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Passage: 2 Nephi 4:20 - 2 Nephi 4:40
20 For I knew their hatred towards me and my children, and those who were called my people.
21 And I did teach my people to build buildings, and to work in all manner of wood, and of iron, and of copper, and of brass, and of steel, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious ores, which were in great abundance.
22 And I, Nephi, did build a temple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple of Solomon, save it were not built of so many precious things:
23 For they were not to be found upon the land;
24 Wherefore, it could not be built like unto Solomon's temple.
25 But the manner of the construction was like unto the temple of Solomon; and the workmanship thereof was exceeding fine.
26 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did cause my people to be industrious, and to labor with their hands.
27 And it came to pass that they would that I should be their king.
28 But I, Nephi, was desirous that they should have no king; nevertheless, I did for them according to that which was in my power.
29 And behold, the words of the Lord had been fulfilled unto my brethren, which he spake concerning them, that I should be their ruler and their teacher;
30 Wherefore, I had been their ruler and their teacher, according to the commandment of the Lord, until the time they sought to take away my life.
31 Wherefore, the word of the Lord was fulfilled which he spake unto me, saying: That inasmuch as they will not hearken unto thy words, they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.
32 And behold they were cut off from his presence.
33 And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity.
34 For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint;
35 Wherefore, as they were white, and exceeding fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.
36 And thus saith the Lord God, I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities.
37 And cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed: for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing.
38 And the Lord spake it, and it was done.
39 And because of their cursing which was upon them, they did become an idle people, full of mischief and subtlety, and did seek in the wilderness for beasts of prey.
40 And the Lord God said unto me, They shall be a scourge unto thy seed, to stir them up in remembrance of me;
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