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

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until they had given up their weapons of war & it came to pass that Jacob being their leader being also a Zoramite & having an unconquerable spirit led the Lamanites forth to battle with exceding fury against Moroni Moroni <​being​> in their course of march therefore Jacob was determined to slay them & cut his way through to the city of Mulek but behold Moroni & his men were more powerful therefore they did not give way before the Lamanites & it came to pass that they fought on both hands with exceding fury & there were many slain on both sides yea & Moroni was wounded & Jacob <​Jacob​> was killed & Lehi pressed upon their rear with such fury with his strong men that the Lamanites in the rear delivered up their weapons of war & the remainder of them knew not where <​whether​> to go or to strike Moroni seeing their confusion he said unto them if ye will bring forth your weapos of war & deliver them up behold we will forbare sheding your blood & it came to pass that when the Lamanites had heard these words their chief captains all those which were not slain came forth & threw down their weapons of war at the feet of Moroni & also commanded their men that they should do the same but behold there were many that would not <​not​> & those who would not deliver up their swords were taken & bound & their weapons of war were taken from them & they were compelled to march with their brethren forth into the land Bountiful & now the number of prisoners which were taken exceded more than the number of those which had <​had​> been slain yea more than those which had been slain on both sides & it came to pass that they did set guards over the prisoners of the Lamanites & did compel them to go forth & bury their dead yea & also the dead of the Nephites which were slain & Moroni placed men over them to guard them while they should perform their labours & Moroni went to the city Malek with Lehi & took command of the city & gave it unto Lehi now behold this Lehi was a man who had been with Moroni in the more part of all his battle <​battles​> & he was a man like unto Moroni & they rejoiced in each others safty yea they were beloved by each other & also beloved by all the people of Nephi & it came to pass that after the Lamanites had finished burying their dead & also the dead of the Nephites they were marched back into the land Bountiful & Teancum by the orders of Moroni caused that they should commence in labouring in diging a ditch round about the land & <​or​> the city Bountiful & he caused that they should build a breast work of timbers upon the inner bank of the ditch & they cast up dirt out of the ditch against the breast work of timbers & thus they did cause the Lamanites to labour until they had enclo <​incerceled​> the city of Bountiful round about with a strong wall of timbers & earth to a exceding heighth & this city became an exceding strong hold ever after [p. 303]
until they had given up their weapons of war & it came to pass that Jacob being their leader being also a Zoramite & having an unconquerable spirit led the Lamanites forth to battle with exceding fury against Moroni Moroni being in their course of march therefore Jacob was determined to slay them & cut his way through to the city of Mulek but behold Moroni & his men were more powerful therefore they did not give way before the Lamanites & it came to pass that they fought on both hands with exceding fury & there were many slain on both sides yea & Moroni was wounded & Jacob was killed & Lehi pressed upon their rear with such fury with his strong men that the Lamanites in the rear delivered up their weapons of war & the remainder of them knew not whether to go or to strike Moroni seeing their confusion he said unto them if ye will bring forth your weapos of war & deliver them up behold we will forbare sheding your blood & it came to pass that when the Lamanites had heard these words their chief captains all those which were not slain came forth & threw down their weapons of war at the feet of Moroni & also commanded their men that they should do the same but behold there were many that would not & those who would not deliver up their swords were taken & bound & their weapons of war were taken from them & they were compelled to march with their brethren forth into the land Bountiful & now the number of prisoners which were taken exceded more than the number of those which had been slain yea more than those which had been slain on both sides & it came to pass that they did set guards over the prisoners of the Lamanites & did compel them to go forth & bury their dead yea & also the dead of the Nephites which were slain & Moroni placed men over them to guard them while they should perform their labours & Moroni went to the city Malek with Lehi & took command of the city & gave it unto Lehi now behold this Lehi was a man who had been with Moroni in the more part of all his battles & he was a man like unto Moroni & they rejoiced in each others safty yea they were beloved by each other & also beloved by all the people of Nephi & it came to pass that after the Lamanites had finished burying their dead & also the dead of the Nephites they were marched back into the land Bountiful & Teancum by the orders of Moroni caused that they should commence in labouring in diging a ditch round about the land or the city Bountiful & he caused that they should build a breast work of timbers upon the inner bank of the ditch & they cast up dirt out of the ditch against the breast work of timbers & thus they did cause the Lamanites to labour until they had incerceled the city of Bountiful round about with a strong wall of timbers & earth to a exceding heighth & this city became an exceding strong hold ever after [p. 303]
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