The ultimate and last prophecy of this world is fulfilled when God dwells on earth.
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1 Nephi 1:Intro
An account of Lehi and his wife Sariah and his four sons, being called, beginning at the eldest, Laman, Lemuel, Sam and Nephi.The Lord warns Lehi to depart out of the Land of Jerusa- lem because he prophesieth unto the people concerning their iniquity and they seek to destroy his life.He taketh three days' journey into the wilderness with his family.Nephi taketh his brethren and returns to the Land of Jerusalem after the record of the Jews. The account of their sufferings.They take the daughters of Ishmael to wife.They take their families and depart into the wilderness. Their sufferings and afflictions in the wilderness.The course of their travels. They come to the large waters.Nephi's brethren rebelleth against him. He confoundeth them and buildeth a ship.They call the name of the place Bountiful.They cross the large waters into the Promised Land, etc.This is according to the account of Nephi; or in other words, I, Nephi, wrote this record.
1 Nephi 1:5
And it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him,And he saw and heard much;And because of the things which he saw and heard, he did quake and tremble exceedingly.
1 Nephi 1:13
And it came to pass that when my father had read and saw many great and marvelous things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord, such as:"Great and marvelous are Thy works, O Lord God Almighty!Thy throne is high in the heavens!And Thy power and goodness and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth;And because Thou art merciful, Thou wilt not suffer those who come unto Thee, that they shall perish!"
1 Nephi 1:14
And after this manner was the language of my father in the praising of his God,For his soul did rejoice and his whole heart was filled because of the things which he had seen, yea, which the Lord had shown unto him.
1 Nephi 1:19
And it came to pass that the Jews did mock him because of the things which he testified of them, for he truly testified of their wickedness and their abominations;
1 Nephi 1:23
But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all them whom He hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty, even unto the power of deliverance.
1 Nephi 1:24
For behold, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and saith unto him:"Blessed art thou, Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done;
1 Nephi 1:25
And because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee,Behold, they seek to take away thy life."
1 Nephi 1:38
Now this he spake because of the stiff-neckedness of Laman and Lemuel,For behold, they did murmur in many things against their father because that he was a visionary man and that he had led them out of the Land of Jerusalem,To leave the land of their inheritance and their gold and their silver and their precious things and to perish in the wilderness;
1 Nephi 1:39
And this they said that he had done because of the foolish imaginations of his heart.
1 Nephi 1:41
And they did murmur because they knew not the dealings of that God who had created them;
1 Nephi 1:52
And being grieved because of the hardness of their hearts, I cried unto the Lord for them.
1 Nephi 1:53
And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: "Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of thy faith, for thou hast sought Me diligently with lowliness of heart;
1 Nephi 1:64
Therefore go, my son, and thou shalt be favored of the Lord because thou hast not murmured."
1 Nephi 1:78
And all this he hath done because of the commandment of the Lord, For he knowing that Jerusalem must be destroyed because of the wickedness of the people-
1 Nephi 1:94
Know ye not that the Lord hath chosen him to be a ruler over you, and this because of your iniquities?
1 Nephi 1:146
And it came to pass that after we had come down into the wilderness unto our father, behold, he was filled with joy; And also my mother Sariah was exceeding glad, for she truly had mourned because of us, For she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness.
1 Nephi 2:33
And it came to pass that they were sorrowful because of their wickedness insomuch that they did bow down before me and did plead with me that I would forgive them of the thing that they had done against me.
1 Nephi 2:42
And behold, because of the thing which I have seen, I have reason to rejoice in the Lord because of Nephi, and also of Sam, For I have reason to suppose that they, and also many of their seed, will be saved.
1 Nephi 2:43
"But behold, Laman and Lemuel, I fear exceedingly because of you, For behold, methought I saw a dark and dreary wilderness.
1 Nephi 2:76
And after that they had tasted of the fruit, they were ashamed because of those that were a scoffing at them, And they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost."
1 Nephi 2:86
And it came to pass that after my father had spoken all the words of his dream or vision, which were many, He said unto us, because of these things which he saw in a vision, he exceedingly feared for Laman and Lemuel-
1 Nephi 3:44
"And blessed art thou, Nephi, because thou believest in the Son of the Most High God; Wherefore, thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired;
1 Nephi 3:109
And I saw many, that they did tumble to the earth because of the quaking thereof.
1 Nephi 3:111
And behold, I saw the multitudes which had not fallen because of the great and terrible judgments of the Lord;
1 Nephi 3:117
And behold, they are righteous forever, For because of their faith in the Lamb of God, their garments are made white in His blood."
1 Nephi 3:119
And the angel said unto me: "These are made white in the blood of the Lamb because of their faith in Him."
1 Nephi 3:129
And because of the pride of my seed and the temptations of the devil, I beheld that the seed of my brethren did overpower the people of my seed.
1 Nephi 3:174
And thou seest because of the many plain and precious things which have been taken out of the book- which were plain unto the understanding of the children of men according to the plainness which is in the Lamb of God-
1 Nephi 3:175
And because of these things which are taken away out of the gospel of the Lamb, An exceeding great many do stumble, yea, insomuch that Satan hath great power over them.
1 Nephi 3:179
Neither will the Lord God suffer that the Gentiles shall forever remain in that state of awful woundedness, which thou beholdest that they are in because of the plain and most precious parts of the gospel of the Lamb which hath been kept back by that abominable church, whose formation thou hast seen;
1 Nephi 3:183
And after that the Gentiles do stumble exceedingly because of the most plain and most precious parts of the gospel of the Lamb which hath been kept back by that abominable church which is the mother of harlots,' saith the Lamb, 'Wherefore, I will be merciful unto the Gentiles in that day,' saith the Lamb, 'Insomuch that I will bring forth unto them in Mine own power much of My gospel, which shall be plain and most precious,' saith the Lamb.
1 Nephi 3:226
And it came to pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God, And its numbers were few because of the wickedness and abominations of the whore which sat upon many waters;
1 Nephi 3:228
And their dominion upon the face of the earth was small because of the wickedness of the great whore which I saw.
1 Nephi 4:5
And now I, Nephi, was grieved because of the hardness of their hearts, and also because of the things which I had seen, And knew they must unavoidably come to pass because of the great wickedness of the children of men.
1 Nephi 4:6
And it came to pass that I was overcome because of my afflictions, For I considered that mine afflictions were great above all because of the destruction of my people, for I had beheld their fall.
1 Nephi 4:12
How is it that ye will perish because of the hardness of your hearts?
1 Nephi 4:61
Wherefore, the final state of the souls of men is to dwell in the kingdom of God, or to be cast out because of that justice of which I have spoken;
1 Nephi 5:3
"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.'"
1 Nephi 5:22
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 that 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.
1 Nephi 5:24
And being much fatigued because of their journeying, they did suffer much for the want of food.
1 Nephi 5:25
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.
1 Nephi 5:26
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 springs, it began to be exceeding difficult, Yea, insomuch that we could obtain no food.
1 Nephi 5:27
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did speak much unto my brethren because that they had hardened their hearts again, even unto complaining against the Lord their God.
1 Nephi 5:30
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.
1 Nephi 5:31
And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto my father, And he was truly chastened because of his murmurings against the Lord insomuch that he was brought down into the depths of sorrow.
1 Nephi 5:45
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;
1 Nephi 5:46
And they did murmur against my father because that 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."
1 Nephi 5:62
And we did come to the land which we called Bountiful because of its much fruit, and also wild honey;
1 Nephi 5:67
And we called the place Bountiful because of its much fruit.
1 Nephi 5:90
And now it came to pass that I, Nephi, was exceeding sorrowful because of the hardness of their hearts;
1 Nephi 5:100
And our father hath judged them and hath led us away because we would hearken unto his word;
1 Nephi 5:133
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;
1 Nephi 5:135
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 which perished.
1 Nephi 5:151
"Behold, my soul is rent with anguish because of you and my heart is pained; I fear lest ye shall be cast off forever;
1 Nephi 5:185
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;
1 Nephi 5:199
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.
1 Nephi 5:201
And my parents, being stricken in years and having suffered much grief because of their children, they were brought down, yea, even upon their sickbeds;
1 Nephi 5:202
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;
1 Nephi 5:205
And Jacob and Joseph also being young, having need of much nourishment, were grieved because of the afflictions of their mother;
1 Nephi 5:231
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.
1 Nephi 5:237
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;
1 Nephi 5:238
Yea, they spit upon Him, and He suffereth it- Because of His loving-kindness and His long-suffering toward the children of men.
1 Nephi 5:246
Some with His voice, because of their righteousness, unto their great joy and salvation,
1 Nephi 5:250
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!'
1 Nephi 5:251
"And as for they which are at Jerusalem," saith the prophet, "they shall be scourged by all people," saith the prophet, "because they crucified the God of Israel and turned their hearts aside, rejecting signs and wonders and power and glory of the God of Israel.
1 Nephi 5:252
"And because they have turned 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.
1 Nephi 6:11
And I did it because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck was an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;
1 Nephi 6:30
"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, which are of My people, O house of Israel.
1 Nephi 6:37
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."
1 Nephi 7:11
"And since that they have been led away, these things have been prophesied concerning them, And also concerning all they which shall hereafter be scattered and be confounded because of the Holy One of Israel, For against Him will they harden their hearts;
1 Nephi 7:60
"And because of the righteousness of His people, Satan hath no power;
2 Nephi 1:13
Wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; If so, it shall be because of iniquity,
2 Nephi 1:35
"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,
2 Nephi 1:42
Nevertheless, ye sought to take away his life; Yea, and he hath suffered much sorrow because of you;
2 Nephi 1:43
And I exceedingly fear and tremble because of you, lest he shall suffer again.
2 Nephi 1:46
"And ye have murmured because he hath been plain unto you-
2 Nephi 1:56
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,
2 Nephi 1:60
And behold, in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and much sorrow because of the rudeness of thy brethren;
2 Nephi 1:63
"Wherefore, I know that thou art redeemed because of the righteousness of thy Redeemer, For thou hast beheld that in the fullness of time He cometh to bring salvation unto men,
2 Nephi 1:78
And because of the intercession for all, all men cometh unto God;
2 Nephi 1:103
And because that he had fallen from heaven and had become miserable forever, and he sought also the misery of all mankind,
2 Nephi 1:110
For He showed unto all men that they were lost because of the transgression of their parents.
2 Nephi 1:117
And because that they are redeemed from the fall, they have become free forever, knowing good from evil,
2 Nephi 2:42
Because of their faith, their words shall proceed forth out of My mouth unto their brethren, which are the fruit of thy loins;
2 Nephi 2:45
'Wherefore, because of this covenant, thou art blessed, For thy seed shall not be destroyed, for they shall hearken unto the words of the book;
2 Nephi 3:13
Wherefore, because of my blessing, the Lord God will not suffer that ye shall perish; Wherefore, He will be merciful unto you and unto your seed forever."
2 Nephi 3:24
And it came to pass that not many days after his death, Laman and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael were angry with me because of the admonitions of the Lord,
2 Nephi 3:31
Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord in showing me His great and marvelous works, My heart exclaimeth, O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh,
2 Nephi 3:32
My soul grieveth because of mine iniquities;
2 Nephi 3:33
I am encompassed about because of the temptations and the sins which doth so easily beset me;
2 Nephi 3:34
And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins. Nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted-
2 Nephi 3:42
O then, if I have seen so great things, If the Lord in His condescension unto the children of men hath visited me in so much mercy, Why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow? And my flesh waste away and my strength slacken because of mine afflictions?
2 Nephi 3:43
And why should I yield to sin because of my flesh?
2 Nephi 3:45
Why am I angry because of mine enemy?
2 Nephi 3:48
Do not anger again because of mine enemies;
2 Nephi 3:49
Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions;
2 Nephi 3:54
May the gates of hell be shut continually before me be- cause that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite!
2 Nephi 4:1
Behold, it came to pass that I, Nephi, did cry much unto the Lord my God because of the anger of my brethren,
2 Nephi 4:3
Yea, they did murmur against me, saying: "Our younger brother thinketh to rule over us and we have had much trial because of him; Wherefore now let us slay him, that we may not be afflicted more because of his words;
2 Nephi 4:33
And He had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing because of their iniquity,
2 Nephi 4:39
And because of their cursing which was upon them, they did become an idle people, full of mischief and subtlety, And did seek in the wilderness for beasts of prey;
2 Nephi 5:15
And there are many things which have been spoken by Isaiah which may be likened unto you because that ye are of the house of Israel;
2 Nephi 5:28
Wherefore, after they are driven to and fro- for thus saith the angel-many shall be afflicted in the flesh and shall not be suffered to perish because of the prayers of the faithful, Wherefore, they shall be scattered and smitten and hated;
2 Nephi 5:53
Behold, at My rebuke I dry up the sea- I make the rivers a wilderness, And their fish to stink because the waters are dried up, And they dieth because of thirst.
