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

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to gain power & to murder & to plunder & to lie & to commit all manner of wickedness & whoredoms & it was the daughter of Jared which put it into his heart to search up these things of old & Jared put it into the heart of Akish wherefore Akish administered it unto his kindreds & friends leading them away by fair promises to do whatsoever thing he desired & it came to pass that they formed a secret combination even as they of old which combination is a most abominable & wicked above all in the sight of God for the Lord worketh not in secret combintions neither doth he will that man should shed blood but in all things hath forbidden it from the beginning of man & now I Moroni do not write the manner of their oaths & combinations for it hath been made known unto me that they are had among all people & they are had among the Lamanites & they have caused the destruction of this people of which I am now speaking & also the destruction of the people of Nephi & whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations to get power & gain until they shall spread over the nation behold they shall be destroyed for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints which shall be shed by them shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them & yet he avengeth them not Wherefore O ye Gentiles it is wisdom in God that these things should be shewn unto you that thereby ye may repent of your sins & suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you which are built up to get power & gain & the work yea even the work of destruction come upon you yea even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you to your over throw & destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be Wherefore the Lord commandeth you when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation because of this secret combination which shall be among you or wo be unto it because of the blood of them which have been slain for they cry from the dust for vengance upon it & also upon those who build it up for it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands Nations & countries & it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people for it is build built up by the devil which is the father of all lies even that same liar which beguiled our first parents yea even the <​that​> same liar which hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning which hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets & stoned them & cast them out from the beginning wherefore I Moroni am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away & that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men but that they may be persuaded to do good continually that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness & be saved
Ether, Chapter 4 [Ether 9–11]
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And now I Moroni proceed with my record therefore behold it came to pass that because of the secret combinations of Akish & his friends behold they did overthrow the kingdom of Omer nevertheless the Lord was merciful unto Omer & also to his sons & to his daughters which were not, or which did not seek his destruction & the Lord warned Omer in a dream that <​he​> should depart out of the land wherefore Omer [p. 440]
to gain power & to murder & to plunder & to lie & to commit all manner of wickedness & whoredoms & it was the daughter of Jared which put it into his heart to search up these things of old & Jared put it into the heart of Akish wherefore Akish administered it unto his kindreds & friends leading them away by fair promises to do whatsoever thing he desired & it came to pass that they formed a secret combination even as they of old which combination is a most abominable & wicked above all in the sight of God for the Lord worketh not in secret combintions neither doth he will that man should shed blood but in all things hath forbidden it from the beginning of man & now I Moroni do not write the manner of their oaths & combinations for it hath been made known unto me that they are had among all people & they are had among the Lamanites & they have caused the destruction of this people of which I am now speaking & also the destruction of the people of Nephi & whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations to get power & gain until they shall spread over the nation behold they shall be destroyed for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints which shall be shed by them shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them & yet he avengeth them not Wherefore O ye Gentiles it is wisdom in God that these things should be shewn unto you that thereby ye may repent of your sins & suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you which are built up to get power & gain & the work yea even the work of destruction come upon you yea even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you to your over throw & destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be Wherefore the Lord commandeth you when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation because of this secret combination which shall be among you or wo be unto it because of the blood of them which have been slain for they cry from the dust for vengance upon it & also upon those who build it up for it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands Nations & countries & it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people for it is built up by the devil which is the father of all lies even that same liar which beguiled our first parents yea even that same liar which hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning which hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets & stoned them & cast them out from the beginning wherefore I Moroni am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away & that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men but that they may be persuaded to do good continually that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness & be saved
Ether, Chapter 4 [Ether 9–11]
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And now I Moroni proceed with my record therefore behold it came to pass that because of the secret combinations of Akish & his friends behold they did overthrow the kingdom of Omer nevertheless the Lord was merciful unto Omer & also to his sons & to his daughters which were not, or which did not seek his destruction & the Lord warned Omer in a dream that he should depart out of the land wherefore Omer [p. 440]
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