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A Library Tour Through
1 And now it came to pass in the eighty and sixth year, the Nephites did still remain
in wickedness, yea in great wickedness, while the Lamanites did observe strictly
to keep the commandments of God, according to the law of Moses.
2 And it came to pass that in this year there was one Samuel, a Lamanite, came into
the land of Zarahemla, and began to preach unto the people. And it came to pass that
he did preach, many days, repentance unto the people, and they did cast him out,
and he was about to return to his own land.
3 But behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, that he should return again, and
prophesy unto the people whatsoever things should come into his heart.
4 And it came to pass that they would not suffer that he should enter into the city;
therefore he went and got upon the wall thereof, and stretched forth his hand and
cried with a loud voice, and prophesied unto the people whatsoever things the Lord
put into his heart.
5 And he said unto them: Behold, I, Samuel, a Lamanite, do speak the words of the
Lord which he doth put into my heart; and behold he hath put it into my heart to
say unto this people that the sword of justice hangeth over this people; and four
hundred years pass not away save the sword of justice falleth upon this people.
6 Yea, heavy destruction awaiteth this people, and it surely cometh unto this people,
and nothing can save this people save it be repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus
Christ, who surely shall come into the world, and shall suffer many things and shall
be slain for his people.
7 And behold, an angel of the Lord hath declared it unto me, and he did bring glad
tidings to my soul. And behold, I was sent unto you to declare it unto you also,
that ye might have glad tidings; but behold ye would not receive me.
8 Therefore, thus saith the Lord: Because of the hardness of the hearts of the people
of the Nephites, except they repent I will take away my word from them, and I will
withdraw my Spirit from them, and I will suffer them no longer, and I will turn the
hearts of their brethren against them.
9 And four hundred years shall not pass away before I will cause that they shall
be smitten; yea, I will visit them with the sword and with famine and with pestilence.
10 Yea, I will visit them in my fierce anger, and there shall be those of the fourth
generation who shall live, of your enemies, to behold your utter destruction; and
this shall surely come except ye repent, saith the Lord; and those of the fourth
generation shall visit your destruction.
11 But if ye will repent and return unto the Lord your God I will turn away mine
anger, saith the Lord; yea, thus saith the Lord, blessed are they who will repent
and turn unto me, but wo unto him that repenteth not.
12 Yea, wo unto this great city of Zarahemla; for behold, it is because of those
who are righteous that it is saved; yea, wo unto this great city, for I perceive,
saith the Lord, that there are many, yea, even the more part of this great city,
that will harden their hearts against me, saith the Lord.
13 But blessed are they who will repent, for them will I spare. But behold, if it
were not for the righteous who are in this great city, behold, I would cause that
fire should come down out of heaven and destroy it.
14 But behold, it is for the righteous' sake that it is spared. But behold, the time
cometh, saith the Lord, that when ye shall cast out the righteous from among you,
then shall ye be ripe for destruction; yea, wo be unto this great city, because of
the wickedness and abominations which are in her.
15 Yea, and wo be unto the city of Gideon, for the wickedness and abominations which
are in her.
16 Yea, and wo be unto all the cities which are in the land round about, which are
possessed by the Nephites, because of the wickedness and abominations which are in
17 And behold, a curse shall come upon the land, saith the Lord of Hosts, because
of the people's sake who are upon the land, yea, because of their wickedness and
18 And it shall come to pass, saith the Lord of Hosts, yea, our great and true God,
that whoso shall hide up treasures in the earth shall find them again no more, because
of the great curse of the land, save he be a righteous man and shall hide it up unto
19 For I will, saith the Lord, that they shall hide up their treasures unto me; and
cursed be they who hide not up their treasures unto me; for none hideth up their
treasures unto me save it be the righteous; and he that hideth not up his treasures
unto me, cursed is he, and also the treasure, and none shall redeem it because of
the curse of the land.
20 And the day shall come that they shall hide up their treasures, because they have
set their hearts upon riches; and because they have set their hearts upon their riches,
and will hide up their treasures when they shall flee before their enemies; because
they will not hide them up unto me, cursed be they and also their treasures; and
in that day shall they be smitten, saith the Lord.
