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The Book Of Jacob
THE BROTHER OF NEPHI
The words of his preaching unto his brethren. He confoundeth a man who seeketh to overthrow the doctrine of Christ. A few words concerning the history of the people of Nephi.
1 For behold, it came to pass that fifty and five years had passed away from the time that
Lehi left Jerusalem; wherefore, Nephi gave me, Jacob, a commandment concerning the
small plates, upon which these things are engraven.
2 And he gave me, Jacob, a commandment that I should write upon these plates a few of
the things which I consider to be most precious; that I should not touch, save it were
lightly, concerning the history of this people which are called the people of Nephi.
3 For he said that the history of his people should be engraven upon his other plates, and
that I should preserve these plates and hand them down unto my seed, from generation to
4 And if there were preaching which was sacred, or revelation which was great, or
prophesying, that I should engraven the heads of them upon these plates, and touch upon
them as much as it were possible, for Christ's sake, and for the sake of our people.
5 For because of faith and great anxiety, it truly had been made manifest unto us
concerning our people, what things should happen unto them.
6 And we also had many revelations, and the spirit of much prophecy; wherefore, we
knew of Christ and his kingdom, which should come.
7 Wherefore we labored diligently among our people, that we might persuade them to
come unto Christ, and partake of the goodness of God, that they might enter into his rest,
lest by any means he should swear in his wrath they should not enter in, as in the
provocation in the days of temptation while the children of Israel were in the wilderness. 8 Wherefore, we would to God that we could persuade all men not to rebel against God,
to provoke him to anger, but that all men would believe in Christ, and view his death, and
suffer his cross and bear the shame of the world; wherefore, I, Jacob, take it upon me to
fulfil the commandment of my brother Nephi.
9 Now Nephi began to be old, and he saw that he must soon die; wherefore, he anointed
a man to be a king and a ruler over his people now, according to the reigns of the kings.
10 The people having loved Nephi exceedingly, he having been a great protector for
them, having wielded the sword of Laban in their defence, and having labored in all his
days for their welfare--
11 Wherefore, the people were desirous to retain in remembrance his name. And whoso
should reign in his stead were called by the people, second Nephi, third Nephi, and so
forth, according to the reigns of the kings; and thus they were called by the people, let
them be of whatever name they would.
13 Now the people which were not Lamanites were Nephites; nevertheless, they were
called Nephites, Jacobites, Josephites, Zoramites, Lamanites, Lemuelites, and
14 But I, Jacob, shall not hereafter distinguish them by these names, but I shall call them
Lamanites that seek to destroy the people of Nephi, and those who are friendly to Nephi I
shall call Nephites, or the people of Nephi, according to the reigns of the kings.
15 And now it came to pass that the people of Nephi, under the reign of the second king,
began to grow hard in their hearts, and indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices,
such as like unto David of old desiring many wives and concubines, and also Solomon,
16 Yea, and they also began to search much gold and silver, and began to be lifted up
somewhat in pride.
17 Wherefore I, Jacob, gave unto them these words as I taught them in the temple,
having first obtained mine errand from the Lord.
18 For I, Jacob, and my brother Joseph had been consecrated priests and teachers of this
people, by the hand of Nephi.
19 And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us the responsibility,
answering the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of
God with all diligence; wherefore, by laboring with our might their blood might not come
upon our garments; otherwise their blood would come upon our garments, and we would
not be found spotless at the last day.
1 The words which Jacob, the brother of Nephi, spake unto the people of Nephi, after the
death of Nephi:
2 Now, my beloved brethren, I, Jacob, according to the responsibility which I am under
to God, to magnify mine office with soberness, and that I might rid my garments of your
sins, I come up into the temple this day that I might declare unto you the word of God.
3 And ye yourselves know that I have hitherto been diligent in the office of my calling;
but I this day am weighed down with much more desire and anxiety for the welfare of
your souls than I have hitherto been.
4 For behold, as yet, ye have been obedient unto the word of the Lord, which I have
given unto you.
5 But behold, hearken ye unto me, and know that by the help of the all-powerful Creator
of heaven and earth I can tell you concerning your thoughts, how that ye are beginning to
labor in sin, which sin appeareth very abominable unto me, yea, and abominable unto
6 Yea, it grieveth my soul and causeth me to shrink with shame before the presence of
my Maker, that I must testify unto you concerning the wickedness of your hearts. 7 And also it grieveth me that I must use so much boldness of speech concerning you,
before your wives and your children, many of whose feelings are exceedingly tender and
chaste and delicate before God, which thing is pleasing unto God;
8 And it supposeth me that they have come up hither to hear the pleasing word of God,
yea, the word which healeth the wounded soul.
9 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 who are already wounded, instead of consoling
and healing their wounds; and those who have not been wounded, instead of feasting
upon the pleasing word of God have daggers placed to pierce their souls and wound their
10 But, notwithstanding the greatness of the task, I must do according to the strict
commands of God, and tell you concerning your wickedness and abominations, in the
presence of the pure in heart, and the broken heart, and under the glance of the piercing
eye of the Almighty God.
11 Wherefore, I must tell you the truth according to the plainness of the word of God.
For behold, as I inquired of the Lord, thus came the word unto me, saying: Jacob, get
thou up into the temple on the morrow, and declare the word which I shall give thee unto
12 And now behold, my brethren, this is the word which I declare unto you, that many of
you have begun to search for gold, and for silver, and for all manner of precious ores, in
the which this land, which is a land of promise unto you and to your seed, doth abound
13 And the hand of providence hath smiled upon you most pleasingly, that you have
obtained many riches; and because 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 ye
suppose that ye are better than they.
14 And now, my brethren, do ye suppose that God justifieth you in this thing? Behold, I
say unto you, Nay. But he condemneth you, and if ye persist in these things his
judgments must speedily come unto you.
15 O that he would show you that he can pierce you, and with one glance of his eye he
can smite you to the dust!
16 O that he would rid you from this iniquity and abomination. And, O that ye would
listen unto the word of his commands, and let not this pride of your hearts destroy your
17 Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with
your substance, that they may be rich like unto you.
19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them;
and ye will seek them for the intent to do good--to clothe the naked, and to feed the
hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.
20 And now, my brethren, I have spoken unto you concerning pride; and those of you
which have afflicted your neighbor, and persecuted him because ye were proud in your
hearts, of the things which God hath given you, what say ye of it?
