78 And all this he hath done, because of the commandments of the Lord; for he knowing that Jerusalem must be destroyed, because of the wickedness of the people.
79 For behold, they have rejected the words of the prophets.
80 Wherefore if my father should dwell in the land after he hath been commanded to flee out of the land, behold he would also perish.
81 Wherefore it must needs be that he flee out of the land.
82 And behold it is wisdom in God that we should obtain these records, that we may preserve unto our children the language of our fathers;
83 And also that we may preserve unto them the words which have been spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets, which have been delivered unto them by the spirit and power of God, since the world began, even down unto this present time.
84 And it came to pass that after this manner of language did I persuade my brethren, that they might be faithful in keeping the commandments of God.
85 And it came to pass that we went down to the land of our inheritance, and we did gather together our gold, and our silver, and our precious things.
86 And after we had gathered these things together, we went up again unto the house of Laban.
87 And it came to pass that we went in unto Laban, and desired him that he would give unto us the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, for which we would give unto him our gold, and our silver, and all our precious things.
88 And it came to pass that when Laban saw our property, that it was exceeding great, he did lust after it, insomuch that he thrust us out, and sent his servants to slay us, that he might obtain our property.