1 Nephi 16:1 And now it came to pass that after I Nephi had made an end of speaking to my brethren, behold, they said unto me: Thou hast declared unto us hard things, more than that which we are able to bear.
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KJV Bible, 1769, John 6:40
1 Nephi 16:2 And it came to pass that I said unto them that I knew that I had spoken hard things against the wicked according to the truth, and the righteous have I justified and testified that they should be lifted up at the last day. Wherefore the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.
1 Nephi 16:3 And now my brethren, if ye were righteous and were willing to hearken to the truth and give heed unto it, that ye might walk uprightly before God, then ye would not murmur because of the truth and say: Thou speakest hard things against us.
1 Nephi 16:4 And it came to pass that I Nephi did exhort my brethren with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord.
1 Nephi 16:5 And it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord, insomuch that I had joy and great hopes of them, that they would walk in the paths of righteousness.
1 Nephi 16:6 Now all these things were said and done as my father dwelt in a tent in the valley which he called Lemuel.
1 Nephi 16:7 And it came to pass that I Nephi took one of the daughters of Ishmael to wife, and also my brethren took of the daughters of Ishmael to wife, and also Zoram took the eldest daughter of Ishmael to wife.
1 Nephi 16:8 And thus my father had fulfilled all the commandments of the Lord which had been given unto him. And also I Nephi had been blessed of the Lord exceedingly.
1 Nephi 16:9 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord spake unto my father by night and commanded him that on the morrow he should take his journey into the wilderness.
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1 Nephi 16:10 And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning and went forth to the tent door, and to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship, and it was of fine brass. And within the ball was two spindles, and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness.
1 Nephi 16:11 And it came to pass that we did gather together whatsoever things we should carry into the wilderness and all the remainder of our provisions which the Lord had given unto us. And we did take seed of every kind that we might carry into the wilderness.
1 Nephi 16:12 And it came to pass that we did take our tents and departed into the wilderness across the river Laman.
1 Nephi 16:13 And it came to pass that we traveled for the space of four days nearly a south-southeast direction. And we did pitch our tents again, and we did call the name of the place Shazer.
1 Nephi 16:14 And it came to pass that we did take our bows and our arrows and go forth into the wilderness to slay food for our families. And after that we had slain food for our families, we did return again to our families in the wilderness to the place of Shazer. And we did go forth again in the wilderness, following the same direction, keeping in the most fertile parts of the wilderness which was in the borders near the Red Sea.
1 Nephi 16:15 And it came to pass that we did travel for the space of many days, slaying food by the way with our bows and our arrows and our stones and our slings.
1 Nephi 16:16 And we did follow the directions of the ball, which led us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness.
1 Nephi 16:17 And after that we had traveled for the space of many days, we did pitch our tents for the space of a time, that we might again rest ourselves and obtain food for our families.
1 Nephi 16:18 And it came to pass that as I Nephi went forth to slay food, behold, I did break my bow, which was made of fine steel. And after that I did break my bow, behold, my brethren were angry with me because of the loss of my bow, for we did obtain no food.
1 Nephi 16:19 And it came to pass that we did return without food to our families; and being much fatigued because of their journeying, they did suffer much for the want of food.
1 Nephi 16:20 And it came to pass that Laman and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael did begin to murmur exceedingly because of their sufferings and afflictions in the wilderness. And also my father began to murmur against the Lord his God; yea, and they were all exceeding sorrowful, even that they did murmur against the Lord.
1 Nephi 16:21 Now it came to pass that I Nephi having been afflicted with my brethren because of the loss of my bow and their bows having lost their springs, it began to be exceeding difficult, yea, insomuch that we could obtain no food.
1 Nephi 16:22 And it came to pass that I Nephi did speak much unto my brethren because that they had hardened their hearts again, even unto complaining against the Lord their God.
1 Nephi 16:23 And it came to pass that I Nephi did make out of wood a bow and out of a straight stick an arrow; wherefore I did arm myself with a bow and an arrow, with a sling and with stones. And I said unto my father: Whither shall I go to obtain food?
1 Nephi 16:24 And it came to pass that he did inquire of the Lord, for they had humbled themselves because of my words; for I did say many things unto them in the energy of my soul.
1 Nephi 16:25 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto my father, and he was truly chastened because of his murmurings against the Lord, insomuch that he was brought down into the depths of sorrow.
1 Nephi 16:26 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord said unto him: Look upon the ball and behold the things which are written.
1 Nephi 16:27 And it came to pass that when my father beheld the things which were written upon the ball, he did fear and tremble exceedingly, and also my brethren and the sons of Ishmael and our wives.
1 Nephi 16:28 And it came to pass that I Nephi beheld that the pointers which were in the ball that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them.
1 Nephi 16:29 And there was also written upon them a new writing which was plain to be read, which did give us understanding concerning the ways of the Lord. And it was written and changed from time to time according to the faith and diligence which we gave unto it. And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things.
1 Nephi 16:30 And it came to pass that I Nephi did go forth up into the top of the mountain according to the directions which was given upon the ball.
1 Nephi 16:31 And it came to pass that I did slay wild beasts, insomuch that I did obtain food for our families.
1 Nephi 16:32 And it came to pass that I did return to our tents, bearing the beasts which I had slain. And now when they beheld that I had obtained food, how great was their joy! And it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord and did give thanks unto him.
1 Nephi 16:33 And it came to pass that we did again take our journey, traveling nearly the same course as in the beginning. And after that we had traveled for the space of many days, we did pitch our tents again, that we might tarry for the space of a time.
1 Nephi 16:34 And it came to pass that Ishmael died and was buried in the place which was called Nahom.
1 Nephi 16:35 And it came to pass that the daughters of Ishmael did mourn exceedingly because of the loss of their father and because of their afflictions in the wilderness. And they did murmur against my father because that he had brought them out of the land of Jerusalem, saying: Our father is dead. Yea, and we have wandered much in the wilderness, and we have suffered much afflictions, hunger, thirst, and fatigue. And after all these sufferings we must perish in the wilderness with hunger.
1 Nephi 16:36 And thus they did murmur against my father and also against me. And they were desirous to return again to Jerusalem.
1 Nephi 16:37 And Laman saith unto Lemuel and also unto the sons of Ishmael: Behold, let us slay our father and also our brother Nephi, who hath taken it upon him to be our ruler and our teacher, who are his elder brethren.
1 Nephi 16:38 Now he saith that the Lord hath talked with him, and also that angels hath ministered unto him. But behold, we know that he lieth unto us. And he telleth us these things, and he worketh many things by his cunning arts that he may deceive our eyes, thinking perhaps that he may lead us away into some strange wilderness. And after that he hath led us away, he hath thought to make himself a king and a ruler over us, that he may do with us according to his will and pleasure. And after this manner did my brother Laman stir up their hearts to anger.
1 Nephi 16:39 And it came to pass that the Lord was with us, yea, even the voice of the Lord came and did speak many words unto them and did chasten them exceedingly. And after that they were chastened by the voice of the Lord, they did turn away their anger and did repent of their sins, insomuch that the Lord did bless us again with food that we did not perish.