21 Behold ye, the people of this great city, and hearken unto my words; yea, hearken
unto the words which the Lord saith; for behold, he saith that ye are cursed because
of your riches, and also are your riches cursed because ye have set your hearts upon
them, and have not hearkened unto the words of him who gave them unto you.
22 Ye do not remember the Lord your God in the things with which he hath blessed
you, but ye do always remember your riches, not to thank the Lord your God for them;
yea, your hearts are not drawn out unto the Lord, but they do swell with great pride,
unto boasting, and unto great swelling, envyings, strifes, malice, persecutions and
murders, and all manner of iniquities.
23 For this cause hath the Lord God caused that a curse should come upon the land,
and also upon your riches, and this because of your iniquities.
24 Yea, wo unto this people, because of this time which has arrived, that ye do cast
out the prophets, and do mock them, and cast stones at them, and do slay them, and
do all manner of iniquity unto them, even as they did of old time.
25 And now when ye talk, ye say: If our days had been in the days of our fathers
of old, we would not have slain the prophets; we would not have stoned them, and
cast them out.
26 Behold ye are worse than they; for as the Lord liveth, if a prophet come among
you and declareth unto you the word of the Lord, which testifieth of your sins and
iniquities, ye are angry with him, and cast him out and seek all manner of ways to
destroy him; yea, you will say that he is a false prophet, and that he is a sinner,
and of the devil, because he testifieth that your deeds are evil.
27 But behold, if a man shall come among you and shall say: Do this, and there is
no iniquity; do that and ye shall not suffer; yea, he will say: Walk after the pride
of your own hearts; yea, walk after the pride of your eyes, and do whatsoever your
heart desireth -- and if a man shall come among you and say this, ye will receive
him, and say that he is a prophet.
28 Yea, ye will lift him up, and ye will give unto him of your substance; ye will
give unto him of your gold, and of your silver, and ye will clothe him with costly
apparel; and because he speaketh flattering words unto you, and he saith that all
is well, then ye will not find fault with him.
The original text for this verse read “. . . and because he speaketh flattering
words unto you and he saith that all is well and then ye will not find no fault with
English-speakers find the extra “and” distracting in understanding this verse, so
it was removed in the 1837 edition. However, the extra and is consistent with Hebrew
phraseology. Specifically, “an extra and between an initial subordinate clause and
its following main clause,” what might be considered a Hebraism, is a subtle characteristic
of the original text.
29 O ye wicked and ye perverse generation; ye hardened and ye stiffnecked people,
how long will ye suppose that the Lord will suffer you? Yea, how long will ye suffer
yourselves to be led by foolish and blind guides? Yea, how long will ye choose darkness
rather than light?
30 Yea, behold, the anger of the Lord is already kindled against you; behold, he
hath cursed the land because of your iniquity.
31 And behold, the time cometh that he curseth your riches, that they become slippery,
that ye cannot hold them; and in the days of your poverty ye cannot retain them.
32 And in the days of your poverty ye shall cry unto the Lord; and in vain shall
ye cry, for your desolation is already come upon you, and your destruction is made
sure; and then shall ye weep and howl in that day, saith the Lord of Hosts. And then
shall ye lament, and say:
33 O that I had repented, and had not killed the prophets, and stoned them, and cast
them out. Yea, in that day ye shall say: O that we had remembered the Lord our God
in the day that he gave us our riches, and then they would not have become slippery
that we should lose them; for behold, our riches are gone from us.
34 Behold, we lay a tool here and on the morrow it is gone; and behold, our swords
are taken from us in the day we have sought them for battle.
35 Yea, we have hid up our treasures and they have slipped away from us, because
of the curse of the land.
36 O that we had repented in the day that the word of the Lord came unto us; for
behold the land is cursed, and all things are become slippery, and we cannot hold
37 Behold, we are surrounded by demons, yea, we are encircled about by the angels
of him who hath sought to destroy our souls. Behold, our iniquities are great. O
Lord, canst thou not turn away thine anger from us? And this shall be your language
in those days.
38 But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of
your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure;
yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain;
and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the
nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.
39 O ye people of the land, that ye would hear my words! And I pray that the anger
of the Lord be turned away from you, and that ye would repent and be saved.
1 And now it came to pass that Samuel, the Lamanite, did prophesy a great many more
things which cannot be written.
