1 Nephi 10

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Lehi predicts that the Jews will be taken captive by the Babylonians—He tells of the coming among the Jews of a Messiah, a Savior, a Redeemer—Lehi tells also of the coming of the one who should baptize the Lamb of God—Lehi tells of the death and resurrection of the Messiah—He compares the scattering and gathering of Israel to an olive tree—Nephi speaks of the Son of God, of the gift of the Holy Ghost, and of the need for righteousness. About 600–592 B.C. Lehi predicts that the Jerusalem will be invaded by the Babylonian army and the people who live there will be taken captive—He says that a Messiah, a Savior, a Redeemer will come to Jerusalem—Lehi also talks about a man who will baptize Jesus—Lehi describes the death and resurrection of the Messiah—He compares the future scattering and gathering of the people of Israel to the way an olive tree is grown—Nephi talks about the Son of God, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and of the need to be righteous.
About 600–592 B.C.
And now I, Nephi, proceed to give an account upon these plates of my proceedings, and my reign and ministry; wherefore, to proceed with mine account, I must speak somewhat of the things of my father, and also of my brethren. 1 Now I want to write about the time I spent leading my family and the things I taught them about God.  To do this, first I am going to tell you about what happened with my father and brothers.
For behold, it came to pass after my father had made an end of speaking the words of his dream, and also of exhorting them to all diligence, he spake unto them concerning the Jews— 2 After my father had finished telling us about his dream of the tree of life and urging all of us to live righteously, he told us about the people living in Jerusalem—
That after they should be destroyed, even that great city Jerusalem, and many be carried away captive into Babylon, according to the own due time of the Lord, they should return again, yea, even be brought back out of captivity; and after they should be brought back out of captivity they should possess again the land of their inheritance. 3 He told us that the great city Jerusalem was going to be destroyed by the Babylonian army and then many of the people that lived there were going to be taken captive back to Babylon – but someday they would be allowed to return to Israel.
Yea, even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem, a prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews—even a Messiah, or, in other words, a Savior of the world. 4 Then, 600 years after we left Jerusalem, the Lord God would send a Messiah, or, in other words, a Savior of the world.
And he also spake concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified of these things, concerning this Messiah, of whom he had spoken, or this Redeemer of the world. 5 My father also talked about the prophets from the brass plates.  He told us that many of them talked promised that a Messiah would come – and He would be the Redeemer of the world.
Wherefore, all mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state, and ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer. 6 My father explained to us that all mankind is in a lost and fallen state – and that we would all stay that way unless we can rely on this Redeemer.
And he spake also concerning a prophet who should come before the Messiah, to prepare the way of the Lord— 7 And he told us about a prophet that would come before the Messiah to prepare the people for Him—
Yea, even he should go forth and cry in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight; for there standeth one among you whom ye know not; and he is mightier than I, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. And much spake my father concerning this thing. 8 This prophet would preach to the people and say:  “Prepare yourselves for the coming of the Lord.  He is standing among you, but you do not know it yet.  He is mightier than I am, and I am not even worthy to tie a lace on his sandals.”  These things (and many others) were said by my father on this topic.
And my father said he should baptize in Bethabara, beyond Jordan; and he also said he should baptize with water; even that he should baptize the Messiah with water. 9 My father also told us that this prophet would baptize people in an area called Bethabara – and he would also baptize the Messiah.
10 And after he had baptized the Messiah with water, he should behold and bear record that he had baptized the Lamb of God, who should take away the sins of the world. 10 And after he had baptized the Messiah, this prophet would say that he had baptized the Lamb of God – the Savior would would take away the sins of the world.
11 And it came to pass after my father had spoken these words he spake unto my brethren concerning the gospel which should be preached among the Jews, and also concerning the dwindling of the Jews in unbelief. And after they had slain the Messiah, who should come, and after he had been slain he should rise from the dead, and should make himself manifest, by the Holy Ghost, unto the Gentiles. 11 After my father had told us all of this, he spoke to my brothers about the things the Messiah would teach the people of Jerusalem.  He told them how the people in Jerusalem would not believe the teachings of the Messiah, that they would then kill Him, and that, after He died, He would rise from the dead and show Himself to non-Jews by the power of the Holy Ghost.
12 Yea, even my father spake much concerning the Gentiles, and also concerning the house of Israel, that they should be compared like unto an olive tree, whose branches should be broken off and should be scattered upon all the face of the earth. 12 My father said a lot about those non-Jews, as well as our people from Israel.  He told us that the people from Israel could be compared to an olive tree that had its branches broken off and scattered all over the earth.
13 Wherefore, he said it must needs be that we should be led with one accord into the land of promise, unto the fulfilling of the word of the Lord, that we should be scattered upon all the face of the earth. 13 He also told us that we were being led to a land of promise – and that doing this would fulfill the prophecy that the people of Israel would be scattered all over the earth.
14 And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fulness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive tree, or the remnants of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer. 14 Then, after the house of Israel is scattered, they will be brought together again.  Specifically, this will be done when the non-Jews are taught and accept the Gospel of the Messiah – and then all the branches of the olive tree (the scattered people from Israel) will be returned to the tree.  Returning to the tree represents the Jews learning about and accepting the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer.
15 And after this manner of language did my father prophesy and speak unto my brethren, and also many more things which I do not write in this book; for I have written as many of them as were expedient for me in mine other book. 15 These are the types of things my father was prophesying.  He also said many more things which I have not written on these plates – but I have written many of them on the other plates.
16 And all these things, of which I have spoken, were done as my father dwelt in a tent, in the valley of Lemuel. 16 My father said all of these things while we lived in tents in the valley of Lemuel.
17 And it came to pass after I, Nephi, having heard all the words of my father, concerning the things which he saw in a vision, and also the things which he spake by the power of the Holy Ghost, which power he received by faith on the Son of God—and the Son of God was the Messiah who should come—I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him, as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men. 17 After I heard my father say all these things (for example, the things he saw in visions, the things he said by the power of the Holy Ghost, etc.), I wanted to see and hear and know these things for myself.  I wanted to see and hear and know these things by the power of the Holy Ghost.
18 For he is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him. 18 God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  He has prepared a way for all men to repent and live with him again.
19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round. 19 Anyone who tries hard to better understand God will always get closer to him.  By doing this, the things that seem mysterious will be easier to understand.  This understanding is made possible by the gift of the Holy Ghost.  This is how such understanding has always been possible.
20 Therefore remember, O man, for all thy doings thou shalt be brought into judgment. 20 Because we can take actions that make us closer to God, we are also responsible for all our actions that take us further from him.
21 Wherefore, if ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then ye are found unclean before the judgment-seat of God; and no unclean thing can dwell with God; wherefore, ye must be cast off forever. 21 Choosing to be close to God is important because no unclean thing can dwell with God.
22 And the Holy Ghost giveth authority that I should speak these things, and deny them not. 22 I can say these things because I am guided by the Holy Ghost.

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