THE SECOND BOOK OF NEPHI
An account of the death of Lehi. Nephi's brethren rebelleth against him.
The Lord warns Nephi to depart into the wilderness. His journeyings
in the wilderness, etc.
And now it came to pass after I, Nephi, had made an end of teaching
my brethren, our father Lehi also spake many things unto them: how
great things the Lord had done for them in bringing them out of the
land of Jerusalem.
2 And he spake unto them concerning their rebellions
upon the waters and the mercies of God in sparing their lives, that
they were not swallowed up in the sea.
3 And he also spake unto them
concerning the land of promise which they had obtained, how merciful
the Lord had been in warning us that we should flee out of the land
4 For behold, said he, I have seen a vision in which I
know that Jerusalem is destroyed and had we remained in Jerusalem we
should also have perished.
5 But, said he, notwithstanding our
afflictions we have obtained a land of promise, a land which is
choice above all other lands, a land which the Lord God hath
covenanted with me should be a land for the inheritance of my seed.
6 Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me and to my children
forever and also all those who should be led out of other countries
by the hand of the Lord.
7 Wherefore, I, Lehi, prophesy according to
the workings of the spirit which is in me, that there shall none come
into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.
8 Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring.
if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments
which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them.
10 Wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it
shall be because of iniquity.
11 For if iniquity shall abound, cursed
shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be
12 And behold, it is wisdom that this land should be
kept as yet from the knowledge of other nations.
13 For behold, many
nations would overrun the land that there would be no place for an
14 Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained a promise that
inasmuch as those whom the Lord God shall bring out of the land of
Jerusalem shall keep his commandments they shall prosper upon the
face of this land, and they shall be kept from all other nations,
that they may possess this land unto themselves.
15 And if it so be that
they shall keep his commandments, they shall be blessed upon the face
of this land, and there shall be none to molest them nor to take away
the land of their inheritance, and they shall dwell safely forever.
16 But behold, when the time cometh that they shall dwindle in unbelief,
after they have received so great blessings from the hand of the
Lord, having a knowledge of the creation of the earth and all men,
knowing the great and marvellous works of the Lord from the creation
of the world, having power given them to do all things by faith,
having all the commandments from the beginning, and having been
brought by his infinite goodness into this precious land of promise;
behold, I say, if the day shall come that they will reject the Holy
One of Israel, the true Messiah, their Redeemer and their God,
behold, the judgments of him that is just shall rest upon them.
he will bring other nations unto them, and he will give unto them
power, and he will take away from them the lands of their
possessions, and he will cause them to be scattered and smitten.
as one generation passeth to another there shall be bloodsheds and
great visitations among them.
19 Wherefore, my sons, I would that ye
would remember, yea, I would that ye would hearken unto my words.
that ye would awake, awake from a deep sleep, yea, even from the
sleep of hell, and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound,
which are the chains which bind the children of men, that they are
carried away captive down to the eternal gulf of misery and wo.
and arise from the dust, and hear the words of a trembling parent
whose limbs ye must soon lay down in the cold and silent grave from
whence no traveler can return; a few more days and I go the way of
all the earth.
22 But behold, the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell:
I have beheld his glory and I am encircled about eternally in the
arms of his love.
23 And I desire that ye should remember to observe the
statutes and the judgments of the Lord; behold, this hath been the
anxiety of my soul from the beginning.
24 My heart hath been weighed
down with sorrow from time to time, for I have feared, lest for the
hardness of your hearts, the Lord your God should come out in the
fullness of his wrath upon you, that ye be cut off and destroyed
forever, or that a cursing should come upon you for the space of many
generations and ye are visited by sword and by famine, and are hated,
and are led according to the will and captivity of the devil.
25 O my
sons, that these things might not come upon you, but that ye might be
a choice and a favored people of the Lord.
26 But behold, his will be
done, for his ways are righteousness forever.
27 And he hath said that
inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper in the
land, but inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments, ye shall be
cut off from my presence.
