thine hands and then if thou wilt spare him thou shalt be rewarded for thy righteousness; and also thy children, and thy children’s children unto the third and fourth generation ; nevertheless thine enemy is in thine hands, and if thou reward him according to thy works, thou art justified,
if he has sought thy life, and thy life is endangered by him; thine enemy is in thy hands, and thou art jus tified.
6. Behold this is the law I gave unto my servant Nephi; and thy father Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, and all mine ancient prophets and Apostles. And again this is the law that I gave unto mine ancients, that they should not go at out unto battle against any nation, kindred, tongue, or people, save I the Lord them. And if any Nation, tongue, or people should proclaim war against them, they should first lift a standard of peace unto that nation, people, nation, or tongue, and if that people did not accept the offering of peace, neither the second nor the third time, they should bring these testimonies before the Lord; then I the Lord would give unto them a Com mandment, and justify them in going out to battle against that nation, tongue or people, and I the Lord would fight their battles, and their children’s battles and their children’s children until they had avenged themselves on all
their enemies, to the third and fourth generation, behold this is an ensample unto all people, saith the Lord your God, for jus tification before me.
7. And again verily I say unto you, if, after thine enemy has come upon thee the first time, he repent and come unto thee praying thy forgiveness, thou shalt forgive him and shall hold it no more as a testimo ny against thine enemy, and so on unto the second and the third time; and as oft as thine enemy repenteth of the trespass, wherewith he hath trespass ed against thee, thou shalt forgive him, until seven ty times seven; and if he trespass against thee and repent not
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