|10:1 And it came to pass that there arose a division
among the people, insomuch that they divided hither and
thither and went their ways, leaving Nephi alone, as he
was standing in the midst of them.
|10:2 And it came to pass that Nephi went his way
towards his own house, pondering upon the things which
the Lord had shown unto him.
|10:3 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:
|10:4 Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which
thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with
unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto
thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them,
and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my
will, and to keep my commandments.
|10:5 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.
|10:6 Behold, thou art Nephi, and I am God. Behold, I
declare it unto thee in the presence of mine angels, that
ye shall have power over this people, and shall smite the
earth with famine, and with pestilence, and destruction,
according to the wickedness of this people.
|10:7 Behold, I give unto you power, that whatsoever
ye shall seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven; and
whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in
heaven; and thus shall ye have power among this people.
|10:8 And thus, if ye shall say unto this 1temple it shall be rent in twain, it shall be
|| Matthew 27:51:
...the veil of the temple was rent in twain...
|10:9 And if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou
cast down and become smooth, it shall be done.
|10:10 And behold, if ye shall say that God shall
smite this people, it shall come to pass.
|10:11 And now behold, I command you, that ye shall go
and declare unto this people, that thus saith the Lord
God, who is the Almighty: Except ye repent ye shall be
smitten, even unto destruction.
|10:12 And behold, now it came to pass that when the
Lord had spoken these words unto Nephi, he did stop and
did not go unto his own house, but did return unto the
multitudes who were scattered about upon the face of the
land, and began to declare unto them the word of the Lord
which had been spoken unto him, concerning their
destruction if they did not repent.
|10:13 Now behold, notwithstanding that great miracle
which Nephi had done in telling them concerning the death
of the chief judge, they did harden their hearts and did
not hearken unto the words of the Lord.
|10:14 Therefore Nephi did declare unto them the word
of the Lord, saying: Except ye repent, thus saith the
Lord, ye shall be smitten even unto destruction.
|10:15 And it came to pass that when Nephi had
declared unto them the word, behold, they did still
harden their hearts and would not hearken unto his words;
therefore they did revile against him, and did seek to
lay their hands upon him that they might cast him into
|10:16 But behold, the power of God was with him, and
they could not take him to cast him into prison, for he
was taken by the Spirit and conveyed away out of the
midst of them.
|10:17 And it came to pass that thus he did go forth
in the Spirit, from multitude to multitude, declaring the
word of God, even until he had declared it unto them all,
or sent it forth among all the people.
|10:18 And it came to pass that they would not hearken
unto his words; and there began to be contentions,
insomuch that they were divided against themselves and
began to slay one another with the sword.
|10:19 And thus ended the seventy and first year of
the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.