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

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by the sword but behold this is not all ye have withheld your provisions from them insomuch that many have fought & bled out their lives because of their great desires which they had for the wellfare of this people yea & this they have done when they were about to perish with hunger because of your exceding great neglect towards them & now my beloved brethren for ye had ought to be beloved yea & ye had ought to have stired yourselves more diligently for the wellfare & the freedom of this people but behold ye have neglected them insomuch that the blood of thousands shall come upon your heads for vengeance yea for known unto God were all their cries & all their sufferings behold could ye suppose that ye could sit upon your thrones & because of the exceding goodness of God ye could do nothing & he would deliver you behold if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain do ye suppose that because so many of you <​your​> your brethren have been killed because of their wickedness I say unto you if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain for I say unto you that there are many which have fallen by the sword & behold it is to your condemnation for the Lord suffereth the righteous to be slain that his Justice & Judgment may come upon the wicked therefore ye need not suppose that the righteous are lost becaus they are slain but behold they do enter into the rest of the Lord their God & now behold I say unto you I fear excedingly that the Judgments of God will come upon you <​this​> people because of their exceding slothfulness yea even the slothfulness of our govorment & their exceding great neglect towards their brethren yea <​towards​> those which have been slain for were it not for the wickedness which first commenced at our head we could have withstood our enemies that they could have gained no power over us yea had it not been for the war which broke out among ourselves yea were it not for those King men which caused so much bloodshed among ourselves yea at the time we were contending among ourselves if we had united our strength as we had hitherto have done yea had it not been for the desire of power & authority which those King men had over us had they been true to the cause of our freedom & united with us & gone forth against our enemies instead of taking up our <​their​> swords against us which was the cause of so much bloodshed among ourselves yea if we had gone forth against them in the strength of the Lord we should have dispersed our enemies for it would have been done according to the fulfilling of his word but behold now the Lamanites are comeing upon us & they are murdering our people with the sword yea our women & our children taking possession of our lands & also carrying them away captive causing them that they should suffer all manner [p. 321]
by the sword but behold this is not all ye have withheld your provisions from them insomuch that many have fought & bled out their lives because of their great desires which they had for the wellfare of this people yea & this they have done when they were about to perish with hunger because of your exceding great neglect towards them & now my beloved brethren for ye had ought to be beloved yea & ye had ought to have stired yourselves more diligently for the wellfare & the freedom of this people but behold ye have neglected them insomuch that the blood of thousands shall come upon your heads for vengeance yea for known unto God were all their cries & all their sufferings behold could ye suppose that ye could sit upon your thrones & because of the exceding goodness of God ye could do nothing & he would deliver you behold if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain do ye suppose that because so many of your brethren have been killed because of their wickedness I say unto you if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain for I say unto you there are many which have fallen by the sword & behold it is to your condemnation for the Lord suffereth the righteous to be slain that his Justice & Judgment may come upon the wicked therefore ye need not suppose that the righteous are lost becaus they are slain but behold they do enter into the rest of the Lord their God & now behold I say unto you I fear excedingly that the Judgments of God will come upon this people because of their exceding slothfulness yea even the slothfulness of our govorment & their exceding great neglect towards their brethren yea towards those which have been slain for were it not for the wickedness which first commenced at our head we could have withstood our enemies that they could have gained no power over us yea had it not been for the war which broke out among ourselves yea were it not for those King men which caused so much bloodshed among ourselves yea at the time we were contending among ourselves if we had united our strength as we hitherto have done yea had it not been for the desire of power & authority which those King men had over us had they been true to the cause of our freedom & united with us & gone forth against our enemies instead of taking up their swords against us which was the cause of so much bloodshed among ourselves yea if we had gone forth against them in the strength of the Lord we should have dispersed our enemies for it would have been done according to the fulfilling of his word but behold now the Lamanites are comeing upon us & they are murdering our people with the sword yea our women & our children taking possession of our lands & also carrying them away captive causing them that they should suffer all manner [p. 321]
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