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

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should heep his commandments & glorify him forever & now I make an end of speaking unto you concerning this pride & were it not that I must speak unto you concerning a grosser crime my heart would rejoice excedingly because of you but the word of God burthens me because of your grosser crimes for behold thus saith the Lord this People begineth to wax in iniquity they understand not the Scriptures for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms because of the things which are written concerning David & Solomon his Son behold David & Solomon truly had many wives & conubines which thing was abominable before me saith the Lord wherefore thus saith the Lord I have lead this People forth out of the land of Jerusalem by the power of mine arm that I might raise up unto me a righteous branch from the fruit of the loins of Joseph wherefore I the Lord God will not suffer that this People shall do like unto them of Old wherefore my Brethren hear me & hearken to the word of the Lord for there shall not any more <man> among you have save it be one wife & concubines he shall have none for I the Lord God delighteth in the chastity of women & whoredoms is a-bomination before me thus saith the Lord of hosts wherefore this People shall keep my commandments saith the Lord of hosts or cursed be the land for their sakes for if I will saith the Lord of hosts raise up seed unto me I will command my People utherwise they shall hearken unto these things for behold I the Lord have seen the sorrow & heard the mourning of the daughters of my People in the land of Jerusalem yea & in all the lands of my People because of the wickedness & abominations of their husbands & I will not suffer saith the Lord of hosts that the cries of the fair daughters of this People which I have lead out of the land of Jerusalem shall come up unto me against the men of my People saith the Lord of hosts for they shall not lead away captive the daughters of my People because of their tenderness save I shall visit them with a sore curse even unto destruction for they shall not commit whoredoms like unto they of old saith the Lord of hosts & now behold my Brethren ye know that these commandments was given to our father Lehi wherefore ye have known them before & ye have come unto great condenmation for ye have done these things which ye ought not to have done behold ye have done greater iniquity then the Lamanites our Brethren ye have broken the hearts of your tender wives & lost the confidence of your Children because of your bad examples before them & the sobings of their hearts ascendeth up to God against you & because of the strictness of the word of God which cometh down against you many hearts died pierced with deep wounds but behold I Jacob would speak unto you that are pure in heart look unto God with firmness of mind & pray unto him with exceding faith & he will console you in your afflictions & he will plead your cause & send down Justice upon those who seek your destruction O all ye that are pure in heart lift up your heads & receive the pleasing word of God & feast upon his love for ye may if your minds are firm [p. 98]
should heep his commandments & glorify him forever & now I make an end of speaking unto you concerning this pride & were it not that I must speak unto you concerning a grosser crime my heart would rejoice excedingly because of you but the word of God burthens me because of your grosser crimes for behold thus saith the Lord this People begineth to wax in iniquity they understand not the Scriptures for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms because of the things which are written concerning David & Solomon his Son behold David & Solomon truly had many wives & conubines which thing was abominable before me saith the Lord wherefore thus saith the Lord I have lead this People forth out of the land of Jerusalem by the power of mine arm that I might raise up unto me a righteous branch from the fruit of the loins of Joseph wherefore I the Lord God will not suffer that this People shall do like unto them of Old wherefore my Brethren hear me & hearken to the word of the Lord for there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife & concubines he shall have none for I the Lord God delighteth in the chastity of women & whoredoms is a-bomination before me thus saith the Lord of hosts wherefore this People shall keep my commandments saith the Lord of hosts or cursed be the land for their sakes for if I will saith the Lord of hosts raise up seed unto me I will command my People utherwise they shall hearken unto these things for behold I the Lord have seen the sorrow & heard the mourning of the daughters of my People in the land of Jerusalem yea & in all the lands of my People because of the wickedness & abominations of their husbands & I will not suffer saith the Lord of hosts that the cries of the fair daughters of this People which I have lead out of the land of Jerusalem shall come up unto me against the men of my People saith the Lord of hosts for they shall not lead away captive the daughters of my People because of their tenderness save I shall visit them with a sore curse even unto destruction for they shall not commit whoredoms like unto they of old saith the Lord of hosts & now behold my Brethren ye know that these commandments was given to our father Lehi wherefore ye have known them before & ye have come unto great condenmation for ye have done these things which ye ought not to have done behold ye have done greater iniquity then the Lamanites our Brethren ye have broken the hearts of your tender wives & lost the confidence of your Children because of your bad examples before them & the sobings of their hearts ascendeth up to God against you & because of the strictness of the word of God which cometh down against you many hearts died pierced with deep wounds but behold I Jacob would speak unto you that are pure in heart look unto God with firmness of mind & pray unto him with exceding faith & he will console you in your afflictions & he will plead your cause & send down Justice upon those who seek your destruction O all ye that are pure in heart lift up your heads & receive the pleasing word of God & feast upon his love for ye may if your minds are firm [p. 98]
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