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

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manded any that they should not partake of his Salvation Behold I say unto you nay but he hath given it free for all men & he hath commanded his People that they should persuade all men unto repentance behold hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness behold I say unto you nay but all men are privileged the one like unto the other & none are forbidden he commandeth that there shall be no priestscrafts for behold priestscrafts are that men preach & set themselves up for a light unto the world that they may get gain & praise of men <​the​> world but they seek not the wellfare of Zion behold the Lord hath forbidden this thing wherefore the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have charity which charity is love & except they should have charity they were nothing wherefore if they should have charity they would not suffer the labourer in Zion to perish but the labourer in Zion shall labour for Zion for if they labour for money they shall perish & again the Lord God hath commanded that men should not murder that they should not lie that they should not steal that they should not take the name of the Lord their God in vain that they should not envy that they should not have malice that they should not contend one with another that they should not commit whoardoms & that they should not do none of these things for whoso doeth them shall perish for none of these iniquities come of the Lord for he doeth that which is good among the children of men & he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men & he enviteth them all to come unto him & partake of his goodness & he denieth none that come unto him black & white bond & free male & feemale & he remembereth the heathen & all are alike unto God both Jew & Gentile but behold in the last days or in the days of the Gentiles yea behold all the nations of the Gentiles & also the Jews both they which shall come upon this land & they which shall come <​be​> upon other lands yea even upon all the lands of the earth behold they will be drunken with iniquity & all manner of abominations & when that day shall come they shall be visited with the Lord of hosts with thunder & with earthquake & with a great noise & with storm & tempest & with the flame of devouring fire & all the Nations that fight against Zion & that distress her shall be as a dream of a night vision yea it shall be unto them even as unto a hungry man which dreameth & behold he eateth but he awaketh & his soul is empty or like unto a thirsty man which dreameth & behold he drinketh but he awaketh & behold he is faint & his Soul hath appetite yea even so shall the multitude of all the Nations be that fight against mount Zion for behold all ye that do iniquity stay yourselves & wonder for ye shall cry out & cry yea ye shall be drunken but not with wine ye shall stagger but not with strong <​drink​> for behold the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep for behold ye have closed your eyes & ye have rejected the Prophets & your rulers [p. 85]
manded any that they should not partake of his Salvation Behold I say unto you nay but he hath given it free for all men & he hath commanded his People that they should persuade all men unto repentance behold hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness behold I say unto you nay but all men are privileged the one like unto the other & none are forbidden he commandeth that there shall be no priestscrafts for behold priestscrafts are that men preach & set themselves up for a light unto the world that they may get gain & praise of the world but they seek not the wellfare of Zion behold the Lord hath forbidden this thing wherefore the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have charity which charity is love & except they should have charity they were nothing wherefore if they should have charity they would not suffer the labourer in Zion to perish but the labourer in Zion shall labour for Zion for if they labour for money they shall perish & again the Lord God hath commanded that men should not murder that they should not lie that they should not steal that they should not take the name of the Lord their God in vain that they should not envy that they should not have malice that they should not contend one with another that they should not commit whoardoms & that they should do none of these things for whoso doeth them shall perish for none of these iniquities come of the Lord for he doeth that which is good among the children of men & he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men & he enviteth them all to come unto him & partake of his goodness & he denieth none that come unto him black & white bond & free male & feemale & he remembereth the heathen & all are alike unto God both Jew & Gentile but behold in the last days or in the days of the Gentiles yea behold all the nations of the Gentiles & also the Jews both they which shall come upon this land & they which shall be upon other lands yea even upon all the lands of the earth behold they will be drunken with iniquity & all manner of abominations & when that day shall come they shall be visited with the Lord of hosts with thunder & with earthquake & with a great noise & with storm & tempest & with the flame of devouring fire & all the Nations that fight against Zion & that distress her shall be as a dream of a night vision yea it shall be unto them even as unto a hungry man which dreameth & behold he eateth but he awaketh & his soul is empty or like unto a thirsty man which dreameth & behold he drinketh but he awaketh & behold he is faint & his Soul hath appetite yea even so shall the multitude of all the Nations be that fight against mount Zion for behold all ye that do iniquity stay yourselves & wonder for ye shall cry out & cry yea ye shall be drunken but not with wine ye shall stagger but not with strong drink for behold the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep for behold ye have closed your eyes & ye have rejected the Prophets & your rulers [p. 85]
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