1 And now, Jacob, I speak unto you: Thou art my a-born in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness. And behold, in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and much sorrow, because of the rudeness of thy brethren.
2 Nevertheless, Jacob, my first-born in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine a for thy gain.
3 Wherefore, thy soul shall be blessed, and thou shalt dwell safely with thy brother, Nephi; and thy days shall be a in the service of thy God. Wherefore, I know that thou art redeemed, because of the righteousness of thy Redeemer; for thou hast b that in the c of time he cometh to bring salvation unto men.
4 And thou hast a in thy youth his glory; wherefore, thou art blessed even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh; for the Spirit is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. And the way is prepared from the fall of man, and b is c.
5 And men are instructed sufficiently that they a good from evil. And the b is given unto men. And by the law no flesh is c; or, by the law men are d off. Yea, by the temporal law they were cut off; and also, by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good, and become miserable forever.
6 Wherefore, a cometh in and through the b c; for he is full of d and truth.
7 Behold, he offereth himself a a for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto b else can the c of the law be answered.
8 Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, a it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who b down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the c of the dead, being the first that should rise.
9 Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make a for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved.
10 And because of the intercession for a, all men come unto God; wherefore, they stand in the presence of him, to be b of him according to the truth and c which is in him. Wherefore, the ends of the law which the Holy One hath given, unto the inflicting of the d which is affixed, which punishment that is affixed is in opposition to that of the happiness which is affixed, to answer the ends of the e—
11 For it must needs be, that there is an a in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.
12 Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no a in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the b of God.
13 And if ye shall say there is a law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not b is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.
14 And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and a; for there is a God, and he hath b all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be c upon.
15 And to bring about his eternal a in the end of man, after he had b our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the c of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the d e in f to the g of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter.
16 Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should a for himself. Wherefore, man could not b for himself save it should be that he was c by the one or the other.
17 And I, Lehi, according to the things which I have read, must needs suppose that an a of God, according to that which is written, had b from heaven; wherefore, he became a c, having sought that which was evil before God.
18 And because he had fallen from heaven, and had become miserable forever, he a also the misery of all mankind. Wherefore, he said unto Eve, yea, even that old serpent, who is the devil, who is the father of all b, wherefore he said: Partake of the forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die, but ye shall be as God, c good and evil.
19 And after Adam and Eve had a of the forbidden fruit they were driven out of the garden of b, to till the earth.
20 And they have brought forth children; yea, even the a of all the earth.
21 And the days of the children of a were prolonged, according to the b of God, that they might c while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a state of d, and their time was lengthened, according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men. For he gave commandment that all men must repent; for he showed unto all men that they were e, because of the transgression of their parents.
22 And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.
23 And they would have had no a; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no b, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no c.
24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who a all things.
25 a b that men might be; and men c, that they might have d.
26 And the a cometh in the fulness of time, that he may b the children of men from the fall. And because that they are c from the fall they have become d forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the e at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.
27 Wherefore, men are a according to the b; and c things are d them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to e f and eternal g, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be h like unto himself.
28 And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great a, and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit;
29 And not choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the a which is therein, which giveth the spirit of the devil power to b, to bring you down to c, that he may reign over you in his own kingdom.
30 I have spoken these few words unto you all, my sons, in the last days of my probation; and I have chosen the good part, according to the words of the prophet. And I have none other object save it be the everlasting a of your souls. Amen.
Joseph in Egypt saw the Nephites in vision—He prophesied of Joseph Smith, the latter-day seer; of Moses, who would deliver Israel; and of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. About 588–570 B.C.
1 And now I speak unto you, Joseph, my a-born. Thou wast born in the wilderness of mine afflictions; yea, in the days of my greatest sorrow did thy mother bear thee.
2 And may the Lord consecrate also unto thee this a, which is a most precious land, for thine inheritance and the inheritance of thy seed with thy brethren, for thy security forever, if it so be that ye shall keep the commandments of the Holy One of Israel.
3 And now, Joseph, my last-born, whom I have brought out of the wilderness of mine afflictions, may the Lord bless thee forever, for thy a shall not utterly be b.
