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A Library Tour through Mosiah 3
1. And again my brethren, I would call your attention, for I have somewhat more to
speak unto you; for behold, I have things to tell you concerning that which is to
2. And the things which I shall tell you are made known unto me by an angel from
God. And he said unto me: Awake; and I awoke, and behold he stood before me.
3. And he said unto me: Awake, and hear the words which I shall tell thee; for behold,
I am come to declare unto you the glad tidings of great joy.
4. For the Lord hath heard thy prayers, and hath judged of thy righteousness, and
hath sent me to declare unto thee that thou mayest rejoice; and that thou mayest
declare unto thy people, that they may also be filled with joy.
5. For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord
Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall
come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle
of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing
the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their
sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.
6. And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of
the children of men.
7. And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue,
even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh
from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations
of his people.
8. And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and
earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called
9. And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of
men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him
a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him.
10. And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge
the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might
come upon the children of men.
11. For behold, and also his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen
by the transgression of Adam, who have died not knowing the will of God concerning
them, or who have ignorantly sinned.
12. But wo, wo unto him who knoweth that he rebelleth against God! For salvation
cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
13. And the Lord God hath sent his holy prophets among all the children of men, to
declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever
should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive remission of their
sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy, even as though he had already come
14. Yet the Lord God saw that his people were a stiffnecked people, and he appointed
unto them a law, even the law of Moses.
15. And many signs, and wonders, and types, and shadows showed he unto them, concerning
his coming; and also holy prophets spake unto them concerning his coming; and yet
they hardened their hearts, and understood not that the law of Moses availeth nothing
except it were through the atonement of his blood.
16. And even if it were possible that little children could sin they could not be
saved; but I say unto you they are blessed; for behold, as in Adam, or by nature,
they fall, even so the blood of Christ atoneth for their sins.
17. And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any
other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in
and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.
18. For behold he judgeth, and his judgment is just; and the infant perisheth not
that dieth in his infancy; but men drink damnation to their own souls except they
humble themselves and become as little children, and believe that salvation was,
and is, and is to come, in and through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.
19. For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and
will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit,
and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ
the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love,
willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even
as a child doth submit to his father.
The Book of Mormon – The Earliest Text.
Edited by Royal Skousen
The original Book of Mormon text read “For the natural man is an enemy to God and
has been from the fall of Adam and will be forever and ever but if he yieldeth to
the enticings of the Holy Spirit. . .” It was edited to “unless” in the 1920 edition.
Naysayers have criticized the language of the Book of Mormon on two bases: that
it was Joseph Smith’s ignorant, country 19th century speech, and that it plagiarizes
the King James Bible. This verse, one of many, demonstrates that the language of
the Book of Mormon is neither. The language is consistently Early Modern English.
“This older form of English, dating approximately from 1500 to 1700, is familiar
enough from the language of the King James Bible.” Yet the Book of Mormon has many
examples of such language which are not found in the King James Bible, as the “but
if” meaning “unless” or “except” in this verse.
From the Oxford English Dictionary, citations from about 1200 to 1596. Philip Sidney,
Arcadia (1580): “He did not like that maids should once stir out of their fathers’
houses but if it were to milk a cow.”
This phraseology, “but if,” was no longer in use in Joseph Smith’s 19th Century
America. Indeed, it pre-dated the King James Bible, which was translated in 1611.
20. And moreover, I say unto you, that the time shall come when the knowledge of
the Savior shall spread throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.
21. And behold, when that time cometh, none shall be found blameless before God,
except it be little children, only through repentance and faith on the name of the
Lord God Omnipotent.
22. And even at this time, when thou shalt have taught thy people the things which
the Lord thy God hath commanded thee, even then are they found no more blameless
in the sight of God, only according to the words which I have spoken unto thee.
23. And now I have spoken the words which the Lord God hath commanded me.
24. And thus saith the Lord: They shall stand as a bright testimony against this
people, at the judgment day; whereof they shall be judged, every man according to
his works, whether they be good, or whether they be evil.
25. And if they be evil they are consigned to an awful view of their own guilt and
abominations, which doth cause them to shrink from the presence of the Lord into
a state of misery and endless torment, from whence they can no more return; therefore
they have drunk damnation to their own souls.
26. Therefore, they have drunk out of the cup of the wrath of God, which justice
could no more deny unto them than it could deny that Adam should fall because of
his partaking of the forbidden fruit; therefore, mercy could have claim on them no
27. And their torment is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flames are unquenchable,
and whose smoke ascendeth up forever and ever. Thus hath the Lord commanded me. Amen.