2 Nephi 5:95
And hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy?
2 Nephi 6:4
Behold, my beloved brethren, I speak unto you these things that ye may rejoice and lift up your heads forever because of the blessings which the Lord God shall bestow upon your children,
2 Nephi 6:14
And because man became fallen, they were cut off from the presence of the Lord;
2 Nephi 6:26
And because of the way of deliverance of our God, the Holy One of Israel, this death of which I have spoken, which is the temporal, shall deliver up its dead, which death is the grave;
2 Nephi 6:53
And where there is no condemnation, the mercies of the Holy One of Israel hath claim upon them because of the atonement,
2 Nephi 6:63
For because that they are rich, they despise the poor, and they persecute the meek, and their hearts are upon their treasures; Wherefore, their treasure is their god;
2 Nephi 6:83
And whoso knocketh, to him will He open; And the wise and the learned and they that are rich, which are puffed up because of their learning and their wisdom and their riches, yea, they are they whom He despiseth;
2 Nephi 6:105
And because of His greatness and His grace and mercy, He hath promised unto us that our seed shall not utterly be destroyed, according to the flesh, but that He would preserve them; And in future generations they shall become a righteous branch unto the house of Israel.
2 Nephi 7:3
Wherefore, as it hath been shown unto me that many of our children shall perish in the flesh because of unbelief, nevertheless, God will be merciful unto many,
2 Nephi 7:9
But because of priestcrafts and iniquities, they at Jerusalem will stiffen their necks against Him, that He be crucified.
2 Nephi 7:10
Wherefore, because of their iniquities, destructions, fam- ines, pestilences and bloodsheds shall come upon them,
2 Nephi 8:22
Therefore, O Lord, Thou hast forsaken Thy people, the house of Jacob, Because they be replenished from the east and hearken unto soothsayers like the Philistines, And they please themselves in the children of strangers.
2 Nephi 8:46
For Jerusalem is ruined and Judah is fallen because their tongues and their doings have been against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory-
2 Nephi 8:54
Moreover, the Lord saith: "Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, Walking and mincing as they go and making a tinkling with their feet,
2 Nephi 8:83
Therefore, my people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge, And their honorable men are famished, And their multitude dried up with thirst.
2 Nephi 8:94
Therefore, as the fire devoureth the stubble, And the flame consumeth the chaff, Their root shall be rottenness; And their blossom shall go up as dust because they have cast away the law of the Lord of Hosts and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
2 Nephi 9:5
Then said I: "Wo is me! for I am undone because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts."
2 Nephi 9:37
With arrows and with bows shall men come thither, Because all the land shall become briers and thorns.
2 Nephi 9:58
To the law and to the testimony! And if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
2 Nephi 9:108
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, And the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
2 Nephi 10:42
Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, Because thou hast destroyed thy land and slain thy people. The seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
2 Nephi 10:51
"Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken; For out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, And his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
2 Nephi 11:5
Wherefore, hearken O my people which are of the house of Israel and give ear to my words! For because that the words of Isaiah are not plain unto you, Nevertheless, they are plain unto all they that are filled with the spirit of prophecy;
2 Nephi 11:15
And as one generation hath been destroyed among the Jews because of iniquity, Even so have they been destroyed from generation to generation according to their iniquities;
2 Nephi 11:19
And now this I speak because of the Spirit which is in me;
2 Nephi 11:21
But behold, they shall have wars and rumors of wars; And when the day cometh that the Only Begotten of the Father, yea, even the Father of heaven and of earth, shall manifest Himself unto them in the flesh, Behold, they will reject Him because of priestcrafts and the hardness of their hearts and the stiffness of their necks-
2 Nephi 11:46
Wherefore, the law hath become dead unto us, And we are made alive in Christ because of our faith;
2 Nephi 11:47
Yet we keep the law because of the commandments;
2 Nephi 11:63
And they perish because they cast out the prophets and the saints and stone them and slay them;
2 Nephi 11:76
For because they yieldeth unto the devil and choose works of darkness rather than light, therefore, they must go down to hell. For the Spirit of the Lord will not always strive with man;
2 Nephi 11:90
And the Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes and have stumbled because of the greatness of their stumbling block, that they have built up many churches;
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For behold, ye have closed your eyes; And ye have rejected the prophets, And your rulers and the seers hath He covered because of your iniquity.
2 Nephi 11:127
Wherefore, because of the things which are sealed up, the things which are sealed shall not be delivered in the day of the wickedness and abominations of the people;
2 Nephi 11:138
And now, because of the glory of the world and to get gain, will they say this, And not for the glory of God.
2 Nephi 12:10
And there shall also be many which shall say, "Eat, drink and be merry, nevertheless fear God; He will justify in committing a little sin; Yea, lie a little, Take the advantage of one because of his words, Dig a pit for thy neighbor- There is no harm in doing these things;
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because of pride, And because of false teachers and false doctrines, their churches have become corrupted and their churches are lifted up, Because of pride, they are puffed up;
2 Nephi 12:15
They rob the poor, because of their fine sanctuaries, They rob the poor, because of their fine clothing; And they persecute the meek and the poor in heart, because in their pride they are puffed up-
2 Nephi 12:16
They wear stiff necks and high heads. Yea, and because of pride and wickedness and abomina- tions and whoredoms they have all gone astray, save it be a few which are the humble followers of Christ;
2 Nephi 12:17
Nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err, because they are taught by the precepts of men.
2 Nephi 12:33
And in fine, wo unto all they that tremble and are angry because of the truth of God!
2 Nephi 12:45
And because My words shall hiss forth, many of the Gentiles shall say: 'A Bible, a Bible, we have got a Bible, And there cannot be any more Bible.'"
2 Nephi 12:58
"Wherefore murmur ye because that ye shall receive more of My word?
2 Nephi 12:63
"And because that I have spoken one word, Ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; For My work is not yet finished; Neither shall it be until the end of man; Neither from that time henceforth and forever.
2 Nephi 12:64
"Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible, Ye need not suppose that it contains all My words; Neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written;
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For behold, except ye shall keep the commandments of God, ye shall all likewise perish; And because of the words which have been spoken, ye need not suppose that the Gentiles are utterly destroyed.
2 Nephi 14:5
Wherefore, now after that I have spoken these words, If ye cannot understand them, it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; Wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.
2 Nephi 14:9
And now I, Nephi, cannot say more, the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, And I am left to mourn because of the unbelief and the wickedness and the ignorance and the stiff-neckedness of men, For they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be.
2 Nephi 15:4
For I pray for them continually by day, And mine eyes water my pillow by night because of them; And I cry unto my God in faith and I know that He will hear my cry; And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people;
2 Nephi 15:9
I have charity for the Jew-I say Jew because I mean them from whence I came; I also have charity for the Gentiles;
For because of faith and great anxiety, it truly had been made manifest unto us concerning our people, what things should happen unto them;
Wherefore, it burdeneth my soul that I should be constrained, because of the strict commandment which I have received from God, to admonish you according to your crimes, to enlarge the wounds of those which are already wounded, instead of consoling and healing their wounds;
And because that some of you have obtained more abundantly than that of your brethren, Ye are lifted up in the pride of your hearts and wear stiff necks and high heads, because of the costliness of your apparel, And persecute your brethren, because that ye suppose that ye are better than they.
And now my brethren, I have spoken unto you concerning pride; And those of you which have afflicted your neighbor and persecuted him because that ye were proud in your hearts of the things which God hath given you, what say ye of it?
And were it not that I must speak unto you concerning a grosser crime, my heart would rejoice exceedingly because of you;
But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser crimes;
For behold, thus saith the Lord: "This people beginneth to wax in iniquity; They understand not the scriptures, For they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms because of the things which were written concerning David and Solomon his son.
"For behold, I, the Lord, have seen the sorrow and heard the mourning of the daughters of My people in the Land of Jerusalem, Yea, and in all the lands of My people, because of the wickedness and abominations of their husbands;
"For they shall not lead away captive the daughters of My people because of their tenderness, save I shall visit them with a sore curse, even unto destruction,
Ye have broken the hearts of your tender wives and lost the confidence of your children because of your bad examples before them, And the sobbings of their hearts ascendeth up to God against you;
And because of the strictness of the word of God which cometh down against you, many hearts died, pierced with deep wounds.
Behold, the Lamanites, your brethren, whom ye hate because of their filthiness and the cursings which hath come upon their skins, are more righteous than you,
And now this commandment they observe to keep; Wherefore, because of this observance in keeping this commandment, the Lord God will not destroy them, but will be merciful unto them, And one day they shall become a blessed people.
And their unbelief and their hatred toward you is because of the iniquity of their fathers; Wherefore, how much better are you than they in the sight of your great Creator?
Wherefore, a commandment I give unto you which is the word of God, That ye revile no more against them because of the darkness of their skin, Neither shall ye revile against them because of their filthiness,
But ye shall remember your own filthiness and remember that their filthiness came because of their fathers;
Wherefore, ye shall remember your children, how that ye have grieved their hearts because of the example that ye have set before them,
And also remember that ye may, because of your filthiness, bring your children unto destruction and their sins be heaped upon your heads at the last day.
Now behold, it came to pass that I, Jacob, having ministered much unto my people in word, And I cannot write but a little of my words because of the difficulty of engraving our words upon plates, And we know that the things which we write upon plates must remain,
Wherefore, because of their blindness, which blindness came by looking beyond the mark, they must needs fall,
For God hath taken away His plainness from them and delivered unto them many things which they cannot understand, because they desired it;
And because they desired it, God hath done it, that they may stumble.
Behold, my beloved brethren, I will unfold this mystery unto you, if I do not by any means get shaken from my firmness in the Spirit and stumble because of my overanxiety for you.
And because of the much strength of the root thereof, the wild branches hath brought forth tame fruit;
"And the Servant saith unto His Master: 'Behold, because Thou didst graft in the branches of the wild olive tree, they have nourished the roots, that they are alive and they have not perished; Wherefore, Thou beholdest that they are yet good.'
Nevertheless, I know that the roots are good and for Mine own purpose I have preserved them; And because of their much strength, they have hitherto brought forth from the wild branches good fruit,
But behold, the wild branches have grown and have overrun the roots thereof; And because that the wild branches have overcome the roots thereof, it hath brought forth much evil fruit;
And because that it hath brought forth so much evil fruit, Thou beholdest that it beginneth to perish, And it will soon become ripened that it may be cast into the fire, except We should do something for it to preserve it.'
And because that I plucked not the branches thereof and cast them into the fire, Behold, they have overcome the good branch, that it hath withered away.
And because that the branches have overcome the roots thereof- For behold, they grew faster than the strength of the roots thereof, taking strength unto themselves-
'And this I do that perhaps the roots thereof may take strength because of their goodness and because of the change of the branches, that the good may overcome the evil,
And because that I have preserved the natural branches and the roots thereof, And that I have grafted in the natural branches again into their mother tree and have preserved the roots of their mother tree, That perhaps the trees of My vineyard may bring forth again good fruit,
For because that ye have been diligent in laboring with Me in My vineyard and have kept My commandments, And hath brought unto Me again the natural fruit, that My vineyard is no more corrupted and the bad is cast away, Behold, ye shall have joy with Me because of the fruit of My vineyard.
Yet thou wilt deny it because thou art of the devil;
And because that I have thus lied unto God, I greatly fear lest my case shall be awful; But I confess unto God."
And He saith unto me: "Because of thy faith in Christ whom thou hast not heard nor seen;
And it came to pass that after I had prayed and labored with all diligence, the Lord said unto me: "I will grant unto thee according to thy desires because of thy faith."
Now there was great rejoicing among the people of Zarahemla, And also Zarahemla did rejoice exceedingly because that the Lord had sent the people of Mosiah with the plates of brass which contained the record of the Jews.
Behold, it is expedient that much should be done among this people, Because of the hardness of their hearts, and the deafness of their ears, and the blindness of their minds, and the stiffness of their necks;
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And the things which are upon these plates pleasing me because of the prophecies of the coming of Christ, And my fathers knowing that many of them have been fulfilled,
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And there were many holy men in the land and they did speak the word of God with power and with authority, And they did use much sharpness because of the stiffneckedness of the people-
And we should have been like unto our brethren, the Lamanites, which know nothing concerning these things, Or even do not believe them when they are taught them, because of the traditions of their fathers which are not correct.
And behold, also the plates of Nephi which contain the records and the sayings of our fathers from the time they left Jerusalem until now-and they are true; And we can know of their surety because we have them before our eyes.
"And moreover, I shall give this people a name that thereby they may be distinguished above all the people which the Lord God hath brought out of the Land of Jerusalem; And this I do because they have been a diligent people in keeping the commandments of the Lord;
And it came to pass that he began to speak to his people from the tower; And they could not all hear his words because of the greatness of the multitude,
"Behold I say unto you, that because I said unto you that I had spent my days in your service, I do not desire to boast, for I have only been in the service of God;
'Therefore, they have drunk out of the cup of the wrath of God, Which justice could no more deny unto them than it could deny that Adam should fall because of his partaking of the forbidden fruit; Therefore, mercy could have claim on them no more forever.
having received a remission of their sins and having peace of conscience because of the exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ which should come, according to the words which King Benjamin had spoken unto them.
