3 Nephi 8
When Jesus died, God went on a rampage
Nephi's writings are true, unless he made a mistake--The people look for Samuel's prophecy--Terrible storms break out--Many cities burn, sink into the sea, or are buried under mountains--The inhabitants are killed--Rocks break
amd the entire earth is deformed--There is no light anywhere on earth for three days--The people mourn those that God killed.
Version - Chapter 42: The Signs of Christís Crucifixion
|8:1 And now it came to pass that according to our record, and
we know our record to be true, for behold, it was a just man who did keep the record -- for he truly did many miracles in
the name of Jesus; and there was not any man who could do a miracle in the name of Jesus save he were cleansed
every whit from his iniquity -- ||
(8:1) We know our record to be true ... if there be no mistake.|
We know that Nephi's record is true, because Nephi was a just man who did many miracles. So unless Nephi made a mistake, it was the year 33 CE.
|8:2 And now it came to pass,
if there was no mistake made by this man in the
reckoning of our time, the thirty and third year had passed away;
|8:3 And the people began to look with great earnestness for
the sign which had been given by the
prophet Samuel, the Lamanite, yea, for the time that there should be darkness for the space of three days over
the face of the land.||
(8:3-4) The sign which had been given by the prophet Samuel, the Lamanite|
So the people began to look for Samuel's sign -- three days of complete darkness -- which was supposed to happen in 33 CE. (See 1 Nephi 19:11
and Helaman 14:20-27) Although some doubted that this would ever happen.
|8:4 And there began to be great doubtings and disputations among the people, notwithstanding so many
signs had been given. ||
|8:5 It came to pass in the thirty and fourth year,
in the first month, on the fourth day of the month, there arose a great storm, such an one as never had been known
in all the land. ||
(8:5-7) There was terrible thunder.|
But then, on a certain day (the fourth day of the first month) in the next year (34 CE), a great storm came up, with terrible thunder and lightning, that shook the earth so much it seemed like it would fall apart.
|8:6 And there was also a great and terrible tempest; and
there was terrible thunder, insomuch that
it did shake the whole earth as if it was about to divide asunder.
|8:7 And there were exceedingly sharp lightnings, such as never had been known
in all the land.
|8:8 And the city of Zarahemla did take fire. ||
The inhabitants thereof were slain
When Jesus died, the inhabitants of many great cities died with him. Entire cities were
sunk into the ocean, or were burned, or destroyed by earthquakes.
The city of Zarahelma burned, the city of Moroni sunk to the bottom of the sea, and a mountain fell on and buried the city of Moronihah. There was great destruction in the land northward, highways were broken up and many
smooth places became rough. Many great cities sunk into the ocean, others were burned or destroyed by earthquakes. All of the inhabitants of these cities died.
|8:9 And the city of Moroni did sink into the depths of the sea, and the inhabitants thereof were drowned.
|8:10 And the earth was carried up upon the city of Moronihah that in the place of the city there
became a great mountain.
|8:11 And there was a great and terrible destruction in the land southward.
|8:12 But behold, there was a more great and terrible destruction in the land northward; for
behold, the whole face of the land was changed, because of the tempest and the whirlwinds and the thunderings
and the lightnings, and the exceedingly great quaking of the whole earth;
|8:13 And the highways were broken up, and the level roads were spoiled, and many smooth places
|8:14 And many great and notable cities were sunk, and many were burned, and many were shaken
till the buildings thereof had fallen to the earth, and the inhabitants thereof were slain, and the places
were left desolate.
|8:15 And there were some cities which remained; but the damage thereof
was exceedingly great, and there were many of them who were slain. ||
(8:15-16) Some who were carried away in the whirlwind|
The cities that weren't completely destroyed were badly damaged, and many of inhabitants died. Some were carried away in whirlwinds.
|8:16 And there were some who were
carried away in the whirlwind; and whither they went no man knoweth, save they know that they were carried away.
|8:17 And thus the face of the whole earth became deformed, because of the tempests, and the thunderings, and the
lightnings, and the quaking of the earth. ||
The face of the whole earth became deformed.
When Jesus died, the entire earth was deformed. There were, of course, the usual tempests, thunderings, and lightnings. But rocks were also broken across the face of the earth. All of this geological
destruction occurred in about the space of three hours.
|8:18 And behold, the rocks were rent in twain; they were broken
up upon the face of the whole earth, insomuch that they were found in broken fragments, and in seams and in cracks, upon
all the face of the land.
|8:19 It came to pass that when the thunderings, and the lightnings, and
the storm, and the tempest, and the quakings of the earth did cease -- for behold, they did last for about
the space of three hours; and it was said by some that the time was greater; nevertheless, all these great and
terrible things were done in about the space of three hours -- and then behold, there was darkness upon the face
of the land. |
|8:20 It came to pass that there was thick darkness upon all the face of
the land, insomuch that the inhabitants thereof who had not fallen could feel the vapor of darkness;
For the space of three days that there was no light seen.
For three days after Jesus died, there was absolutely no light -- not from the sun, moon, or stars, or from candles, campfires, or fireflies.
|8:21 And there could be no light, because of the darkness, neither candles, neither torches;
neither could there be fire kindled with their fine and exceedingly dry wood, so that
there could not be any light at all;
|8:22 And there was not any light seen, neither fire, nor glimmer, neither the sun, nor the moon,
nor the stars, for so great were the mists of darkness which were upon the face of the land.
|8:23 It came to pass that it did last for the space of three days that there
was no light seen; and there was great mourning and howling and weeping among all the people continually; yea,
great were the groanings of the people, because of the darkness and the great destruction which had come upon
|8:24 And in one place they were heard to cry, saying: O that we had repented before this great
and terrible day, and then would our brethren have been spared, and
they would not have been burned in that
great city Zarahemla. ||
(8:24-25) They would not have been burned.|
After the whole thing was over, people cried out saying, "Darn, we should have repented. Then God wouldn't have had to smash, bury, drown, and burn to death so many people."
|8:25 And in another place they were heard to cry and mourn, saying: O that we had repented
before this great and terrible day, and had not killed and stoned the prophets, and cast them out; then
would our mothers and our fair daughters, and our children have been spared, and not have been buried up
in that great city Moronihah. And thus were the howlings of the people great and terrible.
And it came to pass (8:1, 2, 5, 19, 20, 23)
Exceedingly (8:7, 12, 15, 21)
(8:1, 2) Is the Book of Mormon true?