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1 And now, my beloved brethren, behold, I declare unto you that except ye shall repent
your houses shall be left unto you desolate.
2 Yea, except ye repent, your women shall have great cause to mourn in the day that
they shall give suck; for ye shall attempt to flee and there shall be no place for
refuge; yea, and wo unto them which are with child, for they shall be heavy and cannot
flee; therefore, they shall be trodden down and shall be left to perish.
3 Yea, wo unto this people who are called the people of Nephi except they shall repent,
when they shall see all these signs and wonders which shall be showed unto them;
for behold, they have been a chosen people of the Lord; yea, the people of Nephi
hath he loved, and also hath he chastened them; yea, in the days of their iniquities
hath he chastened them because he loveth them.
4 But behold my brethren, the Lamanites hath he hated because their deeds have been
evil continually, and this because of the iniquity of the tradition of their fathers.
But behold, salvation hath come unto them through the preaching of the Nephites;
and for this intent hath the Lord prolonged their days.
XXX:54 It is Allah who created you in a state of helpless weakness, then, after
strength, gave you weakness and a hoary head; He creates whatever He wills, and it
is He who has all knowledge and power.
XXX:55 On the Day that the Hour of reckoning will be established, the transgressors
will swear that they tarried not but an hour; thus were they used to being deluded!
XXX:56 But those endued with knowledge and faith will say: “Indeed ye did tarry,
within Allah’s Decree, to the Day of Resurrection, and this is the Day of Resurrection;
buy ye – ye did not know!”
XXX:57 So on that Day no excuse of theirs will avail the Transgressors, nor will
they be allowed to make amends.
Verse 57 teaches an important point of doctrine. It teaches that this life is probationary
and a time to see if we will choose the way of God, and a time to repent; that after
this life is over none will be able to repent or “be allowed to make amends.” They
will be judged for the good that they did or did not do while alive, by their faith
and works. Therefore, their days are prolonged though they do not know.
5 And I would that ye should behold that the more part of them are in the path of
their duty, and they do walk circumspectly before God, and they do observe to keep
his commandments and his statutes and his judgments according to the law of Moses.
6 Yea, I say unto you, that the more part of them are doing this, and they are striving
with unwearied diligence that they may bring the remainder of their brethren to the
knowledge of the truth; therefore there are many who do add to their numbers daily.
7 And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of
them as are brought to the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and
abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to believe the holy scriptures,
yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to
faith on the Lord, and unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change
of heart unto them --
8 Therefore, as many as have come to this, ye know of yourselves are firm and steadfast
in the faith, and in the thing wherewith they have been made free.
9 And ye know also that they have buried their weapons of war, and they fear to take
them up lest by any means they should sin; yea, ye can see that they fear to sin
-- for behold they will suffer themselves that they be trodden down and slain by
their enemies, and will not lift their swords against them, and this because of their
faith in Christ.
10 And now, because of their steadfastness when they do believe in that thing which
they do believe, for because of their firmness when they are once enlightened, behold,
the Lord shall bless them and prolong their days, notwithstanding their iniquity
11 Yea, even if they should dwindle in unbelief the Lord shall prolong their days,
until the time shall come which hath been spoken of by our fathers, and also by the
prophet Zenos, and many other prophets, concerning the restoration of our brethren,
the Lamanites, again to the knowledge of the truth --
12 Yea, I say unto you, that in the latter times the promises of the Lord have been
extended to our brethren, the Lamanites; and notwithstanding the many afflictions
which they shall have, and notwithstanding they shall be driven to and fro upon the
face of the earth, and be hunted, and shall be smitten and scattered abroad, having
no place for refuge, the Lord shall be merciful unto them.
13 And this is according to the prophecy, that they shall again be brought to the
true knowledge, which is knowledge of their Redeemer, and their great and true shepherd,
and be numbered among his sheep.
14 Therefore I say unto you, it shall be better for them than for you except ye repent.
15 For behold, had the mighty works been shown unto them which have been shown unto
you, yea, unto them who have dwindled in unbelief because of the traditions of their
fathers, ye can see of yourselves that they never would again have dwindled in unbelief.
16 Therefore, saith the Lord: I will not utterly destroy them, but I will cause that
in the day of my wisdom they shall return again unto me, saith the Lord.
