1 Nephi 2
The incredible journey begins
God tells Lehi in a dream to go into the wilderness with his family (Sariah, his wife, and four sons, Laman, Lemeul, Sam, and Nephi)--Lehi
and his family leave Jerusalem--They walk 400 km to the Red Sea in 3 days--Lehi names a river that flows into the Red Sea after his evil son, Laman, and
a valley after his other evil son, Lemuel--Laman and Lemuel were like unto Jews--Nephi cries to the Lord--God tells Nephi he will give him the best land
on earth (America)--God says he'll curse Laman and Lemeul with a sore curse.
Version - Chapter 3: Lehi Leaves Jerusalem
(2:1-4) Even in a dream|
God speaks to Lehi in a dream and tells him to leave Jerusalem and go "into the wilderness." So, with no further instructions, he and his family
go into the wild. (Lehi's family included his wife Sariah, and four sons, Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi.)
|2:1 For behold, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even
in a dream, and said unto him:
Blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done; and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto
this people the things which I commanded thee, behold, they seek to take away thy life.
|2:2 And it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father,
even in a dream, that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness.
|2:3 And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord
|2:4 And it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness. And he left his house,
and the land of his inheritance, and his gold, and his silver, and his precious things, and took nothing with him, save
it were his family, and provisions, and tents, and departed into the wilderness.
|2:5 And he came down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea; and he traveled in the wilderness in the
borders which are nearer the Red Sea; and he did travel in the wilderness with his family, which consisted of my mother,
Sariah, and my elder brothers, who were Laman, Lemuel, and Sam. ||
(2:5-6) When he had traveled three days|
The 400+ km hike from Jerusalem to the Red Sea took only three days.
|2:6 And it came to pass that
when he had traveled three days in the wilderness, he pitched his tent in
a valley by the side of a river of water.
|2:7 And it came to pass that he built an altar of stones, and made an offering unto
the Lord, and gave thanks unto the Lord our God. ||
|2:8 And it came to pass that he called
the name of the river, Laman, and it emptied into the Red Sea; and the valley was in
the borders near the mouth thereof. ||
(2:8-9) He called the name of the river, Laman.|
Lehi named the river after his slacker son, Laman, hoping it would inspire him to be more dependable, like the "continually running" river.
But there are no
permanent rivers that flow into the Red Sea and there is no evidence that such rivers existed in 600 BCE.
Where is the River Laman?
|2:9 And when my father saw that the waters of the river emptied into the
fountain of the Red Sea, he spake
unto Laman, saying: O that thou mightest be like unto this river,
continually running into the fountain of all righteousness!
|2:10 And he also spake unto Lemuel: O that thou mightest be
like unto this valley, firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord! ||
(2:10) And he also spake unto Lemuel.|
Lehi named the valley after his other worthless son,
Lemuel, hoping it would make him more steadfast and immovable.
|2:11 Now this he spake because of the stiffneckedness of Laman and Lemuel; for behold they did murmur in
many things against their father, because he was a visionary man, and had led them out of the land of Jerusalem, to
leave the land of their inheritance, and their gold, and their silver, and their precious things, to perish in the
wilderness. And this they said he had done because of the foolish imaginations of his heart. ||
They were like unto the Jews.|
But the magic didn't work. Laman and Lemuel were so evil they were "like unto the Jews." (Being like a Jew is about as bad as it gets in the Book of Mormon.)
|2:12 And thus Laman and Lemuel, being the eldest, did murmur against their father. And they did murmur
because they knew not the dealings of that God who had created them.
|2:13 Neither did they believe that Jerusalem, that great city, could be destroyed according to the words
of the prophets. And they were like unto the Jews who were at Jerusalem, who sought to take away the life of my
|2:14 And it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the valley of Lemuel,
with power, being filled with the Spirit, until their frames did shake before him. And he did confound them, that
they durst not utter against him; wherefore, they did as he commanded them. ||
|2:15 And my father dwelt in a tent. ||
|2:16 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly
young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God,
wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had
been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers. ||
(2:16-18) I did cry unto the Lord.|
Nephi wanted to know the mysteries of God, so he
cried unto the Lord. And the Lord softened his heart (and his brain) so he could believe the shit his dad said.
The dumb-as-shit Sam went along with whatever Nephi said. But Laman and Lemuel wouldn't listen to Nephi because they suffered from Pharaoh's syndrome:
the hardening of the heart.
|2:17 And I spake unto Sam, making known unto him the things which the Lord had manifested unto me by his
Holy Spirit. And it came to pass that he believed in my words.
|2:18 But, behold, Laman and Lemuel would not hearken unto my
words; and being grieved because of the hardness
of their hearts I cried unto the Lord for them. ||
|2:19 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying:
Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of thy faith, for thou hast sought me diligently, with lowliness of heart. ||
(2:19-20) A land which is choice above all other lands|
God told Nephi that he would lead him to a new land,
a land that God had prepared just for him (and the Mormons) that was better than everywhere else on earth. (God made the New World just
for Nephi and his family. For though it had been occupied by the Native Americans for 15,000 years or so, God made it for Nephi,
not for them.)
(2:21-23) I will curse them even with a sore curse.
But God will curse Nephi's brothers "with a sore curse."
|2:20 And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall
prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea,
a land which is choice above all other lands.
|2:21 And inasmuch as thy brethren shall rebel against thee, they shall be cut
off from the presence of the Lord.
|2:22 And inasmuch as thou shalt keep my commandments, thou shalt be made a ruler and a teacher over thy
|2:23 For behold, in that day that they shall rebel against me, I will curse them
even with a sore curse, and they shall have no power over thy seed except they shall rebel against me also. ||
|2:24 And if it so be that they rebel against me, they shall
be a scourge unto thy seed, to stir them up in
the ways of remembrance. ||
And it came to pass (2:1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 14, 16, 17, 19)
(2:16) the mysteries of God -- 1 Corinthians 4:1
(2:18) Being grieved for the hardness of their hearts -- Mark 3:5
(2:22) To stir you up by putting you in remembrance -- 2 Peter 1:13