|17:1 And it
came to pass that we did again take our journey in the
wilderness; and we did travel nearly eastward from that
time forth. And we did travel and wade through much
affliction in the wilderness; and our women did bear
children in the wilderness.
|17:2 And so
great were the blessings of the Lord upon us, that while
we did live upon raw meat in the wilderness, our women
did give plenty of suck for their children, and were
strong, yea, even like unto the men; and they began to
bear their journeyings without murmurings.
thus we see that the commandments of God must be
fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep
the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and
strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can
accomplish the thing which he has commanded them;
wherefore, he did provide means for us while we did
sojourn in the wilderness.
|17:4 And we
did sojourn for the space of many years, yea, even eight
years in the wilderness.
|17:5 And we
did come to the land which we called Bountiful, because
of its much fruit and also wild honey; and all these
things were prepared of the Lord that we might not
perish. And we beheld the sea, which we called Irreantum,
which, being interpreted, is many waters.
|17:6 And it
came to pass that we did pitch our tents by the seashore;
and notwithstanding we had suffered many afflictions and
much difficulty, yea, even so much that we cannot write
them all, we were exceedingly rejoiced when we came to
the seashore; and we called the place Bountiful, because
of its much fruit.
|17:7 And it
came to pass that after I, Nephi, had been in the land of
Bountiful for the space of many days, the voice of the
Lord came unto me, saying: Arise, and get thee into the
mountain. And it came to pass that I arose and went up
into the mountain, and cried unto the Lord.
|17:8 And it
came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Thou
shalt construct a ship, after the manner which I shall
show thee, that I may carry thy people across these
|17:9 And I
said: Lord, whither shall I go that I may find ore to
molten, that I may make tools to construct the ship after
the manner which thou hast shown unto me?
it came to pass that the Lord told me whither I should go
to find ore, that I might make tools.
it came to pass that I, Nephi, did make a bellows
wherewith to blow the fire, of the skins of beasts; and
after I had made a bellows, that I might have wherewith
to blow the fire, I did smite two stones together that I
might make fire.
the Lord had not hitherto suffered that we should make
much fire, as we journeyed in the wilderness; for he
said: I will make thy food become sweet, that ye cook it
|17:13 And I
will also be your light in the wilderness; and I will
prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall
keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall
keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised
land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led.
and the Lord said also that: After ye have arrived in the
promised land, ye shall know that I, the Lord, am God;
and that I, the Lord, did deliver you from destruction;
yea, that I did bring you out of the land of Jerusalem.
Wherefore, I, Nephi, did strive to keep the commandments
of the Lord, and I did exhort my brethren to faithfulness
it came to pass that I did make tools of the ore which I
did molten out of the rock.
when my brethren saw that I was about to build a ship,
they began to murmur against me, saying: Our brother is a
fool, for he thinketh that he can build a ship; yea, and
he also thinketh that he can cross these great waters.
thus my brethren did complain against me, and were
desirous that they might not labor, for they did not
believe that I could build a ship; neither would they
believe that I was instructed of the Lord.
now it came to pass that I, Nephi, was exceedingly
sorrowful because of the hardness of their hearts; and
now when they saw that I began to be sorrowful they were
glad in their hearts, insomuch that they did rejoice over
me, saying: We knew that ye could not construct a ship,
for we knew that ye were lacking in judgment; wherefore,
thou canst not accomplish so great a work.
thou art like unto our father, led away by the 1foolish
imaginations of his heart; yea, he hath led us out of the
land of Jerusalem, and we have wandered in the wilderness
for these many years; and our women have toiled, being
big with child; and they have borne children in the
wilderness and suffered all things, save it were death;
and it would have been better that they had died before
they came out of Jerusalem than to have suffered these
|| Romans 1:21
...but became vain in their imaginations, and their
foolish heart was darkened.
Behold, these many years we have suffered in the
wilderness, which time we might have enjoyed our
possessions and the land of our inheritance; yea, and we
might have been happy.
we know that the people who were in the land of Jerusalem
were a righteous people; for they kept the statutes and
judgments of the Lord, and all his commandments,
according to the law of Moses; wherefore, we know that
they are a righteous people; and our father hath judged
them, and hath led us away because we would hearken unto
his words; yea, and our brother is like unto him. And
after this manner of language did my brethren murmur and
complain against us.
it came to pass that I, Nephi, spake unto them, saying:
Do ye believe that our fathers, who were the children of
Israel, would have been led away out of the hands of the
Egyptians if they had not hearkened unto the words of the
do ye suppose that they would have been led out of
bondage, if the Lord had not commanded Moses that he
should lead them out of bondage?
ye know that the children of Israel were in bondage; and
ye know that they were laden with tasks, which were
grievous to be borne; wherefore, ye know that it must
needs be a good thing for them, that they should be
brought out of bondage.
ye know that Moses was commanded of the Lord to do that
great work; and ye know that by his word the waters of
the Red Sea were divided hither
and thither, and they passed through on dry ground.
ye know that the Egyptians were drowned in the Red Sea, who were the armies of
ye also know that they were fed with manna in the
and ye also know that Moses, by his word according to the
power of God which was in him, smote the rock, and there
came forth water, that the children of Israel might
quench their thirst.
notwithstanding they being led, the Lord their God, their
Redeemer, going before them, leading them by day and
giving light unto them by night, and doing all things for
them which were expedient for man to receive, they
hardened their hearts and blinded their minds, and
reviled against Moses and against the true and living
it came to pass that according to his word he did destroy
them; and according to his word he did lead them; and
according to his word he did do all things for them; and
there was not any thing done save it were by his word.
after they had crossed the river Jordan he did make them
mighty unto the driving out of the children of the land,
yea, unto the scattering them to destruction.
now, do ye suppose that the children of this land, who
were in the land of promise, who were driven out by our
fathers, do ye suppose that they were righteous? Behold,
I say unto you, Nay.
|17:34 Do ye
suppose that our fathers would have been more choice than
they if they had been righteous? I say unto you, Nay.