21 Do ye not suppose that such things are abominable unto him who created all flesh?
And the one being is as precious in his sight as the other. And all flesh is of the dust; and
for the selfsame end hath he created them, that they should keep his commandments and
glorify him forever.
22 And now I make an end of speaking unto you concerning this pride. And were it not
that I must speak unto you concerning a grosser crime, my heart would rejoice
exceedingly because of you.
23 But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser crimes. For behold, thus
saith the Lord: This people begin 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.
24 Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was
abominable before me, saith the Lord.
25 Wherefore, thus saith the Lord, I have led this people forth out of the land of
Jerusalem, by the power of mine arm, that I might raise up unto me a righteous branch
from the fruit of the loins of Joseph.
26 Wherefore, I the Lord God will not suffer that this people shall do like unto them of
27 Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there
shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have
28 For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women. And whoredoms are an
abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts.
29 Wherefore, this people shall keep my commandments, saith the Lord of Hosts, or
cursed be the land for their sakes.
30 For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my
people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things.
31 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.
32 And I will not suffer, saith the Lord of Hosts, that the cries of the fair daughters of
this people, which I have led out of the land of Jerusalem, shall come up unto me against
the men of my people, saith the Lord of Hosts.
33 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; for they shall
not commit whoredoms, like unto them of old, saith the Lord of Hosts.
34 And now behold, my brethren, ye know that these commandments were given to our
father, Lehi; wherefore, ye have known them before; and ye have come unto great
condemnation; for ye have done these things which ye ought not to have done. 35 Behold, ye have done greater iniquities than the Lamanites, our brethren. 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 ascend 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.
1 But behold, I, Jacob, would speak unto you that are pure in heart. Look unto God with
firmness of mind, and pray unto him with exceeding faith, and he will console you in
your afflictions, and he will plead your cause, and send down justice upon those who
seek your destruction.
2 O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God,
and feast upon his love; for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever.
3 But, wo, wo, unto you that are not pure in heart, that are filthy this day before God; for
except ye repent the land is cursed for your sakes; and the Lamanites, which are not filthy
like unto you, nevertheless they are cursed with a sore cursing, shall scourge you even
4 And the time speedily cometh, that except ye repent they shall possess the land of your
inheritance, and the Lord God will lead away the righteous out from among you.
5 Behold, the Lamanites your brethren, whom ye hate because of their filthiness and the
cursing which hath come upon their skins, are more righteous than you; for they have not
forgotten the commandment of the Lord, which was given unto our father--that they
should have save it were one wife, and concubines they should have none, and there
should not be whoredoms committed among them.
6 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.
7 Behold, their husbands love their wives, and their wives love their husbands; and their
husbands and their wives love their children; and their unbelief and their hatred towards you is because of the iniquity of their fathers; wherefore, how much better are you than they, in the sight of your great Creator?
8 O my brethren, I fear that unless ye shall repent of your sins that their skins will be
whiter than yours, when ye shall be brought with them before the throne of God.
9 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 skins; 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.
10 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.
11 O my brethren, hearken unto my words; arouse the faculties of your souls; shake
yourselves that ye may awake from the slumber of death; and loose yourselves from the
pains of hell that ye may not become angels to the devil, to be cast into that lake of fire
and brimstone which is the second death.
12 And now I, Jacob, spake many more things unto the people of Nephi, warning them
against fornication and lasciviousness, and every kind of sin, telling them the awful
consequences of them.
13 And a hundredth part of the proceedings of this people, which now began to be
numerous, cannot be written upon these plates; but many of their proceedings are written
upon the larger plates, and their wars, and their contentions, and the reigns of their kings.
14 These plates are called the plates of Jacob, and they were made by the hand of Nephi.
And I make an end of speaking these words.
1 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;
2 But whatsoever things we write upon anything save it be upon plates must perish and
vanish away; but we can write a few words upon plates, which will give our children, and
also our beloved brethren, a small degree of knowledge concerning us, or concerning
3 Now in this thing we do rejoice; and we labor diligently to engraven these words upon
plates, hoping that our beloved brethren and our children will receive them with thankful
hearts, and look upon them that they may learn with joy and not with sorrow, neither with
contempt, concerning their first parents.
4 For, for this intent have we written these things, that they may know that we knew of
Christ, and we had a hope of his glory many hundred years before his coming; and not
only we ourselves had a hope of his glory, but also all the holy prophets which were
5 Behold, they believed in Christ and worshiped the Father in his name, and also we
worship the Father in his name. And for this intent we keep the law of Moses, it pointing
our souls to him; and for this cause it is sanctified unto us for righteousness, even as it
was accounted unto Abraham in the wilderness to be obedient unto the commands of God
in offering up his son Isaac, which is a similitude of God and his Only Begotten Son.
6 Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of
prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh
unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees
obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea.
7 Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by
his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to
do these things.
8 Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. How unsearchable are the
depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways.
And no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, brethren,
despise not the revelations of God.
9 For behold, by the power of his word man came upon the face of the earth, which earth
was created by the power of his word. Wherefore, if God being able to speak and the
world was, and to speak and man was created, O then, why not able to command the
earth, or the workmanship of his hands upon the face of it, according to his will and
10 Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand.
For behold, ye yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom, and in justice, and in great
mercy, over all his works.
11 Wherefore, beloved brethren, be reconciled unto him through the atonement of Christ,
his Only Begotten Son, and ye may obtain a resurrection, according to the power of the
resurrection which is in Christ, and be presented as the first-fruits of Christ unto God,
having faith, and obtained a good hope of glory in him before he manifesteth himself in
12 And now, beloved, marvel not that I tell you these things; for why not speak of the
atonement of Christ, and attain to a perfect knowledge of him, as to attain to the
knowledge of a resurrection and the world to come?
13 Behold, my brethren, he that prophesieth, let him prophesy to the understanding of
men; for the Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as
they really are, and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things are manifested
unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls. But behold, we are not witnesses alone in
these things; for God also spake them unto prophets of old.
14 But behold, the Jews were a stiffnecked people; and they despised the words of
plainness, and killed the prophets, and sought for things that they could not understand.
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.
15 And now I, Jacob, am led on by the Spirit unto prophesying; for I perceive by the
workings of the Spirit which is in me, that by the stumbling of the Jews they will reject
the stone upon which they might build and have safe foundation.
