1 Nephi 3

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Lehi’s sons return to Jerusalem to obtain the plates of brass—Laban refuses to give the plates up—Nephi exhorts and encourages his brethren—Laban steals their property and attempts to slay them—Laman and Lemuel smite Nephi and Sam and are reproved by an angel. About 600–592 B.C. Lehi’s sons return to Jerusalem to get the brass plates—Laban refuses to give them the plates—Nephi urges and encourages his brothers—Laban steals their property and tries to kill them—Laman and Lemuel beat Nephi and Sam and are chastised by an angel. About 600–592 B.C.
1 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, returned from speaking with the Lord, to the tent of my father. 1 After speaking with the Lord, I returned to my father’s tent.
2 And it came to pass that he spake unto me, saying: Behold I have dreamed a dream, in the which the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brethren shall return to Jerusalem. 2 And when I returned my father said to me:  “I have had a dream.  And in that dream the Lord commanded me to send you and your brothers back to Jerusalem.”
3 For behold, Laban hath the record of the Jews and also a genealogy of my forefathers, and they are engraven upon plates of brass. 3 “In Jerusalem there is a man named Laban who has an important record that is engraved on plates of brass.  This record contains a history of the Jewish people, as well as a genealogy of my family.”
4 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. 4 “Because of this the Lord has commanded me to have you and your brothers to Laban’s house and get those records – and then bring them back to me.”
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. 5 “Your brothers are bitterly complaining about having to do this; they say that this task is too hard.  But I am not the one asking them to do this – this is a commandment from the Lord.”
6 Therefore go, my son, and thou shalt be favored of the Lord, because thou hast not murmured. 6 “Nephi, you will be blessed because you have not doubted or distrusted this command.”
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 them. 7 And I said to my father:  “I will go and do the things that the Lord has commanded, because I know that the Lord does not give us any commandments unless He provides a way for us to do that thing.”
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. 8 And when my father had heard these words he was very happy because he knew that I had been blessed by the Lord and had come to understand Him.
9 And I, Nephi, and my brethren took our journey in the wilderness, with our tents, to go up to the land of Jerusalem. 9 My brothers and I then journeyed through the wilderness, with our tents, back to the land of Jerusalem.
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 another. 10 When we arrived back in the land of Jerusalem, my brothers and I had a meeting.
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. 11 We cast lots to decide who would go to Laban’s house and ask for the records.  Laman was selected and he went and spoke with Laban in his house.
12 And he desired of Laban the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, which contained the genealogy of my father. 12 Laman asked Laban if he could have the records that engraved on brass plates – the plates that included my father’s genealogy.
13 And 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. 13 When Laman asked for these plates Laban became angry and threw him out of his house.  Laban said he would never hand over these records.  He said to Laman:  “You are a robber and I will kill you!”
14 But 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. 14 Before he could be harmed, Laman ran away and came back to tell us what had happened.  We were very sad to hear this news.  My brothers gave up and were about to begin the return trip to my father in the wilderness.
15 But 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. 15 But I said to them:  “As the Lord lives, and as we live, we will not go back to our father until we have done what the Lord sent us here to do.”
16 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. 16 “So let’s show some faith in the command the Lord gave us.  Let’s try to buy the plates from Laban.  We can go back to our old home and get all of the gold and silver and riches that our father left behind when he followed the Lord’s command to leave Jerusalem.”
17 For he knew that Jerusalem must be destroyed, because of the wickedness of the people. 17 “Our father knows that Jerusalem will be destroyed because the wickedness of the people has caused God to withdraw His protection.”
18 For 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. 18 “The people here have rejected the words of the prophets.  That is why, if our father had kept living here after being commanded to leave, he would be killed.  That is why he had to leave.”
19 And behold, it is wisdom in God that we should obtain these records, that we may preserve unto our children the language of our fathers; 19 “In all His foresight and wisdom, God has told us to get these records from Laban so that we will have a written record that will preserve our language – and it can also then be taught to our future generations.”
20 And also that we may preserve unto them the words which have been spoken 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. 20 “The Lord also wants our future generations to have other important things on those records owned by Laban – for example, the Five Books of Moses (the Torah), as well as various prophecies from Jewish prophets and a history of the Jewish people.  These writings and teachings were inspired by the Spirit and power of God.
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. 21 By speaking to them in this way, I persuaded my brothers to remain faithful and willing to keep God’s commandments.
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. 22 So went to our old home and gathered up our gold, silver, and precious things.

 

23 And after we had gathered these things together, we went up again unto the house of Laban. 23 And after we had gathered these things together, we went up again unto the house of Laban.
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 precious things. 24 Then we went back to Laban’s house.  We asked him for the records engraved on the brass plates in exchange for all of our gold, silver, and precious things.
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. 25 When Laban saw the huge amount of riches we had brought he immediately took it, threw us out of his home, and sent his servants to kill us.
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. 26 We had to leave behind all our gold, silver, and precious things and run before Laban’s servants caught us.
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. 27 We ran back into the wilderness outside Jerusalem and hid in a cave so that Laban’s servants could not find us.
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. 28 Laman was furious with me and also with our father.  Lemuel was also angry; he agreed with and was influenced by Laman’s words.  Laman and Lemuel said many terrible things to Sam and me – they even beat us with a rod.
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. 29 While they were beating us an angel appeared and stood in front of them.  The angel said to them:  “Why are you beating your younger brothers?  Don’t you know that the Lord has chosen Nephi as the next leader of this family, as well as the family’s religious leader?  The Lord chose him instead of you because you are too wicked.  You will all go back to Jerusalem and the Lord will make it possible to get the brass plates.”
30 And after the angel had spoken unto us, he departed. 30 After the angel said this, he left.
31 And 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? 31 As soon as the angel was gone, Laman and Lemuel began to doubt and distrust what they had heard.  They asked:  “How can it be possible that the Lord will make it possible for us to get the brass plates?  Laban is a powerful man who commands 50 soldiers – that means he could kill 50 people.  It will be easy for him to kill the four of us.”