Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, circa August 1829–circa January 1830

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass for which we would give unto him our gold & our silver & all our precious things & it came to pass that when Laban saw our property that it was exceding great he did lust after it insomuch that he thrust us out & sent his servants to slay us that he might obtain our property & it came to pass that we did flee before the servants of Laban & we were obliged to leave behind our property & it fell into the hands of Laban & it came to pass that we fled into the wilderness & the servants of Laban did not overtake us & we hid ourselves in the cavity of a rock & it came to pass that Laman was angery with me & also with my father & also was Le[mu]el for he hearkened unto the words of Laman wherefore Laman & Lemuel did speak many hard things <​words​> unto us their younger Brethre<​Brothres​> & they did smite us even with a rod & it came to <​pass​> as they smote us with a rod behold an angel of the Lord came & stood before them & he spake unto them saying why do ye smite your younger Brothers with a rod know ye not that the Lord hath chosen him to be a ruler over you & this because of your iniquities behold thou shalt go up to Jerusalem again & the Lord will deliver Laban into your hands & after that the angel had spake unto us he departed & after that the angel had departed Laman & Lemuel again began to murmur saying how is it possible that the Lord will deliver Laban uo into our hands behold he is a mighty man & he can command fifty yea even he can slay fifty then why not us & it came to pass that I spake unto my Brethren saying let us go up again unto Jerusalem & let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord for behold he is mightyer then all the earth then why not mightyer then Laban & his fifty yea or even <​then​> his tens of thousands therefore let us go up let us be strong like unto Moses for he truly spake unto the waters of the Red Sea & they divided hither & thither & our fathers came through out of captivity on dry ground & the armies of phara did follow & were drowned in the waters of the Red Sea now behold ye know that this is true & ye also know that an angel hath spoken unto you wherefore can ye doubt let us go up the Lord is able to deliver us even as our fathers & to destroy Laban even as the Egytians now when I had spoken these words they was yet wroth & did still continue to murmur nevertheless they did follow me up untill we came without the walls of Jerusalem & it was by night & I caused that they should hide themselves without the walls & after that they had hid themselves I Nephi crept in into the city & went forth towards the house of Laban & I was hid lead by the spirit not knowing beforehand the things which I should do nevertheless I went forth & as I came near unto the house of Laban I beh [p. 6]
records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass for which we would give unto him our gold & our silver & all our precious things & it came to pass that when Laban saw our property that it was exceding great he did lust after it insomuch that he thrust us out & sent his servants to slay us that he might obtain our property & it came to pass that we did flee before the servants of Laban & we were obliged to leave behind our property & it fell into the hands of Laban & it came to pass that we fled into the wilderness & the servants of Laban did not overtake us & we hid ourselves in the cavity of a rock & it came to pass that Laman was angery with me & also with my father & also was Lemuel for he hearkened unto the words of Laman wherefore Laman & Lemuel did speak many hard words unto us their younger Brothres & they did smite us even with a rod & it came to pass as they smote us with a rod behold an angel of the Lord came & stood before them & he spake unto them saying why do ye smite your younger Brother with a rod know ye not that the Lord hath chosen him to be a ruler over you & this because of your iniquities behold thou shalt go up to Jerusalem again & the Lord will deliver Laban into your hands & after that the angel had spake unto us he departed & after that the angel had departed Laman & Lemuel again began to murmur saying how is it possible that the Lord will deliver Laban into our hands behold he is a mighty man & he can command fifty yea even he can slay fifty then why not us & it came to pass that I spake unto my Brethren saying let us go up again unto Jerusalem & let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord for behold he is mightyer then all the earth then why not mightyer then Laban & his fifty yea or even then his tens of thousands therefore let us go up let us be strong like unto Moses for he truly spake unto the waters of the Red Sea & they divided hither & thither & our fathers came through out of captivity on dry ground & the armies of phara did follow & were drowned in the waters of the Red Sea now behold ye know that this is true & ye also know that an angel hath spoken unto you wherefore can ye doubt let us go up the Lord is able to deliver us even as our fathers & to destroy Laban even as the Egytians now when I had spoken these words they was yet wroth & did still continue to murmur nevertheless they did follow me up untill we came without the walls of Jerusalem & it was by night & I caused that they should hide themselves without the walls & after that they had hid themselves I Nephi crept into the city & went forth towards the house of Laban & I was lead by the spirit not knowing beforehand the things which I should do nevertheless I went forth & as I came near unto the house of Laban I beh [p. 6]
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