Jacob 4:1 1 Now behold, it came to pass that I, Jacob, having ministeredmuch unto my people in word, (and I cannot write but a little ofmy words, because of the difficulty of engraving our words uponplates) and we know that the things which we write upon platesmust remain;
Jacob 4:2 2 But whatsoever things we write upon anything save it be uponplates must perish and vanish away; but we can write a few wordsupon plates, which will give our children, and also our belovedbrethren, a small degree of knowledge concerning us, orconcerning their fathers--
Jacob 4:3 3 Now in this thing we do rejoice; and we labor diligently toengraven these words upon plates, hoping that our belovedbrethren and our children will receive them with thankful hearts,and look upon them that they may learn with joy and not withsorrow, neither with contempt, concerning their first parents.
Jacob 4:4 4 For, for this intent have we written these things, that theymay know that we knew of Christ, and we had a hope of his glorymany hundred years before his coming; and not only we ourselveshad a hope of his glory, but also all the holy prophets whichwere before us.
Jacob 4:5 5 Behold, they believed in Christ and worshiped the Father inhis name, and also we worship the Father in his name. And forthis intent we keep the law of Moses, it pointing our souls tohim; and for this cause it is sanctified unto us forrighteousness, even as it was accounted unto Abraham in thewilderness to be obedient unto the commands of God in offering uphis son Isaac, which is a similitude of God and his Only BegottenSon.
Jacob 4:6 6 Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have manyrevelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all thesewitnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken,insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and thevery trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea.
Jacob 4:7 7 Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we mayknow that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions untothe children of men, that we have power to do these things.
Jacob 4:8 8 Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. Howunsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it isimpossible that man should find out all his ways. And no manknoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore,brethren, despise not the revelations of God.
Jacob 4:9 9 For behold, by the power of his word man came upon the face ofthe earth, which earth was created by the power of his word. Wherefore, if God being able to speak and the world was, and tospeak and man was created, O then, why not able to command theearth, or the workmanship of his hands upon the face of it,according to his will and pleasure?
Jacob 4:10 10 Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but totake counsel from his hand. For behold, ye yourselves know thathe counseleth in wisdom, and in justice, and in great mercy, overall his works.
Jacob 4:11 11 Wherefore, beloved brethren, be reconciled unto him throughthe atonement of Christ, his Only Begotten Son, and ye may obtaina resurrection, according to the power of the resurrection whichis in Christ, and be presented as the first-fruits of Christ untoGod, having faith, and obtained a good hope of glory in himbefore he manifesteth himself in the flesh.
Jacob 4:12 12 And now, beloved, marvel not that I tell you these things;for why not speak of the atonement of Christ, and attain to aperfect knowledge of him, as to attain to the knowledge of aresurrection and the world to come?
Jacob 4:13 13 Behold, my brethren, he that prophesieth, let him prophesy tothe understanding of men; for the Spirit speaketh the truth andlieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are,and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things aremanifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls. Butbehold, we are not witnesses alone in these things; for God alsospake them unto prophets of old.
Jacob 4:14 14 But behold, the Jews were a stiffnecked people; and theydespised the words of plainness, and killed the prophets, andsought for things that they could not understand. Wherefore,because of their blindness, which blindness came by lookingbeyond the mark, they must needs fall; for God hath taken awayhis plainness from them, and delivered unto them many thingswhich they cannot understand, because they desired it. Andbecause they desired it God hath done it, that they may stumble.
Jacob 4:15 15 And now I, Jacob, am led on by the Spirit unto prophesying;for I perceive by the workings of the Spirit which is in me, thatby the stumbling of the Jews they will reject the stone uponwhich they might build and have safe foundation.
Jacob 4:16 16 But behold, according to the scriptures, this stone shallbecome the great, and the last, and the only sure foundation,upon which the Jews can build.
Jacob 4:17 17 And now, my beloved, how is it possible that these, afterhaving rejected the sure foundation, can ever build upon it, thatit may become the head of their corner?
Jacob 4:18 18 Behold, my beloved brethren, I will unfold this mystery untoyou; if I do not, by any means, get shaken from my firmness inthe Spirit, and stumble because of my over anxiety for you.