16 But behold, according to the scriptures, this stone shall become the great, and the last,
and the only sure foundation, upon which the Jews can build.
17 And now, my beloved, how is it possible that these, after having rejected the sure
foundation, can ever build upon it, that it may become the head of their corner?
18 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 over
anxiety for you.
1 Behold, my brethren, do ye not remember to have read the words of the prophet Zenos,
which he spake unto the house of Israel, saying:
3 For behold, thus saith the Lord, I will liken thee, O house of Israel, like unto a tame
olive-tree, which a man took and nourished in his vineyard; and it grew, and waxed old,
and began to decay.
4 And it came to pass that the master of the vineyard went forth, and he saw that his
olive-tree began to decay; and he said: I will prune it, and dig about it, and nourish it, that
perhaps it may shoot forth young and tender branches, and it perish not.
5 And it came to pass that he pruned it, and digged about it, and nourished it according
to his word.
6 And it came to pass that after many days it began to put forth somewhat a little, young
and tender branches; but behold, the main top thereof began to perish.
7 And it came to pass that the master of the vineyard saw it, and he said unto his servant:
It grieveth me that I should lose this tree; wherefore, go and pluck the branches from a
wild olive-tree, and bring them hither unto me; and we will pluck off those main branches which are beginning to wither away, and we will cast them into the fire that they may be burned.
8 And behold, saith the Lord of the vineyard, I take away many of these young and
tender branches, and I will graft them whithersoever I will; and it mattereth not that if it
so be that the root of this tree will perish, I may preserve the fruit thereof unto myself;
wherefore, I will take these young and tender branches, and I will graft them
whithersoever I will.
9 Take thou the branches of the wild olive-tree, and graft them in, in the stead thereof;
and these which I have plucked off I will cast into the fire and burn them, that they may
not cumber the ground of my vineyard.
10 And it came to pass that the servant of the Lord of the vineyard did according to the
word of the Lord of the vineyard, and grafted in the branches of the wild olive-tree.
11 And the Lord of the vineyard caused that it should be digged about, and pruned, and
nourished, saying unto his servant: It grieveth me that I should lose this tree; wherefore,
that perhaps I might preserve the roots thereof that they perish not, that I might preserve
them unto myself, I have done this thing.
13 And these will I place in the nethermost part of my vineyard, whithersoever I will, it
mattereth not unto thee; and I do it that I may preserve unto myself the natural branches
of the tree; and also, that I may lay up fruit thereof against the season, unto myself; for it
grieveth me that I should lose this tree and the fruit thereof.
14 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard went his way, and hid the natural
branches of the tame olive-tree in the nethermost parts of the vineyard, some in one and
some in another, according to his will and pleasure.
15 And it came to pass that a long time passed away, and the Lord of the vineyard said
unto his servant: Come, let us go down into the vineyard, that we may labor in the
16 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard, and also the servant, went down into the vineyard to labor. And it came to pass that the servant said unto his master: Behold, look here; behold the tree.
17 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard looked and beheld the tree in the
which the wild olive branches had been grafted; and it had sprung forth and begun to bear
fruit. And he beheld that it was good; and the fruit thereof was like unto the natural fruit.
18 And he said unto the servant: Behold, the branches of the wild tree have taken hold of
the moisture of the root thereof, that the root thereof hath brought forth much strength;
and because of the much strength of the root thereof the wild branches have brought forth
tame fruit. Now, if we had not grafted in these branches, the tree thereof would have
perished. And now, behold, I shall lay up much fruit, which the tree thereof hath brought
forth; and the fruit thereof I shall lay up against the season, unto mine own self.
19 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Come, let us
go to the nethermost part of the vineyard, and behold if the natural branches of the tree
have not brought forth much fruit also, that I may lay up of the fruit thereof against the
season, unto mine own self.
20 And it came to pass that they went forth whither the master had hid the natural
branches of the tree, and he said unto the servant: Behold these; and he beheld the first
that it had brought forth much fruit; and he beheld also that it was good. And he said unto
the servant: Take of the fruit thereof, and lay it up against the season, that I may preserve
it unto mine own self; for behold, said he, this long time have I nourished it, and it hath
brought forth much fruit.
21 And it came to pass that the servant said unto his master: How comest thou hither to
plant this tree, or this branch of the tree? For behold, it was the poorest spot in all the land
of thy vineyard.
22 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto him: Counsel me not; I knew that it was a
poor spot of ground; wherefore, I said unto thee, I have nourished it this long time, and
thou beholdest that it hath brought forth much fruit.
23 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Look hither;
behold I have planted another branch of the tree also; and thou knowest that this spot of
ground was poorer than the first. But, behold the tree. I have nourished it this long time,
and it hath brought forth much fruit; therefore, gather it, and lay it up against the season,
that I may preserve it unto mine own self.
24 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said again unto his servant: Look
hither, and behold another branch also, which I have planted; behold that I have
nourished it also, and it hath brought forth fruit.
25 And he said unto the servant: Look hither and behold the last. Behold, this have I
planted in a good spot of ground; and I have nourished it this long time, and only a part of
the tree hath brought forth tame fruit, and the other part of the tree hath brought forth
wild fruit; behold, I have nourished this tree like unto the others.
26 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Pluck off the
branches that have not brought forth good fruit, and cast them into the fire.
27 But behold, the servant said unto him: Let us prune it, and dig about it, and nourish it
a little longer, that perhaps it may bring forth good fruit unto thee, that thou canst lay it
up against the season.
28 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard and the servant of the Lord of the
vineyard did nourish all the fruit of the vineyard.
29 And it came to pass that a long time had passed away, and the Lord of the vineyard
said unto his servant: Come, let us go down into the vineyard, that we may labor again in
the vineyard. For behold, the time draweth near, and the end soon cometh; wherefore, I
must lay up fruit against the season, unto mine own self.
30 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard and the servant went down into the
vineyard; and they came to the tree whose natural branches had been broken off, and the
wild branches had been grafted in; and behold all sorts of fruit did cumber the tree.
31 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard did taste of the fruit, every sort
according to its number. And the Lord of the vineyard said: Behold, this long time have
we nourished this tree, and I have laid up unto myself against the season much fruit.
32 But behold, this time it hath brought forth much fruit, and there is none of it which is
good. And behold, there are all kinds of bad fruit; and it profiteth me nothing,
notwithstanding all our labor; and now it grieveth me that I should lose this tree. 33 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: What shall we do unto the tree,
that I may preserve again good fruit thereof unto mine own self?
