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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Judge thy seed & behold they are righteous forever for because of their faith in the Lamb of God their garments are made white in his blood & the Angel saith unto me look & I looked & beheld their <three> garments <generations> did pass away in righteousness & their garments were white like even like unto the Lamb of God & the Angel said unto me these are made white in the blood of the Lamb because of their faith in him & I Nephi also saw many of the fourth Generation which did pass away in righteousness & it came to pass that I saw the multitudes of the earth gathered together & the Angel said unto me behold thy seed & also the seed of thy Brethren & it came to pass that I looked & beheld the People of my seed gathered together in multitudes against the seed of my Brethren & they were gathered together to battle & the Angel spake unto me saying behold the fountain of filthy water which thy father saw yea even the river <of> which he spake & the debths thereof are the debths of hell & the mists of darkness are the temptations of the Devil which blindeth the eyes & hardeneth the hearts of the children of men & leadeth them away into broad roa roads that they may perish & are lost & the large & spacious building which thy father saw is vain imagionations & the pride of the Children of men & a great & a terrible gulf divideth them yea even the word of the Justice of the Eternal God & Jesus Christ which is the Lamb of God of whom the Holy Ghost beareth record from the beginning of the world untill this time & from this time hence forth & forever & while the Angel spoke these words I beheld & saw that the seed of my Brethren did contend against my seed according to the word of the Angel & because of the pride of my seed & the temptations of the Devil I beheld that the seed of my Brethren did overpower the People of my seed & it came to pass that I beheld & saw the People of the seed of my Brethren that they had overcome my seed & they went forth in multitudes upon the face of the land & I saw them gathered together in multitudes & I saw wars & rumours of wars among them & in wars & rumors of wars I saw many Generations pass away & the Angel said unto me behold these shall dwindle in unbelief & it came to pass that I beheld that after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark & loathsome & a filthy People full of idleness & all manner of abominations & it came to pass that the angel spake unto me saying look & I looked & beheld may <many> Nations & Kingdoms & the Angel saith unto me what beholdest thou & I said I behold many Nations & Kingdoms & he saith unto me these are the Nations & Kingdoms of the Gentiles & it came to pass that I saw among the Nations of the Gentiles the foundation of a great church & the Angel said unto me behold the foundation of a church which is most abominable above all other churches which slayeth the Saints of God yea & tortereth them & bindeth them down & [p. 19]
Judge thy seed & behold they are righteous forever for because of their faith in the Lamb of God their garments are made white in his blood & the Angel saith unto me look & I looked & beheld three generations did pass away in righteousness & their garments were white even like unto the Lamb of God & the Angel said unto me these are made white in the blood of the Lamb because of their faith in him & I Nephi also saw many of the fourth Generation which did pass away in righteousness & it came to pass that I saw the multitudes of the earth gathered together & the Angel said unto me behold thy seed & also the seed of thy Brethren & it came to pass that I looked & beheld the People of my seed gathered together in multitudes against the seed of my Brethren & they were gathered together to battle & the Angel spake unto me saying behold the fountain of filthy water which thy father saw yea even the river of which he spake & the debths thereof are the debths of hell & the mists of darkness are the temptations of the Devil which blindeth the eyes & hardeneth the hearts of the children of men & leadeth them away into broad roads that they may perish & are lost & the large & spacious building which thy father saw is vain imagionations & the pride of the Children of men & a great & a terrible gulf divideth them yea even the word of the Justice of the Eternal God & Jesus Christ which is the Lamb of God of whom the Holy Ghost beareth record from the beginning of the world untill this time & from this time hence forth & forever & while the Angel spoke these words I beheld & saw that the seed of my Brethren did contend against my seed according to the word of the Angel & because of the pride of my seed & the temptations of the Devil I beheld that the seed of my Brethren did overpower the People of my seed & it came to pass that I beheld & saw the People of the seed of my Brethren that they had overcome my seed & they went forth in multitudes upon the face of the land & I saw them gathered together in multitudes & I saw wars & rumours of wars among them & in wars & rumors of wars I saw many Generations pass away & the Angel said unto me behold these shall dwindle in unbelief & it came to pass that I beheld that after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark & loathsome & a filthy People full of idleness & all manner of abominations & it came to pass that the angel spake unto me saying look & I looked & beheld many Nations & Kingdoms & the Angel saith unto me what beholdest thou & I said I behold many Nations & Kingdoms & he saith unto me these are the Nations & Kingdoms of the Gentiles & it came to pass that I saw among the Nations of the Gentiles the foundation of a great church & the Angel said unto me behold the foundation of a church which is most abominable above all other churches which slayeth the Saints of God yea & tortereth them & bindeth them down & [p. 19]
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