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The sermon on the wall
A Lamanite preacher named Samuel condemns the Nephites.
Version - Chapter 40: Samuel the Lamanite Tells about Jesus Christ
|13:1 And now it came to pass in the *eighty and sixth year, the Nephites did
still remain in wickedness, yea in great wickedness, while the Lamanites did observe strictly to keep the
commandments of God, according to the law of Moses.
Samuel, a Lamanite, came into the land of Zarahemla.
In 6 BCE, when the Nephites were completely wicked and the Lamanites perfectly righteous, a Lamanite precher named Samuel visited the land
of Zarahelma. He preached for many days, until the Nephites couldn't stand it any longer and kicked his pompous ass out of town.
|13:2 And it came to pass that in this year there was
one Samuel, a Lamanite,
came into the land of Zarahemla, and began to preach unto the people. And it came to pass
that he did preach, many days, repentance unto the people, and they did cast him out, and he was about to return
to his own land.
|13:3 But behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, that he should return again, and prophesy unto
the people whatsoever things should come into his heart. ||
(13:3) Behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him.|
As Samuel was on his way home, the voice of the Lord came to him and told him to return to Zarahelma and prophesy to the people there whatever came into
|13:4 And it came to pass that they would not suffer that he should enter
into the city; therefore he went and got upon the wall thereof, and stretched forth his hand and cried with a
loud voice, and prophesied unto the people whatsoever things the Lord put into his heart.
(13:4) Whatsoever things the Lord put into his heart. |
But the people wouldn't let him enter the city, so he climbed up on the wall and cried out with a loud voice, prophesying whatever the hell God put into
|13:5 And he said unto them: Behold, I, Samuel, a Lamanite, do speak the words of the Lord which he doth
put into my heart; and behold he hath put it into my heart to say unto this people that the sword of justice hangeth
over this people; and four hundred years pass not away save the sword of justice falleth upon this people. ||
Four hundred years shall not pass away before
Samuel introduced himself and told the people that he was going to say whatever God put in his heart.
He said that the sword of justice had been waiting 400 years to fall on them; that they would all be destroyed unless they repent and believe that the
Lord Jesus was going to come into the world and be killed for them; that the angel of the Lord brought Samuel good tidings; and that he was bringing those
good tidings to the them even though they didn't want to hear them.
He said that unless the Nephites repent the Lord would take away his word from them, withdraw his Spirit, suffer them no longer, and turn the Nephites
He said that in 400 years God will kill them all with the sword, famine, and pestilence; that he would visit them in his fierce anger; and that some
of the Nephite's fourth generation of enemies will live to see the Nephite's destruction, unless, of course, they happen to repent in the meantime.
He said that he perceived that many "yea, even the more part" of Zarahelma will harden their hearts against God. And if it weren't for the righteous in the
city, God would have rained fire down from heaven to burn everyone to death a long time ago.
He said that someday the Nephites will will cast out the righteous people, and when they do they'll be ripe for destruction. And wo to the city of
Zarahelma because your the wickedness and abomination that is in there.
He said Wo to all the Nephite cities that are round about for the same reason (wickedness and abomination). A curse will come upon them all.
|13:6 Yea, heavy destruction awaiteth this people, and it surely cometh unto this people, and nothing
can save this people save it be repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ, who surely shall come into the
world, and shall suffer many things and shall be slain for his people.
|13:7 And behold, an angel of the Lord hath declared it unto me, and he did bring glad tidings to my
soul. And behold, I was sent unto you to declare it unto you also, that ye might have glad tidings; but behold
ye would not receive me.
|13:8 Therefore, thus saith the Lord: Because of the hardness of the hearts of the people of the
Nephites, except they repent I will take away my word from them, and I will withdraw my Spirit from them, and
I will suffer them no longer, and I will turn the hearts of their brethren against them.
|13:9 And four hundred years shall not pass away before
I will cause that they shall be smitten; yea, I will visit them with the sword and with famine and
|13:10 Yea, I will visit them in my fierce anger, and there shall be those of the fourth generation
who shall live, of your enemies, to behold your utter destruction; and this shall surely come except ye repent,
saith the Lord; and those of the fourth generation shall visit your destruction.