"And again I say unto the poor, ye that have not and yet hath sufficient that ye remain from day to day- I mean all you that deny the beggar because ye have not- I would that ye say in your hearts that 'I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give.'
And also we know of their surety and truth because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent which hath wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, That we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.
"And now, because of the covenant which ye have made, ye shall be called the children of Christ, His sons and His daughters;
"And behold, it is because of our iniquities and abominations that has brought us into bondage;
Yea, I say unto you, great are the reasons which we have to mourn. "For behold, how many of our brethren have been slain and their blood hath been spilt in vain? And all because of iniquity;
And because he saith unto them that Christ was the God, the Father, of all things, And saith that He should take upon Him the image of man, And it should be the image after which man was created in the beginning-
And now because he said this, they did put him to death. "And many more things did they do which brought down the wrath of God upon them;
Believing that they were driven out of the Land of Jerusalem because of the iniquities of their fathers, And that they were wronged in the wilderness by their brethren; And they were also wronged while crossing the sea;
And all this because that Nephi was more faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord, Therefore, he was favored of the Lord, for the Lord heard his prayers and answered them, And he took the lead of their journey in the wilderness.
And his brethren were wroth with him because they understood not the dealings of the Lord;
They were also wroth with him upon the waters because they hardened their hearts against the Lord.
And again, they were wroth with him when they had arrived to the Promised Land because they said that he had taken the ruling of the people out of their hands; And they sought to kill him.
And again, they were wroth with him because he departed into the wilderness as the Lord had commanded him and took the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, For they said that he robbed them.
Yea, and they also became idolatrous because they were deceived by the vain and flattering words of the king and priests, For they did speak flattering things unto them.
And now because of this great victory, they were lifted up in the pride of their hearts; They did boast in their own strength, saying that their fifty could stand against thousands of the Lamanites;
And thus they did boast and did delight in blood and the shedding of the blood of their brethren, And this because of the wickedness of their king and priests.
"And the Lord said unto me: 'Stretch forth thy hand and prophesy, saying: Thus saith the Lord, it shall come to pass that this generation, because of their iniquities, shall be brought into bondage and shall be smitten on the cheek,
And they shall be smitten with a great pestilence; And all this will I do because of their iniquities and abominations.
And he saith all this shall come upon thee, except thou repent, And this because of thine iniquities.
But I must fulfill the commandments wherewith God hath commanded me; And because I have told you the truth ye are angry with me;
And again, because I have spoken the word of God ye have judged me, that I am mad."
Yea, and I perceive that it cuts you to your hearts because I tell you the truth concerning your iniquities; Yea, and my words fill you with wonder and amazement and with anger;
I say unto you, nay, they did not all understand the law, and this because of the hardness of their hearts, For they understood not that there could not any man be saved, except it were through the redemption of God.
And He made His grave with the wicked and with the rich in His death, Because He had done no evil, Neither was any deceit in His mouth.
Therefore, will I divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He hath poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bear the sins of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.'"
And because He dwelleth in flesh, He shall be called the Son of God;
And having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son- The Father, because He was conceived by the power of God, and the Son, because of the flesh, thus becoming the Father and Son,
And this because they would not hearken unto the voice of the Lord; Therefore, the Lord redeemeth them not, for they are carnal and devilish; And the devil hath power over them,
And now when the flames began to scorch him, he cried unto them, saying: "Behold! Even as ye have done unto me, so shall it come to pass that thy seed shall cause that many shall suffer the pains that I do suffer, even the pains of death by fire, And this because they believe in the salvation of the Lord their God.
"And it will come to pass that ye shall be afflicted with all manner of diseases because of your iniquities;
And now when Abinadi had said these words, he fell, having suffered death by fire, Yea, having been put to death because he would not deny the commandments of God, Having sealed the truth of his words by his death.
And it came to pass that after they had ended the cere-mony, that they returned to the Land of Nephi, rejoicing because their wives and their children were not slain; And they told Gideon what they had done to the king.
And now the king said: "I have broken the oath because thy people did carry away the daughters of my people; Therefore, in my anger I did cause my people to come up to war against thy people."
For are not the words of Abinadi fulfilled which he prophesied against us? And all this because we would not hearken unto the word of the Lord and turn from our iniquities?
Now they durst not slay them because of the oath which their king had made unto Limhi; But they would smite them on their cheeks and exercise authority over them, And began to put heavy burdens upon their backs and drive them as they would a dumb ass; Yea, all this was done that the word of the Lord might be fulfilled.
And it came to pass that the people began to murmur with the king, because of their afflictions, And they began to be desirous to go against them to battle,
And now the Lord was slow to hear their cry because of their iniquities;
Now there was a great number of women, more than there was of men; Therefore, King Limhi commanded that every man should impart to the support of the widows and their children, that they might not perish with hunger; And this they did because of the greatness of their number that had been slain.
Yet Ammon and his brethren were filled with sorrow because so many of their brethren had been slain, And also that King Noah and his priests had caused the people to commit so many sins and iniquities against God;
Now it came to pass that the brethren of Alma fled from their fields and gathered themselves together into the City of Helam; And they were much frightened because of the appearance of the Lamanites.
And it came to pass that the Lamanites had compassion on Amulon and his brethren and did not destroy them because of their wives,
And it came to pass that Alma and his people departed into the wilderness; And when they had traveled all day, they pitched their tents in a valley; And they called the name of the valley Alma because he led their way in the wilderness.
Yea, and in the Valley of Alma they poured out their thanks to God because He had been merciful unto them and eased their burdens and had delivered them out of bondage,
And now all the people of Zarahemla were numbered with the Nephites, And this because the kingdom had been conferred upon none but those which were descendants of Nephi.
Yea, and as many as he did baptize did belong to the church of God, And this because of their belief on the words of Alma.
Now this was done because there were so many people that they could not all be governed by one teacher, Neither could they all hear the word of God in one assembly; Therefore, they did assemble themselves together in different bodies, being called churches,
And now because of their unbelief, they could not understand the word of God, And their hearts were hardened;
And now in the reign of Mosiah, they were not half so numerous as the people of God, But because of the dissensions among the brethren, they became more numerous.
Thou art blessed because of thy exceeding faith in the words alone of My servant Abinadi,
And blessed are they because of their exceeding faith in the words alone which thou hast spoken unto them;
And blessed art thou because thou hast established a church among this people, And they shall be established and they shall be My people;
And because thou hast inquired of Me concerning the transgressor, thou art blessed.
"I say unto you, unless this be the case, they must be cast off; And this I know because I was like to be cast off.
And the Lord saw fit in His infinite mercy to spare them; Nevertheless, they suffered much anguish of soul because of their iniquities, And suffering much, fearing that they should be cast off forever.
And this he did because of the great anxiety of his people, for they were desirous beyond measure to know concerning those people which had been destroyed-
"Now I say unto you that because all men are not just, it is not expedient that ye should have a king or kings to rule over you,
"Behold, what great destruction did come upon them, And also because of their iniquities, they were brought into bondage;
And were it not for the interposition of their all-wise Creator, and this because of their sincere repentance, they must unavoidably remain in bondage until now.
"But behold, He did deliver them because they did humble themselves before Him; And because they cried mightily unto Him, He did deliver them out of bondage;
And they were exceedingly rejoiced because of the liberty which had been granted unto them,
Now because Gideon withstood him with the words of God, he was wroth with Gideon and drew his sword and began to smite him;
Yea, they did persecute them and afflict them with all manner of words; And this because of their humility,
because they were not proud in their own eyes, And because they did impart the word of God one with another, without money and without price.
And now because of the steadiness of the church, they began to be exceeding rich, having abundance of all things whatsoever they stood in need-
And it came to pass that the Nephites which were not slain by the weapons of war, after having buried those which had been slain-now the number of the slain were not numbered because of the greatness of their number- And after they had finished burying their dead, they all returned to their lands and to their houses and their wives and their children.
And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, Which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren which consisted of Nephi, Jacob and Joseph and Sam, which were just and holy men.
And so great were their afflictions that every soul had cause to mourn; And they believed that it was the judgments of God sent upon them because of their wickedness and their abominations- Therefore, they were awakened to a remembrance of their duty,
And it came to pass in the eighth year of the reign of the judges that the people of the church began to wax proud, Because of their exceeding riches, and their fine silks and their fine-twined linen,
And because of their many flocks and herds, and their gold and their silver, and all manner of precious things which they had obtained by their industry;
Being filled with great joy because of the resurrection of the dead according to the will and power and deliverance of Jesus Christ from the bands of death-
And now because your faith is strong concerning that, yea, concerning the things which I have spoken, great is my joy!
And now my beloved brethren, I have spoken these words unto you according to the Spirit which testifieth in me; And my soul doth exceedingly rejoice because of the exceeding diligence and heed which ye have given unto my word.
"And now, we know that because we are not of thy church, we know that thou hast no power over us;
And it came to pass that while he was journeying thither- being weighed down with sorrow, wading through much tribulation and anguish of soul because of the wickedness of the people which were in the City of Ammonihah-
"And now Amulek, because thou hast fed me and took me in, thou art blessed, For I was enhungered for I had fasted many days."
"For it is because of the traditions of their fathers that causes them to remain in their state of ignorance, Therefore, the Lord will be merciful unto them and prolong their existence in the land;
Now it came to pass that when I, Alma, had spoken these words, Behold, the people were wroth with me because I said unto them that they were a hard-hearted and a stiff-necked people;
And also because I said unto them that they were a lost and a fallen people, they were angry with me and sought to lay their hands upon me, that they might cast me into prison.
For he hath fasted many days because of the sins of this people and he is enhungered; And thou shall receive him into thy house and feed him, And he shall bless thee and thy house; And the blessing of the Lord shall rest upon thee and thy house.'
"And the angel said unto me: 'He is a holy man'; Wherefore, I know he is a holy man because it was said by an angel of God.
Now it was for the sole purpose for to get gain, because they received their wages according to their employ,
Now Amulek said again unto him: "Behold, thou hast lied, for thou sayest that I spake as though I had authority to command God because I said He shall not save His people in their sins.
and they are made known unto us in plain terms that we may understand, that we cannot err, And this because of our being wanderers in a strange land;
But the more part of them were desirous that they might destroy Alma and Amulek, For they were angry with Alma because of the plainness of his words unto Zeezrom;
And they were also angry with Alma and Amulek; And because they had testified so plainly against their wickedness, they sought to put them away privily.
"Behold, ye see that ye had not power to save these which had been cast into the fire, Neither hath God saved them because they were of thy faith."
And behold, there they found all the people which had departed out of the Land of Ammonihah, who had been cast out and stoned because they believed in the words of Alma;
And they found him upon his bed sick, being very low with a burning fever, And his mind also was exceeding sore because of his iniquities;
Yea, every living soul of the Ammonihahites were destroyed, and also their great city which they said God could not destroy because of its greatness;
Thus they were a very indolent people, many of whom did worship idols; And the curse of God had fallen upon them because of the traditions of their fathers, Notwithstanding the promises of the Lord were extended unto them on the conditions of repentance.
Now the servants of the king began to murmur, saying: "Now the king will slay us as he has our brethren because their flocks were scattered by the wickedness of these men."
Now they wept because of the fear of being slain;
Nevertheless, they were angry because of the slain of their brethren and they were determined that he should fall;
Behold, is not this the Great Spirit which doth send such great punishments upon this people because of their murders?"
Neither can they scatter the king's flocks when he is with us because of his expertness and great strength; Therefore, we know that he is a friend to the king;
For he had slain many of them because their brethren had scattered their flocks at the place of water; And thus, because they had had their flocks scattered, they were slain.
Now when King Lamoni heard that Ammon was preparing his horses and his chariots, he was more astonished because of the faithfulness of Ammon, saying:
And he saith unto him: "Is it because that thou hast heard that I defended thy servants and thy flocks and slew seven of their brethren with the sling and with the sword and smote off the arms of others in order to defend thy flocks and thy servants? Behold, is it this that causeth thy marvelings?
And Ammon said unto her: "Blessed art thou because of thy exceeding faith; I say unto thee woman, there has not been such great faith among all the people of the Nephites."
Now Ammon seeing the Spirit of the Lord poured out according to his prayers upon the Lamanites, his breth- ren, which had been the cause of so much mourning among the Nephites, or among all the people of God because of their iniquities and their traditions,
And now the people began to murmur among themselves, Some saying that it was a great evil that had come upon them, or upon the king and his house because he had suffered that the Nephite should remain in the land.
But others rebuked them, saying: "The king hath brought this evil upon his house because he slew his servants who had had their flocks scattered at the Waters of Sebus."