34 And the servant said 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.
35 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: The tree
profiteth me nothing, and the roots thereof profit me nothing so long as it shall bring forth
36 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.
37 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.
38 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Let us go
down into the nethermost parts of the vineyard, and behold if the natural branches have
also brought forth evil fruit.
39 And it came to pass that they went down into the nethermost parts of the vineyard.
And it came to pass that they beheld that the fruit of the natural branches had become
corrupt also; yea, the first and the second and also the last; and they had all become
40 And the wild fruit of the last had overcome that part of the tree which brought forth
good fruit, even that the branch had withered away and died.
41 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard wept, and said unto the servant:
What could I have done more for my vineyard?
42 Behold, I knew that all the fruit of the vineyard, save it were these, had become
corrupted. And now these which have once brought forth good fruit have also become
corrupted; and now all the trees of my vineyard are good for nothing save it be to be
hewn down and cast into the fire.
43 And behold this last, whose branch hath withered away, I did plant in a good spot of
ground; yea, even that which was choice unto me above all other parts of the land of my
44 And thou beheldest that I also cut down that which cumbered this spot of ground, that
I might plant this tree in the stead thereof.
45 And thou beheldest that a part thereof brought forth good fruit, and a part thereof
brought forth wild fruit; and because I plucked not the branches thereof and cast them
into the fire, behold, they have overcome the good branch that it hath withered away.
46 And now, behold, notwithstanding all the care which we have taken of my vineyard,
the trees thereof have become corrupted, that they bring forth no good fruit; and these I
had hoped to preserve, to have laid up fruit thereof against the season, unto mine own
self. But, behold, they have become like unto the wild olive-tree, and they are of no worth
but to be hewn down and cast into the fire; and it grieveth me that I should lose them.
47 But what could I have done more in my vineyard? Have I slackened mine hand, that I
have not nourished it, Nay, I have nourished it, and I have digged about it, and I have
pruned it, and I have dunged it; and I have stretched forth mine hand almost all the day
long, and the end draweth nigh. And it grieveth me that I should hew down all the trees of
my vineyard, and cast them into the fire that they should be burned. Who is it that has
corrupted my vineyard?
48 And it came to pass that the servant said unto his master: Is it not the loftiness of thy
vineyard--have not the branches thereof overcome the roots which are good? And
because the branches have overcome the roots thereof, behold they grew faster than the
strength of the roots, taking strength unto themselves. Behold, I say, is not this the cause
that the trees of thy vineyard have become corrupted?
49 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Let us go to
and hew down the trees of the vineyard and cast them into the fire, that they shall not cumber the ground of my vineyard, for I have done all. What could I have done more for my vineyard?
51 And the Lord said: Yea, I will spare it a little longer, for it grieveth me that I should
lose the trees of my vineyard.
52 Wherefore, let us take of the branches of these which I have planted in the nethermost
parts of my vineyard, and let us graft them into the tree from whence they came; and let
us pluck from the tree those branches whose fruit is most bitter, and graft in the natural
branches of the tree in the stead thereof.
53 And this will I do that the tree may not perish, that, perhaps, I may preserve unto
myself the roots thereof for mine own purpose.
54 And, behold, the roots of the natural branches of the tree which I planted
whithersoever I would are yet alive; wherefore, that I may preserve them also for mine
own purpose, I will take of the branches of this tree, and I will graft them in unto them.
Yea, I will graft in unto them the branches of their mother tree, that I may preserve the roots also unto mine own self, that when they shall be sufficiently strong perhaps they may bring forth good fruit unto me, and I may yet have glory in the fruit of my vineyard.
55 And it came to pass that they took from the natural tree which had become wild, and
grafted in unto the natural trees, which also had become wild.
56 And they also took of the natural trees which had become wild, and grafted into their
57 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Pluck not the wild branches from
the trees, save it be those which are most bitter; and in them ye shall graft according to
that which I have said.
58 And we will nourish again the trees of the vineyard, and we will trim up the branches
thereof; and we will pluck from the trees those branches which are ripened, that must
perish, and cast them into the fire.
59 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
60 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; and that I may have joy again in the fruit of my vineyard, and, perhaps, that I
may rejoice exceedingly that I have preserved the roots and the branches of the first fruit
61 Wherefore, go to, and call servants, that we may labor diligently with our might in the
vineyard, that we may prepare the way, that I may bring forth again the natural fruit,
which natural fruit is good and the most precious above all other fruit.
62 Wherefore, let us go to and labor with our might this last time, for behold the end
draweth nigh, and this is for the last time that I shall prune my vineyard.
63 Graft in the branches; begin at the last that they may be first, and that the first may be
last, and dig about the trees, both old and young, the first and the last; and the last and the
first, that all may be nourished once again for the last time.
64 Wherefore, dig about them, and prune them, and dung them once more, for the last
time, for the end draweth nigh. And if it be so that these last grafts shall grow, and bring
forth the natural fruit, then shall ye prepare the way for them, that they may grow.
65 And as they begin to grow ye shall clear away the branches which bring forth bitter
fruit, according to the strength of the good and the size thereof; and ye shall not clear
away the bad thereof all at once, lest the roots thereof should be too strong for the graft,
and the graft thereof shall perish, and I lose the trees of my vineyard.
66 For it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard; wherefore ye shall clear
away the bad according as the good shall grow, that the root and the top may be equal in
strength, until the good shall overcome the bad, and the bad be hewn down and cast into
the fire, that they cumber not the ground of my vineyard; and thus will I sweep away the
bad out of my vineyard.
67 And the branches of the natural tree will I graft in again into the natural tree;
68 And the branches of the natural tree will I graft into the natural branches of the tree;
and thus will I bring them together again, that they shall bring forth the natural fruit, and
they shall be one.
69 And the bad shall be cast away, yea, even out of all the land of my vineyard; for
behold, only this once will I prune my vineyard.
70 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sent his servant; and the servant
went and did as the Lord had commanded him, and brought other servants; and they were
71 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to, and labor in the vineyard, with
your might. For behold, this is the last time that I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end
is nigh at hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me
ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself against the time which will
72 And it came to pass that the servants did go and labor with their mights; and the Lord
of the vineyard labored also with them; and they did obey the commandments of the Lord
of the vineyard in all things.
