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

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plunderings & all manner of iniquities & it came to pass as he was thus pondering in his heart behold a voice came unto him saying blessed art thou Nephi for those things which thou hast done for I have beheld how thou hast with unweringness <​unwearyingness​> declared the word which I have given unto thee unto this people & thou hast not feared them & hast not sought thine own life but hath sought my will & to keep my commandments & now because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness behold I will bless thee forever & I will make thee mighty in word & in deed in faith & in works yea even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will behold thou art Nephi & I am God behold I declare it unto thee in the presance of mine Angels that ye shall have power over this people & shall smite the earth with famine & with pestilence & distruction according to the wickedness of this people behold I give unto you power that whatsoever ye shall Seal on earth shall be Sealed in Heaven & whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven & thus shall ye have power among this <​people​> & thus if ye shall say unto this Temple it shall be wrent in twain & it shall be done & if ye shall say unto this Mountain be thou cast down & become smooth & it shall be done & behold if ye shall say that God shall smite this people it shall come to pass & now behold I command you that ye shall go & declare unto this people that thus saith the Lord God who is the Almighty except ye repent ye shall be smitten even unto destruction & behold now it came to pass that when the Lord had spoken these words unto Nephi he did stop & did not go unto his own house but did return unto the multitudes which were scattered about upon the face of the land & began to declare unto them the word of the Lord which had been spoken unto him concerning their destruction if they did not repent now behold notwithstanding that great miracle which Nephi had done in telling them concerning the death of the chief Judge they did harden their hearts & did not hearken unto the words of the Lord therefore Nephi did declare unto them the word of the Lord Saying except ye repent thus saith the Lord Ye shall be smitten even unto destruction & it came to pass that when Nephi had declared unto them the word obe <​behold​> they did still harden their hearts & would not hearken unto his words therefore they did revile against him & did seek to lay their hands upon him that they might cast him into prison but behold the power of God was with him & they could not take him to cast him into prison for he was taken by the spirit & conveyed away out of the midst of them & it came to pass that thus he did go forth in the spirit from multitude to multitude declareing the word of God even untill he had declared it unto them all or sent it forth among all the people & it came to pass that they would not hearken unto his words & there began to be contentions insomuch that they were divided against themselves & began to slay one another with the sword & thus ended the seventy & first year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi [p. 351]
plunderings & all manner of iniquities & it came to pass as he was thus pondering in his heart behold a voice came unto him saying blessed art thou Nephi for those things which thou hast done for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word which I have given unto thee unto this people & thou hast not feared them & hast not sought thine own life but hath sought my will & to keep my commandments & now because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness behold I will bless thee forever & I will make thee mighty in word & in deed in faith & in works yea even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will behold thou art Nephi & I am God behold I declare it unto thee in the presance of mine Angels that ye shall have power over this people & shall smite the earth with famine & with pestilence & distruction according to the wickedness of this people behold I give unto you power that whatsoever ye shall Seal on earth shall be Sealed in Heaven & whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven & thus shall ye have power among this people & thus if ye shall say unto this Temple it shall be wrent in twain & it shall be done & if ye shall say unto this Mountain be thou cast down & become smooth & it shall be done & behold if ye shall say that God shall smite this people it shall come to pass & now behold I command you that ye shall go & declare unto this people that thus saith the Lord God who is the Almighty except ye repent ye shall be smitten even unto destruction & behold now it came to pass that when the Lord had spoken these words unto Nephi he did stop & did not go unto his own house but did return unto the multitudes which were scattered about upon the face of the land & began to declare unto them the word of the Lord which had been spoken unto him concerning their destruction if they did not repent now behold notwithstanding that great miracle which Nephi had done in telling them concerning the death of the chief Judge they did harden their hearts & did not hearken unto the words of the Lord therefore Nephi did declare unto them the word of the Lord Saying except ye repent thus saith the Lord Ye shall be smitten even unto destruction & it came to pass that when Nephi had declared unto them the word behold they did still harden their hearts & would not hearken unto his words therefore they did revile against him & did seek to lay their hands upon him that they might cast him into prison but behold the power of God was with him & they could not take him to cast him into prison for he was taken by the spirit & conveyed away out of the midst of them & it came to pass that thus he did go forth in the spirit from multitude to multitude declareing the word of God even untill he had declared it unto them all or sent it forth among all the people & it came to pass that they would not hearken unto his words & there began to be contentions insomuch that they were divided against themselves & began to slay one another with the sword & thus ended the seventy & first year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi [p. 351]
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