For they were angry with Ammon because of the number which he had slain of their brethren at the Waters of Sebus while defending the flocks of the king.
And there were some which said that Ammon was sent by the Great Spirit to afflict them because of their iniquities, And that it was the Great Spirit that had always attended the Nephites, which had even delivered them out of their hands,
Now when Ammon had said these words, the king began to rejoice because of his life;
"Because this is all that thou hast desired, that I would release thy brethren and suffer that my son Lamoni should retain his kingdom, Behold, I will grant unto you that my son may retain his kingdom from this time and forever; And I will govern him no more.
And when Ammon did meet them he was exceeding sorrowful, For behold, they were naked and their skins were worn exceedingly because of being bound with strong cords.
For I have been somewhat troubled in mind because of the generosity and the greatness of the words of thy brother Ammon, And I desire to know the cause why he has not come up out of Middoni with thee."
And it came to pass that when Aaron saw that the king would believe his words, he began from the creation of Adam, reading the scriptures unto the king- How God created man after His own image, And that God gave him commandments, And that because of transgression, man had fallen.
Now there was a multitude gathered together because of the commandment of the queen; And there began to be great murmurings among them because of Aaron and his brethren,
Yea, and He hath made these things known unto us beforehand because He loveth our souls, as well as He loveth our children; Therefore, in His mercy He doth visit us by His angels, that the plan of salvation might be made known unto us, as well as unto future generations; O how merciful is our God!
And behold, now it came to pass that those Lamanites were more angry because they had slain their brethren, Therefore, they swore vengeance upon the Nephites;
And the remainder, having fled into the East Wilderness and having usurped the power and authority over the Lamanites, caused that many of the Lamanites should perish by fire because of their belief.
And now Abinadi was the first that suffered death by fire because of his belief in God; Now this is what he meant, that many should suffer death by fire according as he had suffered;
"Behold how many thousands of our brethren hath He loosed from the pains of hell and they are brought to sing redeeming love! And this because of the power of His word which is in us, Therefore, have we not great reason to rejoice?
I say unto you, nay, they are many; Yea, and we can witness of their sincerity because of their love toward their brethren and also toward us.
"For behold, they had rather sacrifice their lives than even to take the life of their enemy; And they have buried their weapons of war deep in the earth because of their love toward their brethren.
But behold how many of these have laid down their lives; And we know that they have gone to their God because of their love and of their hatred to sin.
And it came to pass that the Amalekites, because of their loss, were exceeding angry;
But the king saith unto them: "Behold, the Nephites will destroy us because of the many murders and sins we have committed against them."
And this we do for our brethren on account of their fear to take up arms against their brethren, lest they should commit sin; And this their great fear came because of their sore repentance which they had on account of their many murders and their awful wickedness.
Yea, and many thousands are mourning for the loss of their kindred because they have reason to fear, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are consigned to a state of endless wo;
And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of sin and transgression, And the power of the devil which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men;
And thus we see the great call of the diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; And thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing- Sorrow, because of death and destruction among men, And joy, because of the light of Christ unto life.
Yea, and that same God hath called me by a holy calling to preach the word unto this people, And hath given me much success, in the which my joy is full; But I do not joy in my own success alone, but my joy is more full because of the success of my brethren which have been up to the Land of Nephi;
Now their dead were not numbered because of the greatness of their numbers, neither were the dead of the Nephites numbered-
"Ye look forward and say that ye see a remission of your sins; But behold, it is the effects of a frenzied mind, And this derangement of your minds comes because of the tradition of your fathers which lead you away into a belief of things which are not so."
And Korihor saith unto him: "Because I do not teach the foolish traditions of your fathers, And because I do not teach this people to bind themselves down under the foolish ordinances and performances which are laid down by ancient priests to usurp power and authority over them, To keep them in ignorance that they may not lift up their heads, but be brought down according to thy words.
"Ye say that this people is a guilty and a fallen people because of the trangression of a parent; Behold, I say that a child is not guilty because of its parents.
And now it came to pass that Alma said unto him: "Behold, I am grieved because of the hardness of your heart, Yea, that ye will still resist the Spirit of the truth that thy soul may be destroyed;
And he saith unto me, 'There is no God,' Yea, and he taught me that which I should say and I have taught his words; And I taught them because they were pleasing unto the carnal mind;
Now it came to pass that after the end of Korihor, Alma having received tidings that the Zoramites were perverting the ways of the Lord and that Zoram, which was their leader, was leading the hearts of the people to bow down to dumb idols, etc., His heart again began to sicken because of the iniquity of the people;
For it was the cause of great sorrow to Alma to know of the iniquity among his people, Therefore, his heart was exceeding sorrowful because of the separation of the Zoramites from the Nephites.
"O Lord, wilt Thou grant unto me that I may have strength that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me because of the iniquity of this people?
Wilt Thou grant unto them that they may have strength that they may bear their afflictions which shall come upon them because of the iniquities of this people?
Now this was according to the prayer of Alma, And this because he prayed in faith.
And it came to pass that after much labor among them, they began to have success among the poorer class of the people; For behold, they were cast out of the synagogues because of the coarseness of their apparel,
Now as Alma was teaching and speaking unto the people upon the Hill Onidah, there came a great multitude unto him which were those of which have been spoken which were poor in heart because of their poverty as to the things of the world;
And they came unto Alma, And the one which was the most foremost among them saith unto him: "Behold, what shall these my brethren do? For they are despised of all men because of their poverty, yea, and more especially by our priests;
For they have cast us out of our synagogues which we have labored abundantly to build with our own hands, And they have cast us out because of this our exceeding poverty, that we have no place to worship our God; And behold, what shall we do?"
For it is because that ye are cast out that ye are despised of your brethren, Because of your exceeding poverty that ye are brought to a lowliness of heart, For ye are necessarily brought to be humble.
"And now, because ye are compelled to be humble, blessed are ye, For a man sometimes, if he is compelled to be humble, seeketh repentance.
"And now as I said unto you that because ye were compelled to be humble, ye were blessed, Do ye not suppose that they are more blessed who truly humble themselves because of the word?
Yea, he that truly humbleth himself and repenteth of his sins and endureth to the end, the same shall be blessed, Yea, much more blessed than they who art compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty; Therefore, blessed are they who humbleth themselves without being compelled to be humble,
"And now my beloved brethren, as ye have desired to know of me what ye shall do because ye are afflicted and cast out- Now I do not desire that ye should suppose that I mean to judge you only according to that which is true,
"And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment and planted the seed and it swelleth and sprouteth and beginneth to grow, Ye must needs know that the seed is good.
And this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, And ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened and your mind doth begin to expand.
"O then, is not this real? I say unto you, yea, because it is light, And whatsoever is light is good, because it is discernible; Therefore, ye must know that it is good.
But if ye neglect the tree and take no thought for its nourishment, Behold, it will not get any root; And when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, and because it hath no root, it withereth away, And ye pluck it up and cast it out.
"Now this is not because the seed was not good, Neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable;
But it is because your ground is barren and ye will not nourish the tree; Therefore, ye cannot have the fruit thereof.
"And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, Behold, by and by, ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure,
And Alma saith unto them: "Behold, ye have said that ye could not worship your God because ye are cast out of your synagogues.
Yea, Thou didst hear my cries and wast angry with mine enemies, And Thou didst visit them in Thine anger, with speedy destruction; And Thou didst hear me because of mine afflictions and my sincerity.
'And it is because of Thy Son that Thou hast been thus merciful unto me; Therefore, I will cry unto Thee in all mine afflictions, for in Thee is my joy, For Thou hast turned Thy judgments away from me because of Thy Son.'"
Behold, if ye do, ye must believe what Zenos saith, For behold, he saith, 'Thou hast turned away Thy judgments because of Thy Son.'
For it is not written that Zenos alone spake of these things, But Zenoch also spake of these things, For behold, he saith: 'Thou art angry, O Lord, with this people, Because they will not understand of Thy mercies which Thou hast bestowed upon them, because of Thy Son.'
"And now my brethren, ye see that a second prophet of old has testified of the Son of God, And because the people would not understand his words, they stoned him to death.
But few understood the meaning of those things, and this because of the hardness of their hearts;
Now the reason that they would not look is because they did not believe that it would heal them.
Yea, I know that these things were taught unto you bountifully before your dissension from among us, And as ye have desired of my beloved brother that he should make known unto you what ye should do because of your afflictions- And he hath spoken somewhat unto you to prepare your minds, Yea, and he hath exhorted you unto faith and to patience,
"And this I know because the Lord hath said He dwelleth not in unholy temples, But in the hearts of the righteous doth He dwell;
"And now my beloved brethren, I would exhort you to have patience and that ye bear with all manner of afflictions, That ye do not revile against those who do cast you out because of your exceeding poverty, lest ye become sinners like unto them, But that ye have patience and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions."
And it came to pass that after the more popular part of the Zoramites had consulted together concerning the words which had been preached unto them, They were angry because of the word, for it did destroy their craft; Therefore, they would not hearken unto the words.
And seeing that the hearts of the people began to wax hard and that they began to be offended because of the strictness of the word, His heart was exceeding sorrowful;
Yea, and now behold, O my son, the Lord doth give me exceeding great joy in the fruits of my labors, For because of the word which He hath imparted unto me, Behold, many hath been born of God, and hath tasted, as I have tasted, and hath seen eye to eye, as I have seen;
Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means, nevertheless it did show unto them marvelous works.
Therefore, they tarried in the wilderness, or did not travel a direct course, and were afflicted with hunger and thirst because of their transgression.
O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way, for so was it with our fathers; For so was it prepared for them-that if they would look, they might live-even so it is with us.
And now my son, I trust that I shall have great joy in you because of your steadiness and your faithfulness unto God; For as you have commenced in your youth to look to the Lord your God, Even so I hope that you will continue in keeping His commandments; For blessed is he that endureth to the end.
I say unto you my son, that I have had great joy in thee already because of thy faithfulness and thy diligence and thy patience and thy longsuffering among the people of the Zoramites;
For I knew that thou wast in bonds, Yea, and I also knew that thou wast stoned for the word's sake; And thou didst bear all these things with patience because the Lord was with thee, And now thou knowest that the Lord did deliver thee.
And these shall be cast out into outer darkness; There shall be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, And this because of their own iniquity, being led captive by the will of the devil.
And now my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the restoration of which has been spoken, For behold, some have wrested the scriptures and have gone far astray because of this thing;
Do not suppose because it hath been spoken concerning restoration that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness;
And now, there was no means to reclaim men from this fallen state which man had brought upon himself because of his own disobedience;
But God ceaseth not to be God, And mercy claimeth the penitent, And mercy cometh because of the atonement; And the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead, And the resurrection of the dead bringeth back men into the presence of God.
Do not endeavor to excuse yourself in the least point because of your sins, by denying the justice of God, But do you let the justice of God and His mercy and His longsuffering have full sway in your heart, But let it bring you down to the dust in humility.
But they were not armed with breastplates nor shields, Therefore, they were exceeding fraid of the armies of the Nephites, because of their armor, Notwithstanding their number being so much greater than the Nephites.
And it came to pass that the Lamanites became frightened because of the great destruction among them, even until they began to flee toward the River Sidon;
But this is the very cause for which ye have come against us, Yea, and ye are angry with us because of our religion.
"And now I would that ye should understand that this is done unto us because of our religion and our faith in Christ. "And now ye see that ye cannot destroy this our faith;
And now Moroni was angry because of the stubbornness of the Lamanites, Therefore, he commanded his people that they should fall upon them and slay them.
Now, the number of their dead were not numbered, because of the greatness of the number, Yea, the number of their dead were exceeding great, both on the Nephites and on the Lamanites.
Behold, now it came to pass that the people of Nephi were exceedingly rejoiced because the Lord had again delivered them out of the hands of their enemies;
Yea, and this because they shall dwindle in unbelief and fall into the works of darkness and lasciviousness and all manner of iniquities.
"Yea, I say unto you that because they shall sin against so great light and knowledge, Yea, I say unto you that from that day, even the fourth generation shall not all pass away before this great iniquity shall come.
And them shall the Lamanites pursue, even until they shall become extinct; And now, because of iniquity, this prophecy shall be fulfilled."
For behold, because of their wars with the Lamanites, and the many little dissensions and disturbances which had been among the people, It became expedient that the word of God should be declared among them, Yea, and that a regulation should be made throughout the church;
But they grew proud, being lifted up in their hearts because of their exceeding great riches; Therefore, they grew rich in their own eyes and would not give heed to their words to walk uprightly before God.
And thus were the affairs of the people of Nephi exceeding precarious and dangerous, Notwithstanding their great victory which they had had over the Lamanites, And their great rejoicings which they had had because of their delivery by the hands of the Lord.