|13:11 But if ye will repent and return unto the Lord your God I will turn away mine anger, saith
the Lord; yea, thus saith the Lord, blessed are they who will repent and turn unto me, but wo unto him that
|13:12 Yea, wo unto this great city of Zarahemla; for behold, it is because of those who are
righteous that it is saved; yea, wo unto this great city, for I perceive, saith the Lord, that there are many,
yea, even the more part of this great city, that will harden their hearts against me, saith the Lord.
|13:13 But blessed are they who will repent, for them will I spare. But behold,
if it were not for the righteous who are in this great city, behold, I would cause that fire should
come down out of heaven and destroy it.
|13:14 But behold, it is for the righteous' sake that it is spared. But behold, the time cometh,
saith the Lord, that when ye shall cast out the righteous from among you, then shall ye be ripe for destruction;
yea, wo be unto this great city, because of the wickedness and abominations which are in her.
|13:15 Yea, and wo be unto the city of Gideon, for the wickedness and abominations which are in her. ||
|13:16 Yea, and wo be unto all the cities which are in the land round about, which are possessed by
the Nephites, because of the wickedness and abominations which are in them. ||
|13:17 And behold, a curse shall come upon the land, saith the Lord of Hosts, because of the people's
sake who are upon the land, yea, because of their wickedness and their abominations. ||
|13:18 And it shall come to pass, saith the Lord of Hosts, yea, our great and
true God, that whoso shall hide up treasures in the earth shall find them again no more, because of the great
curse of the land, save he be a righteous man and shall hide it up unto the Lord. ||
Cursed be they who hide not up their treasures unto me.
Samuel continued his sermon, saying that whoever hides treasures in the earth won't be able to find them anymore, except for maybe if a righteous man hides it unto the Lord;
that God wants people to hide treasure for him, and anyone who doesn't hide treasure for him is cursed, along with the their treasure; and that God
wants people to remember him and not their riches.
He said that the people are cursed because of their riches and their riches are cursed because the people have their hearts set on them and not on the
person (God) who gave them to them.
He said that if you have riches, you should thank God for them, rather than be proud and boastful.
|13:19 For I will, saith the Lord, that they shall hide up their treasures unto me; and
cursed be they
who hide not up their treasures unto me; for none hideth up their treasures unto me save it be the righteous; and
he that hideth not up his treasures unto me, cursed is he, and also the treasure, and none shall redeem it because
of the curse of the land.
|13:20 And the day shall come that they shall hide up their treasures, because they have set their
hearts upon riches; and because they have set their hearts upon their riches, and will hide up their treasures
when they shall flee before their enemies; because they will not hide them up unto me, cursed be they and also
their treasures; and in that day shall they be smitten, saith the Lord.
|13:21 Behold ye, the people of this great city, and hearken unto my words; yea, hearken unto the
words which the Lord saith; for behold, he saith that ye are cursed because of your riches, and also are your
riches cursed because ye have set your hearts upon them, and have not hearkened unto the words of him who gave
them unto you. ||
|13:22 Ye do not remember the Lord your God in the things with which he hath blessed you, but ye do
always remember your riches, not to thank the Lord your God for them; yea, your hearts are not drawn out unto
the Lord, but they do swell with great pride, unto boasting, and unto great swelling, envyings, strifes, malice,
persecutions and murders, and all manner of iniquities. ||
|13:23 For this cause hath the Lord God caused that a curse should come upon the land, and also upon
your riches, and this because of your iniquities. ||
(13:23-28) Wo unto this people.|
Samuel continues his sermon on the wall, saying that because of the Nephite's iniquities God cursed the land and their riches. Woe unto them, he says,
because they mock prophets, cast stones at them, kill them, and do all kinds of other bad things to them, just like people used to do back in the old
times. He says that the Nephites are even worse, though, since they call true prophets (like Samuel) false prophets, sinners, of the devil, etc. But
when a guy comes along and encourages them to walk after the pride of their eyes, or do whatever their heart desires, they call him a prophet. They
give this man their gold and whatnot just because he flatters them.
|13:24 Yea, wo unto this people, because of this time which has arrived, that ye do cast out the
prophets, and do mock them, and cast stones at them, and do slay them, and do all manner of iniquity unto
them, even as they did of old time.
|13:25 And now when ye talk, ye say: If our days had been in the days of our fathers of old, we
would not have slain the prophets; we would not have stoned them, and cast them out.
