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

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the commandments of God & not in the least aright before him doing no justice unto the children of men condemning the righteous because of their righteousness letting the guilty & the wicked go unpunished because of their money & moreover to be held in office at the head of goverment to rule & to do according to their wills that they might get gain & glory of the world & moreover that they might more easy commit adultry & steal & kill & do according to their own wills now this great iniquity had come upon the Nephites in the space of not many years & when Nephi saw it his heart was swollen with sorrow within his breast & he did exclame in the agony of his soul O that I could have had my days in the days of <​when​> my father Nephi first came out of the land of Jerusalem that I could have joyed with him in the promised land then were his people easy to be intreated firm to keep the commandments of God & slow to be led to do iniquity & they were quick to hearken unto the words of the Lord yea if my days could have been in my <​them​> days then would my soul have had joy in the righteousness of my brethren but behold I am consigned that these are my days & that my soul should <​shall​> be filled with sorrow because of this the wickedness of my brethren & behold now it came to pass that it was upon a Tower <​Tower​> which was in the garden of Nephi which was by the highway which led to the chief Market which was in the city of Zarahemla therefore as Nephi had bowed himself upon the Tower which was in his Garden which Tower was also near unto the garden gate which led by the haghway & it came to pass that there was sertain men passing by & saw Nephi as he was a pouring out his soul unto God upon the Tower & they ran & told the people what they had seen & the people came together in multitudes that they might know the cause of so great mourning for the wickedness of the people & now when Nephi arose & <​he​> beheld the multitudes of people which had gathered together & it came to pass that he opened his mouth & said unto them Behold what have <​why have​> ye gathered yourselves together that I may tell you of your iniquities yea because I have got upon my Tower that I might pour out my soul unto my God because of the exceding sorrow of my heart which is because of your iniquities & becaus of my mourning & lamenation ye have gathered yourselves together & do marvel yea & ye have great need to marvel yea ye had ought to marvel because ye are given away that the Devil hath got so great hold upon your hearts yea how could ye have given away to the enticeing of him who art seeking to hurl away your souls down to everlasting miseary & endless wo O repent ye repent ye why while <​will ye​> die turn ye bturn <​turn ye​> unto the Lord your God why hath he forsaken you it is because you have hardened your hearts yea ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good Shepherd yea ye have provoked him to anger against you & behold instead of gathering you except ye will repent behold he shall scatter you forth that ye shall become meat for dogs & wild beasts O how could you have forgotten your God in the verry day that he hath delivered you but behold it is to get gain to be praised of [p. 345]
the commandments of God & not in the least aright before him doing no justice unto the children of men condemning the righteous because of their righteousness letting the guilty & the wicked go unpunished because of their money & moreover to be held in office at the head of goverment to rule & to do according to their wills that they might get gain & glory of the world & moreover that they might more easy commit adultry & steal & kill & do according to their own wills now this great iniquity had come upon the Nephites in the space of not many years & when Nephi saw it his heart was swollen with sorrow within his breast & he did exclame in the agony of his soul O that I could have had my days in the days when my father Nephi first came out of the land of Jerusalem that I could have joyed with him in the promised land then were his people easy to be intreated firm to keep the commandments of God & slow to be led to do iniquity & they were quick to hearken unto the words of the Lord yea if my days could have been in them days then would my soul have had joy in the righteousness of my brethren but behold I am consigned that these are my days & that my soul shall be filled with sorrow because of this the wickedness of my brethren & behold now it came to pass that it was upon a Tower which was in the garden of Nephi which was by the highway which led to the chief Market which was in the city of Zarahemla therefore as Nephi had bowed himself upon the Tower which was in his Garden which Tower was also near unto the garden gate which led by the haghway & it came to pass that there was sertain men passing by & saw Nephi as he was a pouring out his soul unto God upon the Tower & they ran & told the people what they had seen & the people came together in multitudes that they might know the cause of so great mourning for the wickedness of the people & now when Nephi arose he beheld the multitudes of people which had gathered together & it came to pass that he opened his mouth & said unto them Behold why have ye gathered yourselves together that I may tell you of your iniquities yea because I have got upon my Tower that I might pour out my soul unto my God because of the exceding sorrow of my heart which is because of your iniquities & becaus of my mourning & lamenation ye have gathered yourselves together & do marvel yea & ye have great need to marvel yea ye had ought to marvel because ye are given away that the Devil hath got so great hold upon your hearts yea how could ye have given away to the enticeing of him who art seeking to hurl away your souls down to everlasting miseary & endless wo O repent ye repent ye why will ye die turn ye turn ye unto the Lord your God why hath he forsaken you it is because you have hardened your hearts yea ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good Shepherd yea ye have provoked him to anger against you & behold instead of gathering you except ye will repent behold he shall scatter you forth that ye shall become meat for dogs & wild beasts O how could you have forgotten your God in the verry day that he hath delivered you but behold it is to get gain to be praised of [p. 345]
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