Yea, we see that Amalickiah, because he was a man of cunning devices and a man of many flattering words, That he led away the hearts of many people to do wickedly,
Yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them gladly the name of Christ, or Christians, as they were called, because of their belief in Christ, which should come- And therefore, at this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians and the freedom of the land might be favored.
And he saith: "Surely God shall not suffer that we who are despised because we take upon us the name of Christ shall be trodden down and destroyed, until we bring it upon us by our own trangressions."
'Now behold, this giveth my soul sorrow; Nevertheless, my soul hath joy in my son because that part of his seed which shall be taken unto God.'
But not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases to which man was susceptible by the nature of the climate-
And now it came to pass that the king was wroth because of their disobedience; Therefore, he gave Amalickiah the command of that part of his army which was obedient unto his commands, And commanded him that he should go forth and compel them to arms.
And they went forth and bowed themselves before the king, as if to reverence him because of his greatness.
Yea, and all the people which were in the land, the Nephites as well as the Lamanites. Therefore, he had accomplished his design, For he had hardened the hearts of the Lamanites, and blinded their minds, and stirred them up to anger, Insomuch that he had gathered together a numerous host to go to battle against the Nephites; For he was determined because of the greatness of the number of his people to overpower the Nephites and to bring them into bondage.
And thus they went forth; And the people did humble themselves because of their words, insomuch that they were highly favored of the Lord. And thus they were free from wars and contentions among themselves, yea, even for the space of four years.
Now they were sorry to take up arms against the Lamanites because they did not delight in the shedding of blood; Yea, and this was not all- They were sorry to be the means of sending so many of their brethren out of this world into an eternal world unprepared to meet their God;
Behold, I said that the City of Ammonihah had been rebuilt - I say unto you, yea, that it was in part rebuilt- And because the Lamanites had destroyed it once because of the iniquity of the people, they supposed that it would again become an easy prey for them.
Now at this time the chief captains of the Lamanites were astonished exceedingly because of the wisdom of the Nephites in preparing their places of security.
Now the leaders of the Lamanites had supposed, because of the greatness of their numbers, Yea, they supposed that they should be privileged to come upon them as they had hitherto done;
Now behold, the Lamanites could not get into their forts of security by any other way, save by the entrance, Because of the highness of the bank which had been thrown up and the depth of the ditch which had been dug round about, save it were by the entrance.
And it came to pass that he was exceeding angry with his people because he had not obtained his desire over the Nephites- He had not subjected them to the yoke of bondage;
Yea, he was exceeding wroth, And he did curse God and also Moroni, And swearing with an oath that he would drink his blood; And this because Moroni had kept the commandments of God in preparing for the safety of his people.
And it came to pass that on the other hand, the people of Nephi did thank the Lord their God because of His miraculous power in delivering them from the hands of their enemies.
And thus ended the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi; Yea, and there was continual peace among them and exceeding great prosperity in the church because of their heed and diligence which they gave unto the word of God, Which was declared unto them by Helaman and Shiblon and Coreanton and Ammon and his brethren, etc.,
Thus Moroni with his armies, which did increase daily because of the assurance of protection which his works did bring forth unto them, Therefore, they did seek to cut off the strength and the power of the Lamanites from off the lands of their possessions, That they should have no power upon the lands of their possessions.
Now his armies were not so great as they had hitherto been because of the many thousands which had been slain by the hand of the Nephites;
And it came to pass that when Moroni saw this, and also saw that the Lamanites were coming into the borders of the land, He was exceeding wroth because of the stubbornness of those people of whom he had labored with so much diligence to preserve; Yea, he was exceeding wroth; His soul was filled with anger against them.
And it came to pass that when the night had come, Teancum and his servant stole forth and went out by night and went into the camp of Amalickiah; And behold, sleep had overpowered them because of their much fatigue which was caused by the labors and heat of the day.
And it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites did march forth against Teancum, supposing by their numbers to overpower Teancum because of the smallness of his numbers;
And now behold, when the chief captains of the Lamanites had beheld Lehi with his army coming against them, they fled in much confusion, Lest perhaps they should not obtain the City Mulek before Lehi should overtake them, For they were wearied because of their march and the men of Lehi were fresh.
And it came to pass that before the Lamanites had retreated far, they were surrounded by the Nephites-by the men of Moroni on one hand and the men of Lehi on the other, all of whom were fresh and full of strength; But the Lamanites were wearied because of their long march,
Now Moroni was compelled to cause the Lamanites to labor because it was easy to guard them while at their labor; And he desired all his forces when he should make an attack upon the Lamanites.
And thus because of iniquity amongst themselves, yea, because of dissensions and intrigue among themselves, they were placed in the most dangerous circumstances.
And they had been brought down into the Land of Zarahemla and had ever since been protected by the Nephites; And because of their oath, they had been kept from taking up arms against their brethren,
Now it came to pass that when Moroni had received this epistle, he was more angry because he knew that Ammaron had a perfect knowledge of his fraud- Yea, he knew that Ammaron knew that it was not a just cause that had caused him to wage a war against the people of Nephi-
But I would not suffer them that they should break this covenant which they had made, Supposing that God would strengthen us insomuch that we should not suffer more because of the fulfilling the oath which they had taken.
And I did join my two thousand sons-for they are worthy to be called sons-to the army of Antipus, in the which strength Antipus did rejoice exceedingly; For behold, his army had been reduced by the Lamanites because of the numerosity of their forces, having slain a vast number of our men, for which cause we have to mourn;
The army of Antipus, being weary because of their long march in so short a space of time, were about to fall into the hands of the Lamanites; And had I not returned with my two thousand, they would have obtained their purpose,
For Antipus had fallen by the sword, and many of his leaders because of their weariness which was occasioned by the speed of their march; Therefore, the men of Antipus, being confused because of the fall of their leaders, began to give way before the Lamanites.
"And it came to pass that there were two hundred out of my two thousand and sixty which had fainted because of the loss of blood;
"And we do justly ascribe it to the miraculous power of God, because of their exceeding faith in that which they had been taught to believe- That there was a just God, And whosoever did not doubt, that they should be preserved by His marvelous power.
'And it came to pass because of their rebellion, we did cause that our swords should come upon them.
"Now it came to pass that when I, Helaman, had heard these words of Gid, I was filled with exceeding joy, Because of the goodness of God in preserving us that we might not all perish;
"And the Lamanites were sallying forth against us from time to time, resolving by stratagem to destroy us; Nevertheless, we could not come to battle with them, because of their retreats and their strongholds.
"Now this was done because the Lamanites did suffer their whole army, save a few guards only, to be led away into the wilderness.
"And behold, it was night and they did pitch their tents; For the chief captains of the Lamanites supposing that the Nephites were weary because of their march, And supposing that they had driven their whole army, Therefore, they took no thought concerning the City of Manti.
And because of this our march in the nighttime, behold, on the morrow, we were beyond the Lamanites, insomuch that we did arrive before them to the City of Manti.
Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, after Moroni had received and had read Helaman's epistle, He was exceedingly rejoiced because of the welfare, yea, the exceeding success which Helaman had had in obtaining those lands which were lost;
And now when Moroni saw that the City of Nephihah was lost, He was exceeding sorrowful and began to doubt, because of the wickedness of the people, whether they should not fall into the hands of their brethren;
Now this was the case with all his chief captains that doubted and marveled also because of the wickedness of the people, And this because of the success of the Lamanites over them.
And it came to pass that Moroni was angry with the government because of their indifference concerning the freedom of their country.
"But behold, this is not all- Ye have withheld your provisions from them, Insomuch that many have fought and bled out their lives because of their great desires which they had for the welfare of this people;
Yea, and this they have done when they were about to perish with hunger because of your exceeding great neglect toward them.
"Behold, could ye suppose that ye could sit upon your thrones, And because of the exceeding goodness of God, ye could do nothing and He would deliver you? Behold, if ye have supposed this, ye have supposed in vain.
"Do ye suppose that, because so many of your brethren have been killed because of their wickedness? I say unto you, if ye have supposed this, ye have supposed in vain; For I say unto you, that there are many which have fallen by the sword.
"And behold, it is to your condemnation; For the Lord suffereth the righteous to be slain that His justice and judgment may come upon the wicked; Therefore, ye need not suppose that the righteous are lost because they are slain; But behold, they do enter into the rest of the Lord their God.
"And now behold, I say unto you, I fear exceedingly that the judgments of God will come upon this people because of their exceeding slothfulness, Yea, even the slothfulness of our government and their exceeding great neglect toward their brethren, yea, toward those which have been slain.
"But behold, now the Lamanites are coming upon us, And they are murdering our people with the sword, yea, our women and our children, Taking possession of our lands, and also carrying them away captive, Causing them that they should suffer all manner of afflictions; And this because of the great wickedness of those who are seeking for power and authority, yea, even those Kingmen.
Or is it that ye have neglected us because ye are in the heart of our country and ye are surrounded by security, That ye do not cause food to be sent unto us, and also men to strengthen our armies?
"And except ye grant mine epistle and come out and show unto me a true spirit of freedom, And strive to strengthen and fortify our armies and grant unto them food for their support, Behold, I will leave a part of my Freemen to maintain this part of our land; And I will leave the strength and the blessings of God upon them, that none other power can operate against them- and this because of their exceeding faith and their patience in their tribulations-
"Yea, behold I do not fear your power nor your authority, But it is my God whom I fear; And it is according to His commandments that I do take my sword to defend the cause of my country; And it is because of your iniquity that we have suffered so much loss.
And now it came to pass that when Moroni had received this epistle, His heart did take courage and was filled with exceeding great joy because of the faithfulness of Pahoron, That he was not also a traitor to the freedom and cause of his country;
But he did also mourn exceedingly because of the iniquity of those who had driven Pahoron from the judgment seat; Yea, in fine, because of those who had rebelled against their country, and also their God.
For behold, the Nephites and the Lamanites also were weary because of the greatness of the march; Therefore, they did not resolve upon any stratagem in the nighttime, save it were Teancum;
And there had been murders and contentions and dissensions and all manner of iniquity among the people of Nephi; Nevertheless, for the righteous' sake, yea, because of the prayers of the righteous, they were spared.
But behold, because of the exceeding great length of the war between the Nephites and the Lamanites, Many had become hardened because of the exceeding great length of the war;
And many were softened because of their afflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before God, even in the depth of humility.
And Pahoron did return to his judgment seat; And Helaman did take upon him again to preach unto the people the word of God, For because of so many wars and contentions, it had become expedient that a regulation should be made again in the church;
And it came to pass that because of so much contention and so much difficulty in the government, That they had not kept sufficient guards in the Land of Zarahemla; For they had supposed that the Lamanites durst not come into the heart of their lands to attack that great City Zarahemla.
Yea, and even they did spread forth into all parts of the land, Into whatever parts it had not been rendered desolate and without timber because of the many inhabitants which had before inherited the land.
And now no part of the land was desolate, save it were for timber, etc.; But because of the greatness of the destruction of the people which had before inhabited the land, It was called desolate.
Nevertheless, they did fast and pray oft, And did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, And firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, Unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, Yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, Which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.
And it came to pass that the fifty and second year ended in peace also, Save it were the exceeding great pride which had got into the hearts of the people; And it was because of their exceeding great riches and their prosperity in the land; And it did grow upon them from day to day.
And it was because of the pride of their hearts, because of their exceeding riches; Yea, it was because of their oppression to the poor- withholding their food from the hungry, withholding their clothing from the naked- And smiting their humble brethren upon the cheek, Making a mock of that which was sacred, Denying the spirit of prophecy and of revelation, Murdering, plundering, lying, stealing, committing adultery, raising up in great contentions, And dissenting away into the Land of Nephi, among the Lamanites
And because of this, their great wickedness and their boastings in their own strength, they were left in their own strength; Therefore, they did not prosper, But were afflicted and smitten and driven before the Lamanites, until they had lost possession of almost all their lands.
But behold, Moronihah did preach many things unto the people because of their iniquity, And also Nephi and Lehi, which were the sons of Helaman, did preach many things unto the people,
And it came to pass because of the greatness of the number of the Lamanites, the Nephites were in great fear lest they should be overpowered and trodden down and slain and destroyed;
And because of their iniquity, The church had begun to dwindle; And they began to disbelieve in the spirit of prophecy and in the spirit of revelation; And the judgments of God did stare them in the face.
And they saw they had become weak like unto their brethren the Lamanites, And that the Spirit of the Lord did no more preserve them, Yea, it had withdrawn from them because the Spirit of the Lord doth not dwell in unholy temples;
And thus had they fallen into this great transgression; Yea, thus had they become weak, because of their transgression, in the space of not many years.
And it came to pass that Nephi had become weary because of their iniquity, And he yielded up the judgment seat and took it upon him to preach the word of God all the remainder of his days, And his brother Lehi also, all the remainder of his days; For they remembered the words which their father Helaman spake unto them.
