Everyone asks for the atoning blood of Jesus--The Spirit of the Lord came upon the people--King Benjamin tells them to
love each other, help the poor, and return what they borrow. (124 BCE)
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The King's Speech (Part 3)
1 And now, it came to pass
that when king Benjamin had made an end of speaking the words which had been
delivered unto him by the angel of the Lord, that he cast his eyes round about
on the multitude, and behold they had fallen to the earth, for the fear of the Lord had come upon them.
After King Benjamin finished his speech that was delivered to him by an angel ,
he looked around and saw that everyone had fallen to the ground in fear, calling out in one voice, saying:
2 And they had viewed themselves in their own carnal state, even less than
the dust of the earth. And
they all cried aloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive
forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who created
heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men.
Have mercy on us and apply the atoning blood of Christ.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven and earth.
3 And it came to pass that after they had spoken these words the Spirit of the Lord
came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received a remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience,
because of the exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ who should come, according to the words which king Benjamin
had spoken unto them.
After they said that, the Spirit of the Lord came upon them and they were all filled with joy.
4 And king Benjamin again opened his mouth and began to speak unto them, saying: My friends and my
brethren, my kindred and my people, I would again call your attention, that ye may hear and understand the remainder of
my words which I shall speak unto you.
5 For behold, if the knowledge of the goodness of God at this time has awakened you to a sense of your
nothingness, and your worthless and fallen state --
6 I say unto you, if ye have come to a knowledge of the goodness of God, and his matchless power, and his
wisdom, and his patience, and his long-suffering towards the children of men; and also, the atonement which has been
prepared from the foundation of the world, that thereby salvation might come to him that should put his trust in the
Lord, and should be diligent in keeping his commandments, and continue in the faith even unto the end of his life, I
mean the life of the mortal body --
7 I say, that this is the man who receiveth salvation, through the atonement which was prepared from the
foundation of the world for all mankind, which ever were since the fall of Adam, or who are, or who ever shall be, even
unto the end of the world.
8 And this is the means whereby salvation cometh. And there is none other salvation save this which hath
been spoken of; neither are there any conditions whereby man can be saved except the conditions which I have told
9 Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth;
believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all
the things which the Lord can comprehend.
10 And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before
God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye
11 And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory
of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins,
which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should
remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and
long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the
name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth
of the angel.
12 And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of
God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created
you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.
13 And ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably, and to render to every man
according to that which is his due.
14 And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they
transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or
who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness.
Then the king began speaking again, saying:
15 But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach
them to love one another, and to serve one another.
16 And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need
of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not
suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
17 Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and
will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are
18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he
repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the
substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we
have of every kind?
20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your
sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that
your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find
utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye
have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then,
how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.
22 And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and
condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you
but to God, to whom also your life belongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast
23 I say unto you, wo be unto that man, for his substance shall perish with him; and now, I say these
things unto those who are rich as pertaining to the things of this world.
24 And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to
day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts that: I give not
because I have not, but if I had I would give.
25 And now, if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless, otherwise ye are condemned; and your
condemnation is just for ye covet that which ye have not received.
26 And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you -- that is, for the sake of
retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God -- I would that ye should
impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing
the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their
27 And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should
run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the
prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.
Help the poor and those in need.
28 And I would that ye should remember, that whosoever among you
borroweth of his neighbor should return the thing that he borroweth, according as he doth agree, or else thou shalt commit sin; and perhaps thou shalt cause
thy neighbor to commit sin also.
29 And finally, I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin; for there are divers ways and
means, even so many that I cannot number them.
30 But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words,
and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the
coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.
Return whatever your borrow.
- The words which had been delivered unto him by the angel of the Lord. (v.1)
King Benjamin's speech was delivered to him, word for word, by an angel of the Lord.
You just can't get a better speech writer than that!