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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to the knowledge of a resurrection & the world to come behold my Brethren he that prophesieth let him prophesy to the understanding of men for the Spirit speaketh the truth & lieth not wherefore it speaketh of things as they really are & of things as they really will be wherefore these things are manifested unto us plainly for the salvation of our Souls but behold we are not witnesses alone in these things for God also spake them unto Prophets of old but behold the Jews were a stiffnecked People & they despised the words of plainness & killed the Prophets & sought for things that they could not understand wherefore because of their blindness which blindness came by looking beyond the mark they must needs fall for God hath taken away his plainness from them & delivered unto them many things which they cannot understand because they desired it & because they desired it God hath done it that they may stumble & now I Jacob am lead on by the spirit unto Prophesying for I persieve by the workings of the spirit which is in me that by the stumbleing of the Jews they will reject the stone upon which they might build & have safe foundation but behold according to the Scriptures this stone shall become the great & the last & the only sure foundation upon which the Jews can build & now my Beloved how is it possible that these after haveing rejected the sure foundation can ever build upon it that it may become the head of their corner behold my beloved Brethren I will unfold this mystery unto you if I do not by any means get shaken from my firmness in the spirit & stumble because of my over anxiety for you behold my Brethren do ye not remember to have read the words of the Prophet Zenos which spake unto the house of Israel saying hearken O ye house of Isael & hear the words of me a Prophet of the Lord for behold thus saith the Lord I will liken thee O house of Israel like unto a tame Olive tree which a man took & nourished in his vineyard & it grew & waxed old & began to decay & it came to pass that the master of the vineyard went forth & he saw that his Olive tree began to decay & he sayeth I will prune it & dig about it & nourish it that perhaps it may shoot forth young & tender branches & it perish not & it came to pass that <​that​> he pruned it & diged about it & nourished it according to his word & it came to pass that after many days it began to put forth somewhat a little young & tender branches but behold the main top thereof began to perish & it came to pass that the master of the vineyard saw it & he sayeth unto his Servant it grieveth me that I should loose this tree wherefore go & pluck the branches from a wild Olive tree & bring them hither unto me & we will pluck aft off those main branches which are beginning to wither away & we will cast them into the fire that they may be burned & behold saith the Lord of the vineyard I take take away many of these young & tender branches & I will graft them whithersoever I will & it mattereth not that if it so be that the root of this tree will perish I may preserve the fruit thereof unto myself wherefore I will take these young & tender branches & I will graft them [p. 101]
to the knowledge of a resurrection & the world to come behold my Brethren he that prophesieth let him prophesy to the understanding of men for the Spirit speaketh the truth & lieth not wherefore it speaketh of things as they really are & of things as they really will be wherefore these things are manifested unto us plainly for the salvation of our Souls but behold we are not witnesses alone in these things for God also spake them unto Prophets of old but behold the Jews were a stiffnecked People & they despised the words of plainness & killed the Prophets & sought for things that they could not understand wherefore because of their blindness which blindness came by looking beyond the mark they must needs fall for God hath taken away his plainness from them & delivered unto them many things which they cannot understand because they desired it & because they desired it God hath done it that they may stumble & now I Jacob am lead on by the spirit unto Prophesying for I persieve by the workings of the spirit which is in me that by the stumbleing of the Jews they will reject the stone upon which they might build & have safe foundation but behold according to the Scriptures this stone shall become the great & the last & the only sure foundation upon which the Jews can build & now my Beloved how is it possible that these after haveing rejected the sure foundation can ever build upon it that it may become the head of their corner behold my beloved Brethren I will unfold this mystery unto you if I do not by any means get shaken from my firmness in the spirit & stumble because of my over anxiety for you behold my Brethren do ye not remember to have read the words of the Prophet Zenos which spake unto the house of Israel saying hearken O ye house of Isael & hear the words of me a Prophet of the Lord for behold thus saith the Lord I will liken thee O house of Israel like unto a tame Olive tree which a man took & nourished in his vineyard & it grew & waxed old & began to decay & it came to pass that the master of the vineyard went forth & he saw that his Olive tree began to decay & he sayeth I will prune it & dig about it & nourish it that perhaps it may shoot forth young & tender branches & it perish not & it came to pass that he pruned it & diged about it & nourished it according to his word & it came to pass that after many days it began to put forth somewhat a little young & tender branches but behold the main top thereof began to perish & it came to pass that the master of the vineyard saw it & he sayeth unto his Servant it grieveth me that I should loose this tree wherefore go & pluck the branches from a wild Olive tree & bring them hither unto me & we will pluck off those main branches which are beginning to wither away & we will cast them into the fire that they may be burned & behold saith the Lord of the vineyard I take away many of these young & tender branches & I will graft them whithersoever I will & it mattereth not that if it so be that the root of this tree will perish I may preserve the fruit thereof unto myself wherefore I will take these young & tender branches & I will graft them [p. 101]
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