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1 And after I, Nephi, had read these things that were engraved on the brass plates, my brothers came to me and said, What do these things that you just read mean? Are they talking about spiritual things that will happen spiritually and not physically?
1 And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had read these things which were engraven upon the plates of brass, my brethren came unto me and said unto me: What meaneth these things which ye have read? Behold, are they to be understood according to things which are spiritual, which shall come to pass according to the spirit and not the flesh?
2 And I said to them, They were revealed to the prophet by the Spirit’s voice. The Spirit tells the prophets everything that will happen to humanity physically.
2 And I, Nephi, said unto them: Behold they were manifest unto the prophet by the voice of the Spirit; for by the Spirit are all things made known unto the prophets, which shall come upon the children of men according to the flesh.
3 The things I’ve read apply to things both physical and spiritual. It seems that the house of Israel, sooner or later, will be scattered everywhere and in all countries.
3 Wherefore, the things of which I have read are things pertaining to things both temporal and spiritual; for it appears that the house of Israel, sooner or later, will be scattered upon all the face of the earth, and also among all nations.
4 There are many people who already don’t know about those who are in Jerusalem. The majority of all the tribes have been led away, and they are scattered everywhere across the islands in the sea. None of us know where they have gone; we just know that they have been led away.
4 And behold, there are many who are already lost from the knowledge of those who are at Jerusalem. Yea, the more part of all the tribes have been led away; and they are scattered to and fro upon the isles of the sea; and whither they are none of us knoweth, save that we know that they have been led away.
5 And since they have been led away, these things about them have been prophesied, as well as things about all of those who will be scattered and lost after this because of the Holy One of Israel. He’s the one that they will harden their hearts against, and so they will be scattered in all nations and will be hated by everyone.
5 And since they have been led away, these things have been prophesied concerning them, and also concerning all those who shall hereafter be scattered and be confounded, because of the Holy One of Israel; for against him will they harden their hearts; wherefore, they shall be scattered among all nations and shall be hated of all men.
6 Still, after that they will be nursed by the Gentiles and the Lord has lifted up his hand to the Gentiles and set them up as a banner, and after their children have been carried in their arms and their daughters have been carried on their shoulders. These things that are being talked about are physical, not spiritual, because that’s what the covenants the Lord made with our ancestors are. It’s talking about us in the days to come, plus all of our brothers who are part of the house of Israel.
6 Nevertheless, after they shall be nursed by the Gentiles, and the Lord has lifted up his hand upon the Gentiles and set them up for a standard, and their children have been carried in their arms, and their daughters have been carried upon their shoulders, behold these things of which are spoken are temporal; for thus are the covenants of the Lord with our fathers; and it meaneth us in the days to come, and also all our brethren who are of the house of Israel.
7 And it means that the time is coming when after all of the house of Israel have been scattered and lost, the Lord God will create a powerful Gentile nation on this land, and they will scatter our descendants.
7 And it meaneth that the time cometh that after all the house of Israel have been scattered and confounded, that the Lord God will raise up a mighty nation among the Gentiles, yea, even upon the face of this land; and by them shall our seed be scattered.
8 After our descendants have been scattered, the Lord will do something marvelous in the Gentiles, and it will be very valuable to our descendants. It is comparable to them being nourished by the Gentiles and being carried in their arms and on their shoulders.
8 And after our seed is scattered the Lord God will proceed to do a marvelous work among the Gentiles, which shall be of great worth unto our seed; wherefore, it is likened unto their being nourished by the Gentiles and being carried in their arms and upon their shoulders.
9 It will also be valuable to the Gentiles, and not only to the Gentiles, but to everyone in the house of Israel because it will reveal the covenants of the Father of heaven to Abraham, which said: Through your descendants, all the nations on earth will be blessed.
9 And it shall also be of worth unto the Gentiles; and not only unto the Gentiles but unto all the house of Israel, unto the making known of the covenants of the Father of heaven unto Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
10 And I want you to know, brothers, that all of the nations on earth can’t be blessed unless he exposes his arm to the nations.
10 And I would, my brethren, that ye should know that all the kindreds of the earth cannot be blessed unless he shall make bare his arm in the eyes of the nations.
11 The Lord God will expose his arm to the nations by bringing his covenants and gospel to those who are part of the house of Israel.
11 Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to make bare his arm in the eyes of all the nations, in bringing about his covenants and his gospel unto those who are of the house of Israel.
12 He will again bring them out of slavery, and they will be gathered together in the lands they have inherited. They will be brought out of obscurity and our of darkness, and they will know that the Lord is their Savior and their Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel.
12 Wherefore, he will bring them again out of captivity, and they shall be gathered together to the lands of their inheritance; and they shall be brought out of obscurity and out of darkness; and they shall know that the Lord is their Savior and their Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel.
13 And the blood of that terrible church, which is the whole earth’s prostitute, will turn on their own heads. They will battle each other, and the sword in their own hands will fall on their own heads, and they will be drunk with their own blood.
13 And the blood of that great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth, shall turn upon their own heads; for they shall war among themselves, and the sword of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads, and they shall be drunken with their own blood.
14 And all the nation that fight against you, house of Israel, will be turned against each other. They will fall into the pit which they dug to trap the people of the Lord. Everyone that fights against Zion will be destroyed, and the great prostitute or that terrible church, who has perverted the right ways of the Lord, will tumble to the dust and its downfall will be huge.