|13:26 Behold ye are worse than they; for as the Lord liveth, if a prophet come among you and
declareth unto you the word of the Lord, which testifieth of your sins and iniquities, ye are angry with him,
and cast him out and seek all manner of ways to destroy him; yea, you will say that he is a false prophet,
and that he is a sinner, and of the devil, because he testifieth that your deeds are evil. ||
|13:27 But behold, if a man shall come among you and shall say: Do this, and there is no iniquity;
do that and ye shall not suffer; yea, he will say: Walk after the pride of your own hearts; yea, walk after
the pride of your eyes, and do whatsoever your heart desireth -- and if a man shall come among you and say this,
ye will receive him, and say that he is a prophet. ||
|13:28 Yea, ye will lift him up, and ye will give unto him of your substance; ye will give unto him
of your gold, and of your silver, and ye will clothe him with costly apparel; and because he speaketh flattering
words unto you, and he saith that all is well, then ye will not find fault with him. ||
|13:29 O ye wicked and ye perverse generation; ye hardened and ye stiffnecked people, how long will
ye suppose that the Lord will suffer you? Yea, how long will ye suffer yourselves to be led by foolish and
blind guides? Yea, how long will ye choose darkness rather than light?
(13:29) O ye wicked and ye perverse generation|
Then Samuel starts to talk nasty, quoting some of the stuff that Jesus supposedly said forty or so years after Samuel's sermon. He called an entire
generation wicked and perverse, with hard hearts and stiff necks. He asked how long he'd have to suffer by being around them. He said that they
were led by foolish and blind guides, that they chose darkness rather than light.
|13:30 Yea, behold, the anger of the Lord is already kindled against you; behold, he hath cursed
the land because of your iniquity.
|13:31 And behold, the time cometh that he curseth your riches, that they become slippery, that ye
cannot hold them; and in the days of your poverty ye cannot retain them.
|13:32 And in the days of your poverty ye shall cry unto the Lord; and in vain shall ye cry, for your
desolation is already come upon you, and your destruction is made sure; and then shall ye weep and howl in that
day, saith the Lord of Hosts. And then shall ye lament, and say:
|13:33 O that I had repented, and had not killed the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out.
Yea, in that day ye shall say: O that we had remembered the Lord our God in the day that he gave us our riches,
and then they would not have become slippery that we should lose them; for behold, our riches are gone from us.
(13:30-36) Then they would not have become slippery.|
Samuel said that God was angry at the Nephites, that he cursed the land because of them. He said that their riches had
become slippery and they won't be able to hang on to them when they're poor. Then they'll cry, weep, howl, lament, and wish they'd have repented.
|13:34 Behold, we lay a tool here and on the morrow it is gone; and behold, our swords are taken from
us in the day we have sought them for battle. ||
|13:35 Yea, we have hid up our treasures and they have slipped away from us, because of the curse of
the land. ||
|13:36 O that we had repented in the day that the word of the Lord came unto us; for
behold the land is cursed, and all things are become slippery, and we cannot hold them. ||
|13:37 Behold, we are surrounded by demons, yea, we are encircled about by the angels of him who
hath sought to destroy our souls. Behold, our iniquities are great. O Lord, canst thou not turn away thine
anger from us? And this shall be your language in those days.
Behold, we are surrounded by demons.|
Samuel says that the Nephites are surrounded by demons and someday they'll wish they could escape God's wrath. But they procrastinated utnil it was
everlastingly too late, and their destruction is certain. They sought happiness doing stuff that was contrary to the "great and Eternal Head."
Or something like that.
|13:38 But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation
until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of
your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing
is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.
|13:39 O ye people of the land, that ye would hear my words! And I pray that the anger of the Lord be
turned away from you, and that ye would repent and be saved. ||
* 6 BCE according the the LDS Book of Mormon footnote
And it came to pass [13:1, 2(2), 4, 18]
Behold [13:3, 5(2), 7(3), 10, 12, 13(2), 14(2), 17, 21(2), 26, 27, 30(2), 31, 33, 34(2), 36, 37, 38]
(13:25) And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers
with them in the blood of the prophets. -- Matthew 23:30
(13:29a) O faithless and perverse generation ... -- Matthew 17:17
(13:29b) ye blind guides -- Matthew 23:16
(13:29c) men loved darkness rather than light -- John 3:19
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Helaman 13