1 Nephi 20

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1 Hear and listen to this, house of Jacob, who are also called house of Israel. They have come out of the waters of baptism and swear by the name of the Lord and mention the God of Israel, but they don’t swear honestly or righteously.

1 Hearken and hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, or out of the waters of baptism, who swear by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, yet they swear not in truth nor in righteousness.

2 They call themselves people of the holy city, but they do not rely on the God of Israel, who is the Lord of Hosts. Yes, the Lord of Hosts is his name.

2 Nevertheless, they call themselves of the holy city, but they do not stay themselves upon the God of Israel, who is the Lord of Hosts; yea, the Lord of Hosts is his name.

3 I have said these things from the beginning. They came out of my mouth and I showed them. I showed them suddenly.

3 Behold, I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I showed them. I did show them suddenly.

4 And I did it because you are stubborn. Your neck is an iron muscle and your forehead is brass.

4 And I did it because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;

5 I have talked to you from the beginning. Before this happened, I showed these things to you, and I showed them to you in case you saidóMy idol and carved idol did these things, and my metal idol commanded them.

5 And I have even from the beginning declared to thee; before it came to pass I showed them thee; and I showed them for fear lest thou shouldst say—Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image hath commanded them.

6 You have seen and heard all of this, will you really not talk about it? From now on I will show new things that you didn’t know.

6 Thou hast seen and heard all this; and will ye not declare them? And that I have showed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.

7 They were created recently, not a long time ago, so you can’t say, I already knew that.

7 They are created now, and not from the beginning, even before the day when thou heardest them not they were declared unto thee, lest thou shouldst say—Behold I knew them.

8 You didn’t hear and you didn’t know. From that time your ear was not open open. I knew that you would act treacherously, and you were called a criminal from birth.

8 Yea, and thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time thine ear was not opened; for I knew that thou wouldst deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.

9 But for my name’s sake, I will suppress my anger, and for the sake of my glory, I will keep myself from wiping you out.

9 Nevertheless, for my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain from thee, that I cut thee not off.

10 Because I have purified you and chosen you in the furnace of suffering.

10 For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

11 I will do this for my own sake because I will not let my name be polluted, and I will not give my glory to anyone else.

11 For mine own sake, yea, for mine own sake will I do this, for I will not suffer my name to be polluted, and I will not give my glory unto another.

12 Listen to me, Jacob, and Israel who I have called, because I am heóthe first and the last.

12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob, and Israel my called, for I am he; I am the first, and I am also the last.

13 My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand has spread out the heavens. I call to them and they stand up together.

13 Mine hand hath also laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens. I call unto them and they stand up together.

14 All of you, get together and listen. Who among you has declared these things to them? The Lord has loved him, and he will fulfill his word that he declared to them. And he will do whatever he wants with Babylon, and his arm will come down on the Chaldeans.

14 All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; who among them hath declared these things unto them? The Lord hath loved him; yea, and he will fulfil his word which he hath declared by them; and he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall come upon the Chaldeans.

15 The Lord also said, I the Lord have spoken. I have called him to proclaim. I brought him, and he will make his path successful.

15 Also, saith the Lord; I the Lord, yea, I have spoken; yea, I have called him to declare, I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.

16 Come to me. I have not spoken secretly. From the beginning, from that time when this was declared, I have spoken. The Lord God and his Spirit have sent me.

16 Come ye near unto me; I have not spoken in secret; from the beginning, from the time that it was declared have I spoken; and the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me.

17 And the Lord, your Redeemer and the Holy One of Israel has said, I sent him, the Lord your God, who teaches you to be successful, who leads you on the path that you should go down, did this.

17 And thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I have sent him, the Lord thy God who teacheth thee to profit, who leadeth thee by the way thou shouldst go, hath done it.

18 If only you had listened to my commandments. Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness would have been like the waves on the sea.

18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments—then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.

19 You would have had as many descendants as there are grains of sand at the seashore. Their names would not have been wiped out in front of me.

19 Thy seed also had been as the sand; the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.

20 Go out of Babylon and escape from the Chaldeans. Sing this message to the ends of the earth, say: The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob.

20 Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter to the end of the earth; say ye: The Lord hath redeemed his servant Jacob.

21 And they weren’t thirsty. He led them through the deserts, but he made water flow out of rocks for them. He broke rocks in half and water gushed out.

21 And they thirsted not; he led them through the deserts; he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them; he clave the rock also and the waters gushed out.

22 And despite the fact that he has done this and even greater things, the Lord said that there is no peace for the wicked.

22 And notwithstanding he hath done all this, and greater also, there is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.