And He hath power given unto Him from the Father to redeem them from their sins because of repentance; Therefore, He hath sent His angels to declare the tidings of the conditions of repentance, Which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the salvation of their souls.
Yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, It shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, Because of the Rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men buildeth, they cannot fall."
And it came to pass that the Lamanites could not flee because of the cloud of darkness which did overshadow them; Yea, and also they were immovable because of the fear which did come upon them.
And it came to pass that there came a voice unto them, yea, a pleasant voice, as if it were a whisper, saying: "Peace, peace be unto you because of your faith in My Well-Beloved which was from the foundation of the world."
And it came to pass that they did go forth and did minister unto the people, Declaring throughout all the regions round about all the things which they had heard and seen, Insomuch that the more part of the Lamanites were convinced of them because of the greatness of the evidences which they had received;
And it came to pass that when the sixty and second year of the reign of the judges had ended, all these things had happened; And the Lamanites had become, the more part of them, a righteous people, Insomuch that their righteousness did exceed that of the Nephites because of their firmness and their steadiness in the faith.
Nevertheless, the people of the church did have great joy because of the conversion of the Lamanites, Yea, because of the church of God which had been established among them;
And thus we see that the Spirit of the Lord began to withdraw from the Nephites because of the wickedness and the hardness of their hearts.
And thus we see that the Lord began to pour out His Spirit upon the Lamanites because of their easiness and willingness to believe in His word.
And seeing the people in a state of such awful wickedness and those Gaddianton robbers filling the judgment seats, Having usurped the power and authority of the land, Laying aside the commandments of God and not in the least aright before Him, Doing no justice unto the children of men, Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness, Letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money;
"But behold, I am consigned that these are my days, and that my soul shall be filled with sorrow because of this, the wickedness of my brethren."
"Yea, because I have got upon my tower, that I might pour out my soul unto my God because of the exceeding sorrow of my heart, which is because of your iniquities,
And because of my mourning and lamentation, Ye have gathered yourselves together and do marvel; Yea, and ye have great need to marvel;
Yea, ye had ought to marvel because ye are given away, that the devil hath got so great hold upon your hearts; Yea, how could ye have given away to the enticing of him who art seeking to hurl away your souls down to everlasting misery and endless wo?
"It is because you have hardened your hearts; Yea, ye will not hearken unto the voice of the Good Shepherd; Yea, ye have provoked Him to anger against you;
"Yea, wo be unto you because of that great abomination which hath come among you! And ye have united yourselves unto it, yea, to that secret band which was established by Gaddianton.
"Yea, wo shall come unto you because of that pride which ye have suffered to enter your hearts, Which hath lifted you up beyond that which is good because of your exceeding great riches. "Yea, wo be unto you because of your wickedness and abominations!
"Behold, now I do not say that these things shall be of myself, Because it is not of myself that I know these things; But behold, I know that these things are true because the Lord God hath made them known unto me; Therefore, I testify that they shall be."
And those judges were angry with him because he spake plain unto them concerning their secret works of darkness; Nevertheless, they durst not lay their own hands upon him, For they feared the people, lest they should cry out against them. Therefore, they did cry unto the people, saying: "Why do ye suffer this man to revile against us?
And it came to pass that those people which sought to destroy Nephi were compelled because of their fear, that they did not lay their hands on him;
"But behold, this is not all- Our father Lehi was driven out of Jerusalem because he testified of these things;
"And behold, He is God and He is with them; And He did manifest Himself unto them, that they were redeemed by Him; And they gave unto Him glory because of that which is to come.
Yea, even at this time ye are ripening-because of your murders and your fornication and wickedness- for everlasting destruction; Yea, and except ye repent, it will come unto you soon;
O ye had ought to begin to howl and mourn because of the great destruction at this time which doth await you, except ye shall repent!
"But behold, I say unto you that this is because I have testified unto you, That ye might know concerning this thing-yea, even for a witness unto you-that I did know of the wickedness and abominations which are among you.
"And because I have done this, ye say that I have agreed with a man that he should do this thing; Yea, because I showed unto you this sign, ye are angry with me and seek to destroy my life.
And there were some of the Nephites which did believe on the words of Nephi; And there were some also which believed because of the testimony of the five, For they had been converted while they were in prison.
And it came to pass as he was thus pondering- Being much cast down because of the wickedness of the people of the Nephites, their secret works of darkness and their murderings and their plunderings and all manner of iniquities- And it came to pass as he was thus pondering in his heart, Behold, a voice came unto him, saying:
"And now because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, Behold, I will bless thee forever; And I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; Yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, For thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to My will.
"Now, O Lord, because of this, their humility, wilt Thou turn away Thine anger, And let Thine anger be appeased in the destruction of those wicked men whom Thou hast already destroyed?
"Yea, O Lord, And Thou seest that they have repented because of the famine and the pestilence and destruction which have come unto them.
And they were also visited with much destruction; And they were again obliged to return out of the wilderness and out of the mountains unto their own lands because of the exceeding greatness of the numbers of those robbers which infested the mountains and the wilderness.
And now this great evil which came unto the people because of their iniquity did stir them up again in remembrance of the Lord their God.
Yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One; Yea, and this because of their ease and their exceeding great prosperity.
And behold, if a man hideth up a treasure in the earth, And the Lord shall say, "Let it be accursed because of the iniquity of him that hath hid it up"- Behold, it shall be accursed.
And behold, if the Lord shalt say unto a man, "Because of thine iniquities, thou shalt be accursed forever!"- And it shall be done.
And if the Lord shall say, "Because of thine iniquities, thou shalt be cut off from My presence!"- And He will cause that it shall be so.
Yea, wo unto this great City of Zarahemla! For behold, it is because of they which are righteous that it is saved;
Yea, wo be unto this great city because of the wickedness and abominations which are in her!
Yea, and wo be unto all the cities which are in the land round about, which are possessed by the Nephites, because of the wickedness and abominations which are in them!
'And behold, a curse shall come upon the land,' saith the Lord of Hosts, ' because of the people's sake - Which is upon the land, yea, because of their wickedness and their abominations.
'And it shall come to pass,' saith the Lord of Hosts, yea, our great and true God, 'That whoso shall hide up treasures in the earth shall find them again no more because of the great curse of the land, save it be a righteous man and shall hide it up unto the Lord;
And he that hideth not up his treasure unto Me, cursed is he, and also the treasure, And none shall redeem it because of the curse of the land.
'And the day shall come that they shall hide up their treasures because they have set their hearts upon riches;
And because they have set their hearts upon their riches and will hide up their treasures when they shall flee before their enemies- Because they will not hide them up unto Me- cursed be they, and also their treasures; And in that day shall they be smitten,' saith the Lord.
"Behold ye, the people of this great city, and hearken unto my words; Yea, hearken unto the words which the Lord saith; For behold, He saith that ye are cursed because of your riches,
And also are your riches cursed because ye have set your hearts upon them and hath not hearkened unto the words of Him who gave them unto you.
For this cause hath the Lord God caused that a curse should come upon the land, and also upon your riches; And this because of your iniquities.
"Yea, wo unto this people because of this time which has arrived, That ye do cast out the prophets and do mock them and cast stones at them and do slay them and do do all manner of iniquity unto them, even as they did of old time!
Yea, you will say that he is a false prophet and that he is a sinner and of the devil because he testifieth that your deeds are evil.
And because he speaketh flattering words unto you and he saith that all is well, And then ye will not find any fault with him.
"Yea, behold, the anger of the Lord is already kindled against you! Behold, He hath cursed the land because of your iniquity; And behold, the time cometh that He curseth your riches; that it becometh slippery, that ye cannot hold them;
Yea, we have hid up our treasures and they have slipped away from us because of the curse of the land.
"And now because I am a Lamanite and hath spoken unto you the words which the Lord hath commanded me, And because it was hard against you, Ye are angry with me and do seek to destroy me and have cast me out from among you.
"And ye shall hear my words! For, for this intent I have come up upon the walls of this city, That ye might hear and know of the judgments of God which doth await you because of your iniquities; And also that ye might know the conditions of repentance;
For behold, they have been a chosen people of the Lord; Yea, the people of Nephi hath He loved; And also hath He chastened them, yea, in the days of their iniquities hath He chastened them because He loveth them.
"But behold, my brethren, the Lamanites hath He hated because their deeds have been evil continually, And this because of the iniquity of the tradition of their fathers.
"For behold, they will suffer themselves that they be trodden down and slain by their enemies and will not lift their swords against them; And this because of their faith in Christ.
"And now because of their steadfastness-when they do believe in that thing which they do believe- For because of their firmness when they are once enlightened, Behold, the Lord shall bless them and prolong their days, notwithstanding their iniquity;
"For behold, had the mighty works been shown unto them which have been shown unto you- Yea, unto them which have dwindled in unbelief because of the traditions of their fathers- Ye can see of yourselves that they never would again have dwindled in unbelief;
And because of the power of the devil which is in him, we cannot hit him with our stones and our arrows; Therefore, take him and bind him and away with him!"
3 Nephi 1:11
And it came to pass that he went out and bowed himself down upon the earth and cried mightily to his God in behalf of his people, yea, those which were about to be destroyed because of their faith in the tradition of their fathers.
3 Nephi 1:14
"Behold, I come unto My own to fulfill all things which I have made known unto the children of men from the foundation of the world, And to do the will both of the Father and of the Son- of the Father because of Me, and of the Son because of My flesh.
3 Nephi 1:17
For he beheld at the going down of the sun there was no darkness, And the people began to be astonished because there was no darkness when the night came.
3 Nephi 1:20
For they knew that the prophets had testified of these things for many years and that the sign which had been given was already at hand; And they began to fear because of their iniquity and their unbelief.
3 Nephi 1:22
And it came to pass that the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; And they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be born because of the sign which had been given.
3 Nephi 1:32
And thus the ninety and second year did pass away, bringing glad tidings unto the people because of the signs which did come to pass, according to the words of the prophecy of all the holy prophets.
3 Nephi 1:35
And it came to pass that in the ninety and fourth year they began to increase in a great degree because there were many dissenters of the Nephites which did flee unto them, which did cause much sorrow unto those Nephites which did remain in the land.
3 Nephi 1:37
And thus were the Lamanites afflicted also and began to decrease as to their faith and righteousness because of the wickedness of the rising generation.
3 Nephi 1:51
And it came to pass that before this thirteenth year had passed away, The Nephites were threatened with utter destruction because of this war which had become exceeding sore.
3 Nephi 1:56
And in the fifteenth year they did come forth again against the people of Nephi; And because of the wickedness of the people of Nephi and their many contentions and dissensions, the Gaddianton robbers did gain many advantages over them;
3 Nephi 1:57
And thus ended the fifteenth year. And thus were the people in a state of many afflictions; And the sword of destruction did hang over them, insomuch that they were about to be smitten down by it, And this because of their iniquity.
3 Nephi 2:2
And these were the words which were written, saying: "Lachoneus, most noble and chief governor of the land, Behold, I write this epistle unto you and do give unto you exceeding great praise because of your firmness, and also the firmness of your people, in maintaining that which ye suppose to be your right and liberty;
3 Nephi 2:5
"And I knowing of their unconquerable spirit, having proved them in the field of battle and knowing of their everlasting hatred toward you because of the many wrongs which ye have done unto them, Therefore, if they should come down against you, they would visit you with utter destruction.
3 Nephi 2:6
"Therefore, I have written this epistle, sealing it with mine own hand, Feeling for your welfare because of your firmness in that which ye believe to be right and your noble spirit in the field of battle.
3 Nephi 2:12
And I write this epistle unto you, Lachoneus, And I hope that ye will deliver up your lands and your possessions without the shedding of blood, That this my people may recover their rights and government which have dissented away from you because of your wickedness in retaining from them their rights of government; And except ye do this, I will avenge their wrongs; I am Giddianhi."
3 Nephi 2:13
And now it came to pass when Lachoneus received this epistle, he was exceedingly astonished because of the boldness of Giddianhi in demanding the possession of the land of the Nephites,
3 Nephi 2:34
Now Lachoneus did cause that they should gather them- selves together in the Land Southward because of the great curse which was upon the Land Northward; And they did fortify themselves against their enemies,
3 Nephi 2:37
And they were exceeding sorrowful because of their enemies;
3 Nephi 2:51
And great and terrible was the appearance of the armies of Giddianhi because of their armor and because of their being dyed in blood.
3 Nephi 2:53
And it came to pass that when the armies of Giddianhi saw this, they began to shout with a loud voice because of their joy, For they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen with fear because of the terror of their armies;
3 Nephi 2:60
And it came to pass that Giddianhi, who had stood and fought with boldness, was pursued as he fled; And being weary because of his much fighting, he was overtaken and slain; And thus was the end of Giddianhi the robber.
3 Nephi 2:66
But behold, this was an advantage unto the Nephites, For it was impossible for the robbers to lay siege sufficiently long to have any effect upon the Nephites because of their much provision which they had laid up in store and because of the scantiness of provisions among the robbers;
3 Nephi 2:70
And thus it became the desire of the people of Zemnarihah to withdraw from their design because of the great destruction which came upon them by night and by day.
