep sleep to fall upon adam | and he slept | and they took one of his ribs | and closed up the flesh in the stead thereof | and of the rib which the gods had taken from man | formed they a woman | and brought her unto the man |

    11. and adam said |

      1. this was bone of my bones | and flesh of my flesh |

      2. now | she shall be called | woman | because she was taken out of man |

  40. therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother | and shall cleave unto his wife | and they shall be one flesh |

    1. and they were both naked | the man and his wife | and were not ashamed |

    2. and out of the ground the gods formed every beast of the field | and every fowl of the air | and brought them unto adam | to see what he would call them | and whatsoever adam called every living creature | that should be the name thereof |

    3. and adam gave names to all cattle | to the fowl of the air | to every beast of the field |

    4. and for adam | there was found an help meet for him |

The Book of Mormon—Chapter Eight (2 Nephi 1–2 Nephi 2)

Lehi prophesies of a land of liberty—His seed will be scattered and smitten if they reject the Holy One of Israel—He exhorts his sons to put on the armor of righteousness—Redemption comes through the Holy Messiah—Freedom of choice (agency) is essential to existence and progression—Adam fell that men might be—Men are free to choose liberty and eternal life. About 588–570 B.C.


  • 001.  the second book of nephi

  • 002.  an account of the death of lehi
  • 003.  nephi’s brethren rebel against him
  • 004.  the lord warns nephi to depart into the wilderness
  • 005.  his journeyings in the wilderness
  • 006.  and so forth

  • 007.  and now it came to pass
  • 008.  that after i nephi had made an end of teaching my brethren
  • 009.  our father lehi also spake many things unto them
  • 010.  and rehearsed unto them
  • 011.  how great things the lord had done for them
  • 012.  in bringing them out of the land of jerusalem

  • 013.  and he spake unto them
  • 014.  concerning their rebellions upon the waters
  • 015.  and the mercies of god in sparing their lives
  • 016.  that they were not swallowed up in the sea

  • 017.  and he also spake unto them
  • 018.  concerning the land of promise
  • 019.  which they had obtained
  • 020.  how merciful the lord had been in warning us
  • 021.  that we should flee out of the land of jerusalem

    • 022.  for behold
  • 023.  said he
    • 024.  i have seen a vision
    • 025.  in which i know that jerusalem is destroyed
    • 026.  and had we remained in jerusalem
    • 027.  we should also have perished

    • …..but
  • said he
    • notwithstanding our afflictions
    • …..we have obtained a land of promise
    • …..a land which is choice above all other lands
    • …..a land which the lord god hath covenanted with me should be a land for the inheritance of my seed
    • …..yea the lord hath covenanted this land unto me
    • …..and to my children forever
    • …..and also all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the lord

    • …..wherefore i lehi prophesy
    • …..according to the workings of the spirit which is in me
    • …..that there shall none come into this land
    • …..save they shall be brought by the hand of the lord
    • …..wherefore this land is consecrated unto him
    • …..whom he shall bring
    • …..and if it so be that they shall serve him
    • according to the commandments which he hath given
    • …..it shall be a land of liberty unto them
    • …..wherefore they shall never be brought down into captivity
    • …..if so it shall be because of iniquity
    • …..for if iniquity shall abound
    • …..cursed shall be the land for their sakes
    • …..but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever

    • …..and behold
    • …..it is wisdom that this land should be kept as yet from the knowledge of other nations
    • …..for behold
    • …..many nations would overrun the land
    • …..that there would be no place for an inheritance
    • …..wherefore i lehi have obtained a promise
    • …..that inasmuch as those
    • …..whom the lord god shall bring out of the land of jerusalem
    • …..shall keep his commandments
    • …..they shall prosper upon the face of this land
    • …..and they shall be kept from all other nations
    • …..that they may possess this land unto themselves
    • …..and if it so be
    • …..that they shall keep his commandments
    • …..they shall be blessed upon the face of this land
    • …..and there shall be none to molest them
    • …..nor to take away the land of their inheritance
    • …..and they shall dwell safely forever