14 And every nation which shall war against thee, O house of Israel, shall be turned one against another, and they shall fall into the pit which they digged to ensnare the people of the Lord. And all that fight against Zion shall be destroyed, and that great whore, who hath perverted the right ways of the Lord, yea, that great and abominable church, shall tumble to the dust and great shall be the fall of it.
15 The time quickly approaches that Satan will have no power power over humanity. The day will soon come that all those who are proud and those who are wicked will be burned like stubble.
15 For behold, saith the prophet, the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have no more power over the hearts of the children of men; for the day soon cometh that all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble; and the day cometh that they must be burned.
16 The time will soon come that the whole of God’s anger will be directed at humanity; he will not allow the wicked to destroy the righteous.
16 For the time soon cometh that the fulness of the wrath of God shall be poured out upon all the children of men; for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous.
17 He will protect the righteous with his power, even if that means that the whole of his anger will come. The righteous will be protected and their enemies will be burned. The righteous don’t need to fear. The prophet said that they will be saved by fire.
17 Wherefore, he will preserve the righteous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire. Wherefore, the righteous need not fear; for thus saith the prophet, they shall be saved, even if it so be as by fire.
18 I’m telling you, my brothers, that these things will happen soon. Blood, fire, and smoke will come, and this will all happen here on this land. It will physically come to humanity if they harden their hearts against the Holy One of Israel.
18 Behold, my brethren, I say unto you, that these things must shortly come; yea, even blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke must come; and it must needs be upon the face of this earth; and it cometh unto men according to the flesh if it so be that they will harden their hearts against the Holy One of Israel.
19 The righteous won’t die. The time definitely will come that all those who fight against zion will be destroyed.
19 For behold, the righteous shall not perish; for the time surely must come that all they who fight against Zion shall be cut off.
20 The Lord will definitely prepare a way for his people to carry out what Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up a prophet like me. You will listen to whatever he says to you, and all those who won’t listen to the prophet will be cut off from my people.
20 And the Lord will surely prepare a way for his people, unto the fulfilling of the words of Moses, which he spake, saying: A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that all those who will not hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the people.
21 And now I, Nephi, am saying that this prophet that Moses talked about was the Holy One of Israel, and he will judge righteously.
21 And now I, Nephi, declare unto you, that this prophet of whom Moses spake was the Holy One of Israel; wherefore, he shall execute judgment in righteousness.
22 The righteous don’t need to worry because they are the ones that will not be confused. The ones that need to fear are those in the kingdom of the devil, which will be built up throughout all mankind.
22 And the righteous need not fear, for they are those who shall not be confounded. But it is the kingdom of the devil, which shall be built up among the children of men, which kingdom is established among them which are in the flesh—
23 The time will quickly arrive that all churches that were created to benefit from and gain power over people, and those churches that were built to become popular in the world’s eyes, and those churches who go after the body’s lusts and things of the world and do all kinds of terrible things, and all those churches that belong to the devil’s kingdom are the ones that need to fear, shudder, and shake. They are the ones that must be brought down tot he dust. They are the ones who will be burned like stubble. And all of this is according to the prophet’s words.
23 For the time speedily shall come that all churches which are built up to get gain, and all those who are built up to get power over the flesh, and those who are built up to become popular in the eyes of the world, and those who seek the lusts of the flesh and the things of the world, and to do all manner of iniquity; yea, in fine, all those who belong to the kingdom of the devil are they who need fear, and tremble, and quake; they are those who must be brought low in the dust; they are those who must be consumed as stubble; and this is according to the words of the prophet.
24 And the time quickly approaches that the righteous will be led up like calves in a stall, and the Holy One of Israel has to reign in force, might, power, and great glory.
24 And the time cometh speedily that the righteous must be led up as calves of the stall, and the Holy One of Israel must reign in dominion, and might, and power, and great glory.
25 And he gathers together his children from the four corners of the earth. He counts his sheep, and they know him. There will be one flock and one shepherd, and he will feed his sheep. In him, they will find pasture.
25 And he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth; and he numbereth his sheep, and they know him; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd; and he shall feed his sheep, and in him they shall find pasture.
26 Because of the righteous of his people, Satan has no power. He won’t be let go for many years, and he has no power over people’s hearts because they live righteously, and the Holy One of Israel reigns.
26 And because of the righteousness of his people, Satan has no power; wherefore, he cannot be loosed for the space of many years; for he hath no power over the hearts of the people, for they dwell in righteousness, and the Holy One of Israel reigneth.
27 And now I, Nephi, am telling you that all of these things will physically happen.
27 And now behold, I, Nephi, say unto you that all these things must come according to the flesh.
28 All nations, families, languages, and people will live safely in the Holy One of Israel if they repent.
28 But, behold, all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people shall dwell safely in the Holy One of Israel if it so be that they will repent.
29 And now I, Nephi, will finish up. I don’t dare say more about these things.
29 And now I, Nephi, make an end; for I durst not speak further as yet concerning these things.
30 My brothers, want you to know that the things that have been written on the brass plates are true, and they testify that a person must be obedient to God’s commandments.
30 Wherefore, my brethren, I would that ye should consider that the things which have been written upon the plates of brass are true; and they testify that a man must be obedient to the commandments of God.
31 You shouldn’t think that our father and I are the only ones that have testified about and taught these things. If you are obedient to the commandments and endure to the end, you will be saved at the last day. That’s how it is. Amen.
31 Wherefore, ye need not suppose that I and my father are the only ones that have testified, and also taught them. Wherefore, if ye shall be obedient to the commandments, and endure to the end, ye shall be saved at the last day. And thus it is. Amen.