3 Nephi 2:72
And now Gidgiddoni being aware of their design and knowing of their weakness because of the want of food and the great slaughter which had been made among them, Therefore, he did send out his armies in the nighttime and did cut off the way of their retreat and did place his armies in the way of their retreat;
3 Nephi 2:76
And when they had hanged him until he was dead, they did fell the tree to the earth and did cry with a loud voice, saying: "May the Lord preserve His people in righteousness and in holiness of heart! That they may cause to be felled to the earth all who shall seek to slay them because of power and secret combina- tions, even as this man hath been felled to the earth."
3 Nephi 2:80
And their hearts were swollen with joy unto the gushing out of many tears because of the great goodness of God in delivering them out of the hands of their enemies;
3 Nephi 2:81
And they knew it was because of their repentance and their humility that they had been delivered from an everlasting destruction.
3 Nephi 2:83
For they knew that it must needs be that they must be fulfilled; And they knew that it must be expedient that Christ had come because of the many signs which had been given according to the words of the prophets;
3 Nephi 2:84
And because of the things which had come to pass already, they knew it must needs be that all things should come to pass according to that which had been spoken;
3 Nephi 3:11
And some were lifted up unto pride and boastings because of their exceeding great riches, yea, even unto great persecutions, For there were many merchants in the land, and also many lawyers and many officers.
3 Nephi 3:13
Yea, some were ignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great learning because of their riches;
3 Nephi 3:24
Now there were many of the people which were exceeding angry because of those which testified of these things;
3 Nephi 3:40
Now all this was done and there were no wars as yet among them; And all this iniquity had come upon the people because they did yield themselves unto the power of Satan;
3 Nephi 3:41
And the regulations of the government were destroyed because of the secret combination of the friends and the kindreds of them which murdered the prophets;
3 Nephi 3:59
And it came to pass that they were angry with him, even because he had greater power than they, For it were not possible that they could disbelieve his words, For so great was his faith on the Lord Jesus Christ that angels did minister unto him daily;
3 Nephi 3:61
And the people saw it and did witness of it and were angry with him because of his power; And he did also do many more miracles in the sight of the people in the name of Jesus.
3 Nephi 4:10
But behold, there was a more great and terrible destruction in the Land Northward; For behold, the whole face of the land was changed because of the tempests and the whirlwinds and the thunderings and the lightnings and the exceeding great quaking of the whole earth;
3 Nephi 4:14
And the face of the whole earth became deformed because of the tempests and the thunderings and the lightnings and the quaking of the earth;
3 Nephi 4:19
And there could be no light because of the darkness, neither candles, neither torches; Neither could there be fire kindled with their fine and exceeding dry wood, so that there could not be any light at all;
3 Nephi 4:22
Yea, great were the groanings of the people because of the darkness and the great destruction which had come upon them.
3 Nephi 4:27
For the devil laugheth and his angels rejoice because of the slain of the fair sons and daughters of My people; And it is because of their iniquity and their abominations that they are fallen.
3 Nephi 4:36
"And behold, that great City Jacob-Ugath, which was inhabited by the people of King Jacob, have I caused to be burned with fire because of their sins and their wickedness, Which was above all the wickedness of the whole earth because of their secret murders and combinations;
3 Nephi 4:38
"And behold, the City of Laman and the City of Josh and the City of Gad and the City of Kishcumen have I caused to be burned with fire, and the inhabitants thereof, Because of their wickedness in casting out the prophets and stoning them which I did send to declare unto them concerning their wickedness and their abominations;
3 Nephi 4:39
And because they did cast them all out, that there were none righteous among them, I did send down fire and destroy them, that their wickedness and abominations might be hid from before My face, That the blood of the prophets and the saints which I sent among them might not cry unto Me from the ground against them.
3 Nephi 4:40
"And many great destructions have I caused to come upon this land and upon this people because of their wickedness and their abominations.
3 Nephi 4:41
"O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they! Will ye not now return unto Me and repent of your sins and be converted, that I may heal you?
3 Nephi 4:50
And whoso cometh unto Me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost, Even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in Me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, And they knew it not.
3 Nephi 4:60
And now it came to pass that after the people had heard these words, Behold, they began to weep and howl again because of the loss of their kindreds and friends.
3 Nephi 4:70
Behold, I say unto you, Yea; Many have testified of these things at the coming of Christ and were slain because they testified of these things.
3 Nephi 4:71
Yea, the prophet Zenos did testify of these things, And also Zenoch spake concerning these things, because they testified particular concerning us which are a remnant of their seed.
3 Nephi 5:48
"And again, more blessed are they which shall believe in your words because that ye shall testify that ye have seen Me and that ye know that I Am;
3 Nephi 5:82
But verily I say unto you, swear not at all- neither by heaven, for it is God's throne, nor by the earth, for it is His footstool, Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair black or white;
3 Nephi 6:26
Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, And few there be that find it.
3 Nephi 7:8
And because I said unto you that old things hath passed away, I do not destroy that which hath been spoken concerning things which are to come;
3 Nephi 7:17
"And now because of stiff-neckedness and unbelief, they understood not My word, Therefore, I was commanded to say no more of the Father concerning this thing unto them;
3 Nephi 7:18
But verily I say unto you that the Father hath commanded Me, and I tell it unto you, that ye were separated from among them because of their iniquity; Therefore, it is because of their iniquity that they know not of you.
3 Nephi 7:19
"And verily I say unto you again, that the other tribes hath the Father separated from them, And it is because of their iniquity that they know not of them.
3 Nephi 7:28
That these sayings which ye shall write shall be kept and shalt be manifested unto the Gentiles, That through the fullness of the Gentiles, the remnant of their seed-which shall be scattered forth upon the face of the earth because of their unbelief- may be brought in, or may be brought to a knowledge of Me, their Redeemer;
3 Nephi 7:30
"And blessed are the Gentiles because of their belief in Me, in and of the Holy Ghost, which witness unto them of Me and of the Father;
3 Nephi 7:31
'Behold, because of their belief in Me,' saith the Father, 'and because of the unbelief of you, O house of Israel, In the latter day shall the truth come unto the Gentiles, that the fullness of these things shall be made known unto them.
3 Nephi 7:33
And because of the mercies of the Father unto the Gentiles, and also the judgments of the Father upon My people which are of the house of Israel- Verily, verily I say unto you that after all this- And I have caused My people which are of the house of Israel to be smitten, and to be afflicted, and to be slain, and to be cast out from among them, and to become hated by them, and to become a hiss and a byword among them-
3 Nephi 8:15
And it came to pass that when they had knelt upon the ground, Jesus groaned within Himself and saith: "Father, I am troubled because of the wickedness of the people of the house of Israel."
3 Nephi 8:22
And they arose from the earth; And He saith unto them: "Blessed are ye because of your faith! And now behold, My joy is full."
3 Nephi 8:67
"And I give you these commandments because of the disputations which hath been among you beforetimes,
3 Nephi 8:69
"And now I go unto the Father, because it is expedient that I should go unto the Father for your sakes."
3 Nephi 9:20
And it came to pass that Jesus departed out of the midst of them and went a little way off from them and bowed Himself to the earth, And He saith: "Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast given the Holy Ghost unto these whom I have chosen, And it is because of their belief in Me that I have chosen them out of the world;
3 Nephi 9:22
Father, Thou hast given them the Holy Ghost because they believed in Me, And Thou seest that they believe in Me because Thou hearest them and they pray unto Me; And they pray unto Me because I am with them;
3 Nephi 9:28
And He turned from them again and went a little way off and bowed Himself to the earth, And He prayed again unto the Father, saying: "Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast purified these which I have chosen because of their faith;
3 Nephi 9:30
Father, I pray not for the world, But for them which Thou hast given unto Me out of the world because of their faith, that they may be purified in Me, that I may be in them as Thou, Father, art in Me, that we may be one, that I may be glorified in them."
3 Nephi 9:35
And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying, He came again to the disciples and saith unto them: "So great faith have I never seen among all the Jews, Wherefore, I could not show unto them so great miracles because of their unbelief;
3 Nephi 9:64
The Father having raised Me up unto you first and sent Me to bless you in turning away every one of you from his iniquities, And this because ye are the children of the covenant.
3 Nephi 9:91
"Therefore, when these works, and the work which shall be wrought among you hereafter, shall come forth from the Gentiles unto your seed, which shall dwindle in unbelief because of iniquity-
3 Nephi 9:96
"But behold, the life of My servant shall be in My hand; Therefore, they shall not hurt him, although he shall be marred because of them,
3 Nephi 12:17
And the Lord said unto them: "Verily, verily I say unto you, why is it that the people should murmur and dispute because of this thing?
3 Nephi 12:24
For their works do follow them, For it is because of their works that they are hewn down; Therefore, remember the things that I have told you.
3 Nephi 12:25
"Behold, I have given unto you My gospel, And this is the gospel which I have given unto you- That I came into the world to do the will of My Father because My Father sent Me;
3 Nephi 12:30
And he that endureth not unto the end, The same is he that is also hewn down and cast into the fire from whence they can no more return because of the justice of the Father. "And this is the word which He hath given unto the children of men;
3 Nephi 12:32
Therefore, nothing entereth into His rest, Save it be those who have washed their garments in My blood because of their faith and the repentance of all their sins and their faithfulness unto the end.
3 Nephi 13:7
"And now behold, My joy is great, even unto fullness, because of you, and also this generation; Yea, and even the Father rejoiceth, and also all the holy angels, because of you and this generation, For none of them are lost.
3 Nephi 13:9
"But behold, it sorroweth Me because of the fourth generation from this generation, For they are led away captive by him, even as was the son of perdition; For they will sell Me for silver and for gold, And for that which moth doth corrupt and which thieves can break through and steal;
3 Nephi 13:14
And He saith unto them: "Blessed are ye because ye desire this thing of Me; Therefore, after that ye are seventy and two years old, ye shall come unto Me in My kingdom; And with Me ye shall find rest."
3 Nephi 13:21
And all this will I do because of the thing which ye have desired of Me, For ye have desired that ye might bring the souls of men unto Me while the world shall stand; And for this cause ye shall have fullness of joy and ye shall sit down in the kingdom of My Father;
3 Nephi 13:23
And the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and Me; And the Father giveth the Holy Ghost unto the children of men because of Me."
3 Nephi 13:28
But it came to pass that they did again minister upon the face of the earth; Nevertheless, they did not minister of the things which they had heard and seen because of the commandment which was given them in heaven.
3 Nephi 13:41
And it shall come to pass that when the Lord seeth fit in His wisdom, That they shall minister unto all the scattered tribes of Israel and unto all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, And shall bring out of them unto Jesus many souls, That their desire may be fulfilled, and also because of the convincing power of God which is in them.
4 Nephi 1:17
And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people,
4 Nephi 1:26
And now I, Mormon, would that ye should know that the people had multiplied, Insomuch that they were spread upon all the face of the land, And that they had become exceeding rich because of their prosperity in Christ.
4 Nephi 1:29
And it came to pass that when two hundred and ten years had passed away, there were many churches in the land, Yea, there were churches which professed to know the Christ and yet they did deny the more part of His gospel, Insomuch that they did receive all manner of wickedness, And did administer that which was sacred unto him to whom it had been forbidden because of unworthiness;
4 Nephi 1:30
And this church did multiply exceedingly because of iniquity and because of the power of Satan which did get hold upon their hearts.
4 Nephi 1:31
And again, there was another church which denied the Christ, And they did persecute the true church of Christ because of their humility and their belief in Christ, And they did despise them because of the many miracles which were wrought among them;
4 Nephi 1:44
And it was because of the wickedness and abominations of their fathers, even as it was in the beginning;
4 Nephi 1:51
And also the people which were called the people of Nephi began to be proud in their hearts because of their exceeding riches and became vain like unto their brethren the Lamanites;
But wickedness did prevail upon the face of the whole land, insomuch that the Lord did take away His beloved disciples; And the work of miracles and of healing did cease because of the iniquity of the people,
And there were no gifts from the Lord, And the Holy Ghost did not come upon any because of their wickedness and unbelief.
And I did endeavor to preach unto this people, But my mouth was shut and I was forbidden that I should preach unto them; For behold, they had willfully rebelled against their God, And the beloved disciples were taken away out of the land because of their iniquity.
But I did remain among them, but I was forbidden that I should preach unto them because of the hardness of their hearts; And because of the hardness of their hearts, the land was cursed for their sake.
And these Gaddianton robbers which were among the Lamanites did infest the land, Insomuch that the inhabitants thereof began to hide up their treasures in the earth, And they became slippery because the Lord had cursed the land, that they could not hold them nor retain them again.
Thus there began to be a mourning and a lamentation in all the land because of these things, and more especially among the people of Nephi.