28 And now that my soul might have joy in you,
and that my heart might leave this world with gladness because of
you, that I might not be brought down with grief and sorrow to the
grave, arise from the dust my sons, and be men, and be determined in
one mind and in one heart, united in all things that ye may not come
down into captivity, that ye may not be cursed with a sore cursing.
29 And also that ye may not incur the displeasure of a just God upon you
unto the destruction, yea, the eternal destruction of both soul and
30 Awake my sons; put on the armor of righteousness, shake off the
chains with which ye are bound and come forth out of obscurity and
arise from the dust.
31 Rebel no more against your brother, whose views
have been glorious, and who hath kept the commandments from the time
that we left Jerusalem, and who hath been an instrument in the hands
of God in bringing us forth into the land of promise.
32 For were it not
for him, we must have perished with hunger in the wilderness.
33 Nevertheless, ye sought to take away his life, yea, and he hath
suffered much sorrow because of you.
34 And I exceedingly fear and
tremble because of you lest he shall suffer again.
35 For behold, ye
have accused him that he sought power and authority over you, but I
know that he hath not sought for power nor authority over you, but he
hath sought the glory of God and your own eternal welfare.
36 And ye
have murmured because he hath been plain unto you.
37 Ye say that he
hath used sharpness; ye say that he hath been angry with you.
behold, his sharpness was the sharpness of the power of the word of
God which was in him, and that which ye call anger was the truth
according to that which is in God, which he could not restrain,
manifesting boldly concerning your iniquities.
39 And it must needs be
that the power of God must be with him, even unto his commanding you
that ye must obey.
40 But behold, it was not him, but it was the spirit
of the Lord which was in him which opened his mouth to utterance that
he could not shut it.
41 And now my son Laman and also Lemuel and Sam and also my sons who are the
sons of Ishmael, behold, if ye will hearken unto the voice of Nephi,
ye shall not perish.
42 And if ye will hearken unto him, I leave unto
you a blessing, yea, even my first blessing.
43 But if ye will not
hearken unto him I take away my first blessing, yea, even my
blessing, and it shall rest upon him.
44 And now Zoram, I speak unto
you, Behold thou art the servant of Laban, nevertheless thou hast
been brought out of the land of Jerusalem, and I know that thou art a
true friend unto my son Nephi forever.
45 Wherefore, because thou hast
been faithful thy seed shall be blessed with his seed, that they
dwell in prosperity long upon the face of this land, and nothing,
save it shall be iniquity among them, shall harm or disturb their
prosperity upon the face of this land forever.
46 Wherefore, if ye shall
keep the commandments of the Lord, the Lord hath consecrated this
land for the security of thy seed with the seed of my son.
47 And now Jacob, I speak unto you: Thou art my firstborn in the days of my
tribulation in the wilderness.
48 And behold in thy childhood thou hast
suffered afflictions and much sorrow because of the rudeness of thy
49 Nevertheless Jacob, my firstborn in the wilderness, thou
knowest the greatness of God, and he shall consecrate thine
afflictions for thy gain.
50 Wherefore, thy soul shall be blessed and
thou shalt dwell safely with thy brother Nephi, and thy days shall be
spent in the service of thy God.
51 Wherefore, I know that thou art
redeemed because of the righteousness of thy Redeemer, for thou hast
beheld that in the fulness of time he cometh to bring salvation unto
52 And thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory, wherefore, thou art
blessed even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh, for
the spirit is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
53 And the way is
prepared from the fall of man and salvation is free.
54 And men are
instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil.
55 And the law is
given unto men, and by the law no flesh is justified, or by the law
men are cut off.
56 Yea, by the temporal law they were cut off and also
by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good and become
57 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the
Holy Messiah, for he is full of grace and truth.
58 Behold, he offereth
himself a sacrifice for sin to answer the ends of the law unto all
those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and unto none
else can the ends of the law be answered.
59 Wherefore, how great the
importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the
earth that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the
presence of God save it be through the merits and mercy and grace of
the holy Messiah who layeth down his life according to the flesh and
taketh it again by the power of the spirit, that he may bring to pass
the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.
