• >lftSt BOOK OP MXPBI. ' 15 sword girded about my loins. And he spake unto mo concerning the elders of the Jews, he knowing that his master Laban had been out by uight among them. And I spake unto him as if it had been Laban. And I also spake imto him that I should carry the engravings which were upon the plates of bras?, to my elder brethren, who were without the walls. And I also bade him that he should follow me. And he, supposing that I spake of the brethren of the church, and that I was truly that Laban whom I had slain, wherefore he did follow me. And he spake unto me many times concerning the elders of the Jews, as I went forth unto my brethren, who w<ere without the walls. And it came to pass that when Laman saw me, he was exceedingly frightened, and also Lemuel aud Sam. And they fled from before my presence ; for they supposed it was • liafoan, and that he had slain me, and had sought to take away tkeif lives also. And it came to pass that I called after them, and they did hear me ; wherefore they did cease to flee from my pres- ence. And it came to pass that when the servant of Laban beheld my brethren, he began to tremble, and was about to flee from before me and return to the city of Jerusalem. And now I, Nephi, being ja man large in stature, and ftiso having received much strength of the Lord, therefore I ^id seize upon the servant of Laban, and held him, that ho should not flee. And it came to pass that I spake with him, that if he would hearken unto my words, as the Lord liveth, and as I live, even so that if he would hearken unto our words, we would spare his life. And I spake unto him, even with an oath, that be need not fear; that he should be a free man, like unto us, if he Would go down in the wilderness with us. And I also spake unto him, saying, surely the Lord liath commanded- us to do this thine, and shall we not be diiiigent in keeping the commandments of the Lord? — Therefore, if thou wilt go down into the wilderness to my father, thou shalt have place with us. And it came to pass that Zoram did take courage at the words which I spake. Now Zoram was the name of the servant; and he promised that he would go down into the wilderness unto my father. And he also made an oath unto us, that he would- tany with us from that time forth. Now we were desirous that he should tarry with us for this cause, that the Jews might not know concerning our flight into the wilderness, lest they should pursue us and de- stioy US.
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