    • but behold
    • when the time cometh that they shall dwindle in unbelief
    • after they have received so great blessings from the hand of the lord
    • having a knowledge of the creation of the earth
    • and all men knowing the great and marvelous works of the lord from the creation of the world
    • having power given them to do all things by faith
    • having all the commandments from the beginning
    • and having been brought by his infinite goodness into this precious land of promise
      • behold
    • i say
      • if the day shall come that they will reject the holy one of israel
      • the true messiah
      • their redeemer and their god
      • behold
      • the judgments of him that is just shall rest upon them

    • yea he will bring other nations unto them
    • and he will give unto them power
    • and he will take away from them the lands of their possessions
    • and he will cause them to be scattered and smitten
    • yea as one generation passeth to another there shall be bloodsheds and great visitations among them

  • …..wherefore my sons i would that ye would remember
  • …..yea i would that ye would hearken unto my words
  • …..o that ye would awake awake from a deep sleep yea even from the sleep of hell
  • …..and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound
  • …..which are the chains which bind the children of men that they are carried away captive down to the eternal gulf of misery and woe
  • …..awake and arise from the dust
  • …..and hear the words of a trembling parent
  • …..whose limbs ye must soon lay down in the cold and silent grave
  • …..from whence no traveler can return
  • …..a few more days and i go the way of all the earth
  • …..but behold
  • …..the lord hath redeemed my soul from hell
  • …..i have beheld his glory
  • …..and i am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love
  • …..and i desire that ye should remember to observe the statutes and the judgments of the lord
  • …..behold
  • …..this hath been the anxiety of my soul from the beginning
  • …..my heart hath been weighed down with sorrow from time to time
  • …..for i have feared lest for the hardness of your hearts the lord your god should come out in the fulness of his wrath upon you
  • …..that ye be cut off and destroyed forever
  • …..or that a cursing should come upon you for the space of many generations
  • …..and ye are visited by sword and by famine and are hated and are led according to the will and captivity of the devil
  • …..o my sons that these things might not come upon you
  • …..but that ye might be a choice and a favored people of the lord
  • …..but behold
  • …..his will be done
  • …..for his ways are righteousness forever
  • …..and he hath said
  • ……….that inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments
  • ……….ye shall prosper in the land
  • ……….but inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments
  • ……….ye shall be cut off from my presence
  • …..and now
  • …..that my soul might have joy in you
  • …..and that my heart might leave this world with gladness because of you
  • …..that i might not be brought down with grief and sorrow to the grave
  • …..arise from the dust my sons
  • …..and be men
  • …..and be determined in one mind and in one heart united in all things
  • …..that ye may not come down into captivity
  • …..that ye may not be cursed with a sore cursing
  • …..and also that ye may not incur the displeasure of a just god upon you unto the destruction yea the eternal destruction of both soul and body
  • …..awake my sons
  • …..put on the armor of righteousness
  • …..shake off the chains with which ye are bound
  • …..and come forth out of obscurity
  • …..and arise from the dust
  • …..rebel no more against your brother
  • …..whose views have been glorious
  • …..and who hath kept the commandments from the time that we left jerusalem
  • …..and who hath been an instrument in the hands of god in bringing us forth into the land of promise
  • …..for were it not for him we must have perished with hunger in the wilderness
  • …..nevertheless ye sought to take away his life
  • …..yea and he hath suffered much sorrow because of you
  • …..and i exceedingly fear and tremble because of you lest he shall suffer again
  • …..for behold
  • …..ye have accused him that he sought power and authority over you
  • …..but i know that he hath not sought for power nor authority over you
  • …..but he hath sought the glory of god and your own eternal welfare
  • …..and ye have murmured because he hath been plain unto you
  • …..ye say that he hath used sharpness
  • …..ye say that he hath been angry with you
  • …..but behold
  • …..his sharpness was the sharpness of the power of the word of god
  • …..which was in him
  • …..and that which ye call anger was the truth
  • …..according to that which is in god
  • …..which he could not restrain
  • …..manifesting boldly concerning your iniquities
  • …..and it must needs be that the power of god must be with him
