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Library Tour of 1 Nephi 7
1 And now I would that ye might know, that after my father, Lehi, had made an end
of prophesying concerning his seed, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto him
again, saying that it was not meet for him, Lehi, that he should take his family
into the wilderness alone; but that his sons should take daughters to wife, that
they might raise up seed unto the Lord in the land of promise.
2 And it came to pass that the Lord commanded him that I, Nephi, and my brethren,
should again return unto the land of Jerusalem, and bring down Ishmael and his family
into the wilderness.
3 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did again, with my brethren, go forth into the
wilderness to go up to Jerusalem.
4 And it came to pass that we went up unto the house of Ishmael, and we did gain
favor in the sight of Ishmael, insomuch that we did speak unto him the words of the
5 And it came to pass that the Lord did soften the heart of Ishmael, and also his
household, insomuch that they took their journey with us down into the wilderness
to the tent of our father.
Of this verse, Skousen explains, “. . . the original manuscript reads ‘the lord did
soften the hart of ishmael and also his hole hole,’ in the hand of one of the unknown
scribes. The phrase his hole hole cannot be correct, even though it is in the original
manuscript, because it does not make any sense. Indeed, it did not make sense to
Oliver Cowdery, who decided that this was an error for his household – at least that
is what he wrote in the printer’s manuscript when he copied the text from the original
manuscript. I have argued, in contrast, that here the original text probably read
his whole household. In this instance, the error in the original manuscript involved
the mixup of the homophones whole and hole as well as the mishearing of the hold
of household as hole. In support of this conjecture, I have noted that all other
Book of Mormon instances of household involve a universal quantifier (11 times),
usually all or whole.”
The editor has carefully sifted through all the editions of the Book of Mormon and
the two manuscripts, resulting in this book, which comes as close to reproducing
the words Joseph Smith spoke as is possible. This book does not explain the reasoning
for every choice, but that can be found in the various volumes of the Critical Text
of the Book of Mormon project, published by Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon
6 And it came to pass that as we journeyed in the wilderness, behold Laman and Lemuel,
and two of the daughters of Ishmael, and the two sons of Ishmael and their families,
did rebel against us; yea, against me, Nephi, and Sam, and their father, Ishmael,
and his wife, and his three other daughters.
7 And it came to pass in the which rebellion, they were desirous to return unto the
land of Jerusalem.
8 And now I, Nephi, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, therefore I spake
unto them, saying, yea, even unto Laman and unto Lemuel: Behold ye are mine elder
brethren, and how is it that ye are so hard in your hearts, and so blind in your
minds, that ye have need that I, your younger brother, should speak unto you, yea,
and set an example for you?
9 How is it that ye have not hearkened unto the word of the Lord?
10 How is it that ye have forgotten that ye have seen an angel of the Lord?
11 Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten what great things the Lord hath done
for us, in delivering us out of the hands of Laban, and also that we should obtain
12 Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten that the Lord is able to do all things
according to his will, for the children of men, if it so be that they exercise faith
in him? Wherefore, let us be faithful to him.
13 And if it so be that we are faithful to him, we shall obtain the land of promise;
and ye shall know at some future period that the word of the Lord shall be fulfilled
concerning the destruction of Jerusalem; for all things which the Lord hath spoken
concerning the destruction of Jerusalem must be fulfilled.
14 For behold, the Spirit of the Lord ceaseth soon to strive with them; for behold,
they have rejected the prophets, and Jeremiah have they cast into prison. And they
have sought to take away the life of my father, insomuch that they have driven him
out of the land.
15 Now behold, I say unto you that if ye will return unto Jerusalem ye shall also
perish with them. And now, if ye have choice, go up to the land, and remember the
words which I speak unto you, that if ye go ye will also perish; for thus the Spirit
of the Lord constraineth me that I should speak.
16 And it came to pass that when I, Nephi, had spoken these words unto my brethren,
they were angry with me. And it came to pass that they did lay their hands upon me,
for behold, they were exceedingly wroth, and they did bind me with cords, for they
sought to take away my life, that they might leave me in the wilderness to be devoured
by wild beasts.
17 But it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, according to
my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my brethren; yea,
even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound.
18 And it came to pass that when I had said these words, behold, the bands were loosed
from off my hands and feet, and I stood before my brethren, and I spake unto them
19 And it came to pass that they were angry with me again, and sought to lay hands
upon me; but behold, one of the daughters of Ishmael, yea, and also her mother, and
one of the sons of Ishmael, did plead with my brethren, insomuch that they did soften
their hearts; and they did cease striving to take away my life.
20 And it came to pass that they were sorrowful, because of their wickedness, insomuch
that they did bow down before me, and did plead with me that I would forgive them
of the thing that they had done against me.
21 And it came to pass that I did frankly forgive them all that they had done, and
I did exhort them that they would pray unto the Lord their God for forgiveness. And
it came to pass that they did so. And after they had done praying unto the Lord we
did again travel on our journey towards the tent of our father.
22 And it came to pass that we did come down unto the tent of our father. And after
I and my brethren and all the house of Ishmael had come down unto the tent of my
father, they did give thanks unto the Lord their God; and they did offer sacrifice
and burnt offerings unto him.