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|12:1 And thus we can behold
how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men;
yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in
(12:1) And thus we can behold|
Helaman begins his sermon by telling us about how false human hearts are and how good God is. God blesses and prospers those who trust him.
|12:2 Yea, and we may see at the very time when he doth prosper his people, yea, in the increase of
their fields, their flocks and their herds, and in gold, and in silver, and in all manner of precious things of
every kind and art; sparing their lives, and delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; softening the
hearts of their enemies that they should not declare wars against them; yea, and in fine, doing all things for
the welfare and happiness of his people; yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the
Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One
-- yea, and this because of their ease, and
their exceedingly great prosperity. ||
(12:2) Trample under their feet the Holy One |
But the more God blesses people, the more they harden their hearts and forget all about him. They walk all over him while enjoying their great prosperity.
|12:3 And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea,
except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not
remember him. ||
He doth visit them with death and with terror.
So God must kill and terrorize people with starvation and disease so they'll remember him.
(12:4-6) O how foolish, and how vain, and how evil
People are foolish, vain, evil, and devilish. They are quick to do evil and slow to do good. They listen to the devil and set their hearts on
vain things. They are proud, boastful, and bad. They forget about God, his
counsels and wise paths. They don't want to be controlled by God.
|12:4 O how foolish, and how vain, and how evil, and devilish, and how quick to do iniquity, and
how slow to do good, are the children of men; yea, how quick to hearken unto the words of the evil one, and
to set their hearts upon the vain things of the world!
|12:5 Yea, how quick to be lifted up in pride; yea, how quick to boast, and do all manner of that
which is iniquity; and how slow are they to remember the Lord their God, and to give ear unto his counsels,
yea, how slow to walk in wisdom's paths!
|12:6 Behold, they do not desire that the Lord their God, who hath created them, should rule and
reign over them; notwithstanding his great goodness and his mercy towards them, they do set at naught his
counsels, and they will not that he should be their guide. |
|12:7 O how great is the nothingness of the children of men; yea, even they
are less than the dust of the earth. ||
(12:7-8) Less than the dust of the earth|
People are nothing, less than dust in the wind. God moves dust hither and thither, dividing it asunder as he wills.
|12:8 For behold, the dust of the earth moveth hither and thither, to the dividing
asunder, at the command of our great and everlasting God.
|12:9 Yea, behold at his voice do the hills and the mountains tremble and
Behold at his voice do the hills and the mountains tremble.
At the sound of God's voice the mountains tremble and become smooth, the whole earth shakes, and the foundations rock and roll.
|12:10 And by the power of his voice they are broken up, and become smooth,
yea, even like unto a valley.
|12:11 Yea, by the power of his voice doth the whole earth
|12:12 Yea, by the power of his voice, do the foundations rock, even to the
|12:13 Yea, and if he say unto the earth -- Move -- it is
(12:13-17) If he say unto the earth -- Move -- it is moved.|
If God tells the earth to move, the oceans to dry up, or mountains to fall on cities, the earth, oceans, and mountains do as they're told.
(12:15) It is the earth that moveth and not the sun.
If he tells the earth to go back for a few days, it does what its told. (The Bible says that he can stop
the sun or make it move backwards, but Helaman says it was wrong about that. It's the earth that moves, not the sun.)
|12:14 Yea, if he say unto the earth -- Thou shalt go back, that it lengthen
out the day for many hours -- it is done;
|12:15 And thus, according to his word the earth goeth back, and it appeareth unto man that
the sun standeth still; yea, and behold, this is so; for surely it is the earth that moveth and not the
|12:16 And behold, also, if he say unto the waters of the great deep -- Be thou
dried up -- it is done.
|12:17 Behold, if he say unto this mountain -- Be thou raised up, and come over and fall upon that city,
that it be buried up -- behold it is done.
|12:18 And behold, if a man hide up a treasure in the earth, and the Lord shall say --
Let it be
accursed, because of the iniquity of him who hath hid it up -- behold, it shall be accursed. ||
(12:18-19) Let it be accursed.|
If a man hides a treasure in the ground and God calls that treasure "accursed," it is accursed. If God says that no one will find it again,
no one will ever find it.
|12:19 And if the Lord shall say -- Be thou accursed, that no man shall find thee from this time
henceforth and forever -- behold, no man getteth it henceforth and forever.
|12:20 And behold, if the Lord shall say unto a man -- Because of thine iniquities,
thou shalt be accursed forever -- it shall be done. ||
Thou shalt be accursed forever.|
If God says to someone, "Because of your iniquities, you will be accursed forever or cut off," that person will be accursed forever or cut off.
|12:21 And if the Lord shall say -- Because of thine iniquities thou shalt be cut off from my
presence -- he will cause that it shall be so.
|12:22 And wo unto him to whom he shall say this, for it shall be unto him that will do iniquity,
and he cannot be saved; therefore, for this cause, that men might be saved, hath repentance been declared. ||
|12:23 Therefore, blessed are they who will repent and hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God;
for these are they that shall be saved. ||
(12:23-25) But we read that |
Whoever repents will be saved. Helaman would like everyone to be saved, but that's not possible since it is written somewhere that some people must
be cast out.
|12:24 And may God grant, in his great fulness, that men might be brought unto repentance and good
works, that they might be restored unto grace for grace, according to their works.
|12:25 And I would that all men might be saved.
But we read that in the great and last day there are
some who shall be cast out, yea, who shall be cast off from the presence of the Lord;
|12:26 Yea, who shall be consigned to a state of endless misery,
fulfilling the words which say: They that have done good shall have everlasting life; and they that have
done evil shall have everlasting damnation.
And thus it is. Amen. ||
A state of endless misery ... everlasting damnation
God will consign evil doers "to a state of endless misery" and "everlasting damnation."
(12:26) They that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have
done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. -- John 5:29