17 And now behold, saith the Lord, concerning the people of the Nephites: If they
will not repent, and observe to do my will, I will utterly destroy them, saith the
Lord, because of their unbelief notwithstanding the many mighty works which I have
done among them; and as surely as the Lord liveth shall these things be, saith the
1 And now, it came to pass that there were many who heard the words of Samuel, the
Lamanite, which he spake upon the walls of the city. And as many as believed on his
word went forth and sought for Nephi; and when they had come forth and found him
they confessed unto him their sins and denied not, desiring that they might be baptized
unto the Lord.
2 But as many as there were who did not believe in the words of Samuel were angry
with him; and they cast stones at him upon the wall, and also many shot arrows at
him as he stood upon the wall; but the Spirit of the Lord was with him, insomuch
that they could not hit him with their stones neither with their arrows.
3 Now when they saw that they could not hit him, there were many more who did believe
on his words, insomuch that they went away unto Nephi to be baptized.
4 For behold, Nephi was baptizing, and prophesying, and preaching, crying repentance
unto the people, showing signs and wonders, working miracles among the people, that
they might know that the Christ must shortly come --
5 Telling them of things which must shortly come, that they might know and remember
at the time of their coming that they had been made known unto them beforehand, to
the intent that they might believe; therefore as many as believed on the words of
Samuel went forth unto him to be baptized, for they came repenting and confessing
6 But the more part of them did not believe in the words of Samuel; therefore when
they saw that they could not hit him with their stones and their arrows, they cried
unto their captains, saying: Take this fellow and bind him, for behold he hath a
devil; and because of the power of the devil which is in him we cannot hit him with
our stones and our arrows; therefore take him and bind him, and away with him.
7 And as they went forth to lay their hands on him, behold, he did cast himself down
from the wall, and did flee out of their lands, yea, even unto his own country, and
began to preach and to prophesy among his own people.
8 And behold, he was never heard of more among the Nephites; and thus were the affairs
of the people.
9 And thus ended the eighty and sixth year of the reign of the judges over the people
10 And thus ended also the eighty and seventh year of the reign of the judges, the
more part of the people remaining in their pride and wickedness, and the lesser part
walking more circumspectly before God.
11 And these were the conditions also, in the eighty and eighth year of the reign
of the judges.
12 And there was but little alteration in the affairs of the people, save it were
the people began to be more hardened in iniquity, and do more and more of that which
was contrary to the commandments of God, in the eighty and ninth year of the reign
of the judges.
13 But it came to pass in the ninetieth year of the reign of the judges, there were
great signs given unto the people, and wonders; and the words of the prophets began
to be fulfilled.
14 And angels did appear unto men, wise men, and did declare unto them glad tidings
of great joy; thus in this year the scriptures began to be fulfilled.
15 Nevertheless, the people began to harden their hearts, all save it were the most
believing part of them, both of the Nephites and also of the Lamanites, and began
to depend upon their own strength and upon their own wisdom, saying:
16 Some things they may have guessed right, among so many; but behold, we know that
all these great and marvelous works cannot come to pass, of which has been spoken.
17 And they began to reason and to contend among themselves, saying:
18 That it is not reasonable that such a being as a Christ shall come; if so, and
he be the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, as it has been spoken, why
will he not show himself unto us as well as unto them who shall be at Jerusalem?
19 Yea, why will he not show himself in this land as well as in the land of Jerusalem?
20 But behold, we know that this is a wicked tradition, which has been handed down
unto us by our fathers, to cause us that we should believe in some great and marvelous
thing which should come to pass, but not among us, but in a land which is far distant,
a land which we know not; therefore they can keep us in ignorance, for we cannot
witness with our own eyes that they are true.
21 And they will, by the cunning and the mysterious arts of the evil one, work some
great mystery which we cannot understand, which will keep us down to be servants
to their words, and also servants unto them, for we depend upon them to teach us
the word; and thus will they keep us in ignorance if we will yield ourselves unto
them, all the days of our lives.
22 And many more things did the people imagine up in their hearts, which were foolish
and vain; and they were much disturbed, for Satan did stir them up to do iniquity
continually; yea, he did go about spreading rumors and contentions upon all the face
of the land, that he might harden the hearts of the people against that which was
good and against that which should come.
23 And notwithstanding the signs and the wonders which were wrought among the people
of the Lord, and the many miracles which they did, Satan did get great hold upon
the hearts of the people upon all the face of the land.
24 And thus ended the ninetieth year of the reign of the judges over the people of
25 And thus ended the book of Helaman, according to the record of Helaman and his