Nephi, the son of Helaman, returns to Zarahelma from his preaching mission--It was a disaster;
everyone rejected all of his words--Nephi climbs up a tower and
prays--A multitude gather to see what he's up to--Nephi opens his mouth and insults them. (23-20 BCE)
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Ye shall become meat for dogs
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
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;
Nephi, the son of Helaman, returned from his preaching mission.
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.
It was a total disaster.
Everyone rejected all of his words.
And the Gadianton robbers sat on all the judgement seats.
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,
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.
So Nephi climbed a tower in the city of Zarahemla.
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.
When some people saw him up there pouring out his soul to God, they told everyone about it,
a large crowd came to see what was happening.
12 And now, when Nephi arose he beheld the multitudes of people who had gathered together.
When Nephi saw the people who had gathered below him, he opened his mouth and said to them:
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!
Is it OK if I tell you how awful you are?
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
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.
The devil controls your hearts.
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 you?
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.
You are murderers, plunderers, stealers and liars.
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
If you don't repent God will punish you even more than the Lamanites.
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 by Gadianton!
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 great riches!
You have joined Gadianton's secret band!
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.
Woe to you because of your wickedness and abominations!
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 shall be.
God told me these things so they must be true.