THE BOOK OF JACOB
THE BROTHER OF NEPHI
The pure in heart receive the pleasing word of God—Lamanite righteousness exceeds that of Nephites—Jacob warns against fornication, lasciviousness, and every sin. Between 544 and 421 B.C.
behold, I, Jacob, would speak unto you that are pure in heart. Look unto God with firmness of mind, and apray
unto him with exceeding faith, and he will bconsole
you in your cafflictions
, and he will plead your cause, and send down djustice
upon those who seek your destruction.
O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his alove
; for ye may, if your bminds
But, wo, wo, unto you that are not pure in heart, that are filthy this day before God; for except ye repent the land is acursed
for your sakes; and the Lamanites, which are not bfilthy
like unto you, nevertheless they are ccursed
with a sore cursing, shall scourge you even unto destruction.
And the time speedily cometh, that except ye repent they shall possess the land of your inheritance, and the Lord God will alead
away the righteous out from among you.
Behold, the Lamanites your brethren, whom ye hate because of their filthiness and the cursing which hath come upon their skins, are more righteous than you; for they have not aforgotten
the commandment of the Lord, which was given unto our father—that they should have save it were bone
wife, and cconcubines
they should have none, and there should not be dwhoredoms
committed among them.
And now, this commandment they observe to keep; wherefore, because of this observance, in keeping this commandment, the Lord God will not destroy them, but will be amerciful
unto them; and one day they shall bbecome
a blessed people.
Behold, their ahusbands blove
, and their wives love their husbands; and their husbands and their wives love their children; and their dunbelief
and their hatred towards you is because of the iniquity of their fathers; wherefore, how much better are you than they, in the sight of your great Creator?
O my brethren, I fear that unless ye shall repent of your sins that their skins will be awhiter
than yours, when ye shall be brought with them before the throne of God.
Wherefore, a commandment I give unto you, which is the word of God, that ye arevile
no more against them because of the darkness of their skins; neither shall ye revile against them because of their filthiness; but ye shall remember your own filthiness, and remember that their filthiness came because of their fathers.
Wherefore, ye shall remember your achildren
, how that ye have grieved their hearts because of the bexample
that ye have set before them; and also, remember that ye may, because of your filthiness, bring your children unto destruction, and their sins be heaped upon your heads at the last day.
O my brethren, hearken unto my words; aarouse
the faculties of your souls; shake yourselves that ye may bawake
from the slumber of death; and loose yourselves from the pains of chell
that ye may not become dangels
to the devil, to be cast into that lake of fire and brimstone which is the second edeath
And now I, Jacob, spake many more things unto the people of Nephi, awarning
them against bfornication
, and every kind of sin, telling them the awful consequences of them.
And a hundredth part of the proceedings of this people, which now began to be numerous, cannot be written upon athese
plates; but many of their proceedings are written upon the blarger
plates, and their wars, and their contentions, and the reigns of their kings.
plates are called the plates of Jacob, and they were bmade
by the hand of Nephi. And I make an end of speaking these words.