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

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not that ye are in the hand<s> of God know ye not he hath all power & at his great command the earth shall be rolled together as a scrawl therefore repent ye & humble yourselves before him last he shall come out in justice against you least a remnant of the seed of Jacob shall go forth among you as a lion & tear you in pieces & there is none to deliver.——
Mormon, Chapter 3 [Mormon 6–7]
Chater III And now I finish my record concrning the destruction of my People the Nephites & it came to pass that we did march forth before the Lamanites & I Mormon wrote an Epistle unto the King of the Lamanites & desired of him that he woould grant unto us that we might gather <together> our People unto the land of Camorah by a hill which was called Cumorah & there we would give them battle & it came to pass that the King did of the Lamanites did grant unto me the thing which I desired & it came to pass that we did march forth to the land of Cumorah & we did pitch our tents round about the hill Cumorah & it was in a land of many waters rivers & fountains & here we had hope to gain advantage over the Lamanites. & when three hundred & eighty & four years had passed away we had gathered in all the remainder of our People unto the land Comorah & it came to pass that when we had gathered in all our People in one to the land of Cumorah behold I Mormon began to be Old & knowing it to be the last struggle of my People & haveing been Commanded of the Lord that I should not suffer that the records which had been handed down by our Fathers which were sacred to fall into the hands of the Lamanites for the Lamanites would destroy them therefore I made this record out of the plates of Nephi & hid up in the hill Cumorah all the Records which had been entrusted to me by the hand of the Lord save it were thse few plates which I gave unto my Son Moroni & it came to pass that my People with their wives & their Children did now behold the armies of the Lamanites marching towards them & with that awful fear of death which fills the breasts of all the wicked did they await to receive them & it came to pass that they came to battle against us & every soul was filled with terror because of the greatness of their numbers & it came to pass that they did fall upon my People with the sword & with the bow & with the arrow & with the Axe & with all manner of weapons of war & it came to pass that my men were hewn down yea or even my ten thousand which were with me & I fell wounded in the midst & they passed by me that they did not put an end to my life & when they had gone through & hewn down all my People save it twenty & four of us among whom was my son Moroni & we haveing survived the dead of our People did behold on the morrow when the Lamanites had returned unto their camps from the top of the hill Comorah the ten thousand of my People which were hewn down being lead in the front by me & we also beheld the ten thousands of my People which were lead by my son moroni & behold the ten thousand of Sidgiddonah had follen & he also [p. 421]
not that ye are in the hands of God know ye not he hath all power & at his great command the earth shall be rolled together as a scrawl therefore repent ye & humble yourselves before him last he shall come out in justice against you least a remnant of the seed of Jacob shall go forth among you as a lion & tear you in pieces & there is none to deliver.——
Mormon, Chapter 3 [Mormon 6–7]
Chater III And now I finish my record concrning the destruction of my People the Nephites & it came to pass that we did march forth before the Lamanites & I Mormon wrote an Epistle unto the King of the Lamanites & desired of him that he woould grant unto us that we might gather together our People unto the land of Camorah by a hill which was called Cumorah & there we would give them battle & it came to pass that the King of the Lamanites did grant unto me the thing which I desired & it came to pass that we did march forth to the land of Cumorah & we did pitch our tents round about the hill Cumorah & it was in a land of many waters rivers & fountains & here we had hope to gain advantage over the Lamanites. & when three hundred & eighty & four years had passed away we had gathered in all the remainder of our People unto the land Comorah & it came to pass that when we had gathered in all our People in one to the land of Cumorah behold I Mormon began to be Old & knowing it to be the last struggle of my People & haveing been Commanded of the Lord that I should not suffer that the records which had been handed down by our Fathers which were sacred to fall into the hands of the Lamanites for the Lamanites would destroy them therefore I made this record out of the plates of Nephi & hid up in the hill Cumorah all the Records which had been entrusted to me by the hand of the Lord save it were thse few plates which I gave unto my Son Moroni & it came to pass that my People with their wives & their Children did now behold the armies of the Lamanites marching towards them & with that awful fear of death which fills the breasts of all the wicked did they await to receive them & it came to pass that they came to battle against us & every soul was filled with terror because of the greatness of their numbers & it came to pass that they did fall upon my People with the sword & with the bow & with the arrow & with the Axe & with all manner of weapons of war & it came to pass that my men were hewn down yea or even my ten thousand which were with me & I fell wounded in the midst & they passed by me that they did not put an end to my life & when they had gone through & hewn down all my People save it twenty & four of us among whom was my son Moroni & we haveing survived the dead of our People did behold on the morrow when the Lamanites had returned unto their camps from the top of the hill Comorah the ten thousand of my People which were hewn down being lead in the front by me & we also beheld the ten thousand of my People which were lead by my son moroni & behold the ten thousand of Sidgiddonah had follen & he also [p. 421]
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