73 And there began to be the natural fruit again in the vineyard; and the natural branches
began to grow and thrive exceedingly; and the wild branches began to be plucked off and
to be cast away; and they did keep the root and the top thereof equal, according to the
74 And thus they labored, with all diligence, according to the commandments of the
Lord of the vineyard, even until the bad had been cast away out of the vineyard, and the
Lord had preserved unto himself that the trees had become again the natural fruit; and
they became like unto one body; and the fruits were equal; and the Lord of the vineyard
had preserved unto himself the natural fruit, which was most precious unto him from the
75 And it came to pass that when the Lord of the vineyard saw that his fruit was good,
and that his vineyard was no more corrupt, he called up his servants, and said unto them: Behold, for this last time have we nourished my vineyard; and thou beholdest that I have done according to my will; and I have preserved the natural fruit, that it is good, even like as it was in the beginning. And blessed art thou; for because ye have been diligent in laboring with me in my vineyard, and have kept my commandments, and have 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.
76 For behold, for a long time will I lay up of the fruit of my vineyard unto mine own
self against the season, which speedily cometh; and for the last time have I nourished my
vineyard, and pruned it, and dug about it, and dunged it; wherefore I will lay up unto
mine own self of the fruit, for a long time, according to that which I have spoken.
77 And when the time cometh that evil fruit shall again come into my vineyard, then will
I cause the good and the bad to be gathered; and the good will I preserve unto myself, and
the bad will I cast away into its own place. And then cometh the season and the end; and
my vineyard will I cause to be burned with fire.
1 And now, behold, my brethren, as I said unto you that I would prophesy, behold, this is
my prophecy--that the things which this prophet Zenos spake, concerning the house of
Israel, in the which he likened them unto a tame olive-tree, must surely come to pass.
2 And the day that he shall set his hand again the second time to recover his people, is
the day, yea, even the last time, that the servants of the Lord shall go forth in his power,
to nourish and prune his vineyard; and after that the end soon cometh.
3 And how blessed are they who have labored diligently in his vineyard; and how cursed
are they who shall be cast out into their own place! And the world shall be burned with
4 And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of Israel, both
roots and branches; and he stretches forth his hands unto them all the day long; and they
are a stiffnecked and a gainsaying people; but as many as will not harden their hearts
shall be saved in the kingdom of God.
5 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would
repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts.
7 For behold, after ye have been nourished by the good word of God all the day long,
will ye bring forth evil fruit, that ye must be hewn down and cast into the fire?
8 Behold, will ye reject these words? Will ye reject the words of the prophets; and will
ye reject all the words which have been spoken concerning Christ, after so many have
spoken concerning him; and deny the good word of Christ, and the power of God, and the
gift of the Holy Ghost, and quench the Holy Spirit, and make a mock of the great plan of
redemption, which hath been laid for you?
9 Know ye not that if ye will do these things, that the power of the redemption and the
resurrection, which is in Christ, will bring you to stand with shame and awful guilt before
the bar of God?
10 And according to the power of justice, for justice cannot be denied, ye must go away
into that lake of fire and brimstone, whose flames are unquenchable, and whose smoke
ascendeth up forever and ever, which lake of fire and brimstone is endless torment.
11 O then, my beloved brethren, repent ye, and enter in at the strait gate, and continue in
the way which is narrow, until ye shall obtain eternal life.
13 Finally, I bid you farewell, until I shall meet you before the pleasing bar of God,
which bar striketh the wicked with awful dread and fear. Amen.
1 And now it came to pass after some years had passed away, there came a man among
the people of Nephi, whose name was Sherem.
2 And it came to pass that he began to preach among the people, and to declare unto
them that there should be no Christ. And he preached many things which were flattering
unto the people; and this he did that he might overthrow the doctrine of Christ.
3 And he labored diligently that he might lead away the hearts of the people, insomuch
that he did lead away many hearts; and he knowing that I, Jacob, had faith in Christ who
should come, he sought much opportunity that he might come unto me.
4 And he was learned, that he had a perfect knowledge of the language of the people;
wherefore, he could use much flattery, and much power of speech, according to the
power of the devil.
5 And he had hope to shake me from the faith, notwithstanding the many revelations and
the many things which I had seen concerning these things; for I truly had seen angels, and
they had ministered unto me. And also, I had heard the voice of the Lord speaking unto
me in very word, from time to time; wherefore, I could not be shaken.
6 And it came to pass that he came unto me, and on this wise did he speak unto me,
saying: Brother Jacob, I have sought much opportunity that I might speak unto you; for I
have heard and also know that thou goest about much, preaching that which ye call the
gospel, or the doctrine of Christ.
7 And ye have led away much of this people that they pervert the right way of God, and
keep not the law of Moses which is the right way; and convert the law of Moses into the
worship of a being which ye say shall come many hundred years hence. And now behold,
I, Sherem, declare unto you that this is blasphemy; for no man knoweth of such things;
for he cannot tell of things to come. And after this manner did Sherem contend against
8 But behold, the Lord God poured in his Spirit into my soul, insomuch that I did
confound him in all his words.
9 And I said unto him: Deniest thou the Christ who shall come? And he said: If there
should be a Christ, I would not deny him; but I know that there is no Christ, neither has
been, nor ever will be.
10 And I said unto him: Believest thou the scriptures? And he said, Yea.
11 And I said unto him: Then ye do not understand them; for they truly testify of Christ. Behold, I say unto you that none of the prophets have written, nor prophesied, save they have spoken concerning this Christ.
12 And this is not all--it has been made manifest unto me, for I have heard and seen; and
it also has been made manifest unto me by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, I
know if there should be no atonement made all mankind must be lost.
13 And it came to pass that he said unto me: Show me a sign by this power of the Holy
Ghost, in the which ye know so much.
14 And I said unto him: What am I that I should tempt God to show unto thee a sign in
the thing which thou knowest to be true?
Yet thou wilt deny it, because thou art of the devil. Nevertheless, not my will be done; but if God shall smite thee, let that be a sign unto thee that he has power, both in heaven and in earth; and also, that Christ shall come. And thy will, O Lord, be done, and not mine.
15 And it came to pass that when I, Jacob, had spoken these words, the power of the
Lord came upon him, insomuch that he fell to the earth. And it came to pass that he was
nourished for the space of many days.
16 And it came to pass that he said unto the people: Gather together on the morrow, for I
shall die; wherefore, I desire to speak unto the people before I shall die.
