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

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for were it not for him we must have perished with hunger in the wilderness nevertheless ye sought to take away his life yea & he hath suffered much sorrow because of you & I excedingly fear & tremble because of you least he shall suffer again for behold ye have accused him that he sought power & authority over you but I know that he hath not sought for power nor authority over you but he hath sought the glory of God & your own eternal wellfare & ye have murmured because he hath been plain unto you ye say that he hath used sharpness ye say that he hath been angery with you but behold his sharpness was the sharpness of the power of the word of God which was in him & that which ye call anger was the truth according to that which is in God which he could not con strain manifesting boldly concerning your iniquities & it must needs be that the power of God must be with him even unto his commanding you that ye must obey but behold it was not him but it was the spirit of the Lord which was in him which opened his mouth to utterance that he could not shut it & now my Son Laman & also Lemuel & Sam & also my Sons which are the Sons of Ishmael behold if ye will hearken unto the voice of Nephi ye shall not perish & if ye will hearken unto him I leave unto you a blessing yea even my first blessing but if ye will not hearken unto him I take away my first blessing yea even my blessing & it shall rest upon him & now Zoram I speak unto you behold thou art the servant of Laban nevertheless thou hast been brought out of the land of <the land of> Jerusalem & I know that thou art a true friend unto my Son Nephi forever wherefore because thou hast been faithful thy seed shall be blessed with his seed that they dwell in prosperity long upon the face of this land & nothing save it shall be iniquity among them shall harm or disturb their prosperity upon the face of this land forever wherefore if ye shall keep the commandments of the Lord the Lord hath covenanted <consecrated> this land for the security of thy Seed with the seed of my Son & now Jacob I speak unto you thou art my first born in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness & behold in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions & much sorrow because of the rudeness of thy Brethren nevertheless Jacob my first born in the wilderness thou knowest the greatness of God & he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain wherefore thy soul shall be blessed & thou shalt dwell safely with thy Brother Nephi & thy days shall be spent in the service of thy God wherefore I know that thou art redeemed because of the righteousness of thy redeemer for thou hast beheld that in the fullness of time he cometh to bring salvation unto men & thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory wherefore thou art blessed even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh for the spirit is the same yestarday to day & forever [p. 49]
for were it not for him we must have perished with hunger in the wilderness nevertheless ye sought to take away his life yea & he hath suffered much sorrow because of you & I excedingly fear & tremble because of you least he shall suffer again for behold ye have accused him that he sought power & authority over you but I know that he hath not sought for power nor authority over you but he hath sought the glory of God & your own eternal wellfare & ye have murmured because he hath been plain unto you ye say that he hath used sharpness ye say that he hath been angery with you but behold his sharpness was the sharpness of the power of the word of God which was in him & that which ye call anger was the truth according to that which is in God which he could not con strain manifesting boldly concerning your iniquities & it must needs be that the power of God must be with him even unto his commanding you that ye must obey but behold it was not him but it was the spirit of the Lord which was in him which opened his mouth to utterance that he could not shut it & now my Son Laman & also Lemuel & Sam & also my Sons which are the Sons of Ishmael behold if ye will hearken unto the voice of Nephi ye shall not perish & if ye will hearken unto him I leave unto you a blessing yea even my first blessing but if ye will not hearken unto him I take away my first blessing yea even my blessing & it shall rest upon him & now Zoram I speak unto you behold thou art the servant of Laban nevertheless thou hast been brought out of the land of Jerusalem & I know that thou art a true friend unto my Son Nephi forever wherefore because thou hast been faithful thy seed shall be blessed with his seed that they dwell in prosperity long upon the face of this land & nothing save it shall be iniquity among them shall harm or disturb their prosperity upon the face of this land forever wherefore if ye shall keep the commandments of the Lord the Lord hath consecrated this land for the security of thy Seed with the seed of my Son & now Jacob I speak unto you thou art my first born in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness & behold in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions & much sorrow because of the rudeness of thy Brethren nevertheless Jacob my first born in the wilderness thou knowest the greatness of God & he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain wherefore thy soul shall be blessed & thou shalt dwell safely with thy Brother Nephi & thy days shall be spent in the service of thy God wherefore I know that thou art redeemed because of the righteousness of thy redeemer for thou hast beheld that in the fullness of time he cometh to bring salvation unto men & thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory wherefore thou art blessed even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh for the spirit is the same yestarday to day & forever [p. 49]
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