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

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  • Historical Introduction
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to be a King & a ruler over his People now according to the reigns of the Kings the People haveing loved Nephi excedingly he haveing been a great protector for them haveing wealed the sword of Laban in their defence & haveing laboured in all his days for their wellfare wherefore the People were desireous to retain in rememberance his name & whoso should Reign in his stead were calld by the People second Nephi & third Nephi .&C. according to the Reigns of the Kings & thus they were called by the People let them be of whatsoever name they would & it came to pass that Nephi died now the People which were not Lamanites were Nephites nevertheless they were called Nephites Jacobites Josephites Zoramites Lamanites Lemuelites & Ishmaelites but I Jacob shall not hereafter distinguish them by these names but I shall call them Lamanites they that seek to destroy the People of Nephi & they which are friendly to Nephi I shall call Nephites or the People of Nephi according to the reigns of the Kings & now it came to pass that the People of Nephi under the reign of the second king began to grow hard in their hearts & indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices such as like unto David of Old desireing many wives & concubines & also Solomon his Son yea & they also began to search much gold & Silver & began to be lifted up somewhat in pride wherefore I Jacob gave unto them these words as I taught them in the temple haveing firstly obtained mine errond from the Lord for I Jacob & my Brother Joseph had been consecrated priests & teachers of this People <by> the hand of Nephi & we did magnify our office unto the Lord takeing upon us the responcibility answering the sins of the People upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence wherefore by labouring with our mights their blood might not come upon our garments otherwise their blood would come upon our garments & we would not be found spotless at the last day
Jacob, Chapter 2 [Jacob 2–3]
—— Chapter [blank]—— The words of <which> Jacob the Brother of Nephi spake unto the People of Nephi after the death of Nephi— Now my beloved brethren I Jacob according to the responcibility which I am under to God to magnify mine Office with soberness & that I might rid my garments of your sins I come up into the temple this day that I might declare unto you the word of God & ye yourselves know that I have hitherto been diligent in the office of my calling but I this day am weighed down with much more desire & anxiety for the wellfare of your souls then I <have> hitherto been for behold as yet ye have been obediant unto the word of the Lord which I have given unto you but behold hearken ye unto me & know that by the help of the allpowerful creator of heaven & earth I can tell you concerning your thoughts how that ye are beginning to labour in Sin which sin appeareth verry abominable unto me yea & abominable unto God yea & it grieveth my soul & causeth me to shrink with shame before the presance of my maker that I must testify unto you concerning the wickedness of your hearts & also it grieveth me that I must use so much boldness of speach concerning you before your wives & your Children many of whose feelings are exceding tender & chaste & [p. 96]
to be a King & a ruler over his People now according to the reigns of the Kings the People haveing loved Nephi excedingly he haveing been a great protector for them haveing wealed the sword of Laban in their defence & haveing laboured in all his days for their wellfare wherefore the People were desireous to retain in rememberance his name & whoso should Reign in his stead were calld by the People second Nephi & third Nephi .&C. according to the Reigns of the Kings & thus they were called by the People let them be of whatsoever name they would & it came to pass that Nephi died now the People which were not Lamanites were Nephites nevertheless they were called Nephites Jacobites Josephites Zoramites Lamanites Lemuelites & Ishmaelites but I Jacob shall not hereafter distinguish them by these names but I shall call them Lamanites they that seek to destroy the People of Nephi & they which are friendly to Nephi I shall call Nephites or the People of Nephi according to the reigns of the Kings & now it came to pass that the People of Nephi under the reign of the second king began to grow hard in their hearts & indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices such as like unto David of Old desireing many wives & concubines & also Solomon his Son yea & they also began to search much gold & Silver & began to be lifted up somewhat in pride wherefore I Jacob gave unto them these words as I taught them in the temple haveing firstly obtained mine errond from the Lord for I Jacob & my Brother Joseph had been consecrated priests & teachers of this People by the hand of Nephi & we did magnify our office unto the Lord takeing upon us the responcibility answering the sins of the People upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence wherefore by labouring with our mights their blood might not come upon our garments otherwise their blood would come upon our garments & we would not be found spotless at the last day
Jacob, Chapter 2 [Jacob 2–3]
—— Chapter [blank]—— The words which Jacob the Brother of Nephi spake unto the People of Nephi after the death of Nephi— Now my beloved brethren I Jacob according to the responcibility which I am under to God to magnify mine Office with soberness & that I might rid my garments of your sins I come up into the temple this day that I might declare unto you the word of God & ye yourselves know that I have hitherto been diligent in the office of my calling but I this day am weighed down with much more desire & anxiety for the wellfare of your souls then I have hitherto been for behold as yet ye have been obediant unto the word of the Lord which I have given unto you but behold hearken ye unto me & know that by the help of the allpowerful creator of heaven & earth I can tell you concerning your thoughts how that ye are beginning to labour in Sin which sin appeareth verry abominable unto me yea & abominable unto God yea & it grieveth my soul & causeth me to shrink with shame before the presance of my maker that I must testify unto you concerning the wickedness of your hearts & also it grieveth me that I must use so much boldness of speach concerning you before your wives & your Children many of whose feelings are exceding tender & chaste [p. 96]
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