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Lehi prophesies about Christ’s coming and things that will happen to the Jews.
1 And now I, Nephi, will continue my account and talk about my history, reign, and ministry, but to do that, I also need to talk about my father and brothers.
1 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.
2 After my father had finished talking about his dream and encouraging my brothers to diligent, he talked to them about the Jews.
2 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—
3 He said that after Jerusalem was destroyed and the inhabitants carried away into Babylon as slaves, they would return again in the Lord’s due time and be freed from slavery. After they would be freed from slavery, they would agin inhabit their land.
3 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.
4 Six hundred years after we left Jerusalem, the Lord would bring to the Jews a prophetóa Messiah, or, in other words, a Savior of the world.
4 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.
5 My father also mentioned the many prophets that had talked about these things and the Messiah or Redeemer of the world.
5 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.
6 All mankind were lost and fallen, and they would stay that way unless they relied on this Redeemer.
6 Wherefore, all mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state, and ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer.
7 My father talked about a prophet that would come before the Messiah, to prepare the way of the Lord.
7 And he spake also concerning a prophet who should come before the Messiah, to prepare the way of the Lord—
8 The prophet would go and proclaim in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, and clear the path for him. There is someone among you that is more powerful than I am, whose shoes I’m not worthy to untie.
8 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.
9 And my father said that he would baptize in Bethabara, past Jordan. He also said that he would baptize with water, and that he would baptize the Messiah with water.
9 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.
10 After he was to baptize the Messiah with water, he would testify that he had baptized the Lamb of God, who would take away the world’s sins.
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.
11 After my father said this, he spoke to my brothers about the gospel that would be preached to the Jews. He also spoke about the increasing unbelief of the Jews. After they had killed the Messiah that was to come, and after he rose from the dead, he would show himself to the Gentiles by the Holy Ghost.
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.
12 My father said a lot of things about the Gentiles and the house of Israel, that they were like an olive tree whose branches were broken off and scattered across the face of the earth.
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.
13 He said it was necessary that all of us together went to the promised land to fulfill the Lord’s word that we would be scattered across the whole face of 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.
14 And the house of Israel would be gathered again after it was scattered. After the Gentiles had received the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive tree (or what was left of the house of Israel) would be grafted in, or learn about the true Messiah, their Lord and Redeemer.
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.
15 These were the kinds of things that my father told my brothers, plus many more things that I won’t write here. I have written as many of them as I thought were necessary in my other book.
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.
16 And all of these things were done as my father was camped in the valley of Lemuel.
16 And all these things, of which I have spoken, were done as my father dwelt in a tent, in the valley of Lemuel.
17 After I had heard my father talk about the things he saw in a vision and the things that he spoke by the power of the Holy Ghostówhich power he had through faith in the Son of GodóI also wanted to see, hear, and know these things through the power of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is the gift of God to all people that diligently search for him. It was that way in the past and it will be that way when he shows himself to mankind.
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.
18 He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The way for people to repent and come to him was prepared from the beginning of the world.
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.
19 The person that diligently searches will find what he is looking for, and God’s mysteries will be revealed to him by the power of the Holy Ghost. That’s how it has been in the past, that’s how it is now, and that’s how it will always be. The way of the Lord is one eternal loop.
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.
20 Remember this, because you will be judged for everything you do.
20 Therefore remember, O man, for all thy doings thou shalt be brought into judgment.
21 If you do wicked things in your life, you will be deemed unclean by God’s judgement. And because no unclean thing can live with God, you will be rejected forever.
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.
22 The Holy Ghost gives me the authority to say these things. Do not deny them.
22 And the Holy Ghost giveth authority that I should speak these things, and deny them not.