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3 Nephi 13-14
3 Nephi 13
1 Verily, verily, I say that I would that ye should do alms unto the poor; but take
heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them; otherwise ye have no
reward of your Father who is in heaven.
2 Therefore, when ye shall do your alms do not sound a trumpet before you, as will
hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men.
Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth;
4 That thine alms may be in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret, himself shall
reward thee openly.
5 And when thou prayest thou shalt not do as the hypocrites, for they love to pray,
standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen
of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy
door, pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall
reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen, for they think that
they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have
need of before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be
10 Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
12 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
13 For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
14 For, if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your
16 Moreover, when ye fast be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance, for they
disfigure their faces that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you,
they have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father, who is in secret;
and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt,
and thieves break through and steal;
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth
corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye; if, therefore, thine eye be single, thy whole
body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If, therefore,
the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other,
or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.
25 And now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he looked upon
the twelve whom he had chosen, and said unto them: Remember the words which I have
spoken. For behold, ye are they whom I have chosen to minister unto this people.
Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what
ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more
than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather
into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field how they
grow; they toil not, neither do they spin;
29 And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like
one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow
is cast into the oven, even so will he clothe you, if ye are not of little faith.
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink?
or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things
shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for
the things of itself. Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.
“There is no suggestion in the text of Matthew that this section was addressed to
rthe disciples of Jesus only. The wisdom of the Book of Mormon version is very evident.
What would happen to the world if people took no thought of the morrow or failed
to look forward to their supply of food and raiment? Almost utter chaos would ensue.
On the other hand, we can readily understand the application of this section to
the chosen Twelve, whose labors and thoughts were to be in the ministry. God would
see to it that their needs were taken care of.”
3 Nephi 14
1 And now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he turned again
to the multitude, and did open his mouth unto them again, saying: Verily, verily,
I say unto you, Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete,
it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not
the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother: Let me pull the mote out of thine eye -- and
behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see
clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
7 Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall
be opened unto you.
8 For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him
that knocketh, it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much
more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even
so to them, for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which
leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat;
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and
few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they
are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth
forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither a corrupt tree bring forth
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the
20 Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of
heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name,
and in thy name have cast out devils, and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them: I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work
24 Therefore, whoso heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him
unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock --
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon
that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not shall be likened
unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand --
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon
that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it.