How powerful is our anger

1 And now it came to pass that when Nephi had spoken these words, behold, there were men who were judges, and who were also of the secret Gadianton gang, and they were angry, and they cried out against him, and said to the people: Why do you take hold not this man and bring him to be found guilty according to the crime he has committed?

2 Why do you look at the man and hear him revile this people and our law?

3 For behold, Nephi had spoken to them about the corruption of their law; yes, many things Nephi had spoken that cannot be written down; and he said nothing that was against the commandments of God.

4 And these judges were angry with him, because he made clear to them their secret works of darkness ahad spoken; but they did not dare to lay hands on him, for they feared the people that they would contradict them.

5 Therefore they cried out to the people, saying: Why do you allow this man to revile us? For behold, he pronounces all this people guilty, yes, to destruction, yes, and also that these great cities of ours are taken from us so that we have no place in them.

6 And now we know that this is impossible, for, behold, we are mighty and our cities are great, therefore our enemies can have no power over us.

7 And it came to pass that they did a stir up the people in anger against Nephi, and set up contests among the people; for there were some who exclaimed: Leave this man alone, for he is a good man, and what he says will certainly come to pass if we do not repent;

8 Yes, behold, all the judgments that he testified to us will come upon us; for we know that he was right to testify to our iniquities. And behold, there are many of them, and he aknows all that will happen to us as well as he knows of our iniquities;

9 Yes, and behold, if he were not a prophet, he would not have been able to testify about this.

10 And it came to pass that the people who sought to destroy Nephi were restrained by their fear from laying hands on him; so he began to speak to them again, for he saw that he had won favor in the eyes of some, so much so that the rest were afraid.

11 He was therefore urged to say more to them, saying, Behold, my brethren, you have not read that God gave power to a man, namely Moses, over the waters of him aTo strike the Red Sea, and they turned on both sides, so that the Israelites, who are our fathers, passed dry-footed and struck the waters over the armies of the Egyptians and devoured them?

12 And now, behold, if God has given this man such power, why would you argue with one another, saying that he gave me no power, so that I know of the judgments that will come upon you if you do not repent?

13 But, behold, you not only deny my words, but you also deny all the words spoken by our fathers and also the words spoken by this man Moses, who was given so great power, yes, those Words he spoke regarding the coming of the Messiah.

14 Yes, did he not testify that the Son of God would come? And how he the brazen serpent in the wilderness ahas lifted up, he will also be lifted up who is to come.

15 And like all those who looked up at the serpent, alived, so will all who look up to the Son of God with faith and have a contrite spirit, bcan live, yes, namely that life that is eternal.

16 And now, behold, not only did Moses testify, but also aall the holy prophets, yes, from his days to the days of Abraham.

17 Yes, and see, aAbraham foresaw his coming and was filled with joy and rejoicing.

18 Yes, behold, I tell you that not only did Abraham know about it, but it existed before the days of Abraham amany who after the bAccording to the order of God, yes, namely according to the order of his Son, and this in order to show people many thousands of years before his coming that they will truly receive salvation.

19 And now I want you to know that even since the days of Abraham there have been many prophets who testified of this; yes, see, the prophet aZenos testified it fearlessly, and that is why he was killed;

20 and see, also aZenoch and Ezias and also bIsaiah and cJeremiah (Jeremiah was the same prophet of the destruction dJerusalem's testimony), and now we know that Jerusalem was destroyed according to the words of Jeremiah. Oh, why shouldn't the Son of God come too, according to his prophecy?

21 And will you now deny that aJerusalem was destroyed? Do you want to say that bZidkiah's sons were not killed, except for all of them cMulek? Yes, and do you not see that the descendants of Zidkiah are with us and that they have been driven out of the land of Jerusalem? But see, this is not all:

22 Our father Lehi was driven out of Jerusalem because he testified this. Nephi testified this, and so did almost all of our fathers, yea, down to this time; yes they have aTestifying to the coming of Christ and have looked after it and looked forward to his coming day.

23 And behold, he is God, and he is with them, and he made himself known to them, and also that they were redeemed through him; and they have given him honor because of what is to come.

24 And now, seeing that you know this and cannot deny it unless you lie, you have sinned in it, for you have rejected all of this despite so much evidence you have received; yes, you have aReceive everything, both that is in heaven and everything that is on earth, as a testimony that this is true.

25 But, behold, you have rejected the truth and opposed your holy God arebelled; and yourself at that time instead of yours for yourselves bGather treasures in heaven, where nothing spoils them and where nothing unclean can get, you pile up Grimm for yourselves for the day of cCourt.

26 Yes, at this time you will because of your murders and yours aFornication and wickedness ripe for perpetual annihilation; yes, and if you do not repent, it will soon come upon you.

27 Yes, behold, it is just now at your door; yes, go in to the judgment seat and inquire; and, behold, your judge was murdered, and he alies in his blood; and he is bmurdered by his brother seeking to sit on the judgment seat.

28 And behold, they are both of your secret bonds, theirs aThe author is Gadianton as well as the evil one who seeks to destroy human souls.