|4:1 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 1difficulty of engraving our words upon plates)
and we know that the things which we write upon plates
|| Despite the constant
complaints about the difficulty of writing on metal
plates, Nephi still found time to copy twenty-two
chapters from Isaiah onto the metal. See the note at I Nephi 20:1.
|4:2 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 their fathers--
|4:3 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.
|4:4 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 before us.
|4:5 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.
|4:6 Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have
many revelation 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.
|4:7 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.
|4:8 Behold, great and marvelous are the works of
the Lord. 1How 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
revelation of God.
|| Romans 11:33: ...how unsearchable are
his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
|4:9 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 pleasure?
|4:10 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.
|4:11 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 the
|4:12 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
|4:13 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.
|4:14 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.
|4:15 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.
|4:16 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.
|4:17 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
|4:18 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.