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

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with them that contendeth with thee & I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh & they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine & all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour & thy redeemer the mighty one of Jacob yea for thus saith the Lord have I put thee away or have I cast thee off forever for thus saith the Lord where is the bill of your Mothers divorsement to whom have I put thee away or to which of my creditors have I sold you yea to whom have I sold you behold for your iniquities have you <ye> sold yourselves & for your transgressions is your Mother put away wherefore when I come there was no man when I called yea there was none to answer O House of Israel is my hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem or have I no power to deliver behold at my rebuke I dry up the Sea I make their rivers a wilderness & their fish to stink because the waters are dried up & they dieth because of thirst I cloath the heavens with blackness & I make sackcloth their covering the Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned that I should know how to speak a word in Season unto thee O house of Israel when he <ye are> weary he waketh morning by morning he waketh mine ear to hear as the learned the Lord God hath appointed mine ear & I was not rebellious neither turned away back I gave my back to the smiter & my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair I hid not my face from shame & spitting for the Lord God will help me therefore shall I not be confounded therefore have I set my face like a flint & I know that I shall not be ashamed & the Lord is near & he Justifieth me who will contend with me let him <us> stand together who is mine adversary let him come near <me> & I will smite him with the strength of my mouth for the Lord God will help me & all they which shall condemn me behold all they shall wax old as a garment & the moth shall eat them up who is among you that feareth the Lord that obeyeth the voice of his servant that walketh in darkness & hath no light behold all ye that kindleth fire that compass yourselves about with sparks walk in the light of your fire & in the sparks which ye have kindled this shall ye have of mine hand ye shall lye down in sorrow hearken to me ye that follow after righteousness look unto the rock from whence ye are hewn & to the hole of the pit from whence ye are diged look unto Abraham your father & unto Sarah she that bear you for I called him alone & blessed him for the Lord shall comfort Zion he will comfort all her waste places & he will make her wilderness like Eden Eden & her desert like the garden of the Lord Joy & gladness shall be found therein thanks giveing & the voice of melody hearken unto me my beloved <People &> give ear unto me O my Nation for a law shall procede from me & I will make my Judgment to rest for a light thing <of> the People my righteousness is near my salvation is gone forth & mine arm shall Judge the People the isles shall wait [p. 60]
with them that contendeth with thee & I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh & they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine & all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour & thy redeemer the mighty one of Jacob yea for thus saith the Lord have I put thee away or have I cast thee off forever for thus saith the Lord where is the bill of your Mothers divorsement to whom have I put thee away or to which of my creditors have I sold you yea to whom have I sold you behold for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves & for your transgressions is your Mother put away wherefore when I come there was no man when I called yea there was none to answer O House of Israel is my hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem or have I no power to deliver behold at my rebuke I dry up the Sea I make their rivers a wilderness & their fish to stink because the waters are dried up & they dieth because of thirst I cloath the heavens with blackness & I make sackcloth their covering the Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned that I should know how to speak a word in Season unto thee O house of Israel when ye are weary he waketh morning by morning he waketh mine ear to hear as the learned the Lord God hath appointed mine ear & I was not rebellious neither turned away back I gave my back to the smiter & my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair I hid not my face from shame & spitting for the Lord God will help me therefore shall I not be confounded therefore have I set my face like a flint & I know that I shall not be ashamed & the Lord is near & he Justifieth me who will contend with me let us stand together who is mine adversary let him come near me & I will smite him with the strength of my mouth for the Lord God will help me & all they which shall condemn me behold all they shall wax old as a garment & the moth shall eat them up who is among you that feareth the Lord that obeyeth the voice of his servant that walketh in darkness & hath no light behold all ye that kindleth fire that compass yourselves about with sparks walk in the light of your fire & in the sparks which ye have kindled this shall ye have of mine hand ye shall lye down in sorrow hearken to me ye that follow after righteousness look unto the rock from whence ye are hewn & to the hole of the pit from whence ye are diged look unto Abraham your father & unto Sarah she that bear you for I called him alone & blessed him for the Lord shall comfort Zion he will comfort all her waste places & he will make her wilderness like Eden & her desert like the garden of the Lord Joy & gladness shall be found therein thanks giveing & the voice of melody hearken unto me my People & give ear unto me O my Nation for a law shall procede from me & I will make my Judgment to rest for a light thing of the People my righteousness is near my salvation is gone forth & mine arm shall Judge the People the isles shall wait [p. 60]
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