17 And it came to pass that on the morrow the multitude were gathered together; and he
spake plainly unto them and denied the things which he had taught them, and confessed
the Christ, and the power of the Holy Ghost, and the ministering of angels.
18 And he spake plainly unto them, that he had been deceived by the power of the devil.
And he spake of hell, and of eternity, and of eternal punishment.
19 And he said: I fear lest I have committed the unpardonable sin, for I have lied unto
God; for I denied the Christ, and said that I believed the scriptures; and they truly testify
of him. And because I have thus lied unto God I greatly fear lest my case shall be awful;
but I confess unto God.
20 And it came to pass that when he had said these words he could say no more, and he
gave up the ghost.
21 And when the multitude had witnessed that he spake these things as he was about to
give up the ghost, they were astonished exceedingly; insomuch that the power of God
came down upon them, and they were overcome that they fell to the earth.
22 Now, this thing was pleasing unto me, Jacob, for I had requested it of my Father who
was in heaven; for he had heard my cry and answered my prayer.
23 And it came to pass that peace and the love of God was restored again among the
people; and they searched the scriptures, and hearkened no more to the words of this
24 And it came to pass that many means were devised to reclaim and restore the
Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth; but it all was vain, for they delighted in wars
and bloodshed, and they had an eternal hatred against us, their brethren. And they sought
by the power of their arms to destroy us continually.
25 Wherefore, the people of Nephi did fortify against them with their arms, and with all
their might, trusting in the God and rock of their salvation; wherefore, they became as
yet, conquerors of their enemies.
26 And it came to pass that I, Jacob, began to be old; and the record of this people being
kept on the other plates of Nephi, wherefore, I conclude this record, declaring that I have
written according to the best of my knowledge, by saying that the time passed away with
us, and also our lives passed away like as it were unto us a dream, we being a lonesome
and a solemn people, wanderers, cast out from Jerusalem, born in tribulation, in a
wilderness, and hated of our brethren, which caused wars and contentions; wherefore, we
did mourn out our days.
27 And I, Jacob, saw that I must soon go down to my grave; wherefore, I said unto my
son Enos: Take these plates. And I told him the things which my brother Nephi had
commanded me, and he promised obedience unto the commands. And I make an end of
my writing upon these plates, which writing has been small; and to the reader I bid
farewell, hoping that many of my brethren may read my words. Brethren, adieu.
The Book Of Enos
1 Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man--for he
taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord--and
blessed be the name of my God for it--
2 And I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission
of my sins.
3 Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often heard my
father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart.
4 And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in
mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto
him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the
5 And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou
shalt be blessed.
8 And he said unto me: Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before
heard nor seen. And many years pass away before he shall manifest himself in the flesh;
wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee whole.
9 Now, it came to pass that when I had heard these words I began to feel a desire for the
welfare of my brethren, the Nephites; wherefore, I did pour out my whole soul unto God
10 And while I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold, the voice of the Lord came into
my mind again, saying: I will visit thy brethren according to their diligence in keeping
my commandments. I have given unto them this land, and it is a holy land; and I curse it not save it be for the cause of iniquity; wherefore, I will visit thy brethren according as I have said; and their transgressions will I bring down with sorrow upon their own heads.
11 And after I, Enos, had heard these words, my faith began to be unshaken in the Lord;
and I prayed unto him with many long strugglings for my brethren, the Lamanites.
12 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.
13 And now behold, this was the desire which I desired of him--that if it should so be,
that my people, the Nephites, should fall into transgression, and by any means be
destroyed, and the Lamanites should not be destroyed, that the Lord God would preserve
a record of my people, the Nephites; even if it so be by the power of his holy arm, that it
might be brought forth at some future day unto the Lamanites, that, perhaps, they might
be brought unto salvation--
14 For at the present our strugglings were vain in restoring them to the true faith. And
they swore in their wrath that, if it were possible, they would destroy our records and us,
and also all the traditions of our fathers.
15 Wherefore, I knowing that the Lord God was able to preserve our records, I cried
unto him continually, for he had said unto me: Whatsoever thing ye shall ask in faith,
believing that ye shall receive in the name of Christ, ye shall receive it.
16 And I had faith, and I did cry unto God that he would preserve the records; and he
covenanted with me that he would bring them forth unto the Lamanites in his own due
17 And I, Enos, knew it would be according to the covenant which he had made;
wherefore my soul did rest.
18 And the Lord said unto me: Thy fathers have also required of me this thing; and it
shall be done unto them according to their faith; for their faith was like unto thine.
19 And now it came to pass that I, Enos, went about among the people of Nephi,
prophesying of things to come, and testifying of the things which I had heard and seen.
20 And I bear record that the people of Nephi did seek diligently to restore the
Lamanites unto the true faith in God. But our labors were vain; their hatred was fixed,
and they were led by their evil nature that they became wild, and ferocious, and a
bloodthirsty people, full of idolatry and filthiness; feeding upon beasts of prey; dwelling
in tents, and wandering about in the wilderness with a short skin girdle about their loins
and their heads shaven; and their skill was in the bow, and in the cimeter, and the ax. And
many of them did eat nothing save it was raw meat; and they were continually seeking to
21 And it came to pass that the people of Nephi did till the land, and raise all manner of
grain, and of fruit, and flocks of herds, and flocks of all manner of cattle of every kind,
and goats, and wild goats, and also many horses.
22 And there were exceedingly many prophets among us. And the people were a
stiffnecked people, hard to understand.
23 And there was nothing save it was exceeding harshness, preaching and prophesying
of wars, and contentions, and destructions, and continually reminding them of death, and
the duration of eternity, and the judgments and the power of God, and all these things-
stirring them up continually to keep them in the fear of the Lord. I say there was nothing
short of these things, and exceedingly great plainness of speech, would keep them from
going down speedily to destruction. And after this manner do I write concerning them.
25 And it came to pass that I began to be old, and an hundred and seventy and nine years
had passed away from the time that our father Lehi left Jerusalem.
26 And I saw that I must soon go down to my grave, having been wrought upon by the
power of God that I must preach and prophesy unto this people, and declare the word
according to the truth which is in Christ. And I have declared it in all my days, and have
rejoiced in it above that of the world.
27 And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in
him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality, and
shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me:
Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my
The Book Of Jarom
1 Now behold, I, Jarom, write a few words according to the commandment of my father,
Enos, that our genealogy may be kept.
