This week we look at Lehi through the eyes of Nephi, and we flee to the wilderness to protect our righteous desires.
1:15 [1:16a] And now, I, Nephi, do not make a full account of the things which my father hath written, for he hath written many things which he saw in visions and in dreams;
1:16a [1:16b] And he also hath written many things which he prophesied and spake unto his children, of which I shall not make a full account;
1:16b [1:17a] But I shall make an account of my proceedings in my days.
1:17 [1:17b] Behold, I make an abridgment of the record of my father upon plates which I have made with mine own hands; wherefore, after I have abridged the record of my father, then will I make an account of mine own life.
1:18a [1:18a] ¶ Therefore, I would that ye should know that after YHVH(1)had shown so many marvelous things unto my father Lehi,
1:18b [1:18b] Yea, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, behold, he went forth among the people and began to prophesy and to declare unto them concerning the things which he had both seen and heard.
1:19 [1:19a] ¶ And it came to pass that the Jews did mock him because of the things which he testified of them; for he truly testified of their wickedness and their abominations;
1:20 [1:19b] And he testified that the things which he saw and heard, and also the things which he read in the book, manifested plainly of the coming of a Messiah and also the redemption of the world.
1:21 [1:20a] ¶ And when the Jews heard these things, they were angry with him, yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain;
1:22 [1:20b] And they also sought his life, that they might take it away.
1:23 [1:20c] But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of YHVH are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.
[OPV Chapter 2]
1:24 [2:1a] ¶ For behold, it came to pass that YHVH spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done;
1:25 [2:1b] And because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee, behold, they seek to take away thy life.
1:26 [2:2] ¶ And it came to pass that YHVH gave unto to my father teshuvah (2), even in a dream, that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness.
1:27 [2:3] And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of YHVH; wherefore, he did as YHVH commanded him.
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) YHVH: also known as the Tetragrammaton, translated as Yahweh, Jehovah, Yehovah, or LORD.
(2) Teshuvah: The return back to God, usually translated as “repentance,” “redemption,” “commandment,” or “grace.”
Music: “Impact Moderato” by Kevin MacLeod