And it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had been carried away in
the spirit and seen all these things, I returned to the tent of my
2 And it came to pass that I beheld my brethren, and they were
disputing one with another concerning the things which my father had
spoken unto them, for he truly spake many great things unto them
which were hard to be understood save a man should inquire of the
3 And they being hard in their hearts; therefore they did not
look unto the Lord as they ought.
4 And now I, Nephi, was grieved
because of the hardness of their hearts and also because of the
things which I had seen and knew they must unavoidably come to pass
because of the great wickedness of the children of men.
5 And it came
to pass that I was overcome because of my afflictions, for I
considered that mine afflictions were great above all because of the
destructions of my people, for I had beheld their fall.
6 And it came to pass that after I had received strength I spake unto my
brethren, desiring to know of them the cause of their disputations.
7 And they said, Behold we cannot understand the words which our father
hath spoken concerning the natural branches of the olive-tree and
also concerning the Gentiles.
8 And I said unto them, Have ye inquired
of the Lord?
9 And they said unto me, We have not, for the Lord maketh
no such thing known unto us.
10 Behold I said unto them, How is it that
ye do not keep the commandments of the Lord?
11 How is it that ye will
perish because of the hardness of your hearts?
12 Do ye not remember the
things which the Lord hath said, If ye will not harden your hearts
and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence
in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known
13 Behold I say unto you that the house of Israel was compared unto an
olive-tree by the spirit of the Lord which was in our fathers, and
behold, are we not broken off from the house of Israel, and are we
not a branch of the house of Israel?
14 And now the thing which our
father meaneth concerning the grafting in of the natural branches
through the fulness of the Gentiles is that in the latter days when
our seed shall have dwindled in unbelief, yea, for the space of many
years and many generations after the Messiah shall be manifested in
body unto the children of men, then shall the fulness of the gospel
of the Messiah come unto the Gentiles, and from the Gentiles unto the
remnant of our seed.
15 And at that day shall the remnant of our seed
know that they are of the house of Israel and that they are the
covenant people of the Lord.
16 And then shall they know and come to the
knowledge of their forefathers and also to the knowledge of the
gospel of their Redeemer, which was ministered unto their fathers by
17 Wherefore, they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer
and the very points of his doctrine, that they may know how to come
unto him and be saved.
18 And then at that day will they not rejoice and
give praise unto their everlasting God, their rock, and their
19 Yea, at that day, will they not receive the strength and
nourishment from the true vine?
20 Yea, will they not come unto the true
fold of God?
21 Behold I say unto you, Yea, they shall be remembered
again among the house of Israel; they shall be grafted in, being a
natural branch of the olive-tree, into the true olive-tree, and this
is what our father meaneth.
22 And he meaneth that it will not come to
pass until after they are scattered by the Gentiles.
23 And he meaneth
that it shall come by way of the Gentiles, that the Lord may shew his
power unto the Gentiles for the very cause that he shall be rejected
of the Jews or of the house of Israel.
24 Wherefore, our father hath not
spoken of our seed alone, but also of all the house of Israel,
pointing to the covenant which should be fulfilled in the latter
days, which covenant the Lord made to our father Abraham, saying, In
thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
25 And it came
to pass that I, Nephi, spake much unto them concerning these things;
yea, I spake unto them concerning the restoration of the Jews in the
latter days and I did rehearse unto them the words of Isaiah, who
spake concerning the restoration of the Jews or of the house of
Israel; and after they were restored they should no more be
confounded, neither should they be scattered again.
26 And it came to
pass that I did speak many words unto my brethren, that they were
pacified and did humble themselves before the Lord.
27 And it came to pass that they did speak unto me again, saying, What
meaneth this thing which our father saw in a dream?
28 What meaneth the
tree which he saw?
29 And I said unto them, It was a representation of
the tree of life.
30 And they said unto me, What meaneth the rod of iron
which our father saw that led to the tree?
31 And I said unto them that
it was the word of God; and whoso would hearken unto the word of God
and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could
the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them
unto blindness to lead them away to destruction.
32 Wherefore I, Nephi,
did exhort them to give heed unto the word of the Lord.
33 Yea, I did
exhort them with all the energies of my soul and with all the faculty
which I possessed, that they would give heed to the word of God and
remember to keep his commandments always in all things.
34 And they said
unto me, What meaneth the river of water which our father saw?
35 And I
said unto them that the water which my father saw was filthiness; and
so much was his mind swallowed up in other things that he beheld not
the filthiness of the water.
36 And I said unto them that it was an
awful gulf which separateth the wicked from the tree of life and also
from the saints of God.
37 And I said unto them that it was a
representation of that awful hell which the angel said unto me was
prepared for the wicked.
38 And I said unto them that our father also
saw that the justice of God did also divide the wicked from the
righteous, and the brightness thereof was like unto the brightness of
a flaming fire which ascendeth up unto God forever and ever and hath
39 And they said unto me, Doth this thing mean the torment of the body in
the days of probation or doth it mean the final state of the soul
after the death of the temporal body or doth it speak of the things
which are temporal?
40 And it came to pass that I said unto them that it
was a representation of things both temporal and spiritual.
41 For the
day should come that they must be judged of their works, yea, even
the works which were done by the temporal body in their days of
42 Wherefore, if they should die in their wickedness, they
must be cast off also as to the things which are spiritual, which are
pertaining to righteousness.
43 Wherefore, they must be brought to stand
before God to be judged of their works.
44 And if their works have been
filthiness, they must needs be filthy; and if they be filthy, it must
needs be that they cannot dwell in the kingdom of God; if so, the
kingdom of God must be filthy also.
45 But behold I say unto you, The
kingdom of God is not filthy, and there cannot any unclean thing
enter into the kingdom of God; wherefore, there must needs be a place
of filthiness prepared for that which is filthy.
46 And there is a place
prepared, yea, even that awful hell of which I have spoken, and the
devil is the foundation of it.
47 Wherefore, the final state of the
souls of men is to dwell in the kingdom of God or to be cast out
because of that justice of which I have spoken.
48 Wherefore, the wicked
are rejected from the righteous and also from that tree of life whose
fruit is most precious and most desirable above all other fruits:
yea, and it is the greatest of all the gifts of God.
49 And thus I spake
unto my brethren.