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

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time comeeth that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity then is the time that the Judgments of God will come upon you yea then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he hath hitherto visited this land and now if ye have Judges & they do not Judge you according to the law which has been given ye can cause that he may be Judged of a higher Judge if your hier Judges Doth not Judge righteous Judgements yea Shall cause that a Small number of your lower Judgees Should be gethered to gether and they Sholl Juddge hie your hier Judgees according to the voice of the people & I Commanded you to Do these thing in the fear of the lord & I Commanded you to Do these things & that ye have no king that if these people Commit Sins and iniquity iniquities they Shall be answered upon thier own heads for behold I Say unto you the Sins of many poople have been Causd by the Eniquities of their king<​s​> therefore their their Eniquities are answered up on the heads of their kings and now I desire that this people unequaility Should be no more is in this land Espesally among this my people but I Desire that this land be a land of liberty and Every man may Enjoy his wrights and priveleiges alike so long as the lord Seas fit that we may live and iherit the land yea Even as long as any of our posterity remaineth upon the face of the land and many more things Did king Mosiah wrte unt them unfolding unto them all the treyals and troubals a rightoous king yea all the travels of Soul for their people and also all the murmerings of the people to their king and he Explained it all unto them and he told them that these things had not ought to be but that the burden Should Come upon all the people that Every man might bear his part and he also unfolded unto them all the disdvantages they should laboured under by having an unrighteous King to rule over them yea all his iniquities & abominations and all the wars and Contentions and blood shed and the stealing and the plundering, and the committing of whoredoms and all manner of iniquities which cannot be innumerated telling them that these things aught not to be that they was expressly repugnant to the commandments of God. And now it came to pass aftir King Mosiah had sent these things forth among the people the were convinced of the truth of his words therefore they relinquished their desires for a King and became exceedingly anxious that every man should have an equal chance throughout all the land yea & every man exprest a willingness to answer for his own sins, therefore it came to pass that they assembled themselves together in bodies throughout the land to cast in their voices concerning [p. 168]
time comeeth that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity then is the time that the Judgments of God will come upon you yea then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he hath hitherto visited this land and now if ye have Judges & they do not Judge you according to the law which has been given ye can cause that he may be Judged of a higher Judge if your hier Judges Doth not Judge righteous Judgements ye Shall cause that a Small number of your lower Judgees Should be gethered to gether and they Sholl Juddge your hier Judgees according to the voice of the people & I Commanded you to Do these thing in the fear of the lord & I Commanded you to Do these things & that ye have no king that if these people Commit Sins and iniquities they Shall be answered upon thier own heads for behold I Say unto you the Sins of many poople have been Causd by the Eniquities of their kings therefore their Eniquities are answered up on the heads of their kings and now I desire that this unequaility Should be no more in this land Espesally among this my people but I Desire that this land be a land of liberty and Every man may Enjoy his wrights and priveleiges alike so long as the lord Seas fit that we may live and iherit the land yea Even as long as any of our posterity remaineth upon the face of the land and many more things Did king Mosiah wrte unt them unfolding unto them all the treyals and troubals a rightoous king yea all the travels of Soul for their people and also all the murmerings of the people to their king and he Explained it all unto them and he told them that these things had not ought to be but that the burden Should Come upon all the people that Every man might bear his part and he also unfolded unto them all the disdvantages they laboured under by having an unrighteous King to rule over them yea all his iniquities & abominations and all the wars and Contentions and blood shed and the stealing and the plundering, and the committing of whoredoms and all manner of iniquities which cannot be innumerated telling them that these things aught not to be that they was expressly repugnant to the commandments of God. And now it came to pass aftir King Mosiah had sent these things forth among the people the were convinced of the truth of his words therefore they relinquished their desires for a King and became exceedingly anxious that every man should have an equal chance throughout all the land yea & every man exprest a willingness to answer for his own sins, therefore it came to pass that they assembled themselves together in bodies throughout the land to cast in their voices concerning [p. 168]
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