Figure 5

Chiasmus in 1 Nephi 1-9
(Lehi's Account)

1)  Nephi discusses his record, and he testifies it is true (1:1-3)

2)  Lehi's early visions are reported, followed by his preaching and prophesying to the Jews (1:6-15, 18-20)

3)  Lehi takes his family into the wilderness (2:2-15)

4)  The Lord speaks prophecies to Nephi about Lehi's seed (2:19-24)

5)  Lehi's sons obtain the brass plates and Nephi records the most striking example of the murmuring of his faithless brothers (3:2-5:16)

4') Lehi, filled with the Spirit, prophesies about his seed (5:17-19; 7:1)

3') Ishmael takes his family into the wilderness (7:2-22)

2') Lehi's tree of life vision is reported, followed by his prophecies and preaching to Laman and Lemuel (8:2-38)

1') Nephi again discusses his record, and he records his testimony (9:1-6)