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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 144
image
from before them & hid himself that they found him not & he being concealed for many days did write all the words which Abinadi had spoken & it came to pass that the King caused that his guards should surround Abinadi & take him & they bound him & cast him into prison & after three days having counciled with his Priests he caused that he should again be brought before him & he said unto him Abinadi we have found an acquisition against thee & thou art worthy of death for thou hast said that God himself should come down among the Children of men & now for this cause thou shalt be put to death unless thou wilt <​recall​> all the words which thou hast spoken evil concerning me & my People <​now​> Abinadi saith unto him I say unto you I will not recall the words which I have spoken unto you concerning this People for they are true & that ye may know of their surety I have suffered myself that I have fallen unto your hands yea & will suffer even untill death & I will not recall mords & they shall stand as a testimony against you & if ye slay me ye will shed inocent blood & this shall also stand as a testimony against you at the last day & now king Noah was about to release him for he feared his word for he feared that the Judgments of God would come upon him but the Priests lifted up their voices against him & began to accuse him saying he hath reviled the king therefore the king was stired up in anger against him & he delivered him up that he might be slain & it came to pass that they took him & bound him & scourged his skin with faggots yea even unto death & now when the flames began to scorch him he cried unto them saying behold even as ye have done unto me so shall it come to pass that thy seed shall cause that many shall suffer the pains that I do suffer even the pains of death by fire & this because they believe in the salvation of the Lord their God & it will come to pass that ye shall be afflicted with all manner of deseases because of your iniquities yea & ye shall be smitten on every hand & shall be driven & scattered to & fro even as a wild flock is driven by wild & ferocious beasts & in that day ye shall be hunted & ye shall be taken by the hand of your enemies & then ye shall suffer as I suffer the pains of death by fire thus God executeth vengeance upon those that destroy his People O God receive my soul & now when Abinadi had said these words he fell having suffered death by fire yea having been put to death because he would not deny the commandments of God having sealed the truth of his words by death & now it came to pass that Alma who had fled from the servants of King Noah repented of his Sins & iniquities & went about privately among the People & began to teach the words of Abinadi yea concerning that which was to come & also concerning the resurrection of the dead & the redemption of the People which was to be brought to pass through the power & sufferings & death of Christ & his resurrection & assension into heaven & as many as would hear his word he did teach & he taught them privately that it might not come to the knowledge of the King & many did believe his words & it came to pass that as many as did believe him did go forth to a place which was called Mormon having received its name from [p. 144]
from before them & hid himself that they found him not & he being concealed for many days did write all the words which Abinadi had spoken & it came to pass that the King caused that his guards should surround Abinadi & take him & they bound him & cast him into prison & after three days having counciled with his Priests he caused that he should again be brought before him & he said unto him Abinadi we have found an acquisition against thee & thou art worthy of death for thou hast said that God himself should come down among the Children of men & now for this cause thou shalt be put to death unless thou wilt recall all the words which thou hast spoken evil concerning me & my People now Abinadi saith unto him I say unto you I will not recall the words which I have spoken unto you concerning this People for they are true & that ye may know of their surety I have suffered myself that I have fallen unto your hands yea & will suffer even untill death & I will not recall mords & they shall stand as a testimony against you & if ye slay me ye will shed inocent blood & this shall also stand as a testimony against you at the last day & now king Noah was about to release him for he feared his word for he feared that the Judgments of God would come upon him but the Priests lifted up their voices against him & began to accuse him saying he hath reviled the king therefore the king was stired up in anger against him & he delivered him up that he might be slain & it came to pass that they took him & bound him & scourged his skin with faggots yea even unto death & now when the flames began to scorch him he cried unto them saying behold even as ye have done unto me so shall it come to pass that thy seed shall cause that many shall suffer the pains that I do suffer even the pains of death by fire & this because they believe in the salvation of the Lord their God & it will come to pass that ye shall be afflicted with all manner of deseases because of your iniquities yea & ye shall be smitten on every hand & shall be driven & scattered to & fro even as a wild flock is driven by wild & ferocious beasts & in that day ye shall be hunted & ye shall be taken by the hand of your enemies & then ye shall suffer as I suffer the pains of death by fire thus God executeth vengeance upon those that destroy his People O God receive my soul & now when Abinadi had said these words he fell having suffered death by fire yea having been put to death because he would not deny the commandments of God having sealed the truth of his words by death & now it came to pass that Alma who had fled from the servants of King Noah repented of his Sins & iniquities & went about privately among the People & began to teach the words of Abinadi yea concerning that which was to come & also concerning the resurrection of the dead & the redemption of the People which was to be brought to pass through the power & sufferings & death of Christ & his resurrection & assension into heaven & as many as would hear his word he did teach & he taught them privately that it might not come to the knowledge of the King & many did believe his words & it came to pass that as many as did believe him did go forth to a place which was called Mormon having received its name from [p. 144]
Page 144