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|The First Book of Nephi
His Reign and Ministry
An account of Lehi and his wife Sariah, and his four sons, being called, (beginning at the eldest) Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. The Lord warns Lehi to depart out of the land of Jerusalem, because he prophesieth unto the people concerning their iniquity and they seek to destroy his life. He taketh three days’ journey into the wilderness with his family. Nephi taketh his brethren and returneth to the land of Jerusalem after the record of the Jews. The account of their sufferings. They take the daughters of Ishmael to wife. They take their families and depart into the wilderness. Their sufferings and afflictions in the wilderness. The course of their travels. They come to the large waters. Nephi’s brethren rebel against him. He confoundeth them, and buildeth a ship. They call the name of the place Bountiful. They cross the large waters into the promised land, and so forth. This is according to the account of Nephi; or in other words, I, Nephi, wrote this record.
|The First Book of Nephi
His Reign and Ministry
This story is about Lehi and his wife Sariah, and his four sons named, (beginning at the eldest) Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. The story begins when the Lord warns Lehi to leave Jerusalem, because when he prophesied to the people about their wickedness they tried to kill him. He traveled for three days out into the wilderness with his family. Later, Nephi returned to the land of Jerusalem with his brothers to get a set of records containing the Five Books of Moses (the Torah), a history of the Jewish people, various prophecies from Jewish prophets, and Lehi’s genealogy stretching at least back as far as the patriarch Jacob. This book also contains details about this family’s sufferings. The sons of Lehi later marry the daughters of a man named Ishmael. All of these people continue traveling through the wilderness and suffer greatly. This book also details the course of their travels. They eventually end up near an ocean. Nephi’s brothers rebel against him and take his life, but, with God’s help, he confounds them. Eventually Nephi builds a ship, and they use this to cross the ocean to the promised land. They give the name “Bountiful” to the place they land. This record is written by Nephi, the son of Lehi.
|Nephi begins the record of his people—Lehi sees in vision a pillar of fire and reads from a book of prophecy—He praises God, foretells the coming of the Messiah, and prophesies the destruction of Jerusalem—He is persecuted by the Jews. About 600 B.C.||Nephi begins his record—in a vision Lehi sees a pillar of fire and reads from a book of prophecy—He praises God, he prophecies about the coming of the Messiah, and he prophesies about the destruction of Jerusalem—The people in Jerusalem persecute him.
About 600 B.C.
|1 I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.||1 My name is Nephi. I was raised by good parents and educated by them. I have seen many afflictions during my life, but, I have also been highly favored of the Lord throughout my life – indeed, I have had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God. With all of this in mind, I am now making a record of my life.|
|2 Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians.||2 I am writing this record in the language of my father – and his language includes the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians.|
|3 And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.||3 And I know that the record which I am making is accurate; and I am writing it with my own hand; and I am writing it based on what I know.|
|4 For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father, Lehi, having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days); and in that same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed.||4 My record begins at the beginning of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah. My father, Lehi, had lived in Jerusalem in all his days. In this same year, many prophets showed up in Jerusalem to prophesy that everyone must repent, or else the great city Jerusalem would be destroyed.|
|5 Wherefore it came to pass that my father, Lehi, as he went forth prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all his heart, in behalf of his people.||5 My father prayed with all his heart on behalf of his people during this time.|
|6 And it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord, there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him; and he saw and heard much; and because of the things which he saw and heard he did quake and tremble exceedingly.||6 One day, while he was praying for his people, there suddenly appeared a pillar of fire. The fire seemed to be standing on a nearby rock. From this pillar Lehi saw and heard many things. The things he saw and heard caused him to shake and tremble uncontrollably.|
|7 And it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem; and he cast himself upon his bed, being overcome with the Spirit and the things which he had seen.||7 Later, when Lehi got back to his home in Jerusalem, he collapsed onto his bed because he was so overcome with the Spirit and the things that he had seen.|
|8 And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God.||8 And while he was laying there overcome with the Spirit, he had a vision. In that vision he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with countless angels who were all singing and praising God.|
|9 And it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day.||9 During this vision he saw One individual descending out of the clouds of heaven, and my father saw that this individual’s gleamed with a brightness that was brighter than the sun at noon-day.|
|10 And he also saw twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament.||10 My father also saw twelve other people following this individual, and their brightness was even brighter than the stars in the sky.|
|11 And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth; and the first came and stood before my father, and gave unto him a book, and bade him that he should read.||11 Next, my father saw these individuals walk the face of the earth. That first individual came and stood in front of my father. My father was handed a book and was asked to read it.|
|12 And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the Spirit of the Lord.||12 As my father read this book he was filled with the Spirit of the Lord.|
|13 And he read, saying: Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem, for I have seen thine abominations! Yea, and many things did my father read concerning Jerusalem—that it should be destroyed, and the inhabitants thereof; many should perish by the sword, and many should be carried away captive into Babylon.||13 My father read these words: “You have been warned, Jerusalem, that I have you’re your wickedness!” My father continued to read many things about Jerusalem – including that it was going to be destroyed along with everyone inside of it, and those who were not killed would be taken captive by the armies of the Babylonian Empire.|
|14 And it came to pass that when my father had read and seen many great and marvelous things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord; such as: Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty! Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth; and, because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish!||14 After my father had read and seen many great and marvelous things, he said to the Lord: “Your works are great and marvelous, Oh Lord Almighty! Your throne is high in the heavens, and your power, and goodness, and mercy are offered to every person on earth; and, because you are merciful, you will protect those that worship you!”|
|15 And after this manner was the language of my father in the praising of his God; for his soul did rejoice, and his whole heart was filled, because of the things which he had seen, yea, which the Lord had shown unto him.||15 These were the types of things my father said to the Lord because his soul was so happy, and his heart was filled with joy, because of the things that the Lord had shown him.|
|16 And now I, Nephi, do not make a full account of the things which my father hath written, for he hath written many things which he saw in visions and in dreams; and he also hath written many things which he prophesied and spake unto his children, of which I shall not make a full account.||16 My father saw so many things in his visions and dreams that I cannot possibly write them all, but he has already written down many of these prophecies in his own record.|
|17 But I shall make an account of my proceedings in my days. Behold, I make an abridgment of the record of my father, upon plates which I have made with mine own hands; wherefore, after I have abridged the record of my father then will I make an account of mine own life.||17 Instead of repeating everything my father has written, I’ll summarize it now inside my own book. I’m writing these words about my life on metal plates that I have made with my own hands. Once I’m done summarizing the book written by my father, then I’ll start to write about my own life.|
|18 Therefore, I would that ye should know, that after the Lord had shown so many marvelous things unto my father, Lehi, yea, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, behold he went forth among the people, and began to prophesy and to declare unto them concerning the things which he had both seen and heard.||18 After the Lord showed so many marvelous things to my father about the destruction of Jerusalem, he began going to the people of the city and telling them about the things that he had seen and heard.|
|19 And it came to pass that the Jews did mock him because of the things which he testified of them; for he truly testified of their wickedness and their abominations; and he testified that the things which he saw and heard, and also the things which he read in the book, manifested plainly of the coming of a Messiah, and also the redemption of the world.||19 When he told his fellow Jews what he had seen and heard they were angry because they hated hearing about their wickedness and their abominations. My father told them about the things that he had read in the book, he told them about the coming of a Messiah, and also the redemption of the world.|
|20 And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away. But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.||20 And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him – just like they had been angry with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain. The Jews tried to kill my father – but I was able to see for myself that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those who have faith in him, to make them strong or to protect them from danger.|