2 And as these plates are small, and as these things are written for the intent of the
benefit of our brethren the Lamanites, wherefore, it must needs be that I write a little; but
I shall not write the things of my prophesying, nor of my revelations. For what could I
write more than my fathers have written? For have not they revealed the plan of
salvation? I say unto you, Yea; and this sufficeth me.
3 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; nevertheless, God is exceedingly merciful unto them, and
has not as yet swept them off from the face of the land.
4 And there are many among us who have many revelations, for they are not all
stiffnecked. And as many as are not stiffnecked and have faith, have communion with the
Holy Spirit, which maketh manifest unto the children of men, according to their faith.
5 And now, behold, two hundred years had passed away, and the people of Nephi had
waxed strong in the land. They observed to keep the law of Moses and the sabbath day
holy unto the Lord. And they profaned not; neither did they blaspheme. And the laws of
the land were exceedingly strict.
6 And they were scattered upon much of the face of the land, and the Lamanites also.
And they were exceedingly more numerous than were they of the Nephites; and they
loved murder and would drink the blood of beasts.
7 And it came to pass that they came many times against us, the Nephites, to battle. But
our kings and our leaders were mighty men in the faith of the Lord; and they taught the
people the ways of the Lord; wherefore, we withstood the Lamanites and swept them
away out of our lands, and began to fortify our cities, or whatsoever place of our
8 And we multiplied exceedingly, and spread upon the face of the land, and became
exceedingly rich in gold, and in silver, and in precious things, and in fine workmanship of wood, in buildings, and in machinery, and also in iron and copper, and brass and steel, making all manner of tools of every kind to till the ground, and weapons of war--yea, the sharp pointed arrow, and the quiver, and the dart, and the javelin, and all preparations for war.
9 And thus being prepared to meet the Lamanites, they did not prosper against us. But
the word of the Lord was verified, which he spake unto our fathers, saying that: Inasmuch
as ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land.
10 And it came to pass that the prophets of the Lord did threaten the people of Nephi,
according to the word of God, that if they did not keep the commandments, but should
fall into transgression, they should be destroyed from off the face of the land.
11 Wherefore, the prophets, and the priests, and the teachers, did labor diligently,
exhorting with all long-suffering the people to diligence; teaching the law of Moses, and
the intent for which it was given; persuading them to look forward unto the Messiah, and
believe in him to come as though he already was. And after this manner did they teach
12 And it came to pass that by so doing they kept them from being destroyed upon the
face of the land; for they did prick their hearts with the word, continually stirring them up
13 And it came to pass that two hundred and thirty and eight years had passed away-
after the manner of wars, and contentions, and dissensions, for the space of much of the
14 And I, Jarom, do not write more, for the plates are small. But behold, my brethren, ye
can go to the other plates of Nephi; for behold, upon them the records of our wars are
engraven, according to the writings of the kings, or those which they caused to be written.
15 And I deliver these plates into the hands of my son Omni, that they may be kept
according to the commandments of my fathers.
The Book Of Omni
1 Behold, it came to pass that I, Omni, being commanded by my father, Jarom, that I
should write somewhat upon these plates, to preserve our genealogy--
2 Wherefore, in my days, I would that ye should know that I fought much with the sword
to preserve my people, the Nephites, from falling into the hands of their enemies, the
Lamanites. But behold, I of myself am a wicked man, and I have not kept the statutes and
the commandments of the Lord as I ought to have done.
3 And it came to pass that two hundred and seventy and six years had passed away, and
we had many seasons of peace; and we had many seasons of serious war and bloodshed.
Yea, and in fine, two hundred and eighty and two years had passed away, and I had kept
these plates according to the commandments of my fathers; and I conferred them upon
my son Amaron. And I make an end.
4 And now I, Amaron, write the things whatsoever I write, which are few, in the book of
5 Behold, it came to pass that three hundred and twenty years had passed away, and the
more wicked part of the Nephites were destroyed.
6 For the Lord would not suffer, after he had led them out of the land of Jerusalem and
kept and preserved them from falling into the hands of their enemies, yea, he would not
suffer that the words should not be verified, which he spake unto our fathers, saying that:
Inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall not prosper in the land.
7 Wherefore, the Lord did visit them in great judgment; nevertheless, he did spare the
righteous that they should not perish, but did deliver them out of the hands of their
9 Now I, Chemish, write what few things I write, in the same book with my brother; for
behold, I saw the last which he wrote, that he wrote it with his own hand; and he wrote it in the day that he delivered them unto me. And after this manner we keep the records, for it is according to the commandments of our fathers. And I make an end.
10 Behold, I, Abinadom, am the son of Chemish. Behold, it came to pass that I saw
much war and contention between my people, the Nephites, and the Lamanites; and I,
with my own sword, have taken the lives of many of the Lamanites in the defence of my
11 And behold, the record of this people is engraven upon plates which is had by the
kings, according to the generations; and I know of no revelation save that which has been
written, neither prophecy; wherefore, that which is sufficient is written. And I make an
12 Behold, I am Amaleki, the son of Abinadom. Behold, I will speak unto you somewhat
concerning Mosiah, who was made king over the land of Zarahemla; for behold, he being
warned of the Lord that he should flee out of the land of Nephi, and as many as would
hearken unto the voice of the Lord should also depart out of the land with him, into the
13 And it came to pass that he did according as the Lord had commanded him. And they
departed out of the land into the wilderness, as many as would hearken unto the voice of
the Lord; and they were led by many preachings and prophesyings. And they were
admonished continually by the word of God; and they were led by the power of his arm,
through the wilderness, until they came down into the land which is called the land of
14 And they discovered a people, who were called the people of Zarahemla. Now, there
was great rejoicing among the people of Zarahemla; and also Zarahemla did rejoice
exceedingly, because the Lord had sent the people of Mosiah with the plates of brass
which contained the record of the Jews.
15 Behold, it came to pass that Mosiah discovered that the people of Zarahemla came
out from Jerusalem at the time that Zedekiah, king of Judah, was carried away captive
16 And they journeyed in the wilderness, and were brought by the hand of the Lord
across the great waters, into the land where Mosiah discovered them; and they had dwelt
there from that time forth.
