FIRST BOOK OF NEPHI. 9 cord of my father, then will I make an account of mine own life. Therefore, I would that ye should know, that after the Lord had shewn so many marvellous things unto my father Lehi, yea, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, behold he went forth among the people, and began to prophesy and to declare unto them concerning the things which he had both seen, and heard.
And it came to pass that the Jews did mock him because of the things which he testified of them: for he truly testi- fied of their wickedness and their abominations; and he testified that the things which he saw and heard, and also the thinp which he read in the book, manifested plainly of the cominff of a Messiah, and also the redemption of the world* And when the Jews heard these things, they were angry with him ; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out and stoned and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away. But behold, I, Ne- phi, will shew unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make thorn mighty even unto the power of deliv- erance. For behold it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and said untohim, blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done ; and because thou hast been faithiul and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee, behold they seek to take away thy life. 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. And it came to pass that he was obe- dient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him. And it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness. And he left his house, and the land of his inheritance, and his g[old, 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; and he came down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea; and he travelled in the wilderness in the borders whichlsre nearer the Red Sea ; and he did travel in the wildernese with his family, which consisted of my mother, Sariah, and my elder brotners, who were Laman, Lemuel and Sam. And it came to pass that when he had travelled three days in the wilderness, he pitched his tent in a valley by the nde of a river of water. And it came to pass that he