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1 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.

2 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.

3 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.

4 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did exhort my brethren, with all diligence, to keep the commandments of the Lord.

5 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.

6 Now, all these things were said and done, as my father dwelt in a tent in the valley which he called Lemuel.

7 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.

8 And thus my father had fulfilled all the commandments of the Lord which had been given unto him.

9 And also, I, Nephi, had been blessed of the Lord exceedingly.

10 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.

11 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. [Alm17:71]

12 And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness.

13 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;

14 And we did take seed of every kind, that we might carry into the wilderness.

15 And it came to pass that we did take our tents, and depart into the wilderness, across the river Laman.

16 And it came to pass that we traveled for the space of four days, nearly a south, south-east direction, and we did pitch our tents again; and we did call the name of the place Shazer.

17 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.

18 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.

19 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;

20 And we did follow the directions of the ball, which led us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness.

21 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.

22 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.

23 And it came to pass that we did return without food to our families.

24 And being much fatigued because of their journeying, they did suffer much for the want of food.

25 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 exceeding sorrowful, even that they did murmur against the Lord.

26 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 spring, it began to be exceeding difficult, yea, insomuch that we could obtain no food.

27 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.

28 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.

29 And I said unto my father, Whither shall I go to obtain food?

30 And it came to pass that he did inquire of the Lord, for they had humbled themselves because of my word; for I did say many things unto them in the energy of my soul.

31 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.

32 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!

33 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.

34 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.

35 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.

36 And thus we see, that by small means, the Lord can bring about great things.

37 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.

38 And it came to pass that I did slay wild beasts, insomuch that I did obtain food for our families.

39 And it came to pass that I did return to our tents, bearing the beasts which I had slain;

40 And now, when they beheld that I had obtained food, how great was their joy.

41 And it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord, and did give thanks unto him.

42 And it came to pass that we did again take our journey, traveling nearly the same course as in the beginning;

43 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.

44 And it came to pass that Ishmael died, and was buried in the place which was called Nahom.

45 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;

46 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.

47 And thus they did murmur against my father, and also against me; and they were desirous to return again to Jerusalem.

48 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.

49 Now, he says that the Lord has talked with him, and also that angels have ministered unto him!

50 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;

51 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.

52 And after this manner did my brother Laman stir up their hearts to anger.

53 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;

54 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.

55 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.

56 And we did travel and wade through much affliction in the wilderness; and our women did bear children in the wilderness.

57 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.

58 And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled.

59 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;

60 Wherefore, he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness.

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

62 And we did come to the land which we called Bountiful, because of its much fruit, and also wild honey;

63 And all these things were prepared of the Lord, that we might not perish.

64 And we beheld the sea, which we called Irreantum, which being interpreted is, many waters.

65 And it came to pass that we did pitch our tents by the sea- shore;

66 And notwithstanding we had suffered many afflictions, and much difficulty, yea, even so much that we can not write them all, we were exceedingly rejoiced when we came to the sea-shore;

67 And we called the place Bountiful, because of its much fruit.

68 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.

69 And it came to pass that I arose and went up into the mountain, and cried unto the Lord.

70 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying, Thou shalt construct a ship, after the manner which I shall shew thee, that I may carry thy people across these waters.

71 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 has shewn unto me?

72 And it came to pass that the Lord told me whither I should go to find ore, that I might make tools.

73 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did make bellows wherewith to blow the fire, of the skins of beasts;

74 And after I had made bellows, that I might have wherewith to blow the fire, I did smite two stones together, that I might make fire.

75 For the Lord had not hitherto suffered that we should make much fire, as we journeyed in the wilderness;

76 For he said, I will make thy food become sweet, that ye cook it not;

77 And I will also be your light in the wilderness;

78 And I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments;

79 Wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall be led toward the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led.

80 Yea, and the Lord said also, that after ye have arrived to the promised land, ye shall know that I, the Lord, am God;

81 And that I, the Lord, did deliver you from destruction;

82 Yea, that I did bring you out of the land of Jerusalem.

83 Wherefore, I, Nephi, did strive to keep the commandments of the Lord, and I did exhort my brethren to faithfulness and diligence.

84 And it came to pass that I did make tools of the ore which I did molten out of the rock.

85 And when my brethren saw that I was about to build a ship, they began to murmur against me, saying,

86 Our brother is a fool, for he thinketh that he can build a ship;

87 Yea, and he also thinketh that he can cross these great waters.

88 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;

89 Neither would they believe that I was instructed of the Lord.

90 And now it came to pass that I, Nephi, was exceeding sorrowful, because of the hardness of their hearts;

91 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,

92 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;

93 And thou art like unto our father, led away by the foolish imaginations of his heart;

94 Yea, he hath led us out of the land of Jerusalem; and we have wandered in the wilderness for these many years;

95 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;

96 And it would have been better that they had died, before they came out of Jerusalem, than to have suffered these afflictions.