17 And at the time that Mosiah discovered them, they had become exceedingly
numerous. Nevertheless, they had had many wars and serious contentions, and had fallen
by the sword from time to time; and their language had become corrupted; and they had
brought no records with them; and they denied the being of their Creator; and Mosiah,
nor the people of Mosiah, could understand them.
18 But it came to pass that Mosiah caused that they should be taught in his language.
And it came to pass that after they were taught in the language of Mosiah, Zarahemla
gave a genealogy of his fathers, according to his memory; and they are written, but not in
19 And it came to pass that the people of Zarahemla, and of Mosiah, did unite together;
and Mosiah was appointed to be their king.
20 And it came to pass in the days of Mosiah, there was a large stone brought unto him
with engravings on it; and he did interpret the engravings by the gift and power of God.
21 And they gave an account of one Coriantumr, and the slain of his people. And
Coriantumr was discovered by the people of Zarahemla; and he dwelt with them for the
space of nine moons.
22 It also spake a few words concerning his fathers. And his first parents came out from
the tower, at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people; and the severity of
the Lord fell upon them according to his judgments, which are just; and their bones lay
scattered in the land northward.
23 Behold, I, Amaleki, was born in the days of Mosiah; and I have lived to see his death;
and Benjamin, his son, reigneth in his stead.
24 And behold, I have seen, in the days of king Benjamin, a serious war and much
bloodshed between the Nephites and the Lamanites. But behold, the Nephites did obtain
much advantage over them; yea, insomuch that king Benjamin did drive them out of the
land of Zarahemla.
25 And it came to pass that I began to be old; and, having no seed, and knowing king
Benjamin to be a just man before the Lord, wherefore, I shall deliver up these plates unto
him, exhorting all men to come unto God, the Holy One of Israel, and believe in prophesying, and in revelations, and in the ministering of angels, and in the gift of speaking with tongues, and in the gift of interpreting languages, and in all things which are good; for there is nothing which is good save it comes from the Lord; and that which is evil cometh from the devil.
26 And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the
Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea,
come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in
fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.
27 And now I would speak somewhat concerning a certain number who went up into the
wilderness to return to the land of Nephi; for there was a large number who were desirous
to possess the land of their inheritance.
28 Wherefore, they went up into the wilderness. And their leader being a strong and
mighty man, and a stiffnecked man, wherefore he caused a contention among them; and
they were all slain, save fifty, in the wilderness, and they returned again to the land of
29 And it came to pass that they also took others to a considerable number, and took
their journey again into the wilderness.
30 And I, Amaleki, had a brother, who also went with them; and I have not since known
concerning them. And I am about to lie down in my grave; and these plates are full. And I
make an end of my speaking.
The Words Of Mormon
Words of Mormon 1:1
1 And now I, Mormon, being about to deliver up the record which I have been making
into the hands of my son Moroni, behold I have witnessed almost all the destruction of
my people, the Nephites.
Words of Mormon 1:2
2 And it is many hundred years after the coming of Christ that I deliver these records
into the hands of my son; and it supposeth me that he will witness the entire destruction
of my people. But may God grant that he may survive them, that he may write somewhat
concerning them, and somewhat concerning Christ, that perhaps some day it may profit
Words of Mormon 1:3
3 And now, I speak somewhat concerning that which I have written; for after I had made
an abridgment from the plates of Nephi, down to the reign of this king Benjamin, of
whom Amaleki spake, I searched among the records which had been delivered into my
hands, and I found these plates, which contained this small account of the prophets, from
Jacob down to the reign of this king Benjamin, and also many of the words of Nephi.
Words of Mormon 1:4
4 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; yea,
and I also know that as many things as have been prophesied concerning us down to this
day have been fulfilled, and as many as go beyond this day must surely come to pass--
Words of Mormon 1:5
5 Wherefore, I chose these things, to finish my record upon them, which remainder of
my record I shall take from the plates of Nephi; and I cannot write the hundredth part of
the things of my people.
Words of Mormon 1:6
6 But behold, I shall take these plates, which contain these prophesyings and revelations,
and put them with the remainder of my record, for they are choice unto me; and I know
they will be choice unto my brethren.
Words of Mormon 1:7
7 And I do this for a wise purpose; for thus it whispereth me, according to the workings
of the Spirit of the Lord which is in me. And now, I do not know all things; but the Lord
knoweth all things which are to come; wherefore, he worketh in me to do according to his
Words of Mormon 1:8
8 And my prayer to God is concerning my brethren, that they may once again come to the knowledge of God, yea, the redemption of Christ; that they may once again be a delightsome people.
Words of Mormon 1:9
9 And now I, Mormon, proceed to finish out my record, which I take from the plates of
Nephi; and I make it according to the knowledge and the understanding which God has
Words of Mormon 1:10
10 Wherefore, it came to pass that after Amaleki had delivered up these plates into the
hands of king Benjamin, he took them and put them with the other plates, which
contained records which had been handed down by the kings, from generation to
generation until the days of king Benjamin.
Words of Mormon 1:11
11 And they were handed down from king Benjamin, from generation to generation until
they have fallen into my hands. And I, Mormon, pray to God that they may be preserved
from this time henceforth. And I know that they will be preserved; for there are great
things written upon them, out of which my people and their brethren shall be judged at
the great and last day, according to the word of God which is written.
Words of Mormon 1:12
12 And now, concerning this king Benjamin--he had somewhat of contentions among his
Words of Mormon 1:13
13 And it came to pass also that the armies of the Lamanites came down out of the land
of Nephi, to battle against his people.
Words of Mormon 1:14
14 And in the strength of the Lord they did contend against their enemies, until they had
slain many thousands of the Lamanites. And it came to pass that they did contend against
the Lamanites until they had driven them out of all the lands of their inheritance.
Words of Mormon 1:15
15 And it came to pass that after there had been false Christs, and their mouths had been
shut, and they punished according to their crimes;
Words of Mormon 1:16
16 And after there had been false prophets, and false preachers and teachers among the
people, and all these having been punished according to their crimes; and after there
having been much contention and many dissensions away unto the Lamanites, behold, it came to pass that king Benjamin, with the assistance of the holy prophets who were among his people--
Words of Mormon 1:17
17 For behold, king Benjamin was a holy man, and he did reign over his people in
righteousness; 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--
Words of Mormon 1:18
18 Wherefore, with the help of these, king Benjamin, by laboring with all the might of
his body and the faculty of his whole soul, and also the prophets, did once more establish
peace in the land.