|3:1 And it
came to pass that I, Nephi, returned from speaking with
the Lord, to the tent of my father.
|3:2 And it
came to pass that he spake unto me, saying: 1Behold I have dreamed
a dream, in the which the Lord hath commanded me that
thou and thy brethren shall return to Jerusalem.
|| Judges 7:13 ...Behold, I
dreamed a dream...
behold, Laban hath the record of the Jews and also a
genealogy of my forefathers, and they are engraven upon
plates of brass.
Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy
brothers should go unto the house of Laban, and seek the
records, and bring them down hither into the wilderness.
|3:5 And now,
behold thy brothers murmur, saying it is a hard thing
which I have required of them; but behold I have not
required it of them, but it is a commandment of the Lord.
Therefore go, my son, and thou shalt be favored of the
Lord, because thou hast not murmured.
|3:7 And it
came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will
go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I
know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the
children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them
that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth
|3:8 And it
came to pass that when my father had heard these words he
was exceedingly glad, for he knew that I had been blessed
of the Lord.
|3:9 And I,
Nephi, and my brethren took our journey in the
wilderness, with our tents, to go up to the land of
|3:10 And it
came to pass that when we had gone up to the land of
Jerusalem, I and my brethren did consult one with
|3:11 And we
cast lots--who of us should go in unto the house of
Laban. And it came to pass that the lot fell upon Laman;
and Laman went in unto the house of Laban, and he talked
with him as he sat in his house.
|3:12 And he
desired of Laban the records which were engraven upon the
plates of brass, which contained the genealogy of my
behold, it came to pass that Laban was angry, and thrust
him out from his presence; and he would not that he
should have the records. Wherefore, he said unto him:
Behold thou art a robber, and I will slay thee.
Laman fled out of his presence, and told the things which
Laban had done, unto us. And we began to be exceedingly
sorrowful, and my brethren were about to return unto my
father in the wilderness.
behold I said unto them that: As the Lord liveth, and as
we live, we will not go down unto our father in the
wilderness until we have accomplished the thing which the
Lord hath commanded us.
Wherefore, let us be faithful in keeping the commandments
of the Lord; therefore let us go down to the land of our
father's inheritance, for behold he left gold and silver,
and all manner of riches. And all this he hath done
because of the commandments of the Lord.
|3:17 For he
knew that Jerusalem must be destroyed, because of the
wickedness of the people.
behold, they have rejected the words of the prophets.
Wherefore, if my father should dwell in the land after he
hath been commanded to flee out of the land, behold, he
would also perish. Wherefore, it must needs be that he
flee out of the land.
behold, it is wisdom in God that we should obtain these
records, that we may preserve unto our children the
language of our fathers;
also that we may preserve unto them the words which have
by the mouth of all the holy prophets, which have been
delivered unto them by the Spirit and power of God, since
the world began, even down unto this present time.
Acts 3:21: ...which God hath spoken by the mouth of all
his holy prophets since the world began.
|3:21 And it
came to pass that after this manner of language did I
persuade my brethren, that they might be faithful in
keeping the commandments of God.
|3:22 And it
came to pass that we went down to the land of our
inheritance, and we did gather together our gold, and our
silver, and our precious things.
after we had gathered these things together, we went up
again unto the house of Laban.
|3:24 And it
came to pass that we went in unto Laban, and desired him
that he would give unto us the records which were
engraven upon the plates of brass, for which we would
give unto him our gold, and our silver, and all our
|3:25 And it
came to pass that when Laban saw our property, and that
it was exceedingly great, he did lust after it, insomuch
that he thrust us out, and sent his servants to slay us,
that he might obtain our property.
|3:26 And it
came to pass that we did flee before the servants of
Laban, and we were obliged to leave behind our property,
and it fell into the hands of Laban.
|3:27 And it
came to pass that we fled into the wilderness, and the
servants of Laban did not overtake us, and we hid
ourselves in the cavity of a rock.
|3:28 And it
came to pass that Laman was angry with me, and also with
my father; and also was Lemuel, for he hearkened unto the
words of Laman. Wherefore Laman and Lemuel did speak many
hard words unto us, their younger brothers, and they did
smite us even with a rod.
|3:29 And it
came to pass as they smote us with a rod, behold, an
angel of the Lord came and stood before them, and he
spake unto them, saying: Why do ye smite your younger
brother with a rod? Know ye not that the Lord hath chosen
him to be a ruler over you, and this because of your
iniquities? Behold ye shall go up to Jerusalem again, and
the Lord will deliver Laban into your hands.
after the angel had spoken unto us, he departed.
after the angel had departed, Laman and Lemuel again
began to murmur, saying: How is it possible that the Lord
will deliver Laban into our hands? Behold, he is a mighty
man, and he can command fifty, yea, even he can slay
fifty; then why not us?