Nephi goes to the Lord for his own testimony, shares what he learned with his brothers, goes back the Lord, gains more light and knowledge, and returns to his father, Lehi.
1:47 [2:16a] ¶ And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceeding young, nevertheless, being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of Elohim1,
1:48 [2:16b] Wherefore, I did cry unto YHVH2; and behold, He did visit me and did soften my heart, that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers.
1:49 [2:17a] And I spake unto Sam, making known unto him the things which YHVH2 had manifested unto me by His Holy Spirit.
1:50 [2:17b] ¶ And it came to pass that he believed in my words;
1:51 [2:18a] But behold, Laman and Lemuel would not hearken unto my words;
1:52 [2:18b] And being grieved because of the hardness of their hearts, I cried unto YHVH2 for them.
1:53 [2:19] ¶ And it came to pass that YHVH2 spake unto me, saying: Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of thy faith; for thou hast sought me diligently with lowliness of heart.
1:54 [2:20] And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper and shall be led to a land of promise, yea, even a land which I have prepared for you, yea, a land which is choice above all other lands.
1:55 [2:21] And inasmuch as thy brethren shall rebel against thee, they shall be cut off from the presence of YHVH2.
1:56 [2:22] And inasmuch as thou shalt keep my commandments, thou shalt be made a ruler and a teacher over thy brethren.
1:57 [2:23] For behold, in that day that they shall rebel against me, I will curse them even with a sore curse; and they shall have no power over thy seed, except they shall rebel against me also.
1:58 [2:24] And if it so be that they rebel against me, they shall be a scourge unto thy seed, to stir them up in the ways of remembrance.
[OPV Chapter 3]
1:59 [3:1] ¶ And it came to pass that I, Nephi, returned from speaking with YHVH2, to the tent of my father.
This text has been edited from the original to change Greek or English terms to the Hebrew.
RAV is the Book of Mormon version more commonly used by Community of Christ and their offshoots, [OPV] is the version more commonly used by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their offshoots. Neither version was available in the original denomination.
(1) Elohim: “Gods.” Can denote the Godhead or Trinity as a whole, God the Father & Mother, or the Masculine and Feminine aspects of God.
(2) YHVH: also known as the Tetragrammaton, translated as Yahweh, Jehovah, Yehovah, or LORD.
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