97 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;

98 And we know that the people who were in the land of Jerusalem, were a righteous people;

99 For they kept the statutes and the judgments of the Lord, and all his commandments according to the law of Moses; wherefore, we know that they are a righteous people;

100 And our father hath judged them, and hath led us away because we would hearken unto his word;

101 Yea, and our brother is like unto him.

102 And after this manner of language did my brethren murmur and complain against us.

103 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?

104 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?

105 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;

106 Wherefore, ye know that it must needs be a good thing for them, that they should be brought out of bondage.

107 Now ye know that Moses was commanded of the Lord to do that great work;

108 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.

109 But ye know that the Egyptians were drowned in the Red Sea, who were the armies of Pharaoh;

110 And ye also know that they were fed with manna in the wilderness;

111 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;

112 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.

113 And it came to pass that according to his word, he did destroy them;

114 And according to his word, he did lead them;

115 And according to his word, he did do all things for them;

116 And there was not anything done, save it were by his word.

117 And after they had crossed the river Jordan, he did make them mighty, unto the driving out the children of the land, yea, unto the scattering them to destruction.

118 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.

119 Do ye suppose that our fathers would have been more choice than they, if they had been righteous?

120 I say unto you, Nay;

121 Behold, the Lord esteemeth all flesh in one.

122 He that is righteous, is favored of God.

123 But behold, this people had rejected every word of God, and they were ripe in iniquity; and the fullness of the wrath of God was upon them;

124 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;

125 And he did bless it unto our fathers, unto their obtaining power over it.

126 Behold, the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited;

127 And he hath created his children, that they should possess it.

128 And he raiseth up a righteous nation; and destroyeth the nations of the wicked.

129 And he leadeth away the righteous into precious lands, and the wicked he destroyeth, and curseth the land unto them for their sakes.

130 He ruleth high in the heavens, for it is his throne, and this earth is his footstool.

131 And he loveth those who will have him to be their God.

132 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;

133 Wherefore, he did bring them out of the land of Egypt, and he did straighten them in the wilderness with his rod, for they hardened their hearts, even as ye have; and the Lord straightened them because of their iniquity.

134 He sent fiery-flying serpents among them; and after they were bitten, he prepared a way that they might be healed;

135 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.

136 And they did harden their hearts from time to time, and they did revile against Moses, and also against God;

137 Nevertheless, ye know that they were led forth by his matchless power into the land of promise.

138 And now, after all these things, the time has come that they have become wicked, yea, nearly unto ripeness;

139 And I know not but they are at this day about to be destroyed;

140 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;

141 Wherefore, the Lord commanded my father that he should depart into the wilderness;

142 And the Jews also sought to take away his life; yea, and ye also have sought to take away his life;

143 Wherefore, ye are murderers in your hearts, and ye are like unto them.

144 Ye are swift to do iniquity, but slow to remember the Lord your God.

145 Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time;

146 And he hath spoken unto you in a still, small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words;

147 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.

148 And ye also know that by the power of his almighty word he can cause the earth that it shall pass away;

149 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.

150 O, then, why is it that ye can be so hard in your hearts?

151 Behold, my soul is rent with anguish because of you, and my heart is pained: I fear lest ye shall be cast off for ever.

152 Behold, I am full of the Spirit of God, insomuch that my frame has no strength.

153 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;

154 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;

155 And whoso shall lay their hands upon me, shall wither even as a dried reed; and he shall be as nought before the power of God, for God shall smite him.

156 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.

157 And I said unto them, If God had commanded me to do all things, I could do them.

158 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.

159 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 can not instruct me that I should build a ship?

160 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;

161 Neither durst they lay their hands upon me, nor touch me with their fingers, even for the space of many days.

162 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.

163 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, said the Lord; and this will I do that they may know that I am the Lord their God.

164 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.

165 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.

166 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;

167 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.

168 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.

169 And the Lord did shew me from time to time after what manner I should work the timbers of the ship.

170 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;

171 But I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shewn unto me; wherefore, it was not after the manner of men.

172 And I, Nephi, did go into the mount oft, and I did pray oft unto the Lord; wherefore, the Lord shewed unto me great things.

173 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 exceeding fine;

174 Wherefore, they did humble themselves again before the Lord.

175 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.