  • …..even unto his commanding you that ye must obey
  • …..but behold
  • …..it was not he
  • …..but it was the spirit of the lord
  • …..which was in him
  • …..which opened his mouth to utterance that he could not shut it
  • …..and now
  • …..my son laman
  • …..and also lemuel and sam
  • …..and also my sons who are the sons of ishmael
  • …..behold
  • …..if ye will hearken unto the voice of nephi
  • …..ye shall not perish
  • …..and if ye will hearken unto him
  • …..i leave unto you a blessing yea even my first blessing
  • …..but if ye will not hearken unto him
  • …..i take away my first blessing yea even my blessing
  • …..and it shall rest upon him
  • …..and now
  • …..zoram i speak unto you
  • …..behold
  • …..thou art the servant of laban
  • …..nevertheless thou hast been brought out of the land of jerusalem
  • …..and i know that thou art a true friend unto my son nephi forever
  • …..wherefore because thou hast been faithful
  • …..thy seed shall be blessed with his seed
  • …..that they dwell in prosperity long upon the face of this land
  • …..and nothing save it shall be iniquity among them shall harm or disturb their prosperity upon the face of this land forever
  • …..wherefore if ye shall keep the commandments of the lord
  • …..the lord hath consecrated this land for the security of thy seed with the seed of my son
  • …..and now
  • …..jacob i speak unto you
  • …..thou art my firstborn in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness
  • …..and behold
  • …..in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and much sorrow because of the rudeness of thy brethren
  • …..nevertheless jacob my firstborn in the wilderness thou knowest the greatness of god
  • …..and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain
  • …..wherefore thy soul shall be blessed
  • …..and thou shalt dwell safely with thy brother nephi
  • …..and thy days shall be spent in the service of thy god
  • …..wherefore i know that thou art redeemed because of the righteousness of thy redeemer
  • …..for thou hast beheld that in the fulness of time he cometh to bring salvation unto men
  • …..and thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory
  • …..wherefore thou art blessed even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh
  • …..for the spirit is the same yesterday today and forever
  • …..and the way is prepared from the fall of man
  • …..and salvation is free
  • …..and men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil
  • …..and the law is given unto men
  • …..and by the law no flesh is justified
  • …..or by the law men are cut off
  • …..yea by the temporal law they were cut off
  • …..and also by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good and become miserable forever
  • …..wherefore redemption cometh in and through the holy messiah
  • …..for he is full of grace and truth
  • …..behold
  • …..he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin to answer the ends of the law unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit
  • …..and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered
  • …..wherefore how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth
  • …..that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of god save it be through the merits and mercy and grace of the holy messiah
  • …..who layeth down his life according to the flesh
  • …..and taketh it again by the power of the spirit
  • …..that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead
  • …..being the first that should rise
  • …..wherefore he is the firstfruits unto god inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men
  • …..and they that believe in him shall be saved
  • …..and because of the intercession for all
  • …..all men come unto god
  • …..wherefore they stand in the presence of him to be judged of him according to the truth and holiness which is in him
  • …..wherefore the ends of the law
  • ……….which the holy one hath given
  • ……….unto the inflicting of the punishment which is affixed
  • ……….which punishment that is affixed is in opposition to that of the happiness which is affixed
  • …..to answer the ends of the atonement
  • …..for it must needs be that there is an opposition in all things
  • …..if not so my firstborn in the wilderness righteousness could not be brought to pass
  • …..neither wickedness
  • …..neither holiness
  • …..nor misery
  • …..neither good
  • …..nor bad
  • …..wherefore all things must needs be a compound in one
  • …..wherefore if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead
  • …..having no life
  • …..neither death
  • …..nor corruption
  • …..nor incorruption
  • …..happiness
  • …..nor misery
  • …..neither sense
  • …..nor insensibility
  • …..wherefore it must needs have been created for a thing of naught
  • …..wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation
  • …..wherefore this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of god and his eternal purposes
