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Omni 1:1
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1    Behold, it came to pass that I, Omni, being com-
    manded by my father Jarom, that I should write some-
    what upon these plates to preserve our genealogy,
2    Wherefore in my days, I would that ye should know
    that I fought much with the sword to preserve
    my people the Nephites from falling into
    the hands of their enemies, the Lamanites.
3    But behold, I, of myself, am a wicked man and I have
    not kept the statutes and the commandments
    of the Lord as I ought to have done.
4    And it came to pass that two hundred and seventy
    and six years had passed away;
And we had many seasons of peace,
And we had many seasons of serious war and bloodshed,
5    Yea, and in fine, two hundred and eighty
    and two years had passed away;
And I had kept these plates according to the
    commandments of my fathers and I
    conferred them upon my son Amaron;
And I make an end.
6    And now I, Amaron, write the things whatsoever I write,
    which are few, in the book of my father;
7    Behold, it came to pass that three hundred and twenty
    years had passed away and the more wicked
    part of the Nephites were destroyed,
8    For the Lord would not suffer-after He had led them out
    of the Land of Jerusalem and kept and preserved them
    from falling into the hands of their enemies-
Yea, He would not suffer that the words should not be
    verified which He spake unto our fathers, saying that,
"Inasmuch as ye will not keep My commandments,
    ye shall not prosper in the land."
9    Wherefore, the Lord did visit them in great judgment;
Nevertheless, He did spare the righteous, that they
    should not perish, but did deliver them out
    of the hands of their enemies.

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