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Jacob 1:1
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The Brother of Nephi

    The words of his preaching unto his brethren.
He confoundeth a man who seeketh to overthrow
    the doctrine of Christ.
And a few words concerning the history of the people
    of Nephi.

1    For behold, it came to pass that fifty and five years
    had passed away from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem;
Wherefore, Nephi gave me, Jacob, a commandment
    concerning these small plates upon which
    these things are engraven;
2    And he gave me, Jacob, a commandment that I should
    write upon these plates a few of the things
    which I considered to be most precious,
That I should not touch, save it were lightly,
    concerning the history of this people,
    which are called the people of Nephi;
3    For he said that the history of his people should
    be engraven upon his other plates,
And that I should preserve these plates and hand them
    down unto my seed from generation to generation;
4    And if there were preaching which was sacred,
    or revelation which was great,
    or prophesying,
That I should engraven the 1heads of them
    upon these plates,
And touch upon them as much as it were possible,
    for Christ's sake and for the sake of our people.
5    For because of faith and great anxiety, it truly had been
    made manifest unto us concerning our people,
    what cthings should happen unto them;
6    And we also had many revelations and the spirit
    of much prophecy;
Wherefore, we knew of Christ and His kingdom
    which should come;
7    Wherefore, we labored diligently among our people
    that we might persuade them to come unto Christ
    and partake of the goodness of God,
    that they might enter into His rest,
Lest by any means He should swear in His wrath
    they should not enter in, as in the provocation
    in the days of temptation while the children of Israel
    were in the wilderness.
8    Wherefore, we would to God that we could persuade all
    men not to rebel against God, to provoke Him to anger,
But that all men would believe in Christ
    and view His death and suffer His cross
    and bear the shame of the world;
Wherefore, I, Jacob, take it upon me to fulfill
    the commandment of my brother Nephi.

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