  • …..and also the power and the mercy and the justice of god
  • …..and if ye shall say there is no law
  • …..ye shall also say there is no sin
  • …..if ye shall say there is no sin
  • …..ye shall also say there is no righteousness
  • …..and if there be no righteousness
  • …..there be no happiness
  • …..and if there be no righteousness
  • …..nor happiness
  • …..there be no punishment
  • …..nor misery
  • …..and if these things are not
  • …..there is no god
  • …..and if there is no god
  • …..we are not
  • …..neither the earth
  • …..for there could have been no creation of things
  • …..neither to act
  • …..nor to be acted upon
  • …..wherefore all things must have vanished away
  • …..and now
  • …..my sons i speak unto you these things for your profit and learning
  • …..for there is a god
  • …..and he hath created all things
  • …..both the heavens and the earth
  • …..and all things that in them are
  • …..both things to act and things to be acted upon
  • …..and to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man
  • …..after he had created our first parents
  • …..and the beasts of the field
  • …..and the fowls of the air
  • …..and in fine
  • …..all things which are created
  • …..it must needs be that there was an opposition
  • …..even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life
  • …..the one being sweet and the other bitter
  • …..wherefore the lord god gave unto man that he should act for himself
  • …..wherefore man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other
  • …..and i lehi according to the things which i have read must needs suppose that an angel of god according to that which is written had fallen from heaven
  • …..wherefore he became a devil
  • …..having sought that which was evil before god
  • …..and because he had fallen from heaven and had become miserable forever he sought also the misery of all mankind
  • …..wherefore he said unto eve yea even that old serpent who is the devil who is the father of all lies
  • …..wherefore he said
  • ……….partake of the forbidden fruit
  • ……….and ye shall not die
  • ……….but ye shall be as god
  • ……….knowing good and evil
  • …..and after adam and eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit they were driven out of the garden of eden to till the earth
  • …..and they have brought forth children yea even the family of all the earth
  • …..and the days of the children of men were prolonged according to the will of god that they might repent while in the flesh
  • …..wherefore their state became a state of probation
  • …..and their time was lengthened according to the commandments which the lord god gave unto the children of men
  • …..for he gave commandment that all men must repent
  • …..for he showed unto all men that they were lost because of the transgression of their parents
  • …..and now behold
  • …..if adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen
  • …..but he would have remained in the garden of eden
  • …..and all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created
  • …..and they must have remained forever and had no end
  • …..and they would have had no children
  • …..wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence
  • …..having no joy
  • …..for they knew no misery
  • …..doing no good
  • …..for they knew no sin
  • …..but behold
  • …..all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things
  • …..adam fell that men might be
  • …..and men are that they might have joy
  • …..and the messiah cometh in the fulness of time that he may redeem the children of men from the fall
  • …..and because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever
  • …..knowing good from evil
  • …..to act for themselves
  • …..and not to be acted upon save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day according to the commandments which god hath given
  • …..wherefore men are free according to the flesh
  • …..and all things are given them which are expedient unto man
  • …..and they are free to choose liberty and eternal life through the great mediator of all men
  • …..or to choose captivity and death according to the captivity and power of the devil
  • …..for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself
  • …..and now
  • …..my sons i would that ye should look to the great mediator
  • …..and hearken unto his great commandments
  • …..and be faithful unto his words
  • …..and choose eternal life according to the will of his holy spirit
  • 346.  and not choose eternal death according to the will of the flesh and the evil which is therein
  • 346.  which giveth the spirit of the devil power to captivate
  • 346.  to bring you down to hell
  • 346.  that he may reign over you in his own kingdom
  • 346.  i have spoken these few words unto you all my sons in the last days of my probation
  • 347.  and i have chosen the good part according to the words of the prophet
  • 348.  and i have none other object save it be the everlasting welfare of your souls
  • 349.  amen

