world that you may be preserved. Behold I do not say that you shall not show it unto the righteous,
but as you cannot always judge the righteous, or as you cannot always tell the wicked from the righteous, therefore I say unto you, hold your peace untill I shall see fit to make all things known unto the world concerning the matter. 8 And now verily I say unto you, that an account of those things that you have written, which have gone out of your hands, are engraven upon the plates of Nephi: yea, and you remember, it was said in those writings, that a more particular account was
given of these things upon the plates of Nephi. 9 And now, because the account which is engraven upon the plates of Nephi, is more particular concerning the things which in my wisdom I would bring to the knowledge of the people in this account therefore you shall translate the engravings which are on the plates of Nephi down even till you come to the reign of King Benjamin, or untill you come to that which you have translated, which you have retained, and behold you shall publish it
as the record of Nephi, and thus I will confound those who have altered my words. I will not that suffer that they shall destroy my work; yea, I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil. 10 Behold they have only got a part, or an abridge ment of the account of Nephi. Behold there are many writings things engraven on the plates of Nephi, which do throw greater views upon my gospel, therefore, it is wisdom in me, that you should translate this first
part of the engravings of Nephi, and send forth in this work. And behold all the remainder of this work does contain all those parts of my gospel which my holy Phrophets, yea and also my disciples desired in their prayers should come forth unto this people. And I said unto them, that it should be granted unto them according to their faith in their prayers; yea, and this was their faith, that my gospel which I gave unto them, that they might preach in their days might come unto their
brethren, the , and also all that had become Lamanites, because of their dissensions.
11 Now this is not all, their faith in their prayers were, that this gospel should be made known also, if it were possible that other nations should possess this land, and thus they did leave a blessing upon this land in their prayers, that whosoever should believe in this gospel, in this land, might have eternal life; yea, that it might be free unto all of whatsoever nation, kindred, tongues or people, they may be. 12 And now behold according to their faith in their prayers, will I bring this part of my gospel to the knowledge of my people. Behold I do not bring it to destroy that which they have received, but to build it up. 13 And for this cause have I said, if this generation harden not their hearts, I will establish my among them. Now I do not say <*>