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

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& thus saith the Lord God I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy People save they shall repent of their iniquities & cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing & the Lord spake it & it was done & because of their cursing which was upon them they did become an idle People full of mischief & subtelty & did seek in the wilderness for beasts of pray & the Lord God said unto me they shall be a scorge unto thy seed to stir them up in rememberance of me & in as much as they will not remember me & hearken unto my words they shall scorge them even unto destruction & it came to pass that I Nephi did consecrate Jacob & Joseph that they should be priests & teachers over the Land of my People & it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness & thirty years had passed away from the time we left Jerusalem & I Nephi had cept the records upon my plates which I had made of my People thus far & it came to pass that the Lord God said unto me make other plates & thou shalt ingraven many things upon them which are good in my sight for the profit of thy People wherefore I Nephi to be obediant to the commandments of the Lord went & made these plates upon which I have engraven these things & I engravened that which is pleasing unto God & if my People be pleased with the things of God they be pleased with mine engraveings which are upon these plates & if my People desire to know the more particular part of the history of my People they must search mine other Plates & it sufficeth me to say that forty years had passed away & we had already had wars & contentions with our Brethren
Second Nephi, Chapter 5 [2 Nephi 6–8]
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The words of Jacob the Brother of Nephi which he spake unto the People of Nephi behold my beloved Brethren that I Jacob haveing been called of God & ordained after <the manner of> his holy order & haveing been consecrated by my Brother Nephi unto whom ye look as a King or a protector & on whom ye depend for safety behold ye know that I have spoken unto you exceding many things nevertheless I speak unto you again for I am desireous for the wellfare of your Souls yea mine anxiety is great for you & ye yourselves know that it ever has been for I have exhorted you with all diligence & I have taught you the words of my father & I have spoken unto you concerning all things which are written from the creation of the world & now behold I would speak unto you concerning things which are & which are to come wherefore I will read you the words of Isaiah & they are the words which my Brother hath desired me that I should speak unto you & I speak them unto you for your sakes that ye may learn & glorify the name of your God & now the words which I shall read are they which Isaiah spake concerning all the house of Israel wherefore they may be likened unto you for ye are of the house of Israel & there are many things which have been spoken by Isaiah which may be likened unto you because that ye are of the house of Israel & now [p. 58]
& thus saith the Lord God I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy People save they shall repent of their iniquities & cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing & the Lord spake it & it was done & because of their cursing which was upon them they did become an idle People full of mischief & subtelty & did seek in the wilderness for beasts of pray & the Lord God said unto me they shall be a scorge unto thy seed to stir them up in rememberance of me & in as much as they will not remember me & hearken unto my words they shall scorge them even unto destruction & it came to pass that I Nephi did consecrate Jacob & Joseph that they should be priests & teachers over the Land of my People & it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness & thirty years had passed away from the time we left Jerusalem & I Nephi had cept the records upon my plates which I had made of my People thus far & it came to pass that the Lord God said unto me make other plates & thou shalt ingraven many things upon them which are good in my sight for the profit of thy People wherefore I Nephi to be obediant to the commandments of the Lord went & made these plates upon which I have engraven these things & I engravened that which is pleasing unto God & if my People be pleased with the things of God they be pleased with mine engraveings which are upon these plates & if my People desire to know the more particular part of the history of my People they must search mine other Plates & it sufficeth me to say that forty years had passed away & we had already had wars & contentions with our Brethren
Second Nephi, Chapter 5 [2 Nephi 6–8]
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The words of Jacob the Brother of Nephi which he spake unto the People of Nephi behold my beloved Brethren that I Jacob haveing been called of God & ordained after the manner of his holy order & haveing been consecrated by my Brother Nephi unto whom ye look as a King or a protector & on whom ye depend for safety behold ye know that I have spoken unto you exceding many things nevertheless I speak unto you again for I am desireous for the wellfare of your Souls yea mine anxiety is great for you & ye yourselves know that it ever has been for I have exhorted you with all diligence & I have taught you the words of my father & I have spoken unto you concerning all things which are written from the creation of the world & now behold I would speak unto you concerning things which are & which are to come wherefore I will read you the words of Isaiah & they are the words which my Brother hath desired me that I should speak unto you & I speak them unto you for your sakes that ye may learn & glorify the name of your God & now the words which I shall read are they which Isaiah spake concerning all the house of Israel wherefore they may be likened unto you for ye are of the house of Israel & there are many things which have been spoken by Isaiah which may be likened unto you because that ye are of the house of Israel & now [p. 58]
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