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3 Nephi 12
1 And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words unto Nephi, and to those
who had been called, (now the number of them who had been called, and received power
and authority to baptize, was twelve) and behold, he stretched forth his hand unto
the multitude, and cried unto them, saying: Blessed are ye if ye shall give heed
unto the words of these twelve whom I have chosen from among you to minister unto
you, and to be your servants; and unto them I have given power that they may baptize
you with water; and after that ye are baptized with water, behold, I will baptize
you with fire and with the Holy Ghost; therefore blessed are ye if ye shall believe
in me and be baptized, after that ye have seen me and know that I am.
2 And again, more blessed are they who shall believe in your words because that ye
shall testify that ye have seen me, and that ye know that I am. Yea, blessed are
they who shall believe in your words, and come down into the depths of humility and
be baptized, for they shall be visited with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and shall
receive a remission of their sins.
3 Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom
4 And again, blessed are all they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 And blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 And blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they
shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.
7 And blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
8 And blessed are all the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
10 And blessed are all they who are persecuted for my name's sake, for theirs is
the kingdom of heaven.
11 And blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute, and shall say all
manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake;
12 For ye shall have great joy and be exceedingly glad, for great shall be your reward
in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.
13 Verily, verily, I say unto you, I give unto you to be the salt of the earth; but
if the salt shall lose its savor wherewith shall the earth be salted? The salt shall
be thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot
14 Verily, verily, I say unto you, I give unto you to be the light of this people.
A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
15 Behold, do men light a candle and put it under a bushel? Nay, but on a candlestick,
and it giveth light to all that are in the house;
16 Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good
works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets. I am not come to
destroy but to fulfil;
18 For verily I say unto you, one jot nor tittle hath not passed away from the law,
but in me it hath all been fulfilled.
19 And behold, I have given you the law and the commandments of my Father, that ye
shall believe in me, and that ye shall repent of your sins, and come unto me with
a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Behold, ye have the commandments before you,
and the law is fulfilled.
20 Therefore come unto me and be ye saved; for verily I say unto you, that except
ye shall keep my commandments, which I have commanded you at this time, ye shall
in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 Ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, and it is also written
before you, that thou shalt not kill, and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger
of the judgment of God;
22 But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger
of his judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger
of the council; and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23 Therefore, if ye shall come unto me, or shall desire to come unto me, and rememberest
that thy brother hast aught against thee --
24 Go thy way unto thy brother, and first be reconciled to thy brother, and then
come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I will receive you.
25 Agree with thine adversary quickly while thou art in the way with him, lest at
any time he shall get thee, and thou shalt be cast into prison.
26 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, thou shalt by no means come out thence until
thou hast paid the uttermost senine. And while ye are in prison can ye pay even one
senine? Verily, verily, I say unto you, Nay.
27 Behold, it is written by them of old time, that thou shalt not commit adultery;
28 But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman, to lust after her, hath
committed adultery already in his heart.
29 Behold, I give unto you a commandment, that ye suffer none of these things to
enter into your heart;
30 For it is better that ye should deny yourselves of these things, wherein ye will
take up your cross, than that ye should be cast into hell.
31 It hath been written, that whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her
a writing of divorcement.
32 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving
for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery; and whoso shall marry
her who is divorced committeth adultery.
33 And again it is written, thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto
the Lord thine oaths;
34 But verily, verily, I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by heaven, for it
is God's throne;
35 Nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair black
37 But let your communication be Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever cometh of more
than these is evil.
38 And behold, it is written, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth;
39 But I say unto you, that ye shall not resist evil, but whosoever shall smite thee
on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also;
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law and take away thy coat, let him have thy
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not
43 And behold it is written also, that thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine
44 But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them
that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for he maketh his
sun to rise on the evil and on the good.
46 Therefore those things which were of old time, which were under the law, in me
are all fulfilled.
47 Old things are done away, and all things have become new.
48 Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in
heaven is perfect.
XX:99 Thus do We relate to thee some of the stories of what happened before, for
We have sent thee a reminder of Us.
XX:100 If any do turn away therefrom, verily they will bear a burden on the Day
XX:101 They will abide in this state; and grievous will the burden be to them on
that Day. –
XX:102 The Day when the Trumpet will be sounded; that Day, We shall gather the sinful,
blear-eyed with terror.
XX:108 On that Day will they follow the caller straight; no crookedness in him,
and the voices will be hushed to the Most Gracious; so that thou hearest not but
XX:109 On that Day shall no intercession avail except for those for whom permission
has been granted by The Most Gracious and whose word is acceptable to Him.
XX:110 He knows what is before or after or behind them: but they shall comprehend
[These verses] are given in reference to Judgment Day. Verse 99 shows that we will
be judged according to that which we have received as a reminder from God, and if
we turn away from it, we will bear the burden of it. Verse 101 shows that if we
must bear the burden of our sins, we will abide in that state. . . .
Verses 108-110 speak of Jesus Christ. . . . Verse 108 says that “On that Day they
will follow the caller straight; no crookedness in him.” There is only one who has
lived with no crookedness, that is to say without sin, whom we are taught in all
the scriptures that we should follow. The only perfect Messenger was Jesus Christ.
Note that “the caller straight” and “him” are not referring to God the Father in
that they are not written in capital letters.
XVII:15 . . . no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another; nor would We
punish until We had sent a Messenger to give warning. . . .
Jesus Christ is the mediator/intercessor spoken of in verse 109. . . . We know that
the intercessor spoken of here is Jesus just by taking it in context. The immediate
verses refer to him. He is the only one who has been given permission and a promise
to act as such because of his perfect life and atonement.