The Book of Mormon–Chapter Seven (1 Nephi 22)

Nephi finishes teaching his brethrenIsrael will be scattered upon all the face of the earth—The Gentiles will nurse and nourish Israel with the gospel in the last days—Israel will be gathered and saved, and the wicked will burn as stubble—The kingdom of the devil will be destroyed, and Satan will be bound. About 588–570 B.C.


and now it came to pass
that after i nephi had read these things
which were engraven upon the plates of brass
my brethren came unto me
and said unto me
what meaneth these things
which ye have read
behold
are they to be understood
according to things
which are spiritual
which shall come to pass
according to the spirit and not the flesh
and i nephi said unto them
behold
they were manifest unto the prophet by the voice of the spirit
for by the spirit are all things made known unto the prophets
which shall come upon the children of men
according to the flesh
wherefore
the things
of which i have read
are things pertaining to things both temporal and spiritual
for it appears that the house of israel
sooner or later
will be scattered upon all the face of the earth
and also among all nations
and behold
there are many who are already lost
from the knowledge of those who are at jerusalem
yea
the more part of all the tribes have been led away
and they are scattered to and fro upon the isles of the sea
and whither they are none of us knoweth
save that we know that they have been led away
and since they have been led away
these things have been prophesied
concerning them
and also concerning all those who shall hereafter be scattered and be confounded
because of the holy one of israel
for against him will they harden their hearts
wherefore
they shall be scattered among all nations and shall be hated of all men
nevertheless after they shall be nursed by the gentiles
and the lord has lifted up his hand upon the gentiles and set them up for a standard
and their children have been carried in their arms
and their daughters have been carried upon their shoulders
behold
these things
of which are spoken
are temporal
for thus are the covenants of the lord with our fathers
and it meaneth us in the days to come
and also all our brethren who are of the house of israel
and it meaneth that the time cometh
that after all the house of israel have been scattered and confounded
that the lord god will raise up a mighty nation among the gentiles
yea
even upon the face of this land
and by them shall our seed be scattered
and after our seed is scattered
the lord god will proceed to do a marvelous work among the gentiles
which shall be of great worth unto our seed
wherefore
it is likened unto their being nourished by the gentiles
and being carried in their arms and upon their shoulders
and it shall also be of worth unto the gentiles
and not only unto the gentiles but unto all the house of israel
unto the making known of the covenants of the father of heaven unto abraham saying
in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed
and i would my brethren that ye should know
that all the kindreds of the earth cannot be blessed
unless he shall make bare his arm in the eyes of the nations
wherefore
the lord god will proceed to make bare his arm in the eyes of all the nations
in bringing about his covenants and his gospel unto those who are of the house of israel
wherefore
he will bring them again out of captivity
and they shall be gathered together to the lands of their inheritance
and they shall be brought out of obscurity and out of darkness
and they shall know that the lord is their savior and their redeemer
the mighty one of israel
and the blood of that great and abominable church
which is the whore of all the earth
shall turn upon their own heads
for they shall war among themselves
and the sword of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads
and they shall be drunken with their own blood
and every nation
which shall war against thee
o house of israel
shall be turned one against another
and they shall fall into the pit
which they digged to ensnare the people of the lord
and all that fight against zion shall be destroyed
and that great whore who hath perverted the right ways of the lord
yea
that great and abominable church shall tumble to the dust
and great shall be the fall of it
for behold
saith the prophet
the time cometh speedily
that satan shall have no more power over the hearts of the children of men
for the day soon cometh that all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble
and the day cometh that they must be burned
for the time soon cometh
that the fulness of the wrath of god shall be poured out upon all the children of men
for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous
wherefore
he will preserve the righteous by his power
even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come
and the righteous be preserved
even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire
wherefore
the righteous need not fear
for thus saith the prophet
they shall be saved
even if it so be as by fire
behold
my brethren i say unto you that these things must shortly come
yea
even blood and fire and vapor of smoke must come
and it must needs be upon the face of this earth
and it cometh unto men
according to the flesh
if it so be that they will harden their hearts against the holy one of israel
for behold
the righteous shall not perish
for the time surely must come that all they who fight against zion shall be cut off
and the lord will surely prepare a way for his people
unto the fulfilling of the words of moses
which he spake saying
a prophet shall the lord your god raise up unto you
like unto me
him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you
and it shall come to pass
that all those who will not hear that prophet
shall be cut off from among the people
and now
i nephi declare unto you
that this prophet of whom moses spake was the holy one of israel
wherefore
he shall execute judgment in righteousness
and the righteous need not fear
for they are those who shall not be confounded
but it is the kingdom of the devil
which shall be built up among the children of men
which kingdom is established among them
which are in the flesh
for the time speedily shall come that all churches
which are built up to get gain
and all those who are built up to get power over the flesh
and those who are built up to become popular in the eyes of the world
and those who seek the lusts of the flesh and the things of the world
and to do all manner of iniquity
yea
in fine all those who belong to the kingdom of the devil
are they who need fear and tremble and quake
they are those who must be brought low in the dust
they are those who must be consumed as stubble
and this is according to the words of the prophet
and the time cometh speedily that the righteous must be led up as calves of the stall
and the holy one of israel must reign in dominion and might and power and great glory
and he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth
and he numbereth his sheep
and they know him
and there shall be one fold and one shepherd
and he shall feed his sheep
and in him they shall find pasture
and because of the righteousness of his people satan has no power
wherefore
he cannot be loosed for the space of many years
for he hath no power over the hearts of the people
for they dwell in righteousness
and the holy one of israel reigneth
and now behold
i nephi say unto you
that all these things must come
according to the flesh
but behold
all nations kindreds
tongues
and people
shall dwell safely in the holy one of israel
if it so be
that they will repent
and now
i nephi make an end
for i durst not speak further as yet
concerning these things
wherefore
my brethren
i would
that ye should consider
that the things
which have been written upon the plates of brass
are true
and they testify
that a man must be obedient to the commandments of god
wherefore
ye need not suppose that i and my father are the only ones
that have testified and also taught them
wherefore
if ye shall be obedient to the commandments
and endure to the end
ye shall be saved at the last day
and thus it is
amen

