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1 And it came to pass that in this same year, behold, Nephi delivered up the judgment-seat
to a man whose name was Cezoram.
2 For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people,
and they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they
were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted.
3 Yea, and this was not all; they were a stiffnecked people, insomuch that they could
not be governed by the law nor justice, save it were to their destruction.
4 And it came to pass that Nephi had become weary because of their iniquity; and
he yielded up the judgment-seat, and took it upon him to preach the word of God all
the remainder of his days, and his brother Lehi also, all the remainder of his days;
5 For they remembered the words which their father Helaman spake unto them. And these
are the words which he spake:
6 Behold, my sons, I desire that ye should remember to keep the commandments of God;
and I would that ye should declare unto the people these words. Behold, I have given
unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and
this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when
ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye
may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were good.
7 Therefore, my sons, I would that ye should do that which is good, that it may be
said of you, and also written, even as it has been said and written of them.
8 And now my sons, behold I have somewhat more to desire of you, which desire is,
that ye may not do these things that ye may boast, but that ye may do these things
to lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven, yea, which is eternal, and which fadeth
not away; yea, that ye may have that precious gift of eternal life, which we have
reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers.
9 O remember, remember, my sons, the words which king Benjamin spake unto his people;
yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only
through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come, yea, remember that he
cometh to redeem the world.
Reading through the chapter titles of this book is somewhat intimidating, with many
literary terms that I am not familiar with. But in each case Dr. Duke explains the
term simply, then gives copious examples from the Book of Mormon.
“An allusion is a reference to past history or literature. In the scriptures, the
prophets use this form of speech frequently to counsel their people to remember important
“. . . This remembrance function of the scriptures is an extremely important aspect
of the purpose of scriptures, because the scriptures allow us to record, recognize,
and retain the memory of God’s blessings to his people and the commandments he has
given.” Indeed they “enlarge the memory” of the people (Alma 37:8).
10 And remember also the words which Amulek spake unto Zeezrom, in the city of Ammonihah;
for he said unto him that the Lord surely should come to redeem his people, but that
he should not come to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins.
11 And he hath power given unto him from the Father to redeem them from their sins
because of repentance; therefore he hath sent his angels to declare the tidings of
the conditions of repentance, which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto
the salvation of their souls.
12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer,
who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the
devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when
all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over
you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon
which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build
they cannot fall.
13 And it came to pass that these were the words which Helaman taught to his sons;
yea, he did teach them many things which are not written, and also many things which
14 And they did remember his words; and therefore they went forth, keeping the commandments
of God, to teach the word of God among all the people of Nephi, beginning at the
15 And from thenceforth to the city of Gid; and from the city of Gid to the city
16 And even from one city to another, until they had gone forth among all the people
of Nephi who were in the land southward; and from thence into the land of Zarahemla,
among the Lamanites.
17 And it came to pass that they did preach with great power, insomuch that they
did confound many of those dissenters who had gone over from the Nephites, insomuch
that they came forth and did confess their sins and were baptized unto repentance,
and immediately returned to the Nephites to endeavor to repair unto them the wrongs
which they had done.
18 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did preach unto the Lamanites with such
great power and authority, for they had power and authority, given unto them that
they might speak, and they also had what they should speak given unto them --
19 Therefore they did speak unto the great astonishment of the Lamanites, to the
convincing them, insomuch that there were eight thousand of the Lamanites who were
in the land of Zarahemla and round about baptized unto repentance, and were convinced
of the wickedness of the traditions of their fathers.
20 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did proceed from thence to go to the land
21 And it came to pass that they were taken by an army of the Lamanites and cast
into prison; yea, even in that same prison in which Ammon and his brethren were cast
by the servants of Limhi.
22 And after they had been cast into prison many days without food, behold, they
went forth into the prison to take them that they might slay them.
23 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi were encircled about as if by fire, even
insomuch that they durst not lay their hands upon them for fear lest they should
be burned. Nevertheless, Nephi and Lehi were not burned; and they were as standing
in the midst of fire and were not burned.
24 And when they saw that they were encircled about with a pillar of fire, and that
it burned them not, their hearts did take courage.
25 For they saw that the Lamanites durst not lay their hands upon them; neither durst
they come near unto them, but stood as if they were struck dumb with amazement.