But behold, this my joy was vain, for their sorrowing was not unto repentance because of the goodness of God, But it was rather the sorrowing of the damned because the Lord would not always suffer them to take happiness in sin.
And wo is me because of their wickedness! For my heart has been filled with sorrow because of their wickedness all my days; Nevertheless, I know that I shall be lifted up at the last day.
And my heart did sorrow because of this, the great calamity of my people, because of their wickedness and their abominations;
And now because of this great thing which my people the Nephites had done, They began to boast in their own strength and began to swear before the heavens that they would avenge themselves of the blood of their brethren which had been slain by their enemies;
And it came to pass that I, Mormon, did utterly refuse from this time forth to be a commander and a leader of this people because of their wickedness and abomination.
And my soul had been poured out in prayer unto my God all the day long for them; Nevertheless, it was without faith because of the hardness of their hearts.
And when they had sworn by all that had been forbidden them by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that they would go up unto their enemies to battle and avenge themselves of the blood of their brethren, Behold, the voice of the Lord came unto me, saying: "Vengeance is Mine and I will repay! And because this people repented not after that I had delivered them, Behold, they shall be cut off from the face of the earth!"
And it was because that the armies of the Nephites went up unto the Lamanites that they began to be smitten; For were it not for that, the Lamanites could have had no power over them.
And it came to pass that the Lamanites did take possession of the City Desolation, and this because their number did exceed the number of the Nephites;
And it came to pass that in the three hundred and sixty and seventh year, the Nephites being angry because the Lamanites had sacrificed their women and their children, That they did go against the Lamanites with exceeding great anger, insomuch that they did beat again the Lamanites and drive them out of their lands.
And in this year they did come down against the Nephites with all their powers; And they were not numbered because of the greatness of their number;
Therefore, I write a small abridgment, daring not to give a full account of the things which I have seen because of the commandment which I have received, And also that ye might not have too great sorrow because of the wickedness of this people.
Now these things are written unto the remnant of the house of Jacob, And they are written after this manner because it is known of God that wickedness will not bring them forth unto them, And they are to be hid up unto the Lord that they may come forth in His own due time;
For this people shall be scattered and shall become a dark, a filthy and a loathsome people, beyond the description of that which ever hath been amongst us, yea, even that which hath been among the Lamanites, And this because of their unbelief and idolatry;
And it came to pass that they came to battle against us, And every soul was filled with terror because of the greatness of their numbers.
And my soul was rent with anguish because of the slain of my people, And I cried: "O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus who stood with open arms to receive you!
And whoso receiveth this record and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these;
I am the son of Mormon and my father was a descendant of Nephi, And I am the same which hide up this record unto the Lord; The plates thereof are of no worth because of the commandment of the Lord,
Yea, even the fiery furnace could not harm them- neither wild beasts, nor poison serpents- because of the power of His word.
And it shall come in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord because of secret combinations and the works of darkness.
And your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.
Why do you not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies, because of the praise of the world?
Behold, He created Adam, And by Adam, came the fall of man, And because of the fall of man, came Jesus Christ, even the Father and the Son, And because of Jesus Christ, came the redemption of man,
And because of the redemption of man, which came by Jesus Christ, they are brought back into the presence of the Lord. Yea, this is wherein all men are redeemed because the death of Christ bringeth to pass the resurrection, Which bringeth to pass a redemption from an endless sleep, From which sleep all men shall be awakened by the power of God when the trump shall sound;
And the reason why He ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.
Condemn me not because of mine imperfection, neither my father because of his imperfection, neither them which have written before him; But rather give thanks unto God that He hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, That ye may learn to be more wise than that which we have been.
But the Lord knoweth the things which we have written, And also that none other people knoweth our language; And because that none other people knoweth our language, Therefore, He hath prepared means for the interpretation thereof.
And this will I do unto thee because of this long time which ye have cried unto Me."
And for the space of three hours did the Lord talk with the brother of Jared and chastened him because he remembered not to call upon the name of the Lord.
And it came to pass that the brother of Jared- now the number of the vessels which had been prepared was eight- Therefore, the brother of Jared went forth unto the mount, which they called the Mount Shelem because of its exceeding height, and did molten out of a rock sixteen small stones,
Now behold, O Lord, and do not be angry with Thy servant because of his weakness before Thee, For we know that Thou art holy and dwellest in the heavens and that we are unworthy before Thee-
Because of the fall, our natures have become evil continually- Nevertheless, O Lord, Thou hast given us a commandment that we must call upon Thee, that from Thee we may receive according to our desires.
"Behold, O Lord, Thou hast smitten us because of our iniquity and hath driven us forth, And for this many years we have been in the wilderness; Nevertheless, Thou hast been merciful unto us.
And the Lord said unto him: "Because of thy faith thou hast seen that I shall take upon Me flesh and blood; And never has man come before Me with such exceeding faith as thou hast; For were it not so, ye could not have seen My finger- Sawest thou more than this?"
And when he had said these words, Behold, the Lord showed Himself unto him and said: "Because thou knowest these things, ye are redeemed from the fall; Therefore, ye are brought back into My presence; Therefore, I show Myself unto you.
And He ministered unto him, even as He ministered unto the Nephites; And all this that this man knew that He was God, because of the many great works which the Lord had showed unto him;
And because of the knowledge of this man, he could not be kept from beholding within the veil; And he saw the finger of Jesus which when he saw, he fell with fear, for he knew that it was the finger of the Lord;
For because of My Spirit, he shall know that these things are true, for it persuadeth men to do good; And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of Me, For good cometh of none, save it be of Me,
"Come unto Me, O ye Gentiles! And I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief.
"Come unto Me, O ye house of Israel! And it shall be made manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for you from the foundation of the world; And it hath not come unto you because of unbelief.
And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths of the sea because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, And also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind.
And when they had set their feet upon the shores of the Promised Land, They bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, And did humble themselves before the Lord, And did shed tears of joy before the Lord because of the multitude of His tender mercies over them.
And now because of the thing which Shule had done, his father bestowed upon him the kingdom; Therefore, he began to reign in the stead of his father.
And because the people did repent of their iniquities and idolatries, the Lord did spare them, And they began to prosper again in the land.
And it came to pass that he did flatter much people because of his cunning words, until he had gained the half of the kingdom;
And it came to pass that he begat sons and daughters, among whom were Esrom and Coriantumr; And they were exceeding angry because of the doings of Jared their brother, insomuch that they did raise an army and gave battle unto Jared.
And now Jared became exceeding sorrowful because of the loss of the kingdom, for he had set his heart upon the kingdom and upon the glory of the world.
Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you, that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation because of this secret combination which shall be among you, Or wo be unto it because of the blood of them which have been slain! For they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who build it up.
Therefore, behold, it came to pass that because of the secret combinations of Akish and his friends, Behold, they did overthrow the kingdom of Omer; Nevertheless, the Lord was merciful unto Omer, and also to his sons and to his daughters which were not or which did not seek his destruction;
And now the brother of him that suffered death-and his name was Nimrah-was angry with his father because of that which his father had done unto his brother.
And it came to pass that there began to be a great dearth upon the land, And the inhabitants began to be destroyed exceeding fast, because of the dearth, For there was no rain upon the face of the earth; And there came forth poisonous serpents also upon the face of the land and did poison many people.
And his eldest son whose name was Shez rebelled against him, Nevertheless, Shez was smitten by the hand of a robber because of his exceeding riches, which brought peace again unto his father.
And he did do justice unto the people, but not unto himself because of his many whoredoms; Wherefore, he was cut off from the presence of the Lord.
And they hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord because of their wicked combinations. Wherefore, there began to be wars and contentions in all the land, and also many famines and pestilences, Insomuch that there was a great destruction, such an one as never had been known upon the face of the earth; And all this came to pass in the days of Shiblon;
And it came to pass that there arose a rebellion among the people because of that secret combination which was built up to get power and gain; And there arose a mighty man among them in iniquity and gave battle unto Moron, in the which he did overthrow the half of the kingdom; And he did maintain the half of the kingdom for many years.
And they did reject all the words of the prophets because of their secret society and wicked abominations.
And Ether was a prophet of the Lord. Wherefore, Ether came forth in the days of Coriantumr and began to prophesy unto the people, For he could not be constrained because of the Spirit of the Lord which was in him;
And it came to pass that Ether did prophesy great and marvelous things unto the people which they did not believe because they saw them not.
Wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, For ye receive no witness-not until after the trial of your faith. For it was by faith that Christ showed Himself unto our fathers after that He had risen from the dead;
But because of the faith of men, He has shown Himself unto the world and glorified the name of the Father, And prepared the way that thereby others might be partakers of the heavenly gift, That they might hope for those things which they have not seen;
And behold, we have seen in this record that one of these was the brother of Jared; For so great was his faith in God that when God put forth His finger, He could not hide it from the sight of the brother of Jared because of his word which he had spoken unto Him, which word he had obtained by faith;
And after that the brother of Jared had beheld the finger of the Lord, Because of the promise which the brother of Jared had obtained by faith, the Lord could not withhold anything from his sight; Wherefore, He showed him all things, for he could no longer be kept without the veil.
And I said unto Him: "Lord, the Gentiles will mock at these things because of our weakness in writing, For Lord, Thou hast made us mighty in word by faith, Whereunto Thou hast not made us mighty in writing;
For Thou hast made all this people that they could speak much because of the Holy Ghost which Thou hast given them; And Thou hast made us that we could write but little because of the awkwardness of our hands.
Thou hast also made our words powerful and great, even that we cannot write them; Wherefore, when we write, we behold our weakness and stumble because of the placing of our words; And I fear lest the Gentiles shall mock at our words."
Wherefore, I know by this thing which Thou hast said- that if the Gentiles have not charity because of our weakness- That Thou wilt prove them and take away their talent, yea, even that which they have received, And give unto them which shall have more abundantly."
And because thou hast seen thy weakness, thou shalt be made strong, Even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of My Father."
And then shall ye know that I have seen Jesus, And that He hath talked with me face to face, And that He told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another, in mine own language concerning these things; And only a few have I written because of my weakness in writing.
And now there began to be a great curse upon the land because of the iniquity of the people, In the which if a man should lay his tool or his sword upon the shelf or upon the place whither he would keep it- And behold, upon the morrow he could not find it, so great was the curse upon the land;
Now the brother of Shared, whose name was Gilead, also received great strength to his army because of secret combinations.
And the scent thereof went forth upon the face of the land, even upon all the face of the land; Wherefore, the people became troubled by day and by night because of the scent thereof.
For behold, their wars are exceeding fierce among themselves; And because of their hatred, they put to death every Nephite that will not deny the Christ;
And now I, Mormon, speak unto you, my beloved brethren; And it is by the grace of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ and His holy will, because of the gift of His calling unto me, that I am permitted to speak unto you at this time;
And now my brethren, I judge these things of you because of your peaceable walk with the children of men; For I remember the word of God which saith: "By their works ye shall know them; For if their works be good, then they are good also."
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, hath miracles ceased because that Christ hath ascended into heaven and hath sat down on the right hand of God to claim of the Father His rights of mercy which He hath upon the children of men?-
And because that He hath done this, my beloved brethren, hath miracles ceased?
Wherefore, if these things have ceased, wo be unto the children of men! For it is because of unbelief, And all is vain, for no man can be saved, according to the words of Christ, save they shall have faith in His name;
But behold, my beloved brethren, I judge better things of you, For I judge that ye have faith in Christ because of your meekness; For if ye have not faith in Him, then ye are not fit to be numbered among the people of His church.
Behold, I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of His resurrection to be raised unto life eternal, And this because of your faith in Him according to the promise;
For awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of baptism and the other must perish because he hath no baptism;
"Little children cannot repent; Wherefore, it is awful wickedness to deny the pure mercies of God unto them, For they are all alive in Him because of His mercy;
And the firstfruits of repentance is baptism, And baptism cometh by faith, unto the fulfilling the commandments, And the fulfilling the commandments bringeth remission of sins, And the remission of sins bringeth meekness and lowliness of heart, And because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, Which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, Which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come when all the saints shall dwell with God.
For behold, many of the daughters of the Lamanites have they taken prisoners; And after depriving them of that which was most dear and precious above all things- which is chastity and virtue- And after that they had done this thing, they did murder them in a most cruel manner, torturing their bodies even unto death; And after that they have done this, they devour their flesh like unto wild beasts because of the hardness of their hearts; And they do it for a token of bravery.
For I know that they must perish, except they repent and return unto Him; And if they perish, it will be like unto the Jaredites, because of the willfulness of their hearts, seeking for blood and revenge;
Neither can ye be saved in the kingdom of God, if ye have not faith; Neither can ye, if ye have no hope; And if ye have no hope, ye must needs be in despair; And despair cometh because of iniquity.
And now I speak unto all the ends of the earth- That if the day cometh that the power and gifts of God shall be done away among you, it shall be because of unbelief;