176 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,

177 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;

178 Wherefore, we did all go down into the ship, with our wives and our children.

179 And now, my father had begat two sons in the wilderness; the eldest was called Jacob, and the younger, Joseph.

180 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,

181 We did put forth into the sea, and were driven forth before the wind, towards the promised land;

182 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,

183 Yea, even that they did forget by what power they had been brought thither;

184 Yea, they were lifted up unto exceeding rudeness.

185 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;

186 Wherefore, I, Nephi, began to speak to them with much soberness;

187 But behold, they were angry with me, saying, We will not that our younger brother shall be a ruler over us.

188 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;

189 Nevertheless, the Lord did suffer it, that he might shew forth his power, unto the fulfilling of his word which he had spoken concerning the wicked.

190 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;

191 Wherefore, they knew not whither they should steer the ship, insomuch, that there arose a great storm, yea, a great and terrible tempest;

192 And we were driven back upon the waters for the space of three days;

193 And they began to be frightened exceedingly, lest they should be drowned in the sea;

194 Nevertheless, they did not loose me.

195 And on the fourth day which we had been driven back, the tempest began to be exceeding sore.

196 And it came to pass that we were about to be swallowed up in the depths of the sea.

197 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;

198 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.

199 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.

200 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 any one that should speak for me;

201 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.

202 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;

203 Yea, their grey hairs were about to be brought down to lie low in the dust;

204 Yea, even they were near to be cast, with sorrow, into a watery grave.

205 And Jacob and Joseph also, being young, having need of much nourishment, were grieved because of the afflictions of their mother;

206 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;

207 And there was nothing, save it were the power of God, which threatened them with destruction, could soften their hearts;

208 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.

209 And it came to pass after they had loosed me, behold, I took the compass, and it did work whither I desired it.

210 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.

211 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did guide the ship, that we sailed again towards the promised land.

212 And it came to pass that after we had sailed for the space of many days, we did arrive to the promised land;

213 And we went forth upon the land, and did pitch our tents; and we did call it the promised land.

214 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.

215 And it came to pass that they did grow exceedingly; wherefore, we were blessed in abundance.

216 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.

217 And we did find all manner of ore, both of gold, and of silver, and of copper.

218 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.

219 And upon the plates which I made, I did engrave 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.

220 And I knew not at the time when I made them, that I should be commanded of the Lord to make these plates;

221 Wherefore, the record of my father, and the genealogy of his forefathers, and the more part of all our proceedings in the wilderness, are engraven upon those plates of which I have spoken;

222 Wherefore, the things which transpired before I made these plates, are, of a truth, more particularly made mention upon the first plates.

223 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;

224 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;

225 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.

226 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.

227 And an account of my making these plates shall be given hereafter;

228 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.

229 Nevertheless, I do not write anything upon plates, save it be that I think it be sacred.

230 And now, if I do err, even did they err of old.

231 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.

232 For the things which some men esteem to be of great worth, both to the body and soul, others set at nought, and trample under their feet.

233 Yea, even the very God of Israel, do men trample under their feet;

234 I say, trample under their feet; but I would speak in other words:

235 They set him at nought, and hearken not to the voice of his counsels;

236 And behold, he cometh according to the words of the angel, in six hundred years from the time my father left Jerusalem.

237 And the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of nought; wherefore, they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it.

238 Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-sufferings towards the children of men.

239 And the God of our fathers, who (our fathers) where led out of Egypt, out of bondage, and also were preserved in the wilderness by him;

240 Yea, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, yieldeth himself according to words of the angel, as a man, into the hands of wicked men, to be lifted up according to the words of Zenock,

241 And to be crucified, according to the words of Neum,

242 And to be buried in a sepulcher, according to the words of Zenos, which he spake concerning the three days of darkness,

243 Which should be a sign given of his death, unto those who should inhabit the isles of the sea;

244 More especially given unto those who are of the house of Israel.

245 For thus spake the prophet, The Lord God surely shall visit all the house of Israel at that day;

246 Some with his voice, because of their righteousness, unto their great joy and salvation;

247 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;

248 And all these things must surely come, saith the prophet Zenos.

249 And the rocks of the earth must rend;

250 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.

251 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 power and glory of the God of Israel;

252 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;

253 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;

254 Yea, then will he remember the isles of the sea;

255 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;

256 Yea, and all the earth shall see the salvation of the Lord, saith the prophet;

257 Every nation, kindred, tongue and people, shall be blessed.

258 And I, Nephi, have written these things unto my people, that perhaps I might persuade them that they would remember the Lord their Redeemer;

259 Wherefore, I speak unto all the house of Israel, if it so be that they should obtain these things.

260 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;

261 For had not the Lord been merciful, to shew unto me concerning them, even as he had prophets of old, I should have perished also;

262 And he surely did shew unto the prophets of old, all things concerning them;

263 And also he did shew unto many concerning us;

264 Wherefore, it must needs be, that we know concerning them, for they are written upon the plates of brass.

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