26 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did stand forth and began to speak unto
them, saying: Fear not, for behold, it is God that has shown unto you this marvelous
thing, in the which is shown unto you that ye cannot lay your hands on us to slay
27 And behold, when they had said these words, the earth shook exceedingly, and the
walls of the prison did shake as if they were about to tumble to the earth; but behold,
they did not fall.
And behold, they that were in the prison were Lamanites and Nephites who were dissenters.
28 And it came to pass that they were overshadowed with a cloud of darkness, and
an awful solemn fear came upon them.
29 And it came to pass that there came a voice as if it were above the cloud of darkness,
saying: Repent ye, repent ye, and seek no more to destroy my servants whom I have
sent unto you to declare good tidings.
30 And it came to pass when they heard this voice, and beheld that it was not a voice
of thunder, neither was it a voice of a great tumultuous noise, but behold, it was
a still voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper, and it did pierce
even to the very soul --
31 And notwithstanding the mildness of the voice, behold the earth shook exceedingly,
and the walls of the prison trembled again, as if it were about to tumble to the
earth; and behold the cloud of darkness, which had overshadowed them, did not disperse
32 And behold the voice came again, saying: Repent ye, repent ye, for the kingdom
of heaven is at hand; and seek no more to destroy my servants. And it came to pass
that the earth shook again, and the walls trembled.
33 And also again the third time the voice came, and did speak unto them marvelous
words which cannot be uttered by man; and the walls did tremble again, and the earth
shook as if it were about to divide asunder.
34 And it came to pass that the Lamanites could not flee because of the cloud of
darkness which did overshadow them; yea, and also they were immovable because of
the fear which did come upon them.
35 Now there was one among them who was a Nephite by birth, who had once belonged
to the church of God but had dissented from them.
36 And it came to pass that he turned him about, and behold, he saw through the cloud
of darkness the faces of Nephi and Lehi; and behold, they did shine exceedingly,
even as the faces of angels. And he beheld that they did lift their eyes to heaven;
and they were in the attitude as if talking or lifting their voices to some being
whom they beheld.
37 And it came to pass that this man did cry unto the multitude, that they might
turn and look. And behold, there was power given unto them that they did turn and
look; and they did behold the faces of Nephi and Lehi.
38 And they said unto the man: Behold, what do all these things mean, and who is
it with whom these men do converse?
39 Now the man's name was Aminadab. And Aminadab said unto them: They do converse
with the angels of God.
40 And it came to pass that the Lamanites said unto him: What shall we do, that this
cloud of darkness may be removed from overshadowing us?
41 And Aminadab said unto them: You must repent, and cry unto the voice, even until
ye shall have faith in Christ, who was taught unto you by Alma, and Amulek, and Zeezrom;
and when ye shall do this, the cloud of darkness shall be removed from overshadowing
42 And it came to pass that they all did begin to cry unto the voice of him who had
shaken the earth; yea, they did cry even until the cloud of darkness was dispersed.
43 And it came to pass that when they cast their eyes about, and saw that the cloud
of darkness was dispersed from overshadowing them, behold, they saw that they were
encircled about, yea every soul, by a pillar of fire.
44 And Nephi and Lehi were in the midst of them; yea, they were encircled about;
yea, they were as if in the midst of a flaming fire, yet it did harm them not, neither
did it take hold upon the walls of the prison; and they were filled with that joy
which is unspeakable and full of glory.
45 And behold, the Holy Spirit of God did come down from heaven, and did enter into
their hearts, and they were filled as if with fire, and they could speak forth marvelous
46 And it came to pass that there came a voice unto them, yea, a pleasant voice,
as if it were a whisper, saying:
47 Peace, peace be unto you, because of your faith in my Well Beloved, who was from
the foundation of the world.
48 And now, when they heard this they cast up their eyes as if to behold from whence
the voice came; and behold, they saw the heavens open; and angels came down out of
heaven and ministered unto them.
49 And there were about three hundred souls who saw and heard these things; and they
were bidden to go forth and marvel not, neither should they doubt.
50 And it came to pass that they did go forth, and did minister unto the people,
declaring throughout all the regions round about all the things which they had heard
and seen, insomuch that the more part of the Lamanites were convinced of them, because
of the greatness of the evidences which they had received.
