3 Nephi 17
Jesus's bowels are filled with compassion and mercy
Jesus must go show himself to the lost tribes of Israel--He decides to stay for a while longer--He heal all the sick people and then
prays things that can't be written--The heavens open and fire-clad angels descend to minister to the children.
Version - Chapter 43: Jesus Christ Appears to the Nephites
Version - Chapter 44: Jesus Christ Blesses the Children
|17:1 Behold, now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken
these words he looked round about again on the multitude, and he said unto them: Behold my time is
at hand. ||
(17:1-3) Ye cannot understand all my words.|
After Jesus finished speaking about his various flocks of sheep, he said, "It's time for me to go now. I can see that you didn't understand
what I was talking about. So go home and think about it. Ask the Father in my name to help you understand, and to prepare your minds for
what I'm going to say tomorrow.
|17:2 I perceive that ye are weak, that
ye cannot understand all my words which
I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time.
|17:3 Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask
of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again. ||
|17:4 But now I go unto the Father, and also to show myself unto the lost tribes of Israel, for
not lost unto the Father, for he knoweth whither he hath taken them. ||
(17:4) They are not lost unto the Father |
Jesus says that he's got to go to the Father, and to show himself to the lost tribes of Israel, which are not really lost. The Father knows
where he put them.
|17:5 It came to pass that when Jesus had thus spoken, he cast his eyes round about again on
the multitude, and beheld they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little
longer with them. ||
(17:5-6) Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion.|
Jesus cast his eyes round about and saw that the people had tears in their eyes and looked like they'd like him to stay a bit longer.
So he told the them that his bowels were filled with compassion.
|17:6 And he said unto them:
Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you.
|17:7 Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or
maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will
heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.
(17:7-8) My bowels are filled with mercy.|
Jesus asked the people if they knew anyone who was sick, lame, blind, halt(?), maimed, leprous, withered, deaf, of who have any other kind of
problems. If so, he told them to bring them to him, because his bowels are completely filled with mercy. He can see that they'd all like to see
the same things people saw in Jerusalem, and he says their faith is strong enough for him to heal them.
|17:8 For I perceive that ye desire that I should show unto you what I have done unto your brethren at Jerusalem, for I
see that your faith is sufficient that I should heal you.
|17:9 It came to pass that when he had thus spoken, all the multitude, with one accord, did
go forth with their sick and their afflicted, and their lame, and with their blind, and with their dumb, and with all them
that were afflicted in any manner; and he did heal them every one as they were brought forth unto him. ||
(17:9) He did heal them every one.|
So the people brought all their sick, afflicted, lame, blind, dumb, and otherwise afflicted, and Jesus healed every one. No sweat. Then everyone
came and kissed Jesus's feet and bathed them with their tears.
|17:10 And they did all, both they who had been healed and they who were whole, bow down at his feet, and did worship
him; and as many as could come for the multitude did kiss his feet, insomuch that they did bathe his feet with their tears. ||
|17:11 It came to pass that he commanded that their little children should be brought.
(17:11-14) Jesus groaned within himself.|
Then Jesus told the people to bring all their little children. So they rounded up the children and sat them down in front of him. Jesus
told everyone to kneel and then he groaned within himself, and said, "Father, it bothers me that the people of the house of Israel are so
|17:12 So they brought their little children and set them down upon the ground round about him, and Jesus stood in the
midst; and the multitude gave way till they had all been brought unto him.
|17:13 It came to pass that when they had all been brought, and Jesus stood in the midst,
he commanded the multitude that they should kneel down upon the ground.
|17:14 It came to pass that when they had knelt upon the ground,
Jesus groaned within himself,
and said: Father, I am troubled because of the wickedness of the people of the house of Israel.
|17:15 And when he had said these words, he himself also knelt upon the earth; and
behold he prayed unto the Father,
and the things which he prayed cannot be written, and the multitude did bear record who heard him.
(17:15-23) The things which he prayed cannot be written|
Then Jesus knelt down and prayed in front of everyone. He said great and marvelous things that no one can say and can't be written down.
The people who heard it were happier than anyone could ever imagine. Then Jesus stood up and told everyone else to do the same. He told the
people that they were blessed because of their faith and he was full of joy. Then he blessed the children, cried, and said, "Look at your
children. Aren't they cute?"
|17:16 And after this manner do they bear record: The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great
and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father;
|17:17 And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so
great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at
the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father. ||
|17:18 It came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying unto the Father, he arose; but
so great was the joy of the multitude that they were overcome. ||
|17:19 It came to pass that Jesus spake unto them, and bade them arise.
|17:20 And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now
behold, my joy is full. ||
|17:21 And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little
children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them. ||
|17:22 And when he had done this he wept again; ||
|17:23 And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones. ||
|17:24 And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw
angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and
were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them. ||
(17:24-25) Behold they cast their eyes towards heaven.|
The people cast their eyes toward heaven and saw the heavens open. Angels came down, surrounded with fire, and ministered to the chldren.
There were about 2500 people who saw these events and everything that they saw was perfectly true.
|17:25 And the multitude did see and hear and bear record; and they know that their record is true for they all of them
did see and hear, every man for himself; and they were in number about two thousand and five hundred souls; and they did consist
of men, women, and children. ||
And it came to pass (17:1, 5, 9, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19)
Behold [17(2), 6, 15, 20, 23, 24]