41 Wherefore, I, Nephi, did exhort them to give heed unto the word of the Lord;
42 Yea, I did exhort them with all the energies of my soul, and with all the faculty which I possessed, that they would give heed to the word of God, and remember to keep his commandments always, in all things.
43 And they said unto me, What meaneth the river of water which our father saw?
44 And I said unto them, that the water which my father saw, was filthiness;
45 And so much was his mind swallowed up in other things, that he beheld not the filthiness of the water;
46 And I said unto them, that it was an awful gulf, which separateth the wicked from the tree of life, and also from the saints of God.
47 And I said unto them, that it was a representation of that awful hell, which the angel said unto me was prepared for the wicked.
48 And I said unto them that our father also saw, that the justice of God did also divide the wicked from the righteous;
49 And the brightness thereof was like unto the brightness of a flaming fire, which ascendeth up unto God for ever and ever, and hath no end.
50 And they said unto me, Doth this thing mean the torment of the body in the days of probation, or doth it mean the final state of the soul after the death of the temporal body, or doth it speak of the things which are temporal?
51 And it came to pass that I said unto them, that it was a representation of things both temporal and spiritual;