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1 Nephi Chapter 9

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Chapter 9

In chapter nine, Nephi discusses how he was commanded to make a separate set of plate for a wise purpose, “which purpose I know not” (verse 5). This sounds prophetic considering how Joseph Smith lost the 116 pages that he said were translated from the first set of plates, but keep in mind that Joseph translated this chapter long after the lost 116 pages. Without the presupposition that the narrative of the Church is accurate, this seems explanatory, not prophetic.

1 And all these things did my father see, and hear, and speak, as he dwelt in a tent, in the valley of Lemuel, and also a great many more things, which cannot be written upon these plates.

 

2 And now, as I have spoken concerning these plates, behold they are not the plates upon which I make a full account of the history of my people; for the plates upon which I make a full account of my people I have given the name of Nephi; wherefore, they are called the plates of Nephi, after mine own name; and these plates also are called the plates of Nephi.

 

3 Nevertheless, I have received a commandment of the Lord that I should make these plates, for the special purpose that there should be an account engraven of the ministry of my people.

 

4 Upon the other plates should be engraven an account of the reign of the kings, and the wars and contentions of my people; wherefore these plates are for the more part of the ministry; and the other plates are for the more part of the reign of the kings and the wars and contentions of my people.

 

5 Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates for a wise purpose in him, which purpose I know not.

 

6 But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words. And thus it is. Amen.

 

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