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

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unto the children of men that I am able to do mine own work Wherefore when thou hast read the words which I have commanded thee & obtained the witnesses which I have promised unto thee then shalt thou Seal up the Book & hade <​hide​> it up unto me that I may preserve the words which the thou hast not read untill I shall see fit in mine own wisdom to reveal all things unto the children of men for behold I am God & I am a God of miracles & I will shew unto the world that I am the same yesterday today & forever & I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith & again it shall come to pass that the Lord shall say unto him that shall read the words that shall be delivered him for asmuch as this People draw near unto me with their mouth & with them their lips do honour me but have removed their heart far from me & their fear towards me is taught by the precept of men therefore I will procede to do a marvelous work among this People yea a marvelous work & a wonder for the wisdom of their wise & learned shall perish & the understanding of their prudent shall be hid but wo unto them that seek deep to hide their Counsel from the Lord & their works are in the dark & they say who seeth us & who knoweth us & they also say surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potters clay but behold I will shew unto them saith the Lord of hosts that I know all their works for shall the work say of him that made it he made me not or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it he had no understanding but behold saith the Lord of Hosts I will shew unto the children of men that it is not yet a verry little while & Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field & the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest & in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the Book & the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity & out of darkness & the meek also shall increase & their joy shall be in the Lord & the poor among men shall rejoice in the holy one of Israel for assuredly as the Lord liveth they shall see that the terrible one is brought to nought & the scorner is consumed & all that watch for iniquity are cut off & they that make a man an offender for a word & lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate & turn aside the just for a thing of nought therefore thus saith the Lord who redeemed Abraham concerning <​the house of​> Jacob Jacob shall not now beashamed neither shall his face <​now​> wax pale but when he seeth his children the work of my hands in the midst of him they shall Sanctify my name & sanctify the holy one of Israel <​Jacob​> & shall fear the God of Israel they also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding & they that murmured shall learn doctrine——
Second Nephi, Chapter 12 [2 Nephi 28–30]
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And now behold my Brethren I have spoken unto you according as the spirit hath constrained me wherefore I know that they must surely come to pass & the things which shall be written out of the Book shall be of great unto the children of men & especially unto our seed which are a remnant of the house of Israel for it shall come [p. 87]
unto the children of men that I am able to do mine own work Wherefore when thou hast read the words which I have commanded thee & obtained the witnesses which I have promised unto thee then shalt thou Seal up the Book & hide it up unto me that I may preserve the words which thou hast not read untill I shall see fit in mine own wisdom to reveal all things unto the children of men for behold I am God & I am a God of miracles & I will shew unto the world that I am the same yesterday today & forever & I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith & again it shall come to pass that the Lord shall say unto him that shall read the words that shall be delivered him for asmuch as this People draw near unto me with their mouth & with their lips do honour me but have removed their heart far from me & their fear towards me is taught by the precept of men therefore I will procede to do a marvelous work among this People yea a marvelous work & a wonder for the wisdom of their wise & learned shall perish & the understanding of their prudent shall be hid but wo unto them that seek deep to hide their Counsel from the Lord & their works are in the dark & they say who seeth us & who knoweth us & they also say surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potters clay but behold I will shew unto them saith the Lord of hosts that I know all their works for shall the work say of him that made it he made me not or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it he had no understanding but behold saith the Lord of Hosts I will shew unto the children of men that it is not yet a verry little while & Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field & the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest & in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the Book & the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity & out of darkness & the meek also shall increase & their joy shall be in the Lord & the poor among men shall rejoice in the holy one of Israel for assuredly as the Lord liveth they shall see that the terrible one is brought to nought & the scorner is consumed & all that watch for iniquity are cut off & they that make a man an offender for a word & lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate & turn aside the just for a thing of nought therefore thus saith the Lord who redeemed Abraham concerning the house of Jacob Jacob shall not now beashamed neither shall his face now wax pale but when he seeth his children the work of my hands in the midst of him they shall Sanctify my name & sanctify the holy one of Jacob & shall fear the God of Israel they also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding & they that murmured shall learn doctrine——
Second Nephi, Chapter 12 [2 Nephi 28–30]
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And now behold my Brethren I have spoken unto you according as the spirit hath constrained me wherefore I know that they must surely come to pass & the things which shall be written out of the Book shall be of great unto the children of men & especially unto our seed which are a remnant of the house of Israel for it shall come [p. 87]
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