First Nephi: 11

New paragraph in 1830 edition:
New page in 1830 edition: 23
LDS verse number: 23
Deletion in later editions: 1830 text
Insertion in later editions: later text

N.B. Changes in capitalization and punctuation have not been noted in general.




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1 For it came to pass that after I had desired to know the things that my father had seen, and believing that the Lord was able to make them known unto me; wherefore, as I sat 24 pondering in mine heart, I was caught away in the spirit of the Lord, yea, into an exceeding exceedingly high mountain, which I never had before seen, and upon which I never had before sat set my foot.

2 And the spirit saith said unto me, Behold, what desirest thou?

3 And I saith, said: I desire to behold the things which my father saw.

4 And the spirit saith said unto me, Believest thou that thy father saw the tree of which he hath spoken?

5 And I said yea; thou knowest that I believe all the words of my father.

6 And when I had spoken these words, the spirit cried with a loud voice, saying: Hosanna to the Lord, the most high God; for he is God over all the earth, yea, even above all; and blessed art thou, Nephi, because thou believest in the Son of the Most High God; wherefore, thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired.

7: This passage shows the author's lack of facility with the English of the King James Version. It incorrectly switches between the singular (i.e. "thou", "thee", "thy") and the plural (i.e. "ye"). These grammatical errors survive in modern LDS editions of the Book of Mormon.

7 And behold, this thing shall be given unto thee for a sign: that after thou hast beheld the tree which bore the fruit which thy father tasted, thou shalt also behold a man descending out of Heaven, and him shall ye witness; and after that ye have witnessed him, ye shall bear record that it is the Son of God.

8 And it came to pass that the spirit saith said unto me, look! and I looked and beheld a tree; and it was like unto the tree which my father had seen; and the beauty thereof was far beyond, yea, exceeding of all beauty; and the whiteness thereof, did exceed the whiteness of the driven snow.

9 And it came to pass that after that I had seen the tree, I said unto the spirit, I behold thou hast shewn shown unto me the tree which is precious above all.

10 And he saith said unto me, What desirest thou?

11 And I said unto him, to know the interpretation thereof; for I spake unto him as a man speaketh; for I beheld that he was in the form of a man; yet, nevertheless, I knew that it was the spirit of the Lord; and he spake unto me as a man speaketh with another.

12 And it came to pass that he said unto me, look: And I looked as if to look upon him, and I saw him not; for he had gone from before my presence.

13 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great city of Jerusalem, and also other cities. And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceeding exceedingly fair and white.

14 And it came to pass that I saw the Heavens open; and an angel came down and stood before me; and he saith said unto me, Nephi, what beholdest thou?

15 And I saith said unto him, a virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other virgins.

16 And he saith said 25 unto me, Knowest thou the condescention condescension of God?

17 And I said unto him, I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.

18: This verse originally taught that Mary was the "mother of God", but Mormon leaders changed the text by adding "the Son of" some time prior to the 1879 Liverpool edition to support their doctrines about the Godhead.

18 And he said unto me, Behold, the virgin which whom thou seest, is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.

19 And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the spirit; and after that she had been carried away in the spirit for the space of time, the angel spake unto me, saying, look!

20 And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.

21: This verse lends doctrinal support to verse 18 that Jesus is God the Father. Again Mormon leaders changed the text some time prior to the 1879 Liverpool edition to support their doctrines.

21 And the angel said unto me, behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?

22 And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.

23 And he spake unto me, saying, Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.

24 And after that he had said these words, he said unto me, look! And I looked, and I beheld the Son of God going forth among the children of men; and I saw many fall down at his feet and worship him.

25 And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God.

26 And the angel said unto me again, Look and behold the condescention condescension of God!

27 And I looked and beheld the Redeemer of the world, of which whom my father had spoken; and I also beheld the prophet, which whom should prepare the way before him. And the Lamb of God went forth, and was baptised baptized of him; and after that he was baptised baptized, I beheld the Heavens open, and the Holy Ghost come down out of Heaven and abode abide upon him in the form of a dove.

28 And I beheld that he went forth ministering unto the people, in power and great glory; and the multitudes were gathered together to hear him; and I beheld that they cast him out from among them.

29 And I also beheld twelve others following him. And it came to pass that they were carried away in the spirit, from before my face, that and I saw them not.

30 And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying, look! And I looked, and I beheld the Heavens open again, and I saw angels descending upon the children of men; and they did minister unto them.

31 And he spake unto me again, saying, look! And I looked, and I beheld the Lamb of God going forth among 26 the children of men. And I beheld multitudes of people which who were sick, and which who were afflicted of with all manner of diseases, and with devils, and unclean spirits; and the angel spake, and shewed showed all these things unto me. And they were healed by the power of the Lamb of God; and the devils and the unclean spirits were cast out.

32: Yet again Mormon leaders changed the text by adding "the Son of" some time prior to the 1879 Liverpool edition to support their doctrines about the Godhead.

32 And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying, look! And I looked and beheld the Lamb of God, that he was taken by the people; yea, the Son of the Everlasting God, was judged of the world; and I saw and bear record.

33 And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross, and slain for the sins of the world.

34 And after that he was slain, I saw the multitudes of the earth, that they were gathered together to fight against the apostles of the Lamb; for thus were the twelve called by the angel of the Lord.

35 And the multitude of the earth was gathered together; and I beheld that they were in a large spacious and building, like unto the building which my father saw. And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying, Behold the world and the wisdom thereof; yea, behold, the House of Israel hath gathered together, to fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

36 And it came to pass that I saw and bear record, that the great and spacious building was the pride of the world; and it fell; and the fall thereof was exceeding exceedingly great. And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: Thus shall be the destruction of all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, that shall fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb. < 10 | Contents | 12 >

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