|7:1 Now behold, I will show unto you that they did
not establish a king over the land; but in this same
year, yea, the thirtieth year, they did destroy upon the
judgment-seat, yea, did murder the chief judge of the
|7:2 And the people were divided one against
another; and they did separate one from another into
tribes, every man according to his family and his kindred
and friends; and thus they did destroy the government of
|7:3 And every tribe did appoint a chief or a leader
over them; and thus they became tribes and leaders of
|7:4 Now behold, there was no man among them save he
had much family and many kindreds and friends; therefore
their tribes became exceedingly great.
|7:5 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.
|7:6 And the regulations of the government were
destroyed, because of the secret combination of the
friends and kindreds of those who murdered the prophets.
|7:7 And they did cause a great contention in the
land, insomuch that the more righteous part of the people
had nearly all become wicked; yea, there were but few
righteous men among them.
|7:8 And thus six years had not passed away since
the more part of the people had turned from their
righteousness, like the 1dog to his vomit, or like the sow to her
wallowing in the mire.
|| II Peter 2:22: ...The dog is turned to
his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her
wallowing in the mire.
|7:9 Now this secret combination, which had brought
so great iniquity upon the people, did gather themselves
together, and did place at their head a man whom they did
|7:10 And they did call him their king; therefore he
became a king over this wicked band; and he was one of
the chiefest who had given his voice against the prophets
who testified of Jesus.
|7:11 And it came to pass that they were not so
strong in number as the tribes of the people, who were
united together save it were their leaders did establish
their laws, every one according to his tribe;
nevertheless they were enemies; notwithstanding they were
not a righteous people, yet they were united in the
hatred of those who had entered into a covenant to
destroy the government.
|7:12 Therefore, Jacob seeing that their enemies were
more numerous than they, he being the king of the band,
therefore he commanded his people that they should take
their flight into the northernmost part of the land, and
there build up unto themselves a kingdom, until they were
joined by dissenters, (for he flattered them that there
would be many dissenters) and they become sufficiently
strong to contend with the tribes of the people; and they
|7:13 And so speedy was their march that it could not
be impeded until they had gone forth out of the reach of
the people. And thus ended the thirtieth year; and thus
were the affairs of the people of Nephi.
|7:14 And it came to pass in the thirty and first
year that they were divided into tribes, every man
according to his family, kindred and friends;
nevertheless they had come to an agreement that they
would not go to war one with another; but they were not
united as to their laws, and their manner of government,
for they were established according to the minds of those
who were their chiefs and their leaders. But they did
establish very strict laws that one tribe should not
trespass against another, insomuch that in some degree
they had peace in the land; nevertheless, their hearts
were turned from the Lord their God, and they did stone
the prophets and did cast them out from among them.
|7:15 And it came to pass that Nephi--having been
visited by angels and also the voice of the Lord,
therefore having seen angels, and being eye-witness, and
having had power given unto him that he might know
concerning the ministry of Christ, and also being
eye-witness to their quick return from righteousness unto
their wickedness and abominations;
|7:16 Therefore, being grieved for the 1hardness of their hearts and the blindness of
their minds--went forth among them in that same year, and
began to testify, boldly, repentance and remission of
sins through faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
|| Mark 3:5: ...being
grieved for the hardness of their hearts...
|7:17 And he did minister many things unto them; and
all of them cannot be written, and a part of them would
not suffice, therefore they are not written in this book.
And Nephi did minister with power and with great
|7:18 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.
|7:19 And in the name of Jesus did he cast out devils and unclean spirits; and even his brother did
he raise from the dead, after he had been stoned and
suffered death by the people.
|7:20 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.
|7:21 And it came to pass that the thirty and first
year did pass away, and there were but few who were
converted unto the Lord; but as many as were converted
did truly signify unto the people that they had been
visited by the power and Spirit of God, which was in Jesus Christ, in whom they believed.
|7:22 And as many as had devils cast out from them, and were healed of their
sicknesses and their infirmities, did truly manifest unto
the people that they had been wrought upon by the Spirit
of God, and had been healed; and they did show forth
signs also and did do some miracles among the people.
|7:23 Thus passed away the thirty and second year
also. And Nephi did cry unto the people in the
commencement of the thirty and third year; and he did
preach unto them repentance and remission of sins.
|7:24 Now I would have you to remember also, that
there were none who were brought unto repentance who were
not baptized with water.
|7:25 Therefore, there were ordained of Nephi, men
unto this ministry, that all such as should come unto
them should be baptized with water,
and this as a witness and a testimony before God, and
unto the people, that they had repented and received a
remission of their sins.
|7:26 And there were many in the commencement of this
year that were baptized unto
repentance; and thus the more part of the year did pass