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

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that we did drive them again out of our land & we slew them with a great slaughter even so many that we did not number them & it came to pass that we returned again to our own land & my People began to tend their flocks & to till their ground & now I being old did confer the kingdom upon one of my Sons therefore I say no more & my may the Lord bless my People Amen——
Mosiah, Chapter 7 [Mosiah 11–13:24]
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And now it came to pass that Zeniff confered the kingdom upon Noah one of his Sons therefore Noah began to reign in his stead & he did not walk in the ways of his father for behold he did not keep the commandments of God but he did walk after the desires of his own heart & he had many wives & concubines & he did cause his People to commit sin & do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord yea & they did commit whoredoms & all manner of wickedness & he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed & a fifth part of their gold & of their silver & a fifth part of their Ziff & of their copper & of their brass & their iron & a fifth part of their fatlings & also a fifth part of all their grain & all this did he take to support himself & his wives & his concubines & also his priests & their wives & their concubines thus he had changed the affairs of the kingdom for he put down all the priests that had been consecrated by his father & concecrated new ones in their stead such as were lifted up in the pride of their hearts yea & thus were they supported in their laziness & in their Idoletry & in their whoredoms by the taxes which king Noah had put upon his People thus did the People labour excedingly to support iniquity yea & they also became idoletrous because they were deceived by the vain & flattering words of the king & priests for they did speak flattering things unto them & it came to pass that King Noah built many elegant & spacious buildings & he ornamented them with fine work of wood & of all manner of prcious things of gold & of silver & of iron & of brass & of Ziff & of copper & he also built him a spacious palace & a throne in the midst midst thereof all of which was of fine wood & was ornamented with gold & silver & with precious things & he also caused that his workman should work all manner of fine work within the walls of the temple of fine wood & of copper & of brass & the seats <​which​> was sat apart for the high priests which was above all the other seats he did ornament with fine gold & he caused a breastwork to be built before them that they might rest their bodies & their arms upon while they should speak lying & vain words to his People & it came to pass that he built a tower near the temple yea a verry high tower even so high that he could stand upon the top thereof & overlook the land of Shilom & also the land of Shemlon which was possessed by the Lamanites & he could even look over all the land round about & it came to pass that he caused many buildings to be built in the land Shemlon <​Shilom​> & he caused a great tower to be built on the hill north of the land Shilom which had been a resort for the children of Nephi at the time they fled out of the land & thus he did do with the riches which he obtained [p. 135]
that we did drive them again out of our land & we slew them with a great slaughter even so many that we did not number them & it came to pass that we returned again to our own land & my People began to tend their flocks & to till their ground & now I being old did confer the kingdom upon one of my Sons therefore I say no more & may the Lord bless my People Amen——
Mosiah, Chapter 7 [Mosiah 11–13:24]
Chapter [blank]——
And now it came to pass that Zeniff confered the kingdom upon Noah one of his Sons therefore Noah began to reign in his stead & he did not walk in the ways of his father for behold he did not keep the commandments of God but he did walk after the desires of his own heart & he had many wives & concubines & he did cause his People to commit sin & do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord yea & they did commit whoredoms & all manner of wickedness & he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed a fifth part of their gold & of their silver & a fifth part of their Ziff & of their copper & of their brass & their iron & a fifth part of their fatlings & also a fifth part of all their grain & all this did he take to support himself & his wives & his concubines & also his priests & their wives & their concubines thus he had changed the affairs of the kingdom for he put down all the priests that had been consecrated by his father & concecrated new ones in their stead such as were lifted up in the pride of their hearts yea & thus were they supported in their laziness & in their Idoletry & in their whoredoms by the taxes which king Noah had put upon his People thus did the People labour excedingly to support iniquity yea & they also became idoletrous because they were deceived by the vain & flattering words of the king & priests for they did speak flattering things unto them & it came to pass that King Noah built many elegant & spacious buildings & he ornamented them with fine work of wood & of all manner of prcious things of gold & of silver & of iron & of brass & of Ziff & of copper & he also built him a spacious palace & a throne in the midst thereof all of which was of fine wood & was ornamented with gold & silver & with precious things & he also caused that his workman should work all manner of fine work within the walls of the temple of fine wood & of copper & of brass & the seats which was sat apart for the high priests which was above all the other seats he did ornament with fine gold & he caused a breastwork to be built before them that they might rest their bodies & their arms upon while they should speak lying & vain words to his People & it came to pass that he built a tower near the temple yea a verry high tower even so high that he could stand upon the top thereof & overlook the land of Shilom & also the land of Shemlon which was possessed by the Lamanites & he could even look over all the land round about & it came to pass that he caused many buildings to be built in the land Shilom & he caused a great tower to be built on the hill north of the land Shilom which had been a resort for the children of Nephi at the time they fled out of the land & thus he did do with the riches which he obtained [p. 135]
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