The words of his preaching unto his brethren. He confoundeth aman who seeketh to overthrow the doctrine of Christ. A few wordsconcerning the history of the people of Nephi.
Jacob 1Chapter 1
Jacob 1:1 1 For behold, it came to pass that fifty and five years hadpassed away from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem; wherefore,Nephi gave me, Jacob, a commandment concerning the small plates,upon which these things are engraven.
Jacob 1:2 2 And he gave me, Jacob, a commandment that I should write uponthese plates a few of the things which I consider to be mostprecious; that I should not touch, save it were lightly,concerning the history of this people which are called the peopleof Nephi.
Jacob 1:3 3 For he said that the history of his people should be engravenupon his other plates, and that I should preserve these platesand hand them down unto my seed, from generation to generation.
Jacob 1:4 4 And if there were preaching which was sacred, or revelationwhich was great, or prophesying, that I should engraven the headsof them upon these plates, and touch upon them as much as it werepossible, for Christ's sake, and for the sake of our people.
Jacob 1:5 5 For because of faith and great anxiety, it truly had been mademanifest unto us concerning our people, what things should happenunto them.
Jacob 1:6 6 And we also had many revelations, and the spirit of muchprophecy; wherefore, we knew of Christ and his kingdom, whichshould come.
Jacob 1:7 7 Wherefore we labored diligently among our people, that wemight persuade them to come unto Christ, and partake of thegoodness of God, that they might enter into his rest, lest by anymeans he should swear in his wrath they should not enter in, asin the provocation in the days of temptation while the childrenof Israel were in the wilderness.
Jacob 1:8 8 Wherefore, we would to God that we could persuade all men notto rebel against God, to provoke him to anger, but that all menwould believe in Christ, and view his death, and suffer his crossand bear the shame of the world; wherefore, I, Jacob, take itupon me to fulfil the commandment of my brother Nephi.
Jacob 1:9 9 Now Nephi began to be old, and he saw that he must soon die;wherefore, he anointed a man to be a king and a ruler over hispeople now, according to the reigns of the kings.
Jacob 1:10 10 The people having loved Nephi exceedingly, he having been agreat protector for them, having wielded the sword of Laban intheir defence, and having labored in all his days for theirwelfare--
Jacob 1:11 11 Wherefore, the people were desirous to retain in remembrancehis name. And whoso should reign in his stead were called by thepeople, second Nephi, third Nephi, and so forth, according to thereigns of the kings; and thus they were called by the people, letthem be of whatever name they would.
Jacob 1:12 12 And it came to pass that Nephi died.
Jacob 1:13 13 Now the people which were not Lamanites were Nephites;nevertheless, they were called Nephites, Jacobites, Josephites,Zoramites, Lamanites, Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites.
Jacob 1:14 14 But I, Jacob, shall not hereafter distinguish them by thesenames, but I shall call them Lamanites that seek to destroy thepeople of Nephi, and those who are friendly to Nephi I shall callNephites, or the people of Nephi, according to the reigns of thekings.
Jacob 1:15 15 And now it came to pass that the people of Nephi, under thereign of the second king, began to grow hard in their hearts, andindulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices, such as likeunto David of old desiring many wives and concubines, and alsoSolomon, his son.
Jacob 1:16 16 Yea, and they also began to search much gold and silver, andbegan to be lifted up somewhat in pride.
Jacob 1:17 17 Wherefore I, Jacob, gave unto them these words as I taughtthem in the temple, having first obtained mine errand from theLord.
Jacob 1:18 18 For I, Jacob, and my brother Joseph had been consecratedpriests and teachers of this people, by the hand of Nephi.
Jacob 1:19 19 And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon usthe responsibility, answering the sins of the people upon our ownheads if we did not teach them the word of God with alldiligence; wherefore, by laboring with our might their bloodmight not come upon our garments; otherwise their blood wouldcome upon our garments, and we would not be found spotless at thelast day.