The Book of Mormon–Chapter Six (1 Nephi 19:22–1 Nephi 21)

Nephi continues to teach his brethren—He reads many things to them from the plates of brass, including many things from the books of Moses—He persuades them to believe in their Redeemer by quoting the prophet Isaiah—The Lord reveals His purposes to Israel—Israel has been chosen in the furnace of affliction and is to go forth from Babylon—(Compare Isaiah 48)—The Messiah will be a light to the Gentiles and will free the prisoners—Israel will be gathered with power in the last days—Kings will be their nursing fathers—(Compare Isaiah 49). About 588–570 B.C.


now it came to pass
that i nephi did teach my brethren these things
and it came to pass
that i did read many things to them
which were engraven upon the plates of brass
that they might know
concerning the doings of the lord in other lands
among people of old
and i did read many things unto them
which were written in the books of moses
but that i might more fully persuade them
to believe in the lord
their redeemer
i did read unto them that
which was written by the prophet isaiah
for i did liken all scriptures unto us
that it might be for our profit and learning
wherefore
i spake unto them saying
hear ye the words of the prophet
ye who are a remnant of the house of israel
a branch who have been broken off
hear ye the words of the prophet
which were written unto all the house of israel
and liken them unto yourselves
that ye may have hope as well as your brethren from whom ye have been broken off
for after this manner has the prophet written
hearken and hear this o house of jacob
who are called by the name of israel
and are come forth out of the waters of judah
or out of the waters of baptism
who swear by the name of the lord
and make mention of the god of israel
yet they swear not in truth nor in righteousness
nevertheless they call themselves of the holy city
but they do not stay themselves upon the god of israel
who is the lord of hosts
yea
the lord of hosts is his name
behold
i have declared the former things from the beginning
and they went forth out of my mouth
and i showed them
i did show them suddenly
and i did it because i knew that thou art obstinate
and thy neck is an iron sinew
and thy brow brass
and i have even from the beginning declared to thee
before it came to pass i showed them thee
and i showed them for fear lest thou shouldst say
mine idol hath done them
and my graven image and my molten image hath commanded them
thou hast seen and heard all this
and will ye not declare them
and that i have showed thee new things from this time
even hidden things
and thou didst not know them
they are created now and not from the beginning
even before the day
when thou heardest them not
they were declared unto thee
lest thou shouldst say
behold
i knew them
yea
and thou heardest not
yea
thou knewest not
yea
from that time thine ear was not opened
for i knew that thou wouldst deal very treacherously
and wast called a transgressor from the womb
nevertheless for my name’s sake will i defer mine anger
and for my praise will i refrain from thee
that i cut thee not off
for behold
i have refined thee
i have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction
for mine own sake
yea
for mine own sake will i do this
for i will not suffer my name to be polluted
and i will not give my glory unto another
hearken unto me o jacob and israel my called
for i am he
i am the first and i am also the last
mine hand hath also laid the foundation of the earth
and my right hand hath spanned the heavens
i call unto them and they stand up together
all ye assemble yourselves and hear
who among them hath declared these things unto them
the lord hath loved him
yea
and he will fulfil his word
which he hath declared by them
and he will do his pleasure on babylon
and his arm shall come upon the chaldeans
also saith the lord
i the lord
yea
i have spoken
yea
i have called him to declare
i have brought him
and he shall make his way prosperous
come ye near unto me
i have not spoken in secret
from the beginning
from the time that it was declared have i spoken
and the lord god and his spirit hath sent me
and thus saith the lord thy redeemer the holy one of israel
i have sent him
the lord thy god who teacheth thee to profit
who leadeth thee by the way thou shouldst go
hath done it
o that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments
then had thy peace been as a river
and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea
thy seed also had been as the sand
the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof
his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me
go ye forth of babylon
flee ye from the chaldeans
with a voice of singing declare ye
tell this
utter to the end of the earth
say ye
the lord hath redeemed his servant jacob
and they thirsted not
he led them through the deserts
he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them
he clave the rock also and the waters gushed out
and notwithstanding he hath done all this