60 Wherefore, he is the first fruits unto God inasmuch as he shall make
intercession for all the children of men, and they that believe in
him shall be saved.
61 And because of the intercession for all, all men
come unto God.
62 Wherefore, they stand in the presence of Him, to be
judged of Him according to the truth and holiness which is in Him.
63 Wherefore, the ends of the law which the Holy One hath given unto the
inflicting of the punishment which is affixed, which punishment that
is affixed is in opposition to that of the happiness which is affixed
to answer the ends of the atonement.
64 For it must needs be that there
is an opposition in all things.
65 If not so, my firstborn in the
wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither
wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad.
66 Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; Wherefore, if
it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life
neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery,
neither sense nor insensibility.
67 Wherefore, it must needs have been
created for a thing of naught; wherefore, there would have been no
purpose in the end of its creation.
68 Wherefore, this thing must needs
destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the
power, and the mercy, and the justice of God.
69 And if ye shall say
there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin.
70 If ye shall say
there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness.
71 And if
there be no righteousness, there be no happiness.
72 And if there be no
righteousness nor happiness, there be no punishment nor misery.
if these things are not, there is no God.
74 And if there is no God, we
are not, neither the earth, for there could have been no creation of
things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things
must have vanished away.
75 And now my sons I speak unto you these things for your profit and
learning, for there is a God and he hath created all things, both the
heavens and the earth and all things that in them is, both things to
act and things to be acted upon.
76 And to bring about his eternal
purposes in the end of man, after he had created our first parents
and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine all
things which are created, it must needs be that there was an
opposition, even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of
life, the one being sweet and the other bitter.
77 Wherefore, the Lord
God gave unto man that he should act for himself; wherefore, man
could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by
the one or the other.
78 And I Lehi, according to the things which I have read, must needs suppose
that an angel of God, according to that which is written, had fallen
79 Wherefore, he became a devil, having sought that which
was evil before God.
80 And because he had fallen from heaven and had
become miserable forever, he sought also the misery of all mankind.
81 Wherefore, he said unto Eve, yea, even that old serpent who is the
devil, who is the father of all lies, wherefore, he said, Partake of
the forbidden fruit and ye shall not die but ye shall be as God
knowing good and evil.
82 And after Adam and Eve had partaken of the
forbidden fruit, they were driven out of the garden of Eden to till
83 And they have brought forth children, yea, even the family
of all the earth.
84 And the days of the children of men were prolonged
according to the will of God that they might repent while in the
85 Wherefore, their state became a state of probation and their
time was lengthened according to the commandments which the Lord God
gave unto the children of men.
86 For he gave commandment that all men
must repent, for he shewed unto all men that they were lost because
of the transgression of their parents.
87 And now behold if Adam had not
transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in
the garden of Eden.
88 And all things which were created must have
remained in the same state which they were after they were created,
and they must have remained forever and had no end.
89 And they would
have had no children, wherefore, they would have remained in a state
of innocence, having no joy for they knew no misery, doing no good
for they knew no sin.
90 But behold, all things have been done in the
wisdom of him who knoweth all things.
91 Adam fell that men might be and
men are that they might have joy.
92 And the Messiah cometh in the
fullness of time that he may redeem the children of men from the
93 And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have
become free forever, knowing good from evil, to act for themselves
and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at
the great and last day according to the commandments which God hath
94 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh, and all things
are given them which are expedient unto man.
95 And they are free to
choose liberty and eternal life through the great mediation of all
men or to choose captivity and death according to the captivity and
power of the devil, for he seeketh that all men might be miserable
like unto himself.
96 And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and
hearken unto his great commandments, and be faithful unto his words,
and choose eternal life according to the will of his Holy Spirit, and
not choose eternal death according to the will of the flesh, and the
evil which is therein, which giveth the spirit of the devil power to
captivate, to bring you down to hell that he may reign over you in
his own kingdom.
97 I have spoken these few words unto you all, my sons,
in the last days of my probation; and I have chosen the good part
according to the words of the prophet.
98 And I have none other object
save it be the everlasting welfare of your souls.