4 For behold, thou art the fruit of my loins; and I am a descendant of a who was carried b into Egypt. And great were the c of the Lord which he made unto Joseph.
5 Wherefore, Joseph truly a our day. And he obtained a b of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a c d unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, but a branch which was to be broken off, nevertheless, to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made e unto them in the latter days, in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of f unto light—yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom.
6 For Joseph truly testified, saying: A a shall the Lord my God raise up, who shall be a choice seer unto the fruit of my b.
7 Yea, Joseph truly said: Thus saith the Lord unto me: A choice a will I b up out of the fruit of thy loins; and he shall be esteemed highly among the fruit of thy loins. And unto him will I give commandment that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren, which shall be of great worth unto them, even to the bringing of them to the c of the covenants which I have made with thy fathers.
8 And I will give unto him a commandment that he shall do a other work, save the work which I shall command him. And I will make him great in mine eyes; for he shall do my work.
9 And he shall be great like unto a, whom I have said I would raise up unto you, to b my c, O house of Israel.
10 And a will I raise up, to deliver thy people out of the land of Egypt.
11 But a a will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins; and unto him will I give b to c forth my word unto the seed of thy loins—and not to the bringing forth my word only, saith the Lord, but to the convincing them of my word, which shall have already gone forth among them.
12 Wherefore, the fruit of thy loins shall a; and the fruit of the loins of b shall c; and that which shall be written by the fruit of thy loins, and also that which shall be written by the fruit of the loins of Judah, shall grow together, unto the d of e doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing f among the fruit of thy loins, and g them to the h of their fathers in the latter days, and also to the knowledge of my covenants, saith the Lord.
13 And out of weakness he shall be made strong, in that day when my work shall commence among all my people, unto the restoring thee, O house of Israel, saith the Lord.
14 And thus prophesied Joseph, saying: Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise, which I have obtained of the Lord, of the fruit of my loins, shall be fulfilled. Behold, I am sure of the fulfilling of this promise;
15 And his a shall be called after me; and it shall be after the b of his father. And he shall be c unto me; for the thing, which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand, by the power of the Lord shall bring d people unto e.
16 Yea, thus prophesied Joseph: I am sure of this thing, even as I am sure of the promise of Moses; for the Lord hath said unto me, I will a thy seed forever.
17 And the Lord hath said: I will raise up a Moses; and I will give power unto him in a rod; and I will give judgment unto him in writing. Yet I will not loose his tongue, that he shall speak much, for I will not make him mighty in speaking. But I will a unto him my law, by the finger of mine own hand; and I will make a b for him.
18 And the Lord said unto me also: I will raise up unto the fruit of thy loins; and I will make for him a spokesman. And I, behold, I will give unto him that he shall write the writing of the fruit of thy loins, unto the fruit of thy loins; and the spokesman of thy loins shall declare it.
19 And the words which he shall write shall be the words which are expedient in my wisdom should go forth unto the a of thy loins. And it shall be as if the fruit of thy loins had cried unto them b the dust; for I know their faith.
20 And they shall a from the b; yea, even repentance unto their brethren, even after many generations have gone by them. And it shall come to pass that their cry shall go, even according to the simpleness of their words.
21 Because of their faith their a shall proceed forth out of my mouth unto their brethren who are the fruit of thy loins; and the weakness of their words will I make strong in their faith, unto the remembering of my covenant which I made unto thy fathers.
22 And now, behold, my son Joseph, after this manner did my father of old a.
23 Wherefore, because of this covenant thou art a; for thy seed shall not be destroyed, for they shall b unto the words of the book.
24 And there shall rise up a mighty among them, who shall do much good, both in word and in deed, being an instrument in the hands of God, with exceeding faith, to work mighty wonders, and do that thing which is great in the sight of God, unto the bringing to pass much b unto the house of Israel, and unto the seed of thy brethren.
25 And now, blessed art thou, Joseph. Behold, thou art little; wherefore hearken unto the words of thy brother, Nephi, and it shall be done unto thee even according to the words which I have spoken. Remember the words of thy dying father. Amen.