51 And as many as were convinced did lay down their weapons of war, and also their
hatred and the tradition of their fathers.
52 And it came to pass that they did yield up unto the Nephites the lands of their
1 And it came to pass that when the sixty and second year of the reign of the judges
had ended, all these things had happened and the Lamanites had become, the more part
of them, a righteous people, insomuch that their righteousness did exceed that of
the Nephites because of their firmness and their steadiness in the faith.
2 For behold, there were many of the Nephites who had become hardened and impenitent
and grossly wicked, insomuch that they did reject the word of God and all the preaching
and prophesying which did come among them.
3 Nevertheless, the people of the church did have great joy because of the conversion
of the Lamanites, yea, because of the church of God, which had been established among
them. And they did fellowship one with another and did rejoice one with another,
and did have great joy.
4 And it came to pass that many of the Lamanites did come down into the land of Zarahemla,
and did declare unto the people of the Nephites the manner of their conversion, and
did exhort them to faith and repentance.
5 Yea, and many did preach with exceedingly great power and authority, unto the bringing
down many of them into the depths of humility, to be the humble followers of God
and the Lamb.
6 And it came to pass that many of the Lamanites did go into the land northward;
and also Nephi and Lehi went into the land northward, to preach unto the people.
And thus ended the sixty and third year.
7 And behold, there was peace in all the land, insomuch that the Nephites did go
into whatsoever part of the land they would, whether among the Nephites or the Lamanites.
8 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did also go whithersoever they would, whether
it were among the Lamanites or among the Nephites; and thus they did have free intercourse
one with another, to buy and to sell, and to get gain, according to their desire.
9 And it came to pass that they became exceedingly rich, both the Lamanites and the
Nephites; and they did have an exceeding plenty of gold, and of silver, and of all
manner of precious metals, both in the land south and in the land north.
10 Now the land south was called Lehi and the land north was called Mulek, which
was after the son of Zedekiah; for the Lord did bring Mulek into the land north,
and Lehi into the land south.
11 And behold, there was all manner of gold in both these lands, and of silver, and
of precious ore of every kind; and there were also curious workmen, who did work
all kinds of ore and did refine it; and thus they did become rich.
12 They did raise grain in abundance, both in the north and in the south; and they
did flourish exceedingly, both in the north and in the south. And they did multiply
and wax exceedingly strong in the land. And they did raise many flocks and herds,
yea, many fatlings.
13 Behold their women did toil and spin, and did make all manner of cloth, of fine-twined
linen and cloth of every kind, to clothe their nakedness. And thus the sixty and
fourth year did pass away in peace.
14 And in the sixty and fifth year they did also have great joy and peace, yea, much
preaching and many prophecies concerning that which was to come. And thus passed
away the sixty and fifth year.
15 And it came to pass that in the sixty and sixth year of the reign of the judges,
behold, Cezoram was murdered by an unknown hand as he sat upon the judgment-seat.
And it came to pass that in the same year, that his son, who had been appointed by
the people in his stead, was also murdered. And thus ended the sixty and sixth year.
16 And in the commencement of the sixty and seventh year the people began to grow
exceedingly wicked again.
17 For behold, the Lord had blessed them so long with the riches of the world that
they had not been stirred up to anger, to wars, nor to bloodshed; therefore they
began to set their hearts upon their riches; yea, they began to seek to get gain
that they might be lifted up one above another; therefore they began to commit secret
murders, and to rob and to plunder, that they might get gain.
18 And now behold, those murderers and plunderers were a band who had been formed
by Kishkumen and Gadianton. And now it had come to pass that there were many, even
among the Nephites, of Gadianton's band. But behold, they were more numerous among
the more wicked part of the Lamanites. And they were called Gadianton's robbers and
19 And it was they who did murder the chief judge Cezoram, and his son, while in
the judgment-seat; and behold, they were not found.
20 And now it came to pass that when the Lamanites found that there were robbers
among them they were exceedingly sorrowful; and they did use every means in their
power to destroy them off the face of the earth.
21 But behold, Satan did stir up the hearts of the more part of the Nephites, insomuch
that they did unite with those bands of robbers, and did enter into their covenants
and their oaths, that they would protect and preserve one another in whatsoever difficult
circumstances they should be placed, that they should not suffer for their murders,
and their plunderings, and their stealings.
