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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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O Zion put on thy beautiful garments O Jerusalem the holy City for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised & the unclean shake thyself from the dust arise sit down O Jerusalem loose thyself from the bands of thy neck O captive daughter of Zion——
Second Nephi, Chapter 6 [2 Nephi 9]
Chapter [blank] And now my beloved Brethren I have read these things that ye might know concerning the covenants of the Lord that he hath covenanted with all the house of Israel that he hath spoken unto the Jews by the mouth of his holy Prophets even from the beginning down from Generation to Generation untill the time cometh that they shall be restored to the true church & fold of God when they shall be gathered home to the lands of their inheritance & shall & shall be established in all their lands of promise behold my beloved Brethren I speak unto you these things that ye may rejoice & lift up your heads forever because of the blessings which the Lord God shall bestow upon you<​r​> Children for I know that thou hast searched much many of you to know of things to come wherefore I know that ye know that our flesh must waste away & die nevertheless in our bodies we shall see God yea & I know that ye know that in the body he shall shew himself unto they at Jerusalem from whence we came for it is expediant that it should be among them for it behoveth the great Creator that he suffereth himself to become subject unto man in the flesh & die for all men that all men might become subject unto him for as death hath passed upon all men to fulfil the merciful plan of the great Creator there must needs be a power of resurrection & the resurrection must needs come unto man by reason of the fall & the fall came by reason of transgression & because man became fallen they were cut off from the presance of the Lord wherefore it must needs be an infinate atonement save it should be an infinate atonement this corruption could not put on incorruption wherefore the first Judgment whiich <​which​> came upon man must needs have remained to an endless duration & if so this flesh must have laid down to rot & to crumble to its Mother earth to rise no more O the wisdom of God his mercy & grace for behold if the flesh should rise no more our spirits must become subject to that Angel which fell from before the presance of the Lord Eternal God & became the Devil to rise no more & our spirits must have become like unto him & we become Devils Angels to a Devil to be shut out from the presance of our God & to remain with the father of lies in miseary like unto himself yea to that being who beguiled our first Parents who transfo[r]meth himself nigh unto an Angel of light & stireth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder & all manner of secret works of darkness O how great the goodness of our God who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster yea that monster death & hell which I call the death of the body & also the death of the spirit & because of the way of deliverance [p. 62]
O Zion put on thy beautiful garments O Jerusalem the holy City for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised & the unclean shake thyself from the dust arise sit down O Jerusalem loose thyself from the bands of thy neck O captive daughter of Zion——
Second Nephi, Chapter 6 [2 Nephi 9]
Chapter [blank] And now my beloved Brethren I have read these things that ye might know concerning the covenants of the Lord that he hath covenanted with all the house of Israel that he hath spoken unto the Jews by the mouth of his holy Prophets even from the beginning down from Generation to Generation untill the time cometh that they shall be restored to the true church & fold of God when they shall be gathered home to the lands of their inheritance & shall be established in all their lands of promise behold my beloved Brethren I speak unto you these things that ye may rejoice & lift up your heads forever because of the blessings which the Lord God shall bestow upon your Children for I know that thou hast searched much many of you to know of things to come wherefore I know that ye know that our flesh must waste away & die nevertheless in our bodies we shall see God yea & I know that ye know that in the body he shall shew himself unto they at Jerusalem from whence we came for it is expediant that it should be among them for it behoveth the great Creator that he suffereth himself to become subject unto man in the flesh & die for all men that all men might become subject unto him for as death hath passed upon all men to fulfil the merciful plan of the great Creator there must needs be a power of resurrection & the resurrection must needs come unto man by reason of the fall & the fall came by reason of transgression & because man became fallen they were cut off from the presance of the Lord wherefore it must needs be an infinate atonement save it should be an infinate atonement this corruption could not put on incorruption wherefore the first Judgment which came upon man must needs have remained to an endless duration & if so this flesh must have laid down to rot & to crumble to its Mother earth to rise no more O the wisdom of God his mercy & grace for behold if the flesh should rise no more our spirits must become subject to that Angel which fell from before the presance of the Eternal God & became the Devil to rise no more & our spirits must have become like unto him & we become Devils Angels to a Devil to be shut out from the presance of our God & to remain with the father of lies in miseary like unto himself yea to that being who beguiled our first Parents who transformeth himself nigh unto an Angel of light & stireth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder & all manner of secret works of darkness O how great the goodness of our God who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster yea that monster death & hell which I call the death of the body & also the death of the spirit & because of the way of deliverance [p. 62]
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