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

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of Justice doth hang over you yea & it shall fall upon you & visit you even to your utter destruction behold I wait for assistance from you & except ye do administer unto our relief behold I come unto you even into the land of Zarahemla & smite you with the sword insomuch that ye can have no more power to impede the progress of this people in the cause of our freedom for behold the Lord will not suffer that ye shall live & wax strong in your iniquities to destroy his righteous people behold can you supposs that the Lord will spare you & come out in judgment against the Lamanites when it is the tradition of their fathers that hath caused their <​their​> hatred yea & it hath been redoubled by those which have dissented from us while your iniquity is for the cause of your love of glory & the vain things of the world ye know that ye do transgress the laws of God & ye do know that ye do trample them under your feet behold the Lord saith unto me if those whom ye have appointed your govornors do not repent of their sins & iniquities ye shall go up to battle against them & now behold I Moroni am constrained according to the covenant which I have made to keep the commandments of <​my​> God therefore I would that ye should adhear to the word of God & send speadily unto me of your provisions & of your men & also to Helaman & behold if ye will not do this I come unto you speadily for behold God will not suffer that we should perish with hunger therefore he will give unto us of your food even if it must be by the sword now see that ye fulfil the word of God behold I am Moroni your Chief captain I seek not for power but to pull it down I seek not for honour of the world but for the glory of my God & the freedom & wellfare of my country & thus I close mine Epistle
Alma, Chapter 28 [Alma 61]
Chapter [blank]—— Behold now it came to pass that soon after Moroni had sent his Epistle unto the chief govornor he received an Epistle from Pahoran the Chief Govornor & these are the words which he received I Pahoran which art the chief govornor of this land do send these words unto Moroni the chief captain over the army behold I say unto you Moroni that I do not joy in your great afflictions yea it grieves my soul but behold there are those who do joy in your afflictions yea insomuch that they have risen up in rebellion against me & also those <​of​> my people which are free men yea & those which have risen up are exceding numerous & it is those who have sought to take away the Judgmentseat from me that have been the cause of this great iniquity for they have used great flattery & they have led away the hearts of many people which will be the cause of sore affliction among us they have withheld our provisions & have daunted our freemen that they have not come unto you & behold they have driven me out before them & I [p. 323]
of Justice doth hang over you yea & it shall fall upon you & visit you even to your utter destruction behold I wait for assistance from you & except ye do administer unto our relief behold I come unto you even into the land of Zarahemla & smite you with the sword insomuch that ye can have no more power to impede the progress of this people in the cause of our freedom for behold the Lord will not suffer that ye shall live & wax strong in your iniquities to destroy his righteous people behold can you supposs that the Lord will spare you & come out in judgment against the Lamanites when it is the tradition of their fathers that hath caused their hatred yea & it hath been redoubled by those which have dissented from us while your iniquity is for the cause of your love of glory & the vain things of the world ye know that ye do transgress the laws of God & ye do know that ye do trample them under your feet behold the Lord saith unto me if those whom ye have appointed your govornors do not repent of their sins & iniquities ye shall go up to battle against them & now behold I Moroni am constrained according to the covenant which I have made to keep the commandments of my God therefore I would that ye should adhear to the word of God & send speadily unto me of your provisions & of your men & also to Helaman & behold if ye will not do this I come unto you speadily for behold God will not suffer that we should perish with hunger therefore he will give unto us of your food even if it must be by the sword now see that ye fulfil the word of God behold I am Moroni your Chief captain I seek not for power but to pull it down I seek not for honour of the world but for the glory of my God & the freedom & wellfare of my country & thus I close mine Epistle
Alma, Chapter 28 [Alma 61]
Chapter [blank]—— Behold now it came to pass that soon after Moroni had sent his Epistle unto the chief govornor he received an Epistle from Pahoran the Chief Govornor & these are the words which he received I Pahoran which art the chief govornor of this land do send these words unto Moroni the chief captain over the army behold I say unto you Moroni that I do not joy in your great afflictions yea it grieves my soul but behold there are those who do joy in your afflictions yea insomuch that they have risen up in rebellion against me & also those of my people which are free men yea & those which have risen up are exceding numerous & it is those who have sought to take away the Judgmentseat from me that have been the cause of this great iniquity for they have used great flattery & they have led away the hearts of many people which will be the cause of sore affliction among us they have withheld our provisions & have daunted our freemen that they have not come unto you & behold they have driven me out before them & I [p. 323]
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