2 And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more
cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe
on his name.
3 And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for
behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before
he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if
it was day.
4 Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day
and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know
of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a
surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not
be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born.
5 And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld;
and this also shall be a sign unto you.
6 And behold this is not all, there shall be many signs and wonders in heaven.
7 And it shall come to pass that ye shall all be amazed, and wonder, insomuch that
ye shall fall to the earth.
8 And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall believe on the Son of God, the same
shall have everlasting life.
9 And behold, thus hath the Lord commanded me, by his angel, that I should come and
tell this thing unto you; yea, he hath commanded that I should prophesy these things
unto you; yea, he hath said unto me: Cry unto this people, repent and prepare the
way of the Lord.
10 And now, because I am a Lamanite, and have spoken unto you the words which the
Lord hath commanded me, and because it was hard against you, ye are angry with me
and do seek to destroy me, and have cast me out from among you.
11 And ye shall hear my words, for, for this intent have I come up upon the walls
of this city, that ye might hear and know of the judgments of God which do await
you because of your iniquities, and also that ye might know the conditions of repentance;
12 And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the
Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and
that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe
on his name.
13 And if ye believe on his name ye will repent of all your sins, that thereby ye
may have a remission of them through his merits.
14 And behold, again, another sign I give unto you, yea, a sign of his death.
15 For behold, he surely must die that salvation may come; yea, it behooveth him
and becometh expedient that he dieth, to bring to pass the resurrection of the dead,
that thereby men may be brought into the presence of the Lord.
16 Yea, behold, this death bringeth to pass the resurrection, and redeemeth all mankind
from the first death -- that spiritual death; for all mankind, by the fall of Adam
being cut off from the presence of the Lord, are considered as dead, both as to things
temporal and to things spiritual.
17 But behold, the resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind, yea, even all mankind,
and bringeth them back into the presence of the Lord.
18 Yea, and it bringeth to pass the condition of repentance, that whosoever repenteth
the same is not hewn down and cast into the fire; but whosoever repenteth not is
hewn down and cast into the fire; and there cometh upon them again a spiritual death,
yea, a second death, for they are cut off again as to things pertaining to righteousness.
19 Therefore repent ye, repent ye, lest by knowing these things and not doing them
ye shall suffer yourselves to come under condemnation, and ye are brought down unto
this second death.
20 But behold, as I said unto you concerning another sign, a sign of his death, behold,
in that day that he shall suffer death the sun shall be darkened and refuse to give
his light unto you; and also the moon and the stars; and there shall be no light
upon the face of this land, even from the time that he shall suffer death, for the
space of three days, to the time that he shall rise again from the dead.
21 Yea, at the time that he shall yield up the ghost there shall be thunderings and
lightnings for the space of many hours, and the earth shall shake and tremble; and
the rocks which are upon the face of this earth, which are both above the earth and
beneath, which ye know at this time are solid, or the more part of it is one solid
mass, shall be broken up;
22 Yea, they shall be rent in twain, and shall ever after be found in seams and in
cracks, and in broken fragments upon the face of the whole earth, yea, both above
the earth and beneath.
23 And behold, there shall be great tempests, and there shall be many mountains laid
low, like unto a valley, and there shall be many places which are now called valleys
which shall become mountains, whose height is great.
24 And many highways shall be broken up, and many cities shall become desolate.
25 And many graves shall be opened, and shall yield up many of their dead; and many
saints shall appear unto many.
26 And behold, thus hath the angel spoken unto me; for he said unto me that there
should be thunderings and lightnings for the space of many hours.
27 And he said unto me that while the thunder and the lightning lasted, and the tempest,
that these things should be, and that darkness should cover the face of the whole
earth for the space of three days.
28 And the angel said unto me that many shall see greater things than these, to the
intent that they might believe that these signs and these wonders should come to
pass upon all the face of this land, to the intent that there should be no cause
for unbelief among the children of men --
29 And this to the intent that whosoever will believe might be saved, and that whosoever
will not believe, a righteous judgment might come upon them; and also if they are
condemned they bring upon themselves their own condemnation.
30 And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto
himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are
free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you
a knowledge and he hath made you free.
31 He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto
you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that
which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and
have that which is evil restored unto you.