22 And it came to pass that they did have their signs, yea, their secret signs, and
their secret words; and this that they might distinguish a brother who had entered
into the covenant, that whatsoever wickedness his brother should do he should not
be injured by his brother, nor by those who did belong to his band, who had taken
23 And thus they might murder, and plunder, and steal, and commit whoredoms and all
manner of wickedness, contrary to the laws of their country and also the laws of
24 And whosoever of those who belonged to their band should reveal unto the world
of their wickedness and their abominations, should be tried, not according to the
laws of their country, but according to the laws of their wickedness, which had been
given by Gadianton and Kishkumen.
25 Now behold, it is these secret oaths and covenants which Alma commanded his son
should not go forth unto the world, lest they should be a means of bringing down
the people unto destruction.
26 Now behold, those secret oaths and covenants did not come forth unto Gadianton
from the records which were delivered unto Helaman; but behold, they were put into
the heart of Gadianton by that same being who did entice our first parents to partake
of the forbidden fruit --
27 Yea, that same being who did plot with Cain, that if he would murder his brother
Abel it should not be known unto the world. And he did plot with Cain and his followers
from that time forth.
28 And also it is that same being who put it into the hearts of the people to build
a tower sufficiently high that they might get to heaven. And it was that same being
who led on the people who came from that tower into this land; who spread the works
of darkness and abominations over all the face of the land, until he dragged the
people down to an entire destruction, and to an everlasting hell.
29 Yea, it is that same being who put it into the heart of Gadianton to still carry
on the work of darkness, and of secret murder; and he has brought it forth from the
beginning of man even down to this time.
30 And behold, it is he who is the author of all sin. And behold, he doth carry on
his works of darkness and secret murder, and doth hand down their plots, and their
oaths, and their covenants, and their plans of awful wickedness, from generation
to generation according as he can get hold upon the hearts of the children of men.
31 And now behold, he had got great hold upon the hearts of the Nephites; yea, insomuch
that they had become exceedingly wicked; yea, the more part of them had turned out
of the way of righteousness, and did trample under their feet the commandments of
God, and did turn unto their own ways, and did build up unto themselves idols of
their gold and their silver.
32 And it came to pass that all these iniquities did come unto them in the space
of not many years, insomuch that a more part of it had come unto them in the sixty
and seventh year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
33 And they did grow in their iniquities in the sixty and eighth year also
34 And thus we see that the Nephites did begin to dwindle in unbelief, and grow in
wickedness and abominations, while the Lamanites began to grow exceedingly in the
knowledge of their God; yea, they did begin to keep his statutes and commandments,
and to walk in truth and uprightness before him.
35 And thus we see that the Spirit of the Lord began to withdraw from the Nephites,
because of the wickedness and the hardness of their hearts.
36 And thus we see that the Lord began to pour out his Spirit upon the Lamanites,
because of their easiness and willingness to believe in his words.
37 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did hunt the band of robbers of Gadianton;
and they did preach the word of God among the more wicked part of them, insomuch
that this band of robbers was utterly destroyed from among the Lamanites.
38 And it came to pass on the other hand, that the Nephites did build them up and
support them, beginning at the more wicked part of them, until they had overspread
all the land of the Nephites, and had seduced the more part of the righteous until
they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils, and to
join with them in their secret murders and combinations.
39 And thus they did obtain the sole management of the government, insomuch that
they did trample under their feet and smite and rend and turn their backs upon the
poor and the meek, and the humble followers of God.
40 And thus we see that they were in an awful state, and ripening for an everlasting
41 And it came to pass that thus ended the sixty and eighth year of the reign of
the judges over the people of Nephi.
1 Behold, now it came to pass in the sixty and ninth year of the reign of the judges
over the people of the Nephites, that Nephi, the son of Helaman, returned to the
land of Zarahemla from the land northward.
2 For he had been forth among the people who were in the land northward, and did
preach the word of God unto them, and did prophesy many things unto them;
3 And they did reject all his words, insomuch that he could not stay among them,
but returned again unto the land of his nativity.