Behold, the Lord esteemeth all flesh in one; he that is
righteous is favored of God. But behold, this people had
rejected every word of God, and they were ripe in
iniquity; and the fulness of the wrath of God was upon
them; and the Lord did curse the land against them, and
bless it unto our fathers; yea, he did curse it against
them unto their destruction, and he did bless it unto our
fathers unto their obtaining power over it.
Behold, the Lord hath created the earth that it should be
inhabited; and he hath created his children that they
should possess it.
he raiseth up a righteous nation, and destroyeth the
nations of the wicked.
he leadeth away the righteous into precious lands, and
the wicked he destroyeth, and curseth the land unto them
for their sakes.
ruleth high in the heavens, for it is his 1throne,
and this earth is his footstool.
|| Isaiah 66:11 Thus saith
the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my
he loveth those who will have him to be their God.
Behold, he loved our fathers, and he covenanted with
them, yea, even Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and he
remembered the covenants which he had made; wherefore, he
did bring them out of the land of Egypt.
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. He sent fiery
flying serpents among them; and after they were bitten he
prepared a way that they might be healed; and the labor
which they had to perform was to look; and because of the
simpleness of the way, or the easiness of it, there were
many who perished.
they did harden their hearts from time to time, and they
did revile against Moses, and also against God;
nevertheless, ye know that they were led forth by his
matchless power into the land of promise.
now, after all these things, the time has come that they
have become wicked, yea, nearly unto ripeness; and I know
not but they are at this day about to be destroyed; for I
know that the day must surely come that they must be
destroyed, save a few only, who shall be led away into
||Once more, Nephi speaks as
if the captivity were in the future (see I Nephi 10:3), while never
mentioning that the first deportation had already taken
place. In addition, this "prophecy" seems to
say that all the Jews would be removed from the land. In
fact, the Babylonians did leave a few very poor Jews
behind to tend to the land (II Kings 25:12).
Wherefore, the Lord commanded my father that he should
depart into the wilderness; and the
Jews also sought to take away his life; yea, and ye
also have sought to take away his life; wherefore, ye are
murderers in your hearts and ye are like unto them.
are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord
your God. Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you;
yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he
hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were
past feeling, that ye could not feel his words;
wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of
thunder, which did cause the earth to shake as if it were
to divide asunder.
ye also know that by the power of his almighty word he
can cause the earth that it shall pass away; yea, and ye
know that by his word he can cause the rough places to be
made smooth, and smooth places shall be broken up. O,
then, why is it, that ye can be so hard in your hearts?
Behold, my soul is rent with anguish because of you, and
my heart is pained; I fear lest ye shall be cast off
forever. Behold, I am full of the Spirit of God, insomuch
that my frame has no strength.
now it came to pass that when I had spoken these words
they were angry with me, and were desirous to throw me
into the depths of the sea; and as they came forth to lay
their hands upon me I spake unto them, saying: In the
name of the Almighty God, I command you that ye touch me
not, for I am filled with the power of God, even unto the
consuming of my flesh; and whoso shall lay his hands upon
me shall wither even as a dried reed; and he shall be as
naught before the power of God, for God shall smite him.
it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto them that they
should murmur no more against their father; neither
should they withhold their labor from me, for God had
commanded me that I should build a ship.
|17:50 And I
said unto them: If God had commanded me to do all things
I could do them. If he should command me that I should
say unto this water, be thou earth, it should be earth;
and if I should say it, it would be done.
now, if the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so
many miracles among the children of men, how is it that
he cannot instruct me, that I should build a ship?
it came to pass that I, Nephi, said many things unto my
brethren, insomuch that they were confounded and could
not contend against me; neither durst they lay their
hands upon me nor touch me with their fingers, even for
the space of many days. Now they durst not do this lest
they should wither before me, so powerful was the Spirit
of God; and thus it had wrought upon them.
it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: Stretch forth
thine hand again unto thy brethren, and they shall not
wither before thee, but I will shock them, saith the
Lord, and this will I do, that they may know that I am
the Lord their God.
it came to pass that I stretched forth my hand unto my
brethren, and they did not wither before me; but the Lord
did shake them, even according to the word which he had
now, they said: We know of a surety that the Lord is with
thee, for we know that it is the power of the Lord that
has shaken us. And they fell down before me, and were
about to worship me, but I would not suffer them, saying:
I am thy brother, yea, even thy younger brother;
wherefore, worship the Lord thy God, and 1honor
thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in
the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee.
|| Exodus 20:12 Honour thy
father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the
land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.