1 And now I speak unto you, Joseph, my last-born. Thou wast born in the wilderness of mine afflictions; yea, in the days of my greatest sorrow did thy mother bear thee. [Interesting that he named his two sons born to him in the wilderness Jacob and Joseph. Both are important key people in the House of Israel. Both carried the priesthood birthright and both were key servants to blessing all of God’s servants. Lehi must have been heavily impressed with these two men as he studied the brass plates.]
2 And may the Lord consecrate also unto thee this land, which is a most precious land, for thine inheritance and the inheritance of thy seed with thy brethren, for thy security forever, if it so be that ye shall keep the commandments of the Holy One of Israel. [Lehi’s son, Joseph, was not tormented by his brothers as his older brother Jacob was.]
3 And now, Joseph, my last-born, whom I have brought out of the wilderness of mine afflictions, may the Lord bless thee forever, for thy seed shall not utterly be destroyed. [Lehi knew that many of the Nephites, the seed of Nephi, would eventually be destroyed.]
4 For behold, thou art the fruit of my loins; and I am a descendant of Joseph who was carried captive into Egypt. And great were the covenants of the Lord which he made unto Joseph. [A fruitful bough, Genesis 49:22)]
5 Wherefore, Joseph truly saw our day. And he obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, [The lineage of the Messiah would be through Judah.] but a branch which was to be broken off, [separated from the rest] nevertheless, to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days [our day], in the spirit of power [in glory], unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light—yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom. [fullness of His Gospel]
6 For Joseph truly testified, saying: A seer shall the Lord my God raise up, who shall be a choice [special and unique calling] seer unto the fruit of my loins. [direct descendant of Joseph of Egypt]
7 Yea, Joseph truly said: Thus saith the Lord unto me: A choice seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins; and he shall be esteemed highly [He will be considered great among his associates even before he manifests himself as a servant of God.] among the fruit of thy loins. And unto him will I give commandment that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren [Native Americans], which shall be of great worth unto them, even to the bringing of them to the knowledge of the covenants which I have made with thy fathers. [A true understanding of their history and birthright.]
8 And I will give unto him [this special servant] a commandment that he shall do none other work, save the work which I shall command him [He will have the sealing power. See Helaman 10:5-7] . And I will make him great in mine eyes; for he shall do my work.
9 And he shall be great like unto Moses, whom I have said I would raise up unto you, to deliver my people, O house of Israel.
10 And Moses will I raise up, to deliver thy people out of the land of Egypt.
11 But a seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins [Moses was God’s prophet, this man shall be also a seer, for he shall see the past, present and the future.] ; and unto him will I give power to bring forth my word unto the seed of thy loins— [He will be the one to bring the fullness of the BofM to the Native Americans.] and not to the bringing forth my word only, saith the Lord, but to the convincing them of my word, which shall have already gone forth among them. [The BofM won’t be new, but the convincing of the fullness of the record (with the additional portions) will be new to them.]
12 Wherefore, the fruit of thy loins shall write; and the fruit of the loins of Judah [descendants of the Jews] shall write; and that which shall be written by the fruit of thy loins [decendants of Joseph of Lehi], and also that which shall be written by the fruit of the loins of Judah, shall grow together, unto the confounding of false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing peace among the fruit of thy loins, and bringing them to the knowledge of their fathers in the latter days, and also to the knowledge of my covenants, saith the Lord. [Yet to come.]
13 And out of weakness [obscurity] he shall be made strong, in that day when my work shall commence among all my people, unto the restoring [gathering] thee, O house of Israel, saith the Lord.
14 And thus prophesied Joseph [of Egypt], saying: Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded [have no power]; for this promise, which I have obtained of the Lord, of the fruit of my loins, shall be fulfilled. Behold, I am sure of the fulfilling of this promise;
15 And his name shall be called after me; and it shall be after the name of his father. [This Lamanite prophet shall be called Joseph, after his own father. These men are alive today upon the earth. I have seen them.] And he shall be like unto me; for the thing, which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand, by the power of the Lord shall bring my people unto salvation. [This single verse contains a mystery which will some day be revealed. The Lord’s attention to detail is unfathomable.]
16 Yea, thus prophesied Joseph: I am sure of this thing, even as I am sure of the promise of Moses [that the Israelites would inherit the promised land of Israel]; for the Lord hath said unto me, I will preserve thy seed forever. [It must have been an incredible blessing for Lehi to know that part of Joseph’s blessing from Abraham was a fulfillment of Lehi’s role in bringing his posterity to the covenant land of America.]
17 And the Lord hath said: I will raise up a Moses; and I will give power unto him in a rod [priesthood]; and I will give judgment unto him in writing [sealed up]. Yet I will not loose his tongue, that he shall speak much, for I will not make him mighty in speaking. But I will write unto him my law, by the finger of mine own hand; and I will make a spokesman for him. [This Joseph will be like unto Moses with a spokesman. He will shun the limelight. He will seem quite mysterious to those who hear of him.]
18 And the Lord said unto me also: [Mormon] I will raise up unto the fruit of thy loins; and I will make for him a spokesman. [Moroni] And I, behold, I will give unto him that he shall write the writing of the fruit of thy loins, unto the fruit of thy loins; and the spokesman of thy loins shall declare it. [Coming forth of the Book of Mormon.]
19 And the words which he shall write shall be the words which are expedient in my wisdom [foresight] should go forth unto the fruit of thy loins. [Native Americans] And it shall be as if the fruit of thy loins had cried unto them from the dust; for I know their faith. [They will be moved by what they learn.]
20 And they shall cry from the dust; yea, even repentance unto their brethren, even after many generations have gone by them. And it shall come to pass that their cry shall go, even according to the simpleness of their words.
21 Because of their faith their words shall proceed forth out of my mouth unto their brethren who are the fruit of thy loins; and the weakness of their words will I make strong in their faith, unto the remembering of my covenant which I made unto thy fathers.
22 And now, behold, my son Joseph, after this manner did my father of old prophesy. [Joseph of Egypt saw much concerning the posterity of Lehi. This record was with the original brass plates, but was not included in the Bible.]
23 Wherefore, because of this covenant thou art blessed; for thy seed shall not be destroyed, for they shall hearken unto the words of the book.
24 And there shall rise up one mighty among them [Indian Prophet named Joseph], who shall do much good, both in word and in deed, being an instrument in the hands of God, with exceeding faith, to work mighty wonders [sealing power], and do that thing which is great in the sight of God [act according to every word given of the Spirit], unto the bringing to pass much restoration unto the house of Israel, and unto the seed of thy brethren. [One of the main gatherers of Israel in the last days.]
25 And now, blessed art thou, Joseph. Behold, thou art little; wherefore hearken unto the words of thy brother, Nephi, and it shall be done unto thee even according to the words which I have spoken. Remember the words of thy dying father. Amen.