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

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do these things that the power of the redemption & the resurrection which is in Christ will bring you to stand with shame & awful guilt before the bar of God & according to the power of Justice for Justice cannot be denied tht ye must go away into that lake of fire & brimstone whose flames are unquenchible & whose smoke ascendeth up forever & ever which lake of fire & brimstone is endless torment O then my beloved Brethren repent ye & enter ye in at the strait gate & continue in the way which is nrrow untill ye shall obtain eternal life O be wise what can I say more finely I bid you farewell untill I shall meet you before the pleasing bar of God which bar striketh the wicked with awful dread & fear—— Amen——
Jacob, Chapter 5 [Jacob 7]
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And now it came to pass that some years had passed away there came a man among the People of Nephi whose name was Sherem & it came to pass that he began to preach among the People & to declare unto them that there should be no Christ & he preached many things which were flattering unto the People & this he done that he might overthrew the doctrine of Christ & he laboured diligently that he might lead away the hearts of the People insomuch that he did lead away many hearts & he knowing that I Jacob had faith in Christ which should come wherefore he sought much opportunity that he might come unto me & he was learned that he had a perfect knowledge of the language of the People wherefore he could use much flatterry & much power of speach according to the power of the Devil & he had hope to shake me from the faith notwithstanding the many revelations & the many things which I had seen concerning these things for I truly had seen Angels & they had ministered unto me & also I had heard the voice of the Lord speaking unto me in verry word from time to time wherefore I could not be shaken & it came to pass that he came unto me & on this wise did he speak unto me saying Brother Jacob I have sought much opportunity that I might speak unto you for I have heard & also know that thou goest about much preaching that which ye call the Gospel or the doctrine of Christ & ye have lead away much of this People that they pervert the right way of God & keep not the law of Moses which is the right way & convert the law of Moses into the worship of a being which ye say shall come many hundred years hence & now behold I Sherem declare unto you that this is blasphemy for no man knoweth of such things for he cannot tell of things to come & after this manner did Sherem contend against me but behold the Lord God poured in his spirit into my soul insomuch that I did confound him in all his words & I sayeth unto him denyest thou the Christ which should come & he sayeth if there should be a Christ I would not deny him but I know that there is no Christ neither hath been nor never will be & I sayest sayeh unto him believest thou the Scriptures & he sayeth yea & I sayeth unto him then ye do not understand them for they truly testify of Christ behold I say unto you that none of [p. 108]
do these things that the power of the redemption & the resurrection which is in Christ will bring you to stand with shame & awful guilt before the bar of God & according to the power of Justice for Justice cannot be denied tht ye must go away into that lake of fire & brimstone whose flames are unquenchible & whose smoke ascendeth up forever & ever which lake of fire & brimstone is endless torment O then my beloved Brethren repent ye & enter ye in at the strait gate & continue in the way which is nrrow untill ye shall obtain eternal life O be wise what can I say more finely I bid you farewell untill I shall meet you before the pleasing bar of God which bar striketh the wicked with awful dread & fear—— Amen——
Jacob, Chapter 5 [Jacob 7]
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And now it came to pass that some years had passed away there came a man among the People of Nephi whose name was Sherem & it came to pass that he began to preach among the People & to declare unto them that there should be no Christ & he preached many things which were flattering unto the People & this he done that he might overthrew the doctrine of Christ & he laboured diligently that he might lead away the hearts of the People insomuch that he did lead away many hearts & he knowing that I Jacob had faith in Christ which should come wherefore he sought much opportunity that he might come unto me & he was learned that he had a perfect knowledge of the language of the People wherefore he could use much flatterry & much power of speach according to the power of the Devil & he had hope to shake me from the faith notwithstanding the many revelations & the many things which I had seen concerning these things for I truly had seen Angels & they had ministered unto me & also I had heard the voice of the Lord speaking unto me in verry word from time to time wherefore I could not be shaken & it came to pass that he came unto me & on this wise did he speak unto me saying Brother Jacob I have sought much opportunity that I might speak unto you for I have heard & also know that thou goest about much preaching that which ye call the Gospel or the doctrine of Christ & ye have lead away much of this People that they pervert the right way of God & keep not the law of Moses which is the right way & convert the law of Moses into the worship of a being which ye say shall come many hundred years hence & now behold I Sherem declare unto you that this is blasphemy for no man knoweth of such things for he cannot tell of things to come & after this manner did Sherem contend against me but behold the Lord God poured in his spirit into my soul insomuch that I did confound him in all his words & I sayeth unto him denyest thou the Christ which should come & he sayeth if there should be a Christ I would not deny him but I know that there is no Christ neither hath been nor never will be & I sayeh unto him believest thou the Scriptures & he sayeth yea & I sayeth unto him then ye do not understand them for they truly testify of Christ behold I say unto you that none of [p. 108]
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