4 And seeing the people in a state of such awful wickedness, and those Gadianton
robbers filling the judgment-seats -- having usurped the power and authority of the
land; laying aside the commandments of God, and not in the least aright before him;
doing no justice unto the children of men;
5 Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and
the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office
at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might
get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit
adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills --
6 Now this great iniquity had come upon the Nephites, in the space of not many years;
and when Nephi saw it, his heart was swollen with sorrow within his breast; and he
did exclaim in the agony of his soul:
7 Oh, that I could have had my days in the days when my father Nephi first came out
of the land of Jerusalem, that I could have joyed with him in the promised land;
then were his people easy to be entreated, firm to keep the commandments of God,
and slow to be led to do iniquity; and they were quick to hearken unto the words
of the Lord --
8 Yea, if my days could have been in those days, then would my soul have had joy
in the righteousness of my brethren.
9 But behold, I am consigned that these are my days, and that my soul shall be filled
with sorrow because of this the wickedness of my brethren.
10 And behold, now it came to pass that it was upon a tower, which was in the garden
of Nephi, which was by the highway which led to the chief market, which was in the
city of Zarahemla; therefore, Nephi had bowed himself upon the tower which was in
his garden, which tower was also near unto the garden gate by which led the highway.
11 And it came to pass that there were certain men passing by and saw Nephi as he
was pouring out his soul unto God upon the tower; and they ran and told the people
what they had seen, and the people came together in multitudes that they might know
the cause of so great mourning for the wickedness of the people.
12 And now, when Nephi arose he beheld the multitudes of people who had gathered
13 And it came to pass that he opened his mouth and said unto them: Behold, why have
ye gathered yourselves together? That I may tell you of your iniquities?
14 Yea, because I have got upon my tower that I might pour out my soul unto my God,
because of the exceeding sorrow of my heart, which is because of your iniquities!
15 And because of my mourning and lamentation ye have gathered yourselves together,
and do marvel; yea, and ye have great need to marvel; yea, ye ought to marvel because
ye are given away that the devil has got so great hold upon your hearts.
16 Yea, how could you have given way to the enticing of him who is seeking to hurl
away your souls down to everlasting misery and endless wo?
17 O repent ye, repent ye! Why will ye die? Turn ye, turn ye unto the Lord your God.
Why has he forsaken you?
18 It is because you have hardened your hearts; yea, ye will not hearken unto the
voice of the good shepherd; yea, ye have provoked him to anger against you.
19 And behold, instead of gathering you, except ye will repent, behold, he shall
scatter you forth that ye shall become meat for dogs and wild beasts.
20 O, how could you have forgotten you God in the very day that he has delivered
21 But behold, it is to get gain, to be praised of men, yea, and that ye might get
gold and silver. And ye have set your hearts upon the riches and the vain things
of this world, for the which ye do murder, and plunder, and steal, and bear false
witness against your neighbor, and do all manner of iniquity.
22 And for this cause wo shall come unto you except ye shall repent. For if ye will
not repent, behold, this great city, and also all those great cities which are round
about, which are in the land of our possession, shall be taken away that ye shall
have no place in them; for behold, the Lord will not grant unto you strength, as
he has hitherto done, to withstand against your enemies.
23 For behold, thus saith the Lord: I will not show unto the wicked of my strength,
to one more than the other, save it be unto those that repent of their sins, and
hearken unto my words. Now therefore, I would that ye should behold, my brethren,
that it shall be better for the Lamanites than for you except ye shall repent.
24 For behold, they are more righteous than you, for they have not sinned against
that great knowledge which ye have received; therefore the Lord will be merciful
unto them; yea, he will lengthen out their days and increase their seed, even when
thou shalt be utterly destroyed except thou shalt repent.
25 Yea, wo be unto you because of that great abomination which has come among you;
and ye have united yourselves unto it, yea, to that secret band which was established
26 Yea, wo shall come unto you because of that pride which ye have suffered to enter
your hearts, which has lifted you up beyond that which is good because of your exceedingly
27 Yea, wo be unto you because of your wickedness and abominations!
28 And except ye repent ye shall perish; yea, even your lands shall be taken from
you, and ye shall be destroyed from off the face of the earth.
29 Behold now, I do not say that these things shall be, of myself, because it is
not of myself that I know these things; but behold, I know that these things are
true because the Lord God has made them known unto me, therefore I testify that they