and greater also
there is no peace
saith the lord
unto the wicked
and again
hearken o ye house of israel
all ye that are broken off and are driven out
because of the wickedness of the pastors of my people
yea
all ye that are broken off
that are scattered abroad
who are of my people o house of israel
listen o isles unto me
and hearken ye people from far
the lord hath called me from the womb
from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name
and he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword
in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me
and made me a polished shaft
in his quiver hath he hid me
and said unto me
thou art my servant o israel in whom i will be glorified
then i said
i have labored in vain
i have spent my strength for naught and in vain
surely my judgment is with the lord
and my work with my god
and now
saith the lord
that formed me from the womb that i should be his servant
to bring jacob again to him
though israel be not gathered
yet shall i be glorious in the eyes of the lord
and my god shall be my strength
and he said
it is a light thing that thou shouldst be my servant
to raise up the tribes of jacob
and to restore the preserved of israel
i will also give thee for a light to the gentiles
that thou mayest be my salvation unto the ends of the earth
thus saith the lord the redeemer of israel his holy one
to him whom man despiseth
to him whom the nations abhorreth
to servant of rulers
kings shall see and arise
princes also shall worship
because of the lord that is faithful
thus saith the lord
in an acceptable time have i heard thee
o isles of the sea
and in a day of salvation have i helped thee
and i will preserve thee
and give thee my servant for a covenant of the people
to establish the earth
to cause to inherit the desolate heritages
that thou mayest say to the prisoners
go forth
to them that sit in darkness
show yourselves
they shall feed in the ways
and their pastures shall be in all high places
they shall not hunger nor thirst
neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them
for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them
even by the springs of water shall he guide them
and i will make all my mountains a way
and my highways shall be exalted
and then o house of israel
behold
these shall come from far
and lo these from the north and from the west
and these from the land of sinim
sing o heavens and be joyful o earth
for the feet of those who are in the east shall be established
and break forth into singing o mountains
for they shall be smitten no more
for the lord hath comforted his people
and will have mercy upon his afflicted
but behold
zion hath said
the lord hath forsaken me
and my lord hath forgotten me
but he will show that he hath not
for can a woman forget her sucking child
that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb
yea
they may forget
yet will i not forget thee o house of israel
behold
i have graven thee upon the palms of my hands
thy walls are continually before me
thy children shall make haste against thy destroyers
and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee
lift up thine eyes round about
and behold
all these gather themselves together
and they shall come to thee
and as i live
saith the lord
thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all as with an ornament
and bind them on even as a bride
for thy waste and thy desolate places
and the land of thy destruction
shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants
and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away
the children whom thou shalt have
after thou hast lost the first
shall again in thine ears say
the place is too strait for me
give place to me that i may dwell
then shalt thou say in thine heart
who hath begotten me these
seeing i have lost my children and am desolate
a captive and removing to and fro
and who hath brought up these
behold
i was left alone
these where have they been
thus saith the lord god
behold
i will lift up mine hand to the gentiles
and set up my standard to the people
and they shall bring thy sons in their arms
and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders
and kings shall be thy nursing fathers
and their queens thy nursing mothers
they shall bow down to thee with their face towards the earth
and lick up the dust of thy feet
and thou shalt know that i am the lord
for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me
for shall the prey be taken from the mighty
or the lawful captives delivered
but thus saith the lord
even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away
and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered
for i will contend with him that contendeth with thee
and i will save thy children
and i will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh
they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine
and all flesh shall know that i the lord